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About The Oak Table

Located on the corner of Main and Gervais Street, The Oak Table offers guest a menu of classic, American cuisine served in a captivating space that highlights the best of both contemporary and traditional design. Inspired by its sister restaurants in Charleston, Oak Steakhouse and The Macintosh, The Oak Table will serve dishes that expound on the freshness of locally sourced, seasonal products. The focal point of the restaurant is a majestic aged wooden table, a reminder of the integrity of time-honored American cuisine.

1221 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29201
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Monday -Thursday 11:30 - 9:00
Friday Saturday close at 10:00

Cross Street:
Main and Gervais

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(803) 563-5066

Website:
http://www.theoaktablesc.com/

Executive Chef:
Todd Woods

Private Party Facilities:
The Oak Table offers an intimate and sleek private dinning space for up to 20 guests and prime views of the adjacent South Carolina State Capitol building. State-of-the-art AV and television equipment is available

Private Party Contact:
Alana Willis : (803) 767-0338

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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The Oak Table Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

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89% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (28)
Creative Cuisine (27)
Good for a Date (27)
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Good for Anniversaries (22)
Handcrafted Cocktails (20)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Bar Seating (16)
Business Meals (16)
Local Ingredients (16)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Cozy (14)
Romantic (14)
Great for Lunch (14)
Notable Wine List (13)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Good for Groups (12)
Scenic View (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Seasonal (8)
Authentic (7)
Great for Brunch (7)
Fun (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
People Watching (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Casual (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Healthy (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Live Sports (2)
Organic (2)
Tapas (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Music (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined a day ago

Thanksgiving dinner and it was absolutely fabulous. Food was delicious and our server, Natalie, was delightful. Definitely will return.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Very good meal and an attentive service staff. Group had a mix of ravioli and quail. Both meal choices were excellent. Couple of requests for extra bread were met quickly. Nice cocktails before meal. All in all and good place for a nice meal on any occasion.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Party of 12 - 2 reservations of 6 each for the same time. They sat the first 6 and would not seat the other due to "lack of enough menus" and "not wanting the kitchen staff to get backed up". However, only 2 other tables had customers and 2 customers sat at the bar. Otherwise, the place was empty. Food came out and steaks were tough and chewy. Hamburger was raw after ordering well done. Hamburger came out a second time and was still undercooked. Management handled well by comping bill. Server and bartender were excellent. However, would not revisit.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Incredibly slow service. Waited at bar 20 minutes for them to seat us even thought table was open. Took another 20 minutes after being seated to get a cocktail. Waited an hour for ok food. Too many good places in town to bother with the Oak Table.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

The coffee was weak. When brought to the waiter's attention, nothing was done and we were charged. Food was pricey for portion and brunch.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Amazing experience! Food was both beautiful and delicious as always. Service was extremely knowledgeable and on top of it.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The service was great and the NY Strip was delicious.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Service was great. Food was just ok. Started off with vegetable tartine- a lot of effort on presentation but very awkward to eat. Venison entree was uninspired and average at best. Best part of meal was the service.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 25, 2017

My wife and i have a very enjoyable anniversary dinner

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Great healthy selections

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Excellent food and service. It was a little pricey for what we got though.

Tags: Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

A very creative menu in a convenient location.
Monday half-price wine (with a few exceptions) from a good list of offerings is a definite plus

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 22, 2017

CJ and everybody were super friendly and accommodating I will definitely be back

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 19, 2017

This was the best meals I have had in the Midlands. I cannot believe this is not rated the #1 restaurant in Columbia. The house burger was like a ground ribeye...but those truffle fries!!! If you do nothing else go for the truffle fries!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

The scallops were overwhelmed by the ham tasso. The steak was too rare and the dark green chalky tasting sauce it was sitting in made it almost inedible.

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·Dined on October 16, 2017

Always a go to for business guests. A local favorite.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Server was too chatty about nothing each. Each course took an unreasonably amount of time to come out of the kitchen at 8:30pm on a Sun evening w/few guests in the restaurant.
Value proposition was missing.
Octopus tender, Strip Steak chewy and charred broccolini was cold.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on October 11, 2017

This was a first date dinner. Service was perfect and the food couldn’t have been better and very well presented. There were three people standing directly behind me talking loudly which took away some of the ambiance of the place. Overall a good experience that I would return for.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 9, 2017

The only place in SC so far that I have found to remind me of NYC. The food is amazing too! The waiters are especially awesome, especially Cameron!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Brunch was excellent - we had the french toast, frittata and fried chicken. The service was equally as good.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Would definitely go back again. Good food, reasonable prices, variety.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Crowded night. Our table was next to bar and people waiting in bar were on top of us. Food very slow to arrive. Took 2.5 hours for appetizers and entrees. All in all, good but wouldn't recommend for a quick meal.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Good food and attentive service.
Cocktails -specifically the margarita had a unique presentation poured over a glass of cracked ice but the actual liquor was minuscule for the $13 each

