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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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4.4

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

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Quiet

89% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (28)
Special Occasion (26)
Good for a Date (25)
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Good for Anniversaries (24)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Scenic View (18)
Cozy (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Local Ingredients (15)
Romantic (14)
Business Meals (13)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Notable Wine List (9)
Tasting Menu (8)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Casual (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Fun (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Seasonal (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Authentic (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Healthy (3)
People Watching (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Organic (2)
Tapas (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Music (1)
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 2 days ago

We came here to have brunch, celebrate a friend's birthday. We stood at the door and waited quite some time for someone to appear, which is odd since business was slow. We were brought to a table that wobbled so much my water spilled. I wound up going to the bar and just grabbing some napkins to shove underneath the leg. Our server, Ryan was fantastic! He certainly brought back our spirits and his presence assured us that we would have a good time. The pimento cheese was good although surprisingly very, very spicy, more so than other times I've had it. Bacon egg and cheese was fantastic, Chicken and Waffles had a chicken breast that was fried so hard I don't know how they sent it out of the kitchen. The meat was dry, the crust was burnt. The breakfast Burger came out near raw, returned it, it came back over done. The manager kindly took it off the bill. All in all it was an OK experience, somewhat dissapointed. But the service and ambience was wonderful. Considering they have literature at the door as you enter that says, "people don't go out just to eat, they go for the experience", I wish there had been a little bit more attention to detail.

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·Dined 4 days ago

If you go, ask for Jamie. He was an amazing waiter! We went for our 2nd Anniversary. 3 course meal with 2 alocholic beverages each for $175. Good portion sizes too. You really can't beat that. Very quiet and romantic atmosphere. An ambulance passed by and the place is so well insulated that we couldn't hear the siren at all. Beautiful place. We will be back for my birthday. :)

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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·Dined 4 days ago

Came in and was placed in the dinner area with a view of the state capital. Really delicious food with a local server with great ideas for my date night with my gf.

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·Dined on January 13, 2018

I love the relaxed feel of this place . Quiet place for a nice date night, although the noise did increase a little as other guests were waiting for their tables.we went during restaurant week and tried the quail. Very good. I definitely would return to try more dishes. Service was well-timed and friendly.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The service was great and the food was great from the first course to the last. No complaints on the food! Its an expensive night out but definitely worth the experience.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Amazing food and service!! 10/10 would recommend to anyone that is looking to take family and friends to celebrate special occasions.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Went for Sunday Brunch. The food was all delicious; everyone enjoyed the appetizers and entree’s. Most of all, the staff was very accommodating and our server (Ryan) was outstanding. Can’t wait to return for dinner!

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·Dined on January 4, 2018

Great ambiance and amazing food

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Chef Todd is hands down the best chef in Columbia. Everything was incredible! Our server, Ryan was very professional, informative, and friendly! I definitely recommend this restaurant. I cannot wait to go back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Scenic View, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Authentic, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We sat at a big table in the northeast corner. It was too dark; hard to see the menu and the food etc. Need more light...or at least more than one candle. Food was delicious, but should have been warmer. I had cooked carrots with my quail (delicious), but the carrots were TOO SALTY. Our main server was Ryan, who was excellent!

Tags: Late-night Find, Cozy, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The food has been exceptional every time we’ve been. They ran out of the appetizer I wanted but the suggestion from our server was even better than what I had ordered. One cocktail from the bar took a long time on this specific visit but other than that we had a great experience. We requested a specific table and the staff was more than happy to accommodate. I love the view and atmosphere as well.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Disabled Access
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

As a resident of a food city (Washington, DC), I find dining options in Columbia to be generally abysmal. A friend recently came across a write up on Oak Table and a few other Metro spots in Food and Wine magazine and sent me the link. Needless to say, I was stoked.

I visited Oak Table on Christmas Eve, so the menu was very limited. That said, our meal was very enjoyable. The food was of a much higher caliber than any other restaurant I've visited in Columbia (that's not an exaggeration). Definitely executed the level I expect when going out for a decent bite. Looking forward to visiting this island of truly edible food again next time I'm in Columbia.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great family brunch spot! Food was delicious and creative - not the usual eggs Benedict etc. . Good bar drinks and a great atmosphere. Surprisingly not really more expensive than brunch at other high volume noisy places.

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Graduation Brunch was wonderful, great service. Would recommend highly.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 17, 2017

So happy to see a new menu! Duck cassoulet was delicious and strip steak was well prepared, tender and very tasty. Much improved from past experiences. Only drawback is there are no substitutions. Changing fries for veggies seems a small thing but chef refused. However, I’m glad to know COLUMBIA is starting to improve its dining venue.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Everything was fantastic - wanted a Christmas environment and it was great. Quiet. Beautiful tree and a nice Christmas soundtrack. Service was awesome.

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Went on a date and was a well-done and appropriate for a date.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 13, 2017

My second meal at the Oak Table and a very good experience again. Very accommodating and attentive wait staff. Bar selections, appetizers and main courses were all excellent. Simple, varied menu offers a good variety of farm to table fare that was prepared exactly as ordered. Temperature and taste were exceptional. I would heartily recommend The Oak Table to anyone looking for a quality experience meal for a business meal or a special occasion.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 12, 2017

The food was really good (although very eclectic). For my small plate (appetizer) I had the seafood tartine and I could have eaten 3 more they were spot on! I had the catch for the day as my entree and the crown jewel was the Pimm's Cup! Service was friendly and attentetive even though there were several large parties.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Overall good. Has a lot of potential.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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 on December 9, 2017

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.

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

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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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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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 (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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 (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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