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The Original Pancake House

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$$ - $$$
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4840 Forest Dr, Trenholm Plaza, No 14, Columbia, SC 29206-4810
+1 803-782-6742
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Sumter, South Carolina
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

Have been wanting to go to this place for years - into Columbia today and just right timing to head there for lunch. Service was good, friendly waitress, food excellent - potato pancakes and chicken crepe!

Thank quigley2013
Bakersfield, California
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97 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

They have all the standard breakfast fare for a pancake house but they have some unique items as well. The Apple Pancake was fantastic--get them to add whipped cream and its like eating an apple crisp filing on a baked pancake. Prices were great for breakfast.

Thank JBakersfield
Columbia, South Carolina
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

My husband and I have eaten here several times over the years. They have a good variety of dishes beyond pancakes/breakfast foods. Service has been good, not too crowded (on weekdays, at least; haven't been there on a weekend).

Thank macchiatto
South Carolina
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42 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Best to go when they first open because it fills up later and there is a wait...especially on the weekends. Still, it is a great breakfast and worth the wait...I'd just rather get up a little earlier and enjoy a quiet breakfast before it gets hectic.

Thank James B
Fort Campbell, Kentucky
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114 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

A group of us headed over to the Pancake House for lunch between seminars. Some of our local team members recommended the place for a quality lunch. It was busier at lunch time than i would have expected for a pancake place, which was a good sign. They quickly accommodated our large group. The staff was very good and attended... More 

Thank vince b
Denton, Maryland
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

Came on Labor Day morning with a group of 15. Was initially told 25 minutes but after 30 minutes of waiting and watching multiple groups of 5/6 that came after us being seated was told it would be another 30-45 minutes. We were open to be seated in multiple locations but still could not be seated. Totally unacceptable. Had been... More 

Thank RC J
Columbia, South Carolina
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53 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

It's average - nothing special, but it's still pretty decent, and the prices aren't terrible. It's just nothing spectacular, just decent food for a decent price. DON'T go at peak times on the weekend - for some reason, people seem to feel the need to wait for HOURS to eat here.

Thank David P
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38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

The eggs were good, but there is something about the pancakes that i do not like. Its almost as if they have an aftertaste... for about the same amount of money, I would suggest that you go to Waffle House or IHOP.

Thank 1goldenbeauty
Clemson, South Carolina
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

Great food and service with Amanda. Been going to OPH for over 20 years. Eggs Benedict is the bomb. Menu allows for you to order how you wish.

Thank Alden W
Columbia, South Carolina
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380 reviews
271 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

My Wife and I were on our way into Fresh Market wen my Wife decided she wanted a Breakfast food lunch. We have eaten at two other Original Pancake House locations before and liked them. Of he three we have been too this one has the most simple environment. I would comment that the floors were a bit messy detracting... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 15
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4840 Forest Dr, Trenholm Plaza, No 14, Columbia, SC 29206-4810
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: +1 803-782-6742

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