The Oak Table
The Oak Table

The Oak Table

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.theoaktablesc.com/
  • Phone: 8035635066x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Howard Stephens
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Oak Table offers an intimate and sleek private dinning space for up to 20 guests and prime views of the adjacent South Carolina State Capitol building. State-of-the-art AV and television equipment is available
  • Private Party Contact: Lauren Tebeau 8035635066x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Main and Gervais
  • Parking: Valet
A word from The Oak Table
Located on the corner of Main and Gervais Street, The Oak Table offers guest a menu of classic, American cuisine served in a captivating space that highlights the best of both contemporary and traditional design. Inspired by its sister restaurants in Charleston, Oak Steakhouse and The Macintosh, The Oak Table will serve dishes that expound on the freshness of locally sourced, seasonal products. The focal point of the restaurant is a majestic aged wooden table, a reminder of the integrity of time-honored American cuisine.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
The Oak Table reviews from OpenTable diners
82 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (56)fit for foodies (47)scenic view (44)romantic (31)notable wine list (26)vibrant bar scene (20)great for brunch (18)great for outdoor dining (18)good for groups (16)hot spot (14)great for lunch (13)neighborhood gem (13)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Always a pleasure
    RIdinerVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Our second visit to the Oak Table and it was as fantastic as the first. The ambiance, service and food were excellent. Plan on going again when in town next.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Enjoyable
    colafoodie
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Was looking forward to visiting for a while now! Gorgeous decor. Amazing service. Their cocktail menu is awesome and original. I really enjoyed the food - however, I will say that there are not a lot of choices to choose from & the choices are VERY expensive. Don't expect to talk out of there spending less then 80 bucks (and I only had one bar drink.) I will say there dessert is to die for. I might just go to eat dessert there. So unique and different. Ingredients are so diverse and blended you would have never thought they would go together!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First timer
    Sportfishing1
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    It was perfect. Start to finish. Apps, wine, steak, fried lobster to dessert. Nothing let us down.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Poorly cooked and overpriced food, mildly condescending service. Some good flavor combinations. We had chicken (rubbery) and Ribeye. Best part of the meal was the Swiss Chard.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I Love This Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    A 20th Anniversary was celebrated and a beautiful night was had. My wife and I appreciate the lovely food and the warm hospitality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We took my son out to dinner for his birthday at Oak Table. The service was wonderful and the food was delicious. We had a wonderful time and my USC son devoured his 16oz ribeye steak dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Brunch Spot
    WineandDine
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We had a wonderful Sunday brunch. My friend started out with the Grilled Peach Salad with crispy fried pork jowl and followed it with the Brunch Burger with Truffle Frites. She thoroughly enjoyed both. I had the Reuben Hash - it was so good - crispy potatoes, corned beef, sauerkraut, white cheddar, sunny side up eggs, marble rye toast, topped with a whole grain mustard vinaigrette. And of course, I had to have a side order of the creamy grits with bits of chiles just to spice it up a bit. The wine list is extensive and has wines for all budgets - we drank a prosecco. Our waiter, Jack, was personable, attentive and answered our questions knowledgeably. Background music was at a good level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never fails to impress!
    capitalcitygal
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The Oak Table never fails to impress, whether brunch, lunch, or dinner. It's a fine dining experience that doesn't take itself too seriously, which is perfect for big groups or a date night -- impeccable culinary delights in an elegant but casual atmosphere. The service is friendly and knowledgeable about the wines and foods. Always ask about the "non-listed" items on the menu, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sfroelich86
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This was our first time at The Oak Table. The food was amazing!!! The pink snapper was probably some of the best fish dishes I ever had. The homemade butterscotch bread pudding is a must! We will go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Aggies visit Columbia
    Danceswithbears
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We made last minute reservations driving into Columbia for the A&M-USC game. We had a good table. The food was delicious, the service exemplary and we thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance. We don't visit Columbia often but we'll go back to the Oak Table when we do.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My wife cooks better
    John
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The restaurant and atmosphere is very nice. The food was average for this type restaurant. The menu is limited and the food taste is kind of bland.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, fantastic service.
