I have dined at SideBar 122 a few times. Each time, it was my pleasure. Whether it was a date night, a night when I had guests in town, or an impromptu brunch with friends, Sidebar 122 was a go-to treat. It is in a great location. So stopping in for a quick bite and a nice drink- I recommend the wine but the drink menu is quite clever- before going off to a show is easy. Brunch is very good (the mimosas are tasty). And for diner, please, try the octopus, its spicy and robust, with a good red... you will not be disappointed. I especially recommend going during the week nights... You may feel like you stumbled into a gem of a place. Point of fact, you have.
11/7/2012 12:00:00 AM
Great bar with creative (and
Great bar with creative (and stiff) drinks. Marshall the bartender created a custom drink for us that was delicious. Food was delicious, especially the apps. We had a large group so got to taste several. All delicious. Everyone loved their meal except my husband who ordered one of the pizzas. Good but not as special as the others. Definitely plan on drinking their special cocktails; they are great.
2/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Service was outstanding. Our
Service was outstanding. Our meal was fantastic from start to finish! If you like lamb, you'll love their lamb shank!! Chocolate lovers should absolutely try the chocolate madness. Insanely chocolate! Can't wait to go back!
3/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
We had a very enjoyable pre-perform
We had a very enjoyable pre-performance dinner here. It is great to know you can count on a restaurant to time things just right so you can enjoy your meal without rushing and still have plenty of time to get to the theater. The food was delicious, as always, and we were impressed that the new manager came to our table to check on us and make sure we were enjoying our experience.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Interesting collection of
Interesting collection of tapas with good wines by the glass. More expensive than standard pub grub and worth it. Excellent, friendly personnel. The bat was *really* noisy on a Friday, but the restaurant section was just fine.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food and tapas were fantastic.
The food and tapas were fantastic. The lobster rav was the best I've had. The Piso was amazing. I can't wait to go back again!
3/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great options for the gluten-free
Great options for the gluten-free diners. The lamb shanks are incredible!
3/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
Had a great dinner at Sidebar.
Had a great dinner at Sidebar. We hadn't been there in awhile. We were glad we went again. The appetizer was great, wonderful flavors, to start. Loved the wedge salad. All entrees were pretty terrific. The salmon was beautiful, well presented and cooked perfectly. It was also a generous portion, at a very reasonable price. Terrific service, attentive without being overly so. All in all, one of the best nights of dining in some time. We'll be back.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place, great tapas
Everything was really excellent here. We went the tapas route, and had several items between us. All were excellent. The service couldn't have been better. The only negative is that they brought us a complimentary tapas dish of pita with cilantro hummus. The chef should know that many people, including me, have a STRONG aversion to cilantro. I appreciate the gesture, but something less known to be a problem for many would have been a better choice.
5/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best cocktails and Medditarian food
My husband had a delicious dark Russian Imperial beer, I had the two-step in raspberry. I've had cocktails at many fine restaurants, but none have ever beat this one. It was wonderful! Not usually a hummus fan, but the fresh pita chips and hummus with cilantro and a hint of garlic was outstanding. We both loved it. Husband had the Halibut (hard to find in these parts) and it was great. I had and highly recommend the Lobster ravioli, with the homemade slightly spiced creamy crab sauce. We can't wait to go back. Parking is complementary valet on weekends, a very nice touch!
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Qiuet neighborhood find
The Seafood Opera was splendid, the calamari delicious. Went there on a whim while traveling on business, and it will now be my first option when I visit the Columbus area.
5/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
The menu looked good so my friend and I decided to try it. We had a great experience starting with our waitress , Morgan and the owner who took a personal interest in us. The cocktails were fabulous along with the tomato and goat cheese dip. We had the house and beet salads which were beautiful with very fresh ingredients. We split the veggie pizza which was actually loaded with many different veggies and had a light delicious crust. I ended up making reservations for Mothers Day and had an equally good experience.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was amazing! The salad,
Food was amazing! The salad, goat cheese dip and braised beef were all outstanding
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was fabulous with
The food was fabulous with a lot of options for a vegetarian like me :) There were many tapas options which were unusual and fabulous!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Complementary hummus and fried pita (veges and humus for gluten-free guests) upon arrival.......Amazing lamb shanks very reasonably priced (look at the price of shanks in the grocery!).....All six of us were moaning with the first bite! We can attest for the lamb shanks and braised short ribs.....LOTS of gluten free choices which are marked right on the regular menu. Beautiful private areas for larger groups too.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
discover a columbus gastro destinat
Had an early dinner as our meeting ended early so the restaurant was mostly empty.
Delicious and creative tapas. Will definitely add to our "rotation" of favorite Columbus
5/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, I really enjoyed the tomatoe and goat cheese dip. It was delicious! We sat in the bar area and even though they weren't very busy the bartenders talked a lot to each other and was sometimes difficult to get their attention. Good drink specials. Would go there again for sure!
5/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Food & Service
The experience was awesome. Tapas plates were great. Veal meatball beat Marcella's. Beef Empanadas were awesome. Wife loved the mussels.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Tapas are top notch
Loved the hummus and . Fun way to eat sharing the tapas with friends. The drinks are fun and tastey a little pricey averaging $10 a drink.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
The menu was wonderful..the tapas (we had four) were outstanding. Can't wait to go back and try four more!
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Happy Hour & Patio
We enjoyed a patio happy hour this past Friday! The Happy Hour menu had fantastic choices to choose from! We order about 4 different ones and they were all delicious! Our Happy Hour drinks were amazing as well! We will be back!
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious Food and Dancing, Oh my
Hidden Gem just within walking distance to many other downtown attractions. Well
rounded menu with something for everyone and every budget. Nice wine selection
and creative cocktails. Complimentary valet was very convenient. To top it off, Salsa
dancing and instruction!
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place great food great service What else could you wantN
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Consistently FABULOUS FOOD!
Have dined there a couple times...with a group of eight the first time...after that only a party of four. The menu is full of creative items and - to date - every dish has been superbly prepared and deeee-licious!
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had dinner with another couple and everyone enjoyed their meal at Sidebar. The food was great. Wonderful tapas, good wine, cocktails are fun and elaborate. We would all go there again and soon!
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved the basil hummus and warm pita chips! I could make a meal out of the hummus. Appetizers, salad and entrees were wonderful! We will definitely be back!
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
A few gems
We selected several tapas for our meal. The cured Spanish sausage and Galician octopus were both excellent. Husband enjoed his cocktail -- I found the wine-by-the-glass list a bit limiting.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Impromptu dinner with friends
Our spontaneous decision to go out to dinner at Sidebar was a great one. From to the valet to the maitre de to our server we were given a friendly and professional welcome. Sidebar has unique cocktail options and we each tried a different one. Calimari and empanadas were our two appetizer selections for the table and we would get them again for sure. Sidebar specializes in fish but some in our group tried other options. It was all good. Save room for tres leches for dessert.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great tapas selection. Server knew what she was doing and kept the food coming in a good pace.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We visited for Restaurant
We visited for Restaurant Week, our first visit. We really enjoyed the food. It was well thought out, well prepared, and very, very tasty. The list of great beers, while not as huge as some other bars, was well designed and very effective. Our only negative would be the slow service. It was evident that they were down a server or two which I expect would only be a temporary glitch but they were almost overwhelmed that night. The hostess filled in nicely and was a sweetheart.
We will return.
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good South American food
The food was very good. They use a decent amount of cilantro though so if that's not your thing, tread carefully.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
The cocktails are without peer in Columbus. Small plates and desserts were wonderful. Main courses were good maybe a tad salty but overall it is a wonderful spot. We will be back and recommend the place highly.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our first time at Sidebar. We had a group of 7 and everyone had something different. The food was delicious and the cocktails were unique and tasty! Our server was a little scattered and couldn't speak to some of the menu items so that was disappointing. She also messed up our bills and gratuity. Other than that, the atmosphere was fun and it was nice to be away from the downtown crowd, while still being downtown! We will definitely be going back!!
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
A wonderful addition to the
A wonderful addition to the downtown dining scene. The menu is well conceived and beautifully executed. The service was very attentive and professional. Even though it was the first visit, we felt as though we were long-time regulars. The decor was beautiful. My only negative, as I am a wine drinker, is the rather small list. On the other hand, they specialize in very interesting and historic cocktails which would be a great plus for many. We will definitely return.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time since the BrownStone
I wanted to try something new and since it was Restaurant Week, I thought this would be perfect. Making reservations was very easy. Parking was a little on the difficult side. Being used to meters that took credit cards, I found myself scrambling for loose change because I did not have money to give the valet. I found a great garage to park in and the walk was not bad at all. When I arrived there was an issue the staff was taking care of. They did a wonderful job handling it and apologizing for any inconvenience.
Our waiter was very attentive making sure everything from our drinks to dessert were perfect.
I had a wonderful time as well as my guest. I cannot wait to come back and try more of the menu
Thank you for a wonderful time
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
A pleasant, unexpected surprise! Very quiet and intimate. Small plates are amazing!
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food four times.
The food is so interesting and delicious. I want to sample everything especially loved the scallops and the veal meatball. The maitre d is so friendly and welcoming one feels very special. The owner goes out of her way to greet us. It is our favorite restaurant in Columbus we have to restrict ourselves as to the number of times we go per week.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a wonderful experience, with great food, great service and great drinks. I look forward to eating again soon!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner and Jazz in one Place
The restaurant (1st floor) has a long selection of tapas that are large enough to be shared among 3 or 4 people. We really liked their unique pizzas and pastas - everything is original and fresh. Their entrees are pretty large and very reasonably priced. I definitely recommend this place for a romantic dinner or for a special occasion.
The reason why we picked Sidebar was the newly opened Jazz Club in the basement.
What a wonderful surprise! The bar and lounge are nicely decorated in the 60's NY or Chicago club style. It feels upscale with plenty of small tables around the stage. It was full, but not crowded. The service was excellent - unfortunately they were short on cocktails (probably because of opening night). Great atmosphere!
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wine or Dine
A colleague and I met here for a meeting and we enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. It was quiet, the ambiance was great, the food was tasty, and they even gave us a tour of the basement where they do live jazz & music. We will definitely be back to visit for meetings and other gatherings.
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
We highly recommend the food, the service, the attention given to our planning and experiencing a special birthday dinner for a cherished relative. Everyone went out of their way to accommodate us-- the food was exceptional-- tapas plates enough for an entrée serving.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect before a special event!
Great food and excellent service. We arrived early before a concert and did not feel rushed at all. Our server, I think her name was "Katrina", was pleasant and allowed us to take our time. The salads and each of our 4 entrees were all exceptional. Will definitely be back.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM