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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.
Columbia, SC 29201
American, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Monday -Thursday 11:30 - 9:00
Friday Saturday close at 10:00
Main and Gervais
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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
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
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.
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. :)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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