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G. Michael's Bistro & Bar
G. Michael's Bistro & Bar
  • Address:
    595 South Third Street
    Columbus, OH 43215
    German Village
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

G. Michael's Bistro & Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://gmichaelsbistro.com
  • Phone: (614) 464-0575
  • 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: Contemporary American, Low Country
  • 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 (614) 464-0575

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 Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    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?"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "From the service to the food, this place can't be outdone!! Treat yourself to the best! Don't miss dining here."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Really good meal at G Michaels with their summer menu. Recommend the rabbit and duck combo, and some of the small plates… very tasty!!"
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "wonderful dining experience! Julieanne was outstanding. Food was excellent. Will be the NEW special occasion spot."
    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."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    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."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Our server, Tim was outstanding and the food was excellent. The berries green tomatoes I have EVER had! This made my experience wonderful."
    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!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "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."
    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"
    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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Interesting preparations but food is too rich; sort of 10 yr old style. Definitely not heart healthy."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Wow! Gathered family after German Village home tour. Absolutely the most creative menu and delish. A good time was had by all."
    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."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Quite a bit of noise in room , don't know what you could do about that . Food was great and also great service"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We had a great meal at G. Michael's. This restaurant never fails to deliver quality, unique dishes. Everything I ordered was delicious. Fresh and creative plates served by friendly waitstaff. Time and time again, this restaurant shows its' patrons that they care about presenting dishes that stimulate senses. Food is typically seasonal and is prepared in harmonious combinations, in comparison to other Columbus restaurants. The appetizers through dessert have really great flavor! Love this restaurant!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Dining al fresco in Ohio can be risky but the weather cooperated with us and we were all very comfortable on the patio at G. Michaels. The patio is small with maybe seven tables but nice and protected from the evening sun. This was our parties' second visit to G. Michaels and just as good as the first time. Everyone enjoyed all the food which is saying something for our group. The service was just right as our waitress saw that we were not in a hurry and gave us all the time that we wanted to relax and enjoy our meal together. We were probably there about two and a half hours, which was less than our last visit by the way. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from in Columbus but it's not easy to find ones that you can count on."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "A wonderful evening, we went for a special evening and we were not disapointed. The food was outstanding, the service was right on, the table was tucked away in the room. Everyone was friendly and helpful. We will return."
    Dined on 6/27/2014