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Rockaway Athletic Club

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American, Bar, Pub
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2719 Rosewood Dr, Columbia, SC 29205-3409
+1 803-256-1075
11:00 - 02:00
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32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Visited RAC with some out of town guests after bragging about their signature Pimento Burger. Being mid-afternoon we found the place perfectly quiet and relaxing allowing us more time to relax and talk. Waiter was very attentive and answered all my guest's questions. Everything arrived at our table piping hot and ever so tasty. This place, though not fancy, is... More 

Thank Ira R
Columbia, South Carolina
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45 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

During the Hurricane Matthew event the 1st week of October, several employees chose to eat lunch at Rockaways. They ordered Pimento Cheeseburgers, Jalapeno Burger, Mushroom Burger, Onion Rings and Fries. They loved it and one employee said he could eat a Rockaway burger everyday.

Thank Diana F
mount pleasant, sc
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38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

This must be some sort of nostalgia connection I'm not getting, but the food here is gross. Nothing is remotely fresh. The fries are straight from the freezer and the pimento burger everyone raves about is disgusting. The cheesy topping doesn't resemble any pimento cheese I've ever eaten. Not to mention the service was some of the slowest I've ever... More 

Thank jshelleycu
Columbia, South Carolina
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76 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

We dined last night for the Monday night special of fried or boiled shrimp. The noise level was stentorian and the food not much better. The former lightly bread fried shrimp have disappeared and replace with something more akin to paste glue. If this was not enough reason to go somewhere else getting a check was even more challenging.

Thank Ernie N
Dunwoody, Georgia
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183 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Do not come here. Service is awful. Food is awful. Ribeye Steak ??? Or was it a shoe sole. Appetizers arrived 50 minutes after hamburgers. Come here if you just need s place to hang out and do not care how quick water, beer, food or silverware get to you.

Thank Maria G
Rock Hill, South Carolina
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189 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

Stopped in with the family for dinner. We chose the burgers and were pleasantly surprised with how big and tasty they were. Nice selection of styles to meet everyone's tastes. Palmetto Cheese Burger, Mushroom Swiss and a few others are a must try! The prices are very reasonable as well. One thing... it is not easy to find. No signs... More 

Thank c12pilot
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

I take everyone from out of town here! It is my first choice for a restaurant especially to go with friends! Cheese fries are the must order!

Thank Faith F
Columbia, SC
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172 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

I have eaten here for years and decided to review today. Some days I give them a 4* as the burger breaks apart easily, even though it is pretty thick. But, most days it is a 5* as it was today!!! Great tasting burger with pimento cheese that can't be topped called the Rockaway Burger. Very fresh meat and tender... More 

Thank DaddyOBest
Columbia, South Carolina
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53 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

There's a reason they've been around as long as I can remember - the food is always good, and so is the beer. Burgers are hard to beat. Shrimp is fantastic.

Thank David P
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18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

Stopped at this local favorite place for a great burger after a Columbia Fireflies game! Had their famous Pimento Cheeseburger! It was awesome! I tried a side of onion rings and the portion was large. Many other deep fried southern sides are available. My wife had the deep fried mac and cheese bites which also seemed like a large portion... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2719 Rosewood Dr, Columbia, SC 29205-3409
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: +1 803-256-1075

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