Entrance located on Park Street.
“Before Democracy, there were spirits, and from spirits we created taverns, and it was in those taverns that we laid out the blueprint for a new kind of country, with a new kind of ideology, not ruled by kings and queens but by men and women.”
The University of South Carolina in Columbia was founded in 1801. Originally known as South Carolina College, it was established as part of an effort to unite South Carolinians in the wake of the American Revolutionary War. The institution struggled through the years following the Civil War, undergoing many changes to its student population and curriculum and even closing its doors in 1877. Although the University faced great difficulties in the ensuing decades, it persevered. In the 1960s and 1970s, student enrollment skyrocketed, and the University underwent a period of rapid growth. It has continued on that path for many years, becoming one of the most respected research universities in the south.
Harper's Restaurant Group has been a part of the Columbia community since 1990, when it opened Harper's Restaurant at Five Points. We are proud to honor the University's rich history with the new 1801 Grille. In collaboration with USC leaders, alumni, and current faculty and students, we have developed a gathering place where guests can sample innovative takes on classic regional cuisine in a comfortable yet elegant atmosphere. Harper's Restaurant was a pioneer in contemporary casual dining and the farm-to-table movement, and 1801 Grille carries on those traditions. Executive Chef Jason Bruner and his team use the freshest locally sourced ingredients to create unique, southern-inspired dishes every day.
1801 Grille is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a delicious meal with old friends—or even make some new ones. The eatery celebrates the wonderful culture and character of USC and the Columbia area, and it embodies the warm southern hospitality that makes the region famous. 1801 Grille brings together the best in hospitality and great food to create a dining destination unlike any other in Columbia. It is fashioned after a classic American tavern, the type of tavern that has been welcoming locals and travelers for more than 200 years in Columbia.