The Boat House Restaurant
The food was great and the staff was super friendly. They even let us know about a rewards program we could sign up for to receive free goodies. The view of the river is lovely. The Boat House is a hidden gem.
Dear LisaB, Thank you so much for the kind review! We do offer a wonderful Loyalty Program where you can earn many great goodies, not just at our property, but also at our sister properties all over the country. Come back soon and work towards some of those rewards with us! Corey Perham Assistant General Manager
I really enjoyed the high level of service and spectacular view of downtown Columbus. I was disappointed that almost every dish at the table was over cooked. The meat was high quality and tasted good, but I ordered medium rare and received medium (almost medium-well) which took away from the dish. Everyone still had a great time.
Dear MorganW, So glad to have you join us, and we are so happy to read about the wonderful service you received. We are sorry to hear that the food was not the same. Thank you so much for letting us know!! We will be sure to share with our chef as he will want to be sure this does not continue. Thank you again and we hope to have you back again soon! Corey Perham Assistant General Manager
The food and the service was outstanding. I had the seafood platter and the crab cakes were the best I have ever eaten. I definitely would recommend giving it a try. The view is really nice as well.
Dear VanessJ, Thank you for the wonderful review. Our chef will love to hear how much you enjoyed the seafood platter, and we will be sure to share with him. Come see us again soon! We have many more great dishes to offer! Corey Perham Assistant General Manager
This restaurant is good for large social functions, weddings, business meetings etc. Also, it would be excellent ambiance in the summer as it fronts the water and the cityscape view is the best in Columbus. There are restaurants for true foodies that would clearly out do the food at The Boat House but the menu and pricing and quality suited our needs for a large group birthday party. I had scallops over risotto and it was perfectly done. Cocktails and desserts were very good, the draft beer list is wanting. My party had no complaints and the server was very friendly and extremely attentive to our needs.
Dear DavidM, Thank you so much for taking the time to write your review. We appreciate you sharing your experience. You should come check us out in the summer when we open our deck at the waterfront. A great evening with the city lights makes for a great evening. Corey Perham Assistant General Manager
The food was amazing. However, our server wasn’t great. It would take her a long time to return to our table. Never checked in while we were eating. Had to ask for the check. The restaurant was not very busy. It was a quiet relaxing atmosphere.
Dear MarieB, Thank you for your review and your comments. We apologize your service was not as attentive as we would like to hear. We will follow up with our team as you reviews are important to us and we want to ensure you receive wonderful service every time. Corey Perham Assistant General Manager
Valentine’s Day dinner, great food nice place
Most expensive $40 meal (actually the bill was $95) I have ever eaten. Food quality was poor.
For $95, the food quality was poor.
Dear JBDK, We appreciate your feedback regarding your meal. This gives us an opportunity to look at what we offer as your opinion matters to us. Thank you so much again, and we hope you consider joining us again. Corey Perham Assistant General Manager
It was our 1st time having dinner at The Boat House and we were completely satisfied with our meal and the service was top notch. We Would definitely recommend The Boat House for any type of special occasion!
Dear Guest, Thank you for the great review. We were so glad to have you and hope to see you again soon! Corey Perham Assistant General Manager
My wife and I have been going to the boat house or the previous company on valentines day for 20 years with great service and food. They usually provide us with a glass of champagne and and a rose for my wife which we did not receive. The service was slow and the food cold when we received it. Our waitress was very nice and the ambiance is fantastic. This is the first year we experienced any problems and will continue to go back every Valentines day
Dear jeffreyr, Thank you so much for joining us and for your writing your review. We are saddened to read you did not enjoy your experience as much as you have in the past. We do so appreciate the feedback as this lets us know what more we can do for our valued guests like yourself. We look forward to having you join us in the future and showing the how valuable you and your reviews are to us. Corey Perham Assistant General Manager
Ive neen coming here for mamy years but not since 2006. It is and always will be one of my favorite nice places to eat. Took my girlfriend here for valentines dinner and she loved it. We are planning on going back when its warmer so we can be outside. Its amazing. As an author i am also planning on putting this place in my next book. It means that much to me
Dear RexH, Thank you so much for joining us for Valentine's dinner. We are so happy to have you back joining us at the Boat House. We look forward to that warmer weather when we can open up our deck and have more for you to enjoy! Looking forward to seeing you then! Corey Perham Assistant General Manager
We had a lovely dinner there with the Penn State Women's Volleyball Club team last week. We made the reservation last minute but The Boar House was ready for us and very accommodating. The view was fantastic and the girls took pics outside after dinner. The food was delicious and well rounded for all of our different tastes. Thanks for a great evening.
