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“Fresh Chic by the SC Statehouse”
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The Oak Table
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Ranked #34 of 993 Restaurants in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Main and Gervais
Description: Located on the corner of Main and Gervais Street, The Oak Table offers guests a menu of classic, American cuisine served in a captivating space that highlights the best of both contemporary and traditional design. Inspired by its sister restaurants in Charleston, S.C., Oak Steakhouse and The Macintosh, The Oak Table serves dishes that expound on the freshness of locally sourced, seasonal products. The focal point of the restaurant is an aged wooden table, a reminder of the integrity of time-honored American cuisine.Hours of operation:Monday through Thursday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.Friday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.Saturday: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.Sunday brunch: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.Sunday: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Reviewed May 4, 2014

The Oak Table can boast of not only complimentary location—the oaken wood themed restaurant sits across from the magnificent antebellum South Carolina capital building—but also creative (yet mercifully restrained) fare and careful service. One is not impressed with too much "ya'll come in" and so forth if the vital service is off. That is not the case here. The server was authentic and appropriate. The food—a bacon, greens and goat cheese on a buttered, toasted bun—was fresh, tasty and delivered by the chef from the kitchen. The fruit salad was not generous in serving size, but was very fresh and the local strawberrys were bursting with midlands Carolina flavor.

I hope my Sunday solo brunch will be followed by an encore with my wife.

Highly recommended.

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Thank Michael M
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Reviewed May 3, 2014

Unique, creative, fresh food well prepared and paired with excellent wines. Combinations of ingredients you may not be familar with - but all tasted great. Portions are small and items are pricey, but worth it. Clubby ambiance had a big city vibe. A fun night out!

Thank JanetLee
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Reviewed April 26, 2014

Second time I have eaten here. Last year we enjoyed the experience so booked again. Last year sat inside. It was very busy and buzzy and the food was very good and the service friendly but a little bit slow. This year we ate outside with great views over the Capitol building. Food was even better, indeed excellent - we had the cheaper cut of steak and the swordfish as mains, both of which we're superb
-and the service was again friendly but this time no slowness. Prices reasonable given the quality of the place. Will definitely eat here again when we next visit Columbia.

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Thank Graham P
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Reviewed April 16, 2014

The Gervais Street corridor is the pace to eat when in Columbia. There are lots of lively bars, some excellent grill rooms with many of them having young and friendly staff that do their very best to make your evening enjoyable. The only problem is, for the older diner, is that they can be very noisy.

It was with this in mind that my travelling friend and I decided that we needed a break from the party central atmosphere at places such as the World of Beer or Liberty Tap and head for the eastern end of Gervais Street and its junction with Main.

Here is the excellent Oak Table. somewhere I fervently urge you to draw up a chair, as not only is the service first class the food is every bit as good.

The menu is encouragingly small with a handful of starters and main dishes with a sensible wine list to support it. Our waitress could not have been more helpful when it came to asking questions, and my braised rabbit ravioli were delicious- light pasta and a slightly chewy, moist filling a little like eating the slowly cooked French pate known as rillettes.

A succulent, rare steak steak with string fries with truffle shavings came next which was as tasty as my friend declared his grilled swordfish to be. Washed down with a bottle of Sangiovese Italian wine, we sat outside at our table, saying little just enjoying the terrific dinner that had been set before us.

The dessert menu is every bit as good and there is an accompaniment of dessert wines to go with it. We had a vin santo and a sauternes before founding things off with an espresso coffee, which is a lot harder to find in Columbia than you may think.

The Oak Table is slightly more expensive than the bulk of Gervais Street eateries but to my mind is most certainly the best. If you want to eat extremely well the next time you are in Columbia then make sure that you book a table here.

Thank Golfing-Steve
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Reviewed March 23, 2014 via mobile

Finally made it to the Oak Table. I was blown away with the quality of the food, finally Columbia is getting some places to bring it into the 21st century.

Request a table next to the window for a great view of the Capitol house. Service was solid. My only complaint was they keep it REALLY dark in there.

I still like Saludas a lot and think Colas is a joke on every level but Oak Table is the one on top in Columbia.

Thank aiko492
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