Al's Upstairs

4.6
885 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 885 people are saying
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LauraF
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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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ChrisC
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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

Perfect! Essential dining experience in Columbia!

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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.

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JamesL
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great experience. Will definitely be visiting again!

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CindyC
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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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.

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vipAliciaH
Charleston
16 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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice experience

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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.

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

Anniversary.

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RichD
Orlando
17 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always Wonderful

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vipKristinJ
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, as was the service. We loved the elevated view of downtown. We will definitely be back!

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WarrenO
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional in every way. One of the few consistent places to get a five star meal in Columbia.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great! Real authentic Italian and a great cosmo too!

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vipCindy
Charleston
47 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner. Excellent meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an excellent meal. Staff very attentive
Our favorite restaurant by far!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down one of the best restaurants in Columbia. Don’t Sleep on Al’s!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall it was a good dinner and the service is always excellent!

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vipLeslieM
West Palm Beach
124 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very romantic with great service and a great view. Excellent wine prices by the bottle, and the food was well-prepared and very enjoyable.

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MichaelA
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

What great service & view! We will be back. The ambience and the wine were amazing.

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ALKCM
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always Al’s Upstairs never disappoints. The food and setting are phenomenal. Great selection of wines to pair with your meal. The Lobster Bisque with pastry topping is the best in the city. The Pasta Alla Al is one of the signature dishes on the menu. Great restaurant for a couple to relax and enjoy a top notch meal.

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AnitaA
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The atmosphere was very befitting for a romantic bday celebration for my man. Neither of us have ever been there but we enjoyed.

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MarshaM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our servers were wonderful and very helpful. The food as always was wonderful!

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Ashy
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic, as well as the service and atmosphere. We went there for my boyfriend’s birthday & we’ll be back for mine next month! Highly recommend

TJ
TiffanyJ
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Dinner was delicious. Will definitely return.

FAQs

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

Al's Upstairs is rated 4.6 stars by 885 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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