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The Venue, Columbia, SC

The Venue

3.5
3.5
75 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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Booked 15 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

Menu

At present, we do not have menu information for this restaurant. Please see their website or wait to visit the restaurant to learn more.

What 75 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

3.5
3.5 based on recent ratings
  • 3.6Food
  • 3.3Service
  • 3.7Ambience
  • 3.4Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • South Carolina

    Hot Spot

  • Columbia

    Hot Spot

  • Columbia

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. SM

    SteveM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    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.

  2. PC

    PamC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. C

    Colliers

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Madeline was amazing the food was delicious beautiful decor

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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!

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. LK

    LaotniK

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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

  24. 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.

  25. 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!!

  26. 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.

  27. SR

    ShelleyR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 January 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3

    Have eaten here once before and enjoyed it. Previous to this visit we were seated in a different area; brighter, less subdued, but each area has it’s own vibe going on. We each chose to eat at the brunch buffet which was located in a different area and was not as extensive as I would have expected for New Year’s Day. Grits were amazing and the omelette station was busy. The chicken (for the chicken and waffles) was dry and a little disappointing. This was the second time that has been the case. Understand the difficulty in keeping it moist when served on a buffet but still. Overall it was a pleasant visit, although there are other options in Columbia.

  28. KE

    KellyE

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 January 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3

    Very nice place, but service was slow to start then the food runners were not sure which tables got what. My steak was under cooked and potatoes were cold. My partners order was wrong as well, but they fixed it right away. Very nice server and bartender....since it was NYE I will give them a pass and will return to try again one day.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 January 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    The restaurant section was mostly empty but the speed and attentiveness of the server was poor. My potatoes were served at room temperature and our side dish of sweet potatoes was served ten minutes after the main dish. Our drinks took 20 minutes after being ordered with the bar ten feet away.

  30. SH

    SHARONH

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 December 2021

    overall1food4service2ambience3

    After making reservations I was told that they could not accommodate the said reservations and the menu choices they were utilizing was a late night menu and NOT the full menu. Experience was VERY disappointing.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 December 2021

    overall3food4service4ambience2

    The bar was very noisy. Waiter & waitress was attentive.

  32. MC

    MontyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Looking forward to coming back Had a great time was surprised at the service we got with the large crowd that was there

  33. PP

    PerryP

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2021

    overall2food5service1ambience2

    We set an online (outdoor) reservation for 6:45 on a Friday (we live in Greenwood...1.5 hours away). We arrived on time and there was no hostess or staff available (other than the bartenders). The main bar area was packed with 50-75 all waiting for the doors to open for a concert in another area of the restaurant. Those people waiting had the bartenders very busy. We asked one of the bartenders about the hostess and for someone to serve us. He was polite..but said there is/was nobody..we'd have to order at the bar. The bartenders were slammed helping people. At that point, we thought hard about leaving..but the food menu looked great and it was Friday night. I did not want to fight for a table elsewhere. So, we figured that when the doors opened...maybe things would settle down and we'd get some service. We decided to stay, order dinner from the bar, and eat at a bar table. Side note....the outside sitting are was dark and deserted..not a great option for dinner in the city. Back to the story....when the crowd cleared, the bartender came over to speak with us. We told him our story and he was very polite and understanding. He said the system never should have accepted that reservation. If we called, someone would have told us the reality. Anyway, he apologized and said he'd take good care of us....which he did. Food came and was delicious. After dinner, the bartender came back and told us he had spoken to the manager and proactively offered us a free round. We appreciated the gesture. The whole encounter was sort of unfortunate. But, dinner ended much better than it started. The bartender saw the problem and fixed the problem. I guess that is all you can ask.

  34. B

    Brandon

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 December 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience5

    Made reservations. Showed up and got turned away due to overbooking and staffing issues. I have been here before. Nice place, good food. This could be the result of many factors outside of the employees control, but my experience was horrible. Wanted a nice date with my wife, but I won't go back. Hopefully this was a one-off experience. I would still suggest others to give them a chance, but be warned, this could happen to you.

  35. CF

    CarolF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 November 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    I love this place; this is one of my favorite place to go. It offers something new and exciting everytime I visit. The Thanksgiving dinner was great! I will always recommend Main Course to others and will always bring my out of town guest. Thanks Main Course restaurant.

  36. BA

    BarnesA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Omg, we didn't know what to expect, but so happy we tried this place! The food was excellent, Thanksgiving buffet had everything you would want and tasted like your Grandmother prepared it! The staff was great, very helpful and kind. My husband is in a wheelchair ♿ and everyone was so helpful, thank you! We will definitely be back, and I have told everyone about it!

  37. CO

    CassandraO

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had family in who had never been to Columbia before. Main Course offered a delicious buffet in the city’s downtown so we were able to walk the Statehouse grounds and enjoy the beautiful architecture of Main Street then enjoy a nice meal together. Ashton was our server and he is truly a rockstar. Great Thanksgiving for us!

  38. BF

    BethF

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 20 November 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience3

    Music was loud. Tuna was way over cooked. It was close to the kitchen closing so they rushed it. Waiter was great when you could hear him. Not sure I would be back.

  39. P

    Payten

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing experience. Glad I chose to have my 20th birthday dinner here.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on 12 November 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Went for date lunch. Fancy restaurant. We Enjoyed our lunch

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 3.5 stars by 75 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 15 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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