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Rigsby's Kitchen
Rigsby's Kitchen
  • Address:
    698 North High Street
    Columbus, OH 43215
    Neighborhood:
    Short North - Arena District
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary Italian
    Price: $31 to $50

Rigsby's Kitchen Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rigsbyskitchen.com
  • Phone: (614) 461-7888
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm.
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Italian
  • Executive Chef: Kent Rigsby
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Rigsby's Kitchen offers a wide range of catering options. From formal sit down dinners to casual buffet style cocktail parties, Rigsby's Kitchen can fulfill all of your catering needs. We also specialize in off-site catering in private homes. Please call for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Coporate Events, Anniversaries, Rehearsal Dinners,
    Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Birthday Parties, Wedding Receptions...

    Catered by Rigsby’s Kitchen at Ray’s Living Room is the perfect venue for your next private event. Have your next event in the atmosphere of a Soho art gallery.
  • Private Party Contact: Tasi Rigsby or Jason Miller (614) 228-1150

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lincoln
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet available at the front of Rigsby's Kitchen and complimentary valet during lunch hours.
A word from Rigsby's Kitchen
Regional Modern Italian Food with an Upscale Flair.

Since Rigsby’s Kitchen opened in 1986, Chef Kent Rigsby has produced simple, authentic, and innovative comfort food inspired by regional Italian cuisine while utilizing local, Midwest ingredients whenever possible.

