What a cool place this was!Thanx to BeerVirgin for taking me there.I had their flight of beers really enjoying all of them.They were real solid.My favorite was the Schwarzbier.We also had their dessert sampler which was way cool.The bartender was knowledgable and seemed to really enjoy his job.Thank You Dawn for sharing.
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.
artfink (10) I’m everywhere Fokker!, Florida | November 12, 2005
Gordan Biersch as stated does have the highest murder rate ( ahhhw that was an accident?!!?) and some very well produced beers ( I don’t know if I’d kill for ’em.) the Marzen is one of their best and the serving is large. it is a very traditional style and disapears from it’s glass with ease. they also have seasonals that can be interesting. I had dinner their only once,but don’t remember it having anything in common with a German dining experiance. I do remember alot of asian fusion and pasta dishes that were a little bit pricey for their quality. worth a stop on that downtown beer tour night. and if you can’t get to the brewery you can always pick up a six at most carry-outs and some grocery stores.
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.
We go here about every four-six months, depending on our budget at the time. Very nice modern yet cozy atmosphere, and we haven’t experieced any bad service whatsoever and on certain occassions it’s been great service. The beers are decent, if not good and you can try samples of everything they have on tap for five cents. Beyond that, their selection is pretty standard. The food may be pricey, but you do get a lot of food...my favorite is the hanger steak. Not a bad place to go if you have the extra money burning a hole in your pocket.
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.
I was able to finally check out Gordon Biersch for an early Saturday morning lunch. As I walked up to the patio the familiar smells of fresh wort and hops hit my nose - I was lucky enough to stop by while there was a homebrew festival going on, which was very cool. Kind of neat to be able to see all the different systems being used. Inside the interior was nice and somewhat upscale. If you’ve been to a place like the Yardhouse you know what I’m talking about. As for the beer I found it all to be decent, though unspectacular. The highlight was probably their seasonal, which was a weisenbock. I get that Gordon Biersch is brewing the German styles, and while I appreciate those these seem to be carefully reigned in examples. The food was eclectic, and again the best comparison would be to the Yardhouse. It has this California modern American thing going on. Overall the experience certainly wasn’t bad, but I’ll always prefer the cozyness of my local brewpub as compared to a place that looks the same everywhere I go.