The Wine Bistro - Upper Arlington
The Wine Bistro - Upper Arlington

The Wine Bistro - Upper Arlington

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.winebistrocolumbus.com/
  • Phone: 6144851750
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Dean Wirick
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Our Tasting Room is an intimate private dining room for up to 12 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Keli Flanagan 6144851750

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Northwest Blvd
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We offer parking in the lot behind the restaurant with access from Chester Rd and Brandon Rd. There is also additional parking after 6 pm in the Jack Seibert Jeweler's lot across the street. Street parking on Lane Ave is available any time except Monday-Friday from 4 pm-6 pm.
A word from The Wine Bistro - Upper Arlington
The Wine Bistro, with three Columbus, Ohio locations in Upper Arlington, Clintonville and Worthington, offers an exciting array of well-curated wines and a list of select craft beers. The menu features light and filling appetizers & small plates, soups, salads, flatbreads and entrees offered every day of the week for lunch and dinner. We open at 11:00 AM Mon-Sat and at Noon on Sunday. Choose a table for two, a relaxed seat in the soft seating area, gather a group at one of the communal tables or in the private tasting room. Shop for wine priced at near state minimum or pay a small corkage fee (waived on Mondays & Tuesdays) to enjoy your bottle in-house. We look forward to exploring great wine and food with you soon...
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
The Wine Bistro - Upper Arlington reviews from OpenTable diners
50 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
notable wine list (38)great for outdoor dining (27)neighborhood gem (24)good for groups (17)romantic (17)fit for foodies (14)special occasion (11)great for lunch (10)hot spot (5)vibrant bar scene (4)scenic view (3)late-night find (3)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Pre-game Gem
    VintageCbus
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great place to go before or after an OSU game - appetizers are particularly noteworthy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lacking Service
    UADinner
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I must warn you that the service is lacking in this laid back neighborhood spot. The 3 of us arrived and sat for 15 minutes until someone managed to get over to us for an order. Didn't check us during the meal and never refilled our water glasses and it was warm evening. Wasn't particularly crowded either. Good food and wine, just be prepared to wait for service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a hit!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Wine Bistro is great for dinner, or just drinks and appetizers! We just sampled the wine, and had some popcorn this time. No matter what we have, we always enjoy ourselves! The servers are friendly, and the food is delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Attentive staff
    Docsparty
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Our waitress was absolutely amazing! Not only did she check on us frequently but not TOO frequently, but she provided us with suggestions when we asked that were all excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Nice Atmosphere
    Emerils
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    My wife, daughter and I went here to celebrate my daughter's start of medical school. It was a spur of the moment pick, but a great one none the less. The food was great, especially the veal meatball for an appetizer. The walls are lined with wine from which to choose. And the staff was very pleasant and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • High liqour prices
    cmcgVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Good food, good wine priced appropriately, but, ordering a drink is expensive. Only after was I told I would be charged for a fancy mixed drink when all I ordered was bourbon on the rocks. Normally $6 to $8 anywhere else, it was $12 here. I asked about being charged extra and got the Our Policy response. I went home and decided to call back and got the Our Policy response again. This extra cost should be shared before customers need to pay extra for something they didn't order.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful + delicious
    Tnsjnky
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Wonderful appetizers, great service. The Togarashi Shrimp is killer!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great neighborhood .... great food
    jp9000
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    If you're looking for affordable, good food close to OSU, this is an excellent choice. The menu is largely new American cuisine that leans northern Italian. Nicely sized portions and interesting flavors. Great selection of wines by the glass. Helpful staff, but they were a little understaffed the night we visited.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great date night
    Nancy
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Went for restaurant week and I will definitely be back. Quality food, great server and really nice inside.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    newtotown
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We went for Restaurant week and overall it was a great experience. The food and wine were delicious. I like the fact that you can select a bottle off one of the many walls of wines they have to enjoy with your meal. The price was decent for what you received. My only complaint was that the tables are quite close together so the noise level is a bit excessive, making it less than ideal for something like a romantic dinner date, so I'd recommend coming with a group of friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Outdoor Lunch Spot!!!
