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About Us

Welcome to Magnolia Grille

Family meals and get-togethers aren’t always the same, but they are all special in their own way. With our traditional Southern cooking, easygoing atmosphere and welcoming service, we can make any celebration special.

Our Roots Run Deep

The name Magnolia Grille may be new to most folks’ ears in Columbia and Marion County, but our story actually began a long time ago. A native son named Jack Drummond returned from the Second World War and opened a small sandwich shop in downtown Columbia that became a fixture in Marion County for great food and good times. Jack’s son-in-law, Ronnie, carried on that same tradition at Jack’s Restaurant.

From its beginning, Jack’s celebrated family and friendship, a place where you could connect with people and enjoy a good, filling southern meal. Sadly, it all ended in 2015 when a tornado reduced Jack’s Restaurant to rubble.

But while a natural disaster destroyed the building, it couldn’t touch a family tradition lovingly built over three generations. That spirit now lives on at Magnolia Grille.

A Scrumptious Meal Every Day

Lunchtime may not always be a fine china event, but it’s still an important part of family life – and that includes your work family.

We have one of the heartiest lunch buffets around, filled with southern-style favorites and sides, served every day except Saturday. For something lighter, you can’t beat our signature salad bar with over 30 toppers from which to choose.

If you have a hankering for a sandwich, we have an assortment of specialty favorites featuring country fried steak, grilled chicken or fresh seafood catch of the day. For a Big Easy classic, try our po-boys brimming with catfish, shrimp, oyster or roast beef. And we have all-American burgers like the old-fashioned cheeseburger, our spicy Jalapeño Jack or a plate of sliders with bacon and sautéed onions.

Date Night – And the Kids Too!

Heading out for the evening with your significant other, or maybe the whole bunch? Don’t fight the crowds or settle for fast food. We have great dinner options served in a warm and comfortable atmosphere.

You’ll find a host of southern favorites spiced up with a little of our own Magnolia Grille flair: flame-grilled chicken breast topped with mushrooms, onions, bell peppers and provolone cheese; our fried chicken tenders served with that home-grown, favorite vegetable – mac & cheese; or an open-face roast beef sandwich on Texas toast smothered in our house gravy. And for you BBQ fans, try our slow-smoked pork or prime beef ribs with coleslaw.

Want something a little more special for date night? Try our hand-cut and aged Certified Angus steaks: a juicy ribeye, a tender filet mignon or a hearty sirloin. We also have delicious pasta dishes including our take on a New Orleans favorite, the Mardi Gras, with a plentiful helping of sausage, chicken, shrimp, peppers and onions served over Cajun-style pasta.

And if you’re looking for some of the best seafood around, you’ll find it at Magnolia Grille. We have catfish, shrimp, oysters and a fresh catch of the day, however you like it – fried or grilled.

See You Soon!

Family life happens every day, and Magnolia Grille is the perfect place to experience those special moments. So, to you and yours, come dine with us! We promise you will go home full and happy.