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The Venue, Columbia, SC

The Venue

3.3
3.3
89 reviews
$30 and under
American
Your eater-tainment destination is now on the 1600 Block of Main Street.

Perfect place for brews, and entertainment or virtual sports gaming. Enjoy LIVE MUSIC every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday!

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2 people

19:00


Booked 14 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Comfort Food, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm Breakfast Fri 9:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–12:00 am Fri 4:00 pm–2:00 am Sat 3:00 pm–2:00 am Sun 3:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (803) 726-2230

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Marcus Hampton

  • Area

    Columbia

  • Parking Details

    Complimentary Valet service is available! Parking is also available in Taylor Street Garage, Cannon Street Garage. Street Parking is also available that is free after 6PM.

  • Additional

    Patio/Outdoor Dining

What 89 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

3.3
3.3 based on recent ratings
  • 3.4Food
  • 3.2Service
  • 3.6Ambience
  • 3.2Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • South Carolina

    Hot Spot

  • South Carolina

    Late Night Find

  • Columbia

    Group Bookings

  • Columbia

    Hot Spot

  • Columbia

    Romance

  • Columbia

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great! Dueling Pianos was Fantastic! Overall a great experience.
  2. BG

    BarbaraG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Go with a group. We had 7 and that made the night.
  3. UJ

    UtrenaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Throw Back Thursday's was AMAZING! Everything was beyond my wildest expectations - An Entire Vibe.
  4. L

    Llabrisa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience4
    Everything was good except we were expecting a gospel brunch, but there was no music at all. They should stop advertising this if it's not going to take place.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Service was slow and inattentive. Ended up only having a drink (which was wrong) and appetizer (was told it came with 4 big egg rolls, which was actually 2 cut in half) because service was so bad. Asked multiple people when the pianos started, but no one even knew if they were having music that night (a Saturday night!). Hopefully they get better as they’re open longer because it seems like a good idea, but can’t recommend and don’t think I’ll give them a second chance any time soon.
  6. RK

    RobertK

    Charleston

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Service, what service? We waited 35 min and no one came to are table. Plenty of staff but total disinterest. Took are order and 10 min later still no drinks, with 4 behind the bar and hardly anyone in the place. Left in huff. We are done with this place.
  7. PO

    ParadiseO

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and atmosphere were great. I’m already planning my next visit. I can’t wait to try other items on the menu!
  8. T

    Thomas

    Charleston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    No dueling pianos as scheduled, orders took over 90 minutes even though they weren't busy, overpriced food was okay, but not for what we were charged, and the ONLY bartender couldn't even remember what drinks he had made for us after giving us the wrong ones, I can get a lot more for $160 for two in Columbia
  9. h

    hmd123

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We sat and there was 2 other tables in the restaurant. We never got a server after asking multiple times. We left after 30 minutes and ate at Villa Tronco. We were immediately greeted. Poor service and staff was unfriendly.
  10. DW

    DemicaW

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Poor service. There were only 3 tables and the wait time for us to order was over 20 minutes. They placed us all the way in the back by the kitchen when it was practically empty. The food was ok however service was horrible.
  11. JR

    JandR

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    Had a reservation at 6:00. Took 20 minutes before we were greeted after we hunted down someone. Food came out wrong, once we finally got it and we were told that’s how we ordered it. Very inattentive server. Website said Dueling Pianos at 6…… left at 8 and no show. Waitress had no knowledge about it. Very expensive for an appetizer and one meal that was mediocre. Used to love the Dueling Pianos show, a couple of years ago. Very disappointing. Never saw a manager to try and resolve our evening.
  12. JT

    JeanT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a great time everyone was singing along with music I would go back.
  13. CT

    CadiaT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    We had dinner in the Piano room and the atmosphere was great. The servers were clear on how ordering food was to be done and ordering through the app wasn’t very clear. When the food came it wasn’t exactly what I thought it would be because we apparently didn’t use the app well. Our waitress didn’t check on us. We ordered drinks through the app only to be informed we were to order from the waitress and they took forever to come. The cocktails were horrible (how do you spoil a cosmo and a margarita?)
  14. SM

    SteveM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very enjoyable evening with good music and good food. Sound was too loud but quieted down later in evening.waiter was very nice and good,I think he had too many tables to wait on. I will be going back. Nice to have the venue in Columbia.
  15. PC

