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Columbus Inn, Wilmington, DE

Columbus Inn

4.7
4.7
1946 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 25 times 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

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What 1,946 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
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Delaware

    Best Overall

  • Delaware

    Best Food

  • Delaware

    Great for Lunch

  • Delaware

    Notable Wine List

  • Delaware

    Romantic

  • Delaware

    Special Occasion

  • Delaware

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, the food was excellent. Never disappointed.
  2. M

    Marie

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We have not been to the Columbus Inn in years. The food and service were very good! We will definitely be back soon.
  3. CJ

    CrissyJ

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Wednesday night was very busy. Would recommend always booking. We had to wait 20 minutes even with a booking. We had to ask a few times about the table. The food however was excellent and our table server was fast and helpful.
  4. SB

    StephanieB

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Joe is a great waiter! Service, food, and ambiance was perfect.
  5. a

    andrewg

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice Birthday dinner on the patio.
  6. JJ

    JudiJersey

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding! Outdoor seating was great.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Steak, crab cakes appetizer and dessert were excellent. Service was ok but slow. Overall excellent experience.
  8. EC

    EimontayC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my girlfriend here had an amazing time, food was amazing, drinks were amazing . I ‘d come back
  9. G

    Gr8tgrub

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful!
  10. DM

    DennisM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    OUTSTANDING ON ALL POINTS WILL RETURN BEEN GOING THERE FOR YEARS AND WILLRETURN.
  11. H

    Harryturbo

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My eight ounce filet was perfectly cooked, tender, and very flavorful. The sides were delicious.
  12. JD

    JimmyD

    Philadelphia

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent and attentive staff! Food was delicious and many options for different palates
  13. SW

    SWha

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Waiter was nice but seemed distracted. Brought over canned beer versus draft beer that was ordered (we did not correct/question it). Had to come back and ask about one of our orders. Took forever to take our main dish order but was too quick with our dessert order. Person who put our appetizer down on table didn’t say a word (like here’s your appetizer), just put it down. Was disappointed as we had not eaten there before and it’s well rated. Food was good and nicely presented.
  14. JW

    JudyW

    Philadelphia

    21 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    The food was an odd mix of ingredients that did not go very well together. Way too much salt and I like salt. Highly unlikely to go again. We had a gift card that paid for the bill and we were still unsatisfied. Definitely would not pay to return.
  15. s

    seank

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat outside on a beautiful night, noise level was much lower than inside, food & service outstanding!
  16. D

    Diane

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ended up sitting at the bar and service was great. Lobster toast special was fantastic. Wish we lived closer.
  17. JW

    JosephW

    Philadelphia

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always great food and service. They change the menu from time to time so it never gets stale. There is a large selection of half price wine bottles on Wednesday.
  18. W

    Walt

    Philadelphia

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had a lovely evening with a very good dinner and exceptional service from our server...Noah!
  19. MP

    MilesP

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    An older couple disapproved of our golf attire- we came from BMW event- but otherwise very happy with experience.
  20. MR

    MichaelR

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Crab cocktail to Filet. Outstanding! Bartender was a delight prior to sitting for dinner. Joe was professional as always.
  21. MF

    MikeF

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my first time trying this place, and I was very much impressed. The food was great, as was the service. We sat on the covered patio, which was very nice, though there was a moderate amount of noise there early in the evening from the passing cars on Pennsylvania Ave. It was very comfortable even in 80+ degrees, and it was beautiful under the lights after the sun set. Our entrees (NY Strip and Scallops) were great. The appetizers were very good, though the cheesesteak rolls were just OK and overpriced at $13 for three small rolls - I would steer clear of them. Otherwise, it was a great meal in a great environment, I would definitely go again.
  22. DB

    DavidB

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The best clam/corn chowder in Delaware. The salmon was perfectly cooked.
  23. R

    Randjackson

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our appetizer, entrees, dessert, and drinks were all delicious!
  24. ST

    SusanT

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    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.
  25. KR

    KRIS

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

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

    Lulu

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    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!
  27. A

    Amazing111

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    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.
  28. PB

    PatrickB

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    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.
  29. WP

    WestPalmBeacher

    Philadelphia

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, great service!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Very good food . Everything was excellent
  31. 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.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Relaxed and fun!
  33. 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
  34. 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.
  35. LD

    LouD

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 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!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 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!
  37. 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.
  38. MR

    MichaelR

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 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.
  39. 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!
  40. 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.

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 1946 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 25 times 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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