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“The Wine Bistro was the absolute best part of horrible trip” 5 of 5 bubbles
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The Wine Bistro
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Ranked #250 of 2,214 Restaurants in Columbus
Price range: US$5 - US$20
Cuisines: Wine Bar, American
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Good for: Bar Scene
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Rt 23 and Highbluffs
Description: The Wine Bistro serves and sells a wide variety of wines for all tastes and budgets. We serve by the glass or bottle to share at the table. Our kitchen offers an assortment of flatbreads, entrees, soups, cheeses, desserts, pastas and small plates to enjoy as a meal or to pair with your wine. Drop in for lunch. Visit us after work for a glass of wine. Come with friends for dinner or a tasting flight. Ask about our private "Reserve Room" for larger special events.
Ohio
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43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
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“The Wine Bistro was the absolute best part of horrible trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2012

We had to go to Columbus for a conference June 28-29 and that was the weekend of the Derecho Event - the huge windstorm that ravaged most of the northwestern part of the country. It took us more than an hour to get from the conference site to the hotel (normally a 10 minute trip) because of the lack of power for streetlights. Our plans were to meet relatives and have dinner - but power was out at the hotel and everywhere around Polaris - which is one of the most heavily trafficked areas in the city. Our relatives took an hour to pick us up and then we attempted to find a place to eat. After another hour of stop-and-go traffic, we made it over to High Street and The Wine Bistro. We did not have reservations and they told us that it would be about another hour wait. At this point, the Frisch's Big Boy next door was sounding good.

Deb Sturm, the manager, seeing our distress, came over and said she thought she might be able to make accommodations for our group of four - if we didn't mind waiting 5 minutes. We didn't - and we were quickly seated at a nice table. We told our waiter we were starving and asked if he could put in an order for some appetizers quickly and then come back to take our drink orders. He did. We had their large cheese plate, a mixture of olives, and bread - and it would have been delicious even if we hadn't been so hungry. It was a nice selection of different cheeses, including a marmelade for the bread, and the olive dish was so plentiful that it lasted throughout the entire meal.

The Wine Bistro has a great selection of bottled wines along the walls and you are encouraged to browse and select one (or more!) for your meal. I like sweeter wines and found a wonderful Moscato di Asti that I loved. We ordered two flights of red wines (a selection of four wines with detailed information about them) which was enough for the whole meal.

Their flatbread pizzas were a big hit with my family. The salad was large enough for two. I had a lobster pasta which was good, but not great. After all the other delicious food, I was a bit disappointed because my expectations had been raised, but my husband gave it an 8 on a 10-point scale. I gave it a 6.

The service was excellent, despite being extremely busy as one of the few places in the area still with power. This is the type of place where you can go and sit and have an entire evening with good food and good wine - or have a regular dinner. There are plenty of menu options for either a full meal or smaller appetizer-sized plates to share as you experience the various wines.

They have an outdoor seating area with umbrellas and heaters, but due to the bad weather, no one was using it.

As we thanked Deb for accommodating us, she said they were thinking about opening up a Wine Bistro in our home town. We definitely encouraged her to do so. The Wine Bistro is a regular stop for our family members, especially when they have guests, and if one was close to us, it would be a regular stop for us as well.

We have put The Wine Bistro on our must-do list for our frequent trips to Columbus.

  • Visited June 2012
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“I want this place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2012 via mobile

I would like to buy this place and move it to my neighborhood in Cleveland. Great selection of wines AND very knowledgable as well.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Wine Bistro- Wow!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2012 via mobile

Just enjoyed a marvelous lunch at the Wine Bistro! The service was excellent, the wine superb and the food delicious! Would highly recommend this little gem in Worthington!!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 289 helpful votes
“Great bistro in Columbus”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2012

I loved this place when my daughter and her friends took me there. The menu is a perfect bistro style one with lots of variety. The hummus trio and flatbreads were delicious. The wine selection was perfect. Service was wonderful. The atmosphere is a true upscale bistro one. There is also seating outside. What more can you say? It was perfect. Don't miss this one.

  • Visited October 2011
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Columbus, Ohio
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“Great place for a group!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2012

Both locations have a room that can be reserved for groups. Such a wonderful atmosphere and great prices. A very fun evening!

Visited November 2011
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