Meritage Cafe
Meritage Cafe

Meritage Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.meritageonline.com/
  • Phone: 7063270707x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch in The Deli at Meritage: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
    Dinner in The Dining Room at Meritage:
    Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Wine Bar, Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Ashley Parsi-Graciani
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: W 11th Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: If on-street parking is full, there is a nearby parking garage.
A word from Meritage Cafe
We have moved to Uptown! 1039 1st Avenue.

Our goal at Meritage is to offer one of the best dining experiences in the greater Columbus area in a cozy, relaxed, upscale atmosphere. For every day to special occasions, for lunch to casual fine dining, Meritage has something for everyone. Come taste the experience at Meritage.
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Meritage Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
18 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelQuiet
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (11)notable wine list (11)romantic (9)neighborhood gem (8)fit for foodies (8)late-night find (3)good for groups (2)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Overall good +
    Friends
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Appetizers and desert were great. In our group two out of the four meals were just ok. Chicken dish was dry and salmon was a slightly over done. The chicken dish also came with roasted potatoes which were dry and portion was small. Duck and steak were perfect. The dining room had a great ambiance.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • pc600VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This was a delightful find the food was excellent and unique without being wierd! Many by the glass wine optuons including 3 oz for tasting/sampling. We will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a Date Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Their wine list is very extensive and they have a lot of knowledge of the wines to help you make your decision. The food was incredible, I have the beef short ribs over grits, something I had never thought of doing, and it was amazing. This is one of the rear restaurants in Columbus that is not primarily a bar. I will definitly go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bar good food not good
    JMNWVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Lovely atmosphere and nice people. They need a good chef. I had the lacquered salmon which tasted like a subpar frozen dinner. My companion had the pork slders and he wasn't pleased. So much potential thet just need to seriously up their game with their cuisine.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Better than Before!
    dande
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This experience was superior to our first. The first was bad but to no fault of the Owner - huge crowd from the Springer Theater. The food and wine were excellent! We like to take our time when we go out. It was nice to relax and not to be rushed. Meritage could be the place for any occasion. It would be a great place to drop in for apps and a glass of wine after a walk through the downtown area.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good food
    noraBu
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We enjoyed our visit to Meritage but found it to be rather highly priced compared to our expectations. It is quiet inside, the ambience is gentle, but floor space is cramped in comparison to other high end restaurants like Epic.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Milo
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Your directions are misleading! Our meal was excellent; we both ordered the duck special that evening. Service was most attentive; I believe our server's name was John, and he interacted quite charmingly with us.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience
    WineWithFood
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Meritage is a great place if you want a unique dinner experience in Columbus. Owner Faye leads a great staff that features excellent and consistent food with the most extensive wine by the glass selection I've ever seen. Pricing is in line with high quality food but is not excessive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, super friendly
    tashim
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The staff were very kind. The sommelier was on site and freely suggested pairings based on our order. It certainly isn't an inexpensive place to go for dinner but food was delicious. The filet was ordered medium rare and prepared medium well, while the lamb was cooked perfectly to medium rare. Side choices were limited, however. Due to the quality customer service, wine selection, and overall quality of the food, I still rate Meritage as 4 stars in despite what I view as basic oversights.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hit and miss
    coboVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    What looked like a lovely setting and ostensibly upscale for Columbus, failed to hit the mark on several points. Our waiter attempted to be attentive, but bread plates, albeit late into the meal, but forgot the bread and the butter. The lobster bisque was delicious. Don't bother with the puff pastry version; soup alone. Salmon had a peanut crust with a kick, nicely offset with a slightly sweet spinach base that complemented it tastefully. Scallops were perfectly cooked, but overwhelmed with a heavily oiled/buttered mashed potato base and a glop of still cold buerre Blanc topping. Filet was just ok. This place has all the makings of a Fine Dining venue which Columbus NEEDS, but execution was inconsistent and oversight lacking.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 88 reviews are from the Meritage Cafe reviews archive.
