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About Columbus Inn

Columbus Inn has been reborn as a contemporary bar/restaurant that combines the best of both the old & new. Featuring seasonal Modern American menus with an extensive selection of wine, beer, and craft cocktails.

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2216 Pennsylvania Ave
Wilmington, DE 19806
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
WINTER 2016/17 HOURS
DINNER:
Monday - Thursday: 5pm - 9*pm /
Friday & Saturday 5pm-9*pm

TAVERN/BAR:
Monday - Wednesday: 4pm - 10pm
Thursday, Friday: 4pm - 11pm
Saturday: 5pm - 11pm

HAPPY HOUR:
Monday-Friday 4:00pm-7:00pm, Saturdays 5pm-7pm (Bar/Tavern only)

LUNCH:
Monday-Friday: 11:30am-2pm

SUNDAY BRUNCH: 10am-2pm

*We will be open for New Year's Day Brunch- 11am to 3pm. Closed January 2nd, re-opening for dinner service Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Cross Street:
Woodlawn

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(302) 571-1492

Website:
http://www.columbusinn.net/

Entertainment:
Please see our Website: www.ColumbusInn.Net for upcoming events/specials.

Catering:
Columbus Inn is also available to cater private events at your location. Please contact our Event Coordinator for further details. Or visit our sister site: tastecicatering.com

Parking Details:
Front and back parking on-site, public parking on Pennsylvania Ave or across the street behind the Medical building. Please be kind to our neighbors and not park in front of their homes or driveways.

Executive Chef:
Ross Essner

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Check INN with us on our website, Facebook, or Twitter for up-to-date lists of news & happenINN's.

www.columbusinn.net

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Open for Dinner reservations only from 3pm to 8pm. Gift certificate purchases available after 12pm, but we will be closed for lunch. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Columbus Inn Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.1

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (17)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Business Meals (15)
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Bar Seating (14)
Great for Brunch (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Cozy (11)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Great for Lunch (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Happy Hour (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Notable Wine List (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Romantic (8)
Fun (7)
Good for Groups (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Casual (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Authentic (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Healthy (3)
Seasonal (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
People Watching (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

Whether dressed to the nines or barely casual, Columbus Inn is a great place for family and friends to get together.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Fun, Notable Wine List
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 3, 2017

This was our first visit, but, won't be the last. Met friends for a birthday dinner. The service, food and ambiance were very good. We had a lovely dinner fireside.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Got the table that wanted which made everything better. Meal was okay nothing special. Eat there often enough to know that I will get for the most part value for my money. Except with the cream burlee, I do not think there was an oz of custard in the ramkin. Nevertheless Columbus is like an old pair of slippery reliable and comfy

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Very interesting side dishes...applesauce was tasty and unique. Service was very good. Ambiance and food were good value.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 28, 2017

I love Columbus Inn. It's a very classy place with great service and food.

Tags: Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great upscale meal with a warm ambiance. We were in the mood for seafood and the Columbus Inn did not disappoint.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Wonderful as always! The kitchen is usually super fast. Last night was super busy, so they were a little slower, but the food came out hot & spot on! Always a pleasure!

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Went to Columbus Inn for Thanksgiving..
The wait was incredibly long, they must have over booked. Other than that, the experience was excellent.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Arrived at 5:00 for a 5:15 reservation, got seated at 6:37, served bread at 7:05, salad 7:30, dinner 8:00. Dinner was cold , service sucked. Very Disappointed!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We arrived at 5:00 for our 5:15 reservation. Management had clearly overestimated their seating capacity and underestimated the amount of time diners would stay for this family style Thanksgiving dinner. We were finally seated shortly after 6:15. Drinks were excellent. Turkey was moist and tender. But most sides were cold, and the stuffing was dry (with no additional gravy provided). The requested second helping of turkey never arrived. Dessert offerings were skimpy and neither coffee nor after-dinner drinks were offered. Wait staff was consistently courteous but obviously stretched far too thin, and must have been exhausted by the time the evening wound down.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Seated promptly, food was delicious and the server was pleasant and efficient. We had a good experience at the Columbus Inn.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving dinner was delicious and generous. They prepared fresh salmon RARE, just as we asked! Bountiful sides with plenty of vegetables. Wonderful experience- no mess and no stress.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 23, 2017

This was our first ever Thanksgiving dinner out and it was a huge disappointment. The service was incredibly slow and very disorganized as was the overall place. They did not seem to have enough servers for the number of guests, the food was lukewarm, at best, and nothing terribly exciting, and not cheap. I do have to say there were two brighter spots - the coffee was quite good and hot and the desserts were tasty. Overall though, a big disappointment. I felt bad for the waitstaff.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great Thanksgiving meal.Really like the meal being served family style.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on November 21, 2017

Save yourself aggravation and stay away from the Columbus Inn! This place used to be wonderful.

This was the worst experience ever! The hostess gave our reserved table away and didn't even apologize! Isn't it standard to ask the people the name on the reservation? We had a party of six and were on time to celebrate my dear friends birthday. We had to make a suggestion on pushing tables together, so we could sit in the room was had requested. The services was horrible and the bartender argued with my friend. Horrible!!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Fathers Birthday

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Always a great meal at the CI. They change the menu seasonally and the food is always great. One of my favorites.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Very enjoyable attractive restaurant with good food and ambiance. Will recommend.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 17, 2017

We split butternut squash bisque for our starter. It was delicious & easily could have been a meal on its own. We each had the salmon which was perfectly prepared. To finish we had two different flavors of gelato. I had decaf coffee which was very good. The entire meal was wonderful. My only frustration is I always find it to be loud. Other than that I've always had a good meal at The Inn.

Tags: Comfort Food, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

This was the worst experience I have ever received dinning here. My family and I have been coming here for over 12 years for family brunch to anniversaries and birthday parties. The first issue was after being seated. My grandmother and I sat for 15 minutes and our waiter or waitress had not greeted us. We has specially came for the brunch buffet so I told my grandmother to get her food and I would wait to put in our drink order. My grandmother came back and still we had not been waited on.So I went to the hostess stand to let them know we were still waiting for our server. Then I went to get my food and by the time I came back Jennifer had came already. Through out dinning she was not attentive. I had to ask another server to ask her to come and that took her 10 mins to respond. My prime rib was cold off of the buffet and I sent it back to be reheated which took 20 minutes. We chose to dine before the lunch rush so it was not busy. Mind you there were plenty of other staff members rotating about the area, even a manager who checked on other parties to see how everything was gong but he never came to our table. And our table was not hard to miss (5 top round left of the buffet). I thought the Columbus Inn was a pleasant place to dine but I guess things have changed. As a fellow person who works in the food/ hospitality industry I understand and have gone through the same things that I experienced on this very day. I'm very upset on how there was a lack of accountability and apologies toward us for our dinning experience. On a positive note there was a very pleasant and professional server, a slender Caucasian male with blond hair. He was the only person who checked on us and was very welcoming. He is a keeper and I hope you treat him well for HIS customer service.His alone was better than the restaurant as a whole.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Perfect place to celebrate any special occasion. The seasonal menu (Fall) is fantastic!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Friends birthday

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

I always enjoy the Columbus Inn. And, will continue to. But, the food service this time was slower than average. And, the women’s bathroom is really worn for a restaurant of this caliber. Paint and finishes scratched and worn and on the ceiling above the sink there was a full section of paint peeling off.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Excellent food and drink options. Service was a bit slow. Ambiance a bit noisy, but not bad overall and better than other places I have been. Would recommend.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Our group enjoyed their lunch. Food was good, but two people had to send their filets back to cook a bit longer. Service was slow, though not many people were there. Also some of the food was warm when delivered, not hot. Our waitress was good.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 24, 2017

A group of colleagues and I meet once a month for dinner. We have chosen Columbus Inn several times because of the excellent menu and choices. But this time we chose it because of the chef's dinner special. On Tuesdays one may choose from the selections made by the chef for a great three course meal. We were seated outside this time and it was fine although more noisy than usual. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Seasonal, Healthy, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2017

As always, this place is welcoming and the brunch buffet is very satisfying.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food was fine but service was not good. Our server tried to make up for it by comping our drinks and the manager gave us cards for two free appetizers on a return visit... which will not happen.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Must have been unlucky day... 20 minutes after seating before I got up to ask for water. Drinks took long time also... Disappointing service despite the fact dining room was not full.
Food delish

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Fun
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We made a reservation at this historic building for brunch to celebrate the birthday of one of our friends. The brunch buffet was absolutely amazing with a wide variety of delightful food that would satisfy anyone. The patio was gorgeous, as was the rest of the building. For what we enjoyed, the price was outstanding and I highly recommend it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Enjoyed a wonderful dinner on the beautiful outdoor deck. Great Happy hour specials!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Haven't been to CI in awhile. Food was terrific. Two of us had the steakhouse which came with 2 good size filets perfectly cooked with a blue cheese wedge and steak fries. Another had the special of scallops and short rib. He loved it! The chicken with waffles was good but not super.
And of course the smash burger was great. Service was just a little too slow. Seemed like our waiter had the entire front dining room. Our water was filled but we had to wait awhile for drinks and our food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 6, 2017

This is the second time in recent weeks that we have been to this restaurant and, unfortunately, the experience was similar to the one a few weeks ago.
We found the food to be good....no complaints there.
What bothered us is that even with the restaurant not particularly busy the service was horrible.
We had to wait quite a while for our drinks and then wait a very long time for our dinners.
Again, the restaurant was not particularly busy but we had the same experience with slow service the time before.
We will be rethinking our choice of local restaurants.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 6, 2017

The food was decadent. The shrimp appetizer was deliciously simple. The beet salad was interesting. There were 3 of us and we shared 3 separate meals. The filet mignon was cooked perfect and melted in your mouth. The right amount of spinach and mushrooms cradled the steak. The next dish was the shrimp pineapple rice. This dish was so fluffy and light and offered an interesting flavor with each bite. The topping of asparagus was outstanding. I would have loved to have more spears on the dish. The third dish was crab cakes which were phenomenal. The drinks were out of this world. I will definitely be back. Excellent choice.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

My husband and I had dinner reservations for date night. The outdoor heater was not working and it was very chilly. Our waitress was very sweet but the restaurant made no move to change our seating or fix the heater. My husband's meal was great but my portions were half the size for twice the cost. We eat out regularly at various local restaurants and I would say this restaurant has lovely ambiance but there are other restaurants that equally do for better value. It feels like the place wants to make up for the limited hours by overcharging.

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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 29, 2017

The Columbus Inn looks a little old fashioned from the outside but the food is anything but. They have a large menu and seemed to be able to get everything right. Highlights: pumpkin soup was fall in a bowl, just on the edge of sweet but not; the gnocchi special was pillow perfect; steak frites were solid and the meat cooked exactly right. The best of the night had to be the apple fritter dessert- thank goodness we saved room. The fritters were tiny beignets with apple compote on the side. The whole dish was disconstructed and gorgeous for the eye and palate.
Kudos to Noah for great service. We can't wait to go back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 29, 2017

First time experience will definitely result in further dining experience.

Tags: Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Everything from food to service overall vibe was very positive experience...definitely worth a return

Tags: Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 14, 2017

The service was lackluster and food just very average. Would not recommend.

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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Our favorite place in Wilmington! Great food-great service.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic
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