Al's Upstairs

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673 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 673 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.8
service
4.7
ambience
4.6
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Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DP
Orlando
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DM
Charleston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

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

OT
Charleston
42 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
View BEAUTIFUL!

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
1 review
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
41 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.

LH
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I've ever had. I had Chef Mike's Chicken pasta. It was spectacular. I'm not kidding, I could have licked the plate! It was that good. The setting is so lovely too, overlooking the lights of downtown. Can't wait to go back.

OT
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great as always. Our go to place for birthdays and anniversaries or with out of town guests.

AB
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent. The past ala Al was amazing. It was a first date and she was very impressed. Al's staff actually read my request via OpenTable and acted on it. I noted it was a first date and they did everything they could to make it special. I would recommend it to anyone who likes a intimate setting.

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Al is getting it right!!!

SF
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always dependably delicious.

JJ
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and very quiet for fine dining with a date with the wife.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. Service was OK, waitress missed a few ques but still did a good job. Best Italian restaurant in the Columbia area so far. Scallops and the lobster bisque were off the chart! Definetly coming back.

DF
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

MG
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

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