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“Interesting menu, great flavors and nice atmosphere” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Cola's Restaurant

Cola's Restaurant
1215 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC
803-451-0051
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Ranked #15 of 840 Restaurants in Columbia
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Lady Street
Transit: There is a bus station 50 feet from Cola"s front door.
Charlotte, North Carolina
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Interesting menu, great flavors and nice atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

My wife and I ate an early dinner to avoid the crowds and noise and were rewarded The menu has so many unusual dishes with intriguing combinations of ingredients it was hard to decide what to order. We had the "Fried Green Tomato and Sweet Bacon "BLT" Salad." The tomatoes were fresh and cooked perfectly and the dressing tasted great; however, the candied bacon was a little much and too sweet. My wife enjoyed her fish and was particularly impressed with the "sweet potato - country ham hash." My "Shrimp Succotash" had amazing flavors and the combination of shrimp and grits and fresh corn and lima beans really worked. The service was pleasant and attentive and the adaption of the old soda bottling plant was attractive and comfortable. A little pricey but completely enjoyable.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
knoxville
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Great restaurant in Columbia”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This is the second time I've eaten here and the food is fresh, the selections nicely presented and the food is very tasty, and portions are reasonably sized. Service is prompt, while not being overly attentive. Pricing is reasonable for the type of restaurant and the food. I had scallops that were absolutely delicious. The menu has enough variety to satisfy the tastes of varied diners.
Management is very interested in your satisfaction and checks at the table mid meal. Bar is part of the restaurant and full service.
There is a side room with about a dozen tables that you may want to request, if you are attempting to have a dinner meeting. The restaurant can get quite noisy. The brick walls and high ceilings cannot mitigate loud talking. They already have some pads to absorb sound on the ceiling but need some additional solutions.
Hands down this is one of the best dining options in Columbia. I recommend a reservation even during the week as this restaurant's reputation is gaining in popularity quickly.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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South Carolina
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116 reviews 116 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Good if you like your food sweet”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

My wife and friends tried this twice. We went during a quiet time, because others have complained about the noise. We found the atmosphere pleasant and the service friendly and efficient. The food was good for what it was; that is, fresh ingredients, well prepared. Except, and this is a huge factor for me, they use a lot of sugar (or other sweet stuff). For example, I love gazpacho, but the version here is very sweet. I almost gagged, and gave it to someone at the table who agreed with the sweetness, but didn't mind. There is some menu overlap with their sister restaurant, Garibaldi's, which is good.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Greenville, SC
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33 reviews 33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
“Frat House Atmosphere ”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I have dined in Colas twice and found to food to be fair, certainly not a good value for the price. I enjoy fine dining and IMO, Oak Table is the best high end option when visiting Columbia or even Saludas. My two two main issues that I had BOTH times I dined there were; 1) Colas is extremely loud. Part of that may be that it's busy/the acoustics/the clientele... 2) The Clientele, aside from being a very loud place with average food for the money (ok fine), there were multiple tables on both occasions that were clearly over served there or before they arrived. The yelling, screaming and profanity used (later learned from a staff member was a local surgeon on one evening) was really disturbing. Remember, this was happening at two tables one night and three tables the other visit. What was even more disturbing was that the wait staff did not address the issue and there was NO management that I saw on the floor to deal with these unruly customers. This review is within TA guidelines and I trust it will be kept up.

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Somerset, New Jersey
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Very good experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Excellent atmosphere, great service. Drinks were good (try the jalapeno bloody mary). My salmon was a bit on the undercooked side -- not undercooked enough to send back but definitely not properly done. The sauce and side dishes tasted good.

Among four restaurants we visited during our trip to Columbia, definitely the best.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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