Columbia is the capital of South Carolina, and it also just so happens to be the second largest city in the state. And as such, it can be a little overwhelming to figure out which of the hundreds of restaurants in the city are right for you. So today I think I have something that can help. This post will include a list of the 8 best breakfast and brunch places you can find in the city. I’ll give you each restaurant's address, a link to their website so you can check out their menu yourself, a quick review of what makes them stand out, and even a review from another customer so you can see what other people have had to say about them. And on top of that, I will also throw you a link anytime one of these great brunch places in Columbia accept our convenient digital GiftYa gift cards.
If you haven’t used a GiftYa before, they are completely digital gift cards that are accepted at thousands of restaurants, stores, and attractions around the country. I personally find them to be really convenient whenever I am trying to keep track of my budget. It’s nice that you can compartmentalize some of your expenses by having certain expenditures pre-allocated onto a digital gift card. And since they are all digital, and kept right on your phone, you never have to worry about leaving them behind or forgetting about the remaining balance on the card.
But that’s enough with the introduction, let’s get right to that list of great brunch restaurants you can find in Columbia, South Carolina that brought you here in the first place!
2617 Devine St | Columbia | thecinnamonrolldeli.com
The Devine Cinnamon Roll comes in at number one on my list of great brunch places in Columbia for a few different reasons. First of all, they have an outstanding rating from their customers with hundreds of reviews in. Which is probably why they were voted the best new restaurant in Columbia the year they opened. And on top of that, they also strive to support the local community. They do this in a variety of ways such as supporting various charities around the area and displaying the artwork of local students at USC.
But most importantly they support local businesses and farms by using locally sourced ingredients in their food. So not only are you going to get a great brunch at a great price, you are also going to be able to feel good about supporting a business like this one. Nothing makes a great meal better than knowing that the dollar you spend is going on to support local farmers and businesses.
“The food, atmosphere, and people are the best! Don't leave without getting a cinnamon roll... honestly the best one I've ever eaten!” - Yelp Review
2930 Devine St | Columbia | eggsupgrill.com
Eggs Up Grill is a breakfast restaurant chain that has quickly become the fastest growing chain of breakfast restaurants in the country. And now they have a location in Columbia. And you know when a business becomes the fastest growing of their kind in the country that they are doing something right. And obviously you are going to be able to get great eggs here. I mean it would be crazy if they named themselves “Eggs Up Grill” and couldn’t deliver on the eggs right? But on top of that you can also get all kinds of other breakfast and brunch classics like hash browns, french toast, waffles, and of course, bacon. So the next time you are looking for a great brunch in Columbia be sure to check out Eggs Up Grill and find out why they are the country’s fastest growing breakfast chain!
“Was visiting Columbia and looking for a good brunch spot. We really enjoyed every bit of this meal including the mimosas. Service was fantastic as well. Will definitely go back if in town again.” - Yelp Review
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4840 Forest Dr | Columbia | originalpancakehousencsc.com
At the Original Pancake House you can enjoy some of the best breakfast food in the area. And you know it has to be good because they’ve been one of the most popular breakfast and brunch spots in Columbia for over 20 years now. And it’s easy to see why. They use only the freshest ingredients in everything that they cook. They are famous for their bacon, and of course, their made-from-scratch pancakes. But no matter what you get, they have made it their mission to offer the best service around. So you know you are going to get a great breakfast/lunch accompanied by a friendly server and a relaxing atmosphere!
“I Love the Food, The Service, and the Atmosphere!
Fresh Squeezed Oj
I love the BlueBerry Waffles!” - Yelp Review
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709 Gervais St | Columbia | smallsugarsc.com
smallSUGAR is a great coffee and tea cafe that has plenty of great breakfast and brunch options as well. On top of their incredible baked goods they also have some great breakfast options like oatmeal made with almond milk and coconut milk. A yogurt parfait that is made with granola, sweetened yogurt, and then a seasonal preserve. And their smallSugar Breakfast that includes a soft-boiled egg, ricotta, avocado, an herb salad, seasonal vegetables, and fresh whole wheat flatbread as well.
