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Blue Cactus Cafe

Asian, Korean, Southwestern
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2002 Greene St, Ste H, Columbia, SC 29205-1677
+1 803-929-0782
21:00 - 11:00
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Mon - Wed 21:00 - 11:00
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Lexington, South Carolina
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41 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

I had never had Korean food before, but one of our party is South Korean and my son had eaten at several Korean restaurants before, so we decided to try this place. It's not really a Korean restaurant, as I saw Mexican, Cuban, American, and Spanish dishes. We started off with a Kim-chi Plate (Large serving of traditional side dishes).... More 

Thank rd0ran
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

I've been here before for appetizers, but today was my first meal. I had the spicy pork bibimbap with the sunny-side egg, and it was very good. However, my favorite part was the cajun press coffee (tiny french press and a tiny cup). I ate with a friend who knew the owner, and we chatted for a while. Very friendly.

Thank Matthew O
Columbia, South Carolina
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2016

You could miss this place because it's around the corner but once here you will always remember it. I have eaten here only twice but wouldn't miss an opportunity to come back again. Don't ask me what I ate because I won't remember the dish but know that I enjoyed it.

Thank Ann F
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42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016 via mobile

This place may not look like much but the food is outstanding. It took some time to get our food but that was ok because we had the chance to visit with friends before the food arrived. Don't judge a book by its cover.

Thank TNVolsFan1969
Red Bank, New Jersey
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2015

I try to eat here at least once whenever I am in Columbia. Mary and Lloyd and their Family, combined with some amazing flavors, make this a MUST go to place.

Thank SteveHobe
Columbia, South Carolina
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86 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2015

I guess you could call this place a hole in the wall, because you have to look for it, and when you find it, you must go down a flight of stairs to enter. This isn't a place you go to expecting an enchanting atmosphere or luxurious decor. But what you should go there for is the cozy, owner-operated, local... More 

Thank mbovary2014
Johnson City, Tennessee
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45 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2015 via mobile

The food was delicious! The owner was very nice and helpful as was our waitress. The decor is low rent and simple but the service and food were right on. We will definitely be back!

Thank Dwhblue7
Columbia, SC
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33 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2015

This is my favorite restaurant in Cola. I've had most of the menu but the Bee Bim Bop is my favorite. Some people will complain about the service and wait time, but that is because only the most patient deserve the delicious food that comes with a visit to Blue Cactus.

Thank story_stephen
Wilmington, North Carolina
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2015 via mobile

Happy Food Dance over this dish. Fantastic, authentic, delicious, hot and satisfying. Worth the wait. Open today even though trip advisor said that it was closed.

Thank David M
Columbia, South Carolina
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2015

I loved this place from back in college! The Clear Noodles (Chap Chay) in all flavors are the best! I love the Tofu and the BBQue Pork, the dumplings are hand made-never frozen and the sides of pickles, Kim Chee, Bean Sprouts and a Pickled Item are the bomb! I eat the sides with the meal and they all are... More 

Thank PRLewis

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Korean, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
21:00 - 11:00
21:00 - 11:00
21:00 - 11:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2002 Greene St, Ste H, Columbia, SC 29205-1677
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: +1 803-929-0782

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?