Cola's Restaurant
Cola's Restaurant

Cola's Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.colasrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 8034510051
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Tom Barry
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: Cola"s is quickly becoming one of the premier private dining facilities in the city of Columbia, SC. Its superb location and attention to both spatial and culinary detail provide the perfect location for intimate luncheons and private board meetings to wedding rehearsals and anniversary parties. Our small dining room seats up to 30 (14 with A/V equipment), while our large private dining room accommodates up to 50. We look forward to seeing you and your guests with us soon.
  • Private Party Contact: Thomas Risha 8034510051

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lady Street
  • Public Transit: There is a bus station 50 feet from Cola"s front door.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Cola"s restaurant has several parking options. There is onsite parking, ample street parking in front of the restaurant as well as across the street. There is a large pay-to-park lot that borders the Cola's building as well.
A word from Cola's Restaurant
Located in a lovingly restored 1930's RC Cola bottling plant, Cola's is a "casual" fine dining bar/restaurant specializing in seafood, steaks and other culinary creations influenced by a broad range of ethnic cooking. There is an emphasis on fresh ingredients and locally grown food where possible.
Weather permitting, two garage doors open up the restaurant to views of the Statehouse and allow our guests to enjoy the bustle of downtown Columbia. Cola's boast a 40 foot long bar, equipped with a rolling ladder to access our extensive wine selection. If preferred, try one of our house cocktails or choose a brew from our large selection of bottled beers.
Cola's has ample room to host your private functions in either of the two private dining rooms, seating up to as many as 50. Large booths adorn the main dining room and there is table seating for small and large parties.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Cola's Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
130 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (74)fit for foodies (69)good for groups (53)notable wine list (46)hot spot (38)neighborhood gem (35)romantic (33)vibrant bar scene (28)scenic view (10)late-night find (9)great for outdoor dining (5)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Service trumps food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Our server Lili was spectacular! Engaging, warm, funny, beautiful....not to mention great people skills. The food was good - but service makes it a special dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We had a party of 8 and everyone raved about Colas! From the food to the service - EXCELLENT! Also, this is one of our fav gems to go to relax for appetizers and drinks on a Saturday afternoon. Love you Colas!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Susan
    dinnerwithmylove
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great food. Atmosphere was very loud but otherwise great bar scene.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent restaurant!
    carlotamagata
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We went for my Birthday dinner and had a great experience! The food was excellent and was hard to choose from the menu. Can't wait to return and try something different. The service was wonderful too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service
    jkfarns
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I have been to Cola's before for happy hour and the bar. Always enjoy the wine list and the menu is perfect, compliments to the chef. On this particular occasion I needed a more quiet space for my company who just had surgery. To my request the staff made it happen and it worked out wonderfully despite the busy weekend. Never disappointed by the food or wine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cola's
    colasisthebestintown
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I absolutely love this place! The food is extraordinary and service from the staff is remarkable! 5 stars!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My husband ordered a steak, and although the kitchen did mistakenly cook a filet mignon instead of the NY strip, the cook was perfect and the wait staff more than made up for the error by bringing an unexpected and delicious dessert. I had the scallops with truffle hollandaise sauce and the scallops were cooked beautifully. I would definitely go to this restaurant again for a fine dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Great Experience
    SCJimmy
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Cole's was recommended by a coworker and they were right...great menu food and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Par excellence
    Bball1
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The food was delicious! The atmosphere was inviting! The service was impeccable (Roger was our server)!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Impressed
    jsavner
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    A friend recommended Cola's and we gave it a try while in town for business. Food was very good. Upscale southern food with fresh ingredients. Didn't explore the wine list fully, but it looked good. Had the Orange Fashioned before dinner and it was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pickyeater
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Dining at Cola's is always an enjoyable experience. The restaurant combines service, quality. ambiance, and energy in one package making it one of our top choices for dining. The menu has a wonderful selection, something for everyone, and all done well! The servers are knowledgeable and engaging and eager to satisfy your appetite and your thirst. Finally, the setting is charming and inviting. Bon Appetite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Superb Restaurant in Columbia
    PhilandRita
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We love Cola's on Assembly Street in Columbia. Phenomenal food in a great atmosphere! The staff is always so friendly and helpful too!!! We decided to order the fresh sockeye salmon over fresh soccatash with a vinegarette sauce and it was superb!!! The chef did an excellent job preparing our meal exactly as we ordered it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVED IT EVERYTIME
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I have been on three other occasions ranging from business to personal and I enjoyed myself each time. Consistent across the board!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food and evening!
