Gwen Fowler



Restaurant boasts great view of Lake Murray

Posted 6/14/2013 7:59:00 AM

There’s a new place to dine with a view on Lake Murray near Columbia.

Liberty on the Lake, a two-story division of Liberty Tap Room, opened in April. It’s part of a new lakefront lifestyle destination, Marina Bay, which includes luxury rental residences at The Residence at Marina Bay and the restaurant, as well as the existing Lake Murray Marina, Lake Murray Boat Club and Better Boat Rental companies.

The project by The Arnold Companies, in Ballentine, is about 25 minutes from downtown Columbia.

Ben Arnold, president of the Arnold Companies, said Liberty on the Lake is off to a great start, with business about double what was projected.

The restaurant has water views on three sides, indoor and outdoor bars and banquet space.

“The building is built 6 feet off the ground because of the flood plain,” Arnold said. The first floor is 8 feet above water, and the second floor has a gorgeous view across the cove and out to the big water.”

You can go there by car or boat, since there is dock dedicated to the restaurant.

While Liberty on the Lake has most of the same menu offerings as Liberty Tap Room, it has more seafood. Arnold described it as a mix of Liberty Tap Room and the Flying Fish, another TBonz Restaurant Group restaurant in Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach

One-, two- and three-bedroom apartments are for rent at The Residence at Marina Bay, which also has a pool, fire pit, cabanas and grilling deck. Poolside food and beverage service from Liberty on the Lake is available.

There’s also an ice cream shop called Ahh…Licious!, located between Liberty on the Lake and the Boat Club.