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Hunter-Gatherer Brewery & Alehouse

$$ - $$$American, ,
900 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201-3964
+1 803-748-0540
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good43%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“gyros” (14 reviews)
“beer cheese” (3 reviews)
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American, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
900 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201-3964
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a nice restaurant to go to if you are trying to catch up with friends or have a celebratory dinner. This restaurant has two levels of seating – the bottom floor is a little louder (for your celebratory dinners) and the top floor...More

Thank William O
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Great local eatery and brewery that has great comfort foods and beers brewed on premise. The black bean appetizer is excellent. Was our second visit while dropping our daughter off at school, and will be back on our next visit.

Thank markcR8228LG
Reviewed 2 August 2017

We came here for an early dinner and beers. IT did not disappoint. The beers were good but the food was very good. The shrimp and grits were some of the best I have had! Definitely would recommend this place.

Thank Marniecrna
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

Good, solid place. I really enjoyed the easy-going atmosphere and the great food. Worth stopping in when you're in town.

Thank hog-n-jog
Reviewed 19 July 2017

Wonderful food and atmosphere. Service was terrific and the cocktails were wonderful. Would highly recommend.

Thank Julie C
Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

Good place for lunch and beers-food was average. Good place for food and beers with friends-not ideal for families

Thank henrypa
Reviewed 29 June 2017 via mobile

Very good beer and salad. The gyros was fine. I really enjoyed the ESB, although the pale ale was close in quality.

Thank jayib56
Reviewed 7 June 2017

Had dinner the other night with some colleagues. The hotel recommended this restaurant and sang the praises of the Shrimp and Grits. On their recommendation, cancelled out reservation at another place and went here and everyone ordered the S&G. Good but not great.

Thank travelingallthetime1
Reviewed 25 May 2017

I went to "HG" on Monday with friends after work and had a great pale ale, a fresh locally sourced meal, and laughter and lies within the open two story brewery-pub. This is my favorite Columbia watering hole and restaurant...bar none.

Thank Tom H
Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

We loved this place. The beer was great. We tried the wheat, porter, pale ale and ESB. Loved them all. The food was really tasty. We had the black bean dip. Tried two of their pizzas, a gyro and both desserts. Everything was awesome. Wish...More

Thank LLTwigg
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Tyra R
15 July 2016|
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Response from KevinVarner | Property representative |
Sorry for the slow and partially helpful response. For us a large group is 8-12, most often we can seat 8-12 people in a reasonable amount of time. A group of more than 12 would have to find separate tables. We don't take... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$18
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 900 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201-3964
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: +1 803-748-0540
  • E-mail
Hunter-Gatherer Brewery has been brewing and serving classic ales since 1995. Starting in 2015, we will regularly feature cask-conditioned ales served from wood kilderkins made by Alastair Simms, the only master cooper in the United Kingdom. Michael Jackson, aka the "Beer Hunter", visited the Hunter-Gatherer Brewery in 1997. He wrote that the Hunter-Gatherer is "the kind of place CAMRA (Campaign For Real Ale) members might enjoy. The beer is the hero, rather than the brewery being an afterthought. In the U.S., And even sometimes in Britain, the latter is too often the case." Michael Jackson was the best beer writer and critic the world has known. A compliment from Michael Jackson is as meaningful as it gets in the brewery world.
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