We attended before a performance. Due to traffic, we were slightly late for our reservation. The service was above reproach and the food was superb.
Service was very good but the food was barely warm when served too bad since it was tasty.
Our night started off with the valet telling us that they had no more spots, so I had to walk bout 2 blocks up hill after parking in a lot down the road form the restaurant. When I just got to the top of hill another car drove up and the valet took his car for him. Yes, this is "1st World" problem, but please take it in the context I am writing this. Which was a nice night downtown at a Zack Bruell restaurant at which we were looking to be spoiled a little and were willing to pay for it.
Anyways, the our service inside the restaurant was outstanding. I cannot remember his name, but our waiter for very attentive, knew the menu inside/out and is really very good at his job.
The food was good, but nothing that really blew us away or made us say OMG this is the best thing I've ever eaten. It's billed as a French restaurant, but other than the bone marrow appetizer there was not much that made me say "Ooh La La". Now, I am not saying that the food was bad...it just was not great.
Their wine list and hand crafted cocktails are outstanding, which alone will make us come back, along with the Wagyu meatballs (those were outstanding). A particular item on the menu that I was really excited about was Racquelette , which is a mild French and/or Swiss cheese. This cheese by itself is comparable to fondue and the way it is to be eaten is to place the cheese under a heating element. When the cheese on top starts to melt an turn golden brown the chef will scrape the melted goodness on to a plate that has fingerling or pomme frites on the side along with briny veggies like tiny pickles, mini corn, etc. A little crusty bread and then wash it all down with you favorite wine....mmmmmmm. Unfortunately, what came out was a small ramekin tin filled with what tasted like warm, soupy cheese Whiz.
Anyways, we will go back to give it another try as the wine and small plates are worth the trip.
As usual it was a great experience. Love going there before the theater
Great spot before a Broadway series show at Playhouse Square.
We are from out of town and came for the theater. We chise this restaurant for the proximity to the theater but were pleasantly surprised by the high quality and quantity of food for the price! Delicious! Make reservations for a weekend night.
This was our first time to dine at Cowell & Hubbard. We were going to a show down the street after dinner so this was perfect for our party of five. We all enjoyed various cocktails/wine, appetizers, entrees and desserts. The Pork Shank and Duck were outstanding. The PP&J Creme Brulee was divine. Everything was delicious and we were all quite pleased with our waiter, Joshua. He was very professional, knowledgeable, and thorough. Would highly recommend this restaurant...thanks for the wonderful food experience!
Our server was the best! His name is Phillip and he made our delicious meal 1000 better. Fun experience!
Cowell & Hubbard is a treat before every show at Playhouse Square. The drinks and food are top notch.
Great place to visit. The manager Michael is awesome as is all the staff. Best bartenders in the city. A must to try.
Waiter was friendly but very slow service and we were not there during a rush. Steak was flavorful but cold. The other food on the plate was also flavorful but was nice and hot. We expressed our concern that both steaks were cold and the manager offered to wait on us next time we ate there. Not happening. Disappointed. Won’t be back.
Service was outstanding and our meals were delicious! We both had fish that was perfectly cooked and served with sides that complemented both flavors and textures. It was a truly enjoyable dining experience.
Wonderful service. Good not great. Reasonable price...
A great stop before (or after) the theatre. Cowell & Hubbard does a great job of making sure that they expedite your order so you can make curtain-time with a few moments to spare. The wait staff was friendly and attentive, but not intrusive. We were able to enjoy our conversation over the delicious food: the blackened salmon was outstanding and my husband enjoyed the Moroccan lamb. (The goat-cheese gnudi was a guilty pleasure....and we had no room left for dessert.) We look forward to our next visit.
Came for an early pre-show dinner with some friends. Delightful experience in every way. Great food and excellent service. Will be back!
Asked waitress opinion on salad - love the squash. Response that the squash would be there in the future but the special string bean salad with 6 minute egg would not. Disappointed especially with the tasteless cherry tomatoes. Potato soup was delicious. Other diner had the chicken breast and was content.
Some dishes good and some over seasoned . Atmosphere felt more cafe than fine dining. Servers were awesome.
We had a terrific pre-theater dinner. Our server was knowledgeable and attentive, despite the large pre-theater crowd. Appetizers were creative and delicious--chicken livers, Brussel sprout salad and potato rosemary soup. The entrees were equally well--prepared--cod, salmon, spaghetti squash and chicken breast. We indulged in several desserts--a very tasty PB&J cream burlee, sorbet and the very best--meringue with salted caramel ice cream. We've had some issues in the past with feeling very rushed pre-theater, but this time, Cowell & Hubbard was exceptional.
Good service and tasty food. Perfect for before or after theater.
We have never had a bad meal there and keep coming back. They work with us so that if an item isnt vegetarian, they will make it vegetarian for us.
We were having dinner before the theatre. Food was delicious and service was superb. Our server timed everything perfectly so we could have a leisurely evening and get to our show right on time.
Great menu selection with excellent service. Food is terrific.
Great food and excellent service.
Overall great experience - prompt service, great wine, good food.
Great pre-show location
We came to Cowell & Hubbard before a performance at the Ohio Theatre. As out of towners, we got recommendations from friends in the city. Was a little concerned about the semi-mixed reviews on the website. We had nothing to worry about! Food was delicious and staff was amazing at dealing with us being gluten free diners (they have flourless chocolate cake! It's so rare to be able to eat dessert out!). My cocktail was great. My only compliant, if you can even call it that, is that for a "hipster" restaurant their bourbon selection was meh. We would definitely recommend to friends.
My wife and I went here before a concert for her birthday. The seating wasn't very private. Felt like you had to introduce yourself to everyone around you because they would soon be in the middle of your conversation. The seating was just to close. The server was great. She knew what the daily special was and answered all of our questions with a smile. The food was AMAZING. The best steak I've ever had!! Drinks were good also. I definitely will go back. Maybe this time I will request a table a little more private.
Pre theater dining. Excellent
My daughter and I ate here before a show. The service was quick but not rushed and the food was exceptional. Would definitely eat here again as a special outing.
The food was great as always, especially the tomato bisque. We love the atmosphere and the space. The host team has worn t-shirt sleep wear each of our last two visits and seem to have just rolled out of bed. I am not sure why this is acceptable when the service team is wearing uniforms with ties. They also seem to be judging anyone who might be dressed for the theater, which is a big part of your clientele. If I am paying this much for a meal, please have a host team who looks like they belong in the space, especially if they are throwing attitude. This part must be fixed. Do not bring this look or team to your other restaurants.
Had the two specials - a romaine salad with sautéed mushrooms, and a pho-type dish with ramen and mussels and carrots and bok chop and . . . Yumm!
Had a 730 dinner reservation and walked into a fairly empty establishment, which was surprising given the online reviews. Got seated at the table adjacent to a loud group of folks with several other open tables. We barely heard our waiter and ourselves in conversation. The food was good and aptly priced. The ambiance was sleek but left nothing to be remembered. Not sure if there’s enough here for me to return.
It’s was great! We rushed in for apps and cocktails before a show. Service was fantastic! Food was really hot. Not sure I can complain about that. The Brussel sprout salad and romaine salad were very good. The chicken spring rolls left something to be desired, and the meatballs were a little dry. Overall great and will be back.
I love Cowell and Hubbard. However, our entrees did not blow either myself or wife away when we went before a play in March. For the price point I expected a little more.
Excellent food and care. Had not been in a while and glad I made this choice pre theater.
C&H is consistently a reliable place for pre-show dinner. The menu is diverse and interesting, servers are efficient, and the dining room in appealing.
Four us ate here prior to a show at Playhouse Square. Service was friendly and expedient, food was very good and the drinks were great. I would definitely recommend it!
My husband and I enjoyed our date night. Service was quick and professional. The sommelier is very knowledgeable. We enjoyed a variety of small plates and dessert. If you're there during a show, you will experience a quiet, laid-back atmosphere. If you're there before a show, let them know if you're NOT in a hurry, or you might get all of your courses at once!
Delicious food and speedy service. We frequently eat there before a show, but the food is so good, we both said we need to go there more often.