    PamC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Fun kinda formal 1920s vibe. Everyone loved their dinner, good selection of menu items. When we first arrived very nice low background music...however once the dueling pianos began, so loud we could no longer talk...This should probably be presented more as a show and begin more like 8:30.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We got there and were told there were no tables being there waited on. Then they told us there was a waiter but they never showed up. We left after 20 mins. Weird vibe
  17. E

    Emily

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Would not recommend. We were so excited to try this new venue. We arrived for our 7:45 reservation. There was no hostess. No checkin and all the bar staff were avoiding eye contact. After 5 minutes, I was able to track down a staff member. She simply stated it would be at least an hour before we could be sat and probably much longer to be served. I replied with we have reservations, her response was everyone in here has reservations. We apparently overbooked. I didn’t really understand as I didn’t see any check in monitor nor was she writing down names. Additionally, The manager was not helpful nor provided any service recovery efforts. I would avoid at all costs.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    We got seated promptly; however, no server came to our table. We went to the bar and was told they could not help us. The restaurant was packed, yet no one had food! After 20 minutes still no server.
  19. C

    Colliers

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Madeline was amazing the food was delicious beautiful decor
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    They need more bartenders working. They lost out on a bunch of drinks because we just got tired of waiting to be serviced
  21. BB

    BruceB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a brand new spot so we were the only ones there. The piano music was beautiful and we were able to have a nice relaxing dinner.
  22. MD

    MaraD

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We showed up and race equipment was everywhere. They told us to come back in an hour. Didn’t matter that our reservation was for 6:30 for Dueling pianos. So we asked if we could make a later reservation and go eat somewhere else. As an employee was helping with that finally says they aren’t doing dueling pianos yet. No real apologies either. Very disappointed and probably will not go back.
  23. M

    Missy

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Ordered the shrimp and grits. The gravy was too thick. It took a while to receive our order. Great place to eat overall.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We went for Easter Brunch and it was a horrible experience. We will not be back, and it’s such a shame because it is a great location. As soon as we walked in the host was very unprofessional and not friendly. The music was so loud we couldn’t hear each other talk. Outside had trash all over the ground, the service was poor, the staff appeared disheveled, 2 out of the 4 of our orders were messed up. The food was NOT worth the cost and left us feeling sick afterwards. I would not recommend going here. We were very disappointed.
  25. PH

    PatrickH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The chicken and waffles are my favorite- the syrup is yummy.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Dueling pianos were great! Food was good and pretty.
  27. TM

    TracyM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 April 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Never actually ate the food because when we got their they told us there was an event inside so we must sit outside, I said I have a reservation and it is getting chilly we want to sit inside, hostess said do you want table or not? We took the table outside, but 10 min later no one came out to greet us it was obvious they cared more about the event then other customers. Why take a reservation if you are holding an event ? I would have given place a zero if I could have. Staff either ignored us or were rude.
  28. EW

    EricW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall4food4service1ambience3
    The Venue at Main course is a welcomed addition to the offerings of places to dine and drink with friends. The food is a little pricey but you do get what you pay for. The Chicken sandwich was excellent, and I would highly recommend with extra bacon jam. The veggie burger was decent, but it was from a premade patty and with all the choices for veggie burgers these days it should have been of better quality. For an app we got the Gochubang Shrimp. The sauce is great and the pickled veggie that came with it sets the dish off and provides a little spice. Would have liked to have more that what was provided. The entertainment was excellent, and would have been better had there been more crowd participation. My only dislike was the service. Slow, inattentive, and not well versed on the offerings from the bar or the kitchen. Overall we will go back but mostly for drinks and entertainment value.
  29. AV

    AudraV

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 April 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    They sent an email saying how awesome the place is and I booked a table by the piano bar because we like piano bar music. The hostesses who looked confused and disheveled didn’t recognize we had a reservation and sat us in the main dining room. We said we booked piano bar. Walked us through the entire venue, which is very weird, to the piano bar where staff were eating and said, oh there’s no pianist tonight. What?! We left. Get it together.
  30. VD

    ValD

    Charlotte

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 3 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend going to Sunday brunch if you want a more relaxed atmosphere. If you want high energy then go on Saturday. Food is great either day and consistent!
  31. QI

    QuinonesI

    Charleston

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious and we loved our drinks. This was our first time here since it has changed from Michaels but it won’t be our last.
  32. TB

