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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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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good18%
  • Average9%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible9%
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Italian, Gluten Free Options
300 Meeting St, West Columbia, SC 29169-7531
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I ate at Al's upstairs this past Friday. We had not been there for a while but were most pleased with our evening. Our server was knowledgeable and attentive. The atmosphere was most pleasant and the view of the Columbia skyline is...More

Thank Nick1946
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Al’s Upstairs is a great choice for special occasions on the upscale side. Our special occasion was a birthday party. The downstairs private rooms comfortably accommodated our group of about 25. The service was thoroughly professional and the food was outstanding. My big, thick filet...More

Thank Citallwic
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stuffed mushroom appetizer and fried oyster salad were delicious! Mushrooms were served hot and oysters were fried crispy and not greasy. Chicken Parmesan was cooked to perfection and was plump, juicy and seasoned perfectly. The pasta and chicken were presented on the plate with an...More

Thank evernie
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We arrived without reservations, but were promptly seated. Our waiter was very good; friendly, professional and knowledgable. Drinks were well made. Entrees excellent, including Seabass, crab cakes and bolognese. And a nice surprise for dessert; fresh fruit arrangement that just hit the spot! A nice...More

Thank C H
Reviewed 14 June 2017

This restaurant was a pleasant surprise. So different from the chain restaurants and pubs in this college town. The wait staff was professional but friendly. The food was excellent. We got chicken Alfredo and chicken parmesan as well as a salad. Beautiful view of downtown...More

Thank lambermom
Reviewed 8 June 2017

Our granddaughter was visiting from NJ so we decided that Al's Upstairs would be a perfect place to take her and.....it was! The appetizers.....entrees....and desserts were outstanding! Add to this some great service and you end with a perfect dinner and evening. We shared the...More

Thank champion27
Reviewed 2 June 2017

We went to this restaurant on the recommendation of friends. Called ahead for reservations and mentioned it was our anniversary dinner. When we arrived, had the best table in the house. It's a romantic, quaint ,beautiful place. And the food was excellent, everything made fresh....More

Thank Kimberly S
Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

Al's Upstairs Italian is nestled near the foot of the Congaree River, on the Meeting Street side of the bridge. This has been its location for at least 35 years, possibly longer. The patrons order from a menu, and the atmosphere is definitely special occasion;...More

Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

The restaurant is nicely located with a great view on the city and has good desserts. That's about it when it comes to positive aspects: Cold plate, cold food, unfriendly staff, almost empty at 8 o'clock in the evening, food was not fresh at all,...More

Thank Thomas R
Reviewed 4 May 2017

We've eaten here previously and it was wonderful. I'm not sure what was going on last night, but our experience left much to be desired. The bar service was friendly and attentive. It's the dinner portion that went off the rails. There were even a...More

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7 March 2017|
Response from Bill H | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they offer gift certificates. A gift certificate from here would be a great gift.
Beth C
22 November 2016|
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Response from alvinmc67 | Reviewed this property |
It would be advisable.
margaret s
6 April 2016|
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Response from Sarah J | Reviewed this property |
I don't believe it has an elevator.
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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
View, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
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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