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The Keep Kitchen & Liquor Bar

4.4
716 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary 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. Chef Courtney Nielsen serves culturally inspired cooking utilizing local ingredients with a modern twist. Reservations are set with a 90 minute time limit.
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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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required

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vipebethou
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The scallops and our drinks were good. The pasta primavera was not. The vegetables were burnt. Our sever was working hard, but he had too many tables. This made our service very slow. I would have sent my food back, but by the time we received it, we didn’t have time to wait on anything else.

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Carie
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service1ambience4

I’m trying to keep things in perspective because this is a hard time for the restaurant industry right now, but I won’t be going back to The Keep for quite a while. We had 6pm reservations and didn’t get our ordered drinks or appetizer until 7pm. We had tickets to the palace for 7:30 and got our dessert served at 7:30. My chicken entree was served cold. Overall an unpleasant experience.

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BasicB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and service was excellent. Will definitely come back.

The Keep Kitchen & Liquor Bar
Responded on September 20, 2021

BasicB, Thank you so much for this review. Being such a busy night for us, I am so happy to hear that we met your expectations! We look forward to your return in the near future. I would also love to extend the offer to you for a $25 credit towards your next visit. If you accept, please email me directly your info (name/#) so that I can put it into notes for my team so that they know when you come next. Thank you so much, Kelley, F&B Director

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vipSharonB
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Short staffed currently in the culinary department. Food good, but could be way better. The hamburger was great while the burratta salad was missing something. The lobster roll, lobster good, the roll was dumb, like a hamburger roll, just ok.

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CheriJ
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Cool place - we were there for an early dinner so not many people so the vibe was a bit quiet. Would like to go when there are more people. The steak frites were excellent!

The Keep Kitchen & Liquor Bar
Responded on September 15, 2021

Thank you CheriJ, We truly appreciate you feedback. We hope to see you again soon. Kelley, The Keep

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vipRobyn
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Average food at best in a hotel restaurant. Overpriced.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did the 2 for Tuesday with a couple of friends.

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UdoS
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Was going for the "2 on Tuesdays" special, but only restaurant selected items were available to chose from, rather then the complete menu. Also, even though the staff knew that this was a birthday dinner, not even the desert or coffee was offered to be on the house.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Worst restaurant in Columbus. Absolutely garbage

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vipAdowntownfan
Columbus
31 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Very disappointing .. I am amazed dinner could be so different within a three week period. Our server was the best part of this dining experience. The pork chop was dry, overcooked and the pasta was not the same dish we ordered three weeks prior. It’s hard for me to share this review. My hope is it will be eye opening and turn into something productive .. you need to do better.

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JillS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable. Beautiful decor. Food was very good.

The Keep Kitchen & Liquor Bar
Responded on August 2, 2021

Thank you so much JillS. We appreciate you taking the time to let us know how we are doing. Thank you, Kelley, The Keep F&B Director

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TonyaR
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed Restuarant week! Best restaurant of the week

The Keep Kitchen & Liquor Bar
Responded on August 5, 2021

Thank you TonyaR. We truly appreciate you letting us know how we are doing. Kelley, The Keep, F&B Director

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very nice, super tasty. Didn’t love the presentation, but food was delicious!

The Keep Kitchen & Liquor Bar
Responded on August 2, 2021

Thank you so much for the feedback. We appreciate you taking the time to let us know how we are doing. Thank you, Kelley, The Keep F&B Director

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vipMikeS
Columbus
73 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The charcuterie board was great and the meals were both fabulous. We will be back

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SailorBob
Pittsburgh
45 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

This was our second meal at The Keep while staying at the Hotel LeVeque. The bar is a great space and the restaurant is good as well. As I remembered it the menu was a bit more interesting the last visit, however in all fairness this could be a covid related issue. Food was good, though didn't impress as much as the first visit. Service was excellent and didn't hurry a dinner with friends in the area we hadn't seen for some time.

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vipJohnnyL
Cleveland
29 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything went perfect. The steak frites was amazing, juicy and tender. The oysters from New Zealand were outstanding. We were so very happy to be back at this jewel in downtown Columbus.

The Keep Kitchen & Liquor Bar
Responded on July 23, 2021

Thank you so much! We truly appreciate you taking the time to let us know how we are doing. The Keep

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KrystanK
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal – steak frites were perfection. Beautiful, perfect cocktails. Loved the gimlet and the French 75.

The Keep Kitchen & Liquor Bar
Responded on July 23, 2021

Thank you Krystan, We truly appreciate the feedback and you letting us know how we are doing. Kelley, The Keep

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vipGLT499
Columbus
29 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We’ve had better at The Keep. The drinks were good. I ordered the bourbon smash and my husband had A Martini on the rocks with blue cheese olives. The charcuterie plate had only four small round bread thins. It had two huge slabs of cheddar cheese, a very spicy brie, some goat cheese, nuts and prosciutto, I think. My steak frites was tasty but tough. My husband ordered the parpardalle primavera and he only ate part of it… Just didn’t hit the mark. We were hoping dessert would be a hit but that was just so so. We ordered the chocolate cake which had a filling of peanut butter and banana. The cake was very dense and really lacked any sense of chocolate. We came away very unimpressed. We will probably go back but it will be a while.

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vipJahand
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food and service were good but not great. Some of the food was a little over priced for what you get

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vipScottH
Columbus
26 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great night out and great dinner. Was nice to be back at the Keep after COVID.
Food was very flavorful and enjoyable.
Will, our server was attentive and detailed. We needed nothing cause he paid attention to all our needs. The best service we have had at the Keep.

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JPRest
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I thought the people at the keep were great. I just wasn’t thrilled by the food. I was disappointed you the size of the mushroom dumplings - “tiny” is the best word to describe them. But again the people working here at the keep were really great.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good and drinks are also great! Love coming here for special occasions!

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StephanieV
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We throughly annoyed the experience! Ambiance, food quality and service were great !

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RebeccaW
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

I was not impressed by the overall experience that I was hoping for. The ambience was lackluster and the food was just okay. Not at all what I had envisioned for an anniversary dinner.

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vipLaurieK
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We both had the scallops and they were nice enough to come over and explain they were spicy, so they made one of them without the peppers

The Keep Kitchen & Liquor Bar
Responded on July 1, 2021

Hello LaurieK, we are delighted to hear about your experience. We hope to see you again soon. Kelley, The Keep

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vipAdowntownfan
Columbus
32 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a birthday dinner .. we did not disclose that information until the end of the meal. Our server was amazing, Kaylie was attentive and informative. She was a delight and we will request her station whenever we return. Also, Tom .. the manager was equally pleasant. Both parties made frequent stops at the table to make sure everything was good. This was quite an excellent experience. Highly recommend the cheesecake as a dessert option ☺️

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buckeye
Columbus
13 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had an early dinner, so it wasn't too busy. Our waiter was very helpful and personable. Our food and drink was very good and was served with enough time between courses to enjoy. The cheesecake we had for dessert was delicious! We will definitely return.

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vipJulesO
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and such attention to detail. I would return.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant with great ambiance and staff. Main drawback is that there are no non-dairy options for dinner or brunch which I find surprising in 2021. Also I wish the kitchen staff interacted when you are sitting at the bar.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

While a bit confusing to find The Keep on the mezzanine of the LeVeque tower, it is a pleasant venue. The service was great and the food was too. The meatloaf was clearly ground in house and the vegetables were crisp and fresh. We enjoyed the beignets as a light dessert.

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vipPepe
Columbus
65 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

From the time The Keep opened, we had wanted to give it a try. Sorry to report that we were disappointed. We had heard mixed reviews about the place and they were correct. Food was OK - Service was OK - Ambience was OK. Will we return? Probably, but only for drinks and apps.

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Mark
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, great service, great food! Felt like I was at an upscale restaurant in 1940! Loved it

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IsaacB
Columbus
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! I had the Reuben which is actually deep fried. I had a hard time imagining what it would be like when the waiter described it but turned out it was pretty amazing!
My partner had the burger special which was cheeseburger, french fries, and a beer for $14. Great quality food for a good price. Also, we shared the French onion soup as an appetizer and it was delicious. Not too salty, Just delicious flavor and high-quality ingredients. can’t wait to go back again.

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KeshiaM
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was our first time and everything was great! It was gorgeous and a unique experience. I didn’t give the food a 5, only because most of my salad was slimy lettuce and the steak my husband ordered was a little too rare. Other than that, the rest of the food was absolutely amazing and will be going back for sure.

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PennyS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a wonderful time at The Keep. We opted for a dinner of appetizers and enjoyed every one of them -- oysters -- 2 ways, shrimp cocktail, charcuterie plate, caesar salad. Cocktails were wonderful, too -- Raspberry Mule and a (very) Dirty Martini. We'll be back the next time we're in Columbus!

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vipSugarpie
Miami
20 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The wait staff was from Denny’s, maybe? I don’t know. We had to request a bucket for our wine. The charcuterie tray, half order, was pathetic. Costco? It was served cold, the cheeses unremarkable, as was the entire tray.
Marriott really needs to lease this space to a better restaurant.

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TheresaL
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Wasn’t overly impressed. Service was not very attentive. Pasta primavera wasn’t cooked completely. Very very adente!

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I went here with my friends for my 25th birthday. The restaurant is beautiful! Very upscale and classy. Nice ambiance. The cocktails were good. I recommend the blueberry mojito. My food personally was just okay. I had the crispy chicken sandwich and the flavor was simply not there in the chicken or the sauce they put on it. I would absolutely go back and try something else. I had a bite of my friend’s scallops that she ordered and they were seasoned to perfection, so I know other menu items definitely have greater potential.

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BBad
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

I took my mom and grandmother here for their Mother's day brunch. The special menu had good variety and the food was tasty but the service left a lot to be desired. They were short staffed, didn't seem prepared for the service, and were very slow with delivering drinks from the bar, etc. Overall not a bad experience, but I am not sure one I would choose again!

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vipCMac
Columbus
40 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING Mother's Day Brunch Menu. Perfect way to end our overnight stay at the Leveque. The menu was great.

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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 4.4 stars by 716 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.