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Al's Upstairs

4.7
4.7
1036 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
-Window seat requests are not guaranteed on the weekends or holidays

-Please, no children under 6 years old on the weekends.

-Private dining rooms available, please call 803-920-9406

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–8:15 pm

  • Phone number

    (803) 794-7404

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Michael Wright

  • Neighborhood

    Columbia

  • Parking details

    There is additional parking for Als Upstairs located behind our property at the Egg Roll Station.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine

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What 1,036 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • South Carolina

    Romantic

  • Columbia

    Best Overall

  • Columbia

    Best Food

  • Columbia

    Best Service

  • Columbia

    Best Ambiance

  • Columbia

    Best Value

  • Columbia

    Neighborhood gem

  • Columbia

    Romantic

  • Columbia

    Good for special occasions

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    In spite of advmany times as I've been to Al's, and how good it had always been, it has never been better !
  2. CB

    ChantelleB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great first time experience, I would say when you make your reservation you should request the window.
  3. C

    Caenative

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere, the service, and the food were wonderful!
  4. LS

    LSands

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Caters to a specific crowd, truly energetic and fast paced date night. With the right person, you can drown out the noise of other patrons and be swallowed in the ambience of the restaurant. Very nice view of downtown.
  5. d

    dadiosc

    Miami

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Out of Flounder, and Salmon on a Friday Night. Lobster Bisque had no lobster and watery compared to past versions. Not sure what’s happening there, disappointing.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This was our Grandson’s 23 Birthday and overall was a wonderful dinner. Unfortunately the miscommunication with putting a candle on his dessert was totally embarrassing!
  7. CS

    CharlestonSilverLady

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful filet- the best anywhere- attentive and friendly staff- great view of the river. We have been customers for years and have never been anything but pleased with everything. The drive from Charleston is worth it!
  8. J

    Jude

    Charleston

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as usual! Keep up the good work!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every thing was perfect!!! The wait staff were extremely friendly and helpful. This restaurant is a must visit. I will certainly be back for another great experience.
  10. F

    Fish

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Al’s never disappoints. Excellent service and great food. Always our go to place for special occasions celebrations.
  11. c

    carold

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Filet best ever!! Just a great choice for enjoyable, tasty, great dinner and evening.
  12. JW

    JustinW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service with great tasting food. The ambiance was great for our date night. Would go back and recommend to others.
  13. JL

    JohnathanL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Waiter was a little too pushy for my personal comfort, but didn’t cross any boundaries. Had to wait on him once to refill drinks. Besides that, amazing visit!
  14. JS

    JackS

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious meal in inviting setting. Greeted and seated by Al!! We will definitely be back.
  15. CW

    CristinaW

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful evening and delicious dinner at Al’s Upstairs. The service was top notch in a romantic atmosphere. The food was spectacular and I would definitely recommend to anyone who would like a wonderful fine dining experience.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was delicious. For the occasion, it fit perfectly. The ambiance and view of Columbia was wonderful. Definitely recommend!
  17. m

    mandu18

    Charleston

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Restaurant and menu needs a refresh. Our server, Elijah (?), was wonderful and the view of the city is hard to beat! Food was underwhelming overall; lamb special was tasty but sides weren't exciting, the veal was chewy, burrata salad needs a kick, the chocolate torte was very good, and cocktails were good but could use some more inspiration/creativity. I appreciate a place that's been around a long time and the location is excellent, but the menu does need some excitement.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Celebrating a birthday
  19. JS

    JoeS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic experience. We were a little early for reservation and they were able to seat us by the window. Entire experience was exceptional. Was a great pick to celebrate our anniversary
  20. N

    Nefthali

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great tasting food. Server and service was outstanding. Location/sign doesn't pop out so place close attention to directions and parking. The only negative I personally have are them hard AF seats.
  21. LG

    LarryG

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great view, great food, wife enjoyed her drink. What more could you ask for? Wonderful server.
  22. GQ

    GarryQ

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Calamari was excellent. Had the Veal Galasso. The veal was overcooked and the risotto had way too much garlic.
  23. O

    Ozzie

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’re returning this week says it all!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was great as always. Never had a bad meal or experience at Al’s!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious!
  26. NG

    NancyG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Al’s is a Columbia favorite. Always good and always consistent and quality and service.
  27. S

    Steven

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was fantastic! Cooked to perfection and to order. Thoroughly enjoyed our meal
  28. FL

    FLou

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect setting for a birthday celebration.. food was excellent!
  29. SM

    SMarie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Seated on time, great service and even better food! Highly recommend trying Al’s! The pasta A La Al is delicious!!
  30. B

    Bryan

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The place is really good! My first time going and it really did impress. Food was good but service was great. Staff was attentive. Al’s was ver clean. I’d definitely go back.
  31. DP

    DerrickP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down, forks up, the best Italian restaurant experience I’ve had in a very long time!
  32. R

    Roger

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I recently rediscovered Al's after a couple of decades. Glad we did. Charming in a way new restaurants can't manage if they tried. Highlight of the first visit was a steak with fig sauce, which was a special that evening. Most recent visit included a bistro steak special with a delicious red wine reduction sauce and the regular menu's Charleston Chicken. Both were excellent. Had a nice Montalcino which paired well with both the steak and the chicken.
  33. FR

    FrankR

    Charlotte

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful dinner at Al’s. The food was fabulous. It was one of the best meals we’ve had. Perfectly prepared and presented. We will definitely be back. Thanks!!
  34. SS

    StanS

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an exceptional experience — wonderful service, delicious food in a delightful setting.
  35. TW

    TitusW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great staff.
  36. DB

    DeborahB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    At first, the prices surprised me, but so do grocery store prices! We celebrated my daughter’s 50th birthday celebration here, at her request, and we were all beyond pleased! Food was awesome, service friendly (can’t say the food came out quickly, but after tasting my food, I am so glad the chef took his time to cook to order!). Yesterday, I ordered “to go” so I could share this awesome food with other loved ones!
  37. W

    Wiley

    Colombia

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very impressed with food and service.
  38. JS

    JasonS

    Atlanta

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Our first time dining here and we will definitely be back. My wife had lobster bisque as an appetizer and veal piccata as her entrees. I had a Caser salad and Chilean Seabass, which is the chef's special so the preparation rotates apparently. This night it was served with a chimichurri sauce, which was a hint on the bitter side for my tastes, but the bass more than made up for it. We each had a glass of house cab was was nice, bit a broader selection that might include a red Zin would be welcome. I enjoy zinfandels with lighter proteins as well as pasta, so that would be a great addition in my opinion. The bread was also quite enjoyable along with the ambience and city scape view. As noted, we'll be back!
  39. BM

    BillyM

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food the service was wonderful! Have enjoyed going to Al’s for years always wonderful!
  40. S

    Sharon

    Charlotte

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Don’t know what has happened since our last visit, but food was bland. Additionally, The sugar was burned on our crème brûlée and made the whole dessert taste awful.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Al's Upstairs offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (803) 794-7404.

Al's Upstairs is rated 4.7 stars by 1036 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for Al's Upstairs

304 Meeting St., West Columbia, SC 29169

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Columbia

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–8:15 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    There is additional parking for Als Upstairs located behind our property at the Egg Roll Station.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Michael Wright

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine

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