lovely setting, disappointing food
we had a pleasant experience here during restaurant week. lovely dining room, charming fireplace, soothing music and attentive server. in general, the food was good: generously dressed wedge salads, good bread, great desserts. i appreciate the non-meat choices for vegetarians. but i was shocked to see that the broccoli "fondue" came smothered with what appeared to be an ocean of orange velveta. i'm on a diet and assumed that "fondue" meant i could DIP the veggie into the cheese to suit my taste. honestly, it looked like something a mother would serve to disguise veggies for her picky children. the same cheese was used on the mac & cheese my sister ordered and it was delicious and appropriate there.
4/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Filet is always great! Service
Filet is always great! Service a bit curt this time
4/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food + Great Atmosphere
Varied menu. Good service. Nice atmosphere - including bar and dining area. Parking. Well done!
4/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Try any dish with the scallops
Try any dish with the scallops -deelish!! Especially the Pad Thai
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Restaurant Week Surprise
My dining partner and I were very impressed with our experience at the Columbus Inn. It was the first time there for both of us. The restaurant and bar were almost completely filled, and even though I arrived early for our reservation, I was greeted warmly and seated with very little delay. Unbeknown to us, it was Restaurant Week, and we took advantage of the special menu. The food that was served was absolutely delicious and attractively plated and presented even though it was a special price menu. The desserts were so good and imaginative. We loved the State Fair Fritter with blue cotton candy - a home run finish to our meal. We will definitely be back to the Columbus Inn to try out their regular menu. Cocktails and service great!
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Glad they're back
First time for us since the reopening. Menu very different, very eclectic, something for everyone at all price levels. We went early as we had theater tickets and our servor was attentive, making sure we left on time. Ease of parking is a serious over many Wilmington places. Will definitely return.
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Party of five had soup of the day, wedge salads, bolognese pasta, steaks, chicken and creme brulee. All were good/very good and most of us thought the portions were perfect. Our waitress seemed to hover and although there were plenty of tables to be filled, we felt rushed. We save Columbus Inn for special occasions but some of us would like to go back more often.
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great for conversation!
We were a foursome and we asked for a table somewhat secluded. And that's what we got. Right in front of the fireplace. We were able to talk in just slightly above normal forces on a very busy Thursday night when the place was packed! Our waitress, Barbara, was extraordinary and made the evening double the fun. Food was excellent and we recommend the 'all selection' of cheese as an appetizer. Delicious! No complaints about any of our dishes. We enjoyed a wonderful evening and stayed almost 3 hours!
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went to celebrate a birthday and were please with our dinner. Presentation excellent. Staff very helpful and efficient. Quality of ingredients top notch.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food and service was excellent. My wife had the Tornado's of Beef and said they were mouth watering. I had the Pad Thai, which was nice and spicy and the scallops were succulent. I would also recommend the Pulled Port Pretzels.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
People are friendly, very nice resturant. Thanks for making my girlfriends birday, and mothersday a night to remember!
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
My husband and I celebrated Mother's Day by having dinner. The waitress was knowledgable in specialty drinks and of the entire menu. She was fun, energetic, and seemed aimed to please. The food was amazing! The attention to detail was on point. We ordered a little bit of everything from the menu to truly experience the food, and everything was fabulous! My husband and I will definitely be returning with a few friends in tow! Definitely worth the hour drive.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Would love to come back for
Would love to come back for dinner as well as a non-special occasion brunch.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect Mother's Day Brunch
Had MDB there and it was fantastic! We sat outside. Was a little windy and cold, but the heaters helped. Great food. Will definitely come back again.
5/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
We decided to come to the
We decided to come to the Columbus Inn after a high school graduation ceremony. We had not been to the columbus Inn for many years. We had heard that they had changed things, and heard good things about it. Glad that we did. The atmosphere was inviting Our waitress Barb was very friendly and helpful/ She had a great sense of humor, perfect for our crowd!
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Friday Night with the Girls
We selected Columbus Inn to celebrate a friend's birthday. Happy Hour was in full swing, and we were seated on the patio. While it was outdoor seating, it was still somewhat "hidden" from Pennsylvania Ave, which was great! The drink specials are some of the best in Wilmington, and the food was delicious, with a lot of choices on the regular menu. I'm looking forward to enjoying more good times are Columbus Inn.
