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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Cola's Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
135 reviews since April 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (72)fit for foodies (65)good for groups (51)neighborhood gem (40)vibrant bar scene (32)hot spot (31)romantic (31)notable wine list (30)late-night find (10)scenic view (8)great for lunch (6)great for outdoor dining (6)great for brunch (5)kid-friendly (5)Show More
  • 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.
  • 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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
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    • 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
  • Excellent!
    ladyhunter1
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The menu was quite extensive, as well as many specials were offered. Our waiter (so sorry I cannot remember his name) was very knowledgeable about the menu and suggested recommendations/ favorites when asked. Our waiter was also quite helpful in selecting wines. Loved finding this gem of a restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My personal experience
    GeeDub
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We arrived early, sat at the bar while we waited & were promptly greeted. We ordered drinks, mine via suggestion, & shortly our table was ready. I offered it to the next group but it was a party of 6 and the table was a 4 top so we closed out & took our seats. It took our waiter a bit to get to us. He told us the specials & market prices. We ordered (my husband via recommendation) & our food was dropped off quickly. My food (Lamb penne) was nothing worth writing about. My husband enjoyed his swordfish. Our server must have had too many tables or a picky one because someone else brought our food, filled our drinks, etc. Felt rushed & neglected by our server. The bar and hostess were the saving grace. Also, it was very loud.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Very good food
    dp3326
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Very good food and service. I will return. Took my kids here after a day of moving and they all loved it. We had a seafood appetizer, steaks, pasta, and I had their charleston flounder. Delicious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun Local Spot
    colaeater25
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We discovered this spot while looking for a place to go for a friends birthday. The service was great and it has a fairly comprehensive wine, beer, and drinks menu that compliments their menu-with a few notables that are hard to find elsewhere. The service was great, but the menu is somewhat lacking in terms of variety and availability. The appetizers are more than enough to share. Overall, this was a nice find that we had heard about but had often drove by in favor of restaurants and establishments we knew more about and had more local press. It is a place we will consider for future dining going forward.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience
    FatOkie
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We and our friends had a fine meal with excellent service. This restaurant has a large menu with a wide range of choices and prices. This was our second time there but won't be our last. The open window (at first we thought it was just incredibly clean) is a neat idea and added to our enjoyment and the temperature at our table was fine. There is plenty of parking so that is no problem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We loved this restaurant! We had the mussels and beef carpaccio to start, followed by the scallops and beet salad...all were amazing!!! We will definitely be back:)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Odd Way to Treat Customers
    RichardVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We arrived on time but were told there was a wait. Odd because half the tables were empty. Refused to seat us in the attractive main dining area, seating us instead in a very unattractive "private dining room". What was the point of a reservation and why wouldn't they seat us in an area where most tables were empty? Food and service were OK. I would not return to this restaurant for their careless customer service, valuing their seating process over the desires of their customers. I've never had such an experience before. I do not recommend this restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A GREAT FIND!!!
    gourmetgirlVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    I was in Columbia, SC for my son's freshman Orientation at the University and my husband has friends who recommended Cola's to us. Well, I can't tell you how pleased we were! The ambiance was beautiful, the server we had could not have been more accomodating and the food was amazing! Even the drink selection was extensive, creative and hip! We had Strawberry, lime mojitoes...killer. The BLT salad with the candied bacon was roll your eyes back delicious. For dinner, my two friends had the flash fried flounder...OMG is all I can say, and for the those who love a cream based sauce, I had the shrimp and grits...amazing! Loved it and will go again when I return!!! Got lots of opportunities now that my son is going to school there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    Shelle
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Possibly the best salad I've every had. The poached Pear salad was amazing!!!! First time for our entire party, we will be returning often.....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place for Dinner
    flyingfood
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Restaurant was nice. Food was nice and a good value for an upscale place in Columbia. Nice bar and wine list. I enjoyed the experience and will be back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 4th of July dining
    lukelek
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    As we were dining on a holiday the restaurant was not crowded, and we had excellent service. The poached pear salad was different and delicious. I truly enjoyed a humongous thick pork chop that had a tasty crust, milanese style. My wife had the special swordfish, which she raved about. We also liked the ability to bring our own wine with a reasonable corkage fee. The server was very friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Misses the mark
    Paula
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    I'm from Louisville Ky where there is an award winning chef on every corner....Colas must be surviving because of its downtown location and politicians spending someone else's money to OVERpay for mediocrity. I really don't mind a $120 meal when it's worth it...Colas is not. Loved almost everything about it....a fantastic margarita, wine list and atmosphere. My son ordered an 8 oz filet that was supposed to be medium...but it was rare. My daughter's spice rubbed chicken appeared to have been from a quail instead, it was dry and over seasoned. I ordered shrimp and grits, they had a wonderful flavor but they were skimpy with the sauce. The garnish of lightly fried green onions was unnecessary and should be dropped...a disappointing meal!
