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De Novo
De Novo

De Novo Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.denovobistro.com
  • Phone: (614) 222-8830
  • Hours of Operation:

    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am - 3:00pm;
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm;
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: Charles Solt
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Offering The Tiffany Room. Let us take care of the details.
  • Private Party Contact: David Taylor (614) 222-8830

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Rich Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Offering valet, meter and garage parking.
A word from De Novo
de-NOVO, located in the heart of the Theater District, is Downtown's destination for fine food, service and drinks.
Be a part of the seductive atmosphere while enjoying a hand crafted cocktail, or a delicious bottle of wine.
Located steps away from Ohio, Capital, Southern, and Palace Theaters, our valet will be happy to keep your car while you enjoy your show.
Staying downtown? We're a block away from The Westin and two blocks from the Sheraton and Double Tree Hotels.
Serving lunch, brunch & dinner, Chef Charles Solt has created an adventurous, second to none menu sure to keep you returning.
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Diner Reviews
  • "We had high hopes for this place, but left very disappointed. Went with wife and myself and wanted a nice dinner before a concert. We had reservations. We passed several nice booths to be seated in a row of tables right next to two other parties. why stack everyone up on top of each other? Waitress that we had was not the most pleasant. everything we asked had a comment that I thought was not right (The chief is making us charge.., If you want more bread, I can't bring that, but will bring you normal bread.., Oh, that isn't supposed to be on the plate, but oh well). Kicker is they up-charged us to have a steak made a certain way for my wife and the steak was smaller then the one that I had ordered. Same cut. Disappointed!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We were greeted with professionalism, seated in a prime spot, served with a smile, and left wanting more. Great food and unique drinks!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I have had good meals at both lunch and dinner. Although I usually sit at a bar only when there are no tables, the bar scene looked lively. The room is way over decorated for my taste, but the lights are kept low so you can easily overlook it. My most recent lunch was an ahi tuna starter which was fresh and nicely seasoned. My three lunch companions all enjoyed their meals. This is a nice addition to the downtown."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Very nice dinner and great variety menu for restaurant week. Went with a group of four friends - everyone enjoyed!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Upon our arrival, we were seated in an empty back room of the restaurant (despite many tables open in the main dining space) and assured that it would fill up as they had many reservations. The next table was seated as our desserts were served, so the majority of our meal was spent in an uncomfortably empty room. Our server (Justin) was impeccable - polite, extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and perfect amount of funny without being overbearing in the least. He helped is navigate the cocktail list and paired our fingers with wine very well. The food was the biggest disappointment. Hard to point to anything specific, but the meal lacked any depth or finesse. There are much better meals to be had at any number of restaurants in the area."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "I met a friend there for dinner before a show. The seafood pasta was great, so were the fried green tomatoes. the service was fabulous, and there were few people there - so I would expect that. But knowing Vonn's standards, I expect fabulous service! the decor is relaxing and we had plenty of time to walk the few blocks to the theatre."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "They were out of three kinds of wine we ordered. They were out of three menu items and out mussels for the sea food pasta. Three strikes.....And when I ordered the recommended chicken trio it was served under cooked. We should have known that when the manager is apologizing before the first glass of wine is poured, the dining experience was going to be bad."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Excellent cocktails, excellent food, excellent service. Should be bursting at the seams. If you are looking for great dining with a big city feel, look know further than De Novo. Galley restaurant channels Boston, NYC, San Francisco with the quality to match these great dining cities. Should be packed!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Celebrating a new member of our family, De Novo was the perfect place to have an early dinner. The staff bent backward to take special care of the bride to be and her group of friends. Great food, interesting drinks and fabulous service!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "3 friends moved here and asked me to take them to my favorite restaurant in Columbus -- de novo it is!