Alex's Bistro on Reed

Alex's Bistro on Reed

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.alexs-bistro.com/
  • Phone: 6144578887x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday
    5:30pm - 9:30pm

    Friday - Saturday
    5:30pm - 10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, German, French
  • 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

Daniel

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Alex's Bistro on Reed reviews from OpenTable diners
9 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (7)neighborhood gem (7)fit for foodies (5)romantic (5)vibrant bar scene (2)good for groups (1)notable wine list (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Closed
    VillebillyFred
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    There was plywood over the doors and windows. When we called the restaurant, we just got a recording to leave a message at the tone.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Alex's Bistro, summer, 2014
    Gertrude
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    I made a reservation for 2 at Alex's Bistro via Open Table this past Tuesday for their wine tasting event. We drove there and arrived at the appointed time. The restaurant door was boarded up. There was nobody inside. We called and got a recording that directed us to leave a message to make a reservation. I contacted the Bistro e-mail directly the next day and found out that it is, indeed, closed. As a result of this, however, we went around the corner and had a wonderful evening, good meal and great company at the bar of the Windward Passage. You can never go wrong with Windward Passage. I do think Open Table needs to update their information. I will think twice before I book through Open Table.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Easterbunny46VIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner with good food, fine service and lovely atmosphere. We appreciate the participation in Groupon and Open Table as we are able to visit more restaurants that way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • German food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our German dinner. The sauerbraten was wonderful, along with the red cabbage and potato pancake.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very nice dinner!
    IngridBergman
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Will go again! Nice complement to the Columbus restaurant scene!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 4 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 61 reviews are from the Alex's Bistro on Reed reviews archive.
  • First time here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We tried Alex's Bistro for the first time last weekend, and really enjoyed it. We were familiar with Daniel Kern, the chef, from previous restaurants, and are happy to find him here now. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Still great
    socialgal
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Even with a new owner this restaurant has still got it! Service was superior and food was too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alex's - a true gem!
    gmacpkVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Ali and the kitchen never fail to impress us. It is so nice to dine in a restaurant where you don't need to strain to hear. Great menu with variety of delicious choices. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous, as always!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    We "stumbled" upon this wonderful restaurant 2 years ago and have returned as often as we can. It is a true delight to eat at Alex's. Ali, the consummate maître D, is unparalleled in our opinion, always ready to recommend and never hovering. The spaghetti bolognese is a favorite and the steak and frites were phenomenal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Meal I've had in ages
    LibbySu
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    A wonderful chef does an outstanding job with his creations. Truly, I delightful experience. I have lived in the area for years and never tried Alex's Bistro before. I will surely return for many more enjoyable evenings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Be prepared for a long wait
    AnneFromOhio
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    It is truly a pity that the service was so poor, because the food (when it finally arrived) was excellent. We arrived a little before our reservation and we're immediately seated. But they had no menus for us. Twenty minutes later we were finally given menus and rolls. I definitely recommend the not-too-salty onion soup. But then we had to wait 45 more minues before our dinner came out. And the check never did arrive. We finally went to the cash register to request it. Between the noise level and the poor service, we won't go back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food!
    amanda25jc
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    This place is wonderful! Great ambiance, great food, great service!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Fourth or fifth time we have dined here. Never disappointed. Food and ambience are terrific.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor service but tasty food
    MinimenmomVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We chose this place last minute for a family dinner the same weekend as OSU graduation. There was a large party in the restaurant and we waited at least 25 minutes before our order was taken. Dinner didn't arrive until we had been there about an hour and ended up entertaining our kids by drawing on the paper covering their tablecloths. 2 of our meat orders were served at the wrong temperature, one that was suppose to be medium rare was well done, and the one was edible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice find
    Gertrude
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Very good food and atmosphere. Great experience. Good service.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    We have only been to Alex's twice, but both times have been outstanding. Excellent servce, food and atmosphere. "Fine dining", yet relaxed. We would highly recommend a visit!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious dinner
    Tippytcup
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We really enjoyed our dinner, everyone had something different and all were delicious. The risotto with lobster was wonderful with mushrooms asparagus and peas. The cassoulet was the special and very tasty.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A neighborhood gem
    tusseyd
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    First time at Alex's Bistro. French cuisine is the specialty, but this night they also featured a German menu. I had the salmon which was really well prepared. The bar mixed a great apple martini. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our maitre d was and always
    MIvisitor
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Our maitre d was and always has been great. A true dining professional.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not bad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Food was good, but not exceptional. A good alternative locally.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Feels Authentic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad to see the "reinvented"
    JacqueVIP
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    BlakeGVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Day afer valentine;s day
    Flies
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food & a tired restaurant
    Matisse
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Valentines
    Dr1tom
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our first time
    Omnivore
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Generally very good
    sunnyside
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a good experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good potential for greatness
    markandlynn
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Same Alex's, new owner and menu
    GLGL
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average
    Nauriko
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    Took my parents to dinner for the 1st time during Restaurant Week. We had early reservations thinking we could get in and out to the CBJ hockey game but I was wrong. We entered the restaurant only to wait for an awkward amount of time to be greeted. Then when we were acknowledged, we had to wait some more to be seated when the restaurant was literally empty. After that annoying first impression, we were seated and ordered the steak, mussels...I don't remember what other entrees we ordered because basically it was forgettable. The server was nice but she left my father's water glass empty for most of the night. We left late for the game after eating a bitter creme brulee. Won't be back with so many other restaurant choices in town.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We love Alex's Bistro
    CynCyn
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week, 2014 Choice
    Gertrude
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reborn
    ChefdOrVIP
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    cyrus88
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • German Night
    DublinDuoVIP
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The roasted duck was delicious.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/13/2014
    The roasted duck was delicious. The server was friendly and helpful. I would go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Evening!
    CMacVIP
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.