  • A Columbus GA Best Restaurant
    TomD
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Outstanding in all aspects. Don't miss an opportunity to dine here!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, clueless server
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Great food, but server was not knowledgeable about the menu items, wines, drinks, or beers. Timing was too short in between appetizers and our main courses.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If you haven't been ......
    ARegularVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    since they moved downtown, you need to try it. The food is still great and the location is a million times better. The wine bar is unbelievable as is the wine selection. I travel to major cities every week and I am always at nice resturants with really good wine lists but Meritage's list is the most affordable, hands down, and Faye knows her wine so ask he for a suggestion. Great service, great bar, great food, in a "not to over the top" setting. Its nice that it is not in the middle of pub row, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty but bring your wallet
    Dorn
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Food was excellent. Great and diverse menu ... a little something for everyone. Appetizers fun and delicious. Main courses prepared beautifully and very tasty. Service is excellent and restaurant has warm and inclusive feel. Only surprise is how pricey the restaurant is for anywhere much less downtown Columbus, Ga. NYC, LA, Chicago kind of prices so be prepared for a nice but expensive dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant and pleasant staff
    Mevis
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    I will not only recommend Meritage to family and friends,but will make sure to return when I am in the area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    goodtime
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I was very excited about coming to Meritage and left disappointed. Our service was fair, waiter was sweet but once another couple came about 20 minutes after the server was more attentive to them and I did understand why we were served last with our entre when we put our order first before they did (pre-set menu for V-Day). The food was not good, my baked chicken was too greasy rice was bland. I would have tried this restaurant again but after paying $50 per person (not including drinks) and leaving unsatisfied it not worth it.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Valentines Day
    ECMS
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I usually love the restaurant, but Valentines Day was disappointing. The fixed menu was extremely overpriced, with very low-quality food. Our experience was opposite of what we usually experience there. We now know to steer clear of Meritage on holidays.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Small Servings
    DrBop
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food was great, however the servings are too small for the price.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful date night!
    TYama
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    I enjoyed a wonderful date night here with my girlfriend. Reservations were easy to make online. When I arrived the wait staff was very friendly and offered wonderful service. They chose the perfect wine which my date enjoyed. I had the salmon which may have wen the most delicious salmon and Brussels sprouts I had ever had. I would definitely recommend this to anyone. Great for a romantic dinner away from the kids. I will definitely be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic Night Out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Unique menu and a huge wine selection. It was a nice night out with great food and a great atmosphere. We're definitely coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Secret!
    TanBday
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    The food was excellent and the martini's are so good!!!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and fun!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary here and we loved it! Delicious food, romantic atmosphere, and great service! We would definitely recommend to a friend. We both got the a salad and the small plate and it was more than enough.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent meal. Good service.
    threecheersforopentable
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Excellent meal. Good service. Best wine list in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and atmosphere!
    Annivcouple
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    We really enjoyed the whole experience. The food was great - we both had the dinner filet and the chopped salad. We also had a great bottle of wine - a Cabernet Franc from Napa. Our waitress was very soft spoken and hard to hear with the background noise of the restaurant. The manager (possibly owner) came by to open our bottle of wine and then again later to check that everything (temperature of meat, wine, etc.) was to our satisfaction. We sat at a high top table by the window with a view of the street that made for a nice ambience. I would have given it 5 stars if our particular waitress had been a little better but overall we were very satisfied and would recommend to others and return to it ourselves.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    whoflungdung
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Absolutely awesome. The waiter was great. The food was awesome. I'm shocked I haven't heard about this place before.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Portions
    vivoVIP
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Do not even think about ordering the small dinner portion.You will leave still hungry. Even the large portion is to small.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    Meritage is located in the up and coming downtown district of Columbus near the riverfront. The service is a mix of small-town charm and upscale expertise. The food is excellent and I highly recommend the crab bisque, with or without the lump crab and flaky roll prior to dinner. Plenty of wine and beer choices or non-alcoholic beverages if you choose. Overall, just a great eating experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always five star
    Wishiwerefrench
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    Six of us dined here recently. Food was outstanding..steaks, fish, lamb chops, crab bisque...everything was delicious. I LOVE the roasted beet and goat cheese salad with a coconut citrus dressing! We each selected our favorite glass of wine from a huge selection. Our server, Erica, was fabulous and tended to our every need throughout the meal. This restaurant/ wine bar never disappoints. Looking forward to the new years eve dinner here. Check it out on their Facebook page.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impress that special lady
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Everything from food to service to setting was amazing ! Do you wanna impress a lady?Make reservations.... (Bonus points) Show her she means the world to you invest in her with an fabulous Dinner at this place! This place is a true Columbus gem! Wine selection is massive price is good. Had the steak was very good and the Chilean sea bass! Will recommend every time!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An uptown gem!
