Visited on a Friday night. A neat german restaurant located in the historic German Village. The place was very busy, but the wait wasn’t too horrible. The beer selection was rather limited - a couple locals, a few german beers, and a couple of Schmidt house beers (which must be contracted with a local brewery). We had the buffet and got cream puffs for dessert. Overall, a fun place to have some german food. Not necessarily a beer hot spot, but you can grab some german beers to go with dinner.
In German Village in Columbus. Parking lot on the left side and another behind the building across the street. Nice older bridge building with plenty of wood on the inside. Pretty busy for a Monday at lunch, but not crazy. I had the buffet and tried four of their sausages, all were good, my favorite was the Bahama mamma. The warm German potato salad was good, the green beens & spatzle was good, enjoyed their cream puff for dessert, basically I enjoyed all of their food. The beer selection is pretty limited, both bottle and draft. Prices were reasonable considering quality. Service was good. I would still come back just for the food.
A neat restaurant in old German village, Columbus. A very quaint area with narrow cobblestone streets and small shops. The restaurant is located in a rather large old building. There is a deli counter in the front (for takeout), lots of tables packed in tight (there was a second room I didn’t see), and a small bar. It was packed on a Sunday evening, had to wait 15 minutes for a seat, and even the bar was fun. The tap list was perhaps not as exciting as I thought. They have a few Elevator beers - the Schmidt’s Gold, Schmidt’s Dark, and another seasonal. They also had a Thirsty Dog Christmas ale and the rest were classic German imports. The beer is served in frosted mugs. The menu is your typical German offerings, plus there is a buffet (which I didn’t see). The Bahama Mama is the most popular item on the menu, and it was very tasty, and my husband liked his sausage platter. The cream puffs were extremely tempting but we held off. Overall, a good place to stop for food (mostly) and a beer. I’d come back just for the food ;-)
Stopped in on a Thursday afternoon. The parking lot had plenty of spaces left, but when we got inside, the place appeared to still be fairly busy. We were able to get a table immediately, though. Our first visit with our waitress was prompt, but she seemed to forget about us fairly quickly once we had placed our order and delivered our drinks. The beer selection was pretty good. They had bout 10-15 taps of local stuff. Pretty good variety. The food was very good, especially if you are into sausage. I ordered the autobahn and was able to sample four different varieties of their sausages. The bahama mama was particularly good. The buffet also had some other german fare, warm potato salad, sauerkraut, purple cabbage with apples. All the food was great. Pricing was good, I really felt like I got my dollar’s worth here. My only knock was with our waitress. Everything else was very good.
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
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?
70 = ★★½ (Locals should check it out, visitors with extended time)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
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.
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.