Al's Upstairs

4.6
437 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Scenic View
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
-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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(803) 794-7404
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Michael Wright
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Parking details
There is additional parking for Als Upstairs located behind our property at the Egg Roll Station.
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine
What 437 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it. It was wonderful just what we needed for our anniversary.

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful restaurant! It had been at least 10 years since we came before, but everything was as we remembered. Great place for a special occasion.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Al’s Upstairs is a wonderful reataurant. The atmosphere was nice and the food was incredible!!

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AR
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening celebrating with our daughter and son in law for their Anniversary. View is wonderful. Easy parking out front. Food is always great here. Something for everyone! Excellent service all the way around!

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JM
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite! I love everything about this restaurant!

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JH
Western NC
10 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service, setting, and most of the food were outstanding. Only two nit picking caveats: 1. Our lobster bisque puff pastry topping was slightly overdone (and all the others we saw being served looked better) but not enough to send it back. It was still very good even so. 2. The praline cup for the dessert was a bit hard to chew, but tasted good. Everything else was perfectly prepared and perfectly delicious. Scallops were delicious, special filet mignon w mushroom ravioli was really good, and they make great amaretto sour. Overall a great experience worth repeating.

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KB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food
Great service
Great view
Little crowded, tables too close

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MW
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Anniversary dinner- courteous & prompt service. Spinach salad very fresh & flavorful, but spouse commented on serving size and presence of blackberry seeds in puréed dressing-might be better strained. Scallops were very large and tasty; chic cacciatore very nice and generous serving. Split their fresh fruit/ice cream praline dessert. Somewhat pricey but throughly enjoyable even without wines, drinks. Will return as able.

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MS
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Al’s never disappoints! This is a favorite date night spot for my husband and I. The wine list is wonderful and the food is amazing. The eggplant parmigiana is delicious and the service is always top notch.

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RN
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice elegant style restaurant overlooking downtown Columbia. Great atmosphere wonderful service and delicious hot food served fresh. Overall experience was great first time will definitely want to come back.

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SK
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Al's Upstairs is hands-down my favorite restaurant in Columbia. The food is without fail "exceptional"! The staff is always friendly, service is excellent, and the atmosphere is festive regardless of the occasion. The view of the city is most definitely the best one there is. Al's is incomparable.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not from area, dropped daughter off for freshman year at college

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MW
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their food is delicious. You can always expect super fresh fish and shellfish offerings as well as everything else on their menu. Their food is done right and service is aimed at pleasing their guests.

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ZH
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 5ambience 3

Under staffed. We waited over an hr just for an appetizer. Then when we finally got our food it was bland and just didn’t taste right.

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FJ
Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As a die-hard foodie, Al’s is amazing! The food is delicious, the service is spot on, and the ambiance is excellent. Al’s has become our “go to” place to eat.

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JS
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great and the food fantastic. Every time I have been to this restaurant over the last 40 years I left satisfied with the food and service.

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JS
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s been a while since I’ve eaten at Al’s Upstairs... It was just as great as I remembered. Delicious Food...Cozy atmosphere... Just a great place to eat.

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KC
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience. The chef never disappoints. The service was excellent. One of my favorite restaurants in columbia.

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SE
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service is the very best! Food is always good. Service is top notch. I’m never disappointed at Al’s.

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R
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whenever we're looking to have a nice relaxing dinner with great food and service, we come to Al's. Never been disappointed. Thanks to Al and all the staff.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food: Ordered Scampi and filet mignon. It was ok... not particularly good or bad.

Atmosphere: really felt like an true Italian dining experience. Great view of Columbia.

Service: Server was attentive.

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SM
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most delicious food and wonderful atmosphere! My favorite spot in Columbia, especially with the beautiful night time views! We even got to meet and take a picture with Al, the owner! So much fun!

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c
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall a great place to dine. Exceptional service and the food Magnifico!! One main complaint ins the 25.00 uncorking fee. That is ridiculous

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G
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasantly surprised for my first visit. Nice views and great menu. Friendly staff too.
I'll be back

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HS
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been coming to Al's since it opened in 1979and it never misses a beat. Outstanding service, food and the best view in Columbia. Always marvel at the quality of the food for the price charged.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

We ordered shrimp scampi and alfredo with shrimp. The shrimp in the alfredo were small frozen shrimp. The were tasteless. The alfredo was awesome as usual.

The scampi had large fresh shrimp, but lacked a hearty scampi taste.

The waiter rushed us from the time we sat down till we paid the bill.

This is not the experience we had the last time we went to the restaurant 3 months ago. The customer service was exquisite and the food fresh.

We were very disappointed with our choice to celebrate my birthday.

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SH
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was just great. The service, food, view was just perfect for the occasion of our 35th anniversary. Highly recommend for a special occasion or just a nice dining night out. Al's rocks!

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my wife’s birthday had a blast food was excellent and the service was even better, great place for good Italian food and any occasion

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RS
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I lived in Columbia 20 years ago and it was one of my favorite restaurants. Saturday night was a special occasion before seeing a friend’s Grandchild in a Trustus play. We arrived 2 hours before curtain time. Our waiter was obstinately not happy about being there and spouted specials quickly, sounded like a foreign language. There were 2 people at the table with hearing aids and I have my hearing and could not understand a word. We received our drink and lots of time went by before our order was taken. Long and short we got up and left the restaurant at 7:20 after realizing we could never enjoy our meal and make curtain time. Since I was the one going to Al’s was my treat it was a disaster. Another 20 years I will be too old to go up the stairs. Bye Al’s I wish you the best

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Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

An anniversary dinner. Our dinners were delightful. Service very good. Ambiance - yes
Worth a return - definitely

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CD
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The chicken parm was very dry and chewy. Disappointing given the prices. The servers were polite but rushed us, I didn't even finish before the server was trying to take it away.

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HC
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food! Fried green tomatoes and scampi were perfect!

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j
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

The main course meal was excellent but the sides were bland. All attention appeared to be in the Sea Bass and Charleston Chicken but the pasta appeared to lack any flavoring. A Flavor from the main course would have been helpful for the starches. Dessert was amazing, creme brulee hit the spot. (think I spelled it correct) I would go again just to see if it was an off night.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I had a great time and felt comfortable in there. Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiike

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SA
Cincinnati
18 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food was delicious! The salmon and bread are amazing. Great wine selection.

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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Background music would be an appreciated feature.

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F
Charlotte
50 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great service!!! Love Al's everything is excellent!

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TG
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant
Great Service
Great food especially the Lobster Bisque!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service!

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C
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Al's, as always, never disappoints! Quality food, impressive and creative presentation and well trained staff. Recommend this often.

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