G. Michael's Bistro & Bar
G. Michael's Bistro & Bar

G. Michael's Bistro & Bar

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://gmichaelsbistro.com/
  • Phone: 6144640575
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Low Country, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: David Tetzloff
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: G. Michael's Bistro offers a wonderful room for your next business meeting & dinner, birthday party or family gathering of up to 45 guests. We tailor each event specifically to your needs so please call with any questions that you may have.
  • Private Party Contact: Jeff Benson 6144640575

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Willow
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: German Village has strict parking regulations & we like to respect the needs of our neighbors; therefore, we recommend valet parking.
A word from G. Michael's Bistro & Bar
: G. Michael's Bistro & Bar is a restaurant committed to a dining experience singular to historic German Village & Columbus. Our goal is to provide our guests with consistently superior food, drink, & service. Guests will be served by friendly, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic people committed to ensure that each & every visit to our restaurant is exceptional. We strive to make each guest feel as if they are our singular concern. This too, is the goal of our kitchen staff - to prepare every dish as if it were the chef's only concern. Our menu is a pleasing combination of contemporary American cuisine & many low country influences. The daily fish specials are always highly appreciated & sell out regularly. The wine list consists 25 offerings by the glass & a nice variety of perennial favorites & well respected small producers. We look forward to seeing you. Jeff Benson, Owner/Operator
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
G. Michael's Bistro & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
154 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (109)neighborhood gem (102)fit for foodies (98)romantic (87)great for outdoor dining (61)notable wine list (51)good for groups (27)vibrant bar scene (21)hot spot (20)scenic view (6)great for brunch (5)great for lunch (4)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    absolutely wonderful from the beginning to end...daryl, our waiter, attended to our every need, with charm the food was excellent and creative my daughter had told me several times to visit your restaurant, so for our anniversary, my daughter and her husband and my husband and I had a very special anniversary dinner at GMichaels. THANKS
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Columbus find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I chose this restaurant after doing some research online. My parents came into town for the long weekend and I wanted to go somewhere unique and away from the normal Columbus scene. We were definitely not disappointed! The food was incredible - they emphasize using local, in season ingredients and I loved how many of the dishes had a southern flare. There were a good amount of people there, but it wasn't noisy (which we loved - we could have a conversation without yelling at each other). G Michaels is definitely one of the best restaurants in Columbus - awesome food, the service was great (waiter was very willing to help with recommendations and had a great sense of humor!), and I DEFINITELY will be coming back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great, as always!
    njp584VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    G. Michael's Bistro and Bar is just as good as the first time my wife and I tried it, several years ago. The food is always adventurous, delicious, and unique.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to be
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Dinning with a large group, intimately with my wife or quality time with family, the food, the ambiance and the service are all without a doubt superior.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous Food
    Kriste
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I have been wanting to go here for sometime but can never get reservations. Finally did and it was outstanding. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Exceptional, as always
    peenie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    It had been far too long since I had dined here and I was reminded why I love the food here: Interesting combinations, varied choices that would appeal to non-adventurous diners to those with a little more daring. Surprising, fresh, intoxicating tastes. I wonder if the chef would like to be my boyfriend?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find!!
    PKap
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This place is amazing and with a seasonal menu to match. The staff were very knowledgable, attentive, and knew just when to walk away. The food was amazing and it really set the tone for a great evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • G Michaels
    Winelover
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Very beautiful restaurant. Good food and service but extremely expensive! Everything was a la carte, which I didn't realize when ordering a soup/salad. I was surprised at some of the guests' dress. We were celebrating two birthdays and the men in our party all had jackets on. Some of the guests looked like they been walking by and decided to drop in and spend a few hundred bucks while in their shorts or jean and t-shirts.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love This Place
    Tralfaz
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    From the service to the food, this place can't be outdone!! Treat yourself to the best! Don't miss dining here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    JollyJoe
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Every dish was top notch! Te chef really has a wide array of flavors on the menu. My guest and I both opted for the specials of the night which was a lamb T-bone and grilled Oopa, both were flawless. Salads were filling and delicious as well. Wait staff was A+ as well; very timely, punctual, and personable. Will definitely be back for more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We always love dining here. We love the menu, but find the specials are excellent and usually end up ordering those. We are never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • DaveVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We have eaten at G Michael's before and it was outstanding, that is why we came back. This time was a different story. While the wine list is still outstanding the food quality has dropped. My wife and I had different meals with the same over seasoned taste. I hope that if we ever go back when we are in the Columbus area it will be better.
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  • G Michaels continues great food
    jjaynes
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Really good meal at G Michaels with their summer menu. Recommend the rabbit and duck combo, and some of the small plates… very tasty!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second Time As Good As The First!
