Al's Upstairs

4.7
485 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 485 People Are Saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

We’ve been to Al’s several times over the past few years but after last night I assume they have a new chef or were short on food. For $28 a plate and we each had an appetizer my husband and I were starving when we left. We ended up going to another restaurant down the street. One piece of asparagus and my husbands plate was very sloppy... Chef Gordon Ramsey would have definitely fired someone for that plate (Chilean Seabass). My husbands plate should have been $12 at the most. Needless to say we were very disappointed... but our waitress was very nice.

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SK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Would recommend this restaurant for special occasions

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CH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place with great food. Little too loud to enjoy a quiet dinner when it's crowded. Parking is limited but that's normal for downtown Columbia.

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MS
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I would have liked to be asked for a window seat for the view.

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

One of my all-time favorites in Columbia! If you are looking for something local and not a chain--this is the one!

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place great food great view

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RL
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you Al's and staff for truly memorable 68th birthday meal. We were early and were seated immediately..the waiter was very prompt and courteous..our drinks came out in a timely manner..the Cosmopolitan was perfect..out appetizers arrived and were delicious we had the crab stuffed 'shrooms and the oysters Rockefeller...the cream sauce the fried oystesr were served in was AWESOME and the crab tasted like it was fresh caught..our entrees were just a impressive he had the Chilean sea bass on risotto and I had the veal picata with pasta...we must have said this is so good a dozen times...loved the dessert tray but I got the tiramisu to go bc I had no more room but I have never turned down tiramisu in my life..I had it as a bedtime snack at home with coffee..light and fluffy and sweet and creamy and AWESOME..thank you for the perfect birthday evening..

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Western NC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and atmosphere here is great!

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

Great food and good service always at Al’s

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JH
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an enjoyable and memorable experience dining at Al’s with great company!

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CM
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy going to Al's Upstairs. The setting is romantic, the wait staff is friendly and accommodating and the food outstanding. You can always count on having a wonderful meal with many choices to choose from and a wonderful experience. It is our favorite place....highly recommend it.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The charcuterie was outstanding.

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CS
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I found the meal, service, and atmosphere to be superb! My wife and I celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary at Al's and we couldn't have been more pleased. I highly recommend Al's Upstairs to everyone!

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S
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Night out with girlfriends. Exceptional service and food...

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DW
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for dinner, always top notch place for date night.

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GS
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the most amazing restaurant at a great price. The staff is 5 Star!!!!

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Al’s is an institution for good reason! Food is exceptional and service is proper yet warm and friendly.

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DC
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service and a good view of Columbia.

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SL
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My wife was very satisfied for her birthday thank you staff for making the time rememberable

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian in Columbia

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AG
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything about it! The food was awesome and the atmosphere made for a romantic night out! The service was impeccable and friendly !!

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B
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All wasgood

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NM
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and nice setting. I never even knew this place was here.

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j
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I. Had no idea what to expect, but I wasn't thinking it would be as great as it was. Thank you

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RT
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a returning customer and it was standing as usual!

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GF
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This establishment was referred to me by a colleague and I took my sister in law out for her birthday. The food was authentic Italian and everything was made fresh. Good portion sizes and great customer service. Seating is limited so I would highly recommend making reservations. If you're looking for a quiet spot with a great view, this is the place.

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SR
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great!

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B
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great view and quiet spot. Had a great time and enjoy it.

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JS
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

For the price I was expecting a taste, or presentation I would not get at a restaurant like Olive Garden , but I didn't. Other than the view of the city skyline and exceptional service the food was just average (good portion size). Overall, I had a good experience, I just expected more of the food taste.

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LM
Charleston
41 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I had been to the restaurant before and remembered food that was a WOW. Tonight it was good but nothing special. Pretty place, though and service was pretty good. Maybe just an off night.

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great all around

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DR
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed with Al’s. Always great food and fantastic service!

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LC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great place for a wonderful evening! Great staff and fantastic views of Columbia!

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LC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our wedding anniversary and loved it! Food was amazing! Would highly recommend, very romantic, and will go again

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R
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our first experience was wonderful. I look forward to dining there again. Our waitress was friendly and attentive but also didn't hover. The view was lovely and it was a wonderful way to celebrate our anniversary.

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B
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Al’s is conveniently located across the river in West Columbia. The food and service are great and the view of the city is really nice.!

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CD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and the food was delicious. My husband requested a quiet corner which we got but the view was the back service room and the stairs where other guests were coming in and out. Next time we will be seated by the windotovwr lookingrhe city. Our fault fir nitspesking up. Thanks for a great evening.

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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

While the restaurant itself appears a little dated, the food and service were exceptional. I tried the Pasta ala Al and the sauce was amazing. Rich and sweet with a little background heat, worked great with the scallops and “cheese purses”. Will definitely be going back to try something else.

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EC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Al's Upstairs has been one of Columbia's best restaurants for more than 3 decades, and it continues to be a great choice for a delicious, relaxing dinner. The food and service are terrific (definitely try the Pasta A'la Al) and the view of downtown Columbia across the Congaree River is spectacular. I highly recommend Al's!

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Charleston
17 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great view, food and service. Best location for looking at the Columbia skyline.

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