Dear AndyM, So glad to have you join us! We are always here to accommodate at the Boat House and happy to help make sure you had a great evening! Corey Perham Assistant General Manager
Lovely place, sizable portions of delicious food and good wait staff. Will be back for certain!
Dear KellyM, Thank you so much! We love to read about how our guests enjoy our space. Even more so we always love to see them again, and can't wait to see you when you join us again! Corey Perham Assistant General Manager
Really enjoyed their Restaurant Week menu and wine specials. Excited to go back to experience the normal menu.
Dear NatalieS, Thank you for your review and the lovely comments. We look forward to having you back to experience our menu. We have a lot to enjoy and look forward to sharing it with you. Corey Perham Assistant General Manager
The food was alright, but the ambiance and the view of the city was nice. Very attentive service, but it felt expensive for the quality of the food. They have great apps, but mediocre entrees.
Dear Guest, Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed dinging with us. Thank you so much for your feedback. It is very helpful to let us be better be able to serve our guests. We appreciate it and hope to have you join us again! Corey Perham Assistant General Manager
My wife and I dined for the first time for our first Anniversary! We have run by the venue so many times over the years and finally visited for dinner. It started great with a great ambiance and greeting. We were seated privately near a fireplace and a lovely view in the distance of downtown. But then, service was just not there. It was an awkwardly long time til we got to order and an even more awkwardly long time before we got our bottle of wine. Ahh the wine...so our server I guess was busy with another table and so someone else brought our bottle to table already opened with a cork in it. I found it rather odd that it was not presented to us at the table. Finally our server returned, took our order and said usually there is bread but we ran out. It was a very odd delivery. Then she returned a few moments later with more bad news. I think she knew service had been lacking on her part so she brought the kitchen manager to let us know they ran out of romaine lettuce and couldn’t prepare our salads and offered alternatives. Instead of just comping the salads we wanted she asked my wife is she wanted it to be removed from the bill since she obviously didn’t touch it. But we said it was fine, not wanting to be a bother. Then our food came. The presentation was exceptional but, my filet was very rare instead of medium rare and my wife’s risotto was less than to be desired. Thankfully, we had our cake topping from our wedding at home waiting for us because if any desserts were even available on a late Sunday night, we weren’t confident it would be Very good. I was really looking forward to this experience and hoped we would have received great service and great food. I feel like the potential was there but think we just went at the wrong time when the kitchen manager probably didn’t place a produce order for the weekend and the server had a long day and was just ready to go home. We left with $125 tab and tipped $25 but felt like it was worth half that!
Dear Bill, Please allow us to apologize for the experience you had dining with us. We always want to be sure to accommodate our guests and take care of all of their needs are are very sorry to read about the experience you had. Please know we take all our reviews seriously. Will be following up with all of our team members regarding your concerns as we want to be sure our guests feel much more of the value in the future. Corey Perham Assistant General Manager
The Boat House came up in a search for best restaurants in Short North. Our waitress seemed annoyed with us the entire time. The food was just okay. View of the river was great.
Dear CindyB, Thank you for joining us the other night. We are sorry to read that your service was less than exciting as that is what we expect for our guests. We hope you give us the opportunity to serve you again. We do expect much more and would value the chance to show you! Corey Perham Assistant General Manager
Went on a first date here and it was a blast. Thank you
Dear BenH, Thank you for the great review. We are so happy to read you had a blast. We have much more to enjoy so look forward to have you back in again! Corey Perham Assistant General Manager
It had been recommended by someone. We are originally from Columbus, but now live in Kalamazoo, MI.
We were in town to visit relatives and decided to eat there. Good choice.
Dear JuanitaM38, So happy to have you join us and thank you for the wonderful review. We love to see outside guests come and join us and hope you do again the next time you are in the Columbus area. Corey Perham Assistant General Manager
Nice, relaxing evening with friends. A few mistakes on the food but immediately corrected (I.e. wrong salad). Food was quite good and amounts were plentiful. Also lots of options, including for one of the vegetarians in our group. Can’t wait for the first semi-warm day where we can enjoy the outdoor deck!
Dear SuzanneA, Thank you for the nice review. We look forward to the warmer weather when we might open up our deck again as well!! We look forward to having you join us then when we might give you the full five star experience! Corey Perham Assistant General Manager
It was my father’s birthday and the only one that recognized it was the gentleman that sat us. The server could have been better including when I said the shrimp scampi pasta was off. Server didn’t ask why I was sending it back nor apologized. The host came around apologized but didn’t ask what was wrong. Odd experience to be in such a great location with the city beaming on us and only 3 tables in the entire place and a medium party in their own event space. Service and food have to be better if they want to stay relevant.
