Bristol Republic

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Welcome to Bristol Republic!
Nestled in the heart of the Short North, Bristol Republic is a locally owned, Nashville inspired bar and restaurant serving up competition quality BBQ smoked in-house daily, ice cold craft beer, over 100 rare Bourbon and Whiskeys from well-known and independent distilleries across the country and live music (Thursday-Sunday)! We are open 7 days a week and feature the only Live Music Brunch in the city. Our Saturday Southern Brunch menu can be found at our website. Sunday Brunch is our famous Southern Brunch and BBQ Buffet only.
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K
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best brunch in town. The food is great, fun country music, drinks delicious, and service fast! Highly recommend.

RD
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Extremely slow and inept service. One hour and 30 minutes for drinks and burger special. The food that was brought out accurately was good.

JD
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. The wings with different sauces were superb along with the pulled pork and brisket.
very enjoyable place to watch the football games

GD
London
18 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Go anyplace else! Do NOT recommend!
Most poorly run food and beverage establishment.
No one had a clue about the meaning customer service - huge disappointment.

VT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, I didn’t like that I was a little rushed when the band was about to play. I made a reservation for a table and it was where the dance floor ended up being.

NM
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening at the Bristol. Family from NYC enjoyed the entire experience and said
the brisket was the best they have ever had, they are world-wide travelers. Service was excellent and the food was superb. We will definitely be back soon.

T
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Not only is this place a great place for me and my friends to have drinks and listen to some country music, they staff are awesome. The food is great. There’s never a time I don’t recommend Bristol!

DR
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was inattentive at best

DM
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Service was terrible.....waited more than 15 before anyone took our drink order, and oven an hour to get our dinner. The Republic burger got high marks from my wife, but my brisket was terrible.....dry, over cooked and seasoned/spiced far too much. Frankly, it sucked!

CE
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were served quick and the waiter was super nice and friendly!

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Not a place to eat dinner around 7 it’s just a bumpin bar!

E
Columbus
48 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was excellent! We’ll be back for more, for sure, but probably for take out or delivery. The after-game crowd and noise was simply not what we expected and not for us. The mac & cheese and the ribs were great. The brisket was even better, it was awesome! Thank you!

OT
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome vibe to the restaurant with the Memphis themed country bar. Great burgers and nachos and types of casual food when you’re hungry for good food but don’t want to dress up for a steakhouse

FS
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great happy hour deals and delicious food!

n
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and the service matched it ! We went when the Matt Simmons band was playing. Holy cow! What a great band. The lead singer was awesome ! I felt like I was in Nashville ! Will be back soon and Anytime the Matt Simmons band is playing

T
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I would recommend BR to a friend but would not recommend their brunch. The Mac & cheese and brisket are amazing,, the food in the brunch buffet was just ok.

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

We ordered the share it y’all platter. It was really good . It reminds me of my family cookouts.

KL
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was really decent and I loved that there’s a place where we can hear country music AND LIVE MUSIC during the day in the city.

DP
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, Music was very good. Overall very happy with our brunch!

HH
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The best brunch food I’ve had! Had a great mix of breakfast and lunch food in the buffet. Staff was great and had a great atmosphere! If you’re a country fan I couldn’t recommend enough!

d
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was wonderful and the buffet was very good aside from the awful French toast, mediocre coleslaw, and the not worth the calories waffles. The accoutrements for the waffles were great and the energy at Bristol is fun as well. We will be back and hope that the above mentioned negatives will be improved upon

HS
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

The food during brunch was cold. For 20 bucks, you expect hot food at the very least. Highly disappointed.

NF
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic and the service was very quick.

ER
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good and the kids want to go back. The noise level could come down just a little. It was hard to converse and hear others at the table.

TA
Columbus
42 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I was pleasantly surprised by this BBQ bar. Service was appropriately attentive. I never thought of using pork rinds (pork cracklings on the menu) with a dip, but here with the cheese dip, very tasty - as well without. The brisket sandwich exceeded my expectation. I am a devote City BBQ lover, but this was flavor-able, just right amount of smokiness, and on the grilled bun made it. Unfortunately, they were out of their home made tator tots (odd for a Saturday 5pm meal) , so went with the mediocre chips. Wife had the buffalo chicken mac-cheese. Also very flavorful and filling - a lot of chicken "nuggets" on top. I would say if looking for a good Nashville BBQ and are around High Street, worth the stop. They also have music, but was later than we were staying - maybe another time

M
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Love Bristol! The food was delicious and I love listening to live music during brunch. Only call outs I have are that the table and booth were sticky and dirty from the night before and they were out of several menu items which was a disappointment.

HM
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and excellent brunch buffet. Great brunch drinks as well.

MH
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. Other than they were out of brisket and ribs at 8:00 on a Friday night. The pork was delicious. We will return.

s
Columbus
21 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing bbq! Kudos to the pit master. And our waitress? Service was stupendous. The only disappointment was the lack of any wine choices. Won't keep me from going back but I sure hope they increase the wine selections soon. ☺

h
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had terrific service and unexpectedly good food. Servings were plentiful and the menu was diverse. Also a good value.

BL
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Went for the Sunday brunch, food was great. I was there for restaurant week and saw they had a brunch for what I thought was $14.00. However when I went there the bill was for $19.99. It was my fault, I think. I didn't look at the menu because I knew what I wanted. The menu could have said $19.99 and I wouldn't have seen it. Outside of that, our server kept our glasses full, the manager came by our table a couple of times and all was good. We were surprised to hear live music on a Sunday around noon. The place itself is a little noisy but other than that we all had a good time. I will go back.

LA
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This was our second trip. First trip was disappointing because several menu items (brisket/ribs) were unavailable. This time, that was not an issue. The food was excellent. We are country music fans and enjoyed the atmosphere. Wish the live music started at 9:00. Our only complaint is that the mixed drinks (a margarita and a mule) were very weak. We ordered an extra shot on the side to add to our drinks.

c
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing brunch! Felt like we were in Nashville! Can’t wait to go back!

MB
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was super good. The drinks were fantastic! The only slight issue was had was that our appetizers came out after our meal.

g
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great value and excellent food! Love the Nashville feel! Live music at Sunday brunch was nice. The food for the brunch buffet was fabulous and diverse, however it is in in an awkward location (up near the entrance.) The kitchen is in the back so they are bringing out food across guests that are coming in and buffet patrons are trying to return to their tables with plates. It can be very congested. It would have made more sense to switch the stage (in the back) with the food area. Still giving a 5 star because it is that great! The service was also great. My bottomless mimosas (only $10) were refilled before I had to ask.

LC
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Don't know where to begin because there are so many good things to say! We were seated quickly and right up front by the live musician. The food was amazing. I wish I could have gone back for 4ths and 5ths because everything was delicious. If you go be sure to get the french toast, chicken wings and jalapeno grits....oh and don't forget the huevos rancheros! Can't wait to go back soon!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

We waited 30 minutes past our reservation only to be told that this restaurant was not participating in Eat 614 Columbus Restaurant week, although advertised until July 20th.

We proceeded to wait another 45 minutes to then get our mediocre, at best, food.

The restaurant was so loud we could not enjoy company with family.

Not sure if this restaurant was trying to be more of a bar or more of a restaurant but they should definitely stick to the bar scene as that is what most people were there to do.. drink and party.

Also noticed some significantly underaged teens in the bar area as there was no one checking ID’s at the door.

Completely disappointed in all aspects. Won’t be able to recommend to others.

B
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great! Noise level was high for dinner hour. But it is a bar! LOL

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Ok Food, Awful service.

M
Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great BBQ and bourbon cocktails! Service on a Friday night was a little haphazard, but nothing that took away from the experience (multiple unavailable sides being the only major complaint we had). The staff were all really friendly, and we were checked on throughout our meal. Definitely not a place for quiet conversation, but a fun atmosphere! We'd definitely go again... and already have plans to do so.

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