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Columbus Inn, Wilmington, DE

Columbus Inn

4.7
4.7
2267 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


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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 21 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Contemporary American, Comfort Food
  • Hours of operation
    Sun 10:00 am–1:30 pm 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

Experiences

  • EASTER BRUNCH BUFFET

    $62.00 per person

    Apr 9, 2023 - Mar 31, 2024
    $62 per adult, $31 per child (ages 4-10). Buffet includes breakfast & lunch items (Omelette Station, Waffles, French Toast, Breakfast Meats & Potatoes, Yogurt, Bagel & Lox Station and assorted pastries and fruit), Carving Station (Ham, Turkey, Prime Rib), Raw Bar, Seasonal Salads, Soup, Pan Seared Salmon and assorted sides & seasonal desserts. Drinks/Gratuity are not included in pricing. Reservations are alloted 2 hours to enjoy the buffet. Seating is throughout the restaurant and larger parties (6 or more) may be assigned to upstairs (we do not have an elevator). Please let us know if anyone in your party has mobility issues. Credit card is required to hold reservation. Cancellation within 24 hrs will be charged $25 per person.
  • MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH BUFFET

    $62.00 per person

    May 12, 2024 only
    $62 per adult, $31 per child (ages 4-10). Buffet includes breakfast & lunch items (Omelette Station, Waffles, French Toast, Breakfast Meats & Potatoes, Yogurt, Bagel & Lox Station and assorted pastries and fruit), Carving Station ( Turkey, Prime Rib), Raw Bar, Seasonal Salads, Soup, Crab Cakes, Salmon and assorted sides & seasonal desserts. Drinks/Gratuity are not included in pricing. Reservations are alloted 2 hours to enjoy the buffet. Seating is throughout the restaurant and larger parties (6 or more) may be assigned to upstairs (we do not have an elevator). Please let us know if anyone in your party has mobility issues. Credit card is required to hold reservation. Cancellation within 24 hrs will be charged $25 per person.
  • MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH BUFFET 2024

    $62.00 per person

    May 12, 2024 only
    $62 per adult, $31 per child (ages 4-10). Buffet includes breakfast & lunch items (Omelette Station, Waffles, French Toast, Breakfast Meats & Potatoes, Yogurt, Bagel & Lox Station and assorted pastries and fruit), Carving Station ( Turkey, Prime Rib), Raw Bar, Seasonal Salads, Soup, Crab Cakes, Salmon and assorted sides & seasonal desserts. Drinks/Gratuity are not included in pricing. Reservations are alloted 2 hours to enjoy the buffet. Seating is throughout the restaurant and larger parties (6 or more) may be assigned to upstairs (we do not have an elevator). Please let us know if anyone in your party has mobility issues. Credit card is required to hold reservation. Cancellation within 24 hrs will be charged $25 per person.

What 2,267 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
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Delaware

    Great for brunch

2,267 Reviews
  1. Katie

    Exclusive

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    All good except for 30 young girls running around and squealing and jumping on the booths in the bar area. Besides that all good. Service and food.

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  2. Spiceboy

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    (4) ~ very good dinner overall food & service...although they should offer bread in the beginning;) Note: They do have a parking lot and Street parking is free for (2) hours. DRINKS: ** Water (tap) = (4) very good, must be filtered;) ** Double Espresso = (4) very offering FOOD: ** Seafood Cobb = (4) very good ** Kennett Pizza = (4) very tasty & shareable ** Ode to Charcoal Pit Hot Fudge Sundae = (3.5) good idea, but didn't deliver...ice cream was too hard, the Fudge was not "hot / heated" which would have helped the hard ice cream, and the description said caramel sauce, but none was found...

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  3. SteveC

    Naples

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is always good and the always a nice atmosphere! It seems that one always run into someone that you know. The calamari is one of the best in town,if not the best!

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  4. JohnN

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Are Server Jamie was fantastic . Kind , Funny and just over all great service.

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  5. RobertJ

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service and food were excellent. We were allowed to make deviation to the menu selection or as the waiter said you can build it your way. Definitely will return!

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  6. ByrsaFan

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice to be back. We need to come back more often. Columbus Inn is always an enjoyable night out.

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  7. AmyM

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a very nice anniversary dinner. It was 1/2 price bottles of wine night which was a nice surprise.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, the oysters are always amazing. The smash burger and filet sandwich are great values and the waiters always take great care of us.

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  9. JamiesonT

    Orlando

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a business dinner and the table had plenty of space to work. The food was delicious, service was great, and the noise level allowed for conversation. We always enjoy dinner at the Columbus Inn.

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  10. PattiW

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was very good. I had crab cakes and a friend had the strip steak and said it melted in his month. I have also had the steakhouse salad before and was outstanding. Would recommend the 50/50 dressing.

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  11. CherylS

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cozy atmosphere, excellent service and delicious food. This is our second visit and we will definitely be back!!

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  12. saras

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hadn’t been there in about 25 years & was not disappointed! Excellent service & fabulous food!

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  13. WaltB

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    IT WAS VERY LOAD WHEN WE SAT DOWN ABOUT 6:30 PM. AS THE EVENING WENT ON, IT BECAME QUIETER.

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  14. CarynN

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistently good food. Service is sometimes sketchy and/or slow.

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  15. ToniaW

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, good service, cost reasonable, very noisy

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  16. AndresP

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our first time eating at Columbus Inn. The restaurant was truly a gem in the heart of Wilmington. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. The foods were cooked right. We truly enjoyed our dining experience that we didn't realize we spent quite a long time there. We will go back for sure.

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  17. BK26

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and atmosphere was wonderful! The service was friendly and very on point til it go busier and then it slowed down a lot. I would definitely go back and recommend!

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  18. Amazing111

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, wonderful service, and great atmosphere. Most importantly, everyone enjoyed the selection of the food and recommended that we should be here at least once a year.

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  19. NicoleV

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food amazing as always, the place is really nice and the service really good

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  20. Bill

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Every dish we had - lamb chops, filet mignon, gnochi, lobster cobb salad and desserts were prepared perfectly and served attractively. The quality of the meats was truly outstanding. The portions were more than adequate and we took lots home. The service was attentive without being obtrusive. Cocktails were excellent and the limited wine list has sufficent selections for all tastes.

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  21. Peter

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Menu was excellent, our server was awesome. (I wish I recalled her name)

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  22. JeffreyA

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the Valentine's Day pre-set. The service was awesome!

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  23. GaleL

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and friendly bartenders. Love the shrimp and crab cocktail and the lobster fried rice. Tried the firecracker sushi roll last night. One of the best rolls I’ve eaten and my husband and I eat alot of sushi. Bartenders (Francis last night) is always friendly and accommodating. Had the cherry bourbon fizz which was great if you like bourbon with an added tart taste of lime juice and ginger beer. I had 2 of them, yum. Never leave the Columbus Inn unhappy. We always eat either at the bar or high tops in bar. We just like the vibe.

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  24. Kirk

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was overall good. Entre should come with all salad and bread basket in order day the entre pricing suits.

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  25. JennK

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had the best brunch at Columbus Inn on Sunday! Such a good variety on the buffet. The raw bar was unreal.

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  26. EdMil

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was very good as well and a wide assortment of choices. Good service by our waiter.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ceaser salad with filet was amazing. Best ceaser around! Nice fireplace.

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  28. PorfirioA

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I don't think I will come back here. This is my second time eating here within the last six months and both times my wife and I have issues with the host staff. The first time the host staff let us stand there within three feet of their station while we waited patiently to check in. We clearly were waiting next, and the host staff went right past us to check in another person. This time, again we were waiting in from of the station while they dealt with two people in front of us. When the host staff were done. They did not look up, did not acknowledge that we were there, the hosted seemed to be preoccupied with a pad on the hostess stand. She grabbed menus, walked out from behind the stand and stated follow me. I spoke to the management the first time about this issue and coincidently in happened again. I won't be back.

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  29. Joyce

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Columbus Inn is consistently great: variety of food, great service and great ambiance. Its food is not as pricey as some of the newer restaurants in town. CI has been here for generations!

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  30. lindam

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as always! Good food, atmosphere and service.

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  31. NikkiS

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambiance was perfect. There is a quiet side for dinner and a more lively side for drinks and happy hour vibes. The service was great! A good value for the food.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent brunch! We will definitely be back! The buffet was excellent and the service was outstanding!

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  33. Cindy

    Atlanta Metro

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great brunch/ambiance with a nice number food selections! Noah was an excellent server and the guy on omelettes was great!

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  34. Sammy

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another first-class, blue ribbon brunch experience.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything is always exceptional! Our server, our food, everything!

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  36. EugeneI

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    All good but the tavern is next to the outdoor seating area so every time the door would open, there was a rush of cold air in the tavern siting area.

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  37. Strav

    Philadelphia

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always delicious. Great service in a fun atmosphere. Seafood Cobb salad is devine!

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  38. AlexH

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Madison was excellent and a pleasure. The experience was perfect.

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  39. Excel

    Philadelphia

    42 reviews

    3.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Disappointed. Not like the old days. Not fine dining anymore. Won’t be back.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome dinner and nice atmosphere. Waiter was great! All around great experience! Will definitely return!

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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 2267 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 21 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Columbus Inn

2216 Pennsylvania Ave, Wilmington, DE 19806

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Woodlawn
  • Neighborhood
    Wilmington
  • Hours of operation
    Sun 10:00 am–1:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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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