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Al's Upstairs Italian Restaurant

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Certificate of Excellence2015, 2017, 2019 Winner
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CUISINES
Italian
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Late Night
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APPETIZERS
4.5
Al's Salad
mixed greens with grilled vine ripe tomatoes, onion
4.95
Outstanding Spinach Salad
wilted curly leaf, warm pancetta mustard dressing, eggs, mushrooms. when available.
5.75
Caesar Salad
traditional with croutons, romano cheese: anchovies optional
8.95
Proscuitto With Goat Cheese
parma ham, honey poppy seed dressing
7.95
Stuffed Mushrooms
lump crabmeat topped with melted provolone cheese
8.5
Calamari
long island squid lightly floured and flash fried, served with "fra diavillo" sauce
9.5
Crab Cakes
fresh lump crabmeat with creole beurre blanc
ENTREES - SEAFOOD
All Entrees Served With Appropriate Starch And Sauteed Vegetables
24.95
Scampi
lobster tail, colossal butterflied shrimp, garlic over angel hair
18.5
Shrimp Fettuccine
gulf shrimp and a thin, flat pasta tossed in a rich alfredo sauce
24.95
Lobster Fra Diavalo
lobster medallions and gulf shrimp simmered in a spicy whole tomato sauce over risotto
18.5
Tilapia
tilapia farm raised delivered fresh.
21.5
W/crabmeat
sauce bearnaise
19.95
Piccata Style
with capers and exotic mushrooms
21.5
Tomato
basil wine sauce with shrimp
ENTREES - VEAL SCALLOPINI
Top Round Pounded Thin, Tender And Succulent.all Entrees Served With Appropriate Starch And Sauteed Vegetables
19.95
Piccata
lemon, white wine, capers, italian parsley, exotic mushrooms
19.95
Marsala
exotic mushrooms, marsala, flamed
21.5
Saltimbocca
prosciutto, fontina, marsala, flamed
20.5
Parmigiana
marinara with mozzarella
21.5
Alla Al
spinach, shrimp, bearnaise
20.95
Gorgonzola
ENTREES - MEAT AND POULTRY
All Entrees Served With Appropriate Starch And Sauteed Vegetables
19.5
Chicken Charleston
stuffed with lump crabmeat, spinach topped with a wild mushroom rosemary sauce over pasta
17.95
Chicken Parmigiana
italian herb encrusted, pan sauteed, tomato sauce, mozzarella
18.95
Chicken Fettuccini
18.95
Cannelloni
thin tubular pasta sheets stuffed with fresh veal, ground beef, italian sausage, spinach baked with balsmaella, tomato sauce, mozzarella
7 Oz 21.5
10 Oz 24.5
With Gorgonzola 2
Filet Mignon
usda choice center cut only.
22.95
With Gorgonzola 2
Filet Mignon W/ Stuffed Shrimp
with crabmeat, creole buerre blanc.
22.95
Rack Of Lamb
premium lamb lightly marinated in fresh herbs and olive oil, then mustard encrusted, pan seared and served with a merlot au jus
23.95
Stuffed Beef Tenderloin
scallopini of beef, stuffed with shrimp, lobster, crabmeat & spinach, tomato rosemary au jus
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Reviewed May 28, 2019

We had a perfect dinner celebrating our 34th Wedding Anniversary at Al's Upstairs. There were seven of us and everyone loved their dinners. Some of the most talked about items were the incredibly tender calamari and the mushroom ravioli with filet. I had the Veal...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank geomom01
Reviewed May 24, 2019

My wife and I were in town for an afternoon appointment and we live about ninety miles away. So we decided that we would try out this Italian restaurant which had come highly recommended by a friend back home. It was difficult to find for...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank gregbA4618TU
Reviewed April 5, 2019 via mobile

Veal piccata was very good. Bolognese pasta was outstanding. Would have asked for different vegetable if I knew it was going to be asparagus. A little pretentious but great service.

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank Bruce W
Reviewed March 31, 2019 via mobile

Al’s has an incredible ambience with great views of downtown Columbia and the Gervais St bridge. Although a little on the pricey side, the food and service are always outstanding!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Mark M
Reviewed March 4, 2019

To say the food and service at Al's was dismal is an understatement. Strarting drinks took forever to get. Wine glasses were severely under filled as were two martinis which were both warm. Had to ask for water and refills throughout the meal. Dinner continued...More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Al L, Owner at Al's Upstairs Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 12, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. Als Upstairs would like to apologize that your dining experience was unsatisfactory. We hold ourselves to a high standard and when a review comes back negative, we take it seriously. Management has met with our kitchen and front of the...More

Reviewed February 20, 2019

Al's is one of the very best restaurants in Columbia. The atmosphere and food are excellent. Try to get a table in the upstairs glassed-in portion of the restaurant.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank eannc2016
Reviewed November 14, 2018

Had the whole family there- Food was superbly presented and delicious, service impeccable. Thought we would have difficulties securing a reservation on a busy weekend. The staff did a great job squeezing us in.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank kutterwd
Reviewed November 6, 2018 via mobile

Al is amazing greets you at the top of the stairs service is Amazing food wonderful just love it!! Allen our waiter was great very knowlagable we will be back soon!!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank myronjennings
Reviewed November 3, 2018 via mobile

We took the girls and boy friends to al this weekend. Great appetizers and main courses were all awesome. Great food at a reasonable price.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank 603edm
Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

Absolutely delicious from start to finish. Some of the best calamari I’ve ever had. Lobster bisque was amazing with wonderful puff pastry topping. We had the pasta al la Al and the veal special. All were fabulous! Beautiful view of Downtown Columbia. Great service!! Highly...More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Chris C
October 6, 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.
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March 6, 2017|
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Yes, they offer gift certificates. A gift certificate from here would be a great gift.
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