    Hedhunter9701
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This was the second time we dined at G. Michaels! While we didn't get the table we requested as our first choice via Open Table reservation, we were seated by a window (our second choice). The food and service were very good; the appetizer (brazed duck with noodles), duck special, and 8oz. New Zealand Lamb Rack were nicely presented with mild flavoring, pleasing to the pallet. Although we could have used a slightly larger portion on both accounts. Waiters are absolute professionals, who can lead you through the menu and specials to whatever your taste desires. Their service was timely and personable without being intrusive. We wish the menu included a nice side Caesar salad, but the salad selection is varied and good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food and service are never disappointing. The food experience is always worth the price, which is in my opinion is extremely reasonable. It is so fun to go enjoy exquisite service, atmosphere, and food somewhere - and G. Michael's is always the place for that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Very nice meal and will certainly be back. Service was attentive, but rehearsed rather than natural and engaging. Fried green tomatoes were perfect, but the special salmon with cold cous cous salad and a cold remulade had too much cold and not enough hot on the plate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • G. Michaels
    tonitravelVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    G. Michaels is a great place for tapas, gazpacho, salads (roasted corn salad was a hit) and good wine. The ambiance was pleasant and the service outstanding. Definitely a neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super dining experience
    61rock
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    wonderful dining experience! Julieanne was outstanding. Food was excellent. Will be the NEW special occasion spot.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • G. Michael's Does Not Disappoint
    jwallyVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My wife and I had an early dinner at G. Michael's Bistro before attending a show. We have always enjoyed a delicious meal at this restaruant. We chose the Restaurant Week menu. Each of had the BLT Salad Wedge of Romaine. It was a generous salad with bacon crumbles and blue cheese and tomatoes. The homemade green goddess dressing really set it our well. My wife enjoyed an entree of the broiled pork tenderloin. She commented on the chilled three bean salad that was served with the tenderloin. I had the sockeye salmon entree with succotash. I really enjoyed the garnish of the pepper jam on the salmon. Our server was helpful and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Never disappoints!
    AmyG
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Restaurant week is such a great value opportunity that we visited 5 different restaurants in one week. G Michael's tied for first place with a very different place downtown. We were so impressed with the choice and the thought that had gone into the menu. I had mussels/scallops/panna cotta and all three courses were spectacular. Can't quite believe we only paid $30 plus drinks. It was my third time at G.Michael's and I will certainly be back there soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun spot, great food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This was our first time at G. Michael`s. What a great experience! we will definitely go back. David, our waiter, was absolutely the best. He was attentive, friendly, and with a good sense of humour. Being there during "restaurant week" gave us an opportunity to try the 3 course meal offerings. I chose the cold soup (I don`t remember the name) which was amazing, the scallops and panna cotta. Everything was delicious. Everyone at my table (there were 6 of us) was pleased with what they chose. It was a delightful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent service, great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Always a great meal at G. Michael's. The waiter was fabulous and the food was great (except dessert, which is why 4 stars for food and not 5). I can't say enough about the waiter - excellent, patient, knowledgeable and friendly. The scallops were perfectly cooked and accompanied by great sides of potatoes and spinach. Wine by the glass list had some great selections. Decent beer list. As mentioned, dessert was not great. They shouldn't attempt fancy desserts; either do it right or stick to fuit and ice cream. I'll definitely go back, but will skip dessert next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    ColumbusDiner
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    My wife and I celebrated 10 years at our favorite restaurant in Columbus. We both had fish for our main entree, and the place does fish very well -- always plated with sides that make the fish very savory and filling. Service is generally attentive, though we dined on the patio and it was slightly slower than normal (though nothing *that* bad.) The seasonal menus are always fun to explore. Highly recommended!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Always excellent.
    geoshoe
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We are frequent diners at G Michael's. The food is always superb and the service is friendly and efficient. The meal is presented at a perfect pace. I never feel rushed, nor do I feel ignored. All or the service staff is very competent, but we always ask for Tim. He is like an old friend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • zink
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Excellent Food - Steamed mussel for appetizer was outstanding, Pan fried Scallops for entree was excellent and the Bourbon vanilla custard for dessert also excellent sweet but not too sweet. Service was Good but little too slow. But our server was very nice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Highs and lows
    backbayfoodie2VIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    The pineapple and mango "gazpacho" was wonderful and the deconstructed wedge salad was good. The fried calamari were disappointing--soggy, with an overly sweet glaze. All the main courses were very good: scallops, salmon and lasagna. Unfortunately, all the desserts were just okay, a let-down after the high standard set. They included an apple crisp, panna cotta, a tart and worst of all, a "gelee" (which, in fairness, our waiter warned us we might not like, but we thought we'd try it anyway.) Overall, a very fine place; perhaps a new pastry chef should be considered.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great setting
    Bbfcven
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Great German Village location and setting for outdoor dining. Fresh and varied menu includes small plates and entrees. Good wine list. Excellent service. Always enjoyable and relaxing.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service and food
    4theLove
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Our server, Tim was outstanding and the food was excellent. The berries green tomatoes I have EVER had! This made my experience wonderful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meal I have had in a while!
    LeeJ
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I ate at G Michael's for dinner last Saturday and was absolutely amazed! I have eaten out at many outstanding restaurants in Columbus, but this has to be one of the best! I had the duck/steak dinner and my wife had the pheasant. Both meals were wonderful! We also shared the Tuna appetizer, which was definitely a must-try. Our waiter was extremely friendly and helpful and gave us the pecan pie for free (I was so full I didn't need dessert, but it was the best pecan pie I have ever had! Worth it!). We will absolutely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top notch
    klapperVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    I was in Columbus for work. Found one of the best meals I have ever tasted. Chilled asparagus, potato, and leak soup to begin. Puréed perfectly with a brilliant mix that you could actually taste each ingredient properly with a nice glossy hint of butter. The pheasant dish was succulent, however the outer edges were slightly on the dry side. The spicy honey glaze coupled with citrus-chili vinaigrette worked extremely well together. The addition of sweet potatoes and Swiss chard just made it better. Service was impeccably good. A near perfect meal.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!!
    Chris
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner - everything from the Duck confit, to the steak, the salmon, and the lasagna were excellent. I have eaten here several times and never been disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Disappointing
    Sunshine
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    First did not have wine or beer we ordered. Filet was undercooked and chewy with a sauce that was too sweet. Broccoli rob was bland and all food on plate was cold. Lemon tart for dessert we all four tasted and agreed just downright bad. Server was pleasant enough all issues we had point to kitchen and management.
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  • Never disappoints
    Nori
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We have been dining here for years. Never once at G Michaels have I had a meal that was not absolutely outstanding in every way. It is our go-to for when we have out of town guests and want a lovely meal. Simply the best Columbus has to offer. Food quality is excellent, staff is wonderful and the Chef is superb. Will be back again and again.
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good
    KandK
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We have eaten at G Michaels several times and it has been consistently very good This time was no exception
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed It For the Most Part
    HotelCalifornia
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Most of G. Michael's entrees are done southern style, which didn't sound like healthy options to us. At the recommendation of our server, we ordered their least expensive chardonnay and the mussels as our appetizer. The mussels were served in a huge bowl almost full of mussels. They had a strong smell, which we didn't like and the meat within the shells was not very plump. We finished half of what was served. My house salad had a hair in it and the server replaced it with a fresh salad. It too had something in it that wasn't supposed to be there according to the server when I asked what it was. The salad itself was very good. We opted for salmon as our entree and it was terrific.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wine tasting
    Jaylee
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We really like G. Michael's and had attended a wine tasting dinner there a couple of months ago. Since we had had such a good experience then, we signed up for the tasting last Wednesday. The format was quite a bit different with no seating and a sort of bar where one stood in line to get samples of the different choices. The food was set out on one table, and it was somewhat difficult to obtain portions with people crowding around. Also juggling a plate of food and a glass of wine was a bit problematic. Luckily, we had had a snack at the bar before the event, so we weren't too hungry. So I think unless the next tasting event is of a sitdown dinner format we will not attend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lance
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Interesting preparations but food is too rich; sort of 10 yr old style. Definitely not heart healthy.
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  • Always GREAT!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Had a friend in from Houston and she LOVED it! Food was wonderful as always -- very different, lots of great flavors. Service too was great...fortunate to have Darrell who I've had many times -- always friendly, knowledgeable and responsive! G michaels remains an all time favorite!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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  • Wonderful experience
    Travelinggourmand
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Wow! Gathered family after German Village home tour. Absolutely the most creative menu and delish. A good time was had by all.
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    great for brunch, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I expected more
    MrsH
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    My husband and I had dinner on a Sunday evening. Don't get me wrong...the food was good (filet for me, lamb chop for him), but I guess I expected a far more superior product. The small plate starter we split (shrimp & grits) was outstanding. I probably should have ordered several small plates and a salad instead of an entree. Wine was excellent (German Riesling)! Waitstaff was excellent!! Bartender was super nice! No complaints about that. It's a pretty place, but it smelled musty for some reason like a basement and there were green, turflike carpets on the floor. Maybe a recent water problem? All in all a nice dinner with my husband, but I probably won't be back. Was looking for that above and beyond experience.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate