Al's Upstairs

4.7
528 reviews
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$30 and under
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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
What 528 People Are Saying
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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my second time visiting Al's and I am not disappointed. I told the staff that it was my fiancés birthday and they made sure the night was extra special. He and I really appreciated the extra effort and will visit again.

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Charleston
55 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice efficient wait staff. The food was fresh and delicious. Kitchen was flexible to food allergies. Felt like we got good value for the price. We will be back!!

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Charleston
17 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All was good. Food was excellent.

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LS
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was wonderful. So knowledgeable of all my questions. The food was beautifully prepared, and perfect to the taste. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone that like delicious food and wonderful atmosphere.

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AR
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Excellent food. Generous portions. Environment was intimate with long range views of the downtown area of Columbia. Service was efficient and polite.

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Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, and ambiance

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C
Charleston
39 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful date night place. Food and service was excellent. Great wine list

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful Birthday Dinner.
The view of Downtown Columbia and the River is the best.

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TG
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall very good. Shutters and woodwork need to be washed clean. We go back. Thanks.

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SA
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a must if you live in or visit Columbia. The food was outstanding, and the service was stellar. The view was breathtaking.

We have already made reservations for April.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Service was pitiful. It was very obvious the waitress had little to no training. The food was mediocre at best. Two out of the four dishes were undercooked and the other two were nothing special as well as martinis and wine glasses under their respective standard pours. For a birthday dinner for our mom, it was disappointing that wasn’t even recognized.

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DM
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food and service was excellent. Wine list was surprising though- they don’t serve merlot.

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DD
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There were four in my party: my daughter and son-in-law, my wife and myself. I had the kebabs and they were delicious. My daughter and her husband both had a chicken dish served on rice. They both said the lemon taste was a little too much but they enjoyed it. My wife had the crusted salmon. She said the seasoning was too strong and overrode the flavor of the fish. She still enjoyed it. Service, desert, value, ambience was all good. We will be back.

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CE
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place to dine. . Staff is outstanding and the food is wonderdul. Very special place.

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LM
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Portion sizes were small for the price, otherwise service and atmosphere were great!!

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SA
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service, nice view of downtown.

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HL
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

We ordered crab cakes for the appetizer and it was really good. I had the shrimp fettuccine shrimp seem to be undercooked and the pasta was definitely undercooked. My husband had to sea bass which was a thick piece and he seemed to enjoy it, to me it seemed mushy. there was no salad served unless you purchased one and there was no bread served with the entrees which I found odd because I ordered a pasta dish . we got some bread when we first sat down which they took away when the appetizer came.

For a place to receive such high marks I was not impressed with this place at all.

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AB
Springfield
12 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Choose this location from Trip Advisor and we were well pleased with everything. The food and service was excellent as this was our first visit to this restaurant. The reservations through Open Table made it very easy for us to get in and we will definitely return to this location the next time that we are in the area.

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MP
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I shared our first meal together at Al's 19 years ago. We went our separate ways, only to find our way back to each other 4 years ago. It seemed like the perfect way to celebrate coming full circle with another dinner at Al's.

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OT
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good food and nice ambiance.

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TR
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great.

Ask for a table by the window, makes a big difference.

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LD
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 2

There was plastic in my husbands seafood manicotti and all the owner would say is it saran wrap and we use it for our prep....they were in a rush...no accountability at!!

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JL
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and good service. I will definitely go back.

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FS
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I always go to Al's Upstairs for special nights out. However, this time around the Pasta Ala Al was not good at all! I was extremely disappointed for once ever going there...so much so that I didn't even eat the pasta. I expressed my concerns to the waiter and nothing was done about the meal or the bill. $182 spent for two and left disappointed with the meal.

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J
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time trying out Al's and I must say it was simply divine! One of the best seafood dishes I have ever had (and this is coming from someone who has traveled around the world!). Definitely will be returning back.

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CL
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress Chelsea was fantastic.
Food outstanding, and overall experience was exceptional.
Thank you!

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OT
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great everything!

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LO
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very well prepared food, excellent seasonings and reasonable prices

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m
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Appetizer was delicious- my entree was a bit salty. Dessert was tasty.
Waiter was friendly and efficient-

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m
Orlando
39 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I had the flounder and was satisfied. My wife had the monicotti and she thought it was terrific. The overall experience would have been enhanced if the server had any personality or skill.

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n
Cleveland
14 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In town for an event nearby and found Al's through open table. We went rather early on a Saturday, fortunate because I was way under dressed for the evening crowd. I had a Past in Alfredo that was excellent and the wife enjoyed here meal as well. Service was excellent, pricing very reasonable and the ambiance was quiet and homey.

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OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and service

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CJ
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was excellent, starting with the calamari appetizer and finishing with the chocolate cake. My wife had the veal parmigiana and I had the tenderloin medallions over wild mushroom ravioli. We both enjoyed our food immensely. The view of Columbia at night over the river was stunning. I would recommend as a romantic evening to anyone...

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TC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I go out to restaurants often to just “change things up”. My girlfriend an I went on vacation and picked this spot just by browsing online. I HAVE NEVER HAD A MORE MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE! Was made to feel at home and important. I left a specific note on my reservation to surprise my lady with a treat at the end of the meal and COULD NOT have been more pleased? HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!

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OT
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

I wanted to like this place but it was disappointing from the start. When we entered for our reserved time we were told to stand out of the way. Then our party of three was squeezed into a small table for two with one member sticking into the aisle. The cocktail (old fashioned) was virtually without liquor and made with soda. The veal was tough and the mushroom/beef ravioli special had an oddly sweet sauce that had not been described that way in the menu. I think it was our server's first night; he seemed to have little idea about checking on our needs or wants. Terrible experience all the way around.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice white tablecloth Italian. Food, ambiance, and view of Columbia were excellent. Great for two or very small group.

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G
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have gone to Al’s for the past 20 years and it has been great each time.

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CE
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Wife’s meal was incredible. My steak was ok not great. The meatball appetizer was not quite worth the money spent but the taste was fine.

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! We will be back.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Highly recommend!

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