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About Meritage Cafe
Meritage Columbus is a relaxed, upscale lunchtime bistro cafe that morphs into a casual, sleek, wine focused dinner restaurant with a menu that reflects classic European & American Regional dishes with a Southern influence. Date night, dinner with family or friends, or just stop by after work or after a show at the Springer or the River Center. We would love to see you.Share Our Passion, Join Us at The Table
Columbus, GA 31901
Contemporary American, Seafood, Wine Bar
Hours of Operation:
Tue–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm
Sat 10:30 am–2:00 pm
Sat 10:30 am–2:00 pm
Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
W 11th Street
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
If on-street parking is full, there are two nearby parking garages.
Uptown Valet operates Thursday-Saturday Call (706) 580-2425
Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Meritage Cafe Ratings and Reviews
My girlfriend and I really enjoyed the dinner and atmosphere of the restaurant. Our waitress was cordial and even the owner, if I am not mistaken, checked on us during our meal. I gave restaurant 4 stars for food and value simply because the food was a little too sparse for the price I paid. Either a tad more food for the money or a little cheaper price would be nice. Regardless, the food and atmosphere were great and we may very well return again sometime.
We were looking for a place to eat while visiting Columbus for Thescon. The restaurant was highly rated, so we decided to give it a try. The food was very good; the ambiance nice; service very good; and the wine list surprisingly good for a small city. We had a Bordeaux Superieur that was a good value and got better with every sip. We look forward to going again the next time we're in town.
Meritage has become our go-to restaurant for special occasions - although it's truly a great spot for any time you want a great meal from a creative menu, served with attention to detail in a great atmosphere. The fact the owner visits - and I mean "VISITS" every table...not just a "hope things are good" fly-by - makes a huge difference.
We were there for a combined anniversary and double birthday dinner, and everything was so good. The only downside was our lack of preparedness for the Mexican Street Potato Chips served with the fish tacos - so spicy our delicate gringo palates could not handle them. But the fish tacos were extraordinary and the Andouille Crusted Chicken Breast over fettuccine was remarkable. The fourth meal was a Salmon BLT, which our guest found to have just too much bun for supper. But the salmon itself was delicious.
Not inexpensive - with an appetizer, two side salads and a cocktail, dinner for four was right at $95 before tax - but not overpriced at all. Hate that they have to relocate because their building has been sold. One thing is certain - we'll follow them wherever they land.
We attended the New Year’s Eve tasting-pairing event. The owner introduced each pairing and told about each item. She also visited the tables throughout the event to ask how we were enjoying everything and to make conversation. The food was amazing, but of course it was small portions for the tasting menu. My only complaint is the servers would take your plates while you were still eating and drinking. This made us feel rushed to eat and drink.
My friends and I had dinner here last Saturday as a celebratory dinner. This place is simply amazing. The food from the drinks to the appetizer was scrumptious! The service and ambience was over the top great. We were running late with our initial reservation and we had no problem in getting it pushed back when we called to advise. Even though we arrived about 30 min before they closed, we were not rushed or experienced that getting ready to close ordeal. I've eating at many Farm to Table resturants around the country and this is hands down Top on my list. I will definitely go back if I'm ever in Columbus again. I would highly recommend this place if, wonderful prepared food, outstanding service and a cozy atmosphere is what you are looking for on your next dinner out.
We were dining before a show at the Springer. Scheduled an early reservation because reviews said service could be slow. We found that this was not true at all. The bartender created an espresso martini for two of my friends and they loved it. My daughter and I enjoyed the red snapper special very much and the pork belly lollipop appetizer was also good. My friends both ordered steak dishes and ate well but because they like their meat over cooked didn’t enjoy their dinners as much as they did the martinis. We were done well before show time.
This was our first time dining at Meritage as we were visiting family newly stationed at Fort Benning. The wine list was very extensive and had some unique and interesting wines. The owner/manager guided us to a really nice reasonably priced bottle that we all enjoyed. She came back to check on us a number of times and made us feel very welcome. Oh yes, the food was fantastic as well. The pimento cheese fritters are terrific as was the ahi tuna appetizer. We had a variety of entrees and all were very good. We will definitely be back next time we’re in Columbus.
Great place to meet for excellent and unusual cocktails featuring some Georgia-made liquors. I especially like the Hot Georgia Nights. The wine list is interesting and well thought out with some choices not seen in other local restaurants. The small plates offerings allow a diner to choose more than one option without being overwhelmed. Our party of six was well pleased with Meritage.
I’ve eaten here before and had a fantastic time the first visit. This visit left a little to be desired. We sat with empty waters for a good bit and the bottle of wine that was ordered took longer then before to make it to the table. The main food order to way longer than before even though we didn’t order anything special. The tables around us that came a good while after us to the restaurant had even gotten their main food before us. When the food did come it was lukewarm. We all decided next we want to go out again that we will try a different restaurant. For the price that we payed the service just wasn’t up to par with it. It was such a great dining experience the first time which just makes it that much more of a let down this time for the money spent.
Highly recommend the pimento cheese fritters and the spiced peach cocktail. The risotto was decadent. Brussel sprouts were a touch heavy. Wife’s steak was done perfectly while mine was over even though we ordered them the same temperature. Will try the spot again, as we picked a horrible night to dine uptown as there were performances at the Springer and the RiverCenter the same time.
We had just returned from Napa and got to experience Meritage. Wow. Better than any meal we had the whole time we were in Napa including the Keller restaurants. The staff were excellent and helped us select a superb wine. The snapper and fillet were absolutely delicious as was the corn risotto. The homemade rolls are to die for. We live out of town and can't wait to go back.
We were in Columbus for an event over our anniversary and chose Meritage because of a prior lunch two years ago. Dinner for 5 was absolutely fabulous. Two of us had seafood, two had steak at poivre and one had the Georgia charcuterie. Wine list was very good and very reasonable. Service was attentive and helpful. It's worth a drive!
I went there with my wife and my son to celebrate his graduation from Fort Benning becoming a soldier. My wife is a vegetarian and the menu was perfect for her and my son and I had the steak filet mignon that were unbelievable. The ambience was great and the Service was perfect. As a matter of fact we went back two days later for another meal. You can't go wrong here.
While the food was very good, our waiter was not. He had to return to the table several times because he forgot parts of our order. While he brought his tablet with him, he never looked up from it and was more concerned with finding the items we were ordering. He visited the table to often while we were eating, but not often enough when we were ready to order something else or get our check. He's "creeping" up to our table left a very weird vibe for this place.
Our first visit to Columbus.....treated to a great evening at Meritage! A casual, but distinctive space, made for a nice evening with a fantastic meal. The owner (she was such a nice host) advised us on wine and dinner. She did not steer us wrong.... the salmon and snapper (fish of the day) were delicious! The small portion salads were perfect (get the beer salad!). Only negative was the small desert portion. Meritage is definitely a nice spot!!!!
Had a lovely lunch reuniting with old friends. The staff made several last-minute changes for us all without complaint. The food was delicious and enough to take home for a second lunch. A beautiful street view out the large windows provided great ambiance. In short, loved it.
Smart but unpretentious food. Our entrees were excellent, seafood risotto and shrimp & grits, we debated without conclusion which was best. The desserts too were rich and full of flavor but neither heavy nor overly sweet, such a nice finish. Downtown ambiance and good wine (with an assist from the owner). A great meal that my son and I will remember. Thank you Meritage
The appetizers were rather good. The pimento cheese fritters were rather deliciously amazing. However, the Mexican street potatoes with cotija cheese would have been better as actual potatoes and not potato style chips; a more flavorful cheese would have been better, but the sauce was good. The Seafood Risotto was rather bland and didn't excite my mouth. The Tomato Parmesan Bisque was the right creamy texture, seasoning, and delectable. Other menu items seem enticing but a bit pricey. If I was in the Columbus, GA area again, I would give Meritage another go and see how it fares.
Creative alterations to some of the menu items: baked salmon, especially.
The carrots are wonderful! It's refreshing to have a choice of the glazed carrots.
Tender ribeye steak that was cooked to perfection.
Having dinner at Meritage prior to a theater performance is an ideal way to start the evening.
The attentiveness of the staff and the owner truly create a special and friendly atmosphere.
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