    TaeshiaB

    Charleston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 March 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Went on Mar.9th for my birthday dinner with a friend and son. I made reservations for 6pm. I arrive at 5:57pm. Inform person at the desk of reservation. She appears confused. Asked some one upstairs were they serving, he replied no. She scanned the room and said I guess I can sit you here. I arrived first with my son so and ordered drinks for us before friend arrived. They were brought promptly. Friend arrives. As soon as he sits down sever asked what do you want to order, not giving us a minute to even glance at the menu. I reply one moment. She stood there waiting. She came off irritated and ready to get our table over with. We hastily placed order. He had club sandwich and deviled eggs. I had filet mignon medium. Food came quick. Steak was rare. Sent back food back and opted not to eat due to my server. I just didnt enjoy experience at all. It was supposed to be a great end to my birthday. She alone made my entire experience bad.
  33. BB

    BridgetB

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came to celebrate husbands bday and listen to jazz along with dinner. Tayvis very hospitable and helpful. Buffet was delicious. Loved the broccoli casserole. Ashley was a very attentive server despite the large crowd she checked on us throughout the evening. We really had a great night. Ms Arnetha attending the buffet was very friendly and kept the area replenished and clean. We will be back. Great venue and was very happy and excited to be in an ALL ADULT atmosphere. Thanks Tayvis to you and your staff.
  34. LK

    LaotniK

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 February 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Nothing like a great day party and great food in the middle of the day.
  35. DO

    DinerOne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Food was below average for the cost. The main course was semi warm and the meat was very fatty. Service was sub par for such an upscale place. Waiters should not be serving food with ball caps on and a hoodie pulled over it. The wait staff had a very unprofessional appearance and un-attentive for the most part. The entertainment was good and the only thing that was worth going back for.
  36. RS

    RiaSkye

    Charleston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    I took time to reserve ahead of time and wrote notes regarding the occasion … the hostess didn’t look up reservation but told us to walk to another hostess in another room. When I finally found the hostess and attempted to tell her about my reservation she just told me I could sit my party at the bar for service. Uncomfortable with that idea as it was my mothers sixty third birthday and wanted our table as requested, we asked to be seated at an open table. There had been others waited on nearby. I had to ask the hostess how things worked for on Brunch Saturday bc there was no direction given. She said she’d be back with menus but never came back. I had to go to the hostess table several times to request silverware and a menu as we wanted to possibly purchase things in lieu of or in addition to brunch. I asked the server who was waiting on the adjacent table if she was also serving our table and she said no, so I finally went to the crowded bar to order our brunch, drinks and extras. The bartender I spoke to was super kind and helpful and was confused to why no one was serving us… so she served us instead. It would have been more enjoyable if there was less confusion and more attentiveness to guests reservations even if changes had to be made. A simple explanation, apology and directions on how to partake in the brunch buffet from the hostess would have gone along way.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Savannah

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience2
    Made reservations and when we got there, was told that she don’t have a list of reservations so we were seated… people were coming in to the Drag Show and our seating was in the wall way so why they were lining up my seat was being hit with people talking loud right behind my head while trying to eat. They finally informed them they had to go around front. Our mimosas took FOREVER and we were done eating just waiting, when we tried to cancel it the waiter rushed to get it so we sat another 10-15 min trying to rush to drink it down because of all the traffic. It wasn’t set up properly and a lot of chaos which made the entire experience NOT GOOD
  38. EF

    ErikaF

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I had reservation at 12:15pm on Saturday, February 12, 2022. The hostess were rude and unpleasant. She appear to be unhappy and took it out on the customers. She didn't show us to our table. A young man came by and heard the conversation and took it upon him self to seat us. We decided to leave, because the tone were already set when we arrived and were rudely greeted. I wouldn't come back at all. When to the Grand across the street and greeting were amazing.
  39. GW

    GWENDAG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had the best Monday night experience ever. We were celebrating a birthday and never expected the band and other commodities. The experience and food were absolutely superb!!
  40. NJ

    NitaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome experience! The breakfast buffet was great. The service was excellent. The atmosphere was very casual, pleasant and relaxing. Especially when the band started. The music was the icing on the cake.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

The Venue offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (803) 726-2230.

The Venue is rated 3.3 stars by 89 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 14 times today
Google Map for The Venue

1624 Main St Columbia, SC 29201-2818

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area

    Columbia

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm Breakfast Fri 9:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–12:00 am Fri 4:00 pm–2:00 am Sat 3:00 pm–2:00 am Sun 3:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    American, Comfort Food, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Complimentary Valet service is available! Parking is also available in Taylor Street Garage, Cannon Street Garage. Street Parking is also available that is free after 6PM.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Marcus Hampton

  • Additional

    Patio/Outdoor Dining

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