Al's Upstairs

4.7
588 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 588 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal. Best meal we have had while visiting Columbia

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BD
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I and another couple went to Al's Upstairs this past weekend. It was outstanding. The service was great and the food was delicious. We will definitely be back and recommend it to all. To the staff and chef, thank you for a wonderful night.

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JM
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perhaps the best restaurant in Columbia at this point. Not as experimental or nouveau as some, just very high quality food prepared delectably at a reasonable price, consistently. We’ve never experienced an “off” night there. The service is friendly, intelligent and attentive without being contrived.

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DH
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I met friends for a long time tradition of celebrating the wives birthdays. Everyone ordered something different and all were pleased with their meal. Service was great as was the view.

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AF
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an excellent meal and service. Al's is our go to place for a night out.

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There were three of us and everyone loved their meal. One of our favorites.

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MA
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I've lived in Columbia, SC for nearly 12 years and by some cruel twist I had never visited this landmark restaurant until 2019. What a remarkable experience. Beautiful view of the Columbia skyline and river. Soft atmosphere. Impeccable service......all this was just the beginning. The menu is diverse and resplendent. The wine selection is deep and supportive of the exceptional menu. Portions are generous and flavorful with absolutely perfect ingredients. Every phase of this experience was satisfying and rewarding. Highly recommend! 5 Giant stars!

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C
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It was an okay restaurant. The view of the city was nice. The service was good. The selections were good. I ordered the veal piccata and I know lemon is an ingredient but it was overbearing in this dish. Also it was too salty. The rest of my party enjoyed their meals but all felt it was a bit overpriced for the quality. I don’t think I’ll ever return.

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PP
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great as always!

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MA
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've lived in Columbia, SC for nearly 12 years and by some cruel twist I had never visited this landmark restaurant until 2019. What a remarkable experience. Beautiful view of the Columbia skyline and river. Soft atmosphere. Impeccable service......all this was just the beginning. The menu is diverse and resplendent. The wine selection is deep and supportive of the exceptional menu. Portions are generous and flavorful with absolutely perfect ingredients. Every phase of this experience was satisfying and rewarding. Highly recommend! 5 Giant stars!

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MB
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with an outstanding view for a very affordable price!

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Charlotte
36 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the tomato stack with roasted peppers and the crab stuffed mushrooms, classic!
Had the day scallops with crab cake and the sweet chili sauce was a nice touch. Husband had the Cannellini stuffed with meat and sausage in a rich red sauce which pulled the dish together.

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C
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely s place to check out if you want 1 on 1 service

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M
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is DELICIOUS. You also can't beat the view of the city. I highly recommend!

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SS
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, wonderful service.
We weren’t rushed and prices are reasonable. One of our favorite restaurants.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my wife’s birthday. She thoroughly enjoyed every minute.

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NT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service was exceptional. Caitlyn was our server and she was very informative about dishes and always checking on our needs. The Al Ally Pasta was absolutely delicious !!! We also had the Fried Green Tomatoes and Tiramisu !!!

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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Worth a trip for the view alone. The food is fantastic, the service is attentive without being overbearing. Absolutely wonderful experience overall.

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PG
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

seemed to have inexperienced waiter
he was slow and a little confused at times
was a little disappointed at the location of our table with no view
it was my daughters birthday
was looking forward to a very special experience
a little let down

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G
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The ambience was great. View good of the river. Decor very pleasant and sets a good mood.
Server was wonderful. Attentive.
One negative....too much garlic in everything. Reeks of garlic.
Flavor profiles very good, flavor nuances good but garlic is dominating profile thus destroying the overall flavor.
Overall the food was delicious, but not enough food for the cost. That is skimpy.
However, I will definitely go back!

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EB
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Very average food; limited menu; really nothing spectacular about this place. Might be nice Italian for small town Columbia, SC, but you'll be disappointed if you have eaten Italian in just about any other city. Service was incredibly slow. Waitress was pleasant. View of the city was great.

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

Great service and the food was amazing

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CM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed when we dine at Al's!!! Amazing!!

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JP
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food, nice setting, great view of Columbia

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m
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

our server was very attentive,but didn't intrude into our conversations. The food was well presented and tasty. The views over Columbia were amazing

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WS
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner. I can’t recommend Mikes Pasta enough. The view of the Columbia skyline is great. Try to reserve a window table.

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BD
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, and great atmosphere! Perfect place for a romantic dinner or a group event!

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MT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Cake was dry wedge way overpriced and no flavor Caesar salad tasted like it came from a bottle

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My parents recommended this restaurant for our anniversary dinner. Everything was delicious and the view of downtown was beautiful!

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LB
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a delightful experience great ambiance and always a good meal

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DM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing graduation eve family dinner/celebration! The service was amazing and the food was so wonderful that we said at least 5 times the next day how much we enjoyed it! Thank you for making our special family night just what we wanted it to be! Beautiful setting/ambience.

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AA
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The wait staff were wonderful and food was delicious. Should really consider installing an elevator for the handicap. Other than that, it was a wonderful experience.

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

Always a great place for dinner.

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RD
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5/2/2019
We went for our 50th wedding anniversary and the experience was excellent!
Food,service ,ambience was all that we expected. Seated by window with view of city of Columbia

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating my birthday and our anniversary. We selected a seafood pasta dish and veal parmigiana. Service was excellent. The food was fabulous. We would highly recommend to everyone!

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

Always enjoy an evening at Al’s. Great food, great service, beautiful view. They always make me feel welcome !

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EG
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food, service, the view - all very good. The restaurant tends to be noisy, however. We happened to be seated near some loud talkers and the noise infringed on the relaxation of the evening and our own conversations. We realize that management has little control over that kind of situation.

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LC
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fantastic, as always! From the wait staff to the quality of the food to the great atmosphere, Al's does a wonderful job of making an evening special! A definite "recommend".

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AS
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

With it being our first visit to this restaurant gem in the sky, our dining experience was absolutely great. Truly a great way to celebrate our 5th anniversary.

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T
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our mother, 90, had surgery the day before and the news wasn’t good. This was our first opportunity to leave the hospital and decompress - the food, service, and atmosphere were just what the Dr ordered for a brief respite from the stress.

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