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Service Bar, Columbus, OH

Service Bar

4.2
4.2
502 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Humbly innovative. Fueled by a passion to draw deeper connections between food and spirits, Service Bar delivers an experience that is refreshingly innovative, much of that due to carefully placed hints of nostalgic flavors and techniques. Housed in Middle West Spirits, one of Ohio’s first craft distilleries, the stunning main dining room is both intimate in size and lively in energy.

Full dinner service is available first-come first-serve at the main bar, and by reservation at a variety of smaller individual tables that accommodate 2-6 guests.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Comfort Food, Distillery

  • Hours of operation

    Bar Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am Dinner Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (614) 947-1231

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chef Chris Connolly

  • Private party facilities

    Service Bar has a Private Distiller's Room that may be booked for up to 14 guests. Please contact servicebar@middlewestspirits.com for more information.

  • Neighborhood

    Short North - Arena District

  • Cross street

    E 5th Ave

  • Parking details

    Customers visiting Middle West Spirits may park their cars in a shared off-street parking-lot adjacent to the main distillery. Parking is free of charge for customers and offered on a space available basis.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 502 people are saying

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4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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    Fit for Foodies

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  1. k

    karen

    St. Louis

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ordered two dishes and both were stellar. Started with the Himanchi and had the venison dish for my entree. I thoroughly enjoyed both. I sat at the bar and had a few conservations with the extremely talented mixologist .
  2. N

    Notacriticalguy

    Columbus

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    We were really looking forward to going there to have a nice dinner, buy some bourbon, and get gift certificates for friends. Went to their store and they didn’t have bourbon. The guy working the counter was zero help. We tried to order an appetizer with our drinks and the waiter wouldn’t let us. I ordered an old fashioned and they have it pre-bottled in small containers. I said something about it and the waiter said “oh yeah. You can buy 3 to go”. He never offered a second drink even when my drink was empty when our dinner was delivered. And he never asked if I wanted to get any old fashion bottles to go. The taste of the venison was delicious. However, it was $37 for a maximum of 3 ounces of meat. Zero dessert. The experience was a huge let down. I’d never go back and certainly wouldn’t buy a gift certificate. One drink. Two glasses of wine. An appetizer. Two entrees. $129 before tip and we literally drove somewhere else to get a real dinner.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    The food was delicious. The service was quite poor. Our server was very cold - downright rude.
  4. M

    Milan

    Columbus

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    Every dish we ordered underwhelmed by a far margin. We ordered the beets & burrata and were presented with uncooked beets with barely any burrata. We had a gnudi that was extremely doughy and absent of any ricotta flavor despite the inclusion of ricotta in the dish name. We had what tasted like it was frozen not fresh halibut that was chewy and over cooked. Compared with the elite fine dining establishments we’ve been to around Columbus, Service Bar left MUCH to be desired. Take your money elsewhere.
  5. PT

    PimT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved the Service Bar. Hopefully they will have a dessert menu next time we come.
  6. CB

    CBrown

    Columbus

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We miss their old menu. The menu was very limited (unless you're a big fan of squash dishes), the risotto didn't have much flavor, and the $15 old fashions were served in small premade bottles instead of being made to order. The burger was good...but there are a lot of places to get a good burger. Used to be our favorite restaurant in Columbus. Will likely be back...just not in a hurry to.
  7. JH

    JohnH

    Columbus

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Was there for my wife’s birthday and was disappointed there was not a desert menu
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, just slightly too crowded with how the tables are positioned so close. Causes a lot of butts hitting your table when people are trying to sit down
  9. E

    Elegant

    Columbus

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tasty, creative and innovative. Portions are a little small.
  10. k

    kathye

    Columbus

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Had a great dinner at Service Bar. Food and drink was yummy. Service was ok. Everyone was good, except for the waitress. She had the flattest personality. I know she’s there to take are order, but personality is important. Please do not light scented candles in the restaurant. It distracts from the food, and irritates allergy sufferers.
  11. b

    beechtree

    Columbus

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    So happy the restaurant re-opened and was excited about the new chef. The service, drinks, appetizers, and ambience were great. Really wanted to like the place, but the entrees weren’t good, and the menu was not that inspiring. And, no dessert? Hope it’s a matter of settling in and hope things improve.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wait staff was excellent and the food delicious.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was amazing!
  14. D

    Diningisdivine

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    We were excited to dine here based on the resume of the Chef . The food was very good . The ambience is intimate but close quartered . The service was politely professional but somewhat robotic . Our server was polite and courteous but distant . The biggest negative was the wine service . The server delivered our wine to our table pre-opened . The service staff never filled our glasses . Perhaps this seems trivial but after spending time working in some upscale restaurants this would be considered a serious faux pas . The wine list is very limited considering the pedigree of the food . The option of dessert or an after dinner drink was never offered as our check was curtly presented after our entrees were cleared . Overall the experience was good but some refinement is in order .
  15. N

    Nick

    Columbus

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    My wife used to love this place prior to covid. Since reopening, after covid, the price has gone way up and the entree portion size is closer to that of an appetizer. The flavor of the food is great, but you will most likely walk out hungry. I would recommend this bar to a friend for drinks, but not for a dinner.
  16. SS

    SteveS

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding new chef! Off to impressive start Polished service Spectacular bar Food was creative, flavorful, using carefully selected local ingredients, prepared with flair and finesse.
  17. S

    Scott

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Newly reopened with a new chef at the helm, this was our first visit to Service Bar. We started at the bar where the bartender was eager to find us drinks that would suit or preferences. Once we sat for dinner, we found the kitchen was out of their best selling entree, a bummer for a 6:30 reservation on a Saturday. Nonetheless, the food we ordered was spectacular, even for a small menu. The waitstaff was cordial, though not the most attentive to small details (like needing a steak knife or a cocktail that had been devoured and in need of a refill). All in all, it was a great experience and the food was amazing. I'm always happy to see restaurants that curate memorable dishes, crafted cocktails and lasting experiences pop up in Columbus.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Cheers, chef. We’ll be back to try more tasty creations. Good food overall. We did somewhat miss having a full vegetarian menu with accompanying carnivore options like Avishar had. Risotto was a little salty. Espresso martini shots at the end were a nice send off. We look forward to seeing your menu evolve with the seasons. Best of luck. You’re a nice revival.
  19. JA

    JeffA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly one of the best meals we've had in Columbus in quite some time! Everything was perfect from the service to drinks to the food!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    41 reviews

    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed the food and drinks! Will go back for sure
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The new menu is outstanding!
  22. N

    Notfromaroundhere

    New Orleans

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    Here's the thing: people in Columbus consistently confuse expensive with good. They confuse a generic idea of "fancy" with cool. Service Bar is expensive and "fancy", but definitely not good. We just spent $250 on dinner for two, consisting of the following: 2 cocktails that were fine, but certainly not inspired; chewy crudo mysteriously lacking in any flavor; dense, tasteless gnudi that had none of the richness of ricotta and was best compared to frozen pierogis; a few pieces of under-salted shredded lamb on vegetables; and a mediocre burger that looked like something that had been sitting under a heat lamp for hours and was accompanied by cold, limp, mealy French fries that - literally - looked and tasted like frozen Ore-ida. We would have tried our luck at dessert, but there's actually no dessert menu. (We were told one would be "coming soon.") We live in the neighborhood, which is sorely lacking in decent food options, and were incredibly excited that Service Bar was reopening after so long. And to be clear, are also totally sympathetic to the challenges that come with operating a restaurant, especially now. But can we please stop glorifying mediocrity in this city? Or at the very least, stop pretending as though though there's any kind of excitement happening in the restaurant scene? Maybe if we demand more, restaurants will be forced to rise to the challenge.
  23. B

    Bassethound

    Columbus

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary. Cold Champagne was on the table waiting. Great menu. Risotto outstanding. Best cocktails in town. Happy this place is BACK
  24. JM

    JudithM

    Cleveland

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were amazing! Probably the best old fashions I’ve ever had! So happy you’re back!
  25. LP

    LalitP

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful cocktails, great food and wine. We had the fish, risotto, and the lamb. All were expertly prepared. Very nicely decorated.
  26. M

    Mona

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Was really looking forward to this long awaited reopening. Unfortunately the food was uninspired and the drinks were worse. Especially surprising given the distillery base of this restaurant and the talent around town in the beverage industry. Will give it another shot in hopes this is just some opening weekend pains, but did not live up to expectations.
  27. KL