Enjoy Happy Hour Mon-Fri from 4-7.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "I remembered it being an upscale restaurant. I was surprised to see people in shorts and T-shirts..."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I dined here for the first time during restaurant week. The waiter was wonderful. One of the few servers I've ever had that knows the right balance of conversation and leaving the table alone. We never ran out of water and he always checked back with us to make sure everything tasted good. The restaurant was very busy, however all of our food came out fairly fast. We did eat off the restaurant week menu and everything was delicious! The calamari was slightly too salty for me, but my boyfriend thought it was fine. Would love to dine here again in the future."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The lamb was so over cooked, charred is a better description. Maybe lamb jerky! I am not sure the chef knows how to do medium rare/rare"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Sampled a variety of offerings for the $25 prix fix. Each of them unique and delicious. Extremely friendly service by Jessica. Bartender had no idea what beers he had to offer but I guess its not the type of place one orders beer."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Rigsby's is a Columbus gem. Food is always outstanding and the service is superb. It's one of the few dinner spots that my wife and I look for ward to experiencing on each visit. Valet parking allows us to experience the trip with no hassle."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Food for restaurant week was terrible. Overcooked and flavorless 3 main course. The mussels were great however."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Came here with a group of 6 and thought the service was a bit slow at times, but the food and drinks were fantastic. They make their own pasta! Everyone at our table cleared their plates. I would definitely return!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "I try to have at least one meal every time I'm in Columbus. This time I was able to introduce 2 new people to Rigsby's among our group of 7. Kent Rigsby was there taking kudos and he deserved them . The remodel is attractive and my only complaint is the noise level which can intrude. You can always tell when the food is exceptional, people stop talking when the plates hit the table. That was pretty exceptional; for us as we were there to plan the future of our association and there were some hard facts to face. Such an innovative kitchen with its seasonal changes means that I always have new dishes to taste and new thoughts for when I get into my kitchen at home. Thank you Kent and thanks to your team for great food and service."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We have been coming to Rigsby's for years. Our server this time was just terrible. The restaurant was busy, as it should be on a Saturday night, so this should not be an excuse for the level of service we experienced."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We're from out of town. This is the third time I've entertained clients at Rigsby's. It keeps getting better. Our client showed up with several additional people and our larger party was accommodated within a minute with absolutely no fuss. I was so impressed. The food was really special--dessert was truly memorable. The service was prompt and unobtrusive. It's not too noisy compared with other Short North restaurants. Our clients were very impressed--thank you!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Rigby's is a solid restaurant with great atmosphere, but lacking excellent food to upkeep the price. The presentation of the food is phenomenal, and helps match the food to the price tag a bit. The décor is relaxed, a bit more lax than the prices you pay. I would recommend to friends for a quality dinner, but not for price to value ratio."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "This restaurant is chef owned (Kent Rigsby) and operated and he can frequently be seen in the dining area making sure everything is running smoothly. The menu is packed with scrumptious and varied goodies and the breads are made on site and are varied, being served with oil. Be careful not to fill up on them as they are so good but you want to leave room for the meal that follows. the meats, poultry, and seafood dishes are exquisite, as are the pastas. The appetizers and salads are also phenomenal. I would highly recommend this restaurant and would be surprised if you did not enjoy it."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "As always, food was great (except for caeser salad dressing = none of us enjoyed it). Sat down, ordered a cocktail & wine and proceeded to wait over 20 min. to get them and the restaurant was only 1/3 full! Our server took forever to come back and take our food order. We had to ask for S & P for the table. Mid meal, we requested more bread and he said "certainly", as he cleared half of our bread plates away!!! We brought a party of five because our 3 guests had only heard about Rigsby's and had never been there. The lack of good service was very disappointing."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We reached Rigsby's Kitchen earlier than our reserved time - without blinking, they seated us promptly...accommodated a change request - to have the seafood over a different pasta. Everything was delicious...glasses promptly refilled, more bread graciously provided. They made us feel special on a busy night in Columbus' Short North arts district."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The oyster appetizer was amazing. Overall, the food was very good. Maybe its because we were there during gallery hop (although it wasn't completely booked up), but the service was terrible. I went with a group of 6 and the server was consistently bad. He was slow to taking orders, only brought 5 wine glasses when we asked for 6, didn't bring enough forks and we had to repeatedly ask for a 6th, and he forgot to place the order for one of the meals. He never apologized or even acknowledged it beyond saying the last meal would be right up. Once the dish arrived, it was incredibly hot and the seafood was overcooked and chewy. I would assume this was because the chefs rushed it."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Got good food, in reasonable portions at slightly highish prices. Service was great, valet parking was a godsend on a Friday night"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Visiting Columbus from the New York area and found this terrific spot. Great bar area. Food was excellent. Very knowledgable server. I would eat here all the time if I lived here."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This place was awesome!! The food was delicious and the service was excellent! I would recommend this place for anyone who loves trying new food and loves wine. Rigbys is great for a night out with friends or a romantic dinner."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I took my mother-in-law to Rigsby's for a special night out for her. I'm used to high-end San Francisco restaurants, so comparably speaking, this was nice, but nothing special. The prices were high for the mid-west, but ok. The service was very good. The wine list matched the standard of the food. The noise level was dreadful! It is a cavernous space. I think the noise level helps keep a fast turnover in diners. It is certainly not somewhere to go to enjoy conversation. Be prepared to shout."