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Hunter-Gatherer Brewery & Alehouse

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American, Bar, Pub
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900 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-3964
+1 803-748-0540
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Sat 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

First visit in a few years, and I was astounded by how delicious everything tasted! I typically think of the Gatherer as a brewery who happens to serve food. Boy was I mistaken! My Greek chicken was some of the best I have ever tasted. The salad did not disappoint. Even the bread was out of this world! Ironically, I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Place is amazing, very relax and casual environment. I really enjoy my time there. The personnel dont rush you like other restaurants. I ate duck breast and was excellent. The beer are very, very good. Price is not bad for the excellent quality of food and beer. Honestly I recommend this place. A+

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KevinVarner, Owner at Hunter-Gatherer Brewery & Alehouse, responded to this review

Thanks to everyone that has taken the time to read or post reviews on the Hunter-Gatherer. We have had a lot of great reviews recently. We all try to make sure you leave happy. Thanks, Kevin More 

Greenville, United States
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great service and great atmosphere. Staff very friendly. Quality of the food was really good and very reasonable prices. Beer selection limited to their own brews. So, not a lot of variety. But, the beers that we had were pretty good.

Thank Charles A S
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Found this place last year in Oct when we came in town for a concert! Everyone found something they liked. Came back in December, and now! Great burgers and gyros. Don't forget the specials board and their desserts are REALLY great!!

Thank Carrie K
United States
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149 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I needed a quick bite to eat after a workshop and this place was on the way back to my hotel. It was early evening so not crowded yet, but still hopping. It was a good pick. Nice wheat beer and lamb gyro at the bar - pleasant atmosphere. I'd go again if I come back to town. Would be... More 

Thank AccidentalTexan
Cataula, Georgia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

Food and service are always excellent. Have eaten here several times over the past two years. Last night my wife had the duck and I had the BBQ Brisket. Melt in your mouth brisket. I could cut it with a fork and the BBQ sauce was amazing. Sausage Balls app were also very good. Enjoy the atmosphere and again, service... More 

Thank Bryan G
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

Very accommodating to our large party of 22. In fact there was another large party in there at same time. No complaints

Thank Wendylombardo
Columbia, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

This restaurant is in downtown Columbia, virtually surrounded by state government and university buildings, so it has the advantage of a stable customer base. H-G is located in a repurposed old building and when you step inside you immediately see that it is a combination restaurant and micro brewery (four huge tanks). For whatever reason, it has not been on... More 

Thank Hayes M
Lexingtion, SC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016

I have frequented this establishments many times over the years and it never fails me. The atmosphere is very casual and a bit close to your neighbor, but it seems to work. On this trip, Cinco de Mayo, my friend and I had the black bean dip for an appertizer. It was great as usual and the chips were made... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016 via mobile

Saw all of the good reviews and thought we would give it a try. As always, the TA ratings were spot on. The restaurant has a good selection of local brews. Daily menu offerings change so it would be worth checking if you are a local. We started with the black bean dip. If we had ran out of chips... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$7 - $18
American, Bar, Pub
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer
Good for
Bar scene, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 12:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 900 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-3964
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: +1 803-748-0540
Hunter-Gatherer Brewery has been brewing and serving classic ales since 1995. Starting in 2015, we will regularly feature cask-conditioned ales served from wood kilderkins made by Alastair Simms, the only master cooper in the United Kingdom.

Michael Jackson, aka the "Beer Hunter", visited the Hunter-Gatherer Brewery in 1997. He wrote that the Hunter-Gatherer is "the kind of place CAMRA (Campaign For Real Ale) members might enjoy. The beer is the hero, rather than the brewery being an afterthought. In the U.S., And even sometimes in Britain, the latter is too often the case."

Michael Jackson was the best beer writer and critic the world has known. A compliment from Michael Jackson is as meaningful as it gets in the brewery world.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?