The Oak Table
The Oak Table

The Oak Table

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.theoaktablesc.com/
  • Phone: (803) 563-5066
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 2:00pm; 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: Jessica North 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
87 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (59)special occasion (54)scenic view (34)romantic (31)notable wine list (27)great for brunch (22)good for groups (22)neighborhood gem (21)great for outdoor dining (20)vibrant bar scene (18)hot spot (17)great for lunch (12)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Good food… a little pricey.
    frad
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Interesting menu, with locally sourced meats and vegetables. The purple sweet potatoes were particularly tasty. The porterhouse for two was well seasoned and tender but not spectacular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • R22H
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Great food. Best steak I have had in years. Our server Nate was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not sure what all the fuss is about
    aspn1960
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    While the decor screams first class, my meal was fine, but not exceptional. Very small menu. My advice is to try somewhere else.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great brunch
    RIdinerVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Good food, great atmosphere - only problem service a little too rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch
    AliceAnn
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    As always The Oak Table was a great choice for Sunday brunch. The Chicken and Blue Corn Waffle was terrific - the honey had a nice bite to it! The bottomless mimosa's are always a hit. Great service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food and Service Excellent
    murphy
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    The food, as always, tasted superb and was presented elegantly. The wait staff was extremely professional and engaging - our waiter presented everything with care, was quick to assist with whatever was needed, engaged us in conversation (not too much, not too little), didn't hover but was attentive - very professional - everyone made us feel special. My guest, whose visit to The Oak Table was her first, commented on the excellent service (and food too!). The desserts were indescribably delicious and thoroughly delightful!! Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    Newhere
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Being new to Columbia, it is our best experience yet with service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oak Table
    WAB1
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    2 1/2 hours to dine. By the time our entrees came after appetizers and salads we were no longer hungry. The fish was good. The fried lobster greasy.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Best food in Columbia!!!
    chacecop
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Amazing food! Very tasty! Price on the high side but worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Time Visit
    MikesObservations
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I loved the reminder from the website that reservations were available on line. The reservation process was quick and easy. The food was than anticipated as only brunch was offered at 2 pm on a Sunday. This meant we didn't have access to a dinner menu. The restaurant ambiance was exiting and excellent. We will return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service, Location, and Food!
    TruffleFan
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Great place for lunch or dinner! Brunch is great too! The weather was perfect, so we sat outside, and the view of the Statehouse is amazing! If you can, sit outside! Our server was the absolute best, and he provided outstanding service! If you go for lunch, be sure to try the White Truffle Grilled Cheese, but be warned, the portion is huge, so it is more like two sandwiches! They offer a half and half, so I like to order half White Truffle Grilled Cheese, and half Caesar Salad. Be sure to try the truffle frites as well- they are amazing! I get them everytime I go! The Smores dessert is delicious, and totally worth the extra mile or two I needed to run to burn off the calories.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yum!
    topherta
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Great food and attentive staff.Mt spouse and I got 2 small plates, an entree, and 2 desserts. We shares it all and left full and happy. It was wonderful. Plus complimentary valet is always a plus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Food is always top shelf and the service is outstanding. While the wine list is nice it could be improved especially the Reds. Love their appetizers.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not a value
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    The food was very good. Portions were too small. Everything was overpriced. Does not compare favorably with Solstice or Hampton St.Vineyards.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Gem in Columbia
    Marcie
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My family has been coming to Columbia for years ( as both of our sons attended the University of South Carolina) and have dined at many establishments in the city. We wished that we would have come across the Oak Table earlier. Loved the ambiance, incredible food and wonderful wine list. We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK but Not Great
    OldogfaceVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Small active restaurant - not an extensive menu, but focused on local ingredients. Food was tasty and well presented. Wife had fried lobster, and, honestly, the preparation didn't do the lobster justice. I had the tilefish and truffle fries..... OK. Wouldn't order the truffle fries again, though - too much truffle and pecorino which became overwhelming. I was hoping for something closer to Oak Steakhouse in Charleston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They treat you like a rock star
    BigSid
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Beautiful place, great fun service, awesome view of the SC State house and a really cool bar, large wine list and they will prepare things especially for you diet (off the menu) if you call ahead and let them know and it will be delish.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service very good...Food OK
    ColtSouth
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I've been there several times with above average to good experiences. I ordered the Fried Chicken Liver appetizer and salad as an entree. Sent it back, the livers were cool in the center and mushy pink. The second time around still mushy and pink, but at least almost hot. Should be firm...Not overcooked and dry but able to hold up to be sliced. these just mushed around under the breading. My colleagues were pleased with the steak and pork chop entree they ordered...I'll probably go back, but I'lll stick wight the burger. I love a rare burger. Lovely atmosphere. Our server was excellent and Sam helped out too. Sam is an asset to the place.his smile and eyes can help get through any awkward situation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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    • 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
    • Food
    • 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
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    • 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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 48 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 366 reviews are from the The Oak Table reviews archive.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate