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Al's Upstairs

4.7
4.7
973 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

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Booked 17 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (803) 794-7404

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Michael Wright

  • Neighborhood

    Columbia

  • 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

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What 973 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Columbia

    Best Overall

  • Columbia

    Best Food

  • Columbia

    Best Service

  • Columbia

    Best Ambiance

  • Columbia

    Best Value

  • Columbia

    Romantic

  • Columbia

    Special Occasion

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  1. J

    Joseph

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Well varied menu. Superb food preparation and presentation; martini not so much. Cordial and attentive table service. All in all, a fine choice for dinner--special occasion or any time.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service2ambience3

    We always have a great experience at Al’s Upstairs. The food was great, but service was seriously lacking that night. Our waiter was nice, but not attentive. At one point, we looked to find him, and he was at the bar chatting with coworkers.

  3. DK

    DuaneK

    Charleston

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Small menu, amazing food, and great view! I highly recommend!

  4. S

    Shon

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was on point. From the time of arrival to the departure. Food was amazing. Definitely will recommend and will be visiting again. Thanks for the experience.

  5. RB

    RayB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great skyline view and excellent food. My meals have always been great at Al’s. Seafood is especially good. Try the whole flounder!

  6. AS

    AnttraveseSmith

    Charleston

    40 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    There were a few bumps in the dining experience from the bug in the wine to the hair entangled linen encasing the utensils. Not what I ever expected would happen at this restaurant.

  7. DC

    DannyC

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Great view of downtown Columbia. Food was good. My wife and I enjoyed our dinner and will be back to try other meals.

  8. AR

    AlanR

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    Authentic and delicious Italian food. The best I've had in Columbia. I wish they served authentic Italian bread. It might be that there are no such bakers in Columbia area. Will definitely return.

  9. RB

    RolfB

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    The food is till very good, service very good. It was a nice romantic place. Now very excess loud talking and dress code has fallen way down. Women in short shorts, ripped jeans. Men in T shirts. Bring the class back

  10. RK

    RobertK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server was wonderful. Food was excellent. Experience as a whole had nothing but top notch.

  11. CC

    CindyC

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent place for a special occasion. Freshly made food. Love Al's!

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2

    When we arrived at 7 for our reservation, party of 2, we had to wait 15 minutes before a server came over to greet us. Then we had to wait another 20 mins for drinks and table bread. When we placed our order they were out of half the menu items. When our food arrived it did not come out all at one.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time going to Al’s Upstairs and I cannot find one bad thing to say about it. The staff were excellent! It was one of the best dining experiences I have encountered in a long time. Will definitely recommend to anyone!

  14. D

    Disappointed

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2

    It was way to pricy for the food served. I do not understand how it gets the great reviews that it receives. My husband and I were disappointed. The service was Great But he food was average at best.

  15. SS

    StanS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a great experience. Wait staff is attentive and polished. Food is always good. Al's got a great place...still after all these years

  16. GU

    GeorgeU

    Charleston

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Never miss an opportunity to visit Al’s Upstairs when we come to Columbia. Food and service are always excellent. Thank you and hope to visit again soon!

  17. RF

    RashadF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place for a date night with the wife!!! Food and service was good and on time!!

  18. EH

    EdHay

    Charleston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience2

    The food at Al’s Upstairs was delicious. The service was horrible and the host even worse. Several comments that were unnecessary, to include can’t move you to another table because it’s expensive to laundry the table linen.

  19. H

    Harmony

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great early evening 49th anniversary dinner with another couple. Our server MJ was excellent!! A beautiful evening!!!

  20. WD

    WinenDine

    Atlanta

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    All I can say is, order the pasta Alla Al! It is the best pasta dish you will ever eat.

  21. J

    Jude

    Charleston

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect! Always enjoy a meal at Al’s Upstairs!

  22. TM

    TimM

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was Great Service was Outstanding Great a view!!!

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always terrific food (sea bass and flounder are must -try dishes. Al has done a great job for the 35 years we’ve been here. Laid back Italian-ish. Decor (ceiling) could use some attention but city lights are eye catching if you can nab a window view.

  24. S

    Sabrina

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service was very good. Locally owned and a staple in our community. Always a great choice for any occasion.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was so freaking amazing!!!! I'd totally eat there again and I really liked that place!

  26. S

    Sharon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We discovered Al's in 2019 while visiting our recently purchased house (West Columbia) before we actually moved into it. We knew we had found a restaurant that we would return to again for excellent food, atmosphere, and service. So, when friends were coming up from Aiken this past week, we decided that there was no better place to take them than to Al's. Thank you for a wonderful evening.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent dinner and outstanding service!

  28. CD

    CDASFSD

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience5

    Out of food at 6pm on a Saturday. After choosing my 3rd entree was I told they had that dish and my first 1 was the special of the evening.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food and service was great!

  30. MB

    MaisyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a pleasant experience. Food is well presented and tasted delicious!

  31. BM

    BrittanyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely enjoyed date night here! Very good food and drinks! Would highly recommend! Can't wait to return!

  32. TG

    TrudyG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful as always😀. Food is well prepared and the service is prompt and courteous.

  33. JG

    JohnG

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding food and service. Will definitely return.

  34. LD

    LeroyD

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The setting was intimate, the food was outstanding, and our server, MJ, was great! A wonderful dining experience!!

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our waiter, Zack, was very friendly, professional, and responsive to us and helped make our dining experience more enjoyable. Thanks for the great service!

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience

  37. SS

    SabrinaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very good food and friendly staff. Would recommend to everyone .

  38. LD

    LDDaw

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a great experience. The food, service, and atmosphere were all great.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfection. The service, the food, the atmosphere all were so perfect. I couldn’t have been more pleased.

  40. C

    Chris

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service. The staff is always great and the views are wonderful.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

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

Al's Upstairs is rated 4.7 stars by 973 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

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Booked 17 times today
Google Map for Al's Upstairs

304 Meeting St. West Columbia, SC 29169

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Columbia

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

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

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Michael Wright

  • Additional

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

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