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Hunter-Gatherer Brewery & Alehouse

) #20 of 796 Restaurants in Columbia €€ - €€€ American, ,
900 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201-3964
+1 803-748-0540
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good42%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
€€ - €€€
900 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201-3964
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1 - 10 of 166 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had dinner the other night with some colleagues. The hotel recommended this restaurant and sang the praises of the Shrimp and Grits. On their recommendation, cancelled out reservation at another place and went here and everyone ordered the S&G. Good but not great.

Thank travelingallthetime1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went to "HG" on Monday with friends after work and had a great pale ale, a fresh locally sourced meal, and laughter and lies within the open two story brewery-pub. This is my favorite Columbia watering hole and restaurant...bar none.

Thank Tom H
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

We loved this place. The beer was great. We tried the wheat, porter, pale ale and ESB. Loved them all. The food was really tasty. We had the black bean dip. Tried two of their pizzas, a gyro and both desserts. Everything was awesome. Wish...More

Thank LLTwigg
Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

Cool space in Columbia downtown, with big tanks behind the ample bar. Nice selection of beers, porter was my favorite. Easy drinking styles, maybe not for hopheads. Food was amazing, duck and mussels big winners. Good friendly service. Excellent value.

Thank John T
Reviewed 7 April 2017

After hearing about HG and all the raves my friends give it....we finally made it there last night. Let me say, it does not disappoint. I loved everything about the place. It has a very warm, welcoming thing going on. We sat at the bar,...More

Thank GrnEyedCajun75
Reviewed 5 April 2017

I guess I'm stupid but I just presumed that all bars/breweries had televisions. Hope you brought a book/friend/cellphone. Food was amazing. Even the salad was incredible. -1 star for no tv's.

Thank Ryan S
Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

I'm a huge fan of breweries serving beer. This place has great porter and amazing shrimp and grits! Service around 6pm on a Wednesday night was fabulous. Worth every penny to get some UNFRIED southern food.

Thank akjelliebean
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

We are from our-of-town and had tickets for a performance at the Town Theater, not far from HGB. My husband liked the Transam IPA--too hoppy for me. I didn't find a Ale to my taste so I went with a red wine blend, which was...More

Thank kmsmolen
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

We checked out Hunter Gatherer this week while visiting family in Columbia. The wait person was covering a large number of tables but never kept us waiting. She made us feel welcome and enthusiastically described all of the dishes to us in a relaxed and...More

Thank 763Chuck
Reviewed 14 February 2017

H-GB&A was the consensus meeting place for three of us who knew each other professionally, but had never socialized. Must have been a success, as one of us missed a meeting scheduled afterwards. Set in what appears to be a small warehouse situated between USC...More

Thank Terrygrim3
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Tyra R
Large groups?
14 July 2016|
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Response from KevinVarner | Property representative |
Sorry for the slow and partially helpful response. For us a large group is 8-12, most often we can seat 8-12 people in a reasonable amount of time. A group of more than 12 would have to find separate tables. We don't take... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$18
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer
Good for
Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 900 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201-3964
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: +1 803-748-0540
  • E-mail
Hunter-Gatherer Brewery has been brewing and serving classic ales since 1995. Starting in 2015, we will regularly feature cask-conditioned ales served from wood kilderkins made by Alastair Simms, the only master cooper in the United Kingdom.

Michael Jackson, aka the "Beer Hunter", visited the Hunter-Gatherer Brewery in 1997. He wrote that the Hunter-Gatherer is "the kind of place CAMRA (Campaign For Real Ale) members might enjoy. The beer is the hero, rather than the brewery being an afterthought. In the U.S., And even sometimes in Britain, the latter is too often the case."

Michael Jackson was the best beer writer and critic the world has known. A compliment from Michael Jackson is as meaningful as it gets in the brewery world.
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