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 5, 2017

Excellent service and food!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Had reservations yet were made to wait 15-20 minutes, even though there were many open tables and many servers standing around. They sent several people to sit at the bar before seating, a ploy to get you to buy a drink, perhaps? Food was okay, but not great. 1/4 of my chicken dish was too tough to cut with the table knife. Our waiter was pleasant enough but I will not be going back.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Stopped in before a live theater event in downtown Columbia. Had a nice table and great server who was very attentive. Sat at the bar for a couple craft cocktails prior to dinner and was impressed with the bar staff and their skill set. Drink menu on craft cocktails does change seasonally. Dinner is set in a small plate, large plate and desert style menu. Waiter somewhat pushed us to do all three and it is really more food than one needs. Two could easily share a small plate as an appetizer where we ended up ordering one each. Needless to say we skipped desert.
I would disagree that this is a $$ establishment. While the individual plates are not terribly expensive by the time you have a drink, add wine to your meal and order both a shareable and a large plate you are easily dropping a healthy amount for dinner for two. Quality of food and presentation was great but it was not what I consider in the $$ category for other open table reservations.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Western NC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great food and great value, we enjoyed our meal and the service was exceptional.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Fun, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 28, 2017

I took my mom for her 80th birthday. We really got lucky, it was their 5th anniversary and each of us got a small plate, entree, and dessert for $35! Unbelievable! They served us a complimentary glass of champagne to celebrate the occasion. She later had one of the best margaritas she says she ever had. The wedge salad and mussels were delicious. She had the steak Med. Rare, while she had no complaints, I felt it was a little more done than that. I had the market fish which was perfectly cooked. For dessert, she had a sorbet trio (they served it with a candle! ) and I had the ice cream trio which was tastier. Especially the Brandy Alexander ice cream. This place never disappoints!

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Our server was attentive and knowledgeable. The chef accommodated gluten free diner in our party. We lucked up and visited on the Oake Table's 5th anniversary and got starter, main and dessert for $35! A great deal. Highly recommend Oak Table for every day dining or special occasions. You won't be disappointed!

Tags: Happy Hour, Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Awesome brunch!!!, Ryan was a great server!!!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Oak Table is a small, well run bistro with a marvelous bar that gives you the best view in Columbia. The staff know what they are doing. It's a modern restaurant, focus on the food and drink. Not a large menu but very well crafted.

They are confident in what they're doing, and rightly so.

Tags: Hot Spot, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on September 18, 2017

I has the pleasure of tasting both the Day Boat Scallops and the Foie Gras Funnel Cake, both of which were perfectly cooked, well-presented, and delicious. I also had an excellent duck dish with a blueberry (I think) demiglaze between creamed spinach and served on top of a certain squash puree, which was incredible. Unfortunately, it's already off the menu and I can't recall the name. For dessert I tasted both the Butterscotch Bread Pudding and the Corn Panna Cotta. The former was very good and is apparently a favorite, but I (and my girlfriend) thought the Panna Cotta was out of this world. Our server, Ryan (I believe), was on-point all night and had every menu mastered. The Oak Table is just a hair pricey, but the excellent food, presentation, service, and atmosphere is well worth the cost.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Fun, Notable Wine List, Organic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 17, 2017

They sat us on a two top table then put another couple right next to us despite the fact that the restaurant was virtually empty. Food was above average but menu options were not very good. Not at all what I was expecting on an anniversary dinner. If I end up with a $150 bill, The experience should be worth it. Won't be back.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We were traveling to Columbia from Charleston for the weekend and wanted a good meal at a restaurant that we have not visited before. We found The Oak Table on Open Table and it had great reviews. The menu is farm to table and our appetizers, meals and desserts were delicious. The wine list was very nice as well. We thought it was a good value for our money.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 15, 2017

The Oak Table is a very good restaurant. Good ingredients, expertly and creatively prepared, always headline. I started with a duck foie "funnel cake," a fun take on carnival food. I enjoyed grilled octopus even though the harissa initially struck me as heavy-handed. The heat evened out after a few forks of the local field pea base, a great take on the traditional north African base of chickpeas. The servers are knowledgeable,courteous and helpful.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Local Ingredients
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Loved it! The food is amazing, don't miss the charcuterie board-it's always a great mix of flavors and textures.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

The food and service was EXCELLENT!! Would recommend to everyone!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Our server, Jack, was prompt, polite and professional. He was very knowledgeable and offered some great suggestions.

Will definitely return.

Thank you.

Tags: Live Sports, People Watching, Romantic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Love outside area to enjoy view of the capital. Good service and food except for one dish. $35 ribeye had to be sent back. Extremely tough and chewy. Graciously replaced with lamb shank, which was fabulous. Prompt and attentive resolution to problem. Couldn't ask for more.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Todd Woods is an amazing chef with a true creative vision when it comes to his food. We had an amazing anniversary and felt so special being at the Oak Table. If we lived in Columbia we would make it a frequent date night location. Unique items like the Foie Gras and Funnel Cake, and the Dry Aged Rib Eye were to die for. I had never had Octopus before - until Saturday - and it was SO good. My husband is an Old Fashioned Snob but the bartender outdid themselves. He said it was the best he had ever had. My Blueberry Bouquet was so tasty! When dessert arrived it was a deconstructed Cheesecake along with house made sorbet and ice cream. UNBELIEVEABLE!

The one item that still has my mouth watering was Todd's grits - I have never had grits that were so creamy and delicious. Todd outdid himself!

Bryan took great care of us. They made sure that our anniversary was so special from the time we walked in, until when we left. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Chris and Mandy

Tags: Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation
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