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[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]
1414 Polaris Parkway
phone: (614) 885-1800
(Place added by: prototypic on 06-02-2007)
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| Reviews: 20
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This place recently opened in March. It sits along Polaris Parkway in front of the Polaris Mall. It's easy to spot from the road but parking in here can be a challenge. Especially on the weekends or if there is a concert at the amphitheater.
Service is great onces you get seated. However, expect to wait 60-70 minutes on the weekend. That's what they tell you anyway. I've really only waited 35 minutes. And while you wait, they usually bring you pizza samples. So that's pretty cool.
Their beer selection is pretty good. They ship their house beers in from Nevada (since they didn't get a brewery license here) but they always taste fresh. I prefer the Tatonka which is their Imperial on nitro. I think it would really pop on cask or straight from the tap (I think the nitro hides some of the complexities of this beer). They also have some nice guest taps...Arrogant Bastard and Houblen Chouffe were on there recently.
The food has always been great. I usually get a deep dish pizza and it's hard to finish it (even when I split it with my wife).
If you don't mind waiting a bit, this is the place to go on the north end. It's not a Barley's but it's a great addition to this end of town and with access right off 71, it's a good place to hit if you are just passing through.
06-02-2007 18:53:35 |
More by mattcrill
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
On the way out of town from the crazy weekend that was Rock on the Range '09, we hit a much needed brunch at BJ's in north Columbus to set us on our way back to Lexington.
Like most other buildings along Polaris Parkway, this BJ's looks like a typical big box that has landed in a sea of asphault. Though it is dressed up with pretty trees, pretty lighting, and pretty fake stone, you can forget about the suburban nightmare once inside and sampling all of the fine beers.
I settled in with the Nitwit (Witbier) that is their current seasonal which, along with the Hefeweizen, make the California Grilled Chicken Sanwich a great lunch. We also asked for the sampler before we took to the road.
Here are the beers that to took in and how I would rate each:
BJ's Brewhouse Blonde (Kolsch) 3.7
Harvest Hefeweizen 4.2
Piranha Pale Ale 4.0
BJ's Jeremiah Red 4.0
BJ's P.M. Porter (on nitro-tap) 3.8
Tatonka Stout 3.9
Nutty Brewnette 4.0
Nit Wit (Witbier) 3.5
Yea, all of the beers are well above average to good despite the notion to degrade franchise beers. BJ's is obviously separating themselves from the Rock Bottom's and Gordon Biersch's of the world by offering crafted beers with more flavor, power, gravity, hops, and alcohol than other corporate brewers do by watering their pseudo-craft beers in order to appease the masses. The prices for the beers and the food are quite reasonable. They also had a few guest-taps from Stone and Bell's.
The interior is quite ecclectic, but all new. Like other BJ's, the building is clad in some English-ish woodworking, post-modern lighting, garage doors, rustic slate flooring, stylish furnishings, industrial fans... it's kind of a mish-mash of styles that work together in a contemporary and clean manner. It kinda reminded me of Damon's-meets-Cosi-meets-Rock Bottom.
The waitress was also very attentive despite the lunch crowd rush. She seemed a bit surprised and excited that we were so interested in the beers at 11:30am on Monday.
Don't worry about parking; as with most big-boxes they have ten times as much parking as what they need. But traffic along Polaris Parkway is a real bitch most hours of the day.
This BJ's doesn't actually brew the beer that they serve, so it's more like a taproom. After an email to the resaurant, they indicated that the beers that they serve are actually brewed at the Reno, Nevada BJ's Brewery. But the experience here was a pleasant one but Columbus has such great authentic brewpubs downtown that I wouldn't venture out to Polaris just for the BJ's experience. It's just a bit too franchis-ey for me.
05-19-2009 20:28:20 |
More by BEERchitect
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I visited the BJ's in Vegas a few weeks ago, so I figured I would give this one a try with some "bud light" friends. Everything was great-- we got samplers. I stuck with the darker beers, and my friend tried the lighter selection. I think there were 9 or 10 BJ brews on tap. All were very tasty. A pumpkin ale was the special brew, and it was surprisingly good, not over the top like some pumpkin brews I've had. They were out of the Tatunka Stout, which was really dissapointing because they were out in Vegas as well! The waitress was great and very knowledgeable about the beers, but the hostess on ourway in was a definite downer. The food was very good as well. The avocado eggrolls are awesome, and nothing was bad.
10-20-2007 21:26:04 |
More by telefrog
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Went to BJ's while in Columbus on business. I wanted to try Barley's Smokehouse Brewery, but they closed at 10PM on weeknights! What's with that!!??
So BJ's it was.... and I was impressed! Very new and upscale but the prices were reasonable. I had just a couple beers (the Tatonka Stout and the PM Porter) Plus I had a SMALL (10") Chicago style deep dish pizza (BJ's favorite). Everything was top notch but reasonable... Beers $4.50/pint. Pizza: $10.95. I couldn't finish the pizza and I was HUNGRY!!
The beers were nice and true to style.
I was talking to the bar tender and asked where the beer came from since they don't brew on site. He said that they were planning on building a new location in Cincinnati (where I live!) and that's where the beer will come from for the Columbus location!.... COOL! He