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The Robinson Room, Columbia, SC

The Robinson Room

3.9
3.9
35 reviews
$30 and under
Dessert
Located in the hidden lower level of The Grand on Main, will soon be home to the city’s latest swanky dessert and cocktail lounge, The Robinson Room. The lounge will offer Chef Macdonald’s award-winning, Instagram-worthy desserts which can be paired with some of the world’s most rare and exclusive liquors.

Michelin Star Pastry Chef and New York-based culinary expert, Rory Macdonald, is collaborating with the Grand on Main to bring his world-famous, decadent desserts to Columbia’s Main Street.

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2 people

19:00


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Dessert

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Fri 5:00 pm–12:00 am Sat, Sun 2:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (803) 726-2323

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

What 35 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 3.4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.5Value

NoiseModerate

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    Hot Spot

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    Late Night Find

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    Romance

  • Columbia

    Best Ambience

  • Columbia

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  • Columbia

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  1. BS

    BrandiS

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved the atmosphere, the servers were very nice! It was a little loud being there was a rowdy party going on upstairs. The bread pudding had an unexpected twist in flavor that we loved. Only negatives were all the menus didn’t have all of the deserts listed, which I overheard our server tell another table so I only had 3 of the 5 on the menu in front of me. I would’ve loved to see what other options they had. Also, my fork was filthy I ended up using my husband’s silverware instead.
  2. KD

    KevinD

    Orlando

    22 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall1food2service4ambience4
    We were very excited to try this place, only to find out they only had 3 dessert options. This restaurant is advertised as a dessert bar, why only 3 desserts?? The after dinner cocktail list was slim as well. So many people got up and left after seeing the minimal selections they had to offer. I hope this place gets better or it definitely won’t survive.
  3. T

    Trina

    Charleston

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    The menu was not correct online nor at the table. We thought we would get to taste an exquisite dessert but instead they only had an over priced peach cobbler, banana split and bread pudding. Call first before you go because they change the menu monthly but don’t post what the changes are.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Asia is an awesome pastry chef and very hospitable.
  5. B

    Brand

    Charleston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Good cocktails and desserts. Not very accessible (you have to walk down stairs to get to the space). Server was rude and demeaning. For the price I would have expected far better service. Will not recommend to others.
  6. T

    Torismom

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Desert is delicious and the old fashioned is next level
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall5food1service5ambience5
    Need more warm deserts and more desert options. Coffee with spirits or full coffee service would also be nice.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Quiet environment great for an intimate date because there are no noisy distractions. The decor is impeccable and the service excellent. The desserts are tasty but are not a headliner. I would recommend anyone try this place at least once or twice.
  9. MR

    MrinaliR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    The cocktails were very sweet. Felt like drinking cough syrup. Not a great pairing with deserts.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service
  11. AS

    AnttraveseSmith

    Charleston

    41 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on 1 April 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Some if the desserts on the menu were unavailable, due to some culinary mishaps during prior preparation. This caused us to shift to other menu items that weren't really in agreement with our taste buds (too sweet).
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Quick hits: dessert and cocktail bar with very limited menu. - desserts are somewhat exotic and may not appeal to some. - service is very poor - be prepared for sticker shock, prices are quite high. My experience (in depth): I was really excited to try this place since there is really only one other dessert place in town. Seeing that reservations were recommended I check to see if any are available same day, there were! Every time slot from 8:30 to midnight was open - wow this is great! My party of four arrives to the Robinson Room to find a place that seats roughly 30 and has only two overwhelmed staff members. The hostess/server/bartender tells me they aren't sure they can satisfy my reservation because it was made so recently. Eventually, they get it sorted and seat us. The dessert menu was surprisingly short, just five options. Of the five, we're told two are sold out which is disappointing considering the restaurant would be open several more hours. Between the four of us we order two desserts, three cocktails, and a glass of wine. We receive the desserts promptly but no sign of our drinks. We finish the desserts, still no sign of our drinks. Finally, after 30 minutes our drinks arrive. We asked for the check and went down the street to a place that has it together.
  13. F

    Foodandfriends

    Charleston

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 26 March 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Huge disappointment! We were so excited to get dessert and drinks here after reading about it. The chocolate orange was a gelatinous mess; wine selections were super-limited; it's way understaffed with one person doing everything from hosting, to bar tending to serving; and the space doesn't look at all how it appears in pictures. It's a tiny space with a grungy little bar and lots of fake plants.
  14. F

    Foodie

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 March 2022

    overall5food1service5ambience5
    Menu was very limited. All their desserts had chocolate except for one and they only have drinks that pairs with the desserts.
  15. LM

    LeslieM

    Charleston

    133 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    133 reviews

    Dined on 5 March 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    This could be a fabulous place. It is a beautiful space with great service from what seems to be dedicated employees. What it needs is desserts with more universal appeal and better prices. We went for dessert, but only had drinks because we could not find anything on the menu that sounded good enough to order. There were many people there who felt the same way, it seems, as very few desserts were ordered by anyone on a Saturday night. This concept needs some work.
  16. DC

    DCsOwn

    Baltimore

    24 reviews

    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience5
    Valentine's '22. I would have given The Robinson Room 5 stars across the board had dinner been available in the area OR had it been clearer that dinner wasn't going to be served in the room. The room was very intimate with the dim lighting level, background music, seating arrangements and drink selections.
  17. AG

    ArielG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the time we got in to the moment we sat down it was nothing but perfection 🥰 , the atmosphere was great and the desert were Devine! Ughhhh !! My Love and I will most definitely coming back again ! Date night for sure!
  18. DS

    DavidS

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience5
    Didn’t realize don’t serve meals. Also none of beers on menu available. I asked for Chardonnay but didn’t have. They suggested Pinot Grigio. Glass was very small, like a shot. Asked for another Pinot and the said there was no more. Lovely looking place but just seemed disorganized.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 February 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    The desserts were ok, but not worth the price. The menu was too limited. The bar was also limited. The rum cake was dry.
  20. LH

    LoriH

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 30 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic artisan desserts and a comfortable atmosphere. Loved the chocolate orange dessert!
  21. LG

    LaurelG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Robinson Room is like an old fashioned lounge. Comfortable seating, relaxing atmosphere, great special dessert and beverage selections and wonderful, knowledgeable staff. Perfect place for quiet celebrations or special occasions.
  22. QI

    QuinonesI

    Charleston

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 30 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is place is a gem!!! So top notch and quaint at the same time. I can’t wait to go back
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 30 January 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Amazing dessert (apple tarte tatin) and good cocktails. A cool concept that is well executed. Come here after dinner for a special dessert experience.
  24. KV

    KingV

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 January 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great service and really good desserts. Wish they had a larger cocktail selection but overall, a good experience. On the higher end of prices.
  25. CF

    ChristinaF

    Raleigh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 January 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    We had a reservation for a birthday celebration and when we arrived we were greeted by the owner/bartender. I told him we had a reservation and he said “oh you are those people “ the table wasn’t ready and we waited for more than 15 min to order a drink. They were out of many ingredients and desserts and 3 of the 4 drinks we had were not good. The “moist rum cake with caramel sauce ” was like saw dust and there was no caramel. We told the bartender we wanted our check and when he did not bring it after 20 min I went to the bar to pay. He was apologetic stating how busy they were but we will not return.
  26. G

    Gigiof7

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The Robinson Room was the perfect place to end our Anniversary date night. It is a small intimate place with approximately 10 tables. There are also a few chairs along the bar. The drinks and desserts were unique and delicious. I would highly recommend for date night or girls night
  27. C

    Colafam

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a fun and top shelf experience. The setting is very intimate and the staff is knowledgeable. Food is well crafted and the cocktails are genius.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 1 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Me and a friend drove an hour to celebrate in Columbia. We loved everything about this dessert lounge. To make the experience even better, the server made it even more enjoyable.
  29. QI

    QuinonesI

    Charleston

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 18 December 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This is such a fun quaint spot. The drinks were phenomenal and the dessert was so yummy. We’re definitely coming back.
  30. V

    Victoria

    Charlotte

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 15 December 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    First time visiting! Went during the Christmas season. The desserts were fresh! I actually ate bananas and I can't stand bananas 😂 The seasonal Rum Rudolph snuck up on us 🥴😂 I would come back another time.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 5 December 2021

    overall3food3service1ambience5
    Did not have food but could not continue without putting a rating. Everything was great until we paid. Apparently the new holiday menu (it was December 4) “needs to be updated”. Drinks were more expensive than the menu portrayed and the server could only tell us that the menu needed to be updated. Did not seem at all concerned that the menu was wrong. Poor service if you ask me.
  32. MS

    MichaelS

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 3 December 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great dessert and drinks. Good service. Atmosphere excellent
  33. JA

    JoaoA

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 15 November 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Ben, our bartender was amazing. Ambiance is a little off. Mild damp, basement smell when descending the stairs. Music initially too loud. Also the white string lights wrapped around the sprinkler system detracts from the upscale vibe they want to achieve. Take those down! Drinks, service, and food was on point. Prices are some of the highest I have seen in Columbia and border on ridiculous. The price point will prevent us from dining here often.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very attentive staff with great ambience.
  35. D

    Debra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambiance and service were amazing. The desserts were also top tier!

FAQs

The Robinson Room is rated 3.9 stars by 35 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Google Map for The Robinson Room

1621 Main St Columbia, SC 29201-2817

Additional information

  • Area

    Columbia

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Fri 5:00 pm–12:00 am Sat, Sun 2:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Dessert

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Cocktails, Gender Neutral Restroom, Wine

  • Phone number

    (803) 726-2323

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