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cratez (151) Toronto, Ontario | May 2, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
When I visited: Late January 2013.
What I had: Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse (bottle), Reissdorf Kölsch (bottle), two Bahama Mama Original Sausage Platters, white wine for my significant other, Jumbo Chocolate Cream Puff to split.
What I liked: Cool kitschy interior, equal parts deli, beer hall, and your grandma’s house, authentic and delectable German fare, large Euro-centric beer list with good style variety and some rarities, friendly service, reasonable prices, love the Frau & Mann photo cut-out at the front door.
What I disliked: Patrons put a bit of a damper on things as the restaurant was packed with teetotaling families and, to our amazement, we were the only ones drinking.
Would I go back? Absolutely. Despite the puritan crowd this place is still a lot of fun.
Overall Rating: 80
Tmoney99 (366) Cincinnati, Ohio | November 14, 2012
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
German Village location with tight parking. Restaurant with local brewed beers. Good German food. Fair price.
theisti (352) Leawood, Kansas | May 22, 2012| Updated June 28, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
VIsited right before dinner on a Tuesday evening. Schmidts is located in the very cool German village area of columbus, cobblestone streets and classic bulidings surround. I took around the area, and really enjoyed myself. The restaurant itself is desgined for crowds, their is a deli type shop up front, with two decent sized rooms of tables. Tucked around the corner is a 8 seat bar, is where I had a beer and the Bahama Mama sausgage platter. They had 10 beers on (including Schmidts gold and dark), including local selections from Hoster and Elevator. The food was fine, nothing too spectacluar, but tasty. They also feature a buffet, which seemed quite popular. Service was attentive, though I was the only person at the bar. Overall, I recommend a visit to this part of town, and why not drop in for a beer?
phaleslu (314) Cincinnati, Ohio | March 19, 2012| Updated June 28, 2012
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
Schmidt’s is in the cool little old German Village section of Columbus, just south of Downtown. The place is awesome on the outside, a National Historic Register building. The inside is homey. The staff is friendly and all wears old German outfits. The food is hearty, and we all got the buffet and cream puffs for dessert. Big and hearty. There aren’t many beers, but I opted for a sampler with three house brews done by Elevator and three German classics from Paulaner and Spaten. Not a huge beer destination per se, but a great place to come eat traditional German food and drink a German beer with it.
MbpBugeye (22) Columbus, Ohio | January 16, 2011| Updated June 28, 2012
60 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
As it has been said here before, this is a place you must go if you are visiting Columbus but it should not be your first beercentric destination.
Located in the middle of German Village, this is a historic part of the city. Its a very old fashioned German restaurant specializing in sausage. You see plenty of Irish pubs, but this is one of the very few traditional German restaurants.
They have made this a whole attraction with an adjacent fudge and gift shop, sausages to-go and staff dressed in lederhosen. There is usually live polka/accordion music as well.
The bar is off sorta separate from the rest of the place. Its tucked in towards the back on the left side. They have some of the typical German imports like a few from Paulaner. Elevator also brews one or two beers especially for Schmidt’s. The beer selection isnt stellar, but they have decent examples of the more popular German ales and lagers (marzen, hefewiezen etc). You can get them in pretty large sizes. I believe the large mugs are at least 22oz.
On my most recent visit for dinner I ordered the Elevator brewed oktoberfest. The waiter mixed things up and brought me a Paulaner Hefe. So it is my impression that the staff knows little about the beer.
Go for the food and atmosphere, if you are looking for a huge beer selection go else where, unless you want some German imports.
bb0bbby (13) | December 4, 2010| Updated June 28, 2012
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Love the double nickel & their buffet is crazy. You feel like a huge german after eating there!
MikeF (204) Cleveland, Ohio | May 29, 2010| Updated June 28, 2012
74 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
German and local beer selections - not a beer destination in inself, but combined with the authentic german food and atmosphere certainly worth a stop. They have a great lunchtime sausage buffet!
DragonStout (96) Pickerington, Ohio | January 1, 2010
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Thankyou to BeerVirgin for showing me this place!Let me ask who doesn’t like sausage and beer?The building was cozy and had a good feel.The beer menu reperesented some locals, I chose Elevators Pumpkin beer,and they had a sausage buffet!Food was excellent, atmosphere was excellent and the beers were great to boot.I highly recomend this place.
BeerVirgin72 (96) Pickerington, Ohio | February 25, 2009
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Schmidts is a Columbus institution. Located in German Village, a VERY quaint part of town, the food is authentic and wonderful. Atmosphere is very warm and cozy. Several local beers on tap as well.
Dogbrick (561) Columbus, Ohio | January 11, 2008
70 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
(Visited 10/2006): Schmidt’s is located in German village in a quaint area of brick roads and Victorian-style houses. Parking can be a chore as their small lot fills up fast, along with the street parking.
The exterior of the building really lends itself to the atmosphere they are trying to convey. While the original building burned down long ago, the new location feels like one of those places that has been part of the landscape forever.
Inside the restaurant, the dining area takes up most of the restaurant, with an adjoining buffet/banquet room. The bar is tucked away toward the rear.
The beer selection is average, but well thought out. There are several German beers available in bottles such as Paulaner, and a few on tap as well. They also stock a few locally-brewed beers from Hoster’s and Elevator that are repackaged with Schmidt’s in mind. They also offer a sampler.
Service here is good, but struggles a bit during peak hours. Knowledge about the available beers is hit or miss.
I can’t say enough about how much I like the food here. Whether the buffet, or a good old-fashioned bratwurst at a fair I have never been anything less than thrilled with the food. And the creampuffs? Forget about it.
Overall this is not only a place that I recommend beer-lovers go, but a place I recommend anyone visiting Columbus go. A must-visit in this city.
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