Northern California June 27, 2019
What Was Once A Gold Rush Saloon Now Serves Up The Tastiest Pizza In Northern California
Northern California is full of amazing pizza restaurants, but it’s not very often you come across one that’s located in the building of a Gold Rush-era saloon. Originally constructed well over 150 years ago, there’s no denying that this saloon contains some rich history. The historic atmosphere is part of what makes visiting this pizzeria such a unique experience. However, it’s the pizza itself that will have you coming back again and again for future visits. Boasting some of the tastiest pizza in the state, this is one incredible dining experience you won’t be forgetting anytime soon.
They might not have had pizza back during the Wild West days, but that won't matter when you stop by St. Charles Saloon. This historic Gold Rush structure now makes some of the most delicious pizza in Northern California, and you'll definitely want to get your hands on some.
Located within Columbia State Historic Park, this old saloon dates all the way back to 1856. Over the years, it played a variety of different roles. From grocery and provision store to oyster bar and brewery, there's been a lot of history that's gone through those front doors.
St. Charles Saloon was revived once again back in 2015 after Bixel Brewery had a hard closing in 2015. Now serving up tasty pizzas and ice cold beers, it's the perfect place to grab a slice after a long day of exploring the surrounding park.
You can always build your own pizza, but we recommend trying one of their specialities. The Italian Sub is definitely a favorite and is comprised of pesto garlic ranch, Canadian bacon, salami, pepperoni, red onions, olives, peppers, bacon, and a drizzle of Italian dressing.
Other signature pizzas include the Columbian (horseradish cream sauce, salami, mushrooms, and sausage), the Motherlode (salami, pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, and olives), and the Hippy (mushrooms, onions, bells, olives, artichoke, tomatoes, and garlic.)
If you can't decide, you can always go half and half. However, pizzas aren't the only thing the saloon cooks up. You can make any build-your-own pizza or specialty pizza into a delicious, steaming hot calzone.
Boasting an atmosphere fit for the Wild West and pizza that could satisfy a hungry prospector, St. Charles Saloon may just be the most unique pizza restaurant in the state. Experience a piece of Gold Rush history and stop by for a slice soon.
St. Charles Saloon is open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. every day of the week, except for Friday, Saturday, and Monday in which it closes at 9:00 p.m. instead. Address: 22801 Main St, Columbia, CA 95310
Have you been to this historic pizza restaurant in Columbia? It’s truly incredible what we’ve done to some of Northern California’s oldest buildings! For more historic gems, check out our list of
7 Amazing Northern California Restaurants That Are Loaded With Local History.