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was yummy, plentiful and imaginative, and the service cheerful, helpful and not intrusive. Inside it is quiet and relaxing. It has risen to the top of our go-to list for brunch.
6/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food and Romantic!
Food was great! Told them over opentable that we have an anniversary coming up and they remembered! They welcomed us and said happy anniversary... And at the end of the dinner, they surprised us with dessert (for free) which said happy anniversary on it! Went above and beyond!
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were there for a after graduation several weeks ago and decided to come to brunch for Father's Day. Excellent food and setting.
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent as usual! New server
Excellent as usual! New server who was very good and great to talk with.
6/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Still going strong!
Although not the same as the original Columbus Inn (the restaurant closed and was reopened), I'm happy to "rediscover" this restaurant. Food was excellent and will be a hit with those who are looking for a varied seafood menu. The goat cheese and beet salad was refreshing and the seared ahi tuna was amazing! My husband had the branzino (whole -- t hey will fillet for you table-side or in the kitchen, or leave you to your own devices if you choose). It was cooked and seasoned perfectly. Everything was fresh and well-prepared. Service was good -- not too pushy, but we also didn't feel ignored. We were in the room across from the bar and the noise level did get louder as the bar filled up. Next time we will ask for a table in the back.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
The whole experience at Columbus Inn was wonderful. The waitstaff were friendly and personable, and offered helpful suggestions about drinks and food. Food came out in a timely manner. Everything was beautifully presented and delicious. I would absolutely dine there again and as well as recommend it to anyone looking for a nice evening and a fantastic meal.
6/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
First time dining at the Columbus Inn. Excellent food and service. Prices very reasonable. Will be back.
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Glad to be back!
We haven't dined at Columbus Inn for about 15 years. It was one of our favorites. We decided to return July 3 since we plan to be in town for this July 4 holiday. We were so thrilled and delighted at everything, from the ambiance to the diverse menu, in addition to the perfection of our soft-shell crab dinner and impeccable server (Barbara). Our evening made us feel special, like royalty. Once again Columbus Inn is back as our favorite.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Their ar is excellent too! No mixes - fresh ingredients. Cosmo's were great!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
We come to CI anytime we want good food, special attention, and interesting surroundings. The cocktails are really good except one of us had the Lemon Sorbet martini and it was way too sweet for someone going for the lower calorie vodka. The meals were great - ribs, tournedoes with crab, chicken bolognese, roasted chicken and filet cheesesteak. Most of us started with blue cheese wedge salad which was smaller than usual. No one had dessert this time but many of us wanted to. We love Columbus Inn and know that many others do too so it is important even on Thursday to make reservations.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner with Family and Friends
Great spot for a dinner with my family and friends. Great steaks! Great service... Definitely will return!
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Colonial Atmosphere Fabulous Food
If you are looking for a consistently great meal, you have to go to the Columbus Inn.
7/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
A Definite Winner
From the moment we walking in the front door we were greeted with exception attention and service. From the hostess, manager and server, we were made to feel at home. A personal tour of the wine cellar made the evening all the more special. The food was exceptional and the ambiance is very conducive for intimate conversation.
Will definitely be back and recommend to family and friends.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place for a celebration
We returned a second time -- this time for my husband's birthday-- and were not disappointed. The Thai mussel ap was fabulous although the mussels were on the small side. I had the Japenese tuna with rice cake and it was done to perfection. My husband enjoyed the salmon entree. We agreed that we would return again and see what brunch is like. Neeess to say I am looking forward to a 3d visit! PS. The background music was nice too. Not so loud that you had to talk over it but enough just to provide ambience. We liked a song enough to shazam and buy it:)
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding overall experience. The Iceberg Wedge and Tournedos Oscar were scrumptious. Prime cuts of filet and it was cooked just the way we ordered it, the crab meat added the finishing touch. The patio is great for a romantic date night, great ambiance. We will definitely be back.
8/9/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent, Paul was so nice
Excellent, Paul was so nice and short ribs delicious
8/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
A Wonderful Evening
The deliciousness and presentation of the food was amazing. The portion of the app.s and snacks was a little small. Sat outside- it was a Friday night; not too busy or loud. Friendly and attentive service (without being overbearing). Drinks are delicious. Date with boyfriend, very romantic.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was excellent. Only criticism
Food was excellent. Only criticism was that it was very noisy.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was the 4th time we were at this restaurant and it was the best. The food was great and the service was even better Whould definitely go back
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was incredible--I couldn't have been more pleased. It was a little loud in the dinning area but we had the sever turn it down. Great time!
10/7/2013 5:00:00 PM
relaxing dinner atmosphere
relaxing dinner atmosphere with gret choice of main course dishes, need to go back to try them
10/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed dinner at the Columbus Inn. We had been there before, but not in a couple of years. Very good food; service was excellent. We will go back!
10/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Columbus Inn has been re-invented within the last couple of years. This was our first time since the remake. The new modern decor is very well done. We were enticed by a three course promotion. It did not disappoint. The appetizers and entrees were terrific and the dessert samplers were all gems. The service is very attentive and informed. We would definitely return again. Downsides? For us, It was a little noisy. That might not be any concern for others. We understand another dining room may open in the future. Also, disappointingly, the Inn follows a practice by too many restaurants of substantial mark-up on their wines, discouraging the idea of wine as part of the meal..
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
The special restaurant week
The special restaurant week menu was fantastic! Barb, our server, delightful
10/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Good Food Ok Service
Each dish was excellent. Hot foods were hot and cold foods were cold. Service could have been brushed up a little bit. The restaurant wasn't overly busy and it took awhile to get drinks and bread for the table.
10/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
A delightful discovery
Haven't eaten here since it was renovated - really lovely ambiance and decor - delicious food - really a nice place for dinner with friends - we will be back
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Our server was fabulous, she made great recommendations and was very accommodating. I had the beet salad and I highly recommend the beet salad for those beet lovers out there! The steak dishes were cooked exactly to my guests liking and they boasted about the flavor. I had the goat cheese gnocchi with brussels sprouts and bacon. I am not a huge fan of gnocchi but this was a very tasty dish. For dessert we had the Charcol Pit Sundae, turtle cheesecake and salted caramel gelato...even though we were all stuffed there was nothing left of our dessert! I highly recommend this restaurant for a special occasion or a romantic night out. The dining room with the fireplace is very cozy. I'm sure you would enjoy!
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
We are from NY and it was
We are from NY and it was our first time in Wilmigton. I was very impressed with the service! Keep it up!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Work Dinner Outing
Had a great team dinner with a group of Barclays colleagues. Awesome Happy Hour, great food, and an impressive Sunday Brunch
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Being from out of town, we needed a restaurant that was convenient and good, and OpenTable pointed us to the Columbus Inn. Finding it was a little challenging as there were non prominent lit signs when we got close. However, as soon as we walked in, we were well taken care of. The staff are quite personable and experienced and led us to a cozy table by a big fireplace. Our waitress was very attentive, ensuring that our water carafe was fresh and filled. Our salads were simple, yet fresh and crisp. Our entrees were original with a nice presentation. The gnocchi was prepared with an unusual sweet and sour taste and had just the right amount of sauce. Our bill was delivered promptly, allowing us to leave in time for the concert.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
great sunday brunch
good selection without being overwhelming. tables are spaced well and not crammed in together. We will definitely return!
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
My wife and I took my sister and her husband for Thanksgiving dinner. It was a real treat. Some interesting twists on old standby dishes that made a traditional dinner a special event.
We will be back!
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Thanksgiving dinner was great!
Columbus Inn's family style Thanksgiving dinner was delicious! The food was quite fresh, just the right mix of comfort food and a bit of trendy deliciousness. The atmosphere was fun and the servers were very nice. We very much enjoyed dining here for this holiday meal. We had to find a spot at the last minute (made the reservation on Monday for Thursday) and this hit all the marks. I would recommend for anyone looking for a nice holiday dinner.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
We haven't visited Columbus Inn for a very long time.That all changed when we were looking for a place to have Thanksgiving Dinner and we selected the Columbus Inn. We are not sure why we drifted away from the restaurant, but after having their Thanksgiving fare we are sure to return to savor some selections from their dinner menu. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience and had a great time tasting each portion of our meals. We recommend trying this restaurant. and we are looking forward to returning.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM