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Cola's Restaurant

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$$ - $$$
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1215 Assembly St, Columbia, SC 29201-3121 (Lady Street)
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:30
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Palm City, Florida
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124 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We are only in Columbia for one night. The ambience was warm and inviting, very cozy. We started with the beet salad and it was incredibly good. They split it on two plates, which I love. I had barbecue glazed salmon. It was cooked to perfection. My husband had the braised beef incredibly seasoned and melts in your mouth. Finished... More 

2 Thank Suzette K
Columbia, South Carolina
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76 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My niece and her husband and mother took me and my wife there for dinner for my birthday. It was our first visit. The wait was not too long, even with reservations and bar service was virtually impossible because too many people were being served meals in the bar. Drinks are quit pricey and far less than a mini-bottle. It... More 

Thank Ernie N
Columbia, South Carolina
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Colas unique and changing chef inspired menu is awesome. Having to decide from daily specials is so hard. The waiters and waitresses present each special as though they create the menu with chef.

2 Thank dajrodriguez8
Richmond, Virginia
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was here with a group of about 15 business associates for cocktails and dinner. The staff was very attentive, solid appetizers, and the price fixe menu was excellent! I highly recommend their private room for a group of up to 25 or so.

1 Thank Keller_B
fort wayne, in
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42 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a table of 8. The service was excellent and the restaurant has a very cool vibe to it. The food lived up to the service and atmosphere.

Thank maninmirror
El Reno, Oklahoma
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47 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Walked in not knowing much about the place. Was there with friends that are locals. Very nice place!! Great bar area and service. Food was awesome!!! Braised beef on cheese grits!!! Very well done!! Highly recommend!!

2 Thank Casketfiller
Abingdon, Virginia
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

The restaurant came highly recommended but failed to live up to the hype. Reservation for my wife and I at 9 while visiting Columbia. From the time we entered to the time we left we never received a "welcoming" feeling. Arrived early and had drinks at the bar. Hostess said she would let us know when our table was ready... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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97 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Had a Friday dinner. We had reservations and were seated promptly. Food was excellent and innovative. Sauces were especially good. Wait staff was well informed, and with the exception of handling one large table which slowed service a bit the start but we simply took advantage with conversation. They noted the delay and comped the dessert.

Thank JBakersfield
Manning, SC
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164 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

It's definitely one of our Columbia favorites! Oysters Rockefeller - OUTSTANDING! Crispy fried flounder - GREAT! The best grits we've ever had. Very comprehensive wine list. If you're in Downtown Columbia, give it a try.

1 Thank BobOZee
Savannah, Georgia
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27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

The server was very pleasant and attentive. He suggested a few great choices for dinner and they all were perfect. I selected the Flounder and added brussel spout for a small up charge. The meal was just amazing! Looking forward to my next visit.

1 Thank SelinaRussell1

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1215 Assembly St, Columbia, SC 29201-3121
    (Lady Street)
  • Public Transportation: There is a bus station 50 feet from Cola"s front door.
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: 803-451-0051

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