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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (75)
Good for a Date (71)
Good for Anniversaries (57)
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Good for Birthdays (54)
Creative Cuisine (48)
Business Meals (44)
Fit for Foodies (44)
Neighborhood Gem (39)
Romantic (37)
Fun (34)
Worth the Drive (34)
Good for Groups (32)
Bar Seating (31)
Casual (29)
Comfort Food (25)
Hot Spot (25)
Pre/post Theatre (24)
Cozy (20)
Local Ingredients (19)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Authentic (17)
Notable Wine List (17)
Vibrant Bar Scene (15)
Tasting Menu (12)
Healthy (10)
Happy Hour (10)
Scenic View (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Great for Lunch (6)
Seasonal (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Great Beer (4)
Late-night Find (4)
People Watching (4)
Tapas (4)
Quick Bite (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Live Sports (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Charleston)·Dined 4 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Everything was amazing! Great service and excellent food. Braised beef and filet was delicious. Creme brule and cinnamon bread pudding was devine. This is a must try!

Tags: Seasonal, Casual, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

We love Cola’s! We’ve enjoyed every meal we’ve gotten. The fried green tomatoe salad is amazing along with the filet. It’s our favorite date night spot.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 1, 2017

My daughter,sister and niece enjoyed a great evening at Cola’s. The drinks, appetizers and dinner were delicious! We sat on a different side than I usually sit at the restaurant- it was just perfect for us to be able to talk and hear each other. However, I do enjoy the bar side. A little more lively atmosphere! Thanks Cola’s for making our evening so enjoyable!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Tried the pork shanks with maple puréed sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts- oh my, it was fantastic!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Cola's never disappoints. The food is always performed to perfection, and the staff are always friendly.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 29, 2017

The Oysters Rockefeller were outstanding! I had the Chicken Parmesan without breading. It was very good. I loved the marinara. My date's steak was a little under cooked but not enough to complain about. Dessert was great - chocolate! We will definitely come back to Cola.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

The dinner along with dessert was great! Quality of the food and preparation was worth the price. Very affordable. Service was good.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Excellent food, great service. A great place to celebrate our birthdays. Will definitely return.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Enjoyable business dinner. Booth was spacious and noise level surprising low considering the number of other diners.
Menu had some interesting options, and the specials had good, local components.
Moderately sized and priced wine list, lots of beers by the bottle.
Attentive and knowledgeable service. Our server knew the menu quite well and made good recommendations from both the standard menu and nightly specials.
Definitely still on the list - probably moving ahead of Oak Table.

Tags: Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Business Meals
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Great restaurant for birthday celebration. Highly recommend reservations. Food is excellent great menu selections. Staff is courteous and friendly with festive atmosphere. Superb dining experience.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Good for a Date
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Dinner at Cola's was fabulous! The food was really good and the portions were very healthy.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Cola's once again produced an outstanding traditional turkey dinner Thanksgiving Day for those of us wanting to celebrate, but not in the kitchen. Service and food were impeccable, as always. Our appreciation for this service to the community on the part of restaurant management and staff.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

My husband isn't much of a fish eater, but he took a bite of my salmon and thought it was one of the most delicious things he had ever tasted. Will definitely go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We each ordered something different for our meal and our dessert. Everything was very tasty from the shared appetizer to the dessert.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

This restaurant was great! And it has a very good wine selection. Thanks COLA's

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Healthy, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving menu was outstanding!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Fantastic food and great service! We celebrated Thanksgiving with the family and had a wonderful dining experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Enjoyed a great Thanksgiving meal with family. Fantastic, attentive service made for a great dining experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Cozy
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We loved it and will be back again. Our server from OK was just delightful and the food with the exception of the stuffing was just mouthwatering! We have already recommended it to friends.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Nice atmosphere, great service. I asked for gluten free recommendations, waiter probably not very well informed, as I got glutened anyway. I knew that was a chance I was taking, though. I bring this up because the reason we chose this restaurant in the first place was they offered a gluten free menu. Other than that, the waiter was great! I do feel that the food is very overpriced. I have had better food for much lower prices.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Great food, great service! Our favorite every time we come to Columbia!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fun
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 20, 2017

About fourth time I have been and was disappointed with service this time. We had a 6:45 reservation for three. Arrived about 10 minutes early to an almost empty restaurant -- told to wait at bar and someone would get us. I then had to return to front door and ask to be seated close to 6:50. The food was pretty good, but the pimiento cheese plate comes with a generous helping of pimiento cheese (which is appreciated) and only four slices of baguette. We asked for more bread and were met with response that would be a dollar charge. Really?!? Your ambience does not match this kind of response, IMO. Just not the unique dining experience I was expecting this time around. Busy business travelers....

Tags: Casual
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Cola has a very diverse menu. There is something for everyone. Lots of vegetarian options as well as meat lovers. Service was good also.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Tapas, Good for Groups, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 17, 2017

As usual, Cola’s was an amazing dining experience. The only downside this visit, was a waiter who continually forgot everything we requested, like bread, a straw, coffee and no soft drink refills throughout our meal. That is not what we normally experience . We hope our gratuity sends him a message and he will not disappoint other patrons of this great establishment.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

First time visit to Cola's. I got reservations on-line. They had a table for two set when we arrived and we were seated immediately. I had the pimento burger, which was awesome! It was prepared just the way I ordered it, medium-well. My wife enjoyed her seared half chicken with spice rub. The mac-n-cheese was very tasty. Only complaint would be the noise. Very open restaurant that carried noise. They had cushions on the ceiling to help with it, but I think they need a LOT more. Will definitely be back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 15, 2017

I have thoroughly enjoyed each of my visits to Cola's. The food is outstanding, the service top notch and the atmosphere very spirited. Everyone there seemed to be enjoying themselves. Our waiter Wednesday night, Tory, was on her game and gave excellent service. A great spot for gathering with friends after work or for special occasions.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Romantic, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Had a wonderful meal. Service was as wonderful. Will go again soon.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 13, 2017

This is our second visit to Cola, the food is impeccable and the servers are on top of everything every minute. Absolutely love it

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Healthy
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We drove 2 hours to meet a friend that we had not seen in many years and picked Cola’s as it was a half way point for both of us! Wow!!! It was amazing! The food was delicious, the atmosphere was fun and casual, and the service was great! We arrive a bit late due to the drive and Dusty was so kind about it and held our table for us when we called to let her know.
Thank you Cola’s for such a great time! We would love to come back!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Fun, Healthy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Never a bad meal! Our favorite and a must stop whenever in town. Get the shrimp and grits! Arrive hungry.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great dinner and evening with family and friends at COLA's. Everything we ordered was awesome. Highly recommend for any special occasion.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was delicious! Our waitress was wonderful! Loved the atmosphere!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Very cool atmosphere bartender very attentive with our drinks and food
Food delicious!

Tags: Fun, Quick Bite, Cozy, Bar Seating, Authentic
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