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The Best Restaurants Near the University of Missouri

Have you been to the best restaurants near Mizzou in Como?  If you’re a local, you know exactly what we mean, but for first time travelers, Mizzou stands for the University of Missouri and Como stands for the place where the University resides –  Columbia, Missouri.  Columbia is a beautiful center point of the state – near the Missouri River valley at the foothills of the Ozarks.  With access to the state’s best livestock and produce, the steakhouses are second to none, they have terrific tacos, excellent BBQ, burgers and more.  Before you head to Mizzou for the next big SEC East matchup, check out our full list below and make your meal plans accordingly.

Tacos from 44 Canteen in Columbia, MO

44 Canteen

21 N 9th St, Columbia, MO 65201
(573) 777-8730
The “outpost” of popular gastropub 44 Stone (see more below), 44 Canteen focuses on terrific tacos.  They have everything from street style chorizo tacos, fish tacos and shrimp tacos, along with more creative takes like a Sloppy Jose (with house made chorizo chicken sausage), Philly IPA-Steak (with IPA marinated steak, peppers and onions) and a Korean Steak (with ssamjang mayo and house-made cucumber kimchi).  Try out the canteen nachos for something shareable with proteins like PBR beer pulled chicken, IPA marinated steak and more.

Steak from 44 Stone Public House in Columbia, MO

44 Stone Public House

3910 Peachtree Dr, Columbia, MO 65203
(573) 443-2726
44 Stone Public House takes the term Gastropub seriously.  Inspired by the pubs of the United Kingdom with its own American approach to food, 44 Stone has satisfying bar favorites but elevates them with a chef-driven approach and quality ingredients.  You’ll find favorites like Deviled Eggs, Welsh Rarebit, Burgers and Fish and Chips, along with creative dishes like Tandoori Chicken, Seoul’ Disco Fries and an Irish Coffee Bread Pudding.

Nachos from Addison's in Columbia, MO


709 Cherry St, Columbia, MO 65201
(573) 256-1995
For over two decades, folks have been coming back to Addison’s for the best nachos in the midwest!  Made with Italian pasta chips instead of the traditional corn tortillas, the Nachos Bianco at Addison’s are topped with an Asiago cheese sauce, tomatoes, scallions, kalamata olives, banana peppers, mozzarella cheese and your choice of protein.  They take other creative approaches to gastropub favorites, like garlic and brown sugar brined buffalo wings, the port wine bordelaise filet, and their Super Deluxe Happy Fun Time burger, with American and pepper jack cheese, double bacon, marinated cucumbers, tomato, lettuce, house made onion straws, and BBQ horseradish cream.

Crab boil in a bag from Cajun Crab House Seafood Restaurant in Columbia, MO

Cajun Crab House Seafood Restaurant

308 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, MO 65203
(573) 271-7341
New Orleans style crab boil in a bag seafood restaurants have been exploding around the country for the last few years, and Cajun Crab House delivers as good as any you can find.  They have excellent buttery-seasoned shrimp, crab and more, along with excellent po boys and other fried fish dishes.  If you’ve got the dexterity, dig in to the crawfish for a beautiful buttery bite.

Dishes from CC's City Broiler in Columbia, MO

CC’s City Broiler

1401 Forum Blvd, Columbia, MO 65203
(573) 445-7772
The best steakhouse in Como may be CC’s City Broiler.  They have excellent cuts available – both PRIME and dry aged – along with excellent seafood options.  Envisioned as an Old World Steakhouse, CC’s adds a little slice of Chicago to Como in every bite.  

Steak from Chris McD's Restaurant and Wine Bar in Columbia, MO

Chris McD’s Restaurant and Wine Bar

1400 Forum Blvd, Columbia, MO 65203
(573) 446-6237
Since 1991, Chris McD’s has taken a modern approach to steakhouse dining.  They use the freshest available ingredients they can find, which leads to world class dishes right in the heart of Missouri.  Start with a lobster risotto before digging in to dry aged rib eye and one of their excellent cakes for dessert.

BBQ from Como Smoke and Fire in Columbia, MO

Como Smoke and Fire

4600 Paris Rd #102, Columbia, MO 65202
(573) 443-3473
With this kind of proximity to two of the country’s best BBQ cities – St. Louis and Kansas City – you better believe Como should have good BBQ.  Luckily, Como Smoke and Fire mixes the best of both worlds in their menu, with St. Louis Ribs and Kansas City style burnt ends.  They’re also bringing it when it comes to burgers, with options like the Carolina Burger, topped with Pulled Pork and slaw.

