Cola's Restaurant

4.7
1423 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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Located in a lovingly restored 1930's RC Cola bottling plant, Cola's is a "casual" fine dining bar/restaurant specializing in seafood, steaks and other culinary creations influenced by a broad range of ethnic cooking. There is an emphasis on fresh ingredients and locally grown food where possible.
Weather permitting, two garage doors open up the restaurant to views of the Statehouse and allow our guests to enjoy the bustle of downtown Columbia. Cola's boast a 40 foot long bar, equipped with a rolling ladder to access our extensive wine selection. If preferred, try one of our house cocktails or choose a brew from our large selection of bottled beers.
Cola's has ample room to host your private functions in either of the two private dining rooms, seating up to as many as 50. Large booths adorn the main dining room and there is table seating for small and large parties.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
Bar: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(803) 451-0051
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Taylor Schoenecker
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Private party facilities
Cola"s is quickly becoming one of the premier private dining facilities in the city of Columbia, SC. Its superb location and attention to both spatial and culinary detail provide the perfect location for intimate luncheons and private board meetings to wedding rehearsals and anniversary parties. Our small dining room seats up to 30 (14 with A/V equipment), while our large private dining room accommodates up to 50. We look forward to seeing you and your guests with us soon.
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Private party contact
Madison Simpson: (803) 451-0051
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Lady Street
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Parking details
Cola"s restaurant has several parking options. There is onsite parking, ample street parking in front of the restaurant as well as across the street. There is a large pay-to-park lot that borders the Cola's building as well.
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Public transit
There is a bus station 50 feet from Cola"s front door.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a fantastic NYE celebration.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff and amazing food, love this place!

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Charleston
17 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The service was great and the burgers were so good, one of the best in the city. Unfortunately, we were seated at one of the coldest and draftiest spots in the restaurant.

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BN
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and outstanding service.

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Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cola’s was delightful for our family of seven to celebrate Thanksgiving together. We appreciate you doing all the work so we could devote all our time to visiting with each other without interruption.

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JH
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always Excellent!! Food, Service and atmosphere all great!

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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks for a great dinner!

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MM
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Have been to Cola before and the food was good. Went for Thanksgiving this year and had the traditional turkey dinner. The meat was a bit dry. The rest of the meal was so so, and way overpriced for what you got. Would not pick it again for Thanksgiving. The service was very good.

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BA
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Cola's did not disappoint! The traditional turkey dinner option served on Thanksgiving is OUTSTANDING!!!! And, their craft cocktails are always on point!

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Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanksgiving Day could not have been more perfect!

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MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Thanksgiving meal was wonderfully delicious! The turkey was done to perfection and the dressing, sweet potatoes and mashed potatoes were the ultimate compliments to the best Thanksgiving meal we have experienced! Our highest compliments to the chefs!

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AP
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always a pleasure to come to Cola's. The service can be inconsistent but we had a great server this time. They do make a big issue about reservations and seating. They don't seat your party unless you are all there which I find inconvenient. Definitely recommend visiting with out of town guests.

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Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Crispy whole flounder was excellent. Oysters Rockefeller still a hit. The sesame tuna was tasty. I would have preferred it cooked a bit more. However the server made clear it was going to be rare. Overall a very good meal which everyone was happy with their entreesand the attentive service.

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AS
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great spot for a date night. Good food, good service, comfortable atmosphere. Some portions are oddly large (fried zucchini appetizer?) yet some are lacking (swordfish portion was extremely small) and just a touch too greasy - however the overall experience is well above average and I would return. Brick chicken was amazing, good wine list.

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Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Professional staff, excellent food quality, happy to accommodate all dietary requirements

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Charlotte
24 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed Cola’s again with my college daughter and friends from out of town. My friend had a delicious she-crab soup and scallops which she raved about. Cola’s accommodated my gluten-free vegan vegetable sides plate and even had an amazing strawberry-lime sorbet for my dessert. The brownie and ice cream looked amazing and everyone loved it. We were seated in the side room with the lovely mural where it was a bit more quiet than the main dining room. Nice service, good menu, great food.

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Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a great time at Colas. This time we had some friends in town visiting and wanted something nice but not too over the top. As always Colas didn't disappoint. We had great food, service and atmosphere.

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Charleston
22 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Light supper. Well made. Well served. Many thanks.

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VI
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was beautiful and the seating arrangement seemed very private. The waiter was very attentive and helpful. Our food was served in a timely fashion and was delicious. I certainly plan to come back again.

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GC
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

CeCe is a great server! Everything was perfect. Thank you so much for a wonderful anniversary experience. The only disappointment was that it did not serve RC Cola! What? This is an historic RC Cola building and you don't serve RC Cola? Surely not!!!!

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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. Great for casual business dinners!

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JS
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

Worst swordfish ever. Usually swordfish is thick like a steak. I got a piece that looked like it came from Walmart. Had one bite of it and the taste was as bad as it looked. Paid $32.00, and had to get a McRib in the way home.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Past experiences here have been great. This particular time was less than what I've generally experienced. We were seated 25 minutes past our scheduled reservation time. Our server was very pleasant and welcoming, however the service was a bit slow between ordering and receiving drinks, food etc. when ordering one of the staple entrees that bring me here, I was told they were out , to find out later that they actually had the meal, only after I stated my disappointment in my experience thus far. All said, they did prepare the dish and comped the meal, which was greatly appreciated. I will go back, sometimes you have those "off" nights 😊

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Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

It was Election Day and the restaurant was pretty empty. We had heard great things and it was fine. I’m sure the evening had an effect. The food was good not great and the service was the same. I would likely go back again

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SW
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Colas is our favorite place to eat! We’ve been there often and never disappointed! We had the fresh oysters! Fantastic.

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WL
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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EL
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service at this high energy restaurant. Bloody Mary Oysters, Oysters Rockefeller, crispy flounder - all delicious!!

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HY
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome cocktails and delicious food! Can’t go wrong at Colas!!

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ML
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always!!!!

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and Stephanie provided terrific service. Will be back.

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RH
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat in a more quiet area allowing us to have conversation. It was perfect. There was another section that was closer to bar and louder but did not bother us.

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Charleston
39 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Garibaldi's continues on in spirit, and in Crispy Flounder!

Ben took EXCELLENT care of us.

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EL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was a wonderful place for a business dinner. The service and food were both excellent.

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KG
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service. I highly recommend for any special occasion or romantic dinne.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service was good filet mignon was amazing

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YA
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely the best food in town and my new favorite restaurant! I felt like I was in a restaurant of Gordon Ramsey!! Outstanding doesn’t give enough credit. We will be back!

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TW
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Apparently there was a kitchen remodel taking place per Waiter, so a couple dishes were not as amazing as normal; 2 out of the 4 meals were their normal quality. Kitchen remodel and a few dishes a little irregular is by far no means a reason not to dine at Cola's. I was disappointed because it was my families first time dining since we relocated to Columbia; and two of them were not impressed with my hype of the restaurant and food. Always next time!

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MC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and atmosphere. This is how a fine restaurant should be run. A must if you’re visiting Columbia. (Easy to remember the name.) Loved the she crab soup!

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