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Halls Chophouse

Posted On November 11, 2019

Focus on the Family

By KRISTIN SCOTT

Main Street has officially been revitalized with new restaurants, shops, bakeries and a very successful Soda City Market. Complimenting and even furthering the revitalization is Halls Chophouse, located at the corner of Main and Gervais. Open just shy of a year now, the restaurant has taken off due to its exceptionally friendly staff, warm and relaxing atmosphere, and delectable food. Voted Free Times’ Halls Chophouse Best New Restaurant, Best Service, Best Steak, and Best Restaurant When Someone Else Is Paying – Halls Chophouse is sure to be part of our community for years to come. The restaurant is mirrored after its sister location in Charleston with the same menu and a slightly different interior design, suited perfectly for Columbia’s taste in restaurant decor. Halls is where you will find hospitality, classical music and a true fine-dining experience.

While the food and atmosphere alone are reasons enough to visit Halls Chophouse, the people running the restaurant are why you will want to come back. Owner Bill Hall has been in the service industry business for over 54 years and is exceptionally proud to now being doing business in Columbia. “It’s the heart and blood of the state,” says Hall.

The Halls Chophouse chain of restaurants (with additional locations in Charleston, Greenville, and Nexton) may be headquartered out of Charleston, but their family is invested in the city of Columbia. Hall felt the Columbia restaurant space, previously home to Oak Table, needed an expansion in space to create private dining options for the large number of business people working in and around downtown. The family did major reconstruction, doubling the space and executing a complete redesign. The designers, contractors, and crew were all hired locally. Their investment in the local economy did not stop there. 
The entire staff of Halls Chophouse Columbia was hired here in Columbia. In fact, about a third of the staff are students at The University of South Carolina. “We have a great relationship with the university’s hospitality program, which is excellent,” says General Manager Ryan Jones. They continue to invest in the community throughout the year, with efforts including support of USC athletic programs, advertising locally, and more. Columbia has responded in kind, showing much enthusiasm for the Halls brand, as evidenced by the crowded dining room and local awards.
While there may be a few steakhouses in Columbia, this one is unique. Halls Chophouse is one of the only restaurants in Columbia where you can find such an expansive menu that includes individual meals as well as family-style meals and a selection of dry-aged steaks. Dry-aged steaks are rare and boast unique nutty and earthly flavors you will not find in a traditionally wet-aged steak. Marinated to perfection, both the wet and dry-aged steaks are sure to please your palette. Compliment your steak with a Hall-favorite loaded baked potato, lobster macaroni and cheese, made-from-scratch Caesar salad or another of the other, mouthwatering sides. Make sure you also order one of the Low Country traditional appetizers, such as she-crab soup or fried green tomatoes.

Another feature that makes Halls unique is their diverse dining accommodations. No matter the occasion, or lack thereof, there is space to host your party with each room of the 10,000 square foot restaurant boasting a slightly different atmosphere and seating size. Choose from the lively bar area, the private wine room, the back of the restaurant where the main dining area is located, as well as smaller, more intimate tables. The bar is a great place to watch sports and the private dining rooms are perfect for business meetings with AV hookup and televisions available. Their gorgeous patio has a stunning view of the State House and is the ideal location for a glass of red wine paired with your steak of choice on a beautiful, southern fall evening.

Halls Chophouse would not be complete without entertainment in the bar area. Tommy Hall believes the kitchen is the heart of the restaurant and the bar is the soul. This outlook on hospitality is obvious through the food quality and the entertainment lineup. There is live entertainment Monday through Saturday beginning at 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday get a little livelier with a second act starting at 9 p.m. You can choose to listen to the band and even dance the night away in the bar area, or perhaps you’d rather sit in the quieter, main dining room which is open late on Fridays and Saturdays. You can find the entertainment schedule on the Halls Chophouse Columbia Facebook page.

The staff is excited to participate in holiday festivities this year, including being open for service on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. Additionally, the restaurant will be participating in the annual Famously Hot New Year party with a ticketed event, to include bar service and heavy passed hors d'oeuvres. Outside of holiday season, the restaurant does many special events, including scotch tastings paired with a five-course meal, participation in golf tournaments, and more. 
The next time you dine-in or take-out, do not forget to ask for your Hall Pass. A ten-dollar investment gets you a lifetime of 10 percent reward points to use at any of the Hall restaurants. You can choose to redeem your points once you have collected 250 or let them rack up for a delicious meal on the house. The best part is that the points never expire.
When you walk into Halls Chophouse, expect to be treated as if you are dining with family. The wait staff will be eager to please, and the food will never disappoint you. So, whether you are planning your next big occasion, date night, or business dinner, be sure to make Halls Chophouse a part of your plans.

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