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700 Harden St, Columbia, SC 29205-1645
+1 803-252-2222
11:15 - 22:00
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Sun - Wed 11:15 - 22:00
Thu - Sat 11:15 - 23:00
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The food was average at best. Our omelets were ok but my son thought the crab cakes were terrible. Very expensive for below average food.

Thank Scott S
Leesburg, Virginia
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134 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Passing through Columbia close to the University of South Carolina campus we happened across Harpers. We enjoyed salads and a quesadilla and enjoyed them very much. Wait staff was very friendly and accommodating. We ate outside and enjoy the setting. Hope to come back again!

Thank Mohamed E
Greenville, South Carolina
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Friendly staff .. super kids menu ...happy hour only in bar or patio but was told prior to seating...

Thank beverlyjo123
Columbia, SC, United States
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33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For some reason (I think its the current mgmt.) this place has rapidly declined. Our food order was an adventure for the last few times we've been. Order either mixed up of food just not as good as it use to be. For example, if you are going to bother to offer grits in a place like Columbia, SC you... More 

1 Thank Bootlegger1970s
Columbia SC
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153 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017

This place used to be one of the best places for a business lunch in Columbia. Not any more. Something is happening. Something not good. Food no longer tasty and consistent. Servers not well trained, and tons of turnover. I'm sad.

Thank GamecockGirl
Columbia, South Carolina
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2017

I really like that this places uses a hickory grill for almost everything. I absolutely love the Brussels sprouts. This place is not Ruth's Chris and neither are the prices. The service is very good for an upper mid-range restaurant, and the price point is a good value.

Thank jordo06
Columbia, South Carolina
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29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2017

Harper's has a great location for the USC family coming for a visit with a student. We live locally and have enjoyed Harper's but this visit did not meet expectations. We arrived and were seated without waiting. We ordered basic items from the menu when the beverages were delivered. It was approximately an hour before the meals arrived. Just be... More 

Thank bill1jan
Madison, Wisconsin
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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017

Today the River Rat Brewery was there doing a promotion-- beer, hamburger, and keep the beer glass for &10. The hamburger was wonderful, homemade chips tasty, and beer wonderful and enough for two. Server was personable and fun.

Thank Judy M
Lexington, South Carolina
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190 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2017

Interestingly, when I came on to post this new review, my old post came up - (3) years ago, give or take a day. Well....I am compelled to leave a post again, as Harpers continues to disappoint me. I have been eating lunch at Harpers for almost 15 years, and in years past - when it was GREAT - I... More 

1 Thank Lori S
Columbia, South Carolina
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32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Came here with family because they are meat eaters. The menu said to choose from steaks. There was one type, two if you count chop steak as a steak and I do not. The food was good but overpriced for what you got. Lunches are better here than dinner.

Thank Ann F

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:15 - 22:00
11:15 - 22:00
11:15 - 22:00
11:15 - 22:00
11:15 - 23:00
11:15 - 23:00
11:15 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 700 Harden St, Columbia, SC 29205-1645
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: +1 803-252-2222

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