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Alex's Bistro on Reed

Alex's Bistro on Reed Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.alexs-bistro.com
  • Email: alexsbistro.daniel@gmail.com
  • Phone: (614) 457-8887
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday
    5:30pm - 9:30pm

    Friday - Saturday
    5:30pm - 10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: European, French, German
  • Executive Chef: Daniel Kern
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: W. Henderson Rd.
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Alex's Bistro on Reed
Since 1985, Alex's Bistro has created
fresh seasonal cuisine for customers who want to enjoy a taste of European food in a relaxed, bistro setting.

Chef & new owner Daniel Kern, a German-born and trained Chef, is now the driving force behind Alex's Bistro. His cooking has roots going back to his childhood in Stuttgart, Germany.

My philosophy is simple:

We use only fresh and fine ingredients and traditional methods to produce exceptional Food. If you don't see on the menu what you are looking for, just tell me and we will prepare it for you!! That's why we only use all natural meats and sustainable seafood products. Because, I want to know what I am serving you.

Wednesday is our German Food Special Night!!

So come in and enjoy your evening with us.

Thank you so much


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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "We had another experience for the best tonight. Our server, Igor, was spot on and made our night. The food at this old world bistro is amazing, fresh and straight forward. Just outstanding!! The lobster, as fresh as it can be and the ribeye, with a coffee rub......just outstanding. We are glad to found this unpretentious place with high quality food. The owner, Daniel, came to our table to make sure, everything was alright and made us feel like family. We will defiantly return,again, with friends. Best place in Columbus."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Our maitre d was and always has been great. A true dining professional."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Lovely dining experience. The bistro feels like the real deal. Wonderful food - even though sauerbraten may not be classically French it was delicious. The wait staff made excellent suggestions throughout the evening and was pleasant and attentive. While the noise level was a tad loud due to a large party, it was not off putting and we will be back soon."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Glad to see the "reinvented" Alex's. Better food, better service. Ali does a great job with the front of the house and the kitchen is in good hands with Chef Daniel."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "I had the seafood crepes and they weren't very good. The sauce was an "interesting" and somewhat unpleasent combination with the crepes. The crepes themselves were rubbery. My wife had the duck with red cabbage with some kind of fritter. She liked the duck and cabbage but the fritter (or whatever they were) had no taste and was very dry. The service and atmosphere was fine."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Service was not quite as good as usual but the restaurant was very crowded. Maybe they needed another waiter which could have been done because they know how many people are coming. My husband's meal was great. Mine (duck) was so-so. I preferred the duck done the way Alex used to do it.. Too much sauce all over it and accompanying mush was not great. But I like the restaurant, have been going there for many years and plan to come again. Disappointed you no longer serve lunch."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I loved that the place was unique, intimate, and that there was omly one menu for dinner and it was wonderful. We didnt like the table for 2 as it seemed slightly too small."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Sea Bass was excellent, Ceasar Salad anchovies had to be requested. Howerver the service was very mediocre. Hostess sat us and informed us they were out of wine menus. The ambience was very poor. We have visited Ales's over the years and no profit has been reinvested in refreshing the interior. Certainly the men's room has not had a fresh coat of paint in over a decade. The first two chairs i tried when I was seated were wobbly and I was concerned they would break. At the end of our meal, it took some extra effort to get a cup of coffee. In summery, a wonderful meal that could have been enjoyed as "carry out". What a wasted opportunity for the restaurant to provide a "romantic experience" to former customers."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "A Groupon brought us to Alex's for this first visit, but we'll be back. We had done our research ahead of time, noting that the restaurant offers substantially reduced wine prices on Sundays and Mondays, so we visited on a Monday. We started by sharing an order of the truffled frites (fried in duck fat!), which are to die for. We shared a very pleasant salad (with a modest $1 extra charge for splitting it onto two plates). Given the snow and cold outside, we chose two winter-hearty main courses: boeuf bourguinon and roast duck. Both were quite excellent and lived up to our expectations that these choices would warm us well. The servings are very generous, by the way. Maybe next time we'll have room for dessert."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "In my opinion, this is a great restaurant for any occasion - either fancier lunch or romantic dinner. The food was very good and nicely presented, environment friendly. I would welcome more parking spots, but the restaurant was really full that evening and there is more parking space nearby. We will certainly be back!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "My wife and I dined during restaurant week and both ordered off the prix fixe menu. We understand that these are discounted but should have excellent quality. I ordered the Risotto with Lobster. The lobster was good, a little tough, but good flavor. The risotto was not acceptable as I could not finish the meal. The cheese was so overwhelming and powerful it was sour tasting. My wife had the filet. It was cooked really well but the flavor was lacking. The bread was ok and the service was not good as I had an empty water cup the majority of the night. Not a good experience for us, will choose elsewhere in the future."