Dear KarlaF, Thank you for your review. Please know we will be following up with our team regarding your concerns. We appreciate your feedback as it lets us know what we can best address to make your dining experience better. Allow us to apologize for the service you received and know we expect more for our dining experience, Corey Perham Assistant General Manager
The drinks are great, the steaks were cooked to perfection and our service was attentive but not overwhelming. We will be back and recommend to others. Great date night with relaxed atmosphere and quiet enough to easily enjoy your company.
Dear shejac, Thank you for the wonderful review. We enjoy helping make date night and every dining experience an enjoyable one. We look forward to your next visit and another great evening. Corey Perham Assistant General Manager
Great location, very scenic. Also very quiet - loved that we could have a conversation without all the noise. The waitress was very nice, but the food was not the best - cold and not very memorable.
Dear Shakal, Thank you so much for joining us and for your review. We are glad we could give you such an enjoyable environment. We are saddened to hear that the food was not the same. Please know we will be sharing with our team. We want every part or your experience to be an enjoyable one and will be following up on your concerns. Corey Perham Assistant General Manager
A delightful dining experience for Christmas Day with my spouse. Food was hot and plentiful on the buffet with a very nice selection of land and seafood and all the traditional sides, salads and deserts. Unlimited Mimosas were a nice addition to a very festive atmosphere. The staff was very attentive and made sure we had everything we needed. Normally we are home alone for Christmas but this offered us a wonderful date night with holiday trimmings we don’t normally get to experience. Thank you for the celebratory option in a beautiful setting.
Dear Guest. We are so happy you could join us for our Christmas Day Buffet. We are glad to read that you and yours enjoyed so much. We are glad we could make your holiday so enjoyable and look forward to the chance to see you again! Corey Perham Assistant General Manager
It was buffet and by the time we walked to the back room to eat it everything was cold. Taste wise ok.
This was our first time and we wanted a nice place for a Christmas Day brunch. This is a great location with really nice ambiance. The staff is friendly and attentive. And the selection of food on the buffet was fantastic and everything was delicious. Would definitely recommend for a special occasion.
Dear DawnT, We are so happy to have you join us for Christmas and thank you so much for the wonderful review. We have many great holiday buffets all year long and would love to have you and yours join us again! Corey Perham Assistant General Manager
We had the Champagne Christmas meal. The food and servers were excellent! Debbie made us feel welcome and brought a smile to our faces. This is our new family tradition!
Dear Guest, It was our pleasure to have you with us for our Champagne Christmas! We take pride in looking to make every visit special. We are so happy to be your new tradition, and we look forward to seeing you in the coming year! Corey Perham Assistant General Manager
Although we were certainly in no hurry on Christmas Eve, we had to wAit a long time for every step of our dining experience. Our server was very nice and apologetic for all the delays. When our food finally came to the table, one of the meals was not served. She said she’d be right back but it was 5 minutes before the last plate was served. The text if our party waited a few minutes but we began eating shortly after realizing it was going to another wait. Unfortunately, ALL of the food was cold. The manager did cone afl if everything was ok, and when we revealed the undesirable food temp he did discount the meals.
It’s unlikely that we will return to The Boat House. As we were leaving, I overheard the chef announce how F$@&ing tired he was, so maybe that explains the whole night. However, not sure what kind of ambiance or holiday spirit that loud, open kitchen announcement is supposed to give to the patrons of this restaurant.
Dear LoriM, Please allow us to apologize for the experience you had during Christmas Eve. We always want our guests to have a wonderful visit, specially around the holidays. We value all our customers and their reviews. Please let us assure you we will be following up on your concerns so this type of experience does not take place in the future. We do hope you reconsider and give us an opportunity in the future to showe our true dinning experience. Corey Perham Assistant General Manager
The food was exceptional, it tasted exactly how the menu described. Roasted tomatoes you tasted the roasted tomato, green pepper (yum) you tasted the green pepper, cheese they did not spare the cheese.
The view was romantic, just sorry it was too cold to go out on the patio and enjoy the firepits.
Dear CityGirlCountryHeart, So happy to read how much joy our menu brought you. We wish nothing more than for every guest to enjoy all we offer from our space, to our food to our service. Thank you for letting us know how we were able to do this for you. We look forward to your next visit! Corey Perham Assistant General Manager
We got an early setting for Christmas eve. All our food was cold coming out including our soups. I ordered a steak with a demiglase rare. It was medium and the mashed potatoes where so cold that I looked like it was a scoop of ice cream and I had no sauce. There was only two other tables seated so being busy and not able to pick up the food out of the window was not an excuse. Our waitress didn't seem to be interested in getting our order. She didn't even taken our dinner order till after we had our soup and salads.
