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Columbus Inn, Wilmington, DE

Columbus Inn

4.7
4.7
1926 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Columbus Inn has been reborn as a contemporary bar/restaurant that combines the best of both the old and new. Featuring seasonal Modern American menus with an extensive selection of wine, beer, and craft cocktails.

Online Ordering and Delivery Options available through our website: www.ColumbusInn.net

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Comfort Food

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (302) 571-1492 ext. 2

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Ross Essner

  • Catering

    Columbus Inn is also available to cater private events thru our sister company Taste Catering! Please contact our Event Coordinator, Ashley Anton, for further details. Ashley@ColumbusInn.net

  • Private party facilities

    Columbus Inn proudly offers numerous Private Event Packages. We welcome groups of all sizes and strive to create the ideal experience to suit your function and budget. Whether joining us for a bunch or dinner, birthday or wedding rehearsal, allow our staff to make your event a gathering that is memorable and unique. Set in a beautifully rehabbed historical building, Columbus Inn sets as the perfect backdrop to your special event. Offering numerous Private Dining Room options with various floor plan layouts we are sure that you will find the perfect room to suit your needs. Many of our rooms also feature complimentary high tech AV equipment as needed. Private Event Spaces: Fenster Room - 60 guests seated / 100 cocktail affair, Ramsey Room - 50 guests seated/ 75 cocktail affair, Wally Room - 22 guests seated, Tabac Room - 12 guests seated

  • Private party contact

    events@columbusinn.net: (302) 571-1492

  • Neighborhood

    Wilmington

  • Cross street

    Woodlawn

  • 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.

  • Entertainment

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

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

What 1,926 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Delaware

    Best Overall

  • Delaware

    Best Food

  • Delaware

    Great for Brunch

  • Delaware

    Notable Wine List

  • Delaware

    Romantic

  • Delaware

    Special Occasion

  • Delaware

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. ST

    SusanT

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I would give it a 4 1/2 overall - Food was excellent - high quality ingredients with nuanced flavors and interesting combination of spices. We ordered a Ribeye special with balsamic and rosemary marinade, crab and shrimp cocktail, caesar salad, peach sour cream pie for dessert for my husband and the Shellfish Cobb salad and the peanut butter cup for dessert for me. Everything was beautiful and delicious.
  2. KR

    KRIS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect date night spot. Great food and good service.
  3. L

    Lulu

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service2ambience4
    We had 8 pm reservations on a Friday night, and we barely got our drink order in when the server told us we needed to make sure we wrapped up our dinner order quickly as the kitchen was shutting down at 9 pm - Waitress was pushing us - people are back to dining now. This is a finer dining restaurant too,not fast food. Go back to real hours now!
  4. A

    Amazing111

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experiences were astoundingly great. The beef short rib immediately melted away in my mouth and juicy beef flavor was full of my mouth. The pork belly meat was tender and flavorful. We definitely will come back.
  5. PB

    PatrickB

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience1
    Sat in tavern area. Always loud but this time terribly loud. A bowling alley is quieter. Maybe dining room again but never tavern area again. Food and service were good.
  6. WP

    WestPalmBeacher

    Philadelphia

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, great service!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Very good food . Everything was excellent
  8. g

    grrs

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Food is always good. Service was slow. Hate to think if they were really busy how it would be.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Relaxed and fun!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    111 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    111 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful Saturday night experience. Food and atmosphere perfect Our server Noah was professional with his service and recommendations on the menu
  11. m

    maryc

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our anniversary at CI. Our server Michael greeted us immediately after we were seated. He was courteous and attentive all evening. Our dinner was excellent-generous center cut filet cooked perfectly and short ribs that were the most flavorful and tender we’ve ever had. Dessert was the mint chocolate chip crème brûlée which was unusual and fabulous. Our only issue was the lighting which was a little dim. However, that is more age-related on our part. Fantastic meal and experience.
  12. LD

    LouD

    Philadelphia

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Anniversary Dinner It was almost a 5 star evening. Accompaniments to entre we’re marginal but Mark the server made up for any shortcomings!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the crab cakes and the calamari too. Special deal fir half price wines on Wednesday was a great surprise as well. Friendly and fabulous service by Joe was also great we enjoyed our evening tremendously and we will be back soon!
  14. SV

    SarahV

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Columbus Inn is our go to for date night. Never disappoints.
  15. MR

    MichaelR

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Started at the bar. Enjoyed cocktails with a lovely bartender who was courteous and friendly. Later we were seated at a wonderful corner table where we we served by Joe and other staff members. Service was impeccable and the food was excellent! Columbus Inn is a regular outing for us. We will continue to patronize this outstanding venue.
  16. TS

    TomS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My meal was amazing. I had a pork cutlet that could have been served with mashed potatoes but was still a great dish!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Service was slow, but the place was busy and understaffed.
  18. S

    Stevi

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good restaurant including Happy Hour menu.
  19. d

    deborahk

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another excellent meal. Service was also great. Our favorite side dish was no longer on the menu and the server suggested that he speak to the chef about preparing it for us anyway since they have all the ingredients. After a brief wait, he returned to say that they could make it for us. We appreciate him going out of his way and their willingness to make a customer happy!
  20. r

    robertk

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was the best we have encountered. Everyone in the restaurant that we dealt with were pleasant, knowledgeable, and helpful. It was an amazing experience.
  21. s

    sarah

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience2
    We went to the bar for dollar oysters, and they weren’t even worth that. They were so small and puny they looked as if they’d been already eaten. Our server was absolutely the sweetest and made the experience much better. The edamame was so salty we couldn’t eat it. We decided against staying for dinner due to the poor quality of the appetizers.
  22. DS

    DanS

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service (by Noah), perfect timing and amount of attentiveness, excellent food, beautiful venue. A favorite spot!
  23. SW

    ScottW

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was fantastic. My guest from Italy was impressed. Thank you!
  24. p

    pumpkin

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of the best around. The food is always good and the hostesses and servers are very friendly. My husband and I both had the striped bass and it was absolutely delicious. The calamari is delightful as well. Columbus Inn is one of our go to restaurants.
  25. AP

    AnthonyP

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and great service. A lot of good menu choices.
  26. IH

    IHM128

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The staff were friendly when we arrived and were very accommodating about table selection. Our server, Mikal, was perhaps the nicest server we’ve ever had in 30 years of going to the CI. Our dinner and drinks were quite good. Thank you for an enjoyable evening.
  27. l

    lisa

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We arrived early and we’re able to move our red up by 30 minutes. Our waitress Jamie was great, I told her that the last time we were there I had the Pork Chop Special. It wasn’t offer this evening, but she was able to get it for me anyway. It was delicious! The Columbus Inn never disappoints!
  28. SM

    SaraM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our server Jaime was great! The food was outstanding as usual! I always enjoy going!
  29. JT

    JenT

    Philadelphia

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    I dine out regularly and with the current shortage of help in most restaurants, the food is often lukewarm upon arrival at my table and mediocre at best. Not at Columbus Inn. The food was piping hot and cooked to perfection when it arrived at my table which was welcomed and very much appreciated. Two negatives and neither is too severe. They no longer have draft beer because they're awaiting a "part" to fix their taps. Apparently, it has been broken since Mother's Day. I know there are supply chain issues, but... The music playing was very loud, it was hard to carry on a conversation at our table using normal speaking voices. I was in the main dining room, and we were close to a speaker, but not on top of it.
  30. AS

    AdamS

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of, if not our #1 favorite local restaurants. Never had a bad meal. Always great food and a great atmosphere. Bar area seating is a little louder than the main dining rooms but doesn’t bother me. Good signature drinks. And prices are good for what you get it’s not cheap but it’s very fairly priced for the quality and the atmosphere. Love it.
  31. JH

    JohnH

    Naples

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Food was just ok and service was fair
  32. T

    Tuscany

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We requested the patio which was very nice with beautiful flowers. Unfortunately, lots of noisy traffic and even a lawn mower. Cannot be helped. Would go again for sure
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal great service try the short ribs and the tuna roll. Both are exceptional. Dessert choices are also quite good
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food
  35. CK

    ChristopherK

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal and better service!
  36. SS

    SteveS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Went here on a Thursday night for dinner. The food was excellent but we had 2 waitresses (I assume one was in training) and it took us 2 hours for 2 of us to eat dinner. Normally we are in a restaurant for about an hour but this was our first time here and maybe this is the norm. We felt the time it took to be waited on and to finally leave was extreme. Even getting a refill on drinks was a process. We skipped desert due to the length of time it took because we thought “well that will take another half hour” as stated it was a Thursday night and wasn’t super crowded. We would recommend eating here as everything else aside from the service was top notch. But if you do go make sure to give yourself some time because you might be there a while
  37. FM

    FredM

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    My wife and I wanted an early light supper, so we dined in the Tavern on high chairs. Food was excellent, reasonable and we didn't have to wait. The service was great.
  38. A

    Anonymous

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Waiter came initially for drink order and then dinner order, then didn't see him until the dinner was almost done, asked for a beer and ten minutes later still no beer. I guess he thought I was going to down a pint of beer while paying the check. Inside is crazy loud. Won't be back.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall great food and service!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Columbus Inn using the Order Online button. Columbus Inn also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Columbus Inn also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (302) 571-1492 ext. 2.

Columbus Inn is rated 4.7 stars by 1926 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for Columbus Inn

2216 Pennsylvania Ave, Wilmington, DE 19806

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Woodlawn

  • Neighborhood

    Wilmington

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Comfort Food

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ross Essner

  • Entertainment

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

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (302) 571-1492 ext. 2

  • Catering

    Columbus Inn is also available to cater private events thru our sister company Taste Catering! Please contact our Event Coordinator, Ashley Anton, for further details. Ashley@ColumbusInn.net

  • Private party facilities

    Columbus Inn proudly offers numerous Private Event Packages. We welcome groups of all sizes and strive to create the ideal experience to suit your function and budget. Whether joining us for a bunch or dinner, birthday or wedding rehearsal, allow our staff to make your event a gathering that is memorable and unique. Set in a beautifully rehabbed historical building, Columbus Inn sets as the perfect backdrop to your special event. Offering numerous Private Dining Room options with various floor plan layouts we are sure that you will find the perfect room to suit your needs. Many of our rooms also feature complimentary high tech AV equipment as needed. Private Event Spaces: Fenster Room - 60 guests seated / 100 cocktail affair, Ramsey Room - 50 guests seated/ 75 cocktail affair, Wally Room - 22 guests seated, Tabac Room - 12 guests seated

  • Private party contact

    events@columbusinn.net: (302) 571-1492

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