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The Keep Kitchen & Liquor Bar

4.2
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629 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary French / American

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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. Chef Courtney Nielsen serves culturally inspired cooking utilizing local ingredients with a modern twist.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

Featured specials

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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

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Starting Nov 26, 2020

Enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving Day dinner served family style in the Keep Kitchen & Liquor Bar. Dine-in and Carry-out options available. Price: $64 for a family of 4 and $35 for 2

What 629 people are saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
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4.3
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melissaG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A great choice especially during COVID- Safe, delicious and attentive staff when you can’t sit outside! The menu has something for everyone!

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vipDebiB
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last night @The Keep was delicious as always...Creative menu w/unusual twist always beautifully presented. Will definitely be back!!!

The Keep Kitchen & Liquor Bar
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you DebiB. We appreciate it and hope to you see again soon :) Kelley, The Keep

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating a birthday and had drinks/apps here before dinner. The restaurant and hotel are beautiful. Drinks were very well done, as was the charcuterie board.

The Keep Kitchen & Liquor Bar
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you so much! We appreciate the feedback :) Kelley, The Keep

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second time at the keep, and it’s both a sin and a gift more people don’t know about this place. I won’t go crazy detailing everything amazing about this spot, but it is not an overstatement in any way to say it is so. The service, the drinks, the meal, and dessert... not disappointed in either visit through any point of the experience! The manager, who also happened to be our server this most recent trip, is a true gentleman and you can just tell that he loves the establishment in which he both runs and represents, and is also extremely knowledgeable in regards to details about the wines and their origins, the meals and how well they pair with what, etc... which perhaps is to be expected, but the delivery is what really stands out to me....
In short, this is hands down my favorite spot in Columbus, and I’d challenge anyone who goes there to not agree

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Danielle
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and the food was delicious. Everyone loved the restaurant.

The Keep Kitchen & Liquor Bar
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you Danielle. We appreciate the feedback! Kelley, The Keep

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vipOhiocoalman
Las Vegas
48 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was our first time at the restaurant, had been to the bar once before. It was great. It was a Saturday night and they were relatively busy. We had a booth and were happy about that. We split the endive salad and chicken soup for apps and both were top notch.
I had the pork shank and my wife had the pasta with short rib. We both loved our mains.
For dessert we split the fry cake and ice cream. It was incredible. The coffee was good too--French press.
Great for a special occasion.

The Keep Kitchen & Liquor Bar
Responded on October 6, 2020

Ohiocoalman, thank yo so much for the kind words! We truly appreciate it. Kelley, The Keep

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KatyH
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Atmosphere was great!! Enteee took a little longer than expected but was delicious! Great charcuterie board!

The Keep Kitchen & Liquor Bar
Responded on October 6, 2020

KatyH, thank you so much for you feedback! Kelley, The Keep

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Mark
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice atmosphere, service was excellent. Most of the food was outstanding, though my dinner entrée (scallops) included a zhug (think chimichurri) that was so overly spicy that it obliterated the taste of the entrée, and left my mouth on fire. The menu didn't explain what a "zhug" was, and it did not state that the dish was spicy.

The Keep Kitchen & Liquor Bar
Responded on September 30, 2020

Mark, thank you for your feedback! We truly appreciate it. Kelley, The Keep

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AshleyR
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing service~ everyone was extremely friendly that we encountered. The ambiance (lighting + music) were great, and the food was good too. Will definitely want to return soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent bar. Service and food was excellent

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DTM24
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

The steak was overcooked, sweet potatoes were undercooked, but the salmon was good. The staff was friendly, but very slow considering there were more restaurant personnel than patrons at the establishment.

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CathyK
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my husband's birthday here with our son. Food was well prepared and very tasty, drinks were YUM, very comfortable ambience and just love the Art Deco design and architecture throughout the building. We will def go back, sooner rather than later.

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Nicole
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Filet was very flavorful and tender. Our server was very knowledgeable about the dishes and recommended a great Merlot

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vipAndreaS
Columbus
14 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Just a night out. It was good but the drinks were slow getting to the table. Dessert was served 20 minutes before our after dinner drinks and we ordered those first. Not sure where the hold up was but it was disappointing.

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AmyK
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We love The Keep. Fantastic bar and delicious food.

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vipSuzanneM
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a very nice meal in a comfortable setting. Our wait staff member was especially nice and efficient in tending to our needs. Enjoyed the experience and will be returning with friends.

The Keep Kitchen & Liquor Bar
Responded on March 17, 2020

SuzanneM, Thank you so much for the stars and feedback. We truly appreciate it! Kelley, The Keep

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Alison
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing drinks, outstanding salad, beautiful inside, quality service!

The Keep Kitchen & Liquor Bar
Responded on March 11, 2020

Thank you Alison. We look forward to you coming back! Kelley, The Keep

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TheresaR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

They try really hard to buy....Warm nuts appetizer was a bowl of cold nuts. French onion soup had soggy bread in it. The bread should have still held up a little. The best dish was from the bar menu...pork poutine. Servers were great. I suggest eating in bar. More interesting views of street and hotel lobby from bar area.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
38 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed brunch before theater. With mixed reviews we were looking forward to the experience. It was wonderful. We were promptly seated, greeted by server Isaac (very nice, attentive, had welcomed menu suggestions), ordered soup and entree salad (frisée with egg was delish, smoked salmon eggs Benedict yummy, French onion soup a winner), had plenty of time to chat and relax. Wine list interesting with nice selections. Overall a delightful way to begin the afternoon! We’ve added it to our “must do again” list! The historical atmosphere was lovely, as well!

The Keep Kitchen & Liquor Bar
Responded on March 2, 2020

Thank you so much for the stars and feedback. I will share this with my team and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Kelley, The Keep

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DBob
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Jimmy was the most knowledgable, pleasant server we have had in a long time. We'd come back just to have him again!

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Danielle
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

The food was anything but special. The shrimp cocktail was overcooked and WAY over seasoned w something like oregano. The sous vide egg salad was not only difficult to eat on a flat plate but the egg was cold and still sloppy (it was supposed to be the highlight of the salad but it actually ruined it for me), and the Brussels sprouts were only a bunch of fried leaves in a tiny dish. It was difficult to say anything too when the staff didn’t seem willing to hear about it. A lot has to improve here before I’d ever go back or recommend it to anyone else.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The service and attention was great. We were greeted and offered coat check and seated promptly and courteously. We were checked on at appropriate times and not rushed at any time. The food was well prepared but the beef in the French dip was a bit too thick which made it a bit chewy.

The Keep Kitchen & Liquor Bar
Responded on February 29, 2020

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave feedback and the stars! We truly appreciate it! Kelley, The Keep

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely! We had a great meal, and we were able to have an actual conversation. Perfect for a date!

The Keep Kitchen & Liquor Bar
Responded on February 29, 2020

Thank you so much for the stars and feedback. We look forward to you returning again in the near future. Kelley, The Keep

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PeteB
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

You gotta get the duck.
Also, anything on the menu that includes figs is HIGHLY recommended.
The cocktails are as delicious as they are strong.
Staff are absolute professionals.
You will have a great night at The Keep.
But you gotta get the duck!

The Keep Kitchen & Liquor Bar
Responded on February 24, 2020

Hey PeteB, Thank you so much for the stars and feedback! We truly appreciate it Kelley, The Keep

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PhyllisC
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Though we enjoyed ourselves when dining the Keep 2 years ago, this time our experience was a disappointment.
Service was okay—wine recommendations excellent.
Too noisy and drafty.
Food was served room temperature at best though we were seated directly across from the cooking station. For a $250 meal, I would expect hot food!

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

From the moment we are arrived, everything was awful and progressively got worse. I’d be here all day if I wrote all that occurred, but all I can say is....don’t dine here.
BAD service, sub par food.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice Valentines Day menu with very flexible choices.

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JoshW
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience4

