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Cola's Restaurant

4.7
1265 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
What 1265 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 4 days ago

It was my husband's birthday and we had a wonderful time. The ambiance was great! The food was very good, and we would definitely return to this restaurant for another dinning experience. We would also recommend our friends and family.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Our favorite! Great service and fantastic service. They always get it right.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Cola’s is one of Columbia’s best dining experiences! Great food, drinks, and service. You pay a little money, but it’s worth it!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We had the pleasure of dining at Cola's in celebration of my wife's birthday and it was absolutely perfect. The staff was professional and the food splendid. I would highly recommend this restaurant to any of our friends.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Had a good selection of gluten free entrees. However the kitchen needs to be more careful with them .My wife did experience celiac symptoms after eating. There was some cross contamination.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Fantastic experience. Staff was friendly and paid attention to details. I had requested a nice table since this was an anniversary dinner and they made it happen. Food was phenomenal as well. Crispy flounder was a winner but my wife got the Grilled Mahi and I almost stole it from her. We will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Nice atmosphere and very good food. Will go back for the food a great choice of wine.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

I always bring clients there when in town and have always had great service and delicious food!

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4.0Dined on June 12, 2018

We ate here for my 30th birthday. The staff was very attentive and courteous. If your of age and love fruity spritzy drinks I would highly recommend the Cola's Cosmo, it was fantastic. We ordered the calamari app and it was lightly fried (not heavy like other places) to perfection and delish with a generous portion. My husband got the crab cakes and I got the braised beef. They were both extremely good and my beef basically fell apart. Overall I was very pleased with everything about the experience. Portions are plentiful so come hangry (no I did not misspell hungry I do mean HANGRY)! If there was one down fall because you can't even call it a fault it would be that it is a tad bit loud so my husband and I sat beside each other so we could talk, instead of across from each other. I wouldn't let this ever deter me from returning we thoroughly enjoyed the night!

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4.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Cola’s was wonderful. We were seated on time and the food was just great! My husband had the fried pork chop and I had shrimp & grits. We both loved our meals!!! The only downside was the noise level; it was very loud. Having said that, we will definitely go back again.

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4.0Dined on June 11, 2018

The meat was way over cooked but everything else was good.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

What a great dinner. The Oysters rockefellar were the best we've ever had. The seared tuna melted in your mouth. My only complaint is that they do not serve soft drinks on tap so no refills.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Our server was so great! She was informative and gave us time to digest the menu. The starters we had (Oysters Rockefeller and Fried Okra) were outstanding and shared by our whole table. The crispy fried flounder was awesome! The whole evening was wonderful and we got to see Justify win the Triple Crown in the process! We will be back!

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3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

If I had left my review the night of, it would have been glowing. Our server was attentive and personable, our food was excellent and my family and I left very happy. Unfortunately, I was very sick all the next day. When I looked at my leftovers, I saw that the dish I had requested be made without pork still had plenty of pancetta chunks in the pasta. It was dark in the restaurant, and the cheese in the alfredo was smoky in flavor, making it difficult to detect meat. I trusted that my server had communicated to the kitchen my request. I would also expect a server to double check the dish's preparation before delivering it to me. I'm now very disappointed that a restaurant of this caliber and price point wouldn't take a no-meat request seriously. The food is good, but don't expect the kitchen to be vegetarian friendly.

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

It was good. It wasn’t as great as the reviews led me on to believe. I expected a little more of a “unique” taste from a fairly expensive restaurant in downtown Columbia. I wouldn’t mind going back again, but it was a little bit of a let down when it comes to overall value.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Truly one of the best restaurants that I’ve ever dined!!!! The food was absolutely delicious!! Customer for life. I would highly recommend Cola’s to anyone.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Cola's has continued to be one of the top choices in the Downtown scene. They do everything well, food, drinks, and customer service. They have cemented themselves as the standard of what a great restaurant should.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Delicious food! I had the Shrimp & Grits - definitely a must try! Great atmosphere. Our server was in training and was shadowed by a more experienced server. You can tell they take service very seriously there. She was very attentive and professional. All around great experience.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Ahhhhhmazing experience! Top notch service! Impeccable food!! Fabulous drinks! Beautiful atmosphere! One of my top 3 restaurants! Will come again soon!!!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

The food at Cola's is amazing. We were there to celebrate a birthday and the service was great as well as the food. We also enjoyed some of the drinks, which were very good as well. We got carried away in conversation and didn't realize how late we were staying. We never felt rushed by the waitstaff. We will be back.

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4.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Fantastic service!

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Colas always wows us. One of our favorite restaurants!

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

We sat in one of the first booth/chair seating areas inside the restaurant. The noise level was considerably quieter than in previous visits. The beet salad was excellent. The calamari was the best this town has to offer, simply outstanding. My softshell crab was delicious. My husband's grouper and pasta selection was flavorful. Dessert was over the top, just what you'd expect from a top-tier restaurant.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Cola's could very well be the best restaurant in South Carolina.

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2.0Dined on May 26, 2018

The food was great as usual but unfortunately we got a trainee who was void of personality never smiled, and was far to mechanical in voice and motion. I appreciate that person was training but it is clear that they lack the innate behavior to become a Good salesman.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Great food. However, we did not like sitting in the room away from the bar. It's like being in an old factory.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Outstanding service (Shawn was wonderful, suggested a few wines, was very informative about the menu items and he was very attentive to our table)! The most delicious food in Columbia!!
This is my favorite restaurant.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

The food was delicious but the service got a little slow toward the end of our meal.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

We live in North Augusta, and went to Columbia for a one-night get-away. We had never been to Cola's, but I made a reservation there b/c of the rave reviews I found online; it did not disappoint. From the blood orange martini, quiet atmosphere, and amazing waiter all the way to the toffee cheesecake, delicious coffee, and quick service - this restaurant is easily a 10/10. I want to move to Columbia just because of this restaurant -lol. If you haven't been, you have to go!!

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Three out of the four guests had never been to this restaurant. We think this is the best restaurant in town after eating there. The food was phenomenal. We will be coming back in the near future.

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2.0Dined on May 25, 2018

We had a party of 7 and a reservation time of 6:00. Our party arrived slightly early and were immediately seated. The waitress came about 10 minutes later. She did not greet us nor did she review any specials. Her facial expression was that of someone who didn't want to be there. She never even provided her name. Fortunately, we had reviewed the menu online and only needed a look at the specials. The waitress took our appetizer, main course and drink order at the same time. After bread was put on the table some of the appetizers were served. At 6:30 we still had no drinks. I questioned another waiter about the status of our drinks and they finally came. However, the additional two appetizers did not. We were not provided with appetizer plates and had to use the bread plates. The waitress then returned with the entrees but didn't bother to clear the appetizer serving plates from the table nor ask if anyone wanted another drink. Also, included with the entrees were the 2 additional appetizers. With the exception of one entree, all were prepared as requested. After we completed the meal I went to the front desk and ask to speak to the manager. I explained my disappointment with the level of service received. The manager stated that the waitress had only been working for 2 weeks, and came from a small labor pool whose service level wasn't up to par with Cola's. The bill arrived promptly and the manager took the one entree off the bill that had to be re-cooked and wasn't returned to the table until most of the party had completed their meal.

THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR POOR SERVICE IN YOUR RESTAURANT. A good dinning experience is based largely on good or better yet, great service.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

We had a great dinner with an even better server, Kirsten. She was very attentive, knowledgeable and knew when to come to the table and when to give us space. The goid was great. We had filet and the salmon.
I highly recommend COLAs for any occasion

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Outstanding outing! The ambiance, the service, and the cuisine was excellent!

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Pork chop the second time around was cooked harder and not as moist. Mac n cheese was dry. Just was not equal to my first visit. Service was fine and the bloody oyster and other cocktails were great.

Next time will note with server and/or try something new.

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2.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Anniversary

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Disappointed that they

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Love Cola’s and Dusty the Manager is so Great she always stops by our table talks with us she is very special. Love the food and the service is wonderful !!

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Awesome restaurant. Perfectly prepared food. Fantastic service.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

The booth seating was excellent. We had requested private seating and this was wonderful. It was our 44th Wedding Anniversary. The servers recognized that this was a special dinner.....plus the manager came at the end to congratulate us on our anniversary. We will be coming back. The Braised Beef was the best I have ever had and my husband's Tenderloin Steak was perfect. Thank you so much!

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Almost an incredible experience. Food was fantastic!

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