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

G. Michael's Bistro & Bar

  • 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: 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
G. Michael's Bistro & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
148 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (116)neighborhood gem (100)special occasion (93)romantic (78)notable wine list (61)great for outdoor dining (45)hot spot (26)good for groups (26)vibrant bar scene (16)scenic view (3)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Winter Treat
    JPanzer
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    The food at G. Michael's is nothing short of perfect for a winter's evening. Perfectly prepared and perfectly presented. The only trouble is deciding what to eat and being careful not to overdo it. Bring a friend or three and be ready to pass the plates around. Or, just plan on going back again and again. We will.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Excellent
    DJONJKO
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We are always pleased with all aspects of G. Michael's. From the greeting at the door through evening's end, it is top notch. The entire staff is well prepared and do not hesitate to help one another out in providing diners with a quality dining experience. The food is excellent and the menu is a nice blend of old favorites and new (and often creative) additions. Following our waiter's tempting description of the dish, I tried the Rabbit Leg Scallopini. What a great and pleasant surprise that reminded me of why I keep coming back to G. Michael's. A shout-out to our waiter, Michael, who really knows his craft! Thanks to all for a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Happy Hour / Great food
    EJR5077
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    The happy hour was great. The food was excellent. Service was outstanding at the bar and dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • G. Michael's Scores Again
    CJWFoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I had dinner at G.Michael's with my wife and three additoonal friends last Saturday and it was absolutely exquisite as usual. The food, the service, the ambiance all were impeccable. I have never had an unpleasant experience there and will go back in a heart beat. It was most enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We love coming to G. Michaels, every time the food is fabulous and wait staff is great and friendly. There is not a better restaurant in Columbus!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • G Michael
    Elce
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Food was superb. Great variety and good gluten free for one of our party. I especially enjoyed the vegetarian plate as it was a sampler of all the sides. The bread and its seasoned spread was a nice addition. The only issue was a noise level that inhibited conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect prie fixe
    Pagankc
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Saturday in Columbus, Ohio means Buckeye football. But, lucky for us Saturday also means a changing prie fixed meal at G Michaels. service (Tim) was excellent and the food fabulous. We enjoyed the excellent hangar steak homage to old time steakhouses with the sides of spinach and creamy hashbrowns. The panna cotta was flavorful and the berries added a contrast to the sweet custard.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Real neighborhood gem!
    diner
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We went to G Michael's in German Village for the first time - and will definitely return to this neighborhood gem! We enjoyed a great atmosphere, great service and great food. We highly recommend G Michael's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday celebration
    Sunshine
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Our family had a BD celebration (all adults) and we all thoroughly enjoyed everything. Especially like the special menu of the pre set app/entree/dessert! The men also enjoyed the beer selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • relaxing and high quality
    Leese
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The service and atmosphere were wonderful. I love quiet dining spots. I really liked our dinner. The food was very good, and many local and "foodie" elements. They were very kind as well to provide a free dessert for my hubs, celebrating his B-day. Overall, we were thrilled.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great weeknight dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Went here on a weeknight with some out of town guests. It was their first time at the restaurant and they were very impressed. We started with appetizers - the Brussels sprouts were outstanding as was the pate on the salami plate. All dinners were exceptional - mahi mahi, steak, shrimp and grits, buffalo. We shared three desserts - the apple crisp was the best we have ever eaten - and the lime pie and carrot cake were also very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sandy
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    The Happy Hour specials were numerous anbd the ones we chose were delicious. a
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellence!
    Tony
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Saturday's fixed price menu is a must try! Great food quality, presentation, and combination of flavors!! Service was excellent. Our waiter suggestions about the cocktails and wines were a perfect combination four our meals! I windy doubt to go back again. I took my gf there for a date and she loved it too(good for me, she was happy)!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good choice
    Phantomfan
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Good location, good service, and uses local foods. We thought the fare was overly rich, with too many heavy sauces. I would like to see some simple choices. For example, the Brussels sprouts with shiitake mushrooms appetizer was very tasty but drowned in Gruyere cheese sauce. The ribeye steak was delicious and perfectly cooked but there was a sauce on top that seemed unnecessary since there was already a very tasty glaze. They need to trust the favors of the food. It is a good place for an unhurried dinner which I really appreciate. The server was prompt if we wanted it but also happy to let us linger.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food Excellent!
    ErieandHH
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We visited GMichaels this week on a Tuesday evening and couldn't have been more pleased. The food was very good and the service was excellent. We have visited before and will do so again...thanks for keeping up the quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Lighting was too low, room temperature a little chilly, calamari was too greasy, steak was under seasoned. Best part about the food was the apple pie, although was surprised to see such a limited unimaginative dessert menu. Overall concept was a little dated.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Casual, classy experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Had business associates in from out of state. They were very impressed with G Michael s. The food was great, the service was exceptional. We were a party of five and our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and how things were prepared. Our experience was casual but classy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Under Pressure
    slwilson35
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Dinner before a concert event and the place was PACKED! Even with a reservation we were seated 20 minutes late. However, after being seated all was good. Service, great. Food, exceptional. The meatball is amazing! The Martinis came with blue cheese stuffed olives and the bread is wonderful. We did not have time for dessert. But I must say, from the hostess to the manager...they were great under pressure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time
    amicky49
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This was our first time dinning at G. Micheal's the service was great and the food was really good too. Prices are a little steep. I wish they had a wider price range we would come more often. Went to the Ohio Theater afterwards.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of Columbus' best
    ajaxVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    G Michael's is one of our favorite restaurants. Three of had house salad or scallop appetizers, pork chop or walleye main courses, and shared lemon tart and ice cream for dessert. Each was perfectly prepared and delicious. Service was, as always, outstanding. The atmosphere is comfortable with plenty of space between tables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good, but expensive.
    fmc1
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Food is very good, however it is a bit pricey. At this price point it is competing with Columbus' best.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful local spot
    rzbz
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We always love dining at G. Michael's. We come at least once each year for the autumn selections. The service is always wonderful, everything you could ask for. The servers are kind and attentive and always make an attempt to get to know us on a personal level. The wine list is amazing and the servers are very knowledgeable about how the wine pairs with the food. We often bring out-of-town visitors here since it's one of our favorite spots!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • place for all occasions
    scrubsnsuds
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had friends come in for a show at one of the local hotels. Yep they called wanting to know where was a good resturant close by. We offered to join them for dinner. We have eatten there with or without quest. Never , never have we had a bad experience. We brought our friends to G. Michaels for dinner. The food service and price was great. Our friends were very pleased that we shared our resturant with them. It was a high-lite .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bebe
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    G. Michael's is always a pleasant place to dine. The food is outstanding and the service is always top-notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    GoCharlie
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Out-f-town married daughter came home and I picked this spot for an up-scale dinner. Perhaps I hadn't fully eplained about my wife's sensitivity to spicy foods enough; I sure wish I'd made it cleaarer! Her shrinp and grits had a sauce too spicy for her to eat. The grits and shrimp were tasty. My lamb was under cooked for my taste, and I had not been asked how I wanted it. Double fault there. Daughter's duck was the best of meals. I lay the fault here on both myself and the waiter - not enough good pre-ordering explanations on either side. Wines were great. Hope we fare better next time out; I know I'll be lots more careful. Not the event I'd planned.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Food Excellent Service
    Swim2Tri
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Few times am I able to say a restaurant has achieved excellence in both food and service. G Michaels excels at both. Unlike other German Village establishments, G Michaels is not stuffy and does not rest on their laurels. This has been my third trip in 2 years and each time is better than the last. I especially appreciated the service provided to us by our server. He knew exactly when to be part of the conversation with his attentive service and quick wit without being overbearing. Thank you! When asked by friends for a good recommendation, G Michaels will be the first destination I recommend every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • newplace
    nofoodie
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    delicious small plates and salads, and enough to make a meal. Great waiter.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great food, pleasant, quiet ambiance. Overall a great place to spend an anniversary!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hiccups with service- dinner divine
    Lovefood56
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Homecoming night made kit crowded and noisy. We had to wait quite a while for our server to come back and take our order after she brought our wine- but dinner was great- we loved the whole thing! Mussels for appetizer halibut for dinner and lemon tart for dessert- yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Service and Food
    Sabracadabra
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We had a wonderful meal - it's the kind of food that is completely deliberate. Every flavor was chosen with care, every grill mark seemed to be placed with care, and you could just taste the love and attention that went into everything that came out of the kitchen. It felt like Sophie's Choice when he read off the specials, which were all themed around pork that evening. That said, the chatter from the yuppiest couple that ever did yuppy kind of ruined the ambiance that would otherwise have been perfect. Not the restaurant's fault, and I'm sure they would have moved us inside if we asked, but we thought it would stop eventually. It did not. So maybe ask for a secluded table if you are celebrating something special?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 77proud
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Excellent food and service. Best rack of lamb I've had in years, and the lentil/beet salad was out of this world. And my husband thoroughly enjoyed his crab cakes.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hufbro
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    first time at g. michael's. friend recommended. now one of our favorites in columbus. nice menu variety. in paticular appreciated the efforts to use local produce and meats. our food was quite good. nice wine list. sat outside. outdoor patio is cozy and comfortable. next visit will try the ambience inside-which looked good from outside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    KDPP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My fiancee had the halibut and I had the lasagna. Both were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Happy Birthday
    csamons09
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We had a late reservation for Sunday night. Service was excellent, thanks Collin, and the food came out right as we finished the prior course. The borgoo was amazing. I love the wine list which has great botitles at every price range. Can't wait to come back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • never disappointing
    EddiePie
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I love the food, I love the drink, I love the staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and Relaxing
    DewMouse
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    G. Michael's knows how to relax and let you enjoy your food, which is delicious and nicely presented. The staff is friendly and attentive without hovering. Our only complaint is that they seemed to be having a problem with odor from the nearby bathrooms. It was obvious in the entire area in which we were seated.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Timer
    Mark
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Service was great, food was good. Only problem I had was a terrible odor when I walked in and was especially bad by the restrooms. Smelled like sewage. They were trying to cover it with cinnamon candles.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • G. Michael's experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Phenominal. Everything we ate was out of this world from salads to apps to entrees. I will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful for a Birthday!
    addicted2dinning
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    When our family celebrates a birthday, we always go to G. Michael's. The whole atmosphere is just right for a good time of eating, drinking, and having fun conversation. The service was superb. The menu offered enough choices to suit everyone's taste. All of our orders were delicious and looked great as well. The wine list is extensive. We will be back for the next birthday for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • For quiet, choose the patio
    Bear70VIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I like a quiet spot and we really enjoyed the patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.