The Crest Gastropub - Clintonville

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43 reviews
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The Crest Gastropub flagship restaurant opened its doors in the Clintonville neighborhood on Earth Day 2013 as the first full-service restaurant owned and operated by A&R Creative Group. The Crest Gastropub on Parsons Avenue quickly followed in 2015. The Crest is driven to provide excellent service, locally-grown & locally-sourced foods, and innovative, seasonal menus all with a commitment to our environment and community. We grow as much food as possible in our carefully-designed raised beds and rooftop gardens at the Crest Garden at our Clintonville restaurant. Food that is picked to eat tastes so much better than food that is picked to ship, so we take our ability to grow very seriously. The Crest Garden allows us to create a dish that is delicious, nutritionally dense, and environmentally thoughtful. What we can’t grow in our garden, we source from our strong Ohio farmer network. The love our local farmers and growers pour into their products is the highlight of our dishes.
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SM
Columbus
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Try the Falafel and Waffle! It was delicious. One thing we learned is that The Crest started taking reservations in the past year. Game-changer!

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MB
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

It's been a while since I've been here but based upon my most recent experience at brunch, I am not in a hurry to return. Our food was just okay and didn't come out warm. My poached egg was way overdone. We would have stayed and had more mimoas if we didn't have to hunt down our server every time we needed something. We easily sat for 20 minutes with dirty plates in front of us with nothing to drink - including water - before we grabbed a server from another table to see if she could send ours over... it was still more than 5 minutes until we saw her. The table beside us was also having issues and asked to speak to a manager. Seemed they had similar issues.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I made a last minute reservation for my family of four, and noted in the online request that we needed a high chair. For once, our table was ready and waiting for us, complete with high chair. The food was excellent, and service was friendly and quick. I will definitely be back, and I appreciate a unique dining experience that I can actually enjoy with my kids.

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KK
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great experience! The Crest made it easy to schedule a reservation, and the table was ready when we got there.

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s
Detroit
26 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I search for chill places to eat with good food whenever I am in Columbus...dinner tonight at Crest Gastropub was a winner! I happened upon happy hour (Tuesday-Friday 3-7) which was an added bonus. I tried the giardiniera & house red wine, which were good. I had a hard time choosing my entree, but I decided on the fish sandwich with sautéed vegetables, which were yummy!!! I definitely recommend Crest & plan to return the next time I’m in Columbus.

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JR
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The shakshuka was delicious. Fun atmosphere. Perfect breakfast potatoes especially with the hot sauce.

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OT
Columbus
61 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Creative menu, nice ambiance, great wait staff and great cocktails! Definitely will go back.

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MF
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Fun and different.

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T
Cleveland
33 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service are always top notch. I always enjoy my time here before Crew games.

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TK
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I ordered the Falafel and Waffles. It was one of the best meals I've ever had. My husband ordered the Lamb Burger and didn't care for it. It was his first time having a Lamb Burger and didn't care for the taste of the meat.

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LB
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

My order was wrong but we had somewhere to be so I didn’t say anything. Those chairs have always been a bit uncomfortable and in the colder months it’s just so chilly in there. Our server was nice.

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CS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We ordered three meals - Burger, Lamb Burger and Quinoa Salad. The burger was ok, but not in the same class as other $12 burgers in Columbus. The lamb burger was way over spiced and over cooked and the Quinoa Salad wasn't eatable. It had way too much oil and the ratio of greens to quinoa was way out of wack.

Cool vibe and very nice people but I won't be back. Too many other great places to go.

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B
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family birthday brunch. Excellent service and delicious food. Nice to be able to make a reservation for brunch.

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BH
Columbus
22 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the perfect place to eat before a movie at studio 35, or just to go out with friends. High quality food and drinks in a cool atmosphere.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

I’ve been to the Crest before and had better experiences. Two of my friends had to send their order back (burnt and not warm). The food was not as good as I remember either. Surprisingly it wasn’t busy but you’d think otherwise with the slow service we received. I hope this was a fluke and that I can still expect more if/when I ever go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food wasn’t spectacular. My brother ordered a burger with bacon, and the bacon was $3 extra. This wasn’t thick or specialty bacon. It was almost burnt it was so thin. I can find better bacon at Kroger.

