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All reviews pimento cheese fried oysters fries succotash meatloaf trout collard greens southern food five points regular menu valet parking an appetizer great dinner worth the wait specials chardonnay entrees
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our family loved the food, the staff worked us in seamlessly during a busy evening, and the service was excellent. A must visit in Columbia.

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Loved the food, everyone we met/talked to was extremely nice (truly living up to the Mr. Friendly's title), and the space itself had a great vibe. 10/10 will be going back again soon.

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed March 9, 2021

We enjoyed our meal at Mr Friendly's. The Shrimp and Grits were wonderful as was the Spotted Trout. We finished with apple egg rolls that were amazing. The hostess and wait staff were friendly and very efficient. It was a lovely evening!

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed February 16, 2021

We had never been to Columbia South Carolina and we flew in from California. Followed restaurant recommendations from Instagram accounts. We made a reservation for Valentines Day. Our waitress was lovely and when we asked what Pimento Cheese is, she smiled behind her mask and...said, "You're not from around here, are you?" Then the owner?manager? came to our table and said, "so, I hear this is your first time?" and brought us a taste of collard greens (we've never had it) and the pimento cheese. Our food was great and the atmosphere was FRIENDLY. I would go back for sure and recommend to everyone.More

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed January 23, 2021 via mobile

My wife and I returned for another visit and Mr, Friendly’s does not disappoint. The staff is Covid conscious and very professional. The fried oyster app is the best anywhere. My wife had the catfish and she said it was really good. I had shrimp...and grits with both the tomato creole sauce and Tasso gravy sauce and everything was excellent. A bottle of Frank Family Chardonnay complemented everything very well. We will certainly return.More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed January 8, 2021 via mobile

We are long-time fans of Mr. Friendly’s! They always have fantastic food and outstanding service. The owners of Mr. Friendly’s are serious about COVID safety for their customers by requiring masks, taking temperatures and spacing tables at least 6 feet apart. Thank you for providing...such a wonderful dining experience while keeping your customers safe!More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed January 5, 2021 via mobile

Would e helpful for someone traveling from out of town to know if they’re open. Wasn’t anything about them being closed for cleaning??? We waisted a trip for nothing, thanks.

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed October 30, 2020 via mobile

My wife and I returned to Mr. Friendly’s for the first time since the pandemic hit in the spring. This restaurant has always been a favorite and we were not disappointed. We used valet parking and sat outside since the weather was great. Covid precautions...were evident. We shared a fried oyster app which was as great as ever. We both had the halibut special which was the best I have ever had. It was moist with a shrimp and crabmeat mustard aioli and was sally superb. A bottle of Frank Family Chardonnay complemented our entree’s quite well. Our server , Amanda, and the manager on duty, Jason; were personable and professional. We look forward to returning.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed October 27, 2020

When I am in the area on business, I really enjoy eating here. Great local flavor. Friendly staff. Hidden gem. Parking is tight.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed September 26, 2020 via mobile

So excited that Mr. Friendly’s is open again! As I expected the food, service and wine were excellent! The meatloaf with BBQ topping and friend onion rings melted in your mouth! The same awesome food and service we have been use to! This restaurant has...been closed six months and has truly been missed!!!!More

Date of visit: September 2020
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5 Points, behind the Claussens Inn in Columbia,SC
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Frequently Asked Questions about Mr Friendly's New Southern

  • Yes, Mr Friendly's New Southern offers takeout services.

  • Yes, Mr Friendly's New Southern offers delivery services.

  • Mr Friendly's New Southern is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4.5
    • Value: 4
    • Atmosphere: 4