Service Bar

4.7
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473 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Humbly innovative. Fueled by a passion to draw deeper connections between food and spirits, the 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.

Executive Chef Avishar Barua’s creations are both balance and tribute to his Midwestern upbringing and Bangladeshi roots. His fresh interpretation of familiar flavors is the culmination of an impressive career, with roles at New York’s Mission Chinese and WD-50, and locally at 1808 American Bistro and Veritas. At Service Bar, Chef Barua and his team elegantly translate the foundations of great cuisine into inventive dishes.

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.
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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Goood was top notch. Octopus was cooked perfectly.

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MichaelK
1 review
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Service Bar is so incredibly delicious!! And the staff is wonderful too!

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Demetri711
1 review
Dined on February 29, 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.

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LisaAnn
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Inventive and delicious food with good service.

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StevenS
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 28, 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,

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AnnO
Columbus
3 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.

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JeffS
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Food two stars, Presentation five stars, Needs more sustance and less glamour

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OpenTable Diner
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!

JL
vipJoeL
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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DavidG
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dick was awesome!

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EdnaB
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I had prepared myself to spend a bit of money for good food, and was not disappointed in the flavor (although I was not exactly prepared for the level of spice in some of the food!). However, I was a shocked to receive my bill and learn the dessert we enjoyed was nearly as much as my main course. Book ahead and plan to spend a pretty penny, but you will enjoy the meal!

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JanetD
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

You were Out of the hamburger that was on the menu. My husband and son were frustrated because that was their first choice for the menu item. It seems odd you would run out of a burger. Cocktails were ok. Second I stuck with a regular vodka soda. The specialty cocktails were pricey for how they tasted.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The drinks are good and unfortunately I have had better food here so pretty disappointed with this visit

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BobS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent dinner! Strongly recommend the brisket tacos as an appetizer - with the add-on! Main courses of duck and the halibut were to notch as well. Service was very good. Little bit hard to find as did not realize was inside Midwest Spirits building.

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Max67
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Early Valentines Day

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ElliotD
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great restaurant. Love the food and atmosphere. Always enjoy a night there. Great cocktails as well.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to spend an evening!

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DCFoodLove
New England
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience5

Poor service. Fifth time being there and I’ve never had good service. This time was particularly bad. The host was not interested in problem solving or even being welcoming at all.

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vipCourtneyS
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service Bar is always excellent. Highly recommended!

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vipDanO
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience5

The food and service was great. We had dinner after taking the distillery tour (and buying a lot of spirits!).

My dinner was a bit skimpy... 7 small (rabbit filled) tortellini for $25.. I left still
hungry! My fault for not ordering something else.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great place

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and presentation was absolutely amazing!

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ChazH
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and excellent service.

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Ryan
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Logan was awesome. The food and cocktails 10/10. Fantastic dinner! Thank you

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TomW
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Things were very good but it took a long time for the food and drinks to get to the table, especially since it was a weeknight in January.
But would definitely try it again.

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vipMike
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small menu but ever single item is fantastic. Drinks are awesome. Parking is fair.

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JoeW
Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Best restaurant in Columbus! Dishes with unique flavor twists

MR
MichaelR
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat here frequently. Food never disappoints. Great drinks and amazing staff

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vipDanLW
Columbus
90 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Always a great place to eat. Had a great meal & excellent service. Definitely go back.

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vipJillK
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service Bar is a great dining experience from start to finish! I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone with a discerning palate. The cocktails are a work of art and the food is simply amazing!

JL
vipJeffL
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sister in law was in from out of town and we wanted to share the best of Columbus with her. A treasure on our city.

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vipJquigley65
Columbus
13 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious meal with very good service although the waitress grabbed our Brussels sprouts before we were done, which was a shame because they were ridiculously good.

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Cheri
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quiet, ambient atmosphere. Friendly staff. Food was excellent, but is on the expensive side. I chose the vegetarian dumplings, Szechaun style. There were only five, as our server did tell me, but they were good and definitely spicy. I had dessert which happened to be a seasonal Peppermint Katie cake similar to a small Yule Log. It was tasty, cooled my mouth off after the entree, and was just enough to now pleasantly fill me. My daughter had the short rib dish which was quite a bit with the short rib very tender. Since the restaurant is part of Middle West Spirits, the cocktails served are made with their own spirits. The Long Rum Drink I had made with their own Stone Fruit Vodka and Rum was dark and delicious with a spicy lime taste.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The menu is a bit limited and all over the place cuisine wise, for instance we had the taco, pasta, and the Indian fried chicken. Service was good and the food was quality!

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ThursdayStGiles
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and truly inspired cocktails. Everyone from the hosts, to bartenders, servers, and bottle shop employees are welcoming, kind, and very knowledgeable about their alcohol. The food is simply stunning in nice portions so you get enough to feel satisfied but not enough to feel uncomfortably full or need to take leftovers. I also like how they changed the seating arrangements to several individual tables instead of the one long table shared with strangers.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. One of the best restaurants in Columbus

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vipkellyo
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Over-rated. Dark with tables on top of each other. Minimal privacy. Confusing menu-the waiter took 20 minutes to explain each dish in detail. Would not go back.

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vipWendyS
Columbus
22 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfect dining experience as always!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was great! Love service bar! Though, the server made a mistake about one of our drinks. She apologized, but I was surprised it wasn’t on the house.

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You can order delivery directly from Service Bar using the Order Online button.

Service Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 473 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.