    Luvglass
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Had a wonderful lunch outside with my nieces. Service was stellar. One niece had french onion soup that looked so good I was tempted to take it from her. She also had chicken on skewers and said that tasted good too. My other niece had the chicken pesto flatbread and I had the filet and blue flatbread. Both were delicious and the serving were generous. We both took some home for later. Yum!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great for private groups
    terrific60s
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I requested their private room which we have had before and it was terrific. We love it and it gives us privacy to have group chats and a great dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A pleasant experience overall.
    Foodie
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Food was attractively presented and tasty; however, flatbread base with steak, figs and cheese was was overbaked. I could hardly cut it with a knife and fork. Server should have given us more info on buying vino by the bottle instead of separately by the glass. We sat outside which is much less noisy than the interior. Server was pretty attentive and let us enjoy being with out guests. It is great to be able to make a reservation through Open Table and get a confirmation reminder too!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing to whine about
    socialgal
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Lovely service, good food and a large wine selection. I recommend going Monday when there is no corkage fee:)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Kacy
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Our group was celebrating a few birthdays. We had a "private" room with a view of the main dining area and outdoors. The server was outstanding!! She tuned in to our needs without hovering, made suggestions about the menu, was efficient, and friendly. The food was great...everyone enjoyed what they had selected and we passed around plates to share. Probably overstayed the normal lunch time frame but were never hurried or felt we needed to leave. We all agreed to return for the next birthday celebration.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 35 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 65 reviews are from the The Wine Bistro - Upper Arlington reviews archive.
  • Try to Dine Outside!
    OHIO
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Went to dinner with friends that we hadn't seen in a long time. It was cold out and we had to eat inside. Behind us there were 2 large groups 8-10 and the noise level was very high. I had the crab cakes and my husband had the veal meatball and spaghetti both were excellent! They do not serve hard liquor only beer and wine. Our meal for two with a very nice bottle of wine was 100.00. If you didn't have to shout to be heard it was a great night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure
    foodie56
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Love coming to The Wine Bistro, as the food is consistently good. The menu has some unique items, and it is more fun to "shop" for a bottle of wine from among the hundreds that line the walls, than pick from a long list. I have always been impressed that the servers seem to have a good understanding of the available wine. I also enjoy the ambience...no blaring music, great for conversation.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot
    Mike
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Always good wine and ambiance for a nice evening. I love the atmosphere of the location as you feel that you are truly nestled in a winery's onsite wine library
    Special Features:
    Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Lunch
    MAB2014
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    We arrived at the restaurant at 12:30 p.m. it was empty which made us very nervous. Why wasn't anyone here? The restaurant is beautiful inside. Our server was great. When we looked at the menus we realized why no one is there for lunch. It is too pricey! Soup and one-half of a sandwich $11.00. Really? I had the pasta with shrimp and lobster for $16.00. Lunch size portion. It was not filling. I was able to eat a piece of birthday cake and graeters ice cream when we came back to the office. I am not overweight and I usually do not finish an entire meal when eating out. If this place is going to capture the lunch crowd then need to rethink the menu prices. For now this is a special occasion only place for lunch.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The wine bistro
    Sel32
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Simple but delicious menu with a great wine selection and premade flights for sampling. Had a good atmosphere inside and we noticed they have a private room available. Service was great and they were knowledgable about the wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet Family Birthday Lunch
    Megan
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Our party of 6 (and a baby!) thoroughly enjoyed the quiet lunch atmosphere at the Wine Bistro. The service was perfect - always attentive, but never overdone. She was also very knowledgeable on the wines and entrees. There was plenty of room to be comfortable in our booth and they even had the high chair ready for us upon arrival! Everyone's food was delectable and the wine selections were fabulous all around. This is my second experience at the Wine Bistro - and definitely won't be my last!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun new find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    The food was excellent, and the service was great, too! The restaurant is a little noisy, but that's part of the fun of going to a hip new bar/restaurant! Most of the seating for small parties (if you're not at the bar) is a long booth on one side, with chairs on the other side. Even though the tables are spaced out, you're really close to the next table (about a foot away). In addition, the tables you sit at are extra long, so you're a bit further away than usual from the person you're sitting across from. Just keep this in mind if you're trying to go out for an intimate dinner (you can request a table on your own if that's what you're looking for!). Otherwise, we've been back 3 times in 2 weeks, so clearly, we really enjoyed it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    BobbyVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Have been to this Wine Bistro several times. Service was slow and pizza's were overcooked and flavorless. Maybe just a bad night.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just as good the second time around
    BradVIP
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    This was my second time at Wine Bistro with my wife. We enjoyed looking over the wine racks for a bottle of wine to have with dinner. However, the seating near the Zinfandels makes you feel like you are interrupting others dinner if you want to look for a good old vine Zin. Settled on a nice Cab Sav from Alexander Valley. The Anti Pasto Plate and Meatball were just as good as the first time we came to this restaurant. This time we also tried the mushroom/goat cheese flat bread. We both thought it was delicious, we'll come back again.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great neighborhood bar
    tusseyd
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Love the easy dining menu. Great place for a date. Wine selection is amazing. Menu is very good, as is service. Loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love that back room
    GrandviewGal
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    We were a party of 8 and requested the back room, which is very private. It was perfect and we had such a great experience I know we will go back again and again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special birthday
    Winendine
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Wine Bistro is a great place to share a special occasion with a small group. Wonderful wine list and craft beer menu. You can make a whole meal out of just appetizers but the flatbreads are delicious!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great flights!!
    Foodie4Life
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The wine was amazing and the pistachio strawberry salad was GREAT!
    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.
  • Loved, Loved, Loved
    Foodee
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    This was our first time we were celebrating our anniversary. From the moment we walked in the door we loved the place. It has such a relaxing feel but also romantic. The staff was amazing. The food was perfect. We will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fine place to enjoy a glass
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Fine place to enjoy a glass of wine & even a snack but don't bother ordering anything to eat other than a salad or the popcorn.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great New Find
    BradVIP
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    My wife and I stopped in The Wine Bistro last night. The Veal Meatball appetizer was outstanding, as was the Antipasto Plate. We enjoyed walking around and picking a bottle of wine off the wall to have with our dinner. The Flatbread choices are great as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome restaurant
    Luvwine
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    The Wine Bistro not only has fabulous wine, but their food is amazing!! It was our first visit to this place & we decided to try it during restaurant week. I am so glad we did; it did not disappoint! Can't wait to go back! Would recommend this place to anyone looking for a great wine bistro & fantastic food!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Place to unwind
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    Lively environment, friendly staff and mellow atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • + Award winning meat balls
    NeonLeon
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    + Award winning meat balls are a must; waitress/host knowledge about wines. - Table tops are large but with the restaurant's poor acoustics it's hard to hear the diner across from you; selections of wine by the bottle eclectic (nothing familiar); dinner and lunch menu and portions the same; room has a cozy feeling but is NOT conducive to an intimate feeling when tables next to you are populated due to poor acoustics.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience
    searzy08
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Wine, good. Food, great. Service, excellent. Great choice for a date night with my wife, without the kids!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice for a special dinner
    love2eatVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    This was our first time and having New Year's Eve dinner, had high expectations. We were impressed with the wine selection and overall experience. I had the short ribs with risotto and it was exceptional. The chicken Marsala was also very good. I would definitely recommend it and plan to go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a Find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    Stopped here while driving through Ohio. Wow! Totally blew my expectations away. The food was excellent (we had a bunch of small plates - the braised veal meatball dish was particularly good but we did not have anything that was not delicious). It was midday, so we did not really have a chance to try more than one of the wines but there was a great selection of wines and they have a whole shop full of interesting wines for sale that you probably will not find many other places (we bought a few to take home). From an ambience perspective, it is a cute wine bar, very college professor-y/homey. I hope to stop in the next time I am passing through.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for groups!
    MrsKruseVIP
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    We had a dinner here as a party of 4. It would be even better with a larger group as you'd be able to try & share more. I started with a glass of La Forcine, followed by tomato soup & the Bistro BLT flatbread. Good sized portion for me and the extra helped fill up my party members who needed a bit more. Food good...wine excellent...service reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wine Bistro
    bobf
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Overall, very good food and a very good atmosphere. The noise level was low so we could enjoy easy conversation. The food was very good although a little expensive considering the portion quantities. The wine options were great and the pricing very reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Wine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    The ambiance was great, the service was great and the wine was great. The food menu didn't have many options, and what was available seemed geared towards foodies. I enjoyed my meal but my husband didn't care for his small portioned food and said it lacked flavor. I could see me going back maybe for a girls night of wine and appetizers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic