G. Michael's Bistro & Bar

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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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TB
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outing on the final day before the dining lock down due to Corona. Thank you Jeff and team.

f
Columbus
16 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, everything was excellent. We dined on a night that obviously showed the effects of Covid-19. The restaurant was not nearly as busy as usual as they had to endure a number of understandable cancellations. Now the restaurant, like all others in the state, is closed due to state mandate. While we all understand this, please help support the restaurant and employees in whatever way you can.

I
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is awesome! Love it here! The staff is crazy attentive.

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My significant other and I went for happy hour to celebrate her new job offer. It was our first time dining here and most certainly will not be the last. The place was packed but didn’t feel overfilled, our server was fantastic while still being busy. He had great recommendations and was eager to help. We shared almost all of the appetizers and will come back for entrees. Couldn’t recommend more

C
Columbus
21 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance and food all wonderful. We came and went then went back again as the theater was cancelled and they were most accommodating. Trul earns its rating as one of the best in Columbus

CW
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit and thoroughly enjoyed. Love the bar for a drink before dinner. Service was outstanding and food was delicious.

TB
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Frequent G Michael's diner and sadly this was our worst experience out of all of our visits. Being a Monday I can tell this was the 'B' team from the moment we arrived to the delays throughout the meal (Greeted late, they did acknowledge it was a birthday dinner before seated but then never a mention again or anything special). We were then seated in a high traffic area even though it was not crowded and could have been placed elsewhere. Took at least 10 minutes after being seated before anyone came by to ask if we would like a drink to start and when they did no drink or wine list was brought over, just menus.

The dinner went along ok (SLOW) and luckily all of the food was very good. We had our 94 year old father with us so the pace could have been better given the hour and lack of other patrons (maybe place was half full) on a Monday night.

Simply not at the G Michael's level we save up for to then expect. We will be back given all of our other great experiences but this is a strike and 1 more in the near future may be it for us.

S
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good overall on one first visit. Look forward to a return visit. Highly recommended.

GP
Columbus
36 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shelley was terrific as our server. Excellent dining experience.

JL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

G.Michael's is always a great place with amazing food to share with friends.

OT
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Perfect place to celebrate a special occasion, and even better, the birthday boy gets a special treat!

JB
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Menu prices reasonable.

C
Columbus
21 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was, hands-down, one of the best dining experiences ever. From the valet parking attendant, to the greeting at the host station, to the manager 'drive-by', the server, the wine, the food, dessert... superb. It was my first visit and I am definitely a G Michaels ambassador and can't wait to return!

W
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Our meal was outstanding. The food excellent. We felt a bit rushed by the waiter who was pleasant however seemed eager to turn the table.
We were seated fairly near the kitchen so the ambiance was not anything special. One of the staff (manager??) would shout the incoming orders to the cooking staff in a very loud noise which reminded us of being in a diner; we found that behavior distracting from the potential elegance of the evening.

P
Columbus
45 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We dine at G. Michael's a couple of times a year. The food is always very good, although service has varied. I am happy to report that our server, Carrie (sic), was excellent this time. Fun and attentive without hovering over us. She can be our server anytime!

SH
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals we've had in awhile. We both really enjoyed it and look forward to going back.

PC
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food, unreal service from Carl, enjoyable evening in Columbus.

AW
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit to G. Michael's and I was really impressed. All 3 courses were excellent. The Crostini provided a very interesting starter. There was a broiled NY Strip as a nightly special, and it was done perfectly. You would be hard pressed to find a better steak in Columbus. My date's scallops were perfectly cooked. Service was excellent. Certainly one of the best fine dining experiences I've had in Columbus.

PA
Columbus
17 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everything was very good. Food and drinks were fine. If I were to be critical of anything, it would be that the duck burgoo was disappointing. Some time ago, I had a rabbit burgoo at G. Michael's that was outstanding. It was thick and hearty and delicious. Prior to this dinner, I checked out the new menu online. When I saw the duck burgoo on the menu, I knew I would be ordering it, which I did. Unfortunately, it was not very meaty and a bit watery. Flavor was good, possibly a bit too spicy, but tasty. Just disappointing.

