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Columbus Grill

80 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Good for Groups (74)
  • Neighborhood Gem (60)
  • Fit for Foodies (42)

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Columbus Grill offers casual dining beyond that of other Manassas establishments. The Mediterranean/American cuisine is perfect for family dining as well as a special event. With both banquet and catering services, Columbus Grill is your go-to place for dining for 2 to 140 people. The combination of casual charm and upscale ambiance is the perfect blend for any occasion.

A romantic dinner at Columbus Grill could begin with a soup or salad, such as the seafood veloute full of scallops and jumbo lump crab or the Portuguese salad. The mariscada with a full lobster, scallops, clams, mussels and shrimp is a divine main course, or go for one of the Portuguese cuisine specialties like grilled sardines. The appetizer and tapas menu are ideal for light appetites or as the prelude to the evening.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Mediterranean, American, Portuguese
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Hours of operation
Daily: 11:00am - 2am
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Phone number
(703) 330-3001
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Nuno Duarte
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Private party facilities
Let us entice you with sumptuous menus and affordable packages in our banquet facilities. Authentic Mediterranean and American food for lunch, dinner, banquets or catering is what’s in store for you at Columbus Grill.
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Private party contact
Nuno Duarte: (703) 330-3001
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Columbus Grill offers off-site catering for any type of event. Weddings, Graduations, Birthdays, Corporate Events, Bridal or Baby Showers or even celebrations at your home. Whether you eat at your place or ours, we will help make your event an unforgettable one.
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We do occasionally have live music in our bar/lounge. Please visit our website for dates and times.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.6  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
71% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipluvgoodfood (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on October 26, 2014

Nothing good to say. Food was bad. I had paella. Doubt they used any saffron. Bad all around.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on October 13, 2014

We were the only ones dining at 6:30 PM on Columbus Day? Nice looking place on the inside. Service was good. Food was fair. Not gourmet at all. The restaurant features Portuguese dishes on the menu. OK for banquets.

Proteach1 (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on September 28, 2014

This is not my first time dining here. In the past all my meals were excellent. I even had bunch several months ago and the food, the selection was nice. However, this time the selection was subpar, and the taste was disappointing. Please get it right for if this was my first time, it would of been my last.

Luvnewfoods (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on August 2, 2014

Located away from popular shopping areas, we finally decided to try the restaurant.
We were greeted warmly and taken care of well by pour waiter. The decor was playing and in the Columbus theme as expected and peaceful - much nicer than most restaurants that have a constant music or TV noise in the background. Very relaxing and made for nice dinner conversation.
The Portuguese Salad appetizer was one of the best salads I've seen and tasted. Ingredients were fresh, plentiful and pleasing to the eye. We had Columbus Steak and Rack of Lamb. Both were excellent and of good proportion. The Drunkin Pear dessert was deliciously prepared and the presentation was beautiful. We recommend this restaurant and plan on returning.

teamb (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on June 21, 2014

We had my son's 15th birthday dinner here. Great service and food, scallops were fabulous! Very nice to see a healthy kids option in the grilled chicken and vegetables.

Peter (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on May 11, 2014

The Columbus Grill was easy and fun. Plenty of parking. Friendly people. Interesting food and all of what our party of four ordered was good. Foodies might be disappointed but for a supper out in Manassas, it is hard to beat. Moderate prices, good wine and liquor list, I think more could be done with the space in terms of decorating, etc but the food and service should be the main attraction and they both passed with flying colors. I appreciated the warm rolls with the meal and the waiters were professional and efficient without being cloying, if you know what I mean. I would say it is an excellent place to take friends or relatives from out of town.

Nina (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on April 20, 2014

Can't recommend this restaurant for brunch. Food was cold and not good. Pancakes/waffles were soggy, never refilled the ziti with shrimp the whole time we were there. Lots of fruit and desserts instead of good main dishes. Overpriced for what was there. Will not go back.

Mack (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2014

Service was okay. The problem of the evening was the menu. When viewing the website (same as open table) the menu looked to have a wide selection of menu choices. When we arrived, the waitress gave us a Valentine's Day menu which had maybe one tenth of the advertised menu. There was no indication this menu was going to be the menu of the evening on the website. The next event on the website advertised was St. Patrick's Day. I explained that to the waitress and requested the standard menu however she was not able to grant that request. We would have walked out however it was Valentine's Day and it would have been difficult to go else where. Will not be back due to the mislead menu and lack of proper notice per their website.

