Service Bar

4.8
366 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 at the main bar, two large community tables (referenced as *Counters), and a variety of smaller individual tables that accommodate 2-6 guests.
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JP
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in Columbus

KE
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic from the vibe to the service and top notch food! Love the secret kitchen menu on Instagram too!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was exceptional. We had the Brisket tacos. Amazing.

TB
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, drinks, and service were outstanding! Our server was very knowledgeable and able to make great recommendations. Would highly recommend

DR
Columbus
78 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 5

We did the distillery tour first. It was great! So informative. Dinner and service were perfect until the hostess collided with the server and spilled part of the wine and 2 drinks all the way down my husband’s back. He was soaked the whole meal. Nothing was said about a cleaning bill, taking anything off the bill like drinks, free dessert. In fact, I was SHOCKED when I was charged $.75 for club soda and $2.75 for tonic. That was a vodka soda and gin and tonic. I have never seen that done before. We have the table service chicken which was very good. Again, I was just surprised there was no mention of any compensation, free something, T-shirt, dessert, for the spillage on my husband.

C
Seattle
26 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant in Columbus. I particularly liked that they coursed out all our appetizers.

JB
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Very slow. Waited over an hour for food. Ordered “puff and pimento dip” while waiting heavy and fatty. Could have served 8. The “pork and noodles” was unimpressive with noodles clumped together and only 3 small fatty pork cubes. Drinks were decent. Spent $130 for an appetizer, 2 meals and 3 drinks. Left dissatisfied

W
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was a birthday celebration—Service Bar did not acknowledge the occasion (which was fine), but they did honor my request for booth seating. Thanks, Service Bar! Food was great, as always. Our server, Chris, was attentive, helpful, and really pleasant.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Service Bar was a fantastic experience. We were staying close for a concert and saw this place, so my girlfriend and I decided to check it out. It did not disappoint! Our server Andy was very knowledgeable, yet didn’t push a conversation with us, which was exactly what we needed. Their house Old Fashioned may be the best I’ve ever had. I had their Cheesy Brisket crunch and my girlfriend got the Brassacas (breaded cauliflower and broccoli tossed in general Tso’s sauce, see picture) and we both raved about our food. This place was a fantastic find, especially on a whim. Any time we are back in Columbus, we will definitely be back!

CA
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was great and the menu was unique. It’s a little tight for space.

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Among the very best food and beverage to be found in the city. Courteous, competent, and attentive...but slow service.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

5 stars! We will definitely be back. Chris Ledbetter is the best server we’ve ever had. He totally made our evening. Cocktails are top notch and food is incredible.

MC
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow. This was our first visit to Service Bar and we were very impressed! The Cheese and Poof appetizer was a fun shareable that paired well with very thoughtfully prepared cocktails. Shrimp and Grits were on-point and my partner raved about her burger (I finished her fries which were clearly hand cut and made fresh). I rarely (if ever) review a restaurant experience but Service Bar really impressed and I look forward to coming back and will be encouraging my friends to check it out.

OT
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dine out A LOT and last night we experienced the best cocktails, best food, and best service in any one evening. Service was flawless and food was amazing and inventive. If Columbus has a restaurant worthy of a Michelin Star, it's Service Bar.

r
Columbus
44 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant continues to be one of our favorite places to visit.

JO
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Laid back atmosphere, with a polished look. You could tell each dish was carefully prepared. Enjoyed everything, food, drinks, and our server was a great conversationalist. Would go back again, definitely nothing like a Cameron Mitchell establishment.

OT
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the food and the service was amazing. We had a great time!!!!

DR
Columbus
79 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the experience!

CM
Columbus
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant in every respect. Was our first visit, will most definitely return.

JM
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing as always! And our server was a lot of fun and so great!

LM
Columbus
26 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Drinks weren’t great. Best thing was hamburger and fries. The halibut was SO SALTY I could only eat a few bites.

