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G. Michael's Bistro & Bar

4.9
2897 Reviews
$30 and under
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

Support G. Michael's Bistro & Bar during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2897 people are saying
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked here for my birthday as we do for many of our special occasions and are never, ever disappointed! The food is always amazing, not salty like many other upscale restaurants. The staff is always so friendly and pleasant, and they even offered me a complimentary dessert for my birthday!

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DeborahC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service. Fish dishes are always done perfectly!

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ZacharyB
Richmond
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Great service. Great place! Highly recommend.

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Paul
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice special occasion dinner. Excellent service on charming patio. Food was very good, but pricey.

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vipSuzanneM
Columbus
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant. It never disappoints and the changing menu is something to always look forward to. One of our favorites for many years.

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vipReneeP
Columbus
13 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a special occasion, but we come here a lot. G. Michael’s never fails to surprise and delight. Both the seasonal menus and the specials hold their own against restaurants all over the country. Highly recommend for all occasions - special or just because you deserve an amazing meal.

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vipjimbo
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time back in eighteen months.
If possible, the seafood was even better than before, even by G. Michael's high standards.
Totop it all off, David took excellent care of us, popping up when needed! A true professional.

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waynel
Columbus
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food and always good service by a mature and pleasant staff. Atmosphere can be noisy but not last night—excellent evening

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vipLive2eat
Cleveland
54 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good service! Shrimp and grits entree portion was enormous! Mussel app. Was amazing! Ambiance quiet which we like.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Excellent service:)

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CMHoenophile1
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was nice to be able to safely and comfortably enjoy a nice meal with family. Great service. The entrees left a little to be desired, especially as a vegetarian.

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FromAtoZany
Cincinnati
24 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Excellent food and service! The lemon gingerbread tart and the rabbit gnocchi were standouts.

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Parvalla
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service

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AmyB
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Columbus. Little gem of a place. The shrimp and grits is amazing as well as the scallops. Great service and excellent food. Would highly recommend.

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vipKrisK
Chicago
60 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Great location in the German Village. Delightful staff. Good cocktails with happy hour specials. The dinner special wasn’t so special . . . all elements struggled to be the flavor star. Our starter salads and my spouse’s entree were very tasty. I learned after the fact that, for some reason, my Open Table reservation didn’t qualify fir the 100 points. 😕

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vipsmth
Columbus
49 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the Prix Fixe Monday specials. The flat iron was perfect, the octopus was generous in size and cooked just right. Service was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
19 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place to eat in German Village!!!

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GreekGod
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a reservation to celebrate our anniversary. The host/hostess had our table ready with a romantic table for two. The server brought complimentary champagne to celebrate the occasion. My husband ordered the corn flour dusted trout and I had the veal chop. The presentation was nicely done and the combination of flavors to these classics were well worth our hour and 15 minute drive. Our server was top notch as you would expect for fine dining. He was very friendly and informative without being obtrusive. We will definitely go back to try other entrees.

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vipTerryW
Columbus
13 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such an enjoyable dinner with excellent service from Timothy! He had a wonderful sense of humor which made our dinner so fun! As always, the food was exquisite- we’re still raving about everything the next day. We started with a soft shell crab, salads, and the chowder. Our main courses were the shrimp and grits, veal with pesto potatoes, and pork cutlets with bacon gruyere risotto. We shared a piece of the lemon tart for dessert. EVERYTHING was delicious. Absolutely perfect!

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bobkreeger
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Wonderful food, great people! Everyone should go for dinner.

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JimS
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always a pleasure eating here. The food is always top notched and the service impeccable.

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vipBill
Oklahoma City
18 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great meal

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ChantelG
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

G Michael’s never disappoints. The food and service were fantastic, and because we dined on a Monday, we had the option of the prix fixe menu. G Michael’s remains of my favorite restaurants in Columbus!

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Connie
Jackson Hole
9 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner at G Michael’s is a great occasion, made even better on this visit because it had been a very long time since our last visit (thanks to the pandemic). We’re so glad this wonderful restaurant has survived, and we plan to make up for lost time.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant in Columbus. We always get great food and service. I like that they have daily specials and change up the menu seasonally. We will definitely be back.

JS
JohnathanS
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner. Celebrated a quiet birthday with some family. Food and drinks were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently fantastic

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TomM
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and professional service. The atmosphere is just right.

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DianaC
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious from start to finish. Appetizers (small plates) were a substantial size - you could probably make a meal out of them. We really loved the mussels and chowder. Entrees were both amazing - lamb and scallops, we finished our plates. We came for our anniversary and they had been aware of it, so they gave us two glasses of champagne on the house. Service was great as well. Highly recommend!

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vipsmth
Columbus
50 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for Mother's Day and had a great time. Food was super - my trout was perfect and Mom's filet was superb. Super service every time we go.

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Hungry
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Menu was similar to when we dined there at the end of summer. Was hoping for something a little more inspiring.

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viplisamarie152
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food & service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

G. Michael’s - definitely a reliable standard in Columbus however, it seems a little off that our waiter informed us that they no longer served bread as part of their routine table service when I asked for some. OK, no one actually needs the bread however, the explanation that this omission is due to COVID seems a bit far-fetched. We’ve been to several other equivalent places in the past few weeks - no issue with serving some bread. Maybe they should find a new bakery supplier or figure out how to address this?

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Travis
Columbus
44 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We dined at G. Michaels on Friday, May 7, 2021. The food was great. As the waiter suggested, the scallops were outstanding, and my companion was very pleased with her halibut. First courses of chowder and quail were excellent. The wine, Seghesio Zinfandel, was reasonably priced and quite good. Carl, our server, was outstanding - friendly, personable, professional, and efficient. G. Michaels is one of our favorite restaurants but we hadn't been in over a year due to COVID. We are looking forward to returning again soon.

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vipCharles
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

G. Michael’s is always my top choice for a great experience. Excellent in all aspects.

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vipCandiV
Columbus
23 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent along with the service. We love coming here because the quality is always excellent

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MIKEP
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EVERYTHING WAS GREAT AS ALWAYS

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vipFrancescaP
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tim and Carl are the best!! The culinary team is outstanding. Every dish tastes better then the one before it. This is the best restaurant ever!!! We love you all so much and can’t wait to see you again!!

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NicoleS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carl was our waiter and he was great. He made great recommendations, and even gave us spots to try in Columbus as well (we're new to the area). Everything we ordered had a ton of flavor and came out very quickly. Very calm but not uptight spot. We will be back :).

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vipGeorgeP
Columbus
63 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are SO sorry that Carrie is leaving. We have loved her excellent service and wish her only the best as she takes this next step in her life.

FAQs

G. Michael's Bistro & Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (614) 464-0575.

G. Michael's Bistro & Bar is rated 4.9 stars by 2897 OpenTable diners.

G. Michael's Bistro & Bar does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://gmichaelsbistroandbar.com.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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