Al's Upstairs

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686 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 686 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.8
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4.7
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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Early Valentines Day

C
Charleston
42 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, excellent! Such a great place for date night!

AB
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiancé and I truly enjoyed getting to celebrate our anniversary at Al’s Upstairs. The food was incredible and the ambiance of the restaurant was very elegant and quaint. I would definitely recommend it to anyone I know!

LD
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the pasta alla al and it was incredible. The sauce was perfect. I would like more pieces of seafood, but other than that it was very good. Stuffed mushrooms were also great. Service was amazing. And a seat by the window was hard to beat. Great place all around

CH
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Al’s Upstairs never disappoints! The food is fabulous and the service is top notch. Highly recommend this wonderful restaurant

P
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service and food great...

JD
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre show dinner

MW
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very romantic atmosphere. Nice wine selection. Friendly service staff. The food was excellent! I was very surprised at the reasonable prices. I would definitely recommend for a nice dinner. I will certainly return!

JH
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were amazing. Could not of had a better experience.

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OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It was just ok. The meal wasn't worth $85. It wasn't bad, but it also wasn't great. I'd give it 3 1/2 stars.

SM
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Al's was the perfect place for our celebration! Our daughter was delayed so we ordered some appetizers. It was so nice to not feel pressured to order knowing that she should be arriving soon. Our night was exceptionally wonderful because of our waitress Correll. She made sure everything was perfect and was so kind, patient and understanding. She was so great we just wanted to have her join us for dinner! Please wish her well on her travels. She is in our prayers. She is a gem!
We will be back for more special dinners at Al's Upstairs. It truly was a great experience from reservation to the moment we left. Thank you!

SB
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time my wife and I have eaten at this restaurant but has been highly recommended by friends. Sat at a table with a review of downtown Columbia. A very nice menu that was not overwhelming in size. The food and drink was excellent. We'll be back.

OT
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole experience was beautiful. The setting. The ambiance. We had oysters as appetizers and there was an amazing sauce and bacon sprinkled on each one and it was delicious. We ordered the flounder which was out of this world. We also ordered the seafood manicotti. Lastly we had the cheesecake which by far hands down the best home made tasting not too dense cheesecake ever. Our waiter Dustin made sure our experience was top notch.

DP
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great value, always amazing!
Also finally met Al!
Thanks!

DM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The grouper was excellent but the veal picata seemed a little bland. The wine and service excellent.

OT
Charleston
46 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine at Al’s Upstairs!!!

MT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so surprised when we walked into the restaurant. It’s upstairs in an old house which overlooks the city and the ambiance is very romantic. The food was delicious and cooked to perfection. Our waiter was wonderful and personable. We can’t wait to come back.

k
Charleston
20 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was great. We tried calamari for appetizer which was “ok”.
Dessert was excellent. Our server Michelle was superb.

c
Charleston
58 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

I have been to this establishment before was very happy with all.
This time it was terrible constantly looking for wait staff. My husband ordered chicken parm How do eat it without a knife?
The waiter looked at him (huh)... Bread we were told they ran out of bread was it that busy that you hadn't realized you would need more bread!
My stuffed mushrooms were cold trying to get the server to tell him impossible.
Asking for an additional glass of wine also a problem

v
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AU consistently remains among Columbia’s best dining experiences!

MS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pasta Alla Al is delicious! A must try for all seafood lovers.

OT
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal at Al’s. One of my favorite places to eat.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Service 15/20
Food 20/10
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CC
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our dinner. Everything was wonderful and service was outstanding. Thank you Al! We will be back.

OT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really a nice place with great surroundings. The food was excellent and very fresh and the service was great as well. This was a very good value for the money. Very fair pricing and great tasting food with the right portions.

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy the food at Al’s. My friends and I all ordered something different and no one was disappointed. The noise level was high only because the group behind us was very loud. It’s a small, cozy space so one group can affect the ambiance. Highly recommend Al’s!

RE
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and great service!
Great view of Columbia city.

S
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, staff, and food! Awesome view of the River and downtown Columbia. Request a window table

OT
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another excellent dining experience. Al’s is a favorite!

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience at Al’s with Allen’s superb customer service!

K
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time her and the service was great! The food was priced appropriately!! We had the veal parmigiana and flounder!

CE
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Always a favorite! The perfect combination of a tasty menu, pleasant atmosphere, great service, and a lovely view. Our special occasion "go to" restaurant for a reason. Never disappoints! Can't wait for the next visit this Christmas season.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing gem!

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C
Charleston
43 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome evening as always! Love this restaurant! A really nice, leisurely evening!

MB
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I really enjyed my visit with my son on 11-22-2019. The only thing not satisfied is that we were set at a table by the window where the floor slanted away from my son's chair. It made the time at the table somewhat uncomfortable for him.

OT
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fabulous dining experience. Love the Duo!

WT
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and service as always. We look forward to coming here every November to celebrate our anniversary.

F
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal!! Highly recommend the lobster bisque. My scallops were amazing, and the market flounder was to die for. Save some room for the cheesecake!

IA
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our dinner there. I had chicken Charleston. I never ate this kind of meal before and I liked it. The service was really nice. The noise level was low, which means that I could talk with my husband without yelling. I liked that they had a tray of desserts. It is hard to resists desserts when you see them. I did have a classic, the tiramisu. The prices are reasonable. I definitely recommend it.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great.

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