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Al's Upstairs Italian Restaurant

300 Meeting St, West Columbia, SC 29169-7531
+1 803-794-7404
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good18%
  • Average10%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible9%
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“lobster bisque” (31 reviews)
“veal” (14 reviews)
“sea bass” (4 reviews)
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
300 Meeting St, West Columbia, SC 29169-7531
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just an average ordinary place. Nothing special about it, and not worth the price. The food was average. The service was average. The decor was average, bordering on old and tired. I would have given them 3 stars, but they lost one of those stars...More

1  Thank bluemoonsymphony
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was my 3rd visit to Al's Upstairs -- had been several years since my last visit. The ambiance and staff were very inviting and the menu choices are not as varied as many "upscale" restaurants in Columbia area. Our friends had had veal and...More

1  Thank Tom U
Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

My husband and I were in town visiting relatives and saw that Al’s had a good review and a delicious sounding menu. We made a reservation for 12 people. They never batted an eye! So accommodating to us, the service was spot on and the...More

1  Thank njmom20
Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

We had a business dinner for nine at Al's the other night. We were early, but they showed us to our table. The tablecloths were filthy and obviously left over from the night before. The table wasn't set. An obviously embarrassed staff sent us to...More

Thank Marlene R
Reviewed 15 September 2017

My wife and I ate dinner here for my birthday. It was our first time and I am sure we will be back. The bread and olive oil/balsamic they bring out is a very good starter, way better than the basic bread I've seen put...More

1  Thank John B
Reviewed 11 September 2017

Our party of four had heard a lot of positive comments about AL's.. most proved true based on this first visit. We found the menu very adequate to please individual personal likes. Our wait staff person was very knowledgeable of menu items and the nights...More

Thank williamwJ8377SC
Reviewed 7 September 2017

The food and the view were both outstanding. This is one of my favorite restaurants. The lobster bisque is incredible. I try to select a seafood special. One of my friends had the filet and it looked good. The wine list offers many choices. Al's...More

Thank smitty237
Reviewed 15 August 2017

I have business dinners and special occasions at Al's. When I have people coming in from corporate or other locations I always take them to Al's and sit in the front. My guests are always exceptionally pleased. They wish they had a restaurant like Al's...More

Thank Eddie C
Reviewed 13 August 2017

Our party of four arrived on time for our 8:00 reservation. We ordered drinks which were delivered promptly. We then ordered our meals. After that we waited, and waited, and waited. At one point our server told us they had a large party and were...More

3  Thank Winemaker223
Reviewed 12 August 2017

The service was excellent the waiter was attentive to our every need. The food I had the blackened grouper my wife the lamb chops they were both excellent. We passed on the dessert but the choices looked great!!

Thank Tim M
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Questions & Answers
Chris C
7 October 2017|
Response from evernie | Reviewed this property |
Business casual or dressy casual. Some formal attire for those attending special events befor or after dining seen.
7 March 2017|
Response from BillH298 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they offer gift certificates. A gift certificate from here would be a great gift.
Beth C
23 November 2016|
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Response from alvinmc67 | Reviewed this property |
It would be advisable.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings, View
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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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