About Cola's Restaurant

1215 Assembly Street
Columbia, SC 29201
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Located in a lovingly restored 1930's RC Cola bottling plant, Cola's is a "casual" fine dining bar/restaurant specializing in seafood, steaks and other culinary creations influenced by a broad range of ethnic cooking. There is an emphasis on fresh ingredients and locally grown food where possible.
Weather permitting, two garage doors open up the restaurant to views of the Statehouse and allow our guests to enjoy the bustle of downtown Columbia. Cola's boast a 40 foot long bar, equipped with a rolling ladder to access our extensive wine selection. If preferred, try one of our house cocktails or choose a brew from our large selection of bottled beers.
Cola's has ample room to host your private functions in either of the two private dining rooms, seating up to as many as 50. Large booths adorn the main dining room and there is table seating for small and large parties.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:

Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm

Cross Street:
Lady Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(803) 451-0051

Website:
http://www.colasrestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Cola"s restaurant has several parking options. There is onsite parking, ample street parking in front of the restaurant as well as across the street. There is a large pay-to-park lot that borders the Cola's building as well.

Public Transit:
There is a bus station 50 feet from Cola"s front door.

Executive Chef:
Tom Barry

Private Party Facilities:
Cola"s is quickly becoming one of the premier private dining facilities in the city of Columbia, SC. Its superb location and attention to both spatial and culinary detail provide the perfect location for intimate luncheons and private board meetings to wedding rehearsals and anniversary parties. Our small dining room seats up to 30 (14 with A/V equipment), while our large private dining room accommodates up to 50. We look forward to seeing you and your guests with us soon.

Private Party Contact:
Whitney Mackey: 8034510051x

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Cola's Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

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food3
ambience5
service5

Excellent service. Modern, updated decor ...

Dined 3 days ago

Excellent service. Modern, updated decor. Good wine list and menu variety. Food is very average. Skip the filet and opt for the flounder. Would return.

food4
ambience4
service5
value3

Dinner review

Dined 3 days ago

The apps were. Good (shrimp dumplings and bbq bite). The bread was very good. I had the fish special. The normal fish (swordfish) was sold out. A piece of whiylte fish was substituted. Purpotedly akin to Grouper. It must have been a dumistant cousin. Unimpressive. Served over an equally boring bed of grits. Two if the other three of our party had crabcakes. They were deliscious. Drinks and desert (icecream in a lace basket) was delicious. It made up for the mediocre fish dinner. The service was spot on. A bit pricey in my opinion. Overall our crowd had a great time. My dinner was the only one that was subpar. I would recommend to others. Just dont order the fish special.

Tags: special occasion
food4
ambience4
service5

Consistently good food. We were there la ...

Dined 4 days ago

Consistently good food. We were there late on a Thursday, so it was not as crowded as when we had been there before. Good date night place!

food4
ambience3
service1
value2

Good food

Dined 5 days ago

The food is Excellent, but the service is very slow.

Tags: fit for foodies, hot spot
food4
ambience4
service5
value3

Appetizers extraordinaire!

Dined on April 23, 2016

I stopped by Cola's for drinks and appetizers last week. Our server was excellent and despite a Hendricks martini that had been "sweetened" with Sprite (really?) the experience there was very good. The waiter corrected the martini, but there was still too much "muddled" cucumber for my taste. Hendricks gin should be stirred with ice until frigid, and otherwise, unadulterated! The oysters on a bed of bloody Mary relish, fried green tomatoes "two ways" , and pork spring rolls were delicious. While we did not have dinner at Cola's, the food that was brought to other tables in proximity looked wonderful. I would GO to Cola's anytime my travels take me to Columbia; I recommend that you give it a try, but reserve well in advance.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Wonderful evening

Dined on April 23, 2016

We had such pleasant time at Cola's last Saturday night. The service was excellent, the food unbelievable and the atmosphere cozy and fun. Thank you, Cola's.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Hands down one of the best dinners I hav ...

Dined on April 22, 2016

Hands down one of the best dinners I have had in Columbia. My husband had the filet and it was PERFECT. I had the fresh catch which was red drum...excellent!. The cola Cosmo was another good choice. Had several.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

A Must Go!

Dined on April 20, 2016

Our entire party chose from the daily specials...seafood. Fabulous!!! The sea bass and flounder entrees were devine! If you can possibly have dessert, the cinnamon bread pudding is a killer! The serving is more than generous. Atmosphere and service are top notch! Cola's is a hot spot in our capital city. Be sure to make reservations!

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

SoCola move out

Dined on April 19, 2016

We had a wonderful evening at Cola's! You don't really know what you're walking into because it's hard to see in from the outside! Awesome decor, great bar and wonderful service. The food was great. Am booking parents weekend already!

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Everything was very good including the s ...

Dined on April 19, 2016

Everything was very good including the service. My wife loved the strawberry mojito!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Friendly, attentive waiter, good food

Dined on April 19, 2016

Food is always very good and varied but not exactly outstanding Waiter was very professional and knowledgeable, but friendly and attentive, too It's always a bit noisy but a fun, eclectic atmosphere Front door staff...not very welcoming...even rude and surly

Tags: scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5

Best food I have had in a long time. Eve ...

Dined on April 18, 2016

Best food I have had in a long time. Everything was delicious especially the braised beef and shrimp and risotto cake appetizer

food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Our server was excellent and very attent ...

Dined on April 16, 2016

Our server was excellent and very attentive to our needs, despite the fact it was prom night for many local schools and it was very very busy!!

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Wonderful way to spend a birthday!

Dined on April 15, 2016

My husband and I went to Cola's to celebrate my birthday. Great drinks, wonderful food, and a delightful atmosphere.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5

Food was delicious and the server was ou ...

Dined on April 14, 2016

Food was delicious and the server was outstanding.

food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Can hardly wait to return!

Dined on April 13, 2016

What a great dining experience. We started off with the oyster appetizer, and it was delicious. Three of the four of us got the crispy flounder and it was done to perfection and was delectable. I would highly recommend it. We were all very pleased with our meals and the service. The atmosphere is a bit noisy, but not a distraction. 'Looking forward to returning soon.

Tags: fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great Dining and Service

Dined on April 10, 2016

We had a fantastic dinner at Cola's. There were several specials of the day that sounded terrific . I enjoyed the BLT salad as recommended and it was great. For the entree, I had crab cakes and my son had the soft shell crab special. Both were very good. The crab cakes were not as good as O'Leary's in Annapolis but they were tasty. Service was also excellent.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience3
service5

Waitress was very attentive and accommod ...

Dined on April 8, 2016

Waitress was very attentive and accommodating. Good was very good, but the restaurant was very loud. It was loud almost like a sports bar, but with a steeper price tag. Overall, if you aren't looking for pure romance, then the staff is nice, food is very good, and the atmosphere is up beat.

food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Fantastic!

Dined on April 8, 2016

Took my wife for her birthday. We loved the food. The service was great.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food5
ambience3
service5
value4

Amazing Service

Dined on April 8, 2016

I was being tested for food allergies, and so I was unable to have any sugar, dairy, anything processed, and a whole list of other things (I know, bad time to eat out), and both the server and the chef were so unbelievably accommodating! I thought I would be lucky if there was a single item on the menu that I could eat! Not only did they offer me SEVERAL choices, they were willing to change items so I could eat them! The entre I chose was AMAZING, and I didn't feel like I was deprived of anything!!! We LOVE Colas!!!

Tags: romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

My wife and myself went for our 9th anni ...

Dined on April 8, 2016

My wife and myself went for our 9th anniversary and we had a great time John our waiter was fabulous the food is to die for and what ever you do order the Almond cup desert woe is all I can say

food5
ambience4
service5

We had a show to go to down at the theat ...

