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About Al's Upstairs

-Window seat requests are not guaranteed on the weekends or holidays

-Please, no children under 5 years old on the weekends.

-Private dining rooms available, please call 803-920-9406

304 Meeting St.
West Columbia, SC 29169
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(803) 794-7404

Website:
http://alsupstairsitalian.com/

Parking Details:
There is additional parking for Als Upstairs located behind our property at the Egg Roll Station.

Executive Chef:
Michael Wright

Additional:
Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine

Al's Upstairs Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.5

Noise

Quiet

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (38)
Romantic (36)
Good for Anniversaries (34)
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Scenic View (32)
Special Occasion (31)
Quiet Conversation (22)
Cozy (20)
Notable Wine List (17)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Worth the Drive (14)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Business Meals (10)
Authentic (7)
Casual (7)
Comfort Food (4)
Healthy (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Fun (3)
Good for Groups (3)
People Watching (3)
Waterfront (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Organic (2)
Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tapas (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 10, 2018

My husband and I went on Saturday night for an early Valentine's dinner. I had the filet mignon and it was excellent. We had a table by the window and the view was enjoyable. The entire evening was lovely. We had a reservation and were seated immediately.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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food5
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 9, 2018

What can I say other than it is our favorite! Small in size but huge with great meals and service.
We will be going to Al's as long as we can manage the stairs or talk them into installing an elevator.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Scenic View
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food5
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Als was not at their best but the oysters Rockefeller and the flounder were both delicious.
A complimentary desert was a very nice gesture.
It took longer than usual but the view of the city was spectacular.

Tags: Scenic View
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food4
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service2
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 4, 2018

My wife and I love Al's. We went to celebrate he birthday, but he excitement of going changed when the steak she ordered was full of fat and not very good! We told the waiter and he desert was on them.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on February 3, 2018

I have been to Al's more than a dozen times, and I never tire of it! Best restaurant in Columbia. Scenic view looking over the river and downtown. Seafood is fresh. The lobster bisque is a treasure, you must order it! My wife who doesn't like lobster or lobster bisque loves their lobster bisque! It is served with a pastry on top and shrimp in the soup, just get it! Pasta a la Al is my favorite dish, but I've never had a bad dish or appetizer there. Reasonable price for what you get, but by no means an inexpensive dinner. It is a great restaurant and I highly recommend it!

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Mobile)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Al's upstairs is the perfect place for a special occasion. My wife and i were celebrating an early Valentine's Day and the food was great and the view was fantastic. i highly recommend it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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food5
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·Dined on February 1, 2018

I reserved a window seat for Thursday, February 1, 2018, and the staff provided this requested accommodation. It was an overall great enjoyment and the food was fantastic. Will certainly recommend this 'best kept secret' to others.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View
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food5
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Food was great so don't skip this place based on my overall review. Service was very good until we had pour salad. After that our server got very busy and our entrees went missing. Food was great once they arrived but wait was unexpected and disappointing.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Al's upstairs never disappoints. The filet is excellent as is the view and atmosphere.

Tags: Fun, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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food5
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I️ requested on restaurant request section in Open Table to save me table by window to view Columbia Skylines, but the table we got was viewing side street. Disappointed with view. The reason I️ go to Al’s is the view of Columbia Skylines.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 17, 2018

We had a wonderful dining experience for our anniversary. Our server was very attentive and gave great suggestions. I love seafood and got mine with the lobster bisque which was delicious and the seafood alla al. My husband had a special ribeye which was cooked perfectly. Overall a wonderful anniversary meal.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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food5
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Awesome food-Caitlyn was great!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 13, 2018

On Saturday night we enjoyed an excellent dinner with family. We reserved with Open Table and were seated within 10 minutes of arrival even though it was very busy. The food and drinks were outstanding as was the service. My wife ordered a special that she did not care for and they replaced it with another entree and did not charge for either. To me....that showed exceptional service. We certainly will return!

Tags: Cozy, Scenic View, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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food5
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 12, 2018

I am completely and pleasantly surprised by how wonderful an experience we had at Al’s. The ambiance was amazing, the food superb, and the service was excellent. Even more, I was very impressed with the talent of the chef and their knowledge of not only HOW to prepare the food but also how MUCH was adequate.

All around a must-try gem of Columbia.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Server was knowledgeable and welcoming. View was beautiful. Dinner was good.

