G. Michael's Bistro & Bar

4.7
2409 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
: G. Michael's Bistro & Bar is a restaurant committed to a dining experience singular to historic German Village & Columbus.

Our goal is to provide our guests with consistently superior food, drink, & service. Guests will be served by friendly, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic people committed to ensure that each & every visit to our restaurant is exceptional. We strive to make each guest feel as if they are our singular concern.
This too, is the goal of our kitchen staff - to prepare every dish as if it were the chef's only concern.
Our menu is a pleasing combination of contemporary American cuisine & many low country influences. The daily fish specials are always highly appreciated & sell out regularly.
The wine list consists 25 offerings by the glass & a nice variety of perennial favorites & well respected small producers.

We look forward to seeing you.

Jeff Benson, Owner/Operator
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Columbus
43 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We went for an early dinner on Mother's Day evening. The music was strangely loud, and the server did not speak up to accommodate it (my hearing has been tested and is fine. And I'm only medium old). Pet peeve: We had to pour our own wine, but even more inexcusable, the food was just OK. My veal chop was tough, and they left the fat cap/gristle on it, so I had to spit it into my napkin. Gross!

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EB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day dining. We frequent the restaurant, always a good experience.

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LM
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While I love my usual...the shrimp and grits, I ordered the wedge salad with amazing smoky bacon AND fried oysters. So good! And then the lamb sausage with gnocchi in a rich jammy sauce has become my new favorite!

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h
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I was not impressed by the service or the food. It took several minutes for anyone to greet us when we came in. Waiter's timing was off for much of the evening. We had the prix fixe menu on a Monday night - I liked the concept, but the steak was tough and the other flavors in the dish were unimpressive. We may go back and try again, but it wasn't the "special occasion" meal we were hoping for.

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R
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant

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K
Columbus
34 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new spring menu was delicious, we loved the fried skate, the mussels were so delicious too. Our server was fantastic, overall a great night

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EF
Columbus
24 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

WE frequent G. Michaels often. Food and service is always good.

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q
Charleston
33 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great innovative food, lovely atmosphere, and excellent service.

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C
Cincinnati
19 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We will be back. Took the care to ensure attractive sound baffling that allowed us to have an intimate conversation while we enjoyed the outstanding food and wine. We came for an anniversary dinner and we will be back.

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p
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

G Michael's never disappoints. Service is always the best anywhere, food is always delicious and dining area is warm and inviting. My wife and I always enjoy our visits at G. Michaels, just wish we could dine there more often!

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Columbus
37 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We are regular patrons and try to go at least once each month. The new spring menu was great and, with lots of Spanish and Tuscan red wines on the wine list, the selection is wide.

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s
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Food and Service, always a winner, the Monday Fixed Price Menu was right on target for both of us on the last visit with an outstanding chorizo/hominy app, trout and crab cakes for mains, and excellent desserts.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From Jeff at the front, to our server, Taylor, to the random server that picked up & replaced a napkin that hit the floor, the well trained staff clearly enjoy working at g. Michaels and enrich the experience.
Food = delicious

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M
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

Formerly, this was among Columbus’s finest restaurants. But on Friday night the noise level was more than intrusive, it was simply impossible to enjoy a conversation among friends without shouting. The food was ok, but not outstanding. In our opinion, we’re sorry to say, the experience fell far short of the value. We remain disappointed and unsure that we will return in the future.

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T
Cincinnati
27 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Monday night...everything was so good! The halibut and swordfish were succulent...the asparagus soup was delicious and the pecan pie was homemade...even the coffee was great...flavorful...not like so many bland “water” they call coffee elsewhere...neighborhood gem in Columbus

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n
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

down home neighborhood eatery with great food & unusual selections - cf. rabbit burgoo

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GL
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an enjoyable Easter dinner. They had just come out with a new menu, so my husband tried the fried oyster salad and I had the walleye. Both were wonderful! Our server, Jamie, was excellent! She remembered our drinks from the last time she waited on us which had been a of couple weeks prior. Nothing but goodness!

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W
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Extremely creative food preparation and high quality service

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F
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our party of five was taken care of by David. The evening was superb! David was a clever, friendly, congenial server and helped make the evening fun. He was prompt and attentive but not obtrusive. The food was also superb. My husband and I had the halibut special, our host had the veal chops and mussels, my husband’s mother had the scallops and my sister-in-law had the root vegetable soup and the smelt special. Every one of us loved our food. My sister-in-law from Boston said it was the best meal she’s had in decades! The ambience of the restaurant was lovely. On a Wednesday night it was not crowded and there was interaction and conversation among our table and others in the dining room. Total strangers, connecting in true mid-western hospitable style. Just a lovely, lovely evening enjoyed by all of us.

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B
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite upscale restaurant in town. I have yet to have a bad meal here. The only complaint I have is sometimes the specials are awesome and I never see them again. Though, this is also why I love G Mike's so much. The menu changes, there is always something new/fun and interesting, and it is truly nothing I could replicate at home.

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K
Columbus
35 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was awesome as always, we love the filet, pork cutlet, the walleye special and the duck. It’s so delicious, we took a couple of friends who had never been there and they loved it of course. Daryl was great with all of us. Thank you for having an awesome restaurant always.

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OT
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and service. We’ll be back.

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OT
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience on all fronts. White bean and kale soup was amazing. Mussels were delicious. Even the valet was awesome. He walked an elderly lady all the way to her table and even came back to get her.

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MB
Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress, Alexandra was perfect. She was attentive, but not overbearing and enjoyed our sense of humor. I would definitely ask for her the next time we dine at G Michael's

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C
Columbus
20 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family birthday event. Great meal & service! Top 10 experience.

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C
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every way, as usual. Alex, our server was pleasant and professional.

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NK
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always! Food is outstanding and service is perfect. It’s an ideal spot for a business dinner, or time with friends and family

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F
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Columbus

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KG
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

G. Michaels continues to have the best food with exceptional creativity and presentation. Our waitress was phenomenal.

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J
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this place! However, I think the front dining room is a little less noisy than the back dining room. There seemed to be a dull roar that evening. But the food and service (thanks, Alex!) were great!

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GL
Columbus
13 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was great as well as the service. Only complaint was that my drink came out with a salted rim...I asked for sugar.
I had the walleye...delicious!
Husband had two appetizers...mussels and fried oysters. Both were great!

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DJ
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the time we left the car with the valet until we departed everyone at the restaurant was warm and gracious. The food was exceptional and the service as close to perfect as one could imagine (thank you, Matt). We could carry on a reasonable conversation and were able to relax and enjoy ourselves. Prices were a bit high, but we will definitely return.

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RF
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

G. Michael's was outstanding again. It never disappoints us.

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PB
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I don't eat out often, but I've never been disappointed in G. Michael's!

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OT
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food excellent, especially the lemon gingersnap tart, as was the service.

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KB
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service by our waiter, Tim. Great cocktails and a handsome wine list. Exquisite food, appetizers, main course and desserts. The atmosphere is energetic and fun.

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OT
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always everything was top notch; excellently prepared dinners; delicious! A wonderful evening!

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A
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Not many vegan/ vegetarian options and the gluten free menu was not gluten free. My friend was violently ill before dinner was over. Ambiance and bar cool but food just ok

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PH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I think our waiter was Tim. He was outstanding and made us feel at home. He gave us the time to talk between courses and paced our meal perfectly.

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TM
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It is always such a welcome to escape to be able to have fine dining and then establish restaurant with professional wait staff. In addition, the food was delicious, and the cocktails were top notch. Hats off to the bartenders as well.

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