Aside from that I got the crispy pork belly. The grits were the best part (and I don’t normally like grits). The pork was bland, but it was crispy, and tough to cut with their knives. The salad was loaded with vinegar that every time I swallowed, I practically choked it was so vinegary.

Our server though was great! She was attentive, friendly, and just overall good!

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Decent food. Pretty steep prices for what it is. I’ve definitely had cocktails at other restaurants that are better and you get more for your money.

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EB
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We were not a fan of the cold patio . The idea was great but was not warm enough. They did not advise us ahead of time that is where

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SM
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I haven't been in a while, but decided to go on a Saturday evening. We had a really nice meal out with friends. My falafel and waffle was excellent. My husband said his fish sandwich was fine, but nothing amazing. Our waitress was friendly and attentive. We will return!

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P
Columbus
18 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderfully unique place to eat. The food was great, our waiter was awesome, and the restaurant itself was refreshing. A great non-chain neighborhood place to eat.

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OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Crest was fantastic! Loved all the brunch options and cocktails.

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AC
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s amazing!!! Always a favorite! I love the food and the waiters/waitresses are so cool.

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C
Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Went to The Crest for a quick date night with another couple before going to Rumba. Food and service were wonderful!

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DG
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It was alright. Nothing to write home about. The food was all very rich, almost over-seasoned.

The kicker for me was the charcuterie board. It was $15 and then another $5 to add cheese. The meats were strange, very salty. This is fine, it was interesting to eat and 1/3 of the people eating it liked the meats. For the added $5 you got very little cheese, and the cheese that came was not great. They also gave you very little bread and way to much spread, so by the time we gave up on the board we had giant globs of the three spreads left and various pickled vegetables and had to eat most of the stuff without bread or cheese. I guess it may be personal preference.

Not the worst experience, just an expensive sub-par charcuterie board.

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OT
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A group of 7 of us wound up going to dinner for a birthday celebration. We got a mixture of 3 apps and multiple different entrees. Everything was delicious and the service was perfect.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. We ate on the heated patio and had the place all to ourselves. Very accommodating for our gluten-free guests. Get the Brussel sprouts app to share. Mmmm

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C
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

Very nice atmosphere for a Sunday lunch with family. However, the heated patio was quite noisy.. we spent a significant amount of money, and kind of expected to have some privacy. However, our server was wonderful and we shall return..

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JH
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food is interesting and tasty. Some places try too hard being creative, but Crest gets it just right. I look forward to my next visit.

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OT
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wait staff was exceptionally knowledgeable about both drinks and food. I do wish there were more vodka based cocktail specials on the menu. They did offer to make me anything i wanted though.

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LF
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is the 3rd time I've been to The Crest on Indianola and I have had a great experience each time. We came twice with large groups that were easily accommodated with reservations and the staff were able to accommodate extra guests once when we miscounted. Staff are prompt and know the menu, and the food is always interesting and offers both traditional fare and interesting choices. The falafel and waffle was a surprisingly delicious blend of textures and flavors that come together well. We will return!

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ED
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

My salad greens very sparse and were wilted. For entree with additional tofu not worth the price

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f
Columbus
24 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thus was worth the 30 min drive! Best lake perch and fries and vegan burger we’ve had in a long time.

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R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

Overall nice place but the food was lacking. Broccoli soup was really a porridge and like warm

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HM
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Although not regulars we have visited The Crest many times and on this evening the food was not up to our expectations. The fried perch was over battered, and the chicken bites were overcooked. Service was mediocre even though it was very early in the evening and there was not a crowd. We will think twice before visiting again.

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BS
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service were very good. Maybe a tad bit louder than I expected, but still very nice atmosphere for early Sunday brunch.

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AH
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was quite good. Lots of unique menu options and presentation was appetizing. Service sizes were plentiful and all the food was fresh. The service was not as good. Both waitstaff who provided service were less than friendly and not very accommodating. I would suggest better hiring and training.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very good.

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AK
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and meal, would definitely eat here again.

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OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great eggs Benedict

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F
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Huge portions! One of the best turkey sandwiches I've ever had! And the vegetable pot pie is amazing!

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