It's ironic that one can have an ugly experience in such beautiful surroundings. We were a party of 2, but we arrived 5 minutes apart. There was no host at the front desk for my partner, who volunteered the reservation info, and he was seated behind the open kitchen. I arrived and was seated elsewhere, each of us invisible to the other. Fifteen minutes later, a text exchange established that we were 40 feet apart and he relocated to my table. My partner had ordered a drink upon being seated, and 15 minutes later his server walked past us with the drink. He hailed the server, hoping to get the cocktail, and after a pleasant and brief exchange during which the server didn't recognize the person who ordered the drink that he was holding, he turned to leave and deliver it at the original site—no big deal. Once his identity as established and the drink was set down, a negotiation between servers occurred regarding who might actually do any serving to this table in limbo, and we had to hear subtle considerations like "Well, do you want the money?," instead of simply going with the server who had already made some effort. Rather, we were handed off to another server who may have wanted money but didn't particularly want to pay attention. We got the first course in a reasonable time period, and though it lacked flavor, we were on an upswing. Yet it was an extremely slow night, which allowed our server to linger by 2 other tables and clown with her friends, while the 2 cooks in the open kitchen had their own animated conversation with the manager for 40 minutes before it was realized our entrees weren't on their way. Deep concern expressed and free dessert promised, 5 minutes later a poultry entree with cold sides and an improperly cooked steak arrived. By the time we were asked about the quality of our dinners, we'd lost all hope and appetite for The Keep. The check was comp'ed, which hardly redeemed the wasted evening and the necessity to buy another dinner on the way home

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ThomG
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy lunch at The Keep for special occasions. We have always had an excellent meal and great service.

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vipEllinG
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Terrible service from management. We were there to celebrate ordered a bottles of champagne. Apparently no one paid the liquor bill. No champagne. Except Don at $311 Our choice was $155. Would they give us Dom to replace , no.
Please go back to management school Terrible.

Our wine that night was over $300 anyway. We will NEVER be back.

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BrendaT
Columbus
13 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I celebrated the start of my birthday week her with the ladies. I ordered the
Egg White Frittata
caramelized onion, potatoes, roasted peppers, spinach, dressed frisée

The Keep Kitchen & Liquor Bar
Responded on February 4, 2020

Thank you so much for the kind words and feedback! We hope to see you again soon ~ Kelley, The Keep liquor bar and kitchen

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service tasty food

The Keep Kitchen & Liquor Bar
Responded on February 4, 2020

Thank you so much for the kind words and feedback! We hope to see you again soon ~ Kelley, The Keep liquor bar and kitchen

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vipJohnnyL
Cleveland
29 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Keep is a Columbus Gem! The oysters are always amazing, and the Steak Frites a delight. The service is impeccable and its location to the theaters make it a perennial stop for an evening in the city.

Try the salmon for a real treat. Recommendations for any of the desserts. Cocktails made to order round out the wonderful atmosphere and tempting menu.

The Keep Kitchen & Liquor Bar
Responded on February 4, 2020

Johnny L, Thank you so much for the kind words and feedback! We truly appreciate you taking the time to write such a commendable review. Kelley, The Keep liquor bar and kitchen

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would offer no help for this restaurant as I believe it has already reached a superior level. We were there for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Each meal was excellent and the service was perfect.

The Keep Kitchen & Liquor Bar
Responded on February 11, 2020

Thank you so much!! We look forward to having you back, Kelley, The Keep

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MarkF
Columbus
20 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful. Small menu but the food is fantastic. Server was awesome and so helpful. Drinks were top notch. May be a little pricey for some but well worth it.

The Keep Kitchen & Liquor Bar
Responded on February 4, 2020

Thank you so much for the kind words and feedback! We hope to see you again soon ~ Kelley, The Keep liquor bar and kitchen

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Maybe because it was restaurant week and they were busy, but the food was just ok. The greens were very bitter and the salad didn’t have enough dressing, roasted beets, nor feta to balance out the bitterness of the greens. Salmon was just ok. Was hoping it would be better considering the reputation. The drinks were spot on, but that was the highlight.

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vipLinda
Columbus
32 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved The Keep! Food and service was excellent!

The Keep Kitchen & Liquor Bar
Responded on February 11, 2020

Linda, Thank you so much for the stars and feedback! We truly appreciate it! Kelley, The Keep

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vipIndyCouple
Indiana
26 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a good meal! Service great! Fun atmosphere.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience5

This place had a cute ambiance, it would be good for a drink. The food was not bad but also not good either. I feel I could cook better tasting food. Service was fine but I won’t be back

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vipSells
Columbus
24 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time visit! Love the ambiance, parking close by is a plus! Food and service were both excellent! My only call out would be that we ordered a bottle of house wine, and was very surprised at the cost! Other than that, would definitely go back! and they have brunch so that's always a plus!

FAQs

The Keep Kitchen & Liquor Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (614) 745-0322.

The Keep Kitchen & Liquor Bar is rated 4.2 stars by 629 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.