Reviews of Spotted Salamander Cafe And Catering (Catering)

1531 Richland St, Columbia, SC 29201

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REVIEWS OF Spotted Salamander Cafe And Catering IN South Carolina

Kimberly Turnipseed

Love the Spotted Salad

Allison Bura

Food was wonderful.

Robert Coffey

Two words....crack pie. Order it before it's gone!

Ben Erdin

The food is a little pricey but is delicious. The staff has always been friendly and personable.

Cheryl Thigpen

Piggy backing off of Patti Giomi's review, we have loved the food at Spotted Salamander and paid the higher prices to get take-out about twice a month for quite some time. We order take-out every day and no other restaurant has ever charged an 18% fee for take-out, no matter how many are eating. If others charge at all, it is minimal. We are not taking up valuable seating (according to other reviews), you do not have to pay a waitress to serve us, you do have to put our food in plastic, but you do not have to pay someone to wash our dishes. Bad business in my opinion and has left a bad taste in all of our mouths.


Excellent food! Very creative menu and the atmosphere is good. Highly recommend!

Bailey Bailey

The staff and ambiance are perfect for a quick downtown bite. The food is always terrific and the specials are unique and interesting. My favorite place to eat downtown.

Matthew Borjes

My wife loves this place. Treat your lady.

Amber Goff

The food is delicious and the service is quick and courteous. I had the Hot Turkey and my husband had the Brisket. Both are sandwiches and both are a warm invitation on a chilly day.

Tracy McGee

Service is great.

Lorene Welch

Have NEVER had anything not taste amazing from here! The BEST!!!

Linda Ciaccia

Such a charming place with quality food. Gourmet salads and sandwiches - don't miss burger on Thursday. Very tasty. Also friendly service.

Pam Stuyck

Excellent lunch

Patrick Lardner

Wonderful spotted salad

Martin Herbkersman

Excellent food! If you’re a foodie, this is the place you seek out. The very best quality with great variety. Rivals the best places in Charleston and other culinary towns. Only downside, open for lunch only. Try it!

Brett Bradshaw

The food tasted good enough; however, there was not one, but TWO chicken bones in my chicken salad sandwich. No apologies and no excuses from the server. No comped meal from management. The wait staff leaves a lot to be desired.

Gee Chee


Beatriz Fernández

this is one of my favorite spots in Columbia

Midlands Motorworks

Words can not describe, you've got to try it for yourself

Bruce Lobitz

Love this place. Great lunches with good wine.

Wendy Kaczmarek

Another great meal! Always fresh and flavorful.

Michael Loveland

Friendly staff and good food. You can't go wrong with a cafe in an old house.

Steve Faulkner


Tarah Coolidge

My favorite lunch spot. Great for a date or for a quiet lunch alone, which I normally do. Not only is the food delicious but the atmosphere is the best. Go in spring and sit on the covered porch that has confederate jasmine growing across the railing. It's even nice during a light rain. The neighborhood is beautiful and the staff is amazing. Different specials offered every day. Follow them on Facebook or Insta to see the daily specials. If you go for Fried Chicken Tuesday, get there early because it fills up fast.

Julia Mikell

Had a delicious salad w/BBQ chicken. Great food, great service. Check it out if your near Baptist Hospital

Melody Lown

My friend suggested this place for lunch and I had never heard of it but so glad I agreed to try it out! Adorable quaint and home feel and super clean. The waitress was quick and friendly and the service on point. And the food was AHHmazing! I had pimento cheese with bread to start and then the brisket sandwich. The meat was cooked to perfection and just melted in my mouth, and the flavors added to it were great. But the best part of my visit was the Crack Pie. You should try this place just for some coffee and the crack pie. I will definitely be going back and would definitely recommend this place!!! What a sweet find this place was!

Janet G

Very good butt very pricey and charge for plain water in a plastic cup

Darrin McCaskill

Great setting to celebrate my nieces graduation from USC Medical. Service was great and food was very good. Only knock was the pulled pork on my daughter's salad was overcooked. Still recommend. I would eat there again.

