J. Liu Restaurant & Bar of Worthington

4.2
1814 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
J. Liu Restaurant and Bar of Worthington offers superb culinary creations served within an eclectic setting. Refined and stylish yet relaxed and comfortable. The experienced staff is dedicated to exceeding the expectations of every guest. J. Liu is eager to work with you in every way possible to ensure a most memorable experience. Uncompromising quality, understated elegance, attention to detail, outstanding service and "Something Great For Everyone", only at J. Liu of Worthington!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
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
What 1814 people are saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.3
service
4.2
ambience
4.0
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wait staff was nice and informative. Food arrived in a timely manner and was delicious. I’ll definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never a disappointment. Love this place. Happy Hour is awesome. Bartenders Madison and Nicole are outstanding

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Service was great
But it was like Asian buffet food.
The Asian food wasn’t even the majority of the menu. Should’ve went to PF CHANGS - nothing spectacular. So disappointed because took my sister here for her birthday, but wasn’t anything impressive at all.

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vipTC009
Columbus
14 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice to grab a healthy lunch and get some really great tortilla soup.

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vipBigbatMuffin
Columbus
23 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good appetizers, lots of menu choices. We had a great meal and great service.

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AmberC
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

On New Year’s Eve we had a reservation for 7:30 we did not get seated until almost 8:45. After we were seated there was a limited menu and they were all out of New York strip. After ordering food we waited another hour until we were served cold food. The prime rib ordered was so overcooked it was grey. We talked to the manager and she offered microwaving our food. Will not be eating at this location again.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

New Year’s Eve
They had a limited menu, and they ran out of one of the options , the New York strip, by 7:30. They offered a filet as a replacement, we both ordered medium and it came out more than well done. It was like charred shoe leather. Not worth the money at all. We left and were still hungry.

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Carl
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very safe place to eat.
Social distancing guidelines in place.
Disinfecting procedures in full practice.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Traveled 2 hours to Columbus for NYE and experience was not great. There was a limited menu for the night which we were unaware of, we waited an hour for our table (we had a reservation) and another hour for our food once we ordered. When we finally received our food several items were cold. Our server was so nice, apologetic and very understanding. Had we known about the limited menu when someone called to confirm our reservation we would have made different plans. The restaurant was definitely overwhelmed, would be open to trying under different circumstances.

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KimG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

We made reservations two weeks in advance for New Years Eve. Our reservation was for 7:15, arrived at 7 and was seated finally at 8:03. Not sure why we made a reservation. At 8:20 a server finally came to get our drink order and appetizers were ordered. We were finally able to order our dinner at 8:35. When our food finally arrived, we all ordered Prime Rib mid-rare. It was ice cold and very well done. The green beans were ice cold and the potatoes were warm but basically the entire meal was inedible and of low quality.
I was so excited to dine here but honestly, I doubt I will ever go back. I was hungry when I arrive and starving when I left. I went home and had a cheese sandwich which was better than anything I had at J Liu. You totally missed the Mark and it didn’t seem like anyone really cared either. A very fitting way to cap off a terrible year with the worst dining experience I have had to date. It’s worth noting I travel extensively and eat out no less than 3-4 nights a week. Happy New Year.

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EricB
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We decided to go on New Years Eve and I was very disappointed. This was out date night and they sat us near the bar which was a major turn off. One, they only had a limited menu that they were serving. Out of the five entrees that we could choose from, my wife and I could only eat two items as we don't eat pork or red meat. The Jason's Spicy Chicken was ok but I could have gotten this at some local fast food Chinese place for half of what I paid for and the same goes for the Salmon that my wife had. There was not much on the appetizers to choose from as it was a limited menu. Our waitress was the bartender as well so our service was horrible. She hardly checked up on us and only gave us a refill of water after I asked for the check. She spent more time paying attention to customers at the bar and filling drinks instead of her customers that was dining. It look like that they were short staff and I can understand with COVID and everything. However, If I am going to pay good money for a dining experience that is what I am expecting and nothing less. I felt like I waisted my money and I did not get a chance to really experience J Liu at it's best. We plan on going back at another time so that we can have a better selection when it comes to dining and we will ask to sit on the other side instead of the bar.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience1

We booked this restaurant for NYE and everything that could have went wrong did. Was not aware of the special menu for NYE (as it was not listed on OpenTable, the app we booked through). There was a special menu listed for Thanksgiving but nothing for NYE so I was under the assumption the normal menu was being served, which we found out upon being seated that this was not the case. That would have been fine, a bummer but we can work with it. However, the problem started when it took them 45 minutes to figure out how to accommodate a vegetarian meal. After that our server finally took our drink order and 15 minutes later came back to tell me they “couldn’t do” the cocktail I ordered “right now” with no further explanation and walked away again before I could order something else. So couldn’t order anything from the menu and couldn’t even get the cocktail I want which was one of the specials they were serving that night. Finally our server came back and I was able to order a different cocktail and over an hour after we were seated we finally got our drinks and salad. They served me a house salad with “no bacon” but I still found several pieces of bacon in the salad. When the food runner brought out the main course he spilled au jus sauce all over us and the table which got on an expensive white shirt I was wearing for the occasion. He apologized and brought us napkins. At this point I actually cried because I was so frustrated. Pulled myself together and when they finally brought out dessert we sat there for 15 minutes without forks, unable to eat it. The bill was outrageous for the experience we had and not a single discount was offered, even after they spilled au jus on us. If I could give it 0 out of 5 I would. Do not recommend, especially if you have dietary needs because they will not be able to accommodate.

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AllisonD
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The steaks were over cooked and our service was mediocre at best

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KathyW
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Booked a reservation for our anniversary. When we arrived only the bar area was open. There was nothing posted in their site that the restaurant area would not be open that evening. The bar area was loud. They still served the full menu. Food was ok. Servers were friendly and attentive. Overall experience was a disappointment for an anniversary dinner.

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James
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall4food3service1ambience2

Dinner was good, but the brownie Sunday dessert was very disappointing. The brownie was hard as a rock and practically impossible to eat. Service was very slow for how few customers were dining.

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vipJaytee
Columbus
16 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect dine-in date night location . Service was impeccable and my Poke bowl was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Originally going to sit in dining room but decided to sit at bar and take advantage of happy hour. It was an exceptional experience. The ladies working the bar to the food servers everyone was so pleasant. We will back soon!

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vipShane
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas lunch

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TonyaG
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, staff, value, and an awesome experience. As always, I'll be back. 😃

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Our2020ChristmasLuncheon
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we had a good experience at J Liu's and our waitress was attentive. We enjoyed the food and after we'd eaten we had a gift exchange and then sat there and talked. The waitress didn't try to make us leave!

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JohnP
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The decor is pretty cool (love the pineapple statue on the roof!) and the service was good. The food was OK but nothing special. The carrot soup was fairly well-seasoned. I wish it would have been served with some bread or crostini. My Pad Thai had some slightly rubbery pieces of chicken in it. There was a bit too much sauce pooling at the bottom of the dish, and it was rather strong, meaning the last few bites were a bit overpowering even after fishing out the food first. They nicely accommodated the dietary requests of the friend who joined me, so that's a plus. However, the food was still nothing special, especially at this price.

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Debi
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was good. I like my broccoli more done then it was.

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JustinJ
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Arrived at the restraunt for my girlfriends birthday. We ordered and had our appetizer, entree in no more than 15mins after being seated. Had dessert and paid the bill, was out of there in less than 45mins

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Lily25
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Turkey was tender and moist. Gravy and stuffing was very good. The pecan pie was excellent. Service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall1food4service4ambience1

Our worst experience there, and we’re regular diners. Putting everyone in the bar made it very loud, and there was a customer at the bar who was so loud we could not hear each other at our table. The servers were good, but they need to re-think their capacity spacing, which they likely did to allow for service by 2 servers (bartender and other).

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very good food. Pasta Diablo and pork shank were excellent. The carrot cake was a little disappointing. Good but not outstanding and small slice.

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TerryE
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was very good and the server was very attentive.

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Gerb
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Experience was awesome as always....great food and exceptional service!

RC
vipRChri
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

I'm not really sure what was happening on Saturday night at J Liu, but frankly i'm embarrassed we took our out of town guests here. We've been dining here for many years and I've booked many events both corporate and personal here. Upon walking into the not busy restaurant we were seated in the bar area which is fine, but there were cleaning buckets on the bar which is just unappetizing to look at. Our apps were delivered in a reasonable amount of time, but did not look appealing (the entire meal looked like it had been prepared earlier in the day and then microwaved). That's about the best part of the meal. The entrees took forever to come out, were cold and also looked like reheated food. My dad ordered the ribs and the mac n cheese seriously looked like hot bar mac and cheese from giant eagle at the end of the night. The Jason's chicken (I think that's the name?) were swimming in sauce. My salmon was completely raw and uncooked in the center and came with a side of sauce that had splashed all over the random bowl of it that they brought it out with. I did ask for a new piece of salmon because it was inedible and when it finally came out, it came with drowning in sauce, which was not how it had been sent out before. I opted to not eat it. While we were finishing dinner, they started cleaning around us. I've worked in restaurants, so I get it, but i've never dragged out the bar mats before my customers even had their check. In fact we had to ask for the check which makes no sense, because i'd rather have paid and left before our server was handling trash during our meal. There needed to be either more people working, or fewer reservations because it was a disaster. I honestly would have said more during our dinner, but like I said we had out of town guests and it was my dad's 70th birthday, so I just wanted to be as pleasant as possible while willing the dinner to be over. Really not up to par especially during Covid where cleanliness and food prep is concerned.

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LeeG
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were well spaced from other patrons. The waiter was properly attentive. The Manhatten’s we had were outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nice place, but empty! Would benefit from a larger patio

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This restaurant is ok for a quick bite. For the price I expected more flavor in the food. Good place but definitely not my 1st choice.

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WorthingtonLiving
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is always a great variety of different food and drinks. We ate outside in a very comfortable and safe environment. Will go back soon.

BJ
BuckeyeJet
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very safe and comfortable inside dining during COVID-19 pandemic

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Deen1415
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried a staple and new dish and both were amazing! The bar area was cozy and we were able to remain socially distant. Our server/bartender was very friendly and knowledgable. We look forward to getting back soon!

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Lawrence1
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food and excellent service. The only negative was you were out of chocolate cake.

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BrettB
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food , good service

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
27 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Service slow..food cold

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TrentV
Columbus
14 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are on the patio, and the service and food were both great as usual.

FAQs

J. Liu Restaurant & Bar of Worthington offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (614) 888-1818.

J. Liu Restaurant & Bar of Worthington is rated 4.2 stars by 1814 OpenTable diners.

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.