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About Cola's Restaurant

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.

1215 Assembly Street
Columbia, SC 29201
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Comfort Food

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

Cross Street:
Lady Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(803) 451-0051

Website:
http://www.colasrestaurant.com/

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.

Public Transit:
There is a bus station 50 feet from Cola"s front door.

Executive Chef:
Taylor Schoenecker

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.

Private Party Contact:
Madison Simpson: (803) 451-0051

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Cola's Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (78)
Special Occasion (74)
Good for Anniversaries (59)
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Good for Birthdays (55)
Business Meals (41)
Creative Cuisine (40)
Fit for Foodies (39)
Good for Groups (38)
Worth the Drive (36)
Romantic (34)
Neighborhood Gem (33)
Bar Seating (32)
Fun (27)
Casual (25)
Cozy (24)
Notable Wine List (23)
Comfort Food (21)
Pre/post Theatre (21)
Hot Spot (20)
Local Ingredients (20)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Vibrant Bar Scene (14)
Authentic (12)
Seasonal (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Happy Hour (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Healthy (7)
Scenic View (7)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Live Sports (4)
Great Beer (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
People Watching (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tapas (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent service, knowledgeable waitstaff. Very friendly and helpful individuals. The food was delicious and portions are huge, so plan on leftovers. This was our first time at Cola's and I would definitely go back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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·Dined 3 days ago

Very good food, service and atmosphere. A little pricey but would go back

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined 5 days ago

Cola's is one of my favorite Columbia restaurants and a regular go-to for me. I never leave disappointed.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 5 days ago

Awesome Southern food!!! Great choices!!! Portion size is perfect. Get reservations.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal
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·Dined 5 days ago

Outstanding food and service. Great atmosphere , hostess was a doll.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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·Dined 5 days ago

This was the first time that my moms and I had gone to Cola's. The food is delicious and fresh. Our waitress was so sweet and helped to make my birthday celebration even better. She understood our dietary needs and made sure to tell the kitchen. At Cola's the atmosphere is beautiful and not very loud. They also have very good cocktails. You will not regret a meal at Cola's

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Disabled Access, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 6 days ago

Great, now I can never eat any other food ever because I had no idea food could even taste that good. I’m going back to college just so I can get a job where I can afford this restaurant on a regular basis. If I knew about this 4 years ago, I would’ve gone into debt for this steak instead of that Walmart credit card I’ll never pay off. Holy macaroni.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 6 days ago

Birthday - excellent

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·Dined 6 days ago

Outstanding meal. This was our first visit to Cola's and we could not have been more pleased. The service was great and the food was spectacular. There are so many delicious options on the menu. The flounder was amazing. The pork chop was amazing. Loved our experience!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 6 days ago

Great food, drinks, and atmosphere .

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 (Charleston)·Dined 6 days ago

The food was excellent and we enjoyed every bite.
We both agreed that we felt somewhat rushed - the servers were trying to clear our plates before we were finished.
We have eaten at Cola's before and we will return,

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 6, 2018

It was my wife’s birthday, and our first time there, but my daughter’s third time, who was surprised by her boyfriend proposing marriage to her in the restaurant, that evening. She said yes while he was on his knee.
Loved the food, had the braised beef dish and the scallops entree. Both exceeded expectations. Loved the filet cooked to a perfect medium temperature, shrimp and grits and the vegetable sides, as well as the fried oyster Caesar salad in a fried parmesan cheese shell.
Also, enjoyed the apps, the shrimp dumplings in a nice soy sauce, and the cheese board, which needed more toasted slices of bread to use up the ample cheddar cheese spread... which they quickly brought to us upon our request.
Our party of 6 had different needs, but the staff were very attentive to all of them, including graciously cutting and serving the birthday cake we had brought into the restaurant for our celebration.
It’s a little pricey, but you’re not eating at Outback or Olive Garden.
The overall vibe of the place is energized and fun and we will be back.
It even has a few TVs at the bar to watch the sports events dujour. Bon appetite!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Paleo Friendly, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fun, Casual, Live Sports, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 4, 2018

Anniversary dinner. We had a great experience and will be back!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Always a wonderful experience! Food is wonderful and the staff is second to none.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Great experience

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great wine menu and excellent seafood.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Food was great. This was my first visit and this was the best meal i have gotten in Columbia. I order the 16oz New York strip medium well and it was cook perfect. I will defiantly be going back. The only place i know that serves coffee Ice cream. Everything was perfect.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Our 2nd New Years Eve meal here. Loved it last year but a little disappointed this year. I had the filet (ordered med-rare) it was a little over cooked but not terribly, however it was just warm not hot and, i would guess, sat for several minutes waiting to be served. My wife had the braised beef (again) see loved it last year and enjoyed it again but realized it was chuck steak for $34. A little pricy for that cut. We may dine there again but will also look at other restaurants.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was very heavy and over salted