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Mouth watering menu with many unique options! Mussel appetizer was done to perfection. Escargot appetizer was perfect portion size and delicious. Lobster rissoto was delivered luke warm and was a little pasty. Duck with red cabbage was rated "good" but the skin should have been crispy. Beef Burgundy was generous portion sized but way too salty. Coctails were served in "juice glasses" but with premium pricing. Restaurant was full and quite loud, probably due to Restaurant Week". Service was slow. We will most likely give this spot another try, maybe during the week rather than on a busy weekend."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "This was our second time and by far to the last time. I tried the beef tatar and it was outstanding, best I ever had! My wife enjoyed the lobster risotto as her entree, served with a whole lobster, sweet fresh lobster and a perfect risotto. Our experience at Alex's was just perfect. Thank you and we will be back, for sure. Awesome service, wine and food"
    Dined on 12/9/2013
  • "Same Alex's dining experience with a new owner and new menu. The wine, food and sauces were great. The wine list seemed to have a good range of choices without being over the top. The menu had several dishes we would like to try next time and not just French dishes. We had a group of business men seated next to us which made for a little louder environment and also slowed down our server a little, but they took good care of us. Our food was served in a very timely manor and everything was prepared wonderfully. We will be back soon."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "After going down-hill for a while the new chef and owner, Daniel has made a comeback! The food is excellent and they really care how their guests are treated. Daniel stops at most of the tables during the meal to make sure everyone is satisfied. Thank you for bringing this restaurant back to life!"
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "We try to visit local restaurants each year for Restaurant Week. Usually, we will pick the one with the best menu and ambience. This year we chose Alex's Bistro for two reasons: 1. We had gone there a year ago by sheer chance. The restaurant we wanted to go to for a night out was absolutely packed with a 20 minute wait and, frankly, it was very stuffy in there on an August evening. So, we went around the corner and had dinner and cocktails at Alex's Bistro. We loved it. 2. The menu for Restaurant Week chosen by Alex's was extremely enticing. We ate t the bar, which is our preference. The service was great, the food, marvelous, and our attendant even flamed my husband's creme brule tableside. My goodness! What a treat!"
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "Under new ownership, Alex's has been reborn to it's former glory and then some. The menu is creatively inspired, the food exceptionally prepared, and Ali a fantastic server and host. A number of old favorites (think caeser salad and crepes) remain, but newer touches (think lobster risotto and escargot in a delicate cream sauce) and added. The wine list is very comfortable with ample selections; there is a nice touch in that they do not overwhelm, just have two or three in a wide range of wines. Deserts are worth the wait, so do not fill up on the delicious bread. All in all, an out of the park homer."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "Alex's Bistro had great ambience and the food was great. We ordered the Poulet Marsala and the Beef Bourguignon. We added the duck fat truffle fries, which were so tasty. Overall, the food was amazing. I would totally recommend this place to both family and friends."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Alex's Bistro is essentially a French restaurant with a German influence from Chef Daniel. This was our first visit (but certainly not our last). We started out with the Mussels Marinière and nearly filled up with bread used to soak up the wonderful broth. My wife then had the Spaghetti Bolognaise, which was very meaty and I had the Pork Schnitzel “Vienna Style” which brought back fond memories of our travels in Germany. Both dishes were delicious and the portions huge. Come hungry or plan to take some home. We also sampled the Goulash, which was one of the specials from "German Night" (every Wednesday). After sampling the Goulash, we know we will be coming back for German Night on a routine basis."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "The roasted duck was delicious. The server was friendly and helpful. I would go back."
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "Group of 5 ladies had 3 birthdays and first time we had been to Alex's Bistro. Service was outstanding, as were menu options. Wonderful atmosphere and also very comfortable...The highlight of the evening was when Daniel, the Owner/Chef came to our table to introduce himself and also brought champagne. Was the cherry on top of the perfect evening. HIGHLY recommend."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "A few months ago we visited and were sorely disappointed by the food and the service. We heard the German chef was back and tried one more time. Come to find out he bought the restaurant from the retiring Alex and has brought it back to the way it used to be. Wonderful food and great service. (We even saw Alex dining there!) We will be back."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "This was the perfect restaurant choice to ring in the New Year. The 4 course prix fixe menu was sufficiently varied to satisfy all preferences. The price was very reasonable. The quality of the ingredients was top shelf. The presentation was a delight. And finally, everything tasted yummy."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Had a fantastic experience at Alex's Bistro as my friend and I dined for a late dinner on New Year's Eve. Our server was nice and attentive while not being obtrusive. Drinks at the bar prior to dinner were delicious. Had the filet mignon for our main and it was cooked and flavored with absolute perfection. The sides complemented it extremely well and were delightful. The dessert was absolutely fabulous and made for perfect way to end a marvelous dining experience. CONGRATS TO ALL THE.BISTRO TEAM!!