bd's Mongolian Grill – Arena

4.3
154 reviews
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At bd's Mongolian Grill, you just stroll to the market area and select the ingredients for a create your own stir-fry. Choices include a variety of meats, poultry and seafood; many different vegetables, selected oils and sauces; and lots of spices. Then it's on the the focal point of the restaurant - THE GRILL - to watch the show as your personally selected creation is prepared by our chef before your very eyes. Its' interactive and fun! Great selection of beer, wine & specialty drinks. Soup & salad, rice and tortillas included with your meal. Enjoy all you can conquer!!
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Columbus
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 3

One of the cleanest locations that I’ve been too. I was a little shocked by how tidy the stations were, as they are typically a disaster at dinner time. Always a good value. Food was good and fresh. Service was just okay.

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MB
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was outstanding. I brought a group of students while attending a contest in Columbus. She was very understanding of the students, we greatly appreciated her laughter and taking care of our little group. Especially with the tea contest a few students decided to create.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

It was okay. The food was okay. The service was excellent

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MV
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved it. Even my picky children found something that they liked. Being from Michigan I appreciated the "Wolverines taste like chicken" joke.

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CN
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went as a large group of 20 and the food, chefs and experience were all amazing!! Will definitely be visiting again!

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AO
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

This was the third time I have been to this restaurant and we had good experiences the first two times. We had reservations and went on a weeknight so it wasn’t crowded. This visit was much different... the service was terrible, the restaurant was extremely messy and the food was less than great. Our rice came out and was ice cold by the time we got to eat it bc of the air conditioning blowing down on our table throughout dinner. It is winter time and we asked the server to turn the air off because it was cold and also bc it was blowing all the napkins and kids menus around the table. She said she would but never did.. we had to wear our coats during dinner and eat cold food that was lesss than satisfying. We were all very disappointed with this experience and will likely not return.

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OG
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Best stir fry put together in a bowl right in front of you ever. The value for what you pay is definitely worth it. You can fill your bowl up with as much meat, veggies, sauce and your choice of rice or tortillas all night. I thought I’d be eating 4 bowls, turns out I got stuffed after 2 and still had a bit of rice leftover. However, the attentiveness of the waiters/waitresses that I had/saw was lacking. My waiter stopped by 3 times the whole time and not once asked if I was enjoying the food. The noise level is very loud with the music, people talking (expected) and sizzling of the grill. All-in-all worth the price and time spent on your feet for the delicious bd’s bowls.

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BG
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

I would not recommend this to a friend if they are planning on actually getting seated at the time that they reserved. I made reservations for myself and a group of friends to eat at 5 pm on Saturday and upon arrival at 4:55 the hostess told me that they were too busy to honor our reservation and that we would have to wait about 35 minutes to be seated. Our reservations were made about five days in advance and we received no warning.

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MB
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 3

The server hardly came to our table. I had to flag down a hostess to ask about allergies after waiting for the server for a while. I had to flag down the waiter to ask for soy sauce, which was never brought. Our beers were empty and we weren’t asked if we wanted another. It took a long time for the server to return to the table after we ate so I could ask for the check. Just bad service.

I’m a 25% tipper almost always, but I tipped just 10%.

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MB
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They were excellent with handling our large group of people during a very busy weekend (The Arnold Sport Festival) The staff was welcoming and provided great service.

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JC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We went to the Arena District location before a CBJ game, and as expected it was a packed house. At one point, we waited 30 mins after building our bowls just to get our food cooked. It is to be expected that the restaurant will be busy on game days. The food was still very good and the general manager did a great job expediting things in a timely fashion. I would just go earlier on game days or not at all.

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

We had a reservation and still had to wait 30 minutes for a table even though we were staring at 6 unbussed empty tables. The line for the grill was 25 minutes long. The grill was out of plates and as a result they burned, a lot, our food because it stayed on the grill too long. Our waiter made no effort to make it up to us. I ordered a drink when we sat down and still did not have after 30 minutes so I had to ask a second time. BD’s is one of my favorites but this experience may have turned me off for quite a while.

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MR
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a reservation for 5:30 and part of our group arrived early. We were seated and enjoyed appitzers while we waited on the rest of our group to arrive. Brant was our server and he did an OUTSTANDING JOB. We have visted other locations in Columbus and like the arena district the best.

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AK
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very large group and the staff was more than accommodating. Everyone was so friendly!! The food was delicious and particular attention was paid to food allergies. Loved our server!! Overall GREAT experience!!

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BR
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My department gets together at the holidays with two people who retired from our area. We reminisce and bring them up2date on the new things taking place in our area and the job in general.

The staff is very professional and courteous.

The location is about 10 minutes from the job.

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B
Columbus
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was great , had a great time with my family
And daughters birthday

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JM
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place to take co-workers

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l
Columbus
46 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Servers great! Don't go during high peak lunch times when location near businesses. Took about 40 min from start to having food cooked due to popular time.

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SK
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

It was so loud and the line to the grill was wrapped through the dining area. We left.

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K
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff there were amazing and very helpful. I would love to come back.

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BL
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

1st time but won't be the last! Loved the ambience and our waiter was FANTASTIC!! The chefs were fun and creative and the food was very, very good!!! I highly recommend it for college students and families.

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MH
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Was not impressed with the cleanliness of the buffet area where raw meat is picked up by the patrons.

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KE
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We had 11 people in our group and it was one person's birthday. Once we were given our plates to get our food, we had to keep flagging the waiter down for refills of drinks/rice/tortillas. Once we had our bill, we wanted to make sure the birthday meal was taken off. The waiter started walking away in the middle of the sentence. Other than that, the food was great and we enjoyed ourselves.

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KO
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was good. It was as expected. My group had a good time

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s
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun place to bring college students every year. Super flexible food options to suit all types of eaters.

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CM
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fun, casual dining. Our server, Monica, was great! I was concerned to watch the young man working at the Front desk/ arrival area who greeted and then very enthusiastically rubbed and petted with both hands a large dog that a patron brought in with her. The dog was wearing a back cover but it did not appear to be a service dog. I perceived it as a companion dog. The young man never left his spot at the front desk to go wash his hands after petting the dog. I was very happy he never helped out at our table of 15. Not sure what the pet policy is, so no offense at the dog ... just wondering about the hand washing...

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KB
Toledo
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

The service is what makes the place so amazing. From hostess to server to cook.

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SC
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I find this restaurant to always be friendly and considerate even during waiting to be seated. Never had bad service and the crew at the grill are talkative and very good at their job. Management is always walking the floor and asking if things are good. Good place and reasonably priced for a night out.

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JP
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We made a reservation to ensure a table for our celebration and we did indeed get a nice table, a quiet one in the back. However, we felt forgotten back there. We had to ask for service, we waited to just flag down our server on several occasions, and one in our party was going to go up to get her own refill and then able to get our server to come. We wanted it to be a special time out, but it was almost a game to just get service. The Birthday girl had to wait for a second bowl for way too long, and we long were ready to leave by the time they brought out her birthday treat.

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HM
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was very slow given it was not busy in the restaurant at that time. Took 5 minutes for a hostess to come to the front of the restaurant and another 5 for a server to first stop by. Food, selection of ingredients, and speed of cooking all great.

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Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the concept of building your own meal! It is a perfect Weight Watchers meal for me! Zero points for beans, corn, shrimp, baby corn, sprouts and mushrooms.

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MT
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We made reservations to eat lunch with our Thirty One Gifts teammates between our general sessions being held at Nationwide Arena. We’ve eaten here each year for lunch and will be back again next year!!

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N
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 3

Bd Easton is better. I don't feel like my vegetables were cooked good enough. I enjoyed my god much more at the Easton location!

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PL
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We came in for a conference and needed a place to eat for a group of 11. This was perfect - fun, not too busy, and within walking distance from the convention center. The food was hot and fresh, and the endless options for making your meal made even picky eaters happy. The wait staff were helpful, friendly, and funny. We had a great time.

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LW
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a wonderful time for my birthday. The service was excellent and the food was awesome. The servers kept our party of 20 satisfied and all our orders were correct no mistakes made the whole night.

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DD
Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

We had a large party and the staff was very accommodating. We like the concept and have been to other create your own stir fry places. Those places you also select your own vegetables, sauces, etc. The one thing you decide on but don’t serve yourself at these type of restaurants is the protein and for good reason. When getting the raw chicken out the tongs were covered in raw chicken juice. We were all pretty grossed out by the lack of sanitary conditions this creates.

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EF
Cincinnati
26 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun place for a birthday dinner!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We don't have these in Florida and it was a different type of dining than we expected! Server was very helpful with guiding us & we enjoyed the process. Would go again!

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Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Not the best experience. Server (Kevin) was good, but it took 15 minutes to get drinks for both rounds, poor food quality, probably won't be back.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We were going to a show at Nationwide. Parking and the arena was close. Our server was new, and had a great personality. I feel he needed more training and practice, but did ok for us.

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