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The Oak Table
The Oak Table

The Oak Table Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.TheOakTableSC.com
  • Phone: (803) 563-5066
  • 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 (803) 563-5066

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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "I love the Oak Table brunch, but really, I just love the place overall. No bad meals, terrific service, unique offerings, great drinks. Recommend."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Food was good; was priced a little high. The service was outstanding. Good place to meet someone for dinner."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "One of the Best restaurants in Columbia. Best Sticky Buns in the world."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Very limited menu and over-priced. The food was fair at best."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "This was our first visit for brunch. Food was great."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "This was our fourth time to The Oak Table and it just keeps getting better."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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 $$$."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Excellent Excellent Excellent Food and Service. Our waiter was top notch."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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!"
    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!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Fabulous time! Been for lunch, dinner and for a nightcap and all were outstanding."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "A little pricey, but the food was excellent and the service was outstanding!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Really want to love this restaurant but still not there yet. Several visits recently and the most outstanding meal is Sunday Brunch. Dinner menu leaves much to be desired. Options are just not great. Predictable. Nothing special. Tried charcuterie plate. Very limited diversity. A piece of bacon and 2 mousses too narrow a selection for sharing. Small plate salmon salad with 3 paper thin slices of salmon over greens: fair. Menu is like many local restaurants and lacking imagination. Really,really want this restaurant to succeed and will keep visiting. Drinks are great."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "My friends and I had our first monthly BFF's evening out. We had a great time! "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Best steak we have ever had and beat tile fish we have ever had. The bread is absolutely amazing. The fact that mondays are half off bottles of wine under $100 is awesome and we will definetely be back for that deal again in the near future. Obviously a little pricey but the food was well worth the money as it was prepared beautifully and tasted like heaven! "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "We celebrated my Birthday Eve for Sunday brunch. It was wonderful. Even though the day was cool and rainy, I'm sure dining outdoors would be nice."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "I love Indigo Road's offerings in Charleston (The Macintosh, Oak Steakhouse, Indaco, O-Ku, and The Cocktail Club), so had high expectations for The Oak Table when I was in Columbia for the SC Book Festival. They delivered in every way! I enjoyed the creative spring menu, super service, and a great downtown vibe. Highly-recommended!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "First time was pretty good, not great, service was nice pleasant, need better menu I feel, plates were to small, tables are to small , seats crowded, sea scallops were excellent, need better appetizers and desserts, French press coffee was ok, cups were to thin too hot to hold, steak knives were nice, bread was hot but a basic white dinner roll was all. I would hope for more dinner fish choices as well specials. Nice view statehouse and outdoor dining if you like, parking is a little tough. Only rib eye and hangar steak, really! No filet choice!!! Will try again and I sure hope it is better the next time. Columbia needs good places !!!!! "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Excellent service, great food. A+. It was a very enjoyable evening. It was my wife's birthday and when we could not decide on an appetizer the server brought us both. Very classy! "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "My favorite brunch spot in Columbia. The blue corn waffle and fried chicken are fantastic. Have not eaten dinner here, but would highly recommend for brunch. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Out of specials early in the night. Wait staff arrogant and pompous. Third mediocre meal for me. Not up to standard for fine dining. Save your money and head elsewhere, especially if your hungry as the portions are small. Wine list is awful too for a "fine" dining restaurant if you choose to go by the glass. Embarrassed when I took friends from NYC. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The restaurant is beautiful. The service was impeccable. The food was superb. We will definitely return. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Nice spot Downtown for professional dinners with clients or out with your spouse for special occasions. "
    Dined on 4/29/2014