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504 12th St, West Columbia, SC 29169-6335
+1 803-794-4652
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 23:00
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Houston, Texas
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've been eating here since I was a kid. I don't eat it as often as I would like, but every chance I get, we are there. Hands-down the best fried chicken in the world and softserve ice cream. If you get a chance to go through there you have to experience it.

Thank Mike L
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Burgers very nasty chicken dry and no flavor place is dirty and smelly will never dine at this restaurant again

Thank Lisa K
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Zesto is a favorite for any and everyone who has had the pleasure of eating there. The food is cooked fresh so its never a cold burger or complaints. It amazes me that even at rush hour during lunch no one waits long,they always have plenty of employees waiting to take your order.ENJOY!

Thank 376hildaw
Charleston, SC
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Got to go by everyting we're in Columbia to get a cheesburger and a few peices of chicken. Great, fabulous! You will come back too! Enjoy!

Thank Carolina200101
West Columbia, South Carolina
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17 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Best goto place for dipped cones (sundaes and banana splits too). Excellent fried chicken too. The burgers are good but in my opinion need to be ordered with chili to make them different than just about everywhere else. Everything is worth eating... and I always "clean my plate"

Thank mattgnsc
Williamsburg, Virginia
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

We had a large party of 32, we called to see if they had room for us, unfortunately they did not :( then we received a call back 2 min later and they made room for us and are we so glad they did! The food was absolutely amazing and the ice cream was even better! Can't wait to visit... More 

Thank beckylee323
Lexington, South Carolina
Level Contributor
53 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

We purchased 2 small cups of ice cream, on small cone and one medium cone (which was the same size as the small cone) @ $12.00.................!!!! $12.00 !!!!! They have good food but boy oh boy do you ever pay for it. One corn dog basket, one grilled cheese basket, one hamburger, chicken strip basket, one two piece snack-------$37.00 includes... More 

Thank Charles C
Columbia, South Carolina
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26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

OK, if you're experiencing a serious fried chicken “jones,” there is only one place in the Columbia metro area where you can “scratch that itch.” Zesto, under the giant (soft serve) ice cream cone in Triangle City (West Columbia), invented fried chicken like no other. One taste of their basket of four wings with slaw and rolls and you’ll know... More 

Thank whitejrw
Daufuskie Island, South Carolina
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 February 2017

Zesto is worth the drive from the next state! You can't miss the nostalgic atmosphere or the huge dipped cone that awaits you out front. Don't let the crowd up front make you turn away; there is never a wait to have your order taken. The fried chicken meal is delicious. If you have a family, I'd suggest ordering the... More 

Thank jen_daffodilfarms
Level Contributor
136 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

I love their broasted chicken. It is the best in Columbia without a doubt. The meat is tender and juicy and not very greasy. Plus, the pieces are big and very tasty. As for the sides, the fries were excellent but the slaw had a little too much onion for my taste. Overall, this place is excellent..however, it is a... More 

Thank Mark C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$11
American, Fast food
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 504 12th St, West Columbia, SC 29169-6335
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  West Columbia
  • Phone Number: +1 803-794-4652

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