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1801 Grille is a New Columbia Classic

Posted March 14, 2017 by Becca Hill in Au Courant Columbia

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One of this city's newest restaurants, 1801 Grille is sure to be a Columbia favorite. I am thrilled to add it to my list of places to go for a delicious burger, flatbread pizza, or fish dish. I realize that sounds like an eclectic mix of items to savor in one restaurant, and it is, but I tried it all and it was all good.

The restaurant is in a brand new building and the space is very comfortable while also modern and beautiful. A large bar area boasts red leather high-back bar stools and two large community tables, perfect for a party. The lighting is unique and sets the mood for a perfectly cozy and delicious meal.

My recent dinner party at 1801 started the meal with fried oysters (which some have called the best in town), skillet-baked smoked gouda, and the black eyed pea hummus. 

My favorite was the smoked gouda served with sea salt zeppoli (perfectly fried pillows of dough!) for dipping, but all of these appetizers were stellar. The bar offers an impressive array of local beer on tap, as well as a healthy wine list and some fun specialty drinks. The French 75 flawlessly combines cognac, lemon, cane sugar, and sparkling wine. It is divine.

After our appetizer course, we decided on a flatbread course. That's a thing, right?  We ordered the Margarita Flatbread which incorporates 1801's specialty O.N. tomatoes, which is code for "overnight tomatoes." The manager explained that their O.N. tomatoes are slow-roasted in the oven overnight and have a flavor similar to a sundried tomato. The flatbread was perfectly topped with the O.N. tomatoes, mozzarella, and fresh basil; the crust was thin & toothsome, just like I like it. Pictured above is the Duck Sausage Flatbread.

The husband chose a Griddle Burger for his main course and I had the Grilled Scottish Salmon with cabbage, O.N. tomatoes, white beans, and horseradish butter. Both were really tasty and the salmon was a unique dish that I would definitely order again.

We were struggling to order a dessert after consuming such a smattering of savories, but we decided for the sake of research we had to push we ordered two desserts. I devoured half the bag of cinnamon sugar house-made donut holes myself before sharing with anyone--they were still warm, I mean who could blame me? And my husband claims the bread pudding is the best he's ever eaten!

One of the best parts about the 1801 experience: while in the heart of the Vista, the restaurant is located off the main drag, (Gervais Street), so it is easy to access AND boasts its own parking lot! For anyone who has fought for a parking spot in the Vista before, you know this is pure dining-out gold. For a night of unique and delicious local fare and superb service, make 1801 Grille  your go-to in Columbia! For mouth-watering photos of their dishes, check out their Instagram & Twitter accounts @1801Grille.

Becca Hill - Au Courant Columbia

Becca Smith Hill is mom to two awesome babies, Jones and Birdie, a social worker by day, a professor by night, and wife to Super-Dad who helps keep all the plates spinning. After a stint away earning a degree in Lexington, VA and “discovering herself” in San Francisco, she returned to her hometown to find a more vibrant Columbia than she could have ever imagined.  Becca loves to eat & drink, play with her babies, appreciate art, host parties, and, (much to the chagrin of aforementioned Super-Dad), adopt stray animals.  She also blogs at and  You can find her on Twitter at @beccabsh and @StLawrencePlace, and on Instagram at @beccabsh.


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