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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

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87% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (30)
Creative Cuisine (29)
Good for a Date (28)
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Good for Anniversaries (26)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Handcrafted Cocktails (21)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Local Ingredients (17)
Scenic View (17)
Bar Seating (16)
Romantic (16)
Business Meals (15)
Worth the Drive (14)
Cozy (14)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Great for Lunch (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Fun (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
People Watching (7)
Seasonal (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Authentic (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Casual (4)
Healthy (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Organic (3)
Tapas (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Live Sports (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Music (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined a day ago

Overall good. Has a lot of potential.

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent service, well-prepared inventive menu, great wine list. We came here for my birthday, and it's now one of my favorite Columbia restaurants. Highly recommend!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 3 days ago

Overpriced for what you get. My $35 steak was as good as any at Longhorn. Another entree at the table was a beef rib that was 75% fat. It was a mess to try to eat. Even though the bone was out for some reason it was on the plate taking up a ton of space. With all that fat to pick through the bone was in the way. The dessert was definitely worth the $8. The wedge salad was worth the $11 as well.

I've been 4 or 5 times and had unremarkable experiences. This is the first time I felt motivated enough to leave a review. So maybe a good place to go for small plates and dessert but skip the entree if price matters.

Tags: Tapas
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·Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful food and very good service. Delicious seasonal butternut squash salad. GORGEOUS view of the State House Christmas Tree from the dinning area. We’ll be back!

Tags: Business Meals, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fun, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Western NC)·Dined 3 days ago

The Oak Table never disappoints but last night was by far superior! My husband said his quail entree was the best entree he had EVER had anyplace. The butternut squash salad could be a meal on its own. Delicious! The service is always wonderful and Cameron went above and beyond to make sure our dining experience was awesome!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Oak Table is a great restaurant. cozy atmosphere with great staff and not the same old same old on the menu.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Ryan was our server and he was amazing! His mastery of the menu was the finest detail of the experience. He was able suggest the best items from the menu to fit our dairy-free, no beef, no pork "food profile." Great attention to the details of our meal could be observed from the managers' whispers to the chef to the runner who delivered our entree. Having food sensitivities often garner exasperated responses, which produces exasperating experiences. On the contrary, Ryan and the team gave us concierge treatment. As the menu evolves to include more options that fit within our "food profile" (adopted from Ryan) :-) we will happily return!

Tags: Organic, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Date night with my husband for our second visit to Oak Table. Disappointed that with a reservation we waited for 35 minuets for a table. Once seated we were crammed between 2 couples so tightly it was uncomfortable. Even the wait staff can’t stand beside the table without their rear being in someone’s face. Table service was good and food was average but in all it was a very pricey experience.

Tags: Happy Hour, Scenic View
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Excellent as always! Impeccable service, phenomenal cuisine, a progressive wine program! What more could you ask for in Columbia.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Disappointed in not being seated quickly even with a reservation. 25m early arrival but had to wait until exact reservation time even though the table was available. The manager didn't visit or acknowledge until the bill arrived. The wait staff chatted and fixed their hair in view of the customers an an open kitchen area. In the open kitchen area, one preparer wiped his face, and his ear without gloves or washing. The valet wasn't at his station when we arrived after our meal. Very disappointed in this caliber of restaurant given the expense and expectation. Both entrees were good, but on the "cold" side as if they weren't served when ready.

Tags: Bar Seating, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The food and service were very good. Had the steak and mashed Potatoes. The potatoes were out of this world.

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Had great service from Elise. Food was very good. Perfect portions. Unusual drinks. Nice view of state capital.

Tags: Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 23, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Went on Thanksgiving, last minute reservation through Open Table. Decor a bit sterile and modern. Food was excellent! Service as well.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Excellent food. Great bar! Good vibe. There for h9liday celebrations and was perfect.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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