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Table was back in a hole so zero atmosphere. Service was ridiculously slow. Food was mediocre at best. Have eaten here many times and always left wanting to come back. Unfortunately do not feel that way after this visit.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The ambiance is lovely. I enjoyed the experience and will go again.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Made reservations and got there a little early and was seated right away on a busy night. The food was very good and service good as well. It was a bit noisy and hard to hear people sitting across the table but on a busy night around the holidays I expected this so really not an issue.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Beautiful restuarant in the Vista. The food was spectacular. Everything was perfectly cooked and seasoned. We started with the pimento cheese board. They had a large wine menu and the waiter was very knowledgeable and able to help us choose a great wine. For dinner the shrimp and grits was perfect! The only complaint I have was our table was very close to others. I would ask for a booth next time. I will definitely be back.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Scenic View
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Didn't know you had to reserve a specific table. Asking to be moved from the table in front of the bathrooms caught the staff off guard and took several minutes to move our water glasses to a new table before we could be seated. Once seated, the serve staff was extremely professional and well trained.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 27, 2017

I booked table 2 weeks ahead & got a table that was almost in the bar- annoyoying NOISE& & people traffic. If I wanted to eat at the bar wouldn't have made reservations.!Great food, awful ambience& they need some barrier between entrance & tables, freezing.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The cocktails were not very well made, but the food and the service were great.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Love Cola’s. Our family dined there Christmas Eve. Waitress was exceptional. Food was great as always. Only disappointment was being packed in side room next to rather loud individual who read (actually!) the menu out loud. He was entertaining at least. Open spaces on main floor would have been nicer. Wish we were given a choice of tables. Can’t thank the team from Cola’s for providing a great holiday dining experience!

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·Dined on December 23, 2017

My wife and I really enjoyed our meal. I had a tomato and crab bisque soup that tasted wonderful. Followed by an almond crusted tilapia. A solid dish just needed a little extra seasoning on the sauce. We had the almond basket for dessert and loved it. A unique dessert for sure, but a nice balance of sweet and tart from tasty ice cream and fresh blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries resting on top of almond fried flowering basket. We moved here a few months ago and this is the best eatery we have found thus far.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Business Meals
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

We’ve been there two times now, coming in from Charleston, to meet friends. Great steaks and very good service! Will definitely be back!

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Although we were dining with people in town for business, this particular dinner was casual just since it was around the holidays, and we just wanted to enjoy a meal together.
We’ve been here a time or two before on business dinners and, everyone enjoys the Cola’s very much. The menu, the atmosphere, and the decor of the restaurant is fantastic, always comfortable and the staff always make you feel so relaxed and welcome.
I certainly would recommend Cola’s to others.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

One of the best meals that I have had in the Columbia area. Excellent waiter, really knew the menu and wine list. Slightly noisy but not a problem for normal conversation. Enjoyed a wonderful anniversary meal. Will definitely return.

Tags: Disabled Access, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

No matter how many friends we introduce to Cola's......everyone LOVES the food ! They never rush you and the servers are always so very nice !

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Everything was very good and food was reasonably priced. Drinks were a little on the expensive side for the amount you get but very tasty.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Everything from the moment we sat down was absolutely perfect. We had amazing service from our waiter, all of our food was delicious. Not a single complaint, it was a perfect night celebrating our anniversary.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Food was excellent. Service from Colton was spot on. Would definitely recommend.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Best meal I've ever had! I was celebrating my birthday and it will be one I'll never forget! Fried pork chop melts in your mouth.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Exceptional service! The food was very good, but one dish caught the entire table off guard and two folks at the table ordered it, the Black Bass. The presentation stunned everyone and then the laughing started. I had to ding the waiter on this and hate to because he really was good. However, it would have been nice if the menu or the waiter would have made us aware that it was being served as a whole fish. I had to take a photo which I've attached. Even with the slightly off-putting event of having to pick thru bones, it was tasty. I will go back, but next time know to question my selection a little more before actually ordering.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great meal and service! We had the special seafood entre, Black Bass prepared similar to their crispy flounder. Excellent!

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

delicious food. great service. attentive wait staff.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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 (Savannah)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Very good as always but they should do something about the noise level

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion
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