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Hunter-Gatherer Brewery & Alehouse

$$ - $$$American, ,
900 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201-3964
+1 803-748-0540
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good44%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“lamb gyro” (7 reviews)
“pizza” (21 reviews)
Open Now
4:00 PM - 10:00 PMAll hours
American, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
900 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201-3964
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Reviewed 15 September 2015 via mobile

What a great place to go for dinner. While the place is billed as a brewpub, the food puts it in a much higher category. I had the swordfish and my two other colleagues had the pan seared duck and braised short ribs. We all...More

Thank LTRedford
Reviewed 11 September 2015

When I want to eat a good burger I do not look for a fast food, I always look for a place where you can order a fresh medium rare burger, cold beer, french fries and a good and cozy place. Hunter gather has all...More

Thank Mister-Brazil
Reviewed 5 September 2015 via mobile

We were walking around the USC campus and the State House and decided to stop at H-G for an early dinner. We didn't know much about the place or what to expect. The building is off on its own and not at all impressive as...More

Thank MrRoady
Reviewed 29 August 2015

We are visiting the University of South Carolina and staying at the Courtyard on Campus. Hunter-Gatherer was a short walk from the hotel. This was in a renovated building (love it) and was a seat your self bar restaurant. No televisions - you need to...More

Thank W13cpa
Reviewed 14 July 2015

Good place for casual dining and medium-sized groups. We had a group of eight and had to split up into two tables. We found this place based on the hotel referral. The draft beer tasters (four in a flight for $4) were fun and the...More

Thank ReviewerMariettaGA
Reviewed 13 July 2015 via mobile

I cannot say enough about this place. Beer and Food are always good. Service is excellent and the location is prime. Parking can be challenging but worth it.

Thank Jeremiah D
Reviewed 12 July 2015

We visited last year while in town and decided to return. The location is very cool with lots of old brick and exposed metal. I agree with other reviews that the beer is good, but not great. We had burgers and were pleased with them....More

Thank David T
Reviewed 13 June 2015

Hunter-Gatherer is a great place to stop for some local beer in Columbia. They have their ESB (which is delicious) and Wheat always on tap. This visit I was able to have an English Ale which was excellent. The food is always great. My wife...More

Thank Cary M
Reviewed 17 May 2015

We stopped in for a late dinner treat. The beer was tasty although a limited amount to choose from. The H&G burger was delicious, the pizza small in size and the Bean Burger quite interesting. Overall the service was great, the locale excellent, the building...More

Thank havingfunVirginia
Reviewed 8 May 2015 via mobile

A wonderfully, simple spot serving great food and beer. They have 3 beers made in house. Had dinner and went back for lunch the next day. Does not try to be too much. My kind of place.

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Tyra R
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
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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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