    gibsonwc
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This is easily the best restaurant in Columbia. The food is incredible and can only be matched by the service. I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food fairly good/location excellent
    dineanotherday
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I was a bit disappointed by my meal—the watermelon gazpacho was oddly sour, and the peach salad was rather small and unsatisfying. However, the sriracha fries were excellent, and much more than my 3-person party could consume. That being said, the Oak Table is elegantly decorated, carefully lit, and perfectly situated across from the State House. Moreover, the atmosphere is calm even when the restaurant is busy, lending itself to casual conversation. I'll no doubt return for a business lunch sometime in the future, when I hope to be wowed by a different entrée.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Our first time, but not our last time. Fine dining in Columbia. We liked everything about our night with friends. The service was great, all of us loved our meal. Great new place in Columbia!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great as usual
    Uscjan
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I love the Oak Table brunch, but really, I just love the place overall. No bad meals, terrific service, unique offerings, great drinks. Recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A good overall experience
    Op3113
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Food was good; was priced a little high. The service was outstanding. Good place to meet someone for dinner.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unremarkable
    GolocalCola
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    My wife's ribeye was cooked perfectly. They try very hard to locally source their food. While the Oak Table is definitely worth a try, I found it to be remarkable.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Columbia
    Patrick
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    When we dine at the Oak Table, we always feel that we have been OUT TO DINNER. The attention to detail, service and food are the best in Columbia.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for lunch!
    LindseyVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The sriracha fries and daily cobb salad special are amazing. This is a great spot for a business lunch or to catch up with a friend during the work day.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    One of the Best restaurants in Columbia. Best Sticky Buns in the world.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vintage bait and switch
    RoadWarrior2VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I've been to the Oak Table a couple of times and enjoyed the experience... the menu is interesting and the food is good. My only complaint is with the wine list and service. The vintage I was served didn't match the vintage on the wine list that I ordered. The waiter acted like it happens all the time and proceeded to open the bottle. The wine tasted good so all was well but I didn't like paying for an expensive bottle and getting a younger version. Vintage bait and switch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • menu
    Plyger
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Very limited menu and over-priced. The food was fair at best.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Restaraunt Service Subpar
    foodie
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Initially your are greeted with complimentary valet which was a very pleasant surprise because parking in downtown Columbia is terrible. Beware of the slippery floors! My heels and my husbands shoes were slipping as we walked to our seats. The staff was initially very attentive our waiter made sure we had everything and accommodated us very well. Even the manager stopped to ask if we needed anything just because we were looking around. However once we received our entrees we had to stop the waiter to get any assistance! Even the older couple next to us had a hard time grabbing his attention to receive dessert menus.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food/ bad attitude from server
    Diner75
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I has a very important business meeting at The Oak Table Friday night. The food was fabulous but the waiter was ready to get off of work. He consistently checked on us, trying to take our food away from us and when we finally said that can you give us 2 more minutes to finish our food... The server raised his arms in disgust and walked away. He was extremely rude and had no idea that he was waiting on a very important dinner guest that was planning on bringing his business to the area. I felt embarrassed and confronted the server about his poor attitude and rude behavior. It's a shame that our night was sooo rushed because he wanted to go home.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but limited menu
    LuvtodineoutVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Weird entrance from the office buildign lobby, uninviting. Seated in a very dark booth.The menu was very limited with a lot of items we had to ask what the food was "suobise" was one example. They had a number of small plates-we had the quail-over hominy. Hominy was just so-so, the quail was cooked perfectly and had a nice barbeque sauce. The bacon small plate was very good. One of my co-diners enjoyed a very large pork shop with bacon sauce. The other co-diner liked her skirt steak. I had the scallop small plate -delicious. The caprese salad small plate was good. We enjoyed half price wine on Monday. The frites were nothing special at all. The sweet potato frites were limp and soggy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ladyonshadyVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    This was our first visit for brunch. Food was great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Mingo13VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This was our fourth time to The Oak Table and it just keeps getting better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Great location on Main Street with a view of the Capitol, and within walking distance from our hotel. The food was inventive and the service attentive without being overbearing. If you're coming for the fried lobster - reserve when you arrive so you won't be disappointed. There are 3 seating areas: the main room, bustling with views of the kitchen, a smaller back room which was quiet and dark, and outside. We were there for the food so we enjoyed our corner window table in the back room but if you like being part of the "scene", you'll probably be happier in the main dining room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • leisurely lunch
