Al's Upstairs

4.6
573 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
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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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NT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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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OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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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OT
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
1 review
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
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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OT
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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OT
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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KS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was my first time to Al's Upstairs and I cannot wait to go back. So many lovely things to try on the menu.

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NS
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ALWAYS a delight to experience dinner at Al's! Great views, great service, great ambiance, great food-just a wonderful place!

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AB
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

TOO LOUD FOR AN INTIMATE RESTAURANT
Nice atmosphere and seating choices

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C
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and excellent food....makes Al's a winner!!!

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s
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super evening , great food, outstanding young lady server will return again Thank you

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CL
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is always excellent as is the value. Just be sure to build in extra time if you need to be somewhere at a certain time because the service can be a little slow. The food however is worth waiting the extra minutes.

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SW
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Al’s has been a great place for us over the past 30+ years. Great food Thanks

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MB
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, great location, and unbelievable price for what we got. New Cola favorite for me.

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GL
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Al’s is my go to place. It’s always terrific and enjoyable. Food is great, drinks are great and the view is the best in Columbia. Staff is always super. Try the Lobster bisque.

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KM
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting from out of town and decided to try this place on a whim. So happy we did! The service and food were both outstanding and the ability to reserve our table online was very convenient. The view from our table was beautiful as well, as the bay windows look out towards downtown Columbia. Would highly recommend!

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GR
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have wanting to dine here for a long time, I planned a date with a beautiful woman and I felt that this was the best time to check this spot out. Upon our arrival, we were greeted promptly and seated quickly at a corner table with a great view of the city. Our server Olivia was awesome and our meal was cooked perfectly and served promptly. My date really loved Al's and we plan to return again

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SW
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great seat overlooking the city. Food and service were incredible!

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SF
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my husband out to celebrate Vietnam war vets national day. He had lamb which he loves. All the food was excellent.

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JH
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I’m very satisfied with Al’s Upstairs! The service was impeccable. I will be definitely returning as a customer.

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BL
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great. Food was served hot and looked appetizing . Didn’t take long for food to be served .
Tables were decorated for springtime with tulips.
The view was pretty to look out the windows .
Price was reasonable.

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