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "My friend and I went to De Novo for an early dinner before a CATCO play reading. It was nice to be able to order off a bar menu. Her burger was great and my Chicken Club delicious. Our server was very accommodating and was ready with non-spicy Catsup. The last time my husband and I went before a show, the entire Princeton Hockey team showed up, and the kitchen was not able to serve us dinner because they were so busy. This was a totally different experience."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We've been frequenting De Novo for a few months now and we love it. I love the decor and music. Staff is always friendly. Food is fantastic. My only complaint is the portion sizes seem to have gotten smaller recently. The half serving of parmesan fries we were served last Sunday was not cool, not at those prices. The prices are reasonable for the quality of food, but not the portion sizes. My daughter ordered $20 truffle mac & cheese and the serving was ridiculously small. Other than that I love this place. I'm told the owner also use to own Vonn Jazz Lounge which I loved and was hurt when it closed because there's nothing else like it in Columbus."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The NY strip steak was probably the best steak I've ever had. My group ordered three appetizers, five entrees and two desserts and everything was fantastic. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The restaurant had a good menu, nice range of food options, and prices. We went on a Thursday night so the place wasn't busy at all. The food we ordered was out quickly, I had the kangaroo appetizer and de novo paste. They were both good, the kangaroo was a little heavy on the pepper but I still enjoyed it. Overall nice place to go and I'd go back again."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We had reservations on a busy night----Gallery Hop and Arts Fest, Hip Hop fest, etc. were all going on simultaneously. Even with traffic and road construction (going on Saturday night!), the valet, manager, and servers all worked together to get everyone's car in and out. The bar was hopping, with all the foot traffic and downtown activities. We met several people from out of town, ran into people we knew, and even said hello to Mayor Coleman who had dinner there. Needless to say, we had fun. Unfortunately, we didn't have the chance to sample much food, since some of our friends urged us to have dinner elsewhere! We did have the foie gras appetizer, which was perfect. The bartenders were gracious and attentive. Manager David was awesome."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The decor is very creative and interesting, the wine menu impressive, and the food menu very interesting. I had the port shank and the meat was tender and delicious. I have a dairy allergy and the chef worked with me. Unfortunately, there were only a few menu items that could be adapted for my allergy needs."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I went to De Novo before heading to the Columbus Arts festival. I had the crab cake benedict and it was incredible! I would recommend it to anyone wanting a rich and filling breakfast. My mother had the breakfast burrito and she loved it. We sat on the little patio which was really nice. We were only indoors to use the restroom but it was interesting and I would like to try it again for dinner. I will absolutely be back!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Great atmosphere - exposed brick walls, beautiful artwork, cool lights. It was a little quiet for a Saturday night, but it was Memorial Day weekend, the tournament was going on and it was beautiful weather so possibly people were busy elsewhere. We started with the Spicy Ahi Tuna Cups which were incredible, even for us who eat sushi everywhere we go. I love duck, and I was not disappointed by the Blueberry BBQ Glazed Confit Duck Leg - cooked perfectly and really good. She had the Scallop & risotto special and loved it. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Food was excellent; service was good but server was a tad uptight and defensive."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Second time to this restaurant. food was very good but service was poor primarily because of our server which I did mention to the hostess but I don't think this reflects on the overall restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Mediocre food, Over priced menu and subpar service"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The grits are amazing, a perfect blend of a little protein, a nice shrimp ragout with chunks of shrimp and perfectly prepared grits! Server was super patient and kind, he was serving several tables on a show night and was pressured by all tables to serve, tally and ring out at the same time!"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "What I like about this place is consistency. They are consistently good in their food presentation and high quality of dishes. And the staff is spot on - not too much, not too little. Perfect place for pre-theatre crowd. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "This is our favorite place to indulge. We've never gotten to the main courses because the small plates are so interesting and delicious. Service has always been outstanding. Don't miss De Novo!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Nice food. Manager goes above and beyond. Ambience is nice and location near the theatre was perfect for before/after a show. Wait staff seemed new or untrained. Were out of multiple ingredients behind the bar and unable to make many drinks. Charged $1 for a glass with your beer - seemed very odd and wasn't warned about it beforehand. It's stuff like this that really bugs me. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We have been to De Novo twice both times as we attended the theatre. Our car is valet parked and we walk to the theatre from the restaurant. Great service, food, drinks, wine list. We will be back. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Perfect before a show at Ohio Theater, but so good don't just use it on theater-night. Very good service."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "This is our second year in a row heading to De Novo for Mothers Day Brunch. We happened across it last year and loved it so much we decided to go back this year. Not sure about regular menu items, but they go all out for the Mothers Day Brunch."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "we went for mother's day brunch- late- 12:50 had been packed at brunch time but when we arrived still bustling but no wait great service great selection great food bar area looked like it would have a lot of ambience as a bar- had been transformed to buffet counter for brunch. overall decor was cheap chic, savvy and quirky and cool "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I think the restaurant was to small for a buffet, the food was placed to high on the bar. No clean utensils to get food from the pans. It was difficult getting to the food. The waiter said he would bring flavored creamer and sugar for my coffee, he never did another man brought the sugar never did get creamer. This was no a good experience, I have no desire to go back!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Overall we had a nice Mother's Day at De Novo. There were some hits and some misses, though. We did not realize there was a special holiday brunch buffet. It was a nice surprise. Balsamic glazed quail was very good, as was the short ribs. Prime Rib on the carving station was great. The selection overall was a bit starch heavy, and the dessert selection was not up to the rest of the brunch."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We came down to Columbus for the Day and then were headed to the Ohio Theater for the Opera that evening. We wanted some place close to the theater with Great food and appropriate for a Romantic Night together. At de Novo they had a table for two with white linen cloth (no one else had a table cloth) and a great place in the restaurant set up for us and it was obvious they had read my note on our reservation about our theater time and it being our first romantic evening out together. The food was mouthwatering and the service was excellent. I would reccomend de Novo to anyone!!!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We had excellent and very attentive service, and a wine steward who was delighted at our choice (Sancerre). But my companion ordered a fish dish that was featured on the menu and we learned that the chef "had not had time to clean the fish," so it might take up to an hour for that entree to be ready, Disappointing! She ordered something else, which she enjoyed but not nearly as much as she had been looking forward to the fish. The Sancerre was excellent, however."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Been there 4-5 times now. Always lots of unique on the menu and small plate options. Good scotch and wiskey selections and other creative drinks. Bar area is cozy and where we usually eat."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The staff was very attentive, polite and cheerful. The décor was classy and artistic - there was a lot to look around and see. The wine and cocktails menu was extensive, and the drinks we had were delicious. The menu was somewhat limited, and most of the items were spicy. I particularly like spicy, but the other guests in my party do not. Also, a majority of the appetizer, sandwich, and entrée options included more "trendy" meats which not everyone enjoys. Being a vegetarian, I had a tough time finding something to have for dinner that included protein."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "One of my favorite restaurants, love to come and enjoy when in Columbus! Great service, Awesome Food and Wine List! Very reasonable for such an upscale restaurant!"
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "De Novo is one of our new favorite spots. The food is very good and the service is always great. I like sitting in the front area better than the back room, but the back room is ok if you have a large group. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Food was fab. When I was seated at my table I realized that I hadn't paid the meter to park the car out front. The host said he would run out and do it for me! I didn't have change and gave him my cc. When he came back and said it wasn't working the restaurant put their valet bag over the meter. Above and beyond customer service! "
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Food was good but not outstanding. Price for kids was ok but adults too high. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We had not been to De Novo before & were very happy with our experience. The decor is very eclectic & chic. The staff were all very friendly & attentive. The array of food was great -many choices without being overwhelming. Highlights were creme brûlée French toast, shrimp mac & cheese, cheesy potatoes & omelet bar. The desserts were all incredible as well. We will definitely return to De Novo, we loved it!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014