Dined on April 8, 2016

We had a show to go to down at the theatre and they were very purposeful about getting all our courses out to us in a timely manner but not making us feel rushed.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

I Love Cola's

Dined on April 8, 2016

Cola's never fails to delight! It's a great place to enjoy a terrific cocktail and meal. I highly recommend!

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Delicious

Dined on April 5, 2016

The ambiance was great, the waiter was nice, and the food was amazing! It exceeded my expectations! Worth every penny! Loved it! Can't wait to go back!

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Awesome spot

Dined on April 4, 2016

Fantastic food, great service. The fried flounder was a unique and spectacular meal. Everyone in our group loved it.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Amazing!

Dined on April 1, 2016

It was our first trip to Colas. We decided to have a date night away from the kids. The food and the service was absolutely incredible! Best meal either of us have had in a very long time!

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Group Dinner

vip
Dined on March 31, 2016

Cola's was my choice to host a group of coworkers from other states. Everyone enjoyed the southern food, drink and atmosphere very much.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups
food5
ambience4
service5

Loved it all!!!!

vip
Dined on March 30, 2016

Loved it all!!!!

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great food and service

vip
Dined on March 26, 2016

I don't right that many reviews but the harmony between the kitchen and the wait stuff was like that of an orchestra.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food3
ambience2
service3
value2

Well...if its a party

Dined on March 25, 2016

..the place will work well! If its a dinner out with your family, maybe not. Just too loud. Like REALLY loud. Screaming our conversation to each other. The server was great, the food ok, all in all a place I may take a while to go back to.

food4
ambience4
service4

Very nice experience at this restaurant ...

Dined on March 25, 2016

Very nice experience at this restaurant - one of Columbia.

food4
ambience5
service4
value4

Excellent meal!

Dined on March 20, 2016

Great ambiance, tasty food, definitely recommend. Flounder, swordfish, pimento cheese board, all great!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
food5
ambience3
service5
value5

SO HAPPY

vip
Dined on March 18, 2016

YOU NEVER THINK THESE DO ANY GOOD BUT GUESS WHAT MORE AND DIFFERANT SPECIALS WERE OFFERED ON THE MENU !!!!!! SO HAPPY WAS SO HAPPY THE FOOD WAS WONDERFUL AND I WILL SOREAD THE WORD ABOUT THE GREAT ADDITIONS!!!!!

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

Great food

Dined on March 15, 2016

The Food and service were excellent. It was too noisy to talk across the table due to everyone at surrounding tables.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups
food5
ambience4
service4
value5

Seared Scallops Done Right!

Dined on March 8, 2016

It's hard to find really good seared scallops cooked to perfection but they do it right at Cola's. Crusty outside with moist, tender inside. Highly recommended!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

One of our favorite restaurants in Columbia.

Dined on March 5, 2016

Great atmosphere, food and drinks. We had a large party on a Friday night. They were able to get a table for a party of eight and we had a wonderful evening. The food was delicious and our server was outstanding.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Varies menu with enough choices for ever ...

Dined on March 4, 2016

Varies menu with enough choices for everyone. However, I missed the shrimp succotash that used to be on the menu.

Tags: good for groups, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Awesome and Accomodating

Dined on March 3, 2016

I had a great time here the waitress was awesome and the hostess found us a great seat. I initially requested a booth but it wasn't in an ideal area. The waitress was patient and understanding and found us the perfect spot to dine in. The food was amazing and our waitress was pleasant and outgoing. Would definetly go back and recommend to anyone! If you haven't been here...go!

Tags: special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4
value2

Good food, but pricey

vip
Dined on February 29, 2016

The food and drink choices are plentiful; however, prices are on the high end for Columbia.

Tags: neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

First time at Colas

Dined on February 27, 2016

The restaurant was fantastic. The server was flawless, the ambiance was spot on, and the food not easily forgotten. My homemade meals will never taste good again.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list

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