Fresh from a hard-fought victory in the First World War, the VFW built its officers club at 751 Saluda Avenue in Columbia SC. Here, old comrades would gather to remember past glories and to celebrate new achievements. But times changed and, seven decades later, the once grand hall sat empty and condemned. After a painstaking six-year renovation, the building reopened in 1996 as Saluda’s Restaurant, replete with white linen, crystal glassware and an executive chef. Its magnificent Victorian centerpiece, a solid mahogany bar rescued from Philadelphia’s Blakely Hotel, now graces Saluda’s dining room. There, we invite our patrons to raise a glass to traditions old and new.
Where Veterans once gathered for a pint and a song, discerning diners now enjoy the finest of fare. Whether it is an intimate dinner for two, or a banquet for 200, Saluda’s is the locals’ choice for a memorable evening. It is an experience without equal in Columbia SC.
Saluda’s is located in the heart of Columbia’s vibrant Five Points neighborhood. We are just steps from the University of South Carolina’s campus and less than a mile from the state capital building. Saluda’s has been impressing Columbia SC residents and visitors since we opened to much fanfare in 1996. And we have been earning an exemplary reputation as one of the Capital City’s finest restaurants ever since. Owner Steven Cook and his staff are dedicated to providing a dining experience unparalleled in Columbia with an emphasis on outstanding food, extensive wine and cocktail selections, and elegant Southern service.
This grand old hall on Saluda Avenue has been home to celebrations large and small for nearly a century. At Saluda’s, that tradition continues, and we invite you to join us. Call today to make your reservation!
Meet the Chef
Saluda’s Executive Chef Josh Rogerson grew up in Italy where he eagerly embraced that country’s rich culinary heritage. He lived in Bologna, the heart of Italian cuisine. There, he spent his childhood at his mother’s kitchen table studying classic cookbooks. Later Josh attended school in Germany where he continued to learn and experience the varied cuisines and cultures of Europe.
Josh joined the Saluda’s family in 2014. Today, his menu bears the influence of both his Italian heritage and the European cuisine he grew up with. It also integrates classic techniques and ingredients native to his new home here in the South. “I want my food to be as close as possible to the best meals I ate growing up, and hopefully give someone eating it that spark and that excitement to remember it years down the road.”