    KyleL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service. Glad to have them back open after the temporary closure.
  28. K

    Krystal

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    My partner and I were huge fans of Service Bar before their pandemic closure, so we were excited to dine here again after their re-opening. In the past, Service Bar was one of our most favorite restaurants because the service, cocktails, and food were elevated, sophisticated, and delicious, all without the even the slightest feeling of being pretentious. Boy has that changed. The dining room is gorgeous, as always, and has been altered to accommodate smaller parties of diners, which is a welcome change. After being seated, we were given a bit too long to peruse the moderately-sized cocktail list. It wasn't until we had ordered our first cocktail until we were granted the food menu. A bit strange. After a glance at the menu, we knew immediately which small plate we wanted to start with, but were told that "the chef prefers a full order", to which we obliged. Also a bit strange. We were again given a bit to long to choose an entrée before we placed our entire order at once. The cocktails took some time, but our food arrived quickly. While I had been looking forward to this moment for months, I found myself disappointed. The cocktails were good, but not great. The food was lukewarm and lacking salt. The flavors were good, but I was left wanting more. I expected a perfectly crafted elaborate meal that would tantalize my tastebuds and leave me excited for another bite. Instead, I got a meal that I could have easily recreated at home for a fraction of the price. The whole experience felt pretentious and forced. Our friends went to dinner two nights later and had similar feedback. The whole experience left me feeling disappointed and I am sad to say that I will not be back until I hear there has been an improvement. I expected much more from Service Bar after such a long period of absence.
  29. AJ

    AJsReview

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was outstanding. I look forward to my next visit.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Goood was top notch. Octopus was cooked perfectly.
  31. MK

    MichaelK

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The food was creative and delicious, but the real star was the service. Our server was both attentive and knowledgable. She seemed to materialize at just the right time to answer a question or to see if we were in need of another imaginative cocktail. Overall, it was a wonderful dining experience.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food at Service Bar is so incredibly delicious!! And the staff is wonderful too!
  33. D

    Demetri711

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service Bar is the best restaurant in Columbus for my time and money. Highly attentive team and a deeply thoughtful chef - it's always a pleasure to visit and eat with them.
  34. LA

    LisaAnn

    Columbus

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Inventive and delicious food with good service.
  35. SS

    StevenS

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we've ever had here was excellent, and the staff has always been friendly and professional. When I ordered the Shaking Beef, I asked our lovely waitress, Logan, to have the chef prep an über hot pepper sauce for me. And sure enough, she brought out 2 options, both made with Ghost peppers. I was impressed. It takes a considerable amount of heat to get my attention, and the chef rose to the challenge. This is certainly one of our favorite restaurants in Columbus,
  36. AO

    AnnO

    Columbus

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just the most interesting yet approachable menu. Perfect for my group of friends who enjoying trying new flavors and sharing small plates. Service was excellent, friendly and informative. Looking forward to returning when restrictions are lifted.
  37. JS

    JeffS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Food two stars, Presentation five stars, Needs more sustance and less glamour
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful experience at this restaurant. A group of friends of mine have been friends for 50 years we try to go to different places once a month. This is on our list to repeat again. The food was delicious one friend is vegan and it’s very hard to find menus to suit everyone in the party but this one hit the mark!
  39. JL

    JoeL

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall, one of the best places to eat in Columbus! Great food, cool ambiance, and excellent service.
  40. DG

    DavidG

    Columbus

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dick was awesome!

FAQs

Service Bar is rated 4.2 stars by 502 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today
Google Map for Service Bar

1230 Courtland Ave, Columbus, OH 43201

Additional information

  • Cross street

    E 5th Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Short North - Arena District

  • Hours of operation

    Bar Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am Dinner Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Comfort Food, Distillery

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Customers visiting Middle West Spirits may park their cars in a shared off-street parking-lot adjacent to the main distillery. Parking is free of charge for customers and offered on a space available basis.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Chris Connolly

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (614) 947-1231

  • Private party facilities

    Service Bar has a Private Distiller's Room that may be booked for up to 14 guests. Please contact servicebar@middlewestspirits.com for more information.

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