Mother’s and Father’s Day Dining Guide

Posted On May 15, 2021

Ensure Mom and Dad know they are appreciated this Mother’s and Father’s Day with memorable meals at local restaurants. We’ve put together a diverse guide for an array of tastes and preferences. Brunch? Yep. Fine dining? We’ve got you covered. Want to skip the Sunday rush? We thought of that too.

by Kristin Carter

D.W.’s Lakeside
dwslakeside.com | (803) 345-9909

Visit by boat or land! D.W.’s Lakeside is in Chapin’s Timberlake Country Club and offers stunning views of Lake Murray along with delicious food and drink. The appetizer menu hosts unique fare like the Pimento Cheese Brulee (warm pimento cheese topped with caramelized brown sugar), and Belgian Endive Boats stuffed with Waldorf chicken salad. Traditional items are available too – hummus, low country crab cakes, caprese, etc. The dinner menu boasts an all-natural Duroc pork chop, a Black Angus ribeye, and a Black Angus filet. They’re open every day for lunch and dinner apart from Mondays. Consider celebrating on an alternative day or time – Taco Tuesday or Happy Hour. Call for a live music itinerary or get it to-go from Fusco’s Market, located in the same building.

hendrixsc.com | (803) 834-5132

Spoil Mom and Dad with a trip to this local favorite fine dining restaurant. Hendrix is closed on Sundays, but you can snag a reservation for the dining room, or choose the roof top bar, which is first come, first served for an alternative celebration day (Saturday, perhaps?). Find hand-crafted cocktails and a farm-to-table style menu with mouthwatering options made from local ingredients. Hendrix also comes with an amazing view of Main Street and plenty of shops to browse before or after your meal. If your family is not quite ready for a dine-in experience, ordering to-go is an option. Reservations are available by phone or online.

Halls Chophouse
www.hallschophouse.com | (803) 563-5066

Both fine-dining and family friendly, reservations at this family-owned restaurant are sure to delight Mom and Dad. The cuts of meat at Halls are legendary, but there is so much more. Seafood lovers delight at the scallops, salmon, shrimp and grits, flounder, cocktail shrimp, and lobster. Quail and grilled vegetable ravioli offer variety for an array of tastes. The ambiance is second to none and the service is impeccable. Reservations are available by phone or online.

Sheraton Columbia Downtown Hotel | (803) 988-1400

Are you bringing family in from out of town for Mother’s or Father’s Day? Or simply looking for a unique experience for local family? Look no further than the Sheraton. Located on Main Street in a historic building that was once a bank, this place will give your family plenty to talk about. The rooms are elegant with a story, there is a Starbucks in the basement, The Vault Martini Bar can be found in the lobby, and finally, there is The Rooftop Bar. With a view of the entire city, including the capital building, this bar is sure to delight. Have a cocktail and a light appetizer while watching the sun set and the cars go by and tell Mom and Dad, “Thanks for everything.”

Tacos Nayarit | (803) 814-0727

Look no further than Tacos Nayarit for authentic Mexican cuisine. What started out as a food truck operation has transitioned to a brick-and-mortar location on Percival Road in Northeast Columbia. Tacos Nayarit is open on Sundays from 11 am – 9 pm and while indoor dining is limited seating, there is ample patio space. Whether you get the tacos, quesadillas, or something else from their extensive menu, the flavors coming from the kitchen are sure to tantalize the tastebuds. Want to round it things out with a dessert? Try the authentic flan.

Legacy Caribbean Bar & Grill | Pon Di River Caribbean Bar & Bistro
legacycaribbeanbarandgrill.com | (803) 708-8481 (Legacy) | (803) 638-4220 (Pon Di River)

Whisk Mom and Dad away to the tropics at one of Columbia’s sister Caribbean restaurants, Legacy Caribbean Bar & Grill and Pon Di River Caribbean Bar & Bistro. For authentic flavors of the islands, guests order beef patties, jerk chicken or goat, oxtails, and brown stew fish. For the less adventurous, there are Americanized options like wings, burgers, chicken tenders, and fried shrimp to round out the menu. A refreshing Red Stripe lager or Pina Colada (the cute little umbrella is mandatory) will complete your family’s escape to Jamaica.