Dear AprilR, Thank you for taking the time to writer your review. We are very sorry to read about the food you had the night of your visit. We expect our food to be served hot and enjoyable for you and are very sorry to hear that did not happen for you. Please know we will be following up with our culinary team regarding your review. We want all our guests to enjoy every part of their evening, and do apologize again for the experience you received. Corey Perham Assistant General Manager
Probably a decent banquet hall. Food is good. Ambiance/seating not so much. Great view though.
Dear bigdaddy, Thank you so much for your review. We value your feedback and appreciate you taking the time to let us know your thoughts on our space. We will share your thoughts with our team as it only helps to make us better. Corey Perham Assistant General Manager
I’m sad that this is the first time I’ve been to the Boat House. It’s a very nice, cozy restaurant. The look is older, but still charming. The food is classic but we found it very well executed this evening and it made both the pickier eaters and the foodies in our party quite happy. I loved the drinks—we had all three of the Tried and True cocktails and we’re impressed by each one. Always glad to find a good Hendricks drink.
Dear deej, So nice to have you join us last night, and thank you so much for the great review. We love pleasing the foodie in all of us, and our warm fireplaces are so cozy at this time of year. Happy Holidays to you and yours! We hope to see you again in the New Year. Corey Perham Assistant General Manager
Amazing service very quick service and exquisite tasting food!
Dear AliciaC, Thank so much for taking the time to write your wonderful review. We appreciate you sharing your experience with us, and wish you a wonderful new year! Corey Perham Assistant General Manager
Everything was amazing! All the food was delicious and the service was great and the view was beautiful. The manager and server were both very sweet and made my mom feel great and special for her birthday
We celebrated my son's graduation from Ohio State with a family dinner at The Boat House. What a great experience. I had very high expectations for this special event, and we were not disappointed. The service, ambiance, view and food were fantastic. We have a new favorite special place in Columbus.
Thank you for making this a special night for us.
Dear DianeG, We are so happy to read about your experience. This is exactly what we are here to do at the Boat House! We are always so happy to hear when we can make your special occasion the best it can be. SO glad to be your new favorite place in Columbus. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Corey Perham Assistant General Manager
Christmas with friends
Seriously, I gave five stars in all categories. I hesitate doing that, thinking readers will be skeptical and assume I have no discrimination. But I only told the truth. The night view is one of the best in Columbus (I used to live here though just visiting now.) Sometimes restaurants with great views have mediocre food because they don't have to have anything but the view. Not so here. We had seafood so can't comment on meat, but our server said the Tasso chicken was popular, and you don't usually hear chicken called out. Plus happy hour is wonderful (hush puppies, specialty cocktails and $7 wine that's actually good.) The Boat House does a great business on special events, but if you have never considered it for a fine-dining date or girls night-out, you should. Oh, yes, besides the view, fireplaces in every room add to the ambiance. And there's a patio on the water for warm weather.
Dear shallyshill, Thank you so much for your review. We agree that we have a wonderful space to enjoy with a variety of options to consider. We love to read how wonderful we make our diners experience and thank you again for sharing. Come back soon as we would love to see you! Corey Perham Assistant General Manager
Nice and quiet...could use updating. Food was good -portions decent. Service could have been friendlier.
Prices were a little high for overall atmosphere and food quantity. Nice location and view.
Dear DanaJ, Thank you so much for your review and feedback. We are happy to read you enjoyed our location. We hope you join us again. We would love the opportunity to give you a 5 star experience at our restaurant. Corey Perham Assistant General Manager
Outstanding service and excellent food. Also one of the best views in Columbus. A hidden gem!!!!!!
Atmosphere was incredible. We went on a quiet but beautiful Saturday night for my Wife's birthday. I requested a table by the windows that way we could enjoy the skyline while we ate. The view, food, perfectly mixed drinks and atmosphere at The Boathouse did not disappoint. This made for a memorable night!
Dear Guest, We are so happy you joined us for your special dinner. We take pride in helping make those and every visit an enjoyable one. We hope to have you back soon to enjoy another wonderful evening with us! Corey Perham Assistant General Manager
The Boathouse is our favorite place to go when we want a special evening. We took our closest friends that were visiting from out of town and they loved the view and food. Paris was our server and she was one of the best servers we’ve had there.
We’ve already made another reservation!
Dear MaureenC, Thank you so much for your review. We so love hearing how our severs make your special night great and will be sure to share that with Paris. Come again soon and we can have another wonderful night! Corey Perham Assistant General Manager
The Boat House Restaurant is rated 3.9 stars by 737 OpenTable diners.
The Boat House Restaurant does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://srcloyalty.myguestaccount.com/guest/egift.
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.