    RiverCityGirl
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    Meritage has wonderful food, and a great wine list. This is a very romantic restaurant and my husband and I enjoy it very much each time we visit. I find this to be a perfect pre-theatre dinner or a great special occasion restaurant. Lunch is great too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Me and my wife wanted a romantic dinner so we looked up restaraunts and this one had the best reviews out of them all and we decided to try it and it was amazing!! As soon as you walk in its great lighting and beautiful scenery fantastic tables and silverware. The waiters and waitrasses were so nice and friendly, they get everything you need very fast, great service. The food looked and tasted amazing!! Great cheifs!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Meritage was a great find
    jerry
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    Meritage was a great find in uptown Columbus. Food was great, excellent wine list and the owner who is the sommelier was a great resource. I plan to go back the next time I visit Columbus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable
    CreedPiel
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    My fiancé and I went to dinner there was incredible. I had one of the best Manhattan's I've ever had along with A rack of lamb that was delicious. My fiancé had the scallops which were very good. The wine glass and drink list or spot on; along with desserts. The service is beyond the best I've had since I've been here in Columbus and I would go back here anytime. Be sure to make reservations and asked for a corner table you will not be disappointed. Definitely five stars.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but menu was limited
    Canuk9
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Good food but menu was limited and 2 of 3 items I ordered were out of stock
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Location is great, food excellent
    TomT
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    The new location is a significant improvement. We requested a quiet location and were seated in a corner space with a low ceiling covered with an attractive sound absorbing facade. The food was excellent. I had Lamb chops, medium well, cooked to perfection, juicy, tender and delicious. My wife ordered the sea bass as her entree. She ordered the small serving, but said it was so good she wished she had asked for the larger serving. Service was attentive, but not intrusive. The Meritage is known for its extensive wine selection. We didn't order a bottle, but all had the "by the glass" selection. The chardonnay, pinot grigio and pinot noir were excellent. The "by the glass" selection is strong, perfect when a bottle is too much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Near perfection
    Isabel
    Dined on 9/5/2013
    Small restaurant with a pleasant atmosphere, great food and excellent service. A wonderful surprise for the small market area.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    This was our first visit to the new downtown location! Huge improvement from the previous location! The atmosphere was buzzing and festive. The food was excellent. The service was prompt and accommodating. The decor is very sophisticated and cosmopolitan. Highly recommend. We will definitely be dining at Meritage again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointingly Small Portions
    Sammy
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    The food looked great, but I couldn't really tell you if the food was good or not-the portions were so incredibly small I didn't have a chance to figure it out. I was willing to pay a handsome price for a nice meal in town, but I wouldn't consider what I ate a meal. In fact, we went out for pizza immediately after dinner.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very high tech
    noraBu
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    I was impressed that the experience included mobile devices. A tablet checked us in to our reservation (made on Opentable), and an ipod with custom app was used to order from the menu. The food was great and the portions were fair. The wine list had a large selection but having to pay for 1 oz samplers is ridiculous when you are trying to figure out if you like it. The ambience of the restaurant was cozy with moderate noise level (not too loud, not too quiet).
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply Outstanding
    BillVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2013
    Arrived in Columbus the night before a business function, and had no idea where to eat. Fortunately, OpenTable was available, and we found Meritage. What a great find. Concise, well thought out (and reasonable) wine list, and genuinely excellent food. The owner (Faye) came out and visited with us as well. Overall.... a very pleasant experience. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.