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About De Novo

de-NOVO, located on The Columbus Commons Park, in the heart of the Theater District, is Downtown's destination for fine food, service and drinks.
Be a part of the seductive atmosphere while enjoying a hand crafted cocktail, or a delicious bottle of wine.
Located steps away from Ohio, Capital, Southern, and Palace Theaters, our valet will be happy to keep your car while you enjoy your show.
Staying downtown? We're a block away from The Westin and two blocks from the Sheraton and Double Tree Hotels.
Serving lunch, brunch & dinner, Our chef has created an adventurous, second to none menu sure to keep you returning.

150 S High St
Columbus, OH 43215
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Contemporary French

Hours of Operation:


Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am - 3:00pm;
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm;
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Town Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(614) 222-8830

Website:
http://www.denovobistro.com/

Entertainment:
We Feature Live Entertainment Thursday Through Saturday. Seating is LIMITED and We Can Not Guarantee Seating for Entertainment. Two Hour Table Limits and Hourly Minimums May Apply During Peak Hours.

Catering:
We Cater All Events, Any Size Contact us for any info

Parking Details:
Offering valet, meter and garage parking.

Public Transit:
The C-Bus has a stop right outside. Just look for the Restaurant neon.

Executive Chef:
Michael Bradwell

Private Party Facilities:
Many Private Dinning Options Contact us for Details

Private Party Contact:
Yavonne Sarber: (614) 907-2869

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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De Novo Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.5

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (32)
Good for a Date (23)
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Special Occasion (20)
Scenic View (20)
People Watching (13)
Romantic (13)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Business Meals (11)
Bar Seating (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Great for Brunch (10)
Fun (10)
Casual (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Cozy (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Tapas (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Healthy (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Live Music (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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Comfort Food (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
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·Dined 6 days ago

DeNovo has it all! The food is fabulous. Our waiter was attentive, efficient and gave welcomed advice on a food and wine paring. The decor glitters and sparkles. We got a table near the window and had a beautiful view of Columbus Commons. The brussels sprouts appetizer is delish!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

Jenny was our server and was outstanding. Since we were going to a show nearby, she said she would have us out the door half an hour before curtain and succeeded. Two of us had the lobster mac 'n'cheese which had gotten rave patron reviews, but ours was very dry although did have a good flavor. Beer and wine selection so-so. Despite this, liked the setting and service and will go back. Great location!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Fantastic service!!!! Kudos to Dominic!!!!

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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 12, 2017

A quick bite and drinks before a show. Service was ok until we needed our check. Waiter was MIA and we had to go to the bar to pay our checks.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We've been to DeNovo several times and have always loved it. This visit was a little disappointing. A few things to note....We got a bottle of wine, and were offered no taste of it prior to serving. Found that odd. I ordered my salad with no cucumbers or black beans, and it came with both. The server noticed me picking them out but never offered me a new salad, or a discounted bill. My fiance had kangaroo, and found it to be overcooked and a bit chewy. Overall disappointing this time, but because of past good experiences I feel it's worth another shot.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Went for brunch prior to going to the theatre. Food selection was unique and fun and the food itself was excellent! Will definitely go back again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Scenic View
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 11, 2017

First time eating here. Our waiter was phenomenal and really helpful with drink suggestions. The food was good and we appreciated the small plate options for most of the entrees. My only complaint was that our bill didn’t reflect the prices on the menu. We ordered dessert (Godiva lava cake) where the menu said $8.00 but our bill listed it at $12 and we didn’t notice until after we left. The ambience of the restaurant was amazing and I would go back for that (and the Baked Apple Mule) alone!

Tags: Cozy
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The only down side was our server. He was less than engaged. We asked for bread for the table three times of two different individuals and never received it.

Atmosphere was great. Food was good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on November 11, 2017

I am a regular, but even with a reservation. we had to wait 15 minutes and then were asked to sit in the bar area. Once we sat down and received the waiter's attention, service and food was very good. I? guess I have to allow for everyone to have an off day.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

We came in not knowing what to expect. We left with a resolution to come back as often as possible. Tevin was an amazing server and made the evening more enjoyable. The food was excellent and loved the ambience. Definitely a return visit is needed!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Excellent food, very good service, excellent atmosphere. Wonderful location for before theater dinner.

Tags: Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 7, 2017

The food and service was great. By the way, we loved the Michael Jackson playlist.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 5, 2017

This place was all about the presentation, but there was little substance. The ambiance was incredible to the eye, but included greasy floors, mismatched and less than functional tables/settings, the food was described well but fell extremely flat upon eating it. Short ribs were extremely fatty, beyond any I've ever tasted and lacked flavor. The Whipped potatoes beneath it were not whipped, nor were they fully cooked or seasoned. The de Novo pasta was boring and over-cooked, with completely bland chicken on top and worthless micro-greens that didn't fit the dish, nor offer much in the way of presentation. If this place continues to put their money on the ambiance and avoids inspiration from the kitchen, it won't be around long.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Had a great experience at the old location (date night with hubby). Decided to invite girl friends (from out of town) to the new location. Appetizers took way long. When they came out my crab cakes weren't hot. Honestly believe someone forgot to bring them out. A very nice woman (presume the manager) stopped by our table and had more prepared. They were better but dinner was very disappointing. Menu has changed since date night and that's okay. Overall, very disappointing. Should have taken my out of town guests to Easton

