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Al's Upstairs Italian Restaurant

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300 Meeting St, West Columbia, SC 29169-7531
+1 803-794-7404
17:00 - 22:00
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39 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Al's Upstairs Italian is nestled near the foot of the Congaree River, on the Meeting Street side of the bridge. This has been its location for at least 35 years, possibly longer. The patrons order from a menu, and the atmosphere is definitely special occasion; anniversary, prom, milestones. The food and service were good. Candlelight, fresh cut flowers, cloth napkins... More 

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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The restaurant is nicely located with a great view on the city and has good desserts. That's about it when it comes to positive aspects: Cold plate, cold food, unfriendly staff, almost empty at 8 o'clock in the evening, food was not fresh at all, etc. A nightmare and definitively not recommendable!

Thank Thomas R
Columbia, South Carolina
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We've eaten here previously and it was wonderful. I'm not sure what was going on last night, but our experience left much to be desired. The bar service was friendly and attentive. It's the dinner portion that went off the rails. There were even a couple of times we thought they forgot about us. The food this time was sub-par.... More 

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Rosman, North Carolina
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wouldn't you think that this expensive restaurant with separate Special Event Rooms, an Event Planner, and years of experience serving the fine people of Columbia - that they would pull off a great special event for someone?? Well, NO!!! A nightmare filled with months of dealing with a cranky lady event planner who works - for some unknown reason -... More 

Thank Donna H
Columbia, South Carolina
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139 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2017

Our waiter was cordial but not properly trained. Had to ask for knives to cut salad, and appetizer. Crab stuffed mushrooms were tasty.Wedge salad with gorgonzola dressing tasted like thousand island dressing with a bit of cheese added- a disappointment. Crispy flounder tasted old, very old to the point of spoilage. Did not eat. I have had crispy scored flounder... More 

Thank BeachLvr646
Chapin, South Carolina
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 March 2017

We went to Al's for our anniversary. Everyone was so nice, congratulating us and we had a great view of the city. The food and atmosphere was wonderful!

Thank lumdy
Ridgeway, South Carolina
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257 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

We have been here several times. This is consistently the best restaurant in Columbia. It has a nice view of the city. Service is superb. I enjoyed the Caesar salad with anchovies. Fried oyster salad was also good. Veal saltambacca as well as Veal Charleston are very nice.

Thank alvinmc67
1 review
Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

First time visit. To be fair, the food, although sparse in serving size for the money, was presented appetizingly and was delicious. However, the service for the occasion was insensitive, and table attention was poor. We were therefore unable to appreciate the touted ambience. The online reservation for a party of 4 was not noted upon arrival, my wife's birthday... More 

Thank Ronald T
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60 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

As always the most fabulous meal anywhere in Columbia, SC and anywhere else. The Lobster bisque can NOT be beat by anyone. Lovely atmosphere and food. Will always be our favorite place to dine.

Thank richieroo1
South Carolina
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178 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

Having lived in the midlands my whole life, I had never eaten at Al's Upstairs and was looking forward to dinner. My husband and I ate here for Valentine's Day, even though our visit was actually the day after. While we were not seated by the window, we had no problem getting a table for two without a reservation. Our... More 

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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
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, View
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?