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food4
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 9, 2018

It was great, as always! We were celebrating my husband's birthday ... the waitress was very attentive the food was great

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Everything was exceptionally nice. The food was excellent and our server very helpful.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Food was awesome ambiance was great and our server Emily was awesome!

Tags: Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Comfort Food
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 29, 2017

I went to school with Al and his restaurant always lives up to my (and his) expectations . Thanks Al for another great meal. I look forward to my next reservation.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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food4
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Service was wonderful and the martinis were amazing. Great place for a get together.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 16, 2017

This was the 10 year anniversary of our first date and my wife’s birthday as well. We were able to have the exact same table that we sat at on our first date. The view is amazing. The food was wonderful. The service great. We love this place.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Excellent service and the food was very good!I am definitely going there again!

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, People Watching
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food5
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 14, 2017

My 15 year old son had never been to Al’s. He said it is his new favorite restaurant. Where he will bring his date for prom.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Our server, Justyn, did a fantastic job taking care of us. The food was wonderful as always. Thank you for a great evening. Looking forward to our next visit.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 8, 2017

I have eaten at a lot of restaurants in the greater Columbia area over the years and as far as fine dining goes, Al's hit the trifecta for food, service, and quality. My wife and I loved everything about. Hunter was an excellent waiter providing just the right amount of attention. The timing of the kitchen was spot on for preparing the food allowing for excellent conversation with time between courses. I cant wait to go back....SOON!

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Two of us went to this restaurant for a birthday celebration on a weekday because of its good reviews on Open Table. The food was good. However, there were a few things that would have made this establishment even better. The host welcoming guests needs more training on being more 'welcoming.' He was very impersonal and unfriendly. He failed to check me using my Open Table reservation and that I'd requested a window seat (and there were window seats open) and that we were also celebrating a birthday. I had to remind our waiter to make sure to check us in using my Open Table reservation, because restaurants often do not do this and I miss out on my OT points. Our waiter kept reminding us that food was going to take a while longer than normal and that he is very busy that evening so he may not be able to check on us as often as he could. Okay, that's honest. However, I noticed that the food for a table of four got their food before we did and they were seated way after us. The waiter even commented that our food order was going in line after the larger crowd. (Little did he know that I was paying attention to the when that 'crowd' was seated.) The waiter did not acknowledge to me if I wanted to do something special for the 'birthday' celebration. I could have complained at that moment, but it really killed the moment for me.
I'm thoroughly disappointed with this place. I really wanted to like it. But these little things really do make a big difference.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Great food - wonderful beverages - nice atmosphere! Love this place!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 1, 2017

The food, sea bass and rib eye, were excellent. Waiter, Alan, was professional, personable and knowledgeable. Great recommendation on wine.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 28, 2017

We love Al's. The food is great, always several tempting choices. The service has been superb every time we've been there. We miss Kristin, but Justin took great care of us this time.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion, Casual, Romantic, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 25, 2017

First time here and we loved it. It waa putt waitress first night on the job and she did awesome! It was quiet and the foods was great! We will be going back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 24, 2017

They had recently changed the menu but still had great choices and the food was amazing.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We had a great time celebrating our 13 year anniversary. This was our first time there and definitely won’t be our last!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Seasonal
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Found this spot on the internet for my Anniversary. My husband and I both love the place. The food was incredible. The setting was cozy, great view of the city from our table. Customer service was outstanding. Will be back again for sure.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Al’s Upstairs has exceptional food at very reasonable prices. Everything we ordered was absolutely amazing. We went for a special occasion, but we definitely will frequent more often. Wonderful restaurant-can’t say enough good things !

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Dinner was wonderful as usual.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 11, 2017

yes service was excellent and food is to die for!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Loved this restaurant. Atmosphere is lively and food delicious. Will be back!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Been going to Al’s for years. Food last night was Luke warm, veal over cooked and marinara sauce tasted like it came out of a can. service was poor!!!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 9, 2017

'Nothing Gold Can Stay...' The veal took an hour to come out, what's worse: no one seemed to notice or attempt to remediate, they didn't have the bottle of wine requested from the wine list, and the chairs were not comfortable...its a lovely spot overlooking our fair city, the menu is classic, and main dishes good--although the sides were completely unremarkable--but when it comes to hospitable glue that is indispensable to holding a memorable dining experience together Al's is just not Columbia's gold standard anymore and I won't be going back anytime soon.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Great restaurant for any occasion. Friendly staff. Menu is outstanding.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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