Al's Upstairs

4.7
900 Reviews
$30 and under
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

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 900 people are saying
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MarkS
Charleston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took the honey there for our anniversary and it was worth it. Food was great, portion sizes were spot on and we even managed to get in dessert. Try the New Fashioned if you like bourbon. A big shout out to the wait staff for checking in and making sure we had a great meal.

JG
vipJosephG
Pittsburgh
24 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Al’s Upstairs never disappoints. We got there near the end when they were closing, and they still served us to perfection! Love this place so much!

JL
JamesL
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and superb service. Everything prepared correctly and wonderfully pleasant employees. Overall, a delightful dining experience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was terrific. Al’s never disappoints!

JH
JohnH
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 44th wedding anniversary dinner was a wonderful experience.

DK
DavidK
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I celebrated our 46th anniversary at Al’Upstairs and loved the food, service and atmosphere. We had a single rise and lit candle, which made it special. The room was quiet and the city nighttime landscape as a view out The window. We had a wonderful evening and highly recommend this restaurant.

LE
LeoE
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, great food, great atmosphere. Look forward to our next experience at Al’s upstairs.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is beautiful. The food was delicious and the service was immaculate. Definitely a restaurant that is good for your special occasions and dinner dates.

SD
vipSteerableDad
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. If you love Italian food this is it!

JG
vipJosephG
Pittsburgh
24 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Al’s Upstairs is top-notch all around: great food, great quality, great service. The last time I was here was 5 years ago. I am very happy it is just as amazing as I remember it. Highly recommend this place to anyone. I will definitely be going back.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food and service

GO
GeorgeO
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

For an upscale Italian Restaurant, the prices are a little high, my veal parm lacked flavor/spices. I made our reservation thru their website, including a notice of my wife's birthday. I received no less than 3 requests to confirm my reservation by email/text and one phone call on the day of our res, and was asked if there were any special celebrations, which I told the caller about the birthday. When we arrived for our res, there seemed to be some trouble, couldn't find our name on the list, but did seat us. Service was so-so, never any acknowledgement of the birthday. Some tables for 2 along the wall of windows need to be leveled up, I was afraid our drinks might spill and run into my wife's lap. I remember this situation from previous visits.

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Allison
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very beautiful views of the Columbia skyline and amazing dinner overall

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Shaun
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Veal Piccata and Pumpkin Cheesecake cake were fantastic! Service outstanding! I recommend a window table. My wife and son agreed, great place to eat for a special occasion!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice! Loved the food.

LF
LauraF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great, friendly service. Relaxing atmosphere. Beautiful view.
Moderate food compared to price. We ordered veal, it was chewy and the seafood manicotti had minimal seafood but lots and lots of cheese. The best thing we ate was the Calamari appetizer which is delicious and perfectly done.

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Parker
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the service to the food to the view, everything was great. The Chicken Charleston was unbelievable. A great place to take your parents to catch up or to get away for a date night. Al's Upstairs is a fantastic place to eat. Highly recommend.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was all so delicious! Waiter was exceptional and attentive! Great date night!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The food was delicious as always. You can never go wrong with the Pasta Alla Al, and their specials tend to be quite good too. Their cocktail list could use some updating but if you’re looking for an authentic and delicious Italian meal, this is the place. Service was disappointing this time, but this was the first time it’s been an issue, so hopefully the issue is resolved when we go back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner last night with my wife. Food was amazing, setting was nice and the staff great. Will definitely be back.

CD
CarolynD
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Time! Waiter was awesome! We was there for our 26 year of marriage will definitely go again.

DG
vipDebG
Charlotte
48 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

First time at Al’s. Will be back.

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vipJude
Charleston
65 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat to dine at Al’s and best view in town!

JR
JacobR
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Our waiter was indifferent and the chicken was tough and dry. The noise was very loud, although we did enjoy the view of nighttime Columbia from the window seating that we had requested.

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Chris
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Our favorite place to dine in Columbia.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff is top notch. Very attentive and knowledgeable. Food is always consistent and very good. Long standing West Columbia staple for good Italian food with nice views of the Columbia skyline.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely date night for our anniversary at Al’s Upstairs! We had never been but will certainly be back! Food was Devine and the portion size was good. Servers were attentive and kind.

MS
vipMarileeS
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed all aspects of our dining experience at Al’s Upstairs.the service was exceptional. The food was fantastic. We ordered the Ribeye special as well as a few seafood specials. It was appropriately priced and we thoroughly enjoyed the evening experience. We have already recommended the restaurant to several other parents of USC students as a great place to go!

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michaels
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wanted to take my daughter and her friends to a nice Italian and Al's was the spot to go in Columbia. The table offered an excellent view of the city, the service was impeccable and the food was done to perfection.
The girls loved their plates and the appetizers were also delicious.
The only disappointing part was the lack of espresso, but I suspect there are not many espresso drinkers in Columbia.
The "upstairs" part of the restaurant name is accurate so unfortunately it is not an accessible-friendly restaurant.
I would return to Al's in the future

OT
OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect! Essential dining experience in Columbia!

BM
BobMarklewitz
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful upscale and classy place to eat. The view is amazing at sunset and the wait staff is above exceptional. With that said, please dress according. Just because your a doctor doesn't mean you can wear a pull over shirt, shorts, and flip flops for dinner here.

P.S There is a reason they place silverware on the white linen draped table too.

JL
JamesL
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great experience. Will definitely be visiting again!

CC
CindyC
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here, we will go back. BEST place to eat with a view!

RW
RandyW
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service at Al's is impeccable. Moreover, the view across the river to the Columbia skyline are second to none. There is a reason Al's is our favorite restaurant. They never disappoint.

AH
vipAliciaH
Charleston
18 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Food was great and service was excellent. Just didn’t have the best dining experience due to being rushed to order. Reservations were at 8 because my friend is a doctor at Prisma. We had to reserve within his work schedule. I was told we had to put our order in by 8:15 pm and the time advertised for closing is 10 pm. So I couldn’t understand the need to rush for ordering. They were also out of not one or two but 5 different items. I would still like to visit again to try one of the items they were out of.

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SusannahF
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Seafood Al is so good, and my husband said his rack of lamb was excellent. Tiramisu was yummy.
They make a wonderful Manhattan.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice experience

OT
OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Our first time dining here & It was our anniversary. I asked for a window table that we didn’t get. Normally restaurants do things for special occasions but we didn’t receive anything or even ask if we were celebrating anything. The food was good but the service could have been better.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Anniversary.

RD
RichD
Orlando
19 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous. Atmosphere and view beautiful. Service was great

FAQs

Al's Upstairs offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (803) 794-7404.

Al's Upstairs is rated 4.7 stars by 900 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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