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Arrived at our reservation time and the host said they were a little behind. He said we Could wait at the bar so that was fine. The only bartender working was a grouchy elderly woman who never acknowledged us in 35 minutes. She refilled a few regulars drinks (I assume regulars as they called her by name) but never approached us. We tried a few times to get her attention but she was great at looking the other way. Finally after a total of about 40 mins in the building we got a reservation at J Alexander's where we had amazing food and service. Yep... 40 minutes of waiting for absolutely nothing. No food, no drink and definitely no service."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Took my parents and Grandparents here for New Year's Eve dinner and was pleasantly surprised by the Prix fixe menu. The food was excellent and the drinks strong. I would visit again."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "tucked in a strip mall in UA, great little place to dine!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "An interesting restaurant that went a bit stale under the previous owner. Food had become an after thought, prepared with little passion, and the owner removed his manager of many years, a man quite devoted to the restaurant and who was the face of the restaurant. Things quickly deteriorated and the restaurant was sold. Fortunatley, the new owner's talent and passion have brought life back to a restaurant once adored by its followers of years gone by. In fact, the original manager and bar tender are back as well. The food is innovative, eclectic, and prepared by the chef owner himself and a very talented kitchen crew bringing skills from M at Miranova and The Refectory. It is time to enjoy Alex's Bistro once again."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Food was excellent. Service was great. No waiting. Attentive , but not overly so. They were , however, out of braised lamb shanks. I was looking forward to comparing them with others I have eaten. Food was more than ample... almost to much."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "This sweet little bistro sits at the edge of a busy shopping mall, but don't be dissuaded by that. The menu is decidedly French and very good. The stews like boeuf Bourginon are sure winners, along with sautéed dishes and roast game ranging from duck to elk."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "we dined with another couple. nice quiet cozy and relaxing atmosphere where you can actually hear the conversation and don't feel rushed. great décor, wonderful ambience and service and I cant say enough about the food and wine. we are looking forward to another wonderful meal there."
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "We have been searching out and finding neighborhood restaurants and fun foodie adventures for the last few years. We were excited to try something new and yet old...meaning old world European dishes with very few modern twists or adaptations. That's exactly what we got! I had a terrific duck dish and the hubs had a lamb shank dish. My duck was something to write home about some succulent and full of flavor, but his lamb was dry and really quite boring. The service was extremely slow, but when it happened the server was genuine and very hospitable. Overall we are glad we tried Alex's, but mostly likely will not return."
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "As a party of 4, we were seated in this little room and it was a lot of fun. Our server was friendly and prompt. Overall, it was very nice evening."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "Food was great! If you are looking for good European food than you need to visit the restaurant. Service was outstanding! Daniel the german chef was also great!"
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "The bar is delightful. But the owner came to bar and shook Hands with everyone except us. You see, they have their favorites restaurant? Ordered An appetizer of lobster and beef carpaccio. Sliced so thinly You could have scooped the entire serving up with a tablespoon For ONE bite. We arrived at 6:30pm and by 7:30 Had not been served our entrees. Water glasses stood unrefilled For an hour. Bread was good. My husbands entree Was good when after over an hour we were served."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "First time at Alex's Bistro and we are hooked. It has the old world charm and the food is outstanding. We had a carpaccio of tenderloin and lobster, truffle vinaigrette.The roasted duck and tender roasted lamb shank and finished with a table side flambéed crème Brulee. From start to finish, everything excellent. Thanks to our server Igor, who made our night with great service. Back soon!"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "I dined with three other people and we all had really great food. However, I can't really say the same about the service. After we were seated our server immediately came to our table and asked what we wanted to drink before we even had a chance to look over the wine list. After asking for a few minutes to decide our server did not return to our table for 20 minutes to take our drink order. The most frustrating part was that our server just kept walking right by to wait on the table behind us."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Though the food was outstanding the atmosphere, noise level and seats (yes, the chairs) were not so good. The chairs absolutely need replaced; very uncomfortable as you could feel the springs right through it. Even the couple next to us were stunned. When mentioning it to the hostess, she had no comment. The noise level for an upscale restaurant was shockingly loud. I expect this when I dine in the Short North but not here. It took very long to get our order in and then our food was so delayed that our server brought us an appetizer on the house (not that we complained); however, a full bottle of wine was poured before our dinner arrived. Been to Alex's twice; not again."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "Food was great, service was amazing, I really enjoyed the slow pace of the meal, it was very romantic and my boyfriend and I really enjoyed being able to spend a nice quiet dinner together without being rushed. Definitely recommend this restaurant and we will be back!"
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "This was our first time to Alex's Bistro. We will allow more time to dine on our next visit. The spacing if the appetizers and entrees was wonderful, it just created a time concern for us. The spinach salad and goat cheese apps were phenomenal. The bolongese and bistro salad with shrimp were spot on! The Sauvignon blanc (by the glass) was sweet, so if you like it dry, order a bottle and have it recorked."
    Dined on 11/1/2013