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The Backyard Cafe

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940 Old Barnwell Rd, West Columbia, SC 29170-3044
+1 803-951-0405
11:00 - 21:00
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Columbia, South Carolina
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46 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Met some friends there for the first time on a Friday night. I love the way the place is set up. Inside is nice and quiet like a family restaurant should be. The back yard is screened in with a stage in the back and live music. Service was outstanding. We ordered the fried catfish dinner and the grilled salmon... More 

Thank Marty Y
BackyardCafe, Owner at The Backyard Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Marty, Thank you for coming out and dining with us. I am so sorry that the Salmon and Rice were not good. We have been having some issues with the Salmon in the past few months, some are good, some are not. They are individually sealed, so we don't know if they are good or not - unless they... More 

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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stopped here after work because I read online that the dinner special on Friday was shrimp and grits. I was welcomed by the staff, and the service was quite prompt. What I hadn't expected was how much food I got. For a fairly inexpensive price, I received a very large bowl of shrimp and grits. I wanted to get... More 

Thank Matthew O
Dallas, Texas
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68 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

While traveling from Charlotte to Charleston, we needed to find a place for a nutritious dinner. TripAdvisor directed us to the Backyard Café. A bit off the beaten path, our GPS led us straight to the restaurant, which is a cute house converted into a small, inviting restaurant. The girls stuck around and waited for us to arrive, even though... More 

Thank nuts7hawk
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

My family and I had dinner here while I was vacationing in the Lexington area. I ordered the Southern Delight and was very pleased. The chicken was cooked to perfection, the mac n cheese was creamy and the green beans were delicious. This is definitely Southern comfort food!

Thank ec_ustraveler
BackyardCafe, Owner at The Backyard Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so very much! We are so glad that you enjoyed your meal, the Southern Delight is definitely is a southern delight :) We hope you had a great vacation too! We appreciate you taking the time to write such a wonderful review for us. Thanks again! Hope to see you again next time you are here! Have a... More 

Garland, Texas
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

Our first time in South Carolina, and we were not disappointed. Don't let the building deceive you. It is a little hole-in-the-wall looking place - cute, but small. However, this only adds charm to the vibe of this diner. The service was outstanding... The staff was interactive and helpful with making suggestions regarding the menu. And they certainly led us... More 

1 Thank Raymond M
BackyardCafe, Manager at The Backyard Cafe, responded to this review

Raymond, Thank you so much for your rating and wonderful review. We are so blessed to have such a wonderful staff that truly cares about our customers and wants everyone to have a good experience. We are blessed also to part of a community that cares for our hard working Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters, EMS, City workers, and so many... More 

New York
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74 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

Picking up our son from the airport, we wanted a nice lunch. TripAdvisor helped again. We stopped here and my husband and son had the grilled meatloaf with red sauce and rice. I had a great Swiss burger with grilled onions and mushrooms. Matt was a phenomenal server, one of the best. Cozy, home comfort food. So very good! No... More 

1 Thank Bridget B
BackyardCafe, Owner at The Backyard Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much Bridget! We appreciate your kind words. Matt is a sweet person and a caring server for sure! Thanks again! Have a GREAT day :) More 

Wise, Virginia, United States
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016

My daughter just bought a house very close to the Back Yard Cafe. She suggested and I was glad. This is a small home town restaurants that resembles walking into a house. The service was excellent, the food was hot, looked great, and had the taste to back it up. I would highly recommend that you search out this little... More 

1 Thank Brad G
BackyardCafe, Owner at The Backyard Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much Brad! We are so glad that you enjoyed your experience with us :) Welcome to our Family! Have a GREAT day!! More 

Varnville, South Carolina
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36 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2016 via mobile

Hey...you want a delicious meal..come here. I pulled up to the restaurant and it screamed 'home'. It looks like a nice house. There is a wooden swing in the yard, and they have two tables on the porch. They have different dining rooms (I think it's 3 rooms). I ordered a BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger and I had fries as my... More 

4 Thank EMcQ
BackyardCafe, Owner at The Backyard Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much! What a wonderful and exciting review! You should be a professional reviewer :) We are so glad that you like us and our food. We try our best to offer quality food in a positive environment. Welcome to our Family ! More 

West Columbia, United States
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2016

Stop in and have a meal with Peggy and Mike. Definitely, Hands On Owners and it shows. Have never and I mean never had a bad meal here. Why, Because of Peggy and Mike. Quality is not written on the menu but it is served with every meal. Not a fast food joint. All food cooked to order so sit... More 

4 Thank Arthur A
BackyardCafe, Owner at The Backyard Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much Arthur! We so appreciate YOU and your wonderful review! "Put down the cell phone and talk to our dining partner(s)" is my sentiment exactly!!! In this fast pace world, we forget sometimes what really is important - just enjoying the time with those we love. In many countries they actually plan to spend around 2.5 -... More 

Greenville, South Carolina
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 June 2016 via mobile

I've heard about Backyard Cafe for a couple of years. Luckily I was in the Lexington area and it was suggested as a place for dinner. Does this restaurant live up to hype it was given by my friends and family? Yes, and everything was freshly made to order, just like the ice cream flavors that greet you upon entering.... More 

3 Thank Tlhorns
BackyardCafe, Owner at The Backyard Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are so happy that you enjoyed your experience with us. Welcome to our Family :) Have a GREAT day! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 940 Old Barnwell Rd, West Columbia, SC 29170-3044
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  West Columbia
  • Phone Number: +1 803-951-0405
Fresh made comfort food! Cooked to order CAB Burgers, Beef, and Chicken. Homemade Ice Cream.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?