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-Please, no children under 5 years old on the weekends.
-Private dining rooms available, please call 803-920-9406
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Waitstaff wear masks
with shrimp, puff pastry dome
8oz USDA choice center cut
Pasta alla Al
shrimp, scallops, lobster claw, garlic, sweet chili sauce over pasta purses
Always a great experience
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!
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.
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.
Waiter was great and food superb. Drinks need to be revisited. But I’d come back
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.......
Good views. Good service. Good food.
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!
As always, it was a great experience. Our server was excellent and the food was great.
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.
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.
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.
Great food and service as always.
Fabulous food and portion sizes were just right. Recommend it!
Perfect choice to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. Food was amazing and everything was perfection.
Always a treat to dine at Al’s Upstairs!!!
Al's Upstairs is where we go to have an exquisite dining experience. The food is always excellent and the service beyond compare.
Great experience. Food was excellent, service did not disappoint.
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
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
Food was so fresh and delicious! Excellent experience, will definitely going back!
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.
They have an abbreviated but delicious menu. My Manhattan was perfect.
Love looking out over the river.
Excellent as always, my family loves eating at Al's Upstairs!
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!
Great food as always! The staff was super friendly. The price was affordable for the quality of food.
Service was great. The food was perfect and our waitress was spot on.
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.
Al’s is a favorite dine in spot. The food is always wonderful, the staff incredibly nice and the experience personal.
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.
Great night,great food and great service.
Excellent food and excellent service from our server who was new to the job but well trained. We could not have been more pleased with the food or the service.
Great food and ambiance. We enjoy going to Al's Upstairs for special occasions and it does not disappoint. Further, during this time of Covid-19, the restaurant did a nice job with spacing out the tables to provide some distance from other diners.
As always...we enjoyed the food....the surroundings and the service.
Good. Very good
Specials were amazing! Excellent service. Romantic location for special occasion dinner.
I really enjoyed Al's Upstairs, but I requested a table overlooking the city scape and instead we got a table facing a wall...😕
Perfect dinner. A wonderful place to celebrate any special occasion
Excellent food and service! Al's is our favorite spot in town!
Incredible, fresh food. Everything was amazing. I wish we had been seated where we had a view of some sort.
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 757 OpenTable diners.
You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.