    lovetoeat
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I got the whole flounder and it was superior. When I order it again, I will ask for the apricot shallot sauce on the side as it was a little sweet but delicious. I substituted the fries for grits which were the best ever! We had a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food, Slow Service
    laurabeth33
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Cola's had very good food but service was a little slow. Drinks were also very good. We were in town for business and this place had a variety of things to fit everyone's palate.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Southern Cuisine
    dave
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Cola's dishes are very well-prepared and use a wonderful combination of spices and ingredients to take Southern cuisine to a higher ground. However, the use of butter, a Southern favorite, overpowers many of the dishes which could easily stand on their own accord given the wonderful ingredients. Furthermore, the butter permeates all of the dishes, creating a monotonous taste. The service is great, the dishes are interesting, and the "garage door" windows that open to the street create a fabulous atmosphere of al fresco dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cola Wola!
    ChrisCrete
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Wow, what a find! From the moment we pulled up to find ample parking to the very end when our waitress carried the flowers I bought for my girl friend out to our car, we were impressed. I had asked for a table in a quiet location and received without a doubt the quietest table in the restaurant.We were met by smiling faces, well dressed women with positive attitudes. We were escorted to our table and introduced to our waitress. Our waitress turned out to be full of life, intelligent and well versed in the menu. She, as did others knew when to come to the table and when not to. They used words like, thank you, excuse me, and your welcome. The food was fabulous and presented perfectly. The wine list was sufficient. Dessert was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cola's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We started our night at the bar and were the only ones there. Bar staff was slow to engage with us especially on a slow night with all the wait staff hanging around the bar. Mojito was all ice in a short glass and $9. Went to our table and after a bit of a wait for a server the dinner was great. Appetizers of Bloody Mary Fried Oysters and Shrimp Dumplings were great and Scored and Flash Fried Flounder was as good as what I get on Fla coast. Salmon with BBQ glaze and pear chutney served over grits for the wife and she loved it. Overall excellent food quality and presentation. Waitress was attentive and knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent all around
    ACBeats
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    From the moment we settled in at the bar for pre-dinner drinks, to the end of the evening when the cake and champagne were cleared off, we were handled and fed very very well! Everyone on staff was knowledgeable, energetic, clearly (and justifiably) proud of their kitchen and the drinks offerings. Food was top-notch. We had a small family celebration and were seated in a very comfortable, slightly tucked-away booth that worked perfectly for the occasion: not a private room, but we felt just set off enough from the regular tables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place!
    TimS
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Its the second time we were there. The food is outstanding and the waitstaff are fun and responsive. It was a good time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just a fantastic evening
    Wfdeacon
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I took my parents out to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Everything from the drinks to the appetizers to the entrees was phenomenal. Service was outstanding. Not a single complaint. Great evening
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Visiting Columbia, S.C.
