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Al's Upstairs

4.8
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767 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

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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 767 people are saying
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TeresaD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ambience: Quiet and beautiful. Window view is nice. Excellent service: fast and polite. Delicious food artistically served in good quantity.

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Dbuhrman78
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome atmosphere was great will definitely be back!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the best date night restaurant around

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AnthonyS
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

my wife's dinner was what was expected.

to their credit it was removed from our check.

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SamanthaF
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view is very peaceful.

The food and wine. Will exceed your expectations, I am so impressed on the speed the meals came out and how tasty everything was.

I will definitely return.

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TomJ
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in the country. Sea Bass is amazing.

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MikeG
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven’t been to Al’s in quite a while. The food was excellent paired with a lovely view. Will be back again very soon.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Pasta Alla Al is one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. Fully recommend to anyone eating at Al’s.

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AGMinnelli
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great evening last Friday with my girlfriend, and her daughter. Overall was a great experience. I look forward to visiting again soon

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ElayneS
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening with dear old friends. The view was superb, the food quality was excellent, and we were well taken care of. Would go back again next time we come to Columbia.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience

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James
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was awesome! We really enjoyed the food and it was a great place to kick back and relax. If you haven’t tried this place you should!

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RandyW
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It had been a few years since we had last eaten at Al's Upstairs. And since many of the other fine dining restaurants are still closed in downtown Columbia (e.g. Ristorante Divino) we decided to give Al's a shot for my wife's birthday. We were both unbelievably impressed with both the wait staff and the quality of the food. John Paul was outstanding as our server. My wife's sea bass was exceptional, and I found a new favorite in Seafood Pasta Alla Al! The price for the quality and portions was reasonable. We will most assuredly be back and we can't recommend Al's highly enough for those who might not have yet given them a try. Give them a shot, you won't be disappointed.

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JohnD
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent. We had a window seat and loved the view of Columbia. It was nice to to be able to converse without having to overcome loud music.

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OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Waiter was great and food superb. Drinks need to be revisited. But I’d come back

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HaroldW
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the intro by our server to signing the credit card receipt everything was excellent our salads were crisp and the house dressing was delicious. The Charleston chicken was superb and my wife's beef kabobs were tender and tasty. Our server, I believe his name was Jack was attentive with out being overly so. His attention to detail was excellent. The value for the dollars spent was such we will be back again. This was not our first time and we look forward each time we have a special occasion to going to AL'S.......

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LeeJ
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good views. Good service. Good food.

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NeverSettle
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Remains one of our favorite restaurants. Pasta al la Al is amazing...those pasta purses and sauce are wonderful! Great food, wine and service. Never disappointed!

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BobS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, it was a great experience. Our server was excellent and the food was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dining experience, Al’s was my first choice for my birthday dinner , the food and service was great as I expected. We will definitely be back.

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Shot
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good go-to for a date or anniversary. JP and Jack were great servers, the food was great, and while it’s not cheap, it wasn’t eye wateringly expensive either.

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KeithB
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful, intimate setting. Entrees were wonderful. Cocktails were great. The view was fantastic. Would absolutely recommend if visiting Columbia and if I ever find myself back there, I’ll definitely be returning.

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dwayneb
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as always.

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Lumps
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food and portion sizes were just right. Recommend it!

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ChelleRae
Savannah
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect choice to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. Food was amazing and everything was perfection.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
53 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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BeckyH
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Al's Upstairs is where we go to have an exquisite dining experience. The food is always excellent and the service beyond compare.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Food was excellent, service did not disappoint.

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Nettie
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my husbands birthday. Everything was excellent! It had been several years since we had been but will be going back. Very nice staff and food was excellent

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vipPatdash
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We love the place.. great ambiance. Social distancing and masks for all servers which we appreciated. However, the food was not as good as it was on our last visit. We ate everything, but lacked flavors that usually are present. Seafood Cannelloni which I always order and sea bass were not as good! However scallops and risotto were outstanding. We will be back to try again. Tiramisu was also outstanding

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LisaH
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was so fresh and delicious! Excellent experience, will definitely going back!

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Greg
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time diners @ Al's. We were greeted and seated by Al himself. We had a table next to the window with a beautiful view of the evening sun setting on downtown Columbia. The waiter was well versed on the daily specials and quick to return with drinks. Salads and entrees were served with ample time to enjoy and relax. Entrees had very nice presentation and perfect temperature.
My wife and I had frequently driven by Al's Upstairs, and commented that we need to try it sometime. So glad we did.

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SusannahF
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have an abbreviated but delicious menu. My Manhattan was perfect.
Love looking out over the river.

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JeffB
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always, my family loves eating at Al's Upstairs!

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TonyS
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our "go-to" special occasion place, never disappoints! The best Lobster Bisque in puff pastry appetizer is reason enough to return frequently! Day scallops, Chicken Charleston, Veal and pastas...all divine!

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ZackT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always! The staff was super friendly. The price was affordable for the quality of food.

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jimH
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. The food was perfect and our waitress was spot on.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My husband and I ate at Al's with my parents and it was a wonderful experience. We were early for our reservation but were seated immediately. Our server, Rebecca, was adorable and great at her job. The pacing of service was ideal. Lemon drop martinis were perfection. We each ordered a different entrée and were all impressed, except that my salmon was undercooked in the center. The owner came over to apologize about the salmon and I told him (honestly) the risotto was so good it more than made up for the salmon. He not only comped my meal but packed a bowl of risotto for me to take. I highly recommend the crab cake appetizer. We will definitely return to Al's Upstairs.

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CarolineC
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Al’s is a favorite dine in spot. The food is always wonderful, the staff incredibly nice and the experience personal.

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Retiree
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We have never had a poor experience at Al's Upstairs. Both of us had the Whole Fried Flounder for the first time. Our fish was too crispy to be flaky like we expected. The hoisin sauce was generous. We will return and go back to our favorite dishes.

FAQs

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

Al's Upstairs is rated 4.8 stars by 767 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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