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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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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good19%
  • Average11%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible8%
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“lobster bisque” (30 reviews)
“veal” (15 reviews)
“sea bass” (6 reviews)
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Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
300 Meeting St, West Columbia, SC 29169-7531
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Al’s Upstairs is a great place for a dinner meeting, an anniversary celebration, or date night. The service is top tier, and the food is excellent. I’m a huge fan of the Lobster Bisque and the Sea Bass. The only reason I did not rate...More

Thank Pastrn01
Reviewed 18 June 2018

We have enjoyed many special occasion meals at Al's. It is more traditionally fancy, not super modern. The food follows a more traditional Italian vein as well, but I have never been disappointed in a meal here.

Thank Michelle M
Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

We had a fantastic Anniversary dinner. Staff was courteous and attentive. The menu is well rounded and the specials innovative. I had the wild mushroom ravioli and my wife the Mahi on risotto. Both dishes were prepared and presented well and delicious.

Thank Krunchov
Reviewed 13 May 2018

Our son was graduating from USC School of Pharmacy and wanted to go to Al's Upstairs for his celebration dinner. When we called to make a reservation, they were already booked. After talking to Al and explaining how much our son liked the restaurant, he...More

Thank Sharon N
Reviewed 30 April 2018

The restaurant has a nice view if you get a table in that room.Our seating was in another room without a view. Steep staircase to climb to get to restaurant. Would not recommend it if you have issues walking up stairs. The food was good...More

Thank prudypa
Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

The meal I had at Al’s Upstairs with my kids and wife was amazing! I came to eat with my family a few nights ago and our waiter was Skyler. He was so informative about everything on the menu and took care of each one...More

Thank worldeater1962
Reviewed 26 March 2018

Our recent dinner found little of traditional Italian food on the menue. I believe there was one pasta dish. I had muscles. They were cooked well but not too tasty. My salad with cranberries and cheese was very good. I liked the fact that the...More

1  Thank Mary B
Al L, Owner at Al's Upstairs Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2018

Thank you for your input. We are happy that your group enjoyed evening dinning with us and hope you will be back soon so that we may prove that our food is up to par with the view.

Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

We have been going to Al's for 8 years. The food is normally great But on this visit the kabob dinners left a lot to be desired. There were 8 of us 4 ordered the kabobs and All 4 dinners were over cooked (charded black)and...More

Thank JoeyMouse57
Al L, Owner at Al's Upstairs Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 30 March 2018

Thank you for your review. Chef is always working hard to keep our menu current and we are sorry that your group did not enjoy our new Kabob recipe. We did offer to cook the table a fresh set of the same or different entrees...More

Reviewed 12 March 2018

I've been to Al's several times during visits to Columbia and it never ceases to impress. Yes, there are some things about it that I don't care for, such as the extremely limited parking (park in the strip shopping center behind Al's if no adjacent...More

Thank Scott A
Reviewed 23 January 2018

Dinner for 4- End of " Restaurant Week " in Columbia SC. Food Ok but nothing special. At the time we were seated - 7:30 Saturday The ambiance was not the "romantic evening" that is advertised. Very noisy and next to impossible tohave conversation among...More

Thank MRRomanSC
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Chris C
7 October 2017|
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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, View, Business meetings, Romantic
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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