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The 9 Best American Restaurants Near Columbia

Updated: October 22, 2021

Looking for Columbia’s best buffalo wings or spiciest chili? These are the American spots doing it best. We analyzed millions of reviews from the top local sites to compile This list of top American restaurants. So if you have decided on some deep dish pizza or BBQ as your next meal try one of the Columbia eateries below.

Find the perfect American restaurant

Chop Chop Salad

American, ColumbiaAmericanColumbia
Google: 4.9
Yelp: 4.5

PLNT Burger

American, ColumbiaAmericanColumbia
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 4.5

Nalley Fresh

New American, $, ColumbiaNew American, $Columbia
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

Frisco Taphouse

New American, $$, ColumbiaNew American, $$Columbia
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 3.5

Sonoma's Bar and Grill

American, $$, ColumbiaAmerican, $$Columbia
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.5


American, $$, ColumbiaAmerican, $$Columbia
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 3.0

BGR The Burger Joint

American, $$, ColumbiaAmerican, $$Columbia
Google: 3.9
Yelp: 3.5
  • Zagat, 2014

    Cheat Sheet: TKO Burger in Rhode Island Row

    Zagat, 2014

The Corner Stable

American, $$, ColumbiaAmerican, $$Columbia
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 3.0
  • USA Today

    Best BBQ in Baltimore

    USA Today

If you travel further

EC Diner

American, Ellicott CityAmericanEllicott City
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

What gets a restaurant into the top 10?

Finding the right American restaurant for you shouldn’t be so hard. We used our boam magic powers to analyze 823905 local restaurant reviews, Google and Yelp ratings for 5440 restaurants, and 127 lists and articles from top sources like USA Today and Zagat. We cross-referenced with top lists, like USA Today - Best BBQ in Baltimore and Zagat - Cheat Sheet: TKO Burger in Rhode Island Row. As restaurants continue to adapt to COVID-19, you can trust us to show the latest information on which restaurants are open and how with our real-time data recommendation engine. Restaurants can’t pay to show up on this list, so you can trust what you see and enjoy the city’s hidden gems. We don’t recommend restaurants lightly, these 10 are really something special.

Drink pairing tips

  • Pair grilled burger with Margarita

    To elevate your grilled burger experience, we recommend some Margarita to go with your dish. This pairing works especially well because this cocktail balances the spice and salt of the burger.

  • Pair Kentucky 75 with fried chicken

    When considering what goes best with fried chicken, we recommend a glass of Kentucky 75, it truly complements the dish as it cuts the fat of the fried skin.

  • Pair Vieux Carre with heavy meat dish

    The flavors of heavy meat dish will be enhanced with a glass of oaked Vieux Carre, a cocktail that cuts through the heaviness of the dish.

Did you know?

  • deep dish pizza history

    The first deep dish pizza dates back to 1943 - it was made in Chicago, The United States.

  • A taste for luxury

    In 2014 in Seattle a hot dog was made that sold for p$169.

  • The traditional hamburger

    If you take a trip to hamburger, then the well-known, tasty hamburger should be on your radar! It is a local classic.

Parking in the area

There’s nothing like finding the perfect parking spot right away when you’re going out for a meal. To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen American spot.

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