    Alan
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Great food & service. Unique and pleasant building in downtown... Would go again for sure.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    i took my parents and uncle here to celebrate my dad's 67th birthday. we'd never been before. we ordered the CRISPY SESAME ASPARAGUS, it was good but not worth $12 for 5 sticks. my mom liked her SHRIMP SUCCOTASH. dad and i ordered the 8oz FILET MIGNON OF BEEF, he got his medium well, i got mine medium, i'd we enjoyed it. my uncle got the VEGGIE PLATE, he didn't touch the sweet potato tho. dessert was good, my parents shared the CREME BRULEE, my uncle got the STRAWBERRY LIME SORBET, and i got the CHOCOLATE TORTE but we all wanted the CHEWY CHOCOLATE BROWNIE WITH COFFEE ICE CREAM which they ran out of. the waiter was did a good job of tending to us, he even put a candle in the middle of the CREME BRULEE for my dad. our table was wobbling.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great night at colas
    triken
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Excellent service and food as always. Great for business or personal occasion
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service, service, service . . .
    jchris
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    While the ambiance and feel of a restaurant are very important, all of those characteristics can be rendered useless if service is not up to par. This is definitely the case, concerning Cola's. If your service is impeccable, you can get away with over-charging for a vegetable plate, or even for a mediocre veal scalopini saltimboca. At Cola's, the poor service made the average food even worse, and the prices were not worth the dining experience. If Cola's doesn't fix their service issues, the just-ok cooking will eventually become the focus of increased scrutiny, and diners will realize the poor value being received on a nightly basis. Cola's should think about the effectiveness of their service training program, currently being employed.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding!
    Timothy
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Cola's is quickly becoming "The" place to taking anyone visiting the city for the first time. The food is off the charts, service is great and the price for the quality is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Wonderful experience!!! The food and service excellent. Made a special occasion perfect.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely a good find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    6 of us dined at Cola's when we brought my daughter to USC in August. All meals were fabulous. Lamb meatballs and Mac n Cheese to die for. Service was great and wine list was great as well. We made a reservation for parent's weekend as we can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • USC move in weekend
    SeptembernightVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    2nd time at Cola's. Columbia's best restaurant. Great Service!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fine dining
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Cola's is our favorite dining experience. Great food, service, and reservation is always ready for us when we arrive!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Little
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Portions are big so split entrees--even with that was little pricey
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BLT salad is awesome
    Timetoeattime
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Just when you thought bacon couldn't get better. This salad was amazing. Overall great experience. Will definitely be back for more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food! Steak and Fish
    JasonVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I've been here 3 times in 2 weeks on business and their food is great. Fish 2x and Steak 1x. They bring their fish in fresh. Fried oysters are great too! The small filet was cooked perfectly and so very tender. Service has been good and friendly at the bar and dining area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    Foodielover14
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Went to Cola's with a friend for dinner and had an amazing time. Cocktails were wonderful and the spice-rubbed chicken with sautéed greens and Mac and cheese was awesome. Nice size and ambiance. Great service! Perfect spot for date night or just grabbing dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at 8
    Enjoyinglife
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food and service were great. The atmosphere was noisy. I enjoyed the decor, it was rustic but comfortable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Always fun and the food is always excellent. Have taken out of town business guest and while a little noisy, my guest have all remarked about what a great restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Evening Family Dinner
    JohnnyT
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We had a relaxing and enjoyable evening of cocktails and dining. Very accommodating staff with flavorful and well prepared food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good overall local Restaurant
    SouthWesttransplant
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    This was the 2nd time I have been to Colas, first time was for Thanksgiving dinner - not as dressy as I would have liked and very low energy at this time. This time we went before the Steely Dan concert so it was packed and very lively. We did sat far away from the open windows so it was a little warm for me but over all I had a great time, ambiance was great and food was good. They have a very limited wine by the glass list and the specials should be on paper to review, way too many to remember! the waiters also need to wait before taking plates away - I don't wolf my food down and don't want to feel rushed. overall very good experience. great dinner with my boyfriend
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Cola
    ColaFan
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    This is one of the Top 3 restaurants in Columbia. The food is always phenomenal and the variety is great. By far the best mac-n-cheese anywhere. Great for entertaining customers or for a date night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love
    likeaboss
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Only place we ever go out to eat anymore. When it's that good, no sense in changing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate