The Keep

4.1
435 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French / American
Located in the historical LeVeque Tower, The Keep Liquor Bar is a American brasserie and liquor bar. Both the dining room and bar pay homage to the old while ushering in a modern, and unique, food and beverage program. The bar is open daily and offers guests a comforting space to relax and lounge over a raw bar, drinking nibbles, and shareable options. The state of the art beverage program ranges from regional craft beers, specialty cocktails, a serious whiskey selection and a top-notch by the glass or bottle wine program. The brasserie dining room serves lunch Monday-Friday, brunch Saturday and Sunday and dinner seven nights a week. Chef Olson serves French-inspired cooking utilizing local ingredients with a modern twist.

Specials

Cinco de Mayo - Special Menus & Offers

The Keep Liquor bar will feature a Cinco de Derby Party. $3 Draughts $6 wines and Food specials

Sunday, May 5, 2019

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Columbus
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2019, Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet. Jennifer, our server, was lovely. She was Informative to let us know how buffet was setup. Also, the additional omelet requests & Bloody Mary orders were taken promptly. The selections of seafood and beef on the buffet, were well worth the $. Thank you for a wonderful experience.

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L
Columbus
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

They only had the buffet which was very limited and charged $39 per person including our child. Horrible food and it cost i$270 for a 35 minute experience.

Very disappointed.

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Columbus
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service was alright, you primarily go for the atmosphere. Very 1920 bank vault /art deco themed. Great place to stop for a drink at the bar

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Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Keep has an excellent chef and here's hoping that they never lose him! But I also have to rave about our waitperson, Jimmy. I have been fortunate enough to have him wait on me both times I've eaten at the Keep, and he is the BEST! I will always request him on future visits.

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Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a relaxing brunch prior to a broadway show at the Palace. The Keep is beautifully decorated and cozy. My husband and I had a difficult time choosing what to eat for brunch as everything looked amazing, but were very happy with our choices of Egg in a Hole and the Egg Sandwich. Next time I will definitely order the Brioche French Toast as it was the most popular dish coming out of the kitchen. Service was excellent too!

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TA
Cincinnati
18 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very Quaint. love it. Food was great. drinks were good. waiter was fantastic.

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TR
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was good, however the service was very slow. We were there for lunch on a weekday, so things should move a little quicker. One of our guests had to immediately get her food boxed up once it finally came out. Maybe this is just a better option for dinner when you have more time. That said, the ambiance was cool and the bar looked like a good time.

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NT
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Nice place with good service. That's the extent of the positive attributes. The mediocre wine list is obscenely overpriced, and, in general, the Keep does not offer good value. For one cocktail, two glasses of wine, a bottle of one of the more "moderately" priced wines, and two of the cheapest entrees (with no desserts), the tab (including tax and tip) was around $280.00. I had cassoulet, a French stew of white beans, duck confit, and sausages. After long, slow cooking, the beans should be tender (not mushy) and should pick up a lot of flavor from the the duck and sausage. I got a bowl of undercooked beans that tasted like undercooked beans, along with a few shards of duck and some chunks of (admittedly good) venison sausage and tasso ham. I could only force about half of it down. My dining companion had beef Bourgignon and was only willing or able to eat about half of it. If this "French Bistro" was in France (and not in a downtown hotel with a large captive customer base), it would die a quick and painful death.

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m
Columbus
25 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

It was an interesting experience. Please don't totally judge by my comments. I believe any day an experience can be different. Some of the dishes seemed right out of my travels to Chicago at a couple French Restaurants but not nearly as good. As an example the escargot was impossible to remove from the shells and had to have the kitchen do it which was a challenge for them since it is an open one we could view. The food was average and less than one expected for the prices. The Service however was second to none. Whomever handles the training or hiring for that department has done a great job.

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f
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place to go before the show at Palace Theatre

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Columbus
31 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Everything went well except it was way to warm in the furthest dining area. That’s the second time in two weeks that we sat in that area and it’s been way to hot in there. The closest dining area when you enter is cooler .

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PA
Columbus
13 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was great. I had the cassoulet which I thought was terrific. My dining companion had the fried chicken which also was excellent. I ate the jumbo garlic from that plate. Best part of both entrees. The beet and goat cheese salad was good but could have had more greens. The apple tart dessert was good too.

All-in-all, dinner was terrific. My only complaint is the pricing of the drinks. The martinis were good but not $15.50 good. The wine seemed pricey as well. If the pours were generous, it would have been different. But, they weren't. The drinks represented more than 41% of the tab. Recent, very similar meals at G. Michael's and The Top with the same drinks resulted in bar tabs of 30% and 36%, respectively, of the total bill. Just seems high.

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Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Appears they over booked. Noise excessive. Not very cooperative with food allergies. Gluten and dairy

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LH
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

A high noise level does not imply "energetic". We always enjoy the food here but sometimes, the noise level is almost painful and makes it very difficult to carry on a normal conversation.

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KD
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent and well priced. The drinks were good too, but a little over priced. Definitely a special occasion type place

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KD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent, our server helped us to pick out an outstanding bottle of wine at a very fair price. The goat cheese and beet salad was delicious, radicchio was fresh and there was the perfect amount of dressing.
The seafood tower was overpriced in my opinion. It was not very fresh, the lobster had a weird texture with really no taste. The crab was ok but had way too much creamy sauce on it for my liking. The steak was fine. It was cooked nicely and as we requested

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JG
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The choice of food was very good. The food itself was excellent. Definitely it was worth another visit.

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KB
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Really nice ambiance, with exception to the buzzing light fixture near our table. Excellent service.

The bone marrow appetizer and Beef Bourguinon entree were delicious. The beet and goat cheese salad was very light on beets and heavy on radicchio. Beignets were not cooked evenly.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a 6pm reservation and had show to go to at 7. They were so attentive and great at getting all 4 of us in and out I. Time. Food and drinks were absolutely on point and can’t wait till we go back!

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W
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great space, food good but could be a little better. For example, the lardon on the frisée salad was too fatty and a bit undercooked and there wasn’t enough evidence of egg. Duck sandwich was great. Service was underwhelming.

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K
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

The food was good! But it took forever to arrive at our table. I would say on average an hour and 45 minutes is plenty of time to grab a bite to eat before a show but not here. They have only 6 entrees yet our server stumbled over most of the ingredients. Everything about this experience felt rushed except the food. I believe they have some talent working here they just need to find their rythm. Clocks ticking.

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CG
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Although our waitress was friendly, service was slow. The food and wine were over priced for the quantity and quality.

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Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Came here with my daughter before a show on Sunday afternoon. Waited 20 min after being seated for anyone to address us. Waited another 10 min then told hostess about our wait. Manager offered free 1st round of drinks but those also took forever. Waiter took an extremely long time to take our order and to check and see how our drinks were. My daughter did not like her cocktail so I had to flag down the manager again to request it be changed. Food was alright. Not impressed enough to risk dealing with the poor service again. Have been to the bar area a few times in the past and never had a problem. Very disappointed...

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed this restaurant for a pre-show brunch!

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MV
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

We made a reservation for a birthday dinner prior to a theater show. When I made the reservation, I made it clear that it was a birthday. This was not acknowledged in any way, even after I reminded our server. We also told our server that we were going to see the show at The Palace. The service was very slow (both from the kitchen and the bar). One of us ordered multiple appetizers for her meal, and asked that they come out with the rest of the food. They were brought out first. It was almost half an hour later before the others got their food, and only after I reminded the server that we had to leave soon and had not gotten our food yet. Her reply was, “I thought your show was at 8, not 7:30.” This was around 7:25, and by the time everyone got their food, they did not have much time to enjoy it without rushing to get to our seats in time. (Our reservation was at 6pm.) We were also waiting a very long time for drinks (such that one of us declined to order more because it took so long, which proved to be good judgment because another came shortly before we had to rush out the door). I expected much better service for the price. I reached out to management via OpenTable before posting my review, and did not receive a response.

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MA
Adelaide / SA
10 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited before a show at the Palace. There were six of us and the food was superb. Price was a bit too high on wine and other alcoholic drinks, since the cheapest glass of wine was more than $10.

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r
Columbus
30 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Odd seating arrangement as you enter the restaurant, some tables seem to be in a hallway leading to the main dining area and open kitchen. Tight seating but ok if you enjoy eaves dropping on the conversation at the next table. Limited menu for a supposed top Columbus restaurant. With so many excellent restaurants to choose from, this one is off our rotation.

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A
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Limited menu; loud- difficult to have conversation

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ST
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

I expected the Keep to be nice and have good food, which generally it was. The menu is limited and the meal portions are small and overpriced for what they are, but can be overlooked for it's location. The dining room was overly warm from the heat of the kitchen, so my wife and I moved to the bar before ordering, which was a good choice.

My main complaint has to do with what they charged for an Irish coffee ($28) my wife had after dinner. When I asked our waitress about what I thought was excessive, she said thats the way it is because they charge (a lot) for each item in the drink. Now it's not that I couldn't afford to pay for the drink, it is the fact I was not told this when the drink was ordered. As a result, I felt like I had been taken advantage of. This seems to be a growing trend in the restaurant business, to not provide pricing, particularly for drinks. To me this is underhanded and basically allows the owner to charge whatever they want without disclosure.

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b
Columbus
32 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very crowded but got right in with our reservation. Server took awhile getting to us but we did get out in time for the play. Food is delicious and presentation is amazing!

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PA
Columbus
14 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was great from martinis to dessert. Soups were terrific. The baked chicken was probably my favorite entree of all the times we’ve dinned there.

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C
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere! We loved our experience here and will definitely be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shannon the hostess fit us in early! Thanks Shannon!

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KW
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, great environment, very enjoyable: My new favorite place to dine out!

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RM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

As we sat by the open kitchen, we noticed that the industrial vent over the prep area was not working as efficiently as it could. Servicing and filter replacement is suggested.
Other open kitchen do not overwhelm guests with aromas, film and a greasy feel.
On the positive, our server, Courtney, was excellent.

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TS
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food is decent but for those who stay at LeVeque often, menu needs to expand. Is is far too limited.

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MR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great space.

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b
Columbus
32 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect dinner place for before going to the Palace for a play! Delicious food!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My second time at the keep for brunch. I will say this has become one of my new favorite brunch spots.

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L
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was quite good, however the service was very slow. They had difficulty getting a single Bloody Mary made and had to get the manager to make it as the bartender couldn’t be found to make it, yet it took another 15 minutes. I ordered the escargot and asked for a utensil to remove them from their shells and never received one. Another person in my party ordered an appetizer that we waited the whole meal for only to be told they ran out of ingredients to make when we were nearly done.

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