Al's Upstairs

4.8
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659 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 659 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.7
service
4.7
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4.6
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Memphis
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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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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
1 review
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
8 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.

KK
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

M
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Great service. Highly recommend.

CD
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food4service2ambience4

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
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience as always. Very special anniversary dinning experience!

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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
Overall3food2service2ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an excellent experience

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