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Every time we go to rigsbys kitchen we have a great time. The food is exceptional and the menu always varies. The staff and service are what sets this restaurant apart for me. We always ask for Japeth and he takes such good care of us, polite, personable, and knowledgable!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We arrived at 7pm and they were out of their fishspecial! I think they should have been prepared for more orders or offered us complimentary dessert, drink, or appetizer."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Rigsby's Kitchen. The bartender knew how to make a Manhattan. The server did an excellent job explaining how the food was prepared and making suggestions based on diet restrictions. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "It was a Tuesday evening so we had the luxury of a long, relaxed dinner. Our server was attentive, knowledgeable of the menu, and friendly. One of my favorites places and always comfortable taking first-timers. I was disappointed that the online menu had not changed to the spring season one on hand that evening but I was extremely happy with my selection."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "we had an unfortunately bad experience here saturday night ....... not sure what went wrong but the service was beyond bad. Too many tables for each server or something. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I've been to Rigsby's before & enjoyed it but this time it started with no reception for our group as well as several others. Several parties were waiting in the doorway & bar & everyone was asking each other if there was a hostess? After actually walking back in to the dining area to see if reception have moved & then waiting 5 more minutes, we asked a waiter if there was a receptionist & he rudely answered everyone was waiting & to be patient. After 10 minutes a frazzled man asked us if we had a reservation which we did & we were seated. I had the pork meatloaf special & it was good while others had pasta which they enjoyed. Wine selection & portions were good. The actual dining experience was ok but it is hard to overcome a poor start."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Had a wonderful mother's day brunch. Not your normal everyday brunch menu, nice choices although the pork roast carving board was dry and crumbly..possible overcooked. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We had good service the Saturday night we were at Rigsby's, too bad the food was not quite as good. Our pork belly could have used more flavor and spice, although our mussels were quite good. The scallops were very large and tender, very citrusy. The lamb dish was ok. Dessert was a flat warm chocolate cake with no other flavors resonating. We had to send back a glass of wine that was off also. Overall, somewhat disappointing from past visits and compared to other venues. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Food is always exceptional at Rigsby's. Creative menu, expertly prepared. However, noise level was crazy loud on a Saturday evening. Two extremely loud tables near us, requiring nearly all the other diners to shout to be heard... really detracts from a nice evening."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Having moved from Seattle and dined at some of the best restaurants in the US I wholeheartedly recommend dining at Rigsby's Kitchen. The quality of the food and service makes this a great pleasure every time we've been there. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "6 family members dined here to celebrate a college graduation. We ordered apps, salads, entrees, dessert and plenty of beverages! All was great! After 3 1/4 hours we were asked to leave because people were waiting for our table. Never has this happened to us anywhere. I understand restaurants scheduling but when you have groups of 6 or more you're going to be there longer. At the time we were asked to leave, I had just received a glass of wine that took at least 10 minutes to get. We had just finished dessert and had also, just paid the bill - with a very generous tip! Another 10 minutes and everyone would have walked away happy. Bad ending to a great dinner. I couldn't even drink my wine but we paid for it!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The food was excellent. In particular, the calamari salad with arugula was excellent. The food was generally very light, with a notable mediterranean influence. The menu has changed a little from winter to reflect a spring/summer flare. The servers are wearing colored, lightweight shirts, which is different, but a welcome change. Overall, the food and ambiance drove us to decide to come back. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "I went here for a first date and the staff was awesome and advisory after I told them about the occasion :)"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "I went here two times in last week. On Friday night the service was poor and they ran out of pizza by 7:00 PM. Unreal for a place like this. Service slow. Similar experience on Wednesday this week. Just average service and a notch off the game. Declining at the moment and hope it gets turned around."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "The food was great. Highly recommend the fig appetizer."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The food was good but our server ruined the entire experience. She stopped at our table twice saying "I'll be right back" and when she finally got back to our table she said "so are you ready to order?" She didn't even give me the opportunity to ask any questions about the menu before leaving again saying she would give us more time to look. I had to wave her down when we were finally ready because she let us sit there another 15 minutes. I would try it again only because the food was good and kind of made up for the horrible service we got. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Starting with the subtle, well designed room, filled with sophisticated clientele, Rigsby's continued to impress. The food was creative, beautiful and delicious -- we can't wait to return."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "This was an ocassion when excellent service made for a great meal. Nice decor, good food made for a great dinner with my "date" (wife). "
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "My husband and I were in Columbus for the weekend, and happened upon Rigby's Kitchen as we were walking along High St, in the Short North district. This place is a gem, everything we had was delicious. Great specialty drinks, and a fabulous menu. We throughly enjoyed the evening!"
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Gnocchi and quail were outstanding. Pork stew and pasta were good, but not excellent."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Pizza was very good; four adults, three pizza, one of each; at half price pizza was reasonably priced and very good! "
    Dined on 4/28/2014