Al's Upstairs

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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 639 People Are Saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were amazing. We were greeted immediately upon entering the establishment.

OT
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went for our anniversary dinner. The service and the view of the city at sunset was wonderful! We had oysters for appetizers and our entree’s were delicious their desserts are made in house!!! They also had a gluten free pasta option and stated they could accommodate almost any dish I chose! Value for the money spent was great!

LO
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything we ordered was delicious. Always a treat to go there and not too expensive .

MG
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing time at Al's Upstairs. This is our 3rd anniversary, but 1st we didn't go on vacation, so we wanted to go somewhere super special and romantic but local. It felt like we were on vacation. The food options were top notch and delicious. Thank you Al & your staff for an amazing night.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here for an anniversary dinner and were very pleased with the whole experience. The staff, food, and ambiance were wonderful.

JK
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was perfect for what we were looking for. A romantic date night. Overlooking the city at sunset was beautiful. Food was great and atmosphere was very unique. Quiet and romantic.

KK
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice seen of Columbia. Server very knowledgeable of the menu.
And compliments the chef nicely.

M
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous and very reasonable. Staff was very knowledgeable and friendly. The sea bass was phenomenal.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating our 2 year wedding anniversary. Meal was awesome. Only wish I made a later reservation so we could enjoy the lights of the city at night.

l
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite place to go when I'm in Columbia - great place for a special night.

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

Excellent food. Great service. Highly recommend.

CD
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to Al’s with friends before a concert. We enjoyed our meals very much! We would love to visit again on our next trip to the Columbia area.

M
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was decent, the dessert was excellent though. The floors are really uneven- when I was sitting in my chair, I was leaning forward a good bit because of the slant. Very uncomfortable throughout the entire meal. Nice atmosphere. Server was friendly and very nice but incredibly slow. the pace of the meal was not enjoyable. Overall, certainly did not live up to its reputation in my opinion.

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was exceptional. Started with the Duo...secret lobster bisque and Cesar Salad. Our server, Ansley provided superior service. She came back several times to see if we needed anything. Always a very fine dining experience!

M
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience as always. Very special anniversary dinning experience!

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service. We were even running late due to traffic and they were kind and welcoming and accommodated us anyway. Lovely meal!

D
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Sauce was too strong. Did give large portions and bread was very good. Waiter was nice but had to ask for more water and more bread. Brought more bread but no butter. It was our anniversary and was disappointed. Was going to Myrtle Beach but storm cancelled that so was looking forward to trying Al’s. Would not recommend to friends.

SW
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Started with fried oysters and wedge salad. The salad was okay but the oysters were over fried and tough. I couldn't eat 4 because they were like rubber. My wife's pasta was overcooked, dry, and under seasoned. My pasta was also under seasoned, and dry. The main problem was the shrimp and lobster were both overcooked. We have eaten here for over 30 years and this was our worst meal to date. We will give them a pass and come back in the future because this was out of character based upon past experiences.

PM
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely a great dining choice. I will be recommending this restaurant to others

OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an excellent experience

FC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Good customer service. Ambiance was perfect.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

They were very accommodating to my gluten free vegetarian diet. I think the tomato sauce needed a little sugar to take away some of the bitterness. My husband’s filet was not seasoned well and the peachy cilantro sauce was not to his taste. The key lime pie was sub-par.

MR
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! It had a great cozy atmosphere!

K
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love everything about Al’s! Excellent for, excellent service, wonderful ambiance! What more could you ask for?

DR
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated at the reserved time. The server was attentive and helpful. The food was served in a timely manner, and it was delicious. Unfortunately we were not seated with the skyline view, but that did not affect how quaint Al's is. The lobster bisque was delicious. We will visit again.

CW
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was expensive but great for a special evening and we celebrated our anniversary.

WE
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No place like it. The food was amazing. The staff: awesome. The experience was just what I needed to have a special Mother-Daughter night with my Mom.

JB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful view of the city. Great atmosphere. Food was excellent and served with great presentation. Service was prompt and friendly. Would highly recommend. Quality dinning at a very good price.

RJ
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always outstanding. View of the Columbia skyline is wonderful. In 40 years as a customer, never a bad meal.

SR
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was phenomenal. Pasta Ala Al and Chicken Charleston.

EM
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Place!!!!! It was our first time and Al’s didn’t disappoint. Will be back for sure.

DB
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal in a great atmosphere. Prices are very reasonable for such a great meal

B
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Al’s was outstanding as usual...ALL aspects! Best restaurant in the Midlands!

r
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

NOISE LEVEL WOULD BE SATISFACTORY IF I WAS A TEEN......CARRYING ON A CONVERSATION
WAS DIFFICULT.....FOOD AND SERVICE WAS GREAT

SD
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From out of town and was looking for a great Italian Restaurant and Al's was a fabulous find. There is nothing negative to say! The ambiance is wonderful. The service was five star and the food was amazing. When I come back to Columbia, I'm definitely eating there again!

CD
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Went here for our 20th anniversary dinner (had also been there for our tenth!). The food was fine but service was disappointing. It felt like our waiter was multitasking. He brought oil for dipping bread, but no bread. I had to flag him down to refill water glass, and we'd wanted a second glass of wine but ...
He brought the wrong dessert for my husband and didn't bring cream for my decaf. He corrected these when we asked him too, of course.
I had remembered this restaurant as a great special occasion place, but we did not feel special. We felt like an afterthought.
(Fruit in praline basket dessert was wonderful though!)

OT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service fantastic! The food was well priced.

DB
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was so amazing. First time ever going. I’m thinking bout going back again. I thought saluda’s was nice which it is very nice but al’s upstairs was phenomenal! Great fast service. Great food. Outstanding hospitality and very knowledgeable about how the food is prepared and cooked! 100 stars!!

OT
Yosemite
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great as always.

LC
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic, as usual! It's always a treat to dine at Al's!

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