The Original Pancake House
originalpancakehouse.com | (803) 782-6742

Who doesn’t love breakfast, especially pancakes? Even more, who has visited The Original Pancake House and didn’t love it? This iconic restaurant is located on Forrest Drive in Trenholm Plaza and will have you coming back for more of their fresh juice, eggs, pancakes, French toast, and more. They will be open for normal hours on Mother’s and Father’s Day. Mother’s Day specials include strawberry pancakes, strawberry waffles, and strawberry French toast. Father’s Day specials include apple pancakes and a bacon lover’s breakfast. If breakfast (or brunch) is Mom or Dad’s favorite meal, head over to The Original Pancake House. A short wait is not unusual, but guests find it a pleasant one among the shops of Trenholm Plaza.

The Whig
thewhig.org | (803) 931-8852

This iconic dive bar is a huge part of Columbia’s Main Street culture. Located in the basement of the ABC building, The Whig has amazing food and a unique atmosphere, full of character. They closed for a while during the pandemic but are easing their way back to open with their spot on the local dining scene still secure. After operating as reservation only for a few months, they are now accepting walk in business again with limited seating. The food is laid back, but fun. Menu options include chipotle pimento cheese fries, smoked gouda mac n’ cheese, the Whig burger, and a vegan black-eyed pea burger.

The Gourmet Shop
thegourmetshop.net | (803) 799-3705

A Five Points staple since 1979, The Gourmet Shop serves brunch and lunch seven days a week. Choose from house made salads and sandwiches like their famous chicken salad, roasted shrimp salad, a variety of pasta salads, pimento cheese, and more. Their paninis are grilled to order and their wraps, cheese plates, charcuterie boards, and cocktails have made them a restaurant destination in Columbia for decades. Outdoor dining, indoor dining, call-ahead curbside pickup, carry out, and delivery are available. Check their website for details. The adjacent retail store offers cookware, tableware, pantry items, gifts, wine, cigars, and more – perfect for finding that special gift for Mom or Dad.

bourboncolumbia.com | (803) 403-1404

After a long hiatus due to the pandemic, Bourbon is open once again. They are a whiskey-centric cocktail bar and Cajun-Creole restaurant located on beautiful, historic Main Street in downtown Columbia. The restaurant has mouth-watering meal options, bourbon flights, and an amazing cocktail, beer, and wine list that is sure to offer something for everyone. Note that Bourbon is closed on Sundays and Mondays but is a great option if you want to celebrate away from the mad rush of the Sunday crowds. Bourbon doesn’t take reservations and seats fill up fast. Arrive early to avoid a wait.

terrasc.com | (803) 791-3443

Terra often makes our dining guide and for good reason. Located in West Columbia, just over the Gervais Street Bridge, this fine dining spot comes complete with impeccable service, a view of the city, award-winning wines and cocktails, and delicious food. Dine in the newly renovated dining room or relax on the patio with views of beautiful landscaping and hardscaping. Terra is also closed on Sundays and Mondays but is a great option for an alternative celebration day. Reservations are available.

California Dreaming
californiadreaming.rest | (803) 254-6767

Located in a gorgeous old train station just steps away from the University of South Carolina’s campus, California Dreaming offers an atmosphere of both character and class. The menu is mouthwatering and includes award winning salads, honey crescents, and many other entree options. (The immensely popular Knob Hill chicken deserves a nod.) In the mood for spirits? Try an adult milkshake. Make a reservation online to avoid the wait.

Tombo Grille
tombogrille.com | (803) 782-9665

Located on Forest Drive, Tombo Grill is an excellent option for indoor or outdoor dining in the Forest Acres area. The restaurant is closed on Sundays but is a great option if you want to dine Monday through Saturday and avoid the crowds. It might be tempting to finish your entire meal but consider holding off for dessert. The blondie is worth the restraint. You, Mom, and Dad, may also enjoy live entertainment, depending on the night you choose to dine. Stay up to date on the happenings and specials via their social media accounts. Reservations are available.

Café Strudel
cafestrudel.com | (803) 794-6634 (West Columbia) | (803) 490-0895 (Lexington)

If you are looking for a delicious breakfast or brunch in a casual, eclectic atmosphere, look no further than Café Strudel. With two locations in West Columbia and Lexington, this restaurant has a reputation for made-to-order, savory breakfasts with cocktails and specialty coffee drinks to pair. The restaurant lists specials on their social media accounts. Check for updates on Mother’s and Father’s Day specials.