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Al's Upstairs Italian Restaurant

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300 Meeting St, West Columbia, SC 29169-7531
+1 803-794-7404
17:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We were brought to this restaurant by local residents who visit regularly. We arrived at dusk just in time to see a full moon rise. The restaurant offers an unobstructed view of downtown Columbia. It set the mood for a very romantic couples dinner. We were warmly greeted immediately upon arrival. We all selected different entrées and each one was... More 

Thank Liz S
Columbia, South Carolina
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Recently visited Al's for a company Christmas party. I was extremely nervous about ordering the Lobster Bisque. I LOVE seafood but I HATE fish and anything that tastes fishy. I have to say that this Lobster Bisque was HEAVENLY! There was no fishy taste at all. I loved it and the puff pastry on the top was perfect! I cant... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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337 reviews
228 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

This was a spur of the moment decision. I had eaten here many years ago and wanted to try it again. This is a wonderful Italian restaurant with a great view of downtown Columbia. We went in without a reservation and were able to be seated at a window table, but we were early. This usually requires a reservation. The... More 

Thank Terrie J
Columbia, South Carolina
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

Great fresh seafood! Service was amazing. The view amazing! I wanted to personally shake the Chefs hand! SPECTACULAR

Thank Della L
West Columbia, South Carolina
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

This is a fine dining restaurant. The prices are a bit more than the average restaurant but the food is most definitely worth every penny spent! Nice quiet romantic atmosphere. Going out for a special occasion with that special person in your life? This place is the place to go!

Thank Viperlady1
Columbia, SC
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43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

The food was very good as was the service. Enough choices on menu without being overwhelming. The view is excellent so it makes for a great atmosphere for dinner.

Thank hugo-phoebe
Charleston, South Carolina
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

Extremely good traditional italian dishes served with care in a setting with a metropolitan view. The Veal Saltimbocca is highly recommended.

Thank Haschker
Manheim, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

In Columbia and have an urge for a restaurant that will make your stomach believe that you are in Italy? Al's Upstairs Italian Restaurant will fit the bill! Excellent food, Great service, and a romantic setting. Perfect for business or pleasure!

Thank Joseph L
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122 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

First time visiting after being out of the area for a number of years. Still great food, service, and atmosphere. Everything is good! We had crispy fried flounder, pan fried scallops, and lump crab cake. All was great but the praline ice cream desert topped the evening off.

Thank Bill H
Lexington, SC
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108 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

Everything Looks wonderful, but my personal favorite is the Pasta a la Al. It has shrimp, lobster, scallops and pasta stuffed with a creamy mixture, in a mildly spicy tomato cream sauce. The Al's salad is a great starter, and my favorite dessert is the fruit cup in a praline shell which is perfect. Service is almost always excellent, although... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
View, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 300 Meeting St, West Columbia, SC 29169-7531
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  West Columbia
  • Phone Number: +1 803-794-7404

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?