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Cola's Restaurant

4.7
1192 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 1192 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Always excellent! Our food was fantastic, as was the service. Our favorite place to dine in Columbia.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Mussels only average but the Braised Beef and pan salute' Corvina were excellent ....

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great food and ambiance.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Was pretty loud for a business meeting. Food was great.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Service was outstanding. Food was very good but not the best I've had at Cola's. A nice meal overall.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Bday for oldest daughter

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

The menu is a little pricey, but all of the food is incredible. Wonderful atmosphere and experience.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Excellent food preparation and service.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Not a huge variety of menu items, but unique selection. Very good food and nice presentation. Excellent service. Unique ambiance (one wall has double garage style overhead doors that open onto the street.) lots of brick and metal, therefore noisy.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

If your looking for exceptional dining, with a scenic and quant ambiance, Colas is the place to be.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

The food was exceptional and the venue is very nice.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Outstanding food, service and all around enjoyment. Our Server was very professional and enjoyment to talk too. Food came fast, hot and excellent taste. Its become our go to place for friends and business associates that come to town.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Always great food. We have enjoyed everything on the menu we’ve tried. Service is top notch. A little noisy, but we were sitting close to the bar. We will definitely be back.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Not a bad experience at all. The service was excellent, our server was super helpful and

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We had a great time...food was excellent! Our server was very friendly and provided prompt service. Cola’s is a favorite restaurant of ours in Columbia.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Outstanding! Great food! Great service! We thoroughly enjoyed it! The flounder was outstanding!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Our favorite place got even better. Our waitress and the chef were amazingly able to make a pasta dish with zucchini noodles to allow my wife to avoid gluten allergies. Our guests from Charleston thought it was the best fish they’ve ever had ( I already think that ). They were psyched to learn the restaurant has a sister near them there. From the craft cocktail to the oyster Rockefeller special to the poached pear salad , all dishes and desserts - the food was delicious, fresh and beautifully presented. All this on a very busy weekend in peak dinner rush. Thank you!!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We had a birthday dinner. The cocktails were delicious (I recommend the strawberry basil martini) and so was the wine. We started with oysters’ Rockefeller and fried deviled eggs. Both were spectacular; the oysters were perfect - large, cooked just right, and not smothered in so much stuff that you can’t find the oyster (which is a risk when ordering that). Of the entrees, I would highly recommend the whole crispy flounder or the seared tuna special but you really can’t go wrong. This is where we go for all our special occasions and we’ve never been disappointed.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Service good, some interesting food choices, very conscious of gluten free requirements.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Good little American diner in a cool part of the city
Food was good quality
atmosphere was good but I would ask to sit in the main bar part of the restaurant as better atmosphere..
Re price - it was a bit high for what it was - if it was 10% lower in price then it would probably get 5/5
Defo worth a visit though!

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

During a visit to Columbia to see the Avett Bro's. my wife asked if we could go here. We were promptly seated within a few mins of our reservation time and we ordered drinks while looking over the menu. I ordered a blackened ribeye that was a nightly special and my wife had shrimp and grits. The steak was good but easily forgettable but the shrimp and grits were fantastic. Next time we are in the area ill likely stop back in and have the shrimp and grits or one of the other seafood dishes for myself.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Too loud. Carpet over the ugly red tile. Easy fix!!!!

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Good experience and good food. It was a bit noisy for me, but could have been a function of all the Masters visitors coming back from Augusta and being amped up.

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Excellent food and service as always

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Reservation was held as assigned on Open Table. We were seated promptly. The restaurant is beautifully appointed. The waiter was extremely attentive and met our dining needs with ease. The timing of each course allowed for a casual dining experience. We however delayed our entree orders after tasting several of the appetizers and soup/salad course. Entrees were very generous sized portions and were easily shared.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The food, atmosphere, and service are always first rate. This is my go-to restaurant for business meals and special, out of town guests!
Marty B.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The food and atmosphere were great for a date night out. We enjoyed our meal and dining experience.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We celebrated our son's 30th birthday at Cola's this past Saturday. Darlene was our server, and she provided an exemplary customer experience for us. We started off with pre-dinner drinks, with my son and husband selecting beer from the extensive beer offerings, my daughter-in-law selecting a favorite white wine and, at Darlene's suggestion, I had a delicious blood orange martini. We followed up with 3 appetizers--deep fried deviled eggs, pulled pork BBQ egg rolls and--my personal favorite--the crispy sesame asparagus. All were fabulous. Two of us then ordered blackened maui maui, which was a special fish selection for the evening. It was wonderful! The other two ordered blacked chicken pasta primavera and the filet mignon, which was cooked to perfection. My daughter-in-law had alerted someone on Cola's staff that it was my son's 30th birthday, and they brought him a scrumptious almond basket, which was filled with vanilla bean ice cream and topped with assorted berries.

We have dined at Cola's on several occasions and have never been disappointed. We will definitely be back.

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We went on our anniversary and were expecting it to be amazing! Having gone to Colas before, we expected the same experience but this time was much different. We notified them it was our wedding anniversary and they put us at a table facing the wall in the furthest corner of the room. Our waitress couldn't have been less interested in us and our dining experience. The food was ok, its pretty expensive for the experience we received. I expect much more for a nice expensive night out.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Wonderful drinks and food! Every time we go it's great!

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Enjoyed the business dinner there. Good food and great time.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Nice service and great food! Lovely date night.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Everything was awesome. Great waitress. Good food. Great drinks. Excellent girls night out.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Food and service were wonderful!!! We were sitted before our reservation and everything was quick and delicious.

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1.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We were looking forward to a celebratory dinner. Unfortunately, our server, Cameron, was extremely rude and unkind to our table, including my parents. The food was delicious, and I'm sure with different waitstaff we would've had a great experience, but Cameron's condescending and annoyed attitude were over the top. It's unfortunate that he chose to act like a snob.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

I loved every minute of dining at Cola’s. The food was to die for and our waiter was great. Will definitely be back in the future.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Very nice meal with creative dishes and approachable wine list.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Amazing meal and service. Ask for Wally, he was very knowledgeable about t the food and wine list.

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2.0Dined on March 24, 2018

I had a reservation which worked out well because as soon as I got there they took us to our table and had glasses of water awaiting us. Or waitress Morgan was very nice and sweet, but she was very forgetful. My cup of water went empty 3 times and I had to point out my glass is empty. Rule #1 in waiting tables is never allow your guest to go without something to drink. The appetizer was good, we ordered a seafood dip. For my entree I had the shrimp and grits and it was the worst grits I have ever had. It was very pasty and the shrimp was very small. I didn't eat it and the manager came over and offered to bring me something else. Although the manager was sweet and genuine she reeked of cigarettes. As if she smoked a whole pack before coming to my table which made me not want to try anything else. Overall, I will not be visiting again. The pricing was too high for mediocre to nasty food.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Food was fabulous, service as well. Only downside was being seated at a huge booth -- we were a party of two -- out in Siberia. The place was hopping, but there were open tables in the main room. Host indicated they were reserved but led me to believe he would see if something could be done. Never heard from him again -- guess he was too busy reading his book.

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