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Al's Upstairs Italian Restaurant

300 Meeting St, West Columbia, SC 29169-7531
+1 803-794-7404
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good19%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible8%
Travellers talk about
“lobster bisque” (31 reviews)
“veal” (14 reviews)
“sea bass” (5 reviews)
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Hours
Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
300 Meeting St, West Columbia, SC 29169-7531
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our son was graduating from USC School of Pharmacy and wanted to go to Al's Upstairs for his celebration dinner. When we called to make a reservation, they were already booked. After talking to Al and explaining how much our son liked the restaurant, he...More

Thank Sharon N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The restaurant has a nice view if you get a table in that room.Our seating was in another room without a view. Steep staircase to climb to get to restaurant. Would not recommend it if you have issues walking up stairs. The food was good...More

Thank prudypa
Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

The meal I had at Al’s Upstairs with my kids and wife was amazing! I came to eat with my family a few nights ago and our waiter was Skyler. He was so informative about everything on the menu and took care of each one...More

Thank worldeater1962
Reviewed 25 March 2018

Our recent dinner found little of traditional Italian food on the menue. I believe there was one pasta dish. I had muscles. They were cooked well but not too tasty. My salad with cranberries and cheese was very good. I liked the fact that the...More

1  Thank Mary B
Al L, Owner at Al's Upstairs Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2018

Thank you for your input. We are happy that your group enjoyed evening dinning with us and hope you will be back soon so that we may prove that our food is up to par with the view.

Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

We have been going to Al's for 8 years. The food is normally great But on this visit the kabob dinners left a lot to be desired. There were 8 of us 4 ordered the kabobs and All 4 dinners were over cooked (charded black)and...More

Thank JoeyMouse57
Al L, Owner at Al's Upstairs Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2018

Thank you for your review. Chef is always working hard to keep our menu current and we are sorry that your group did not enjoy our new Kabob recipe. We did offer to cook the table a fresh set of the same or different entrees...More

Reviewed 12 March 2018

I've been to Al's several times during visits to Columbia and it never ceases to impress. Yes, there are some things about it that I don't care for, such as the extremely limited parking (park in the strip shopping center behind Al's if no adjacent...More

Thank Scott A
Reviewed 22 January 2018

Dinner for 4- End of " Restaurant Week " in Columbia SC. Food Ok but nothing special. At the time we were seated - 7:30 Saturday The ambiance was not the "romantic evening" that is advertised. Very noisy and next to impossible tohave conversation among...More

Thank MRRomanSC
Reviewed 1 January 2018

We went to Al’s to celebrate our oldest son’s graduation from USC. They had a special menu for South Carolina Gamecocks Graduation 👨🏻‍🎓. We had a party of nine. The menu choices had a great variety. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their choices. The lobster bisque is...More

Thank Kathy D
Reviewed 12 November 2017

Just an average ordinary place. Nothing special about it, and not worth the price. The food was average. The service was average. The decor was average, bordering on old and tired. I would have given them 3 stars, but they lost one of those stars...More

1  Thank bluemoonsymphony
Reviewed 9 November 2017

This was my 3rd visit to Al's Upstairs -- had been several years since my last visit. The ambiance and staff were very inviting and the menu choices are not as varied as many "upscale" restaurants in Columbia area. Our friends had had veal and...More

1  Thank Tom U
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Chris C
6 October 2017|
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Response from evernie | Reviewed this property |
Business casual or dressy casual. Some formal attire for those attending special events befor or after dining seen.
7 March 2017|
Response from BillH298 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they offer gift certificates. A gift certificate from here would be a great gift.
Beth C
23 November 2016|
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Response from alvinmc67 | Reviewed this property |
It would be advisable.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, View, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 300 Meeting St, West Columbia, SC 29169-7531
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  West Columbia
  • Phone Number: +1 803-794-7404
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