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SideBar Columbus

650 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
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Welcome to Sidebar Columbus! Our menu offers a Mediterranean flare intermingled with our South American inspired small-plate dishes. Our focus on quality is second to none, from our service, food, wine and cocktails. Our wine list, priced to sell and be enjoyed, is user-friendly, and complements the cuisine. Our barkeepers create signature drinks reminiscent of the roaring twenties—one at a time. We invite you to sit back, enjoy a cocktail or a generous glass of wine and experience our comfortably sophisticated atmosphere and friendly service.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Tapas / Small Plates, Seafood, Latin / Spanish
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Friday - Saturday: Dining Room 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm, Bar 5:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Phone number
(614) 228-9041
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Alberto Tapia
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Private party facilities
Welcome to SidebarColumbus, your unique meeting and event space. We are pleased to offer a Mediterranean inspired menu enhanced by the flavors of Modern South American Cuisine. For those who value an unparalleled culinary experience, we invite you to host your next event with us!

Our facility offers accommodations for everything from small intimate dinners to large receptions utilizing our multi-levels! We are happy to configure our spaces to match the needs of your event - please do not hesitate to ask questions! Our rental rates are based on food and beverage minimums established for the spaces - all rates are prior to tax & gratuity.

We also provide off-site catering - please inquire for details!
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Private party contact
Ronnie Grubb: (614) 228-9041
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Please email us at for inquiries.
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Cross street
Lazelle St.
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Parking details
Valet Parking available for our guests Thursday through Saturday.
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Public transit
Corner of Main Street and Lazelle Street
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Thursdays - Saturday in the lower level
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Special events & promotions
We specialize in creating customized events to highlight the individuality of our guests. Our Chef can create anything from an hors d'oeuvres hour to a multi-course production for your guests to indulge in. Your event will be brought to life as our professional staff provides you, and your guests, with exceptional service. Please email us at for inquires regarding special events.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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DiverGal (Cincinnati)
2.0  Dined on May 6, 2017

Had booked a reservation 2 weeks in advance on OT for three of us to celebrate daughter's graduation from OSU. We were seated at a high top table 5' across from the bar, not the dining room, so right away it made it fell like less than a special occasion.
The octopus was bland, the mussels diablo tasted like the tomato sauce came from a jar, and the snapper ceviche was smothered in a creamy mayonnaise based sauce with just a hint of lime juice which was also bland (not my favorite way of preparing ceviche). The scallops Parmesan was the best tapa we ordered, but it's hard to go wrong swimming in butter and cheese. The risotto was on the dry side- a bit over cooked, lacking in creaminess. Overall a disappointment for a special night.

OpenTable Diner (Pittsburgh)
4.0  Dined on May 5, 2017

My friends and I were delighted by the quality of the food. The service was good, and as a special treat, our table was given a complimentary round of Champagne, now that's what I call customer service! My only criticism is the restaurant's noise level makes conversation a bit difficult. I would, nonetheless, recommend SideBar, especially for vegetarians seeking a quality casual- to fine-dining experience with numerous options.

OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on May 5, 2017

Excellent spot to go before attending a show at the Ohio Theatre. The waiter asked us if we were going to the theatre after dinner and he did a good job of getting us our check quickly, which was greatly appreciated. The handcrafted cocktails were pricey for the size of glass, but very delicious. The food was very good ( we had the calamari, pizza and house salad). I would recommend this place to anyone!

vipCAFey (Columbus)
5.0  Dined on April 28, 2017

Loved all of the tapas we had. Risotto is amazing. Wonderful eggplant dish. Our waiter was very very helpful - I don't remember her name ( so sorry )but she is from Venezuela. Our friend Jeff loved the potato dish. The flan and the chocolate dessert were both excellent. This was our first time, but we are making plans to go back soon!

OpenTable Diner (Toledo)
5.0  Dined on April 24, 2017

Our group of six had a great experience. We ordered six small plates and a pizza. It was all wonderful and we didn't need to order anything else. The craft cocktails are a real treat.
We'll be back!

vipOpenTable Diner (Columbus)
5.0  Dined on April 22, 2017

My wife and I really enjoyed our evening at Sidebar. We arrived early in the evening and sat at the bar intentionally. The bartenders are knowledgeable and fun to talk with. The food was good, drinks delicious and the service outstanding. They make you feel welcomed and are very attentive. Sidebar has become one of our favorites in Columbus!

OpenTable Diner (Columbus)
4.0  Dined on April 21, 2017

It's quite good. Service was good. Delicious food and drinks. There was only one disadvantage for me - tables. Tables look very old. I assume that it's a type of a style, but I had feeling like I was at the cheap sport bar in a dress

llcolumbus (Cleveland)
4.0  Dined on April 21, 2017

perfect pre- or post- any southern theatre or ohio theatre events

mizzajane (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on April 15, 2017

We were in town visiting our son at OSU and wanted to take the family out for a nice dinner. We found SideCar after searching for tapas. We couldn't have been more pleased. Our waiter was great and the food was amazing.

viposmr (Miami)
4.0  Dined on April 14, 2017

There was no one there to greet us when we entered the door and went to the hostess stand. Had to wait a few minutes before someone noticed us. However, everything else made up for it. We had several of the tapas. I wouldn't recommend the ceviche - pieces of fish were too big! - but all the other options we tried were really good. The chocolate "cake" was also good - especially if you like mousse.