J. Liu Restaurant & Bar of Worthington

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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!
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Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The steak seemed full of gristle. Presentation lacking...the blackened meat taking up half the plate...nothing on the right side of the white plate, not even a garnish. The frites were tasteless. Very disappointed since we were there 6 months ago and had an outstanding meal all around back then.

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Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Food was good, as usual, although the portion size of the brie appetizer was way too small. Restaurant had nice atmosphere and was very quiet. I was disappointed that they did not serve any frozen drinks. Prices are a little on the high side for the quantity of food provided. Service was horrible: entree was not prepared as requested, side dish was not served until I asked about it by which time I was done with my entree, server took my utensils away with my plate and did not bring any when the side dish came so I had no silverware to eat it with, server took my drink glass to refill it but forget to bring it back until I asked about it, server rarely came by our table and always rushed away before we could say anything. There is more but I'll stop at this.

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KR
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Unfortunately, this was our first time at this restaurant. We were celebrating a birthday. Our waitress could not have been less interested in us than she was. She clearly was mad about something, and took it out on us. Additionally, someone in our party ordered a dish with salmon. The first two times the salmon came out, it was raw. Needless to say, she sent it back. In all fairness, the manager did apologize and comped her mail. Sadly, we will never return.

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H
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Would go when I could order from the menu, went on mother’s day when the only option was the buffet. The food was less than mediocre, and also price for the buffet was definitely over priced for the options that were available. Very disappointing.

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AK
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Made reservations specifically to avoid buffet service. Upon arrival learn they are only doing buffet service. Seated in a busy thoroughfare right next to buffet line. Buffet line was long and slow. The food was cold and not replenished quickly. I had one plate from the buffet and the food was so cold I couldn’t even finish it. Then came the bill and it was grossly overpriced. I had high hopes in my first visit to J. Liu’s, but was shockingly underwhelmed. They had their chance, and I won’t go back. To many other good restaurants with reasonably prices that I’d rather go to.

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BR
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was fine for Mother's Day buffet. Food, according to my wife, was not on a par with previous years. We will forego a buffet next Mother's Day and choose a sit-down restaurant.

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m
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

This was a super depressing mother's day experience. The initial shortcoming was the fact that on mother's day, an "all day brunch" buffet was the only option for service at this restaurant. This was not known or advertised prior to booking our reservation, over a month ago. Upon arrival and finding out about the buffet, we decided to give J Liu the benefit of the doubt and stayed to give it a try...bad decision. First of all the price of the buffet was not known (29.99 pp), and the options were super limited. The food looked like it had been left out for hours and only replenished when there was only enough to scrape from the pan. The "salad" items were soggy and when I approached the roast beef and smoked ham carving station, the server informed me that it was the "last of the roast beef for the day"...it was 5:15pm on mother's day. All other "hot" food items were luke warm at best and the dessert station was in disarray with cookie crumbs and smushed mini pecan pies all over the table. Overall I felt like the 150 dollar (29.99 for 4 buffet servings, 3 mimosas at 6 dollars a pc and 3 bucks for a diet coke) for 4 people buffet was a robbery and I will never return for regular dinner service due to this experience. The only reason for 2 stars was due to the server who was kind and replenished drinks and removed plates expeditiously.

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JO
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Food was mediocre. Service the same. Pricey for what one got. Not a great buffet. Needs to be worked on, if the charge is what we paid. In saying this in evaluation, I’m quite aware Mother’s Day is a challenge.

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DF
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The service was great. However, the food was not as good as the Thanksgiving feast but still good. Some food needed to be hotter.

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S
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Mother’s Day brunch was just okay. Dinner is so much better. I was disappointed in the quality and choices of the food options.

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AH
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We went to J Liu’s for mother’s day brunch. Good was just ok. Considering we were paying $30 per person I expected it be better. Would not attend another brunch here.

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OT
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Mother’s Day Brunch food selection was great. Something for everyone. As usual, the food quality and service were very good.

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c
Cleveland
17 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Very nice waiter but soooo noisy. Good food thank you

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o
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time I've eaten here and it was for Mother's Day buffet. It wasn't bad, just not sure it was worth $70 for two. I'm not sure about all of the desserts, but some were clearly just from GFS (I'm lookin' at you mini eclairs!) as we had just defrosted the same earlier that day. I guess for the price, I would have expected everything to have been made in-house. The set up wasn't the most user friendly for kids or short people. I had to stand in tip toes to serve myself. No way kids could serve themselves. Also gets crowded at the end as there is no way to pass someone by in the buffett line and squeeze by the table in place. $6 Mimosas also seemed a bit small for the price.

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JN
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

We went on Mother’s Day and did not eat our money’ worth. Their typical Sunday brunch usually costs $19.95 per person, but prices were significantly increased to $29.95 for the holiday. Additionally, we were charged for 2 kids that did not eat anything from their buffet due to dietary restrictions/ allergies. We were also automatically charged 20% gratuity when all the server only gave drinks and a bill. For 4 adults with some alcoholic beverages our bill was $210. Definitely not worth it.

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TG
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Went on mothers day and had pretty big expectations and was pretty let down. Not a big selection and food was not very warm or tasty. Seating was similar to cafeteria upstairs. Wait staff seemed to be new hires. Just bad experience overall

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AK
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Granted it was Mother's Day so very busy, but the food and service could've been better. All the tables seemed to be crowded to fit in more people. I was seated at the end of the table in the walkway. I tried to scoot in, but kept hitting the table legs which knocked the glasses on the table. People walking by kept bumping me. Our server was not attentive, never filling my coffee or clearing the dirty plates. The food was ok, but the french toast was burnt and they ran out of cups for the syrup. It was very pricey for the quality of food and service.

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CW
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I havent been in a couple years and was pretty disappointed in the food and service.
I had made a reservation thru open table, yet was given a table near the bar. later i got a check in from open table about missing my reservation. Obviously the person who helped us didn't do their job correctly.
The food.
I had Chicken Milanase and while it was cooked well, the seasoning was bland. The lobster bisk was seasoned blandly as well.

I used to enjoy coming there, but as of this time, was pretty disappointed overall.

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i
Columbus
111 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The person with me was quite happy with her selection. I had Scallops Risotto, and, although it was good, I probably won't order it again. I just thought there were way too many tomatoes in the risotto. But the service was excellent and we will return.

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HK
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good, service was a little slow even at 5:30-6:00. We seemed to confuse the staff by ordering mostly from the appetizer menu for our meals.

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P
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was okay, but for the price of the food I was expecting a bit higher quality. The service was good, but I believe the waiter could have been a bit more attentive to his tables. Overall the experience was good, but it could have been better

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AT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Overall it was a great experience. We had picky eaters in the group that made it challenging for our wait person, she did get a little inpatient but still managed to get the order correct. I had the fish tacos without the tortilla and it was incredible. The tilapia had such a great flavor and was very fresh. We will be back again.

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R
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Seating was packed pretty tight at the table. The food was ok , nothing to get excited about. The drinks were disappointing. Will I go back maybe, but it isn’t a first, second or third choice place. It was the only place with reservations available and it seems obvious now why that was the case.

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OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Late Easter meal

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LC
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. Would definitely go there again.

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KP
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

I have dined at J. Liu's at least 50 times and have always enjoyed it which is why we chose to have Easter dinner there. We were a bit taken aback when we told they were only having a brunch buffet at 5:30 PM and were not offering their usual menu. This was not mentioned on their website which we had visited that morning to review their menu. If it had been, we would not have gone there.

At any rate, we decided to stay at that point and found the selections to be picked over and cool to lukewarm in temperature. The dessert table looked like it had been ransacked and several of the selections did not have serving utensils. The vegetarians in our party had few selections as well.

Finally, at $30 per person, this was extremely overpriced. To add further insult, a 20% compulsory gratuity was added for a buffet when all the service we were provided was a round of drinks. The staff was overwise pleasant, at least.

I had formerly felt that J. Liu's provided good value. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case. I have not felt this poorly about a dining experience for a long time.

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l
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went to Easter Brunch with a large group. Brunch was excellent with plenty of variety from seafood and entree's to breakfast! Service was great with constant attention to clearing and getting drinks and anything we needed. Highly recommend!

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LE
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter Dinner - Always great service and yummy food 🎊

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OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Easter Brunch

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OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent fusion experience.

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OT
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Easter buffet was good. Service by Jeff was spot on. A bit of a wait even with a reservation but that happens.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Easter Dinner with only buffet food. Food was missing in serving containers, cold, some undercooked. Bad service because so busy. Bad value for amount charged. Never again.

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SL
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

JLiu is always a class act and never a bad choice. The Easter buffet was hot and varied and they refilled fast. It was relaxing to be there. It was the perfect choice for Easter for us.

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N
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

This was my first dining experience with J. Liu. We had a reservation on Easter Sunday. I was disappointed in the cleanliness of the buffet area upstairs. It was messy and food spilled all over. I actually didn’t want to touch the serving dishes to open them. Wished there would have been more options other than just basically Asian and breakfast. The crab Rangoon was cold. The dessert buffet was also a mess, felt dirty to me. Also most desserts were empty. The salad options were next to none. The service was ok, felt very rushed and the server mentioned that 20% gratuity was added but we could also add more. Thought that was kinda rude. This was our first experience eating out on Easter, due to a recent surgery. I will be cooking at home for sure. I am also not one to ever complain, but since I was sent the email, I thought I would let you know, that it was not worth the money in my option.

Thanks,

Nicole

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KH
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

The food was very good and ultimately that is the most important thing. However, they raised their prices because it was Easter and that bothers me a bit. I also understand they were VERY busy - but with the extra charge perhaps they could have had more staff on hand to handle keeping the buffet stocked and drinks filled. In addition, the bathroom was really nasty. I would be willing to give them another chance because we had some really tasty dishes, but I'm nervous.

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CM
Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The Easter brunch was awful. They didn’t have enough food for the crowd and many trays were empty. We were a party of seven and they sat us at a tiny table made for 4 people. We didn’t have silverware and later did not have spoons for dessert. I called ahead to ask about the price and they quoted me a lower price so I was surprised to receive my bill which was significantly higher than anticipated. Not a great value for the money!!

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DD
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had reservations for Easter Sunday Brunch and were seated immediately. Restaurant was very crowded. Wait person was very prompt and polite. Most of the food was delicious and prepared very well (except for the french toast that was burnt). However there were several items that were not replenished even after returning to the buffet, so we did not get to try them. Kitchen did not seem to be able to keep up with the demand. Overall, it was good and my family enjoyed it.

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OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eastee Brunch

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CW
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are still full two days later, after enjoying the Easter Buffet! Due to the heavy volume of guests, they even had a manger (or perhaps the owner?) out in the parking lot directing folks to the open parking spots - it was quite organized - and appreciated. The food was mouth-watering and delectable, service superior, and ambiance quite enjoyable. Quite an enjoyable dinner - I highly recommend!

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OT
Columbus
15 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

This the second time we did Easter brunch here with the family. The first time a few years back was excellent. This time, not so much. We had to park quite a ways away. Our table was upstairs in the back. We had to weave through about 6 very closely set tables. It was loud because the tables were on top of each other. It was akin to a wedding reception, not an Easter brunch. Many of the food choices were empty, cold or of low quality. The Canadian bacon on the eggs Benedict was a thinly sliced deli ham. Very limited options if you didn't want the Asian food or traditional Easter meal. There were no traditional sides that went with the ham or roast beef. The desserts tasted previously frozen. $200 for 5 people for that level of food and ambiance is not at all worth it. We will not be back for another brunch.

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