Located in the Arena District (just a stone's throw from Nationwide Arena), Gordon Biersch is in a pedestrian area with several other restaurants and bars/clubs. There are garages nearby, and some metered parking.
The inside is very open and big, with a contemporary theme. The bar area is on the right, with the bar surrounded by high tables and TVs. The left side is the restaurant.
While GB may not have the best microbrews in Columbus, they at least have the highest murder rate (1). That incident aside, this chain still manages to keep some of it's micro sensibilities. The brewmaster even shows up at various events.
They have a relatively small lot of year round beers and they keep 1 or 2 seasonals in rotation. They serve draughts at the restaurant and you can find their bottled beers at stores too. The beers are slightly above average for the most part, but their seasonals like Winterbock are pretty good.
The service here can be iffy depending on how busy it is. Don't expect much knowledge by the wait staff about the beers, but the bartenders know what they are talking about.
The food has a definite German theme and the portions are huge. The menu is on the pricey side, but you are pretty much guaranteed to box something up for the next day. Their pasta dishes are excellent.
Overall this GB is worth visiting, and there are lots of places nearby to check out like Barley's and Grapes of Mirth.
Only really went here because Barleys was too crowded for comfort. As an aside, I’d realised how few Gordon Biersch beers I’d actually rated, even though I’d been to various of their locations over the years. It transpired that Barleys was packed because of an event at the arena so this place, being even closer, was packed too. Despite being standing room only, service was remarkably efficient. There were a few new beers for me so job done. Beers, as usual with Gordon Biersch, were respectable but unexciting. Overall, OK but nothing really to distinguish this place from any of the other branches.
Stopped here after a business meeting and the parking in the arena area was good and the location is easy to find. Service was very good and the server introduced me to the new brewmaster, Chris. Selection was standard corporate group with one new brewer selection and hopes of more seasonal selections. Food selection was good and portions a large. Good location, service, food and brews, well worth the visit.
We stopped in Gordon Biersch for a late dinner after SLU beat Memphis (woohoo!) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Nationwide Arena. It’s tucked next to some still-functioning tracks in the Arena District in a cool brick building. The inside is clean and modern, with a pretty impressive design and layout. We snagged a table for 6 to watch the late games while we ate and drank. The beer list had 5 or 6 year-round options with one rotator- this was my first time having any GB brews, and they were good but nothing special. The food was a wide range; the garlic fries were good but my burger was clearly a frozen patty, with a symmetrical shape and tight edge, and overcooked. Too processed. I didn’t see prices for the beers but the food was on the high end of a brewpub. Our waiter was attentive, friendly, and as helpful as could be. I was actually pretty impressed with this place overall based on my expectations. I’ll visit GB in other cities if it’s as convenient as this one was.
Stumbled upon this place while lost in Columbus. I would have never found it had I not tried a shortcut. I came in when they were done serving food but they still offered to make my group something. They had 5 beers on tap and our waiter seemed pretty knowledgeable about them all. I would definitely go back f given the opportunity.
A little pretentious, but not too much so. The home beer is ok (didn’t ask about bottle), the atmosphere is nice, and the service is about average. The food is good. If others are going by all means go, but I wouldn’t seek this out since elevator is right down the road.
This is your typical chain brewpub. The prices are inflated although the food is on par with most Rock Bottoms that I’ve been at. The beer selection won’t awe anyone. The choices do give you more than just "a light and dark" but not by much. Service was middling and closing the tab turned into a twenty minute task. Overall there’s really not much to say about this place that hasn’t been covered elsewhere except that this is not the type of place a beer geek is really going to enjoy. Check out some local places instead for true Ohio atmosphere.
This is a typical upscale corporate chain brewpub. Full bar, solid if uninteresting beers and fancy food. Really nothing to distinguish it from a fancy restaurant with good beer.
KPD (255) Michigan | April 28, 2013| Updated December 22, 2013
Visited right after Blue Jackets won and this pub, in the shadow of Nationwide, was full of happy fans, sat outside on a nice spring evening. Nice looking place. Had 6 beers, tried 3, maibock ok, hefeweizen also ok, pils ok. All in all a good time.
Until this visit, I hadn’t been to a Gordon Biersch since 2002, and back then I thought it was high-class beer. How things change...
This one has a nice facility in a great location near the arena and ball-park. Somehow seemed way less unique and innovative than it did in 2002. The menu didn’t look like it had changed a bit (BBQ Chx Pizza, garlic fries, etc) nor did the beers. The beer selection is pretty short, and boring. The beer descriptions seemed geared toward making them seem more exciting than they actually were - schwarzbier is dark - true, but tastes boring. Czech pilsner was probably the most exciting beer on the menu, and far from thrilling.
Service was just average, and the food was pretty good. I think time has passed this place by - seemed to me like an Applebee’s with slightly better beer. I will likely be back, but due to great location and lack of nearby competition rather than for a love of the place.