Where to Eat in Columbia: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 15, 2018 Toi Mattera

Columbia is a town located in the Sierra Nevada foothills, in Tuolumne County, California, United States. It was founded as a boomtown in 1850 when gold was found in the vicinity, and was known as the "Gem of the Southern Mines."
Things to do in Columbia

1. Talulah's

13 S Washington St, Sonora, CA 95370-4717 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 209-532-7278
Excellent
71%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 293 reviews

Talulah's

Reviewed By Yellowbilledtours - San Francisco, California

The wait staff is not profressional. Should learn how to smile. Refused to have 3 different check. Then to make it worst she expected us to add in the tax for each tap. Yup, no B.S..
I order the traditional spaghetti and meat balls. They chef more like a line cook, got it all wrong, arrive "warm" far to little red sauce which was tasteless. Meat balls are advertised as homemade were microwaved and stone hard in the middle from over microwaving. I will advise the owner to drive over to Safeway and buy their meat balls at $2.95 a pound to serve their clients.

2. Woods Creek Cafe

18256 State Highway 108, Jamestown, CA 95327-9615 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 209-984-4001
Excellent
72%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 114 reviews

Woods Creek Cafe

Reviewed By maryhadreas - Sonora, California

Woods Creek is our go-to place for breakfast. You can get darned near anything you can imagine and then some! They have excellent food, great service, worth the wait if you have a short wait! ALWAYS GREAT!

3. Legends Books, Antiques & Old Fashioned Soda Fountain

131 S Washington St, Sonora, CA 95370-4715 Seating American Lunch +1 209-532-8120
Excellent
67%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 27 reviews

Legends Books, Antiques & Old Fashioned Soda Fountain

Reviewed By Christy S - San Francisco, California

Walking through Sonora, you might overlook the entrance of this marvelous "book café". Oh man you would be missing something: an antique bar, soda fountain and best: a hidden book cellar with used books. It even has a water fall and mining relicts! So don't miss out on legends, if your looking for a yummy snack, friendly staff and fair prices!

4. Schnoogs

1005 Mono Way, Timberhills Shopping Center, Sonora, CA 95370-5282 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch SGD 5 - SGD 10 +1 209-533-2486
Excellent
68%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 38 reviews

Schnoogs

We're located at the West end of the Timberhills Shopping Center near SaveMart and Ross Stores. Lots of free parking and we have outdoor tables as well. Look for the small signs in the parking lot leading you to our door.

Reviewed By Marliroo - Skagway, AK

Love this place, more like a deli with seating, lots of people here to socialize and work on computers, comfortable seating. Great sandwiches and espresso.

5. Columbia Kate's Teahouse

22727 Columbia St, Columbia, CA 95310-9404 Takeout, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Seating, Street Parking, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Accepts Credit Cards American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Brunch SGD 10 - SGD 31 +1 209-532-1885
Excellent
74%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 102 reviews

Columbia Kate's Teahouse

Set in an 1880's period barn in historic Columbia, CA, our focus is in providing both an education in the Art of Afternoon Tea and enhancing a visitor's experience of Columbia while offering a pleasant atmosphere and a modicum of culture to a gold mining town. Beautiful Columbia, with Main Street looking north from the Wells Fargo Building. Columbia Kate's is just up the street and right on State Street, one block over to Columbia Street.

Reviewed By Dancisak - Lansing, Michigan

Wasn't sure I wanted to eat at a tea house...was I wrong! I had a great salad and Chicken Pot Pie...and some wonderful tea? My wife had a great sandwich. We ended up buying some tea to go! Lots of locals eating here to so that is always a great sign!

6. Fallon Ice Cream Parlor

11175 Washington St, Columbia, CA 95310-9430 Seating, Wheelchair Accessible +1 209-532-1470
Excellent
53%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 21 reviews

Fallon Ice Cream Parlor

Reviewed By frequent1 - Groveland, California

We had black raspberry chip and a double scoop of Dutch Chocolate on waffle cones about 15 minutes before the play. Delicious. The service was pretty fast and it was quite busy but they were able to serve us with plenty of time for curtain call. We will do this again.

7. Diamondback Grill

93 S Washington St, Sonora, CA 95370-4715 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 209-532-6661
Excellent
53%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 512 reviews

Diamondback Grill

Reviewed By kwatsf - San Francisco, CA

We planned to have lunch here, but settled on drinks and onion rings as the kids menu was PRICEY! Only kids burger option was 1/2 lb burger for $11.99, quesadilla with chicken was $11. Kids milk was $3.25 EXTRA. Seemed excessive for what it was, as kids meals are priced similar to adults. Food smelled delicious and we would have been happy with adults only, just not good for kids.

8. Morelia Mexican Restaurant

18148 Main St, Jamestown, CA 95327-9254 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Mexican Lunch, Dinner SGD 3 - SGD 31 +1 209-984-1432
Excellent
67%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 104 reviews

Morelia Mexican Restaurant

Reviewed By ac_benson - Bengaluru, India

From the moment we sat down at Morelia we knew we were in for a treat. Within seconds we were given complimentary corn ships and the BEST SALSA I have ever taisted! The second pleasant surprise was the extensive menu especially from a vegetarian POV. And my goodness the price was super reasonable. The margaritas we ordered were amazing and had lots of tequila! But the highlight, aside from the most delicious and authentic Mexican meal we have ever had, was the beautiful service. Please, if you are in the area, go!

9. Jack Douglass Saloon

22718 Main St, Columbia, CA 95310-9401 Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Bar Lunch SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 209-533-4176
Excellent
44%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 40 reviews

Jack Douglass Saloon

Reviewed By PSCodeMonkey - Davis, California, United States

GREAT saloon if you like very cold, very fresh sarsaparilla on tap. Our family easily polished of 2 pitchers of this wonderful elixir. We also enjoyed the yummy selection of sandwiches, kids appreciating they will make any order to exact specs for those picky eaters out there. Service is wonderful considering you usually only see one person working the place, both behind and in front of the bar. Side chips are nothing special, but the main food was all good. But, who cares that much when you have sarsaparilla on tap!

10. Bagel Bin

83 N Washington St, Sonora, CA 95370-4706 Breakfast +1 209-533-1904
Excellent
58%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
0%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 14 reviews

Bagel Bin

Reviewed By ckcallaway - West Des Moines, Iowa

Bagels are pretty good but I would have bought more if he had them made at the time. He only made a few stating he was having trouble with his machine. I called a couple days later to place an order for pick-up.

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