Service was great.

S
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience at G. Michaels. Food and service are the best and keep bringing us back.

SD
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Valentine’s Day pre fix menu was so good. For appsordered the Oysters Rockefeller and the Octopus egg rolls. The egg rolls were spicy but very delicious so just be ready. The lobster shrimp and grits was one of the best I’ve ever had! My bf has the bison filet which was also so good. We were originally sat by a door that was an exit to the patio which was drafty in 18 degree weather, but they moved us when asked. We will definitely be back.

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in Columbus and the perfect Valentine’s Day dinner date. Couldn’t recommend this place enough

SF
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service from Carl. The food was some of the best we have had in Columbus. The oysters and mussels were outstanding!

E
Columbus
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We went to G. Michael's for Valentine's Day dinner, because this is my wife's absolute favorite restaurant (and it's in the top 2 of mine). This was a Prix Fixe dinner, $60 per person, plus drinks. We made different selections for all three courses: Oysters Rockefeller and Shrimp Cocktail for starters. The O/Rs were completely sumptuous, and SHE (Who Must Be Obeyed!) enjoyed the shrimp as well. Main courses: Skate and Allen Brothers' Filet. Again, both meals were incredibly delicious, and the filet was as good as any filet I've ever had. Truly. The wine reduction/peppercorn sauce--it is considered gauche to lick the plate, so I didn't, but I was sorely tempted. And SHE totally enjoyed the skate. I had a bite, and agreed it was moist, tender and completely delicious. Dessert was cherry cobbler and pecan pie. Again, utterly captivating. We each had a glass of pinot noir with dinner. I am not a wine connoisseur, to be sure, but I can say the choice was totally acceptable. I rated the "service" as 4 stars instead of 5, only because our dessert arrived too quickly (as did the bill--we had just started out dessert when it arrived), so that instead of a leisurely 2 hour meal, we were done in 75 minutes. On the other hand, the restaurant was full, and I have no doubt there were people waiting. Thing is, though, we did NOT feel rushed. And our server's attention to us was otherwise impeccable. Bottom line: We LOVE G. Michael's. If you want a thoroughly great meal, from start to finish, with great service and a fine ambience, G. Michael's is the place to go. Please enjoy!

GL
Columbus
20 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious! Our service was excellent and the ambience was great!

JS
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My wife and I really enjoy dining at G Michael's. The food is top notch and the service is superb. We like the quiet atmosphere in the dining room plus the more casual setting in the barroom. We just wish their lasagna was a standard menu item. It is the best we've every had.

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, excellent menu, and lovely wine selections.

DP
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Awesome experience at G Michael's. Would highly recommend a visit f you haven't gone before! Food selection and menu are excellent! Flavors were amazing!

PM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was outstanding. Darrell (our waiter) was awesome and had a great sense of humor. The shrimp and grits were out-of-this-world.

SA
Columbus
32 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

For the record, this is one of many reviews I have left. But I had to once again tell everyone just how great this restaurant is! The food was delicious, as always, with every dinner option having unique and inventive sides. None of that “smashed potatoes with veggies” for every meal. The service was great - attentive and personal. And I have to call out Robert, the valet. He remembers us every time, is amazingly upbeat, and just a really nice way to start and end the evening. We’ll be back soon!

BS
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

INCREDIBLE food and service! Will be coming back many many many more times (as soon as I can afford it again)

S
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Friendly staff, quick service. Parking is a challenge. Food always on point, good selection to choose from. Stay well informed about their products and quality service is an established expectation.

DS
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It had been a long time since the last visit, but it instantly reminded you why it is a classic.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went here for a parents night out and I loved it, my husband not so much. I think he just made some selections that were not the best the menu had to offer. But we had fun and the service and atmosphere are incredible. I would totally go back, my husband probably not so much.

OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our am waiter Tim was awesome. We will be back a gain

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

16 anniversary of our first date which was at G Michaels!

GK
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good overall dinner

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for restaurant week and absolutely loved our experience!!

JM
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the bar tables and had a great experience, the food was outstanding.

J
Columbus
31 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super restaurant week menu!!!

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