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Meritage Cafe
Meritage Cafe

Meritage Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.meritageonline.com
  • Phone: (706) 327-0707
  • 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: Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates, Wine Bar
  • 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. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Outstanding in all aspects. Don't miss an opportunity to dine here!"
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I will not only recommend Meritage to family and friends,but will make sure to return when I am in the area."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food was great, however the servings are too small for the price."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "The food was excellent and the martini's are so good!!!"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "Excellent meal. Good service. Best wine list in the area."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "Absolutely awesome. The waiter was great. The food was awesome. I'm shocked I haven't heard about this place before."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Do not even think about ordering the small dinner portion.You will leave still hungry. Even the large portion is to small."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "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!!!"
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "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!!"
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/17/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "Good food but menu was limited and 2 of 3 items I ordered were out of stock"
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/20/2013
  • "Small restaurant with a pleasant atmosphere, great food and excellent service. A wonderful surprise for the small market area."
    Dined on 9/5/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/24/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/17/2013
  • "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)."
    Dined on 8/16/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/15/2013
  • "We enjoyed the food. Crab en croute was beyond amazing and the wine list was fabulous!! Reccomend wine and tapas"
    Dined on 8/10/2013
  • "I read many reviews on this restaurant and all were very favorable. My wife and I were headed to Columbus for the weekend. I also planned on surprising her with a re-engagment of our marriage so I booked a reservation. On Friday afternoon I had forgotten to order flowers and I called the restaurant and spoke with Faye, the owner and explained my delima. She went above and beyond by having a dozen red roses waiting on my wife. The food was wonderful, portions were perfect and the wine list was unbelievable. we cant wait to go back to Columbus just to eat here. We travel all over the world and have eaten at some very nice restaurants and I have to say that Meritage is a hidden gem that would make it in any big city. DONT MISS THIS RESTAURANT!"
    Dined on 8/9/2013
  • "One of the finest restaurants in Columbus,Georgia."
    Dined on 8/3/2013
  • "I had the foie gras app, and Wellington entree. Both were delicious. My fiancée had the duck breast which was also excellent. I've wanted a place like this in Columbus to eat at and now I have it. Worth every penny."
    Dined on 6/15/2013