Wvurob35 (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2014

This place is just garbage.

I knew it before I went, I gave it a shot anyway, so in reality, it is my fault.

Hungry4More (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2014

It was Valentine's Day and my companion & I wanted to stay near the house. We've dined here before & I was looking forward to the regular menu. Unfortunately, that was not the case. It was a poor selection of choices for a "Valentine's Day Special Menu". Heavy on the red meats & not at least a shrimp to be found anywhere. Started off with the Oysters Rockafeller and it was downhill from there. I will return because of the regular menu, but will never do Valentine's Day again.

vipJanet (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2014

I wanted to find a restaurant close to home for Valentine's Day.After browsing on Open Table, I came across this place which had quite a few good reviews. I am at a loss as to how it got any good reviews at all.They were serving only a "special" menu for the night, not the usual Mediterranean: 6 aps,4 salads,7 entrees, a dessert tray.The dry bread, small stuffed mushrooms ($9) were mediocre. The salad had bitter dandelion greens, entrees, all with mashed potatoes & asparagus, were $27. My husband said his filet was good, but my rib eye was so salty I had to send it back.The filet replacing it was just as salty, so I asked for ketchup to make it edible.The dessert meringue was overly sweet and soggy. For a total of $96. Poor food, bad value.

MPB12312013 (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on December 31, 2013

The Food was Wonderful as usual however the service completely ruined our dining experience. We made 5PM reservations and arrived early from the moment we sat down it was as if we were being an inconvenience to our waiter (who had absolutely zero personality). Now I want to fully disclose this was 5 PM on new years eve but even so why take my reservation if you couldn't offer the same level of service as any other day. Bottom line I have never felt so unwelcome in a restaurant in my entire life.

wksmith28 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2013

I wanted a nice restaurant to invite my family to so that we could have our pre-Christmas celebration in style. This restaurant exceeded my expectations. It was perfect. The food was fantastic, our server was top-notch, and the ambiance was beautiful. I can't wait to go back and try out some of the other food on the menu.

golferbob (Richmond)
4.0  Dined on December 12, 2013

Eating great food in a former furniture store in itself is unique, the menu with its varied items makes it even more interesting. Our party of four each had a different dish which were all great. This hardly seems like a restaurant you would find on Rt 28 in Manassas, but there it is like a ship in the night. Well worth the trip and experience, might be pricey for some but check the website first.

Vinnie (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on December 7, 2013

The initial meet and greet was good, but the wait time for the meal exceeded 20 minutes which is too long for a restaurant that was not very busy. The Pork Chop dinner was worth the price however the amount of gravy for the dish was not enough for the potatoes and the meat. I asked for extra gravy, but instead was given plain brown gravy (obviously from a can) which did not match the original entree.

Victor (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 20, 2013

I suggest all patrons must visit this restaurant to witness first hand the excellence of the food, ambience, and the service.
The layout of this place is done with taste. Beautiful bar area, inside table and booth arrangement and small room areas conducive for business meetings and romantic interludes.

PickyPerson (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on November 8, 2013

Relaxed / quiet setting. Service could be considered slow if you are in a hurry. But great for conversation with friends. Food was great and tasty. I will go back. Dining was not busy for a Friday night, but there is a large bar area. Do not let location get in the way of deciding to go if looking for great food with out going into town.

Zhou (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on October 12, 2013

Great food presentation. Catch of the day was amazing. This was our first time dining here, and we will definitely go back.

EMKelley (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 9, 2013

I ate at the Columbus Grill with my workmates for a team lunch. Our servers were excellent and very attentive. Our food arrived quickly and was very good. The desserts were excellent! The table setup is very nice. We had one of the nooks which gave us a nice private lunch. I definitely recommend this restaurant and will be glad to go again.

golferbob (Richmond)
4.0  Dined on August 25, 2013

This was our second trip to Columbus Grill for brunch, while they had omelets, bacon and sausages, the real treat was in the various chicken, steak and seafood dishes. While all of the entre choices were good, the varied selection of fresh fruits and deserts really topped off the experience.