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Excellent food and service!!! I would and will recommend this restaraunt to family as well as friends!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The customer service stood out to me . Our waiter was always making sure we had enough to drink and gave a very good recommendation on the entree that we order. The food was delicious...everything properly cooked and great portions. A definite find for us here in Columbus and we will be returning in the future!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Romantic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 4, 2017

DeNovo was delightful! We were seated right by the window overlooking the park. The Cheese plate was elegant and excellent. My daughter's Sea Bass was cooked to perfection. I ordered the bistro portion of the Lobster Mac & Cheese which was prepared wonderfully, seasoned right on the mark. We had a wonderful server who took care of us with care, and took the time to chat and make us feel truly welcome. We will always look for a reason to return and visit again!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Our server had no people skills at all and was sweating a lot. He barely checked on us and I got to a point where I didn’t even want him to come back. Hostesses seemed sad to be at work. The food was alright. Worst part was that he charged my card for a different table’s meal which was twice the cost of ours. This was Friday and it’s now Sunday evening - I’m still waiting for the money to come back to my account. That meal was supposed to be a nice night about for my husband’s birthday and the whole thing sucked and put a damper on the evening. I thought it would be nice to try somewhere new, but that was a bad choice. We will stick with Cameron Mitchell restaurants for special occasions because I’ve never had a bad experience at any of them. I will NOT go back and would not recommend to anyone.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We have been going here for years before any show we happen to see. This time was Trevor Noah... We reserved, got seated quickly. Food was delicious! We were there a little over an hour and enjoyed the atmosphere and wine! Server wasn't fantastic but she did her job. Only downside was my card got charged twice. I made contact regarding it and have to call back when it's not in pending state. Frustrating I even have to deal with it. As long as it gets cleared up I'll definitely be back and recommend.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Service is rather slow. They never seemed to be in much of a hurry to make a first touchbase at the table. Food is very good, but unless I am in the area, I would not really think of coming back. It restaurant would benefit from additional soft surfaces to absorb the noise.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 28, 2017

De NOVO Bistro & Bar is just around the block from the Ohio Theatre, and it has become my favorite place to eat before seeing a show. On our latest visit, we took advantage of the $5 event parking under the Ohio State Capitol.

My friend and I both started with the de NOVO Bibb Salad. The ample amount of what the menu describes as "Fine Herb Vinaigrette" dressing had a thick, green, pea-soup appearance that did not appeal to me at all. I'm definitely not the most adventurous eater, and I was pleasantly surprised when I tasted the salad. The dressing is unique, with a hint of wasabi, horseradish, or another similar spice that may prove too rich for sensitive eaters.

I ordered the Lobster Mac & Cheese, described on the menu as sauteed Maine lobster, brie, Boursin, white cheddar, Parmesan, black truffles, herb Parmesan crumble, trumpet pasta and a hint of jalapeno. It was a rich, creamy grown up mac & cheese with an oh-so-subtle spicy kick. I ordered the "bistro" portion, and I gobbled up every morsel, but I was completely satisfied with serving size. I'm sure I would not have been able to finish an "entree" sized portion - and I am a large woman with a hearty appetite.

My dining companion ordered the Pan Roasted Mustard Glazed Salmon. The salmon was cooked to perfection.

We split a dessert of butterbeer ice cream, a butterscotch/caramel flavored treat inspired by the Harry Potter books. It was the perfect ending to a wonderful meal. The service was top-notch and the restaurant's decor is whimsical, chic, and gorgeous. I am already planning my next visit.

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We go here every time we go to the Ohio theater. Great food and service. Valet is the way to go.
Food is very good and reasonably priced. Excellent deserts.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Casual, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Excellent service, food, and scenery! We were celebrating "yes to the dress". Delicious crepes, crab cakes, scallops and short ribs! The cocktails were just right too! Thanks De Novo staff for making our brunch special!

Tags: Cozy, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 20, 2017

My sister, boyfriend and I made reservations there Friday night for drinks and appetizers before going to the symphony. The reservation was for 7 o’clock and we arrived on time. There was no one at the host stand and we stood there for several minutes before anyone came or even acknowledged us. We were seated at a table that looked like it had been half set with two silverware setups and one glass. We then waited maybe 7 or 8 minutes before the server came and said she didn’t know we were there. We placed our drink and food order immediately letting her know we had to be out by a certain time. We didn’t even get our waters until being there for 25 minutes. The manger came and asked if everything was ok. We told her we had been waiting a while and were worried that our food might not arrive in time. She did apologize but said the steak salad probably wouldn’t be out in time, that the kitchen was backed up. The restaurant wasn’t even half full. The cocktails came, one was wrong and the other was just not good. The manager bought our drinks and was apologetic but the evening was incredibly disappointing. We’ve dined there several times but that was not a good experience.

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

My husband and I went there to eat before a show. It was our first time in their new location (they've been there about a year). Loved the decor, the view from our table, the ambiance. It was such a mild evening they had the doors up, so it was somewhat of an alfresco experience. The menu looked fantastic--we checked it online before going. Unfortunately, the food wasn't as good as we have had elsewhere. We started with the brusslel sprouts first--the waiter highly recommended them and we usually love them. They were so salty, we couldn't eat many. I got the see bass and the natural flavor was overwhelmed by the vegetables. My husband got a spicy pasta with chicken and he said that it was very bland. I would recommend it for drinks, though. My rose was wonderful and they seemed to have good wines and cocktails.

Tags: Fun, People Watching, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Eating at De Novo with the view of Columbus Commons, gives you a feeling of dining in an extraordinary space. The menu is eclectic and the presentation of our tasty entrees was excellent. Service was personable and efficient, both Jonah and his partnering trainee Josh appeared to be enjoying their part of our dining experience. Recommend this restaurant for any special or otherwise dining experience!

Larry & Marilyn Delk

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Took my mom and sister out for dinner. Though the menu can be pricey, you can order the "bistro" size on many items to make it more reasonable. And the smaller size is plenty of food. Mom loved the lobster mac & cheese; sis had the capellini cold dish and was happy with it. (Salmon came out overdone but our waiter, Rob, did a great job of getting it replaced immediately.) I had the purse pasta - also good, but I added chicken and it was a little overdone. Moreover, we had a pleasant meal with good service. I have friends who've been to DeNovo in the evening previously, on different occasions, and said the service was not good. I have not experienced that -- either during lunches when I am there, or this (first-time) evening visit. I should say, though, that there were not many guests in the dining room while I was there, either.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

The hostess was clueless. I had two guests driving in from Pittsburgh which I told her. When they arrived she told them there wasn't a lone female waiting for guests. Fortunately they decided to look around and found me.
The service was okay. I think we may have had someone just learning. He was friendly but not very attentive and when we were ready for our check we were told he had left.
I had the glazed salmon which was good. My friend had the mile high quiche and it was very small.
We were celebrating a birthday and the ice cream was presented well.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Lovely view of Columbus Commons; attentive service; delicious food; beautiful ambience; low noise. Nice evening.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 14, 2017

My husband and I really loved this place and will definitely be back! He devoured his lobster mac & cheese, and I was extremely impressed with the salmon. The flavors were unexpected and the salmon was cooked perfectly. They also have a nice wine list with various uncommon selections. I asked to peek at their brunch menu, and it looked incredible! I'll be trying that soon!

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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Been wanting to try in the new location and finally had an occasion to go. Our server Tevin was probably the best part of the experience. Two thumbs up for him! Arrived before 6pm and asked to be seated near the open windows and were told no because those tables were all reserved... odd since most were open and we had reservations? Wine list both by glass and by bottle needs a bit of help. Cocktail list looked good though. Bibb salad was a bust and would be so easy to make not just a cup of lettuce and 2 walnuts that weren’t even candied like the menu said. Entrees were very good. Scallops and short ribs both well prepared and tasty. Disappointed at number of fruit flies around our table that took away from cool decor and ambiance. Constantly batting out of our faces. Will probably give it another try to see if it can be better.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food was delightful as was our server. I can highly recommend the Cheese Board as starter.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Our server was great- explained the Kangaroo appetizer. And very attentive. Kudos to him. Excellent overall

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We made a reservation and was seated on time. The service was excellent and the waiter was attentive. The waiter asked the occasion (theater) and made sure we were taken care of so we can get to the theater on-time. The food was fantastic, the ambiance was great, the wine selection was excellent. Overall, we had a very pleasurable experience.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great place overlooking the park. The food is always fantastic and the staff is attentive and fun. We go there enough that they know what drinks we will order and they even brought us free drinks this time. Wonderful place and we go most times we are downtown. You can't beat it for after a show at the Ohio.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great service, great food, great experience. Atmosphere is interesting and furnishings are eclectic. Great location on the Columbus Commons. I've also had lunch there and found the service and food both outstanding and a good value.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 13, 2017

The food was superb as was the ambiance. The only issue I had was service. The servers were nice but I beleived overwhelmed by the pre-theater crowd. While I understand the restaurant was somewhat crowded, I had to ask for a server. Even after I asked and action was taken, it still took over 5 minutes to get someone. Ultimately, we ended up being served by a trainee whose trainer was largely absent. Both seemed to be nice people and the experience was not enough to sour me on the restaurant, I will be going back. It was simply not good service and some recognition (apology/recognition) would ahave been appropriate. This was not unique to me, there were others running down waitstaff for one reason or another. Get a better game plan.

Tags: Tapas, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 13, 2017

The setting with open windows towards the Commons is fun. The good is good. Service was attentive. Friendly folks.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on October 13, 2017

I love the decor and open window seating is a plus. Food portions are plentiful.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Fit for Foodies
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Food was very good but the service was disjointed. Three different people stopped at our table before one took the order.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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