Nathan Raycroft

When we walked in, the three of us asked "What's good?" Without hesitation, the man behind the counter responded stating "We make the best burger in SC!" to which we responded, "We'll take three!" As a fan of a great burger, I commit it's one of the best I've ever had! Give it a won't be disappointed! Thanks for a great lunch!

Jonesy O

Very nice, laid back environment, the crab fries are amazing

Kathryn Cannon

Great food and friendly staff. Highly recommend.

K R Barron

A great spot for lunch in two former houses - the food and service are always very good.

Travis Lide

Laid back, daily specials, and delicious food. Loved it and will definitely be back!


As this place grows in popularity, so has the ego of the staff. At my last visit the service was slow, unprofessional and unaccommodating. I also had to send my food back (something I never do) because it was so unappetizing. Dining area is small and uncomfortable.

Brandon Smith

Amazing. No other description needed.

C. T.

Best lunch spot in Columbia! Amazing food and service. Not a bad choice on the menu! They’re great for catering too.

Duncan Alford

Cleverly designed deviled eggs

Tonya Puustinen

Everything I've tried has been delicious.

Kashima James

Cute place but does not cater to all races. 15 min after ordering food, was told they were out of a certain menu item, causing our entire table of 5 to reorder. The item they were out of, was then served to customers who came in behind us, as we were forced to wait an additional 20 min for our food. Although they were nice and tried to be accommodating, we felt as if there were to many of us for them to serve. Not coming to where we're not wanted. Owner never came to our table but to others.

Michael Hack

Terrific little gem hidden in Columbia

Lydia Pappas

OMG food to die for - amazing sandwiches and salads and the daily fresh drinks are thirst quenchingly good - they also have different deviled eggs for a quick snack that are delicious - in fact everything here is wonderful and the only problem you will have is getting a table at lunchtime and trying to choose what to have

kenneth dubard

Today I had the best lunch I have ever eaten at this establishment.

Jonathan De Asis

Very cute spot for a lunch date

Debbie Adair

Great food, service and people! Every time we go, there’s something new and delicious on the menu!

Amanda Hulbert

Superb, had the avocado and shrimp salad. Lemme tell you, when they say avocado, it's literally a whole avocado cooked while still in the skin.

Scott Harriford

The menu is very good and it always changes. Best lunch in town.

Melissa Tinder Scott

Shrimp avocado salad is awesome

Alejandro Garcia Lemos

The service is amazing and the food is always incredible, making it the perfect place for a nice business lunch meeting or just going with friends for coffee and a delicious piece of cake! If you work or live in downtown Columbia you can always walk there while enjoying a stroll in the beautiful Robert Mills Neighborhood.

Allison Dean Love

Wonderful! Been twice in a week. Love the place and the food!

Jack Porter

First time eating at the Salamander... Had the buffalo chicken sandwich and it was delicious! Get there early!!! I plan to go back.

Allen Dennis

We had looked forward to our visit for awhile & were very happy: great, creatively prepared food; friendly, prompt service; clean, simple, attractive setting. Highly recommended for midday meal.

John Lee

I would definitely recommend

Keith Nelms

Fresh inventive fare. Not your average lunch spot. You can tell a lot of thought goes into their menu. The service has been great every time I've been there.

John Peck

Awsome food

Paul Sagona

One of the best restaurants in Columbia

Mike Bamonte

Wife said Pecan Chicken Salad was okay but my brisket sandwich was horrible! Supposedly smoked over Applewood and fatty but was neither. Dry and flavorless!

Matt Taylor

Amazing food first time having soft shell crab!! Friendly atmosphere and very good food!

Edie Hershfield

I crave this place!! A friend introduced us a couple months ago and we've been a 1/2 a dozen times already! Simply delicious!