Overall, I think smallSUGAR makes a great brunch choice when you are looking for something light and tasty along with some excellent coffee or tea. But if you’re looking for your more traditional brunch spread, you’re probably better off checking out one of the restaurants further up the list.
“What a lovely little spot! A little pricey but totally worth it. The portion of this breakfast was perfect and it was so flavorful their pastries and also their friendly staff make this place such a gem.” - Yelp Review
4600 Devine St | Columbia | anotherbrokenegg.com
If you are hoping to get an amazing breakfast or brunch, but you don’t really feel like sitting down at a restaurant (or cooking it yourself) then be sure to check out Another Broken Egg Cafe. They have all the breakfast classics you could want, along with some incredible dishes they specialize in. In particular their lobster and brie omelet and their cinnamon roll french toast are popular. And you can get these great breakfast dishes, along with all the classics, delivered right to your house. So if you want to enjoy a great restaurant style brunch without having to leave the house when you are in Columbia, then definitely check out Another Broken Egg Cafe.
“What an amazing breakfast! Pancakes, bacon and beignets are simply delicious. I was visiting the area and ordered via delivery. The breakfast was so amazing, I went to the restaurant the next day too. Great service as well.” - Yelp Review
2245 Leaphart Rd | West Columbia | theoriginalbrunchessc.com
If you are looking for a classic Southern-style breakfast, then The Original Brunches is going to be a great spot in Columbia for you. They strive to offer not only fantastic Southern-style cooking, but plenty of Southern style hospitality as well. So you can expect a warm welcome when you walk in the door. And they walk the walk as much as they talk the talk.
They use fresh local ingredients in all their made-from-scratch breakfast options. They have all the classics like pancakes and french toast, but they also have some amazing Southern-style dishes like shrimp and grits. So if you are looking for a great brunch served up with a smile while you are in Columbia, then be sure to check out The Original Brunches!
“Good Food, great attentive staff.
Neighborhood feel which is harder and harder to find.” - Yelp Review
116 State St | West Columbia | breakfastatruiz.com
Breakfast at Ruiz is another popular breakfast/brunch restaurant you can find around Columbia. If you are just looking to get some of your favorites like french toast, Belgian waffles, or omelets served in an upscale environment then Breakfast at Ruiz is going to be the spot for you. I highly recommend checking out their website to get a view of how amazingly decadent their dining room is. If you are hoping to have a great brunch to celebrate a special occasion then Breakfast at Ruiz seems like the best place in Columbia to me!
“I rarely give a 5- but this place is EVERYTHING! The food delicious & the service was friendly and welcoming . The menu has so many delicious options with drinks also. Small, quaint space; so coming during the week will cut down the wait..... but if it's the weekend ITS WORTH THE WAIT!” - Yelp Review
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7719 Two Notch Rd | Columbia | ihop.com
If you don’t want to take a risk on one of the local breakfast places for your lunch, then be sure to check out the Ihop in town. Ihop is one of the country’s most popular breakfast restaurant chains and one of the country’s largest breakfast chains so you can be sure that they have all of the classics. Everything from pancakes and french toast to breakfast platters and scramblers are an option here.
So if you are having brunch in a big group, I think Ihop makes a good choice. They may not be the best at anything, but they are very good at everything. And because of that, I think anybody will be able to find something great for brunch when you stop in at the Ihop in Columbia!
“the service was great. First time I had a server where I didn't have to keep asking for refills. She thought of everything. Food was good. Really enjoyed the atmosphere” - Yelp Review
Ihop is one of the most popular breakfast chains in the country, but it also happens to accept our convenient digital gift cards. So if you want a digital Ihop gift card just click the link!
And that concludes my list of some of the best brunch places you can find in Columbia, South Carolina. It’s not easy to get a ton of variety on a list that just includes restaurants of one style, so I tried to just find the best brunch restaurants I could. Hopefully something on the list works for what you and your dining party are looking for. And if you are in Columbia visiting be sure to check out our other great posts on fun things to do in Columbia and the best restaurants you can find in the area!