D
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great waitstaff! And food ... and drink, of course. Bone marrow is a favorite. Great burger (kinda soggy bun)! Duck was beautiful and two incredible sauces. Dumplings were top notch. The only unfortunate element is the noise level. It’s a small, somewhat cramped space.

OP
Columbus
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great first experience at Service Bar on Sunday with the hubby in honor of the beginning of my third trimester (even non-drinkers can enjoy this spot). The food was fantastic. Highlights were the Bread & Spread (with bone marrow) and the Short Rib (I don't think I've ever seen my husband this happy!) We also had the Lamb Dumplings and the Cheesy Brisket Crunch (I was not expecting casual tacos to be so thoroughly delicious!) We finished off with a perfectly moist chocolate cake that we decorated at our table.

My only suggestions would be for the restaurant to please consider larger table tops. Those two-toppers are just not big enough for the beautiful food and they are very tightly packed! While the noise level was appropriate for conversation, it offered adjacent tables zero privacy. Finally, because we wanted to try everything we would have happily paid more for a tasting menu - we love to have that as an option!

JL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed our experience. Loved the ambiance - and the vegetarian menu was outstanding!

KA
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food and cocktails. Ironically, service was just a tad slow and forgetful. Amazing dessert—decorate-your-own chocolate cake!

OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

It is sort of ironic that we literally had the worst service at service bar. We waited 30 minutes after being seated to ask if we had a waitress. That girl finally took our drink order and then we waited 45 minutes before we had our drinks. Our meals came out 1 at a time. Two of us were finished before our husbands meals arrived. The wait staff was extremely rude when we asked about our drinks, food, etc. The food was average but the service was horrendous. I would recommend going elsewhere.

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Anniversary

F
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

We had reservations and were seated right away. We waited an hour to get our cocktail order! Way too long! They were slammed. WE were given water as requested, and ordered our first course. The food was really good and we could tell that everyone working there was pitching in to make the service better. Our waitress was very good, just too slow to get drinks, again, the Bar was slammed. WE learned and will go back for sure,

s
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is outstanding! Love the vibe. Excellent service too

JM
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was brought out in a manner that made sense and was timely with great service. The brisket tacos and duck were particularly satisfying. Very good setting for date night. Only complaint being that our reservation got held up by about half an hour. Would recommend max party size of 4. Overall very satisfying experience, also enjoyed sampling some of their spirits while we waited.

KB
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was so different than most restaurants. Great flavors and menu items that you will not see in most restaurants.

M
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Completely perfect food once again from Service Bar. This place just never misses.

MM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Shrimp & Grits along with Spinach / Mushroom Pasta were wonderful. Next time we would skip the "Cheese & Poof" appetizer however, we were glad we tried it. My Vodka & Grapefruit was perfect and the Spanish wine was very good. Love the atmosphere. We sat at the bar which was nice but, a little crowded for eating. Overall very nice!

d
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service Bar has top notch menu items and a wonderful, genuine staff. My friend and I were impressed with the variety of fun food options (even the vegetarian menu!) and look forward to coming back again!

CK
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This was our first visit to Service Bar, and right off the bat it was nearly impossible to hear our waiter due to the ambient noise. But the food was good and we enjoyed it. However, I asked for iced tea during dinner, and they do not have iced tea. So I ordered Coke and was halfway through my burger before it arrived. We were very interested in the oil candle holder on the table and asked two different staff where they got them, and they never came back with an answer, only that we should talk to the manager, who we never spotted until we left and we saw him taking care of the outside tables.

SC
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just amazing in every aspect. Food is among the best had in Columbus.

K
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Food came out cold, though flavors were still excellent. The place had all of the makings of an exceptional restaurant, but execution was a bit off.

OT
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our new favorite. Fun menu, delicious food and drinks and great service. Everything you want. There’s an option on the menu to send drinks to the kitchen staff which they well deserved and got.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent everything except we had a 730 reservation and weren’t seated until 830. Comped us a couple appetizers after seated. Comping the apps and a drink while waiting would’ve been better!

OT
Columbus
56 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time I have been there but it sure won’t be my last. What a great place to eat.

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