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Cola's Restaurant Superb!
    luvcolatown1
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Everything about this restaurant is top notch! Very cool renovated brick building-very classy inside. A bit loud but you soon forget about it when the fabulous meal arrives! By far the best meal I have ever had in Columbia and I've lived here all my life. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Margarita Ever
    Slick
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Cool building and they have their own parking lot. Server was friendly and knowledgable. Food service was a little slow but as long as you aren't in a hurry and have something to talk about with your date you'll be fine. Food was very good! We sat next to a group of 6 women who were have a lot of fun so it got a bit loud but watcha gonna do? The best part...they made the best margarita I've ever had and margaritas are my thing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Highly Recommended
    Greg
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The food and service were excellent! The waitress was attentive and everything was well prepared.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Great service, excellent quality food, interesting menu.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ok, not great
    Bard
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    I heard great things about Cola's. We had two fish specials on a Wednesday night. One was good, the other was fair. Service was slow because the place was busy. Not really worth the price.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best meal ever!
    lloyde
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    My wife and I celebrated a wedding anniversary by dining at Cola's. We agreed it was the best meal ever -- cocktail, salad, entree, and dessert. And the service was first-rate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food OK; best drinks ever!
    t2b21984
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    The noise level was a little high. The crab cakes were room temperature, bland, and had pieces of shell in them; the fried green tomatoes were good. BUT, the Dirty Martini and Vodka Gimlet were the best ever! Would return for them alone, and try a different menu item.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as first time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The first time we ate at Colas was in March 2014 and we found it great. Service and food were excellent We returned in June and were a little disappointed. The service was good but the food did not measure up to the first visit. Different chef maybe?
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • niceynice
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The environment at Cola's is great! I have been there with family including grands and they all just enjoyed their meals as well. My youngest grand loves the salmon and of course, my meal was the huge flounder meal. The atmosphere is just pleasingly wonderful and we enjoyed every minute of our time there. What a wonderful way to celebrate each other with good food! The dessert called The Basket is just phenomenal. It is enough for two or three to share and we did just that. I hope to go again real soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best I've had.
    Lgarm18
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    This was our first visit to Cola's and our experience was outstanding. We could see that the server was working hard and fast but she never missed a beat and was timely in ever instance. The food was superb and the sauces were remarkable. The desserts? What?! The very best. (Try the coffee ice cream) I generally never talk to my co-workers about my restaurant experiences but I did this time. I've eaten a lot of things in a lot of places all over the world and this was the best food experience I recall ever having.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An excellent find!
    TasteQueen
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    The recommendations are right on for this one. Don't miss the chance to eat here if you are close to Columbia!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food4thought
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    This restaurant was fabulous! The chicken Milanese was amazing, as was the strawberry mojoto. The almond berry dessert was one of the best desserts I have had in ages. I cannot wait fort daughter to start USC this Fall because this will be our favorite restaurant for sure. I will eat here every time we come for a visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alabamafoodie
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We have a new favorite spot! My husband said this is the best food he's eaten in Columbia. Excellent service. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed a wonderful evening
    dyner
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Had a great evening. Showed up a little early, they offered us a table then but we sat at the bar to enjoy a drink and check out the bar scene. After that went back to be seated and still got seated early. Staff, service food, everything was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it!
    ServiceIsKey
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We've been twice with both sets of "parents." Everyone loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.