R E Hood

Great food and atmosphere

Kyle Smith

Creative take on southern staples well executed

Anthony D'Elia

Feels a little like taking a chunk of Charleston and bringing it to Columbia. The food is different and new all the time, however it is always good. The owner cares about providing good service and ensuring you have enjoyed yourself. Lunch can be busy, however there is good reason for that.

Lucy Dewey

Seriously......$0.25 for a glass of water!!!!

Harriett Williams

Great food.. Great service

Katie Money

Fried Chicken Tuesdays get me through the week! LOVE THIS PLACE

Douglas Spicer

Adorable, cozy digs with upscale food. Chef-driven comfort food. I thought it was great.

Tom Vance

Very good lunchtime atmosphere, help & food.

Koby Padgett

Lovely food, perfect lunch spot

Tony Claremont

One of the best lunch and brunch spots in town!

Bradley Knight

Food and service was excellent. Quaint and cozy with a friendly staff. Had the Brisket sandwich, juicy where it needed to be and crispy at just the right spots. Will be back because they sold out of their cronuts.

Mary Greene

Always great food!

Mario del Pino

Excellent lunch

Jeff Covington

Always a great lunch spot

William Mancke

Oh, every star. Delightful. Go there. They even own the house next door so there's extra seating.


By far best meal I have had in Columbia since living here. The Chef has created a menu that is not only friendly, but adventurous and love the sharable options! A must go to. Service was above and beyond, it's small, intimate setting makes you feel like you're I'm Chicago or NYC. Will be back!!

Lorin Edgerton

When someone asked "Wanna go to Spotted Salamander" for lunch, the answer is YES! I went for a birthday lunch with a colleague. We were seated right away even though they were busy. We ordered two salads and I got the Tomato pie mac and cheese.I've thought about the tomato pie mac and cheese daily since I got it. It was super delicious. Everything was high quality and reasonably price and there was a nice variety on the menu.

Holly Lang

Friendly service and the food was spectacular.


Unreal food.

Andrew Maharaj

Great sandwiches!! Nice quaint atmosphere! Great place for a couple to grab a bite together!

Teri Browne

Our very favorite lunch place in Columbia.

David Rawlinson

Great food

Michael Dantzler

Everything is good here, from the Specials to the daily menu. Make sure you save room for the tasty desserts. That crack pie is worth spiking up your blood sugar! Lol

Sam Estes

So good, amazing specials every day.

Liz Gregory

Amazing food and service! What a quaint, fun, unique place!

Jason Ostendorf

Get there early so you can choose from whole menu. Everything we got was good


Great little lunch spot. Good food.

Stephen Cross

Great service and wonderful atmosphere. Stopped in for lunch and the fruit salad was the highlight. Sandwich was good, not outstanding. Will be back.

john maker

Great food and neat place !

Andrew Lewis

I've been coming to eat lunch here about once a week while I worked downtown. I do love coming back every once in a while since I'm not. I've never had the same thing twice! They have a very culinarily creative menu! It's very good, I've never not liked what I've eaten.

Desire simpkins

This place is so close to my work I wanted to try it for lunch. I can walk here. Parking is all by chance...there seems to be no designated parking lot for this little place. After reading other reviews I was excited to try them with my husband. It was very packed...a good sign? But is also 1pm...there was no seating in the first little building and none in the connecting and we kind of just stood there trying to figure out if there was room for us somewhere. We were sat outside in one of the two remaining tables, we didn't mind but the flies were horrid! We ordered...finally our drinks...then finally our food, and still waiting on our drinks. I got the small soup and salad with added chicken and my husband a sandwich. True café food. When we finally got out food, my soup was in a little teacup...and cost $5.00! My little salad arrived with no chicken and out waitress no where to be seen as this was the case much of our visit. My husband got his sandwich and literally laughed out loud at its size, less than six inches for $14!!! I had to get up and track someone anyone down for my chicken. Staff was aloof, and carried themselves with annoyance. No one wanted to help or take the time to answer where was the bathroom! This establishment also complained about the trip advisor review I posted when we visited and had to resubmit it. I realize now I am not the only one who has these feelings about this hopeful place. I have also left my review on their facebook page as well as here and trip advisor. I loved the thought of this place but my co-workers and I will not be coming here ever. What a shame.

Trixi DeRosa-Davis

The food is delicious.

Linda Larosa

Great menu and people

Patrick Ashburn

One of the best lunch spots downtown. Amazing daily specials and rotating seasonal menu.

Patti Giomi

We have always loved getting the spotted salad & we pick up lunch there several times a month. It is always quick and easy and the orders are always correct. The last time we had an order to go, I was told that they were going to start charging a fee for take out. Today we were celebrating a birthday in the office & the birthday person wanted to go here. So once again we called in a to go order & was told the total not really thinking anything about it. When we got back to the office , we discovered that the take out fee for our bill of $92.57 was $16.66! I called & was told that the amount was correct. I feel like 18% charge for a take out order is a little extreme!

Tianda Winns

Service and food was great!

Amy Nicholson

Had lunch here today! Could not of asked for fresher, tastier food! Every dish we tried- from the She crab soup, bacon deviled eggs, brisket sandwich, pimento cheese- was perfectly cooked and seasoned! Owner brought out a sample of a crab empanada for us to try, crab was so flavorful and fresh and the empanada shell was fluffy, crispy, but not greasy. Very tasty! Very quaint and welcoming ambiance. Staff friendly and attentive!

Bill Reynolds

Outstanding! From the yummy deviled eggs to the brussel sprouts to the pulled pork pimiento sandwich, a taste sensation! We're going to make this a weekly lunch visit!

James Martin

We love Spotted Salamander! I got a pulled pork sandwich that had slaw on top and it was excellent. We also bought a Milky-Way croinut, which was my first and hopefully not my last. This place is like a high-end deli with some of the most amazing desserts in Columbia. The shop is small but not too small and the interior reminds me of an old general store with walls of tongue and groove painted white.

Gail Schwoebel

3 of us had different lunches, all of them spectacular

Patrick Brownson

Delicious. One of the best places in town.

Sonya Stewart

Delicious. Had the chicken salad croissant

Alicia Jones

Literally the sweetest waitress in the world but the manager is completely rude and tactless! I stood in like for about 10 minutes and then decided to call in my order to go, when I called the manager answered and told me he was too busy to tell me the menu (Which changes every day). He told me to "use the internet and hung up in my face" I came back into the shop and asked one of the waitress (who was very kind) to speak with the manager where the same man told me he could speak to me how he wanted. Customer service is key!

Ellis Creel

Spotted Salamander is one of the best food joints in the whole of Soda City! They've got a great steady menu and have different days (burger day, etc) where they offer rotating specials. I've had everything here from a salmon salad to a burger to an alligator hotdog. It's a little pricy, but the execution of the meals plus the incredible staff make it more than worth it. If you go, tell Katie I sent ya!

Hi Roberson

This place is the BEST. Have eaten there a dozen times and have always been very pleased. Good service, great staff. You are really missing out if you do not have lunch at this establishment. The owner always comes to our table to make sure we enjoyed our food.


I love their soft shell crab sandwich.

Margaret Truett

Limited menu, hot pepper flakes in the cucumber salad, small portions, high prices.

Ken Denk

Had a cute little lunch here with friends. Excellent food, a pleasant diversion from what is so often standard fare. For the first time since childhood, I got excited about deviled eggs; we ordered a second round! I'll certainly patronize this establishment again.

Jim L.

Really good food. Top notch! Get there early before they run out of certain items. Shrimp Salad...Yum!

Judy Canova

If you can stand crowds, the food is excellent. Their deviled eggs are fun to try and they have amazing cakes. I recommend the Spotted salad and the chicken baguette. Both very flavorful and unique. There are two places to eat including a house next door to the restaurant. The house is less noisy. Early and late meals are good times to get a seat.

Leticia Palos-Rafuse

Soooo good!

Thommi Odom

Delightful lunch!! It's small, so come early!

Matt McCullough

Great food and great servoce. Good stop for lunch.

Jessica Jones

So nice.

Stephanie Bilovsky

This is a quintessential southern lunch spot. Set in a beautiful historic house, its upscale gourmet version of traditional Southern fare is a treat for eyes and mouths. It's a step back in time in the best ways, with a contemporary twist for a beautiful experience.

Charles J. Brooks


Collen Crosby

Great food, friendly staff. If you're free on a Tuesday, make sure to make it for fried chicken Tuesday!

Stacey Agran

Constantly great. Food and service excellent.

Antoinette Toni Weir

Was at a meeting!!

Alex Mouton

Great lunch/brunch spot in historic Columbia. The menu changes frequently and rarely disappoints. Grab a croinut before they sell out!

beth griffin

Great fresh food. Unique choices...they have expanded seating in adjacent building.

Betsy Mabee

Fantastic diner

Breanne Grace

This place has a really interesting twist on southern food. Today I had a Ruben sandwich, except the sour kraut was made of pickles collards and the corned beef was pork belly. The restaurant is in two cute old houses close to campus/downtown. It's good!

Justice Perkins

Every time I go hear it's better than I remember. Reasonable prices and some of the best food in Columbia.

Karolyn Stone

Delicious southern comfort food! You'd be missing out if you didn't try this all homemade/local cuisine. The menu changes seasonally; specials change daily. They have daily deviled eggs, daily small plate specials, and daily mimosa or sangria flavors. They serve fine wine and fine food. Chat with your server bc they are such a treat every time. Also they cater many different types of events & they do a splendid job at keeping everything looking great. (Also they leave the catering kitchens in the tidiest of conditions) Just email Jake for inquiry.

Jane Peterson

I love this place. Delicious! Reasonable prices for unique and original cuisine. Great staff.

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Kevin Martin

Be sure to check out the daily deviled eggs!

Andrew Thompson

The food was incredible! Reasonably priced, service was great, and a quaint cafe that made for the perfect lunch spot! Will definitely be back!

Jimmy Beacham

Fried chicken sandwich with pimento cheese and bacon is incredible. Haven't had anything bad but chicken sandwich is the best so far. Staff is super friendly.

Mike Allen

Always beautiful food that is well presented and save room for dessert.

Julie Bradshaw

A lovely place for lunch. I had the Chicken Baquette with Broccoli Salad as my side. Delicious. My waitress was very nice, however, they were busy. As a result, she was waiting on too many tables and so was not as attentive as she could have been. I don't know if that was a temporary issue (example, maybe another server called in sick) or a long term issue. Either way, it was still a delightful experience and I will be back. Definitely recommend!

Aixavelisse Soto

Excellent excellent delicious!!!!!!

Caleb Britt

Great food, small cafe.

Eduardo Valdes

Nice place,good food

Geena Griffith

Super great food. Only reason for 4 stars is that the main building’s dining room is very noisy when full and there’s nothing in place to help muffle the echoing of everyone’s conversations. Not a huge deal but a REALLY great spot for lunch and an awesome menu.

rosie walker

Super service! Excellent food!!!

Bryan Bauman

This cafe is truly awesome. From the salads to the sandwiches, I've never been disappointed with my meal or my service. The owners are friendly and helpful and the food really speaks for itself! Don't forget the daily specials, Fried Chicken Tuesday in particular. Always different but delicious. 5 stars every time I visit!

Casey McMillan MD

Cute place, nice staff, great ideas, and beautiful presentation. Flavor of the French onion soup was spectacular. Unfortunately the flavor of the pork belly sandwich and broccoli salad were plain and lacking, and it was all at too high a price. My sammy,side, soup, and tea set meback $22!

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