    foodfriend
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    My other visits to Oak Table have been for drinks and supper (excellent always) this was my first lunch. Many would emphasize the upbeat, vibrant, downtown sophistication of the restaurant. It also has a wonderful ambiance for a quiet leisurely lunch full of conversation along with the always great food and wine.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Dining Experience
    LoveGreatFood
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Visited The Oak table to celebrate a birthday. The staff was VERY accommodating and welcoming. Upon my entry I was immediately greeted & offered my table (had reservations). I decided to wait at the bar for the remainder of the group. The bartender and manager offered me a drink several times. I finally decided on a ginger lemonade that was excellent (If you like ginger.) We ordered several appetizers that were all great. The fries are so good they don't require ketchup & the maple bacon is divine. Our group ordered a variety of entrees, all being great. I selected the fried lobster it was delicious. Others included the pork chop, half chicken, fish and salad. Everything was excellent and we will visit again. Well worth the $$$.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary Dinning
    marriedcouple
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    My wife and I celebrated out Wedding Anniversary at Oak Table. It was our first time to dine with them. We enjoyed the experience. It was a special evening for us as well as 2 other couples who were also celebrating their anniversaries at the same time we were there.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loveopentable
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Excellent Excellent Excellent Food and Service. Our waiter was top notch.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding food, best restaurant
    Vegan3404
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Food was excellent very well prepared. They easily accommodated the vegan person in our party by preparing a off menu dish that was top notch! The price point is a bit high but the food is well worth it. The service is wonderful, they're helpful, polite and non intrusive into your dinner conversation, this makes for a truly enjoyable dining experience. I would highly recommend The Oak Table and will be going back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    eatout2much
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We were greeted with an attitude like we were bothering the hostess. Then she realized we had a reservation and she became very cheerful and welcoming. The waiter was very good and attentive even though it was a buffet. The hamburger buns and meat fell apart which made for a very messy meal. Including tip I spent $150.00 for my family of four. I'll pay extra just to have a reservation and I don't mind paying even more if the food & service is excellent. This was not the case and my wife asked me if I now have the Oak Table out of my system. I was wishing for a new hangout and was disappointed!
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  • Columbia's best
    DebD
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    This was my fourth trip to The Oak Table. It's always my first choice when visiting Columbia. Cocktails are well poured, food is to die for and service is excellent. So glad it's there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful B'day Dinner
    layleighlee
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Everything was great! We were one of the last reservations and were running late and despite the exchange of servers due to the late hour (and the few issues that arose from that) everything was wonderful. Well, almost everything...the drinks from the bar were REALLY slow. Food was outstanding...I had a steak with a 1/2 fried lobster with truffle fries and butterscotch banana pudding for dessert. Yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Greatly enjoyed our table outside!
    EatlocalEatwell
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Nice table outside. Min noise from road. Excellent waitstaff! Food was really good but I did not think it to be exceptional. No one in our party of 3 was overly impressed. For the price, I expect exceptional. That being said, I am an experienced foodie and probably have higher expectations than most. BTW: We have eaten at Oak in Charleston and was wowed!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't miss!
    Speakinawich
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Fabulous time! Been for lunch, dinner and for a nightcap and all were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thank you!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    A little pricey, but the food was excellent and the service was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful birthday dinner
    JimC
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    As usual, we had a spectacular meal, from appetizer to dessert. The staff was very attentive, as we had asked for outdoor seating and there were thunderstorms in the area. We managed the entire meal outside with only a brief period of gusty winds. The stormy sky created a magnificent backdrop for the dome of the State Capitol building. One of our favorite places.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet