Idle-A-While Supper Club and Venue

3.6
40 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Have it ALL at The Idle-A-While Supper Club and Venue! It's the One Destination for your complete evening of sophisticated fun...
- Delicious array of scratch-made American cuisine, both small bites and multi-course dining.
- Live Jazz, Funk, Rhythm and Blues featuring local and national artists. Great music is always on the menu at The Idle-A-While.
- Hand-crafted Signature Cocktails, Premium Spirits, Boutique Wines.
- Warm, attentive service.
- And the dance floor is always open!

Admission may be charged for performances and special events. Please visit us on Facebook or Eventbrite for details regarding specific dates.

Venue books private parties and events, complete with catering, entertainment, and service staff to take care of all the details.

The Idle-A-While has Daily Dining Specials and Happy Hour from 4-8pm.
On Friday and Saturday evenings, After 6 Attire is preferred.

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Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 4

The only caveat I would say is that the food was very salty. My party and I did enjoy the food; We had a difficult time with all the salt cooked within the food. As a result, we didn't eat the majority of our food. We recommend the food to be less salty so we as a customer can choose and add more salt if we want. Specifically the main foods that had a great volume of salt included:
1) shrimp
2) chicken
3) greenbeans
4) Ribs
Due to the outcome of the food, we have decided to cancel our plans to request their catering services for our event.
In contrast, the macaroni and cheese was good. The music was great.
Overall , I would recommend this spot.

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LS
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The band was great nevertheless the website and/or reservation confirmation did not for warn of a $5 cover for each person. Water could not be served until after the meal was ordered and paid for. The food portion size was sad and extremely disappointing - which makes me wonder why we had to wait so long for the meal to be prepared. In total I paid over $65 to hear a amateur band, as unshapely senior citizens served drinks in tight waist corsets with elderly breast fat bubbling over. In all the experience was overrated and under whelming. I hope the band finds a better vinue or the supper club gets serious about buisness, service, and food.

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St. Louis
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a homie feel... everyone was friendly. Kay took care of us!!!

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

I went to restaurant because they had my favorite local band perform. But they had people pay at the door. It was $20 per person for an event. That didn't include anything expect entry. And we got there at 9pm. In addition, the venue was old and needed an immediate update. The food was so so. Like who wants to buy food when you had to pay so much to get in. Drinks were pricey. Definitely a rip-off restaurant. Will not go again. I felt like hiring chef Ramsay for them to help them have a complete make over.

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M
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

They're disorganized and service is chaotic. My food never came, and the only reason I found out my item was sold out was because I tracked my waitress down after waiting 45 minutes just to get water (not exaggerating). Sound system needs to be upgraded. Advertising for shows is misleading. I won't be going back, and it's such a waste because it has such potential.

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CM
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Food was HORRIBLE...
Waitress was HORRIBLE...
LIVE BAND WAS GREAT !!

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N
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Website a little peeped out however as its a bar. However we were treated very nice by the servers and the good was really good. I had a succulent steak and lobster tail. My beau and I would have stayed longer if the seating was a little more comfortable and it was kinda cold in there. The band was really good I would def go back good place for a bday party for the ladies. Delicious drinks also!

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L
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

Host one of the best bands in town once a month, Urban Jazz Coalition, however service was unbelievably bad. Waited probably 30 minutes for drinks, salads came before anyone at the table had a drink. Appetizers came with the main meal and one of them was forgotten (but still tried to charge us).

Would return for the music and drinks but definitely not to eat. Food was actually pretty good but presentation not fantastic and service (although very nice and polite and smiling entire time) was very very slow.

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GC
Columbus
28 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Wow guys, still not trying!!!!!

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DM
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My woman and I came to hear Meredith Evans and her sultry voice was awesome! The steak was great and the Rumba Tropical was tasty!

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T
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time Good food, prices, & atmosphere

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FC
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I went there with my wife for her birtday. Very friendly staff. Very good food. My wife received a nice extra large drink for her birthday. Live band. Nothing but the best. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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TF
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were great. The live band was great also. I will recommend it and return myself.

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Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Busy & understaffed. Lovely, pleasant wait staff but overly long waits for food. A staffing adjustment or even having the owner & his wife roll up their sleeves to help would have made a much more enjoyable night for both staff & guests. The entertainment was phenomenal though.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall 4food 1service 4ambience 2

The first time I went to this venue I was very very happy with the food choices. It had a complete soul food menu. Now it has gone to the bar food and all I wanted were wings and those were overcooked. Also the drinks that I ordered was very weak like it was water down. If it wasn't for the band that was playing I would have just turned around and left.

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GC
Columbus
28 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Third time,lack of service,no one to wait on me,no one at podium to seat me,and bartenders totally unaware.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I would have like a light vegan or vegetarian option for food.

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Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great prices and they bring on the best Jazz, R&B and Blues in Ohio. They have a drink menu to satisfy every taste. Always enjoy the visit.

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Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2017
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 3

Food was cold after taking 2 hours to get it. Service was awful. Could be a lot better. Every time I made a reservation, they never had it.

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GY
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The food and service was fine. Both the piped in music and the live music were just too loud for my wife and I to handle, so we left long before we had intended to.

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Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Made a reservation two weeks head of time and they lost it, I had someone handicapped and they pot us on high stools. Need to improve your help. Very disappointed in the service. 1 hour for the waitress to take your order for your first drink and received the drink 45 min later. Ordered my food at the time I got the drink and took 1-1/2 hrs later with no salt or butter for my bake potato and no salt, etc. must I go on?

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2017
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

This place has potential but really needs to up their game. No wine list? Who are you trying to attract here? Appetizers not worthy. Staff was very nice they just need to fill in the blanks if you want a higher paying clientele. Maybe they aren't looking for that. Too bad. Big void in Columbus for a venue that will cater to the former " Vonn" crowd. It's wide open right now. I'll pay if it's worth it.
Music was great.

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GC
Columbus
28 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 3

Great music,atmosphere, can tell they are still a work in progress. Plan on going often, it has gotten better since September 2016,my first experience, and I am sure will continue. Incredible club for Adults!!!!!!

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2017
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 3

We ended up not dining there. It seemed like a fun place. Staff was friendly and cooperative.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place rocks! Where do you get the chance to meet the owner? The staff was very pleasant and friendly. The sound system is the Best!

Will be there On May 12 for the return of UJC. See you there

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant atmosphere. Has two stages for LIVE entertainment. The food is simply delicious with alot of love in their preparation... The staff were friendly and very attentive. This was our first visit, we're onsite for a fund raiser. We'll definitely return on a regular frequency. KUDOS...

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I recently took a date , band was great, food excellent but the service was poor .The wait staff there's no organization,three different people came to the table.It took 30 minutes to get a drink and than another 30-45 minutes for the food ,too long.

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T
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

There weren't many people there having dinner but every single thing we ate was delicious!!!

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The hubby and I had a great time and the food was scruptious. The band was on point, and the double menues are a great idea. Only a couple things to work on, the dress of the staff in referance to the owner. The owner was sugar sharp, yet the waiteress/ bar staff did nothing to accent him, and the trash outside the bar was a bit disturbing . With the atmosphere and customer base you are trying to attract , first impression are so important. TY!

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Overall I really enjoyed something different to do on a Friday. Our server was excellent (very attentive). Food was good and portions were ample. I really liked that I could reserve a table. The music was Awesome (Urban Jazz Coalition). I have heard of the group but really didn't know their music. I have already told two friends about this spot. Looking forward to the next time.

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T
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time, the band this night was my favorite, great songs

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S
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The bar was fantastic. The service was great. The wait staff were so friendly and kind. They smiled and made you feel welcome. The food smelled great. My friend said it was good and the drinks were awesome. I would come again. I went to see a band Hosea's State of Mind and they were fantastic. I would come again to see them play.

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T
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good time, atmosphere, music, people, and bartenders

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DF
Columbus
13 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server was Elizabeth. She was very good and attentive. We appreciated her service.

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MW
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The broad street band was not good. Music was great until they came on and killed the vibe. The R&B side of the club was reserved...bummer. Drinks are a bit pricey.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice place and the owners seem very nice.
I really enjoyed the bands . I have been there several times and I definitely will go back again. 🍹🍸🎶🎷

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AK
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2017
Overall 4food 1service 2ambience 4

Great live music. Drinks were good. Didn't get a chance to try the food. No waiters or waitress ever came to suggest anything and I had waited a long time at the bar to get my own drink. I said the same in my review of the place and was told they would be working on doing better. I will be back to try them again since the music and overall feel was fun and good. Great mature adult setting.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The table were setup where our server couldn't get to us if she tried and did not. We asked for glass of water and she went back to the bar and started talking, then 20 minutes later she brought bottled water. We saw she took others glasses of water around us. The server lost tips and bar missed money. Good luck to the owners the inside is nice but the service was bad.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2017
Overall 4food 1service 5ambience 4

The event was a sip and paint, it was my first time going to one unfortunately no one showed up. I believe that's because they did not have to pay before the event I think to have a better turnout you should have to pay before the event.

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G
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2016
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 5

Service was extremely slow. It was so slow the waitress told me my 1 drink was on her. However, when I checked my receipts on my online banking I was charged for the drink.. After waiting 40 minutes.

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