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Hunter-Gatherer Brewery & Alehouse

) #22 of 794 Restaurants in Columbia $$ - $$$ American, ,
900 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201-3964
+1 803-748-0540
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good42%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
900 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201-3964
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

Casual place - lots of food choices & great daily specials. Staff was great - and beer recommendations were perfect.

Thank Andrew W
Reviewed 12 February 2017

Hunter-Gatherer is the perfect place for a great meal before any shows at the Koger Center or CLA. Great food at great prices and outstanding beer selection. Food and drink specials are always a great bet.

Thank DrGillentine
Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Honestly beer brought us here. We brew our own and are major beer snobs. I prefer IPA's my husband likes all types. Beer was excellent! My burger was great and they cooked it medium rare just the way I like it. I had a salad...More

Thank KBamonteT
Reviewed 14 December 2016

Had a business meeting here - - worked very well. There was some noise, but certainly tolerable. Asked the server for suggestions, followed them - - great choice! She recommended some fish called goat's teeth or something awful like that, fish rocked! just has a...More

Thank AllyG520
Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

Great beer, comfortable atmosphere and fabulous food. I come here when ever I am looking for a cool place to hang out with my friends.

Thank Glenn W
Reviewed 10 October 2016

We arrived to attend class at USC and wanted something within walking distance of our hotel. This was a nice walk -- they feature outdoor seating which was nice. They brew their own beer if you like that.. very friendly staff

Thank Lynne G
Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

In town for Parents Weekend at USC. Came in for lunch. Excellent food, far above typical bar fare, but burgers and sandwiches, too. Food quality far above the usual micro-brewery. Beers on tap were good. Everything reasonably priced. Lovely historic building that gives a quiet...More

Thank Jcwebb
Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

I travel to Columbia twice a year and always hit the local breweries. They have a pretty good selection and the atmosphere is great. I highly recommend

Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

I was just passing through Columbia and was glad to find this brewery. My beer was delicious and I was happy to find the menu was so much more than typical pub grub. I had a bacon, mozzarella and Gorgonzola pizza that was very good....More

Thank honase
Reviewed 24 August 2016

First visit in a few years, and I was astounded by how delicious everything tasted! I typically think of the Gatherer as a brewery who happens to serve food. Boy was I mistaken! My Greek chicken was some of the best I have ever tasted....More

Thank Colarestaurantfan
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Tyra R
Large groups?
14 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
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
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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