After making a reservation on open table, receiving reservation reminder emails, we arrive the morning of our reservation only to find they are closed for the Holiday??
The atmosphere was superb along with the cuisine! Our waiter, Justin, was phenomenal! He was very knowledgeable about the menu and was quick serving us whenever we needed anything. The rest of the staff was very friendly as well.
This was out first trip to Hillbilly Tea since it relocated. We'd eaten at the previous location a few times and always enjoyed it. Arriving around 7:00 PM on a Saturday, we found the room almost empty. We were seated quickly and our server told us that they were out of a couple of items. We asked a question about one of the drinks and he got the bar manager (same person who seated us). She was able to answer a question so we ordered drinks before looking over the menu. When we were ready to order, we were told another item was not available and also learned that one item contained an ingredient that we'd already asked about (a potential allergy issue for one of us). This left us with few options for food, so we decided just to have our drinks and then go elsewhere. A few more minutes went by with no drinks so we asked about them and were told that they hadn't started making them yet - a good 20 minutes after we arrived and at least 10 minutes after we ordered them. Remember, the room was almost empty so there couldn't have been much of a rush. Ultimately we decided to just leave without our drinks.
I later looked at reviews on Open Table and saw others with similar experiences. I don't know what's happened to Hillbilly Tea, but I don't think we'll be back.
Great food and service. Very nice drink menu. Wish we didn't live out of state, we'd be there more often.
Literally everything we ordered was fabulous - cheese plank catfish steak broccoli and potatoes. Amazing extensive bar menu! Great ambiance - rustic quirky fun. Would definitely return. Have the corn pone too
We left before we ordered.
Didn't see anything on the menu that looked good.
Great food....great for brunch.
The food was obnoxiously bland. I ordered the Eggs, Biscuits, and Gravy with bacon. They charged me an extra 3$ for the bacon and it was only a half piece. The gravy was watered down with no flavor. The biscuits were thick cardboard and only tasted of baking soda. It was a very, very disappointing experience and I am so angry that we had spent an absorbent amount of money on this food. Also, they give you watered down honey for your tea.
Great place for Sunday Brunch. Good food, coffee, and drink selection.
This was recommended to us by several friends; we FINALLY had an opportunity to come on Sunday, October 9 for your brunch. The food was delicious (I had the fried catfish & grits; my wife had the Hillbilly Tea Scramble). We also ordered a side of corn pone and smoked bacon. The coffee and iced tea were both excellent. Service was OUTSTANDING. We are looking forward to our next visit and will try to come when we can order off the regular menu. Thank you for an outstanding experience! John Matthews/3437 Westenedge Drive/Columbus/Indiana/47203.
The ambiance was incredible so the fact that it took 20 minutes to get 2 drinks and a can of beer was a poor start, particularly on a slow night. The food was good however my meatloaf arrived luke warm instead of hot which made it less appealing. The corn pone was great however. IF they do not fix the service issues, they will not last.
Tried to stop in for brunch and was told, at 10 am when it opens, that the wait would be 30 minutes because we didn't have reservations for the empty restaurant. So a couple weeks later, with reservations, I tried again. The food was mediocre with respect to other nearby options in the same price range. The "handpoured" coffee was $4 for a mug and another $4 for a second cup. I do not see myself returning.
Food was great: fresh and unusual flavors. Had chicken and corn pone with great smokey flavor, topped with a red cabbage chow chow. The salad with greens and flowers was gorgeous but needed salt and pepper--easily remedied. We got sides of sweet potatoes and succotash that were fabulous. My husband also had a chicken salad with smoked grapes that was delicious. It's a quiet place, large and sparsely decorated with Appalachian junk: old tools, wash tubs, old kerosene lanterns, etc. drinks come in Mason jars, napkins are dish rags pinned with clothes pins. I hope they can survive because it's super cute and the food is great. The staff is really devoted to the place and it shows ! Give it a try!!!
Place is super cute staff friendly. The food menu is very different u have to have an open mind an willing to try new things
Lovely little place. Enjoyed the decor and ambience. They seemed short staffed as they had no one at the door to greet or seat guests or enough servers to handle 3 rather large sections of the establishment. Bartender was taking care of her guests and manning the host stand. Very gracious and polite with what she was handling. Our server was friendly and greeted us in a timely manner. The issue was the length of time between ordering and receiving our food. The food was delicious but took close to 40 minutes . There was a shorter gentleman with glasses and an iPad running around doing much of nothing and not helping out his service staff. Place has a lot of potential but needs serious discipline and proper labor distribution to handle a mediocrely busy Saturday brunch.
We were confused at why the appetizer gave 5 crawdad fritters (delicious,by the way) when an even number makes more sense for an appetizer
Was out of several things we tried to order. Asked for salad dressing on side , came on it. Asked to not be served potatoes ,offered to substitute double veggies, still came with potatoes and one serving veggies. Needs some fine tuning......would have came another time but hours on door is wrong says only open Fri-Sun, found out not the case????
Made a reservation on open table for noon on Sunday. Was seated @ time., but waited 45 min before getting waited on. There was a wedding party going on! When we finally got waited on, Taylor was very nice!
Mains were served on cold plates and were quite tepid. We asked that they be reheated / microwaved but the staff insisted on starting anew. They knew we had a theater deadline but the meals only arrived -- after some prompts -- about the time we wanted to be out of the restaurant. We ate hurriedly and the bills were comped in their entirety but I'd rather have had hot food served in a timely way than a freebie. The menu is interesting and well-executed and service was fine, but the dining event in total was wretched.
The new location is beautifully decorated, friendly environment and wonderful foods.
Services are wonderful and will come back again.