Al's Upstairs

4.8
854 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
-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

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 854 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.8
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4.6
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Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipCindy
Charleston
47 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner. Excellent meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an excellent meal. Staff very attentive
Our favorite restaurant by far!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall it was a good dinner and the service is always excellent!

LM
vipLeslieM
Miami
118 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very romantic with great service and a great view. Excellent wine prices by the bottle, and the food was well-prepared and very enjoyable.

MA
MichaelA
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

What great service & view! We will be back. The ambience and the wine were amazing.

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ALKCM
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always Al’s Upstairs never disappoints. The food and setting are phenomenal. Great selection of wines to pair with your meal. The Lobster Bisque with pastry topping is the best in the city. The Pasta Alla Al is one of the signature dishes on the menu. Great restaurant for a couple to relax and enjoy a top notch meal.

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AnitaA
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The atmosphere was very befitting for a romantic bday celebration for my man. Neither of us have ever been there but we enjoyed.

MM
MarshaM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our servers were wonderful and very helpful. The food as always was wonderful!

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Ashy
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic, as well as the service and atmosphere. We went there for my boyfriend’s birthday & we’ll be back for mine next month! Highly recommend

TJ
TiffanyJ
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Dinner was delicious. Will definitely return.

JR
JaniceR
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The 4 of us had different things including veal, chicken, seafood and pasta. All dishes were top notch and exceeded our expectations!

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CharlesG
Western NC
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been a patron of this restaurant for over 30 years and it always is outstanding! Fresh food and creative recipes with outstanding service and the best view of the city of Columbia!

JK
JeffK
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner and night out.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Pre triathlon for husband

LH
vipLeslieH
Detroit
16 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Columbia! So delicious.

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vipDB21
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious manicotti with seafood and a chicken/ spinach dish. Everything cooked well and tasty. Service was good and our meals came quickly. All in all you can’t go wrong eating at Al’s.

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BillT
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the food was outstanding!

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Joyce
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our anniversary so we went there for the first time.

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vipAnttraveseSmith
Charleston
25 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

For the restaurant to have just opened for dinner service, I was a bit shocked to find out that they'd run out of broccolini. The replacement vegetable (green beans) was a bit salty for my spouse, so we requested another order. When the waiter brought out the replacement vegetable, there was a long strain of hair on the plate...so we requested another order of replacement vegetable. By this time, my spouse had finished eating her meal, minus having the vegetable to accompany it. The replacement vegetable arrived to the table about 2mins before we ordered dessert.

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TimS
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Al's was fantastic. Exactly what I was looking for. I will definitely go back and would highly recommend to others

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JohnG
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just had our anniversary dinner at All Upstairs.....our 4th visit to Al's. Just like the other 3 times.....it was outstanding. The food....the service....the ambiance make it one of the best restaurants in the area. I would highly recommend it and will most certainly return.

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StephenC
Savannah
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal. Service was prompt but not overbearing. Will be back soon.

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Gracedrich
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal, beautiful view, and very attentive service

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JohnElinS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Mallory was our waitstaff and she was terrific! Great service and a delight to talk with as she served us.
Chef Michael worked his magic and we had a wonderful meal.
We will definitely be back😀👍

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go to place when visiting our daughter and taking out her friends

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, wonderful staff. Thoroughly enjoyed it all!

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vipLeslieH
Detroit
16 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant. Al’s signature pasta is so delicious. It’s like nothing you’ve ever had. The sauce is to die for!

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Stephanie
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic! Everything was great! I could have ate 10 more orders of baked oysters!

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DuncanM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Table was ready when we arrived, my date had the Flounder and it was great, I had a shrimp and Scallop special.
Al bought our wine and for that I thank you. We will be back soon, we already talked about dinning with you again. Thanks for a great evening

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Emily
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

There wasn’t a single vegetarian thing on the menu practically. Crab cakes were a huge disappointment.

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RalphC
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Portions were small for the price, not enough sauce on pasta, sauce was too sweet. Veal was good but very small portion. Chicken Charleston was bland and very overcooked!
Calamari was very good, bread was good. Unsure if the chef on duty 3/17 was just not caring that night but I was very disappointed! I had heard good things so I will give another try but if it isn’t improved the next time I won’t go back.

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JeanetteF
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

I always enjoy Al's because I know their capacity is limited. Since we're still in a pandemic and I felt the governor is lifting restrictions prematurely I chose Al's because I at least had the comfort of knowing there wouldn't be a crowd. Servers were masked but a few of the greeter and person running the bar was not. The only thing I didn't like. We're not through this thing yet. But overall great experience. May hold off on coming back too soon. Oh and windows need a little cleaning. Has the perfect view.

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Disappointed
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Made reservations online to celebrate a friend's birthday. When we got to the restaurant, we did not receive the seating that we requested, in fact others were seated before us. The meals did not come out at the same time and two of the orders had to be sent back because they were burned. I asked them to prepare their specialty desert for our friend's birthday online prior to coming to the restaurant but it was never delivered. Multiple mistakes were made with the final bill. Although the two burned dishes were taken off the bill and replaced with two different dishes, no concession was made to make up for the overall experience. What was supposed to be a nice celebration was ruined. They used to have a good reputation, apparently that has diminished severely. Poor service. Will not be going again.

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DeeS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The entire staff was very nice, polite & attentive. The food was all fantastic, the appetizer, entree & desert were all fresh and fantastic. Price was more than reasonable for the amount of food we received. My only two negatives, if I’m being picky, were the lighting and noise. We were there at night at the peak dining time, and the noise level was a little high with all of the other diners, and it was a little dark. Otherwise, it was an amazing meal. Our new favorite restaurant!

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vipAnttraveseSmith
Charleston
25 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was incredibly delicious as always. Even with my steak being slightly undercooked, the server had it cooked to perfection for me. It's the little things that keep me coming back...genuine hospitality! Thank you for a wonderful date night experience!

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RickB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Meal was great, dinning area was comfortable, service responsive but not rushed.

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Anonymous1
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Restaurant is always a good choice. Our waiter was prompt but had zero personality. Never looked at you in the eye and no smile at all.
Food excellent as always. We enjoyed a really good wine and will surely be back.
The restaurant was a bit noisy. Had a large group and I'm sure that is why.

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PalmaM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go to Al's Upstairs!!! I promise you won't be disappointed!!!!

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LEP9932
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

An old favorite that never fails to please! One of Columbia's best with a perfect view of the river and the skyline!

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vipJude
Charleston
62 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding, as usual!!!

FAQs

Al's Upstairs offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (803) 794-7404.

Al's Upstairs is rated 4.8 stars by 854 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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