A burger from D. Rowe's Restaurant in Columbia, MO

D. Rowe’s

1005 Club Village Dr, Columbia, MO 65203
(573) 443-8004
If there was anyone on a football team you’d ask for restaurant advice, it’d be a lineman, right?  In Como, you don’t have to look far for a lineman with a restaurant recommendation – D. Rowe’s was started by former Mizzou lineman David Rowe.  They serve hearty fare that their founder loves, including smoked meats, appetizers like potato skins and nachos, and great burgers.  Fill up before gameday at D. Rowe’s. 

Shortcake dessert from Flyover in Columbia, MO


212 E Green Meadows Rd STE 9, Columbia, MO 65203
(573) 825-6036
Despite the name, Flyover would be right at home in New York City’s Greenwich Village or LA’s Silver Lake neighborhoods, but luckily it’s right in the heart of Columbia, MO.  With a chef driven approach to the menu, they’re focusing on the best things in Como – excellent local produce and game – while ignoring the “ranch-obsessed, deep-fried and filled with casserole” tropes of the Midwest.  With less than 20 items on the menu, they’re able to focus on making every dish memorable – everything from Midwestern Carnitas to Crispy Tofu and Duck.

A steak sandwich from G&D Steakhouse in Columbia, MO

G&D Steakhouse

2001 W Worley St, Columbia, MO 65203
(573) 445-3504
Created by Greek immigrants to the Como area in the 70’s, G&D Steakhouse is a no frills approach to your steak and a side meal.  They’ve also got the best Greek food in the area, with dishes like a sensational Souvlaki, gyros, baklava and more.  Save room for some pie at the end – they’ve also been making some of the best pies in Como for decades!

Shrimp entree from Glenn's Cafe in Columbia, MO

Glenn’s Cafe

29 S 8th St, Columbia, MO 65201
(573) 447-7100
With a spot in the Southeastern Conference, you’d expect Como to have some good Southern food somewhere.  Thanks to Glenn’s Cafe, local residents and students can get Southern favorites like cornbread, fried pickles, shrimp and grits, jambalaya and more.  They’ve also got a great menu of freshly flown in oysters, along with excellent options for brunch and breakfast – aka biscuits!

Dishes from The Heidelberg in Columbia, MO

The Heidelberg

410 S 9th St, Columbia, MO 65201
(573) 449-6927
The midwest has historically been home to a large German immigrant population – so it makes sense that this German inspired restaurant has been active in Como since the 1960’s.  Folks keep coming back for their fried pork loin sandwich and German potato salad, along with great Burgers and sandwiches.  Head to the Berg for Happy Hour and a great bite this week.

Chicken Salad sandwich from Murry's in Columbia, MO


3107 Green Meadows Way, Columbia, MO 65203
(573) 442-4969
Murry’s really knows how to jazz up a meal – in more ways than one.  The menu focuses on some fresh, familiar favorites like wings, a French dip sandwich and filet, along with more harder to find fare like frog legs, an oyster grinder and an ahi tuna entree.  There’s live jazz played during every dinner service, with a larger band on Saturday nights for a great night out on the town in Como.

Dishes from Room 38 Restaurant & Lounge in Columbia, MO

Room 38 Restaurant & Lounge

38 N 8th St, Columbia, MO 65201
(573) 449-3838
Room 38 has been serving up delicious dishes and mouthwatering drinks in Como for nearly 15 years, with no signs of stopping anytime soon.  The menu features “Modern Global Cuisine”, including dishes like a Banh Mi flatbread and a surf and turf sandwich (filet topped with crab and lobster parmesan cream on a toasted baguette).  They have lots of large and small shareable plates too, with dips, dumplings, lobster mac and more.  They also turn in to a great nightclub with the best bottle service and VIP experience in Como.  

Monte Cristo sandwich from Sophia's in Columbia, MO


3915 S Providence Rd, Columbia, MO 65203
(573) 874-8009
Sophia goes by the motto Casual yet Sophisticated and we can’t think of a better way to describe this Como restaurant.  With a globally influenced menu, Sophia’s has dishes like “Italian Nachos”, a Mediterranean turkey flatbread, and Pan Seared Ahi Tuna, along with an incredible brunch that features dishes like Tiramisu French Toast, Cheddar and Sausage Croquettes and a Breakfast Monte Cristo sandwich.  Try to get a seat at the patio if you’re there on a cool night – the bistro lighting and mediterranean decor give it a great ambiance.


To learn more about the delicious food spots at other SEC schools, check out our Best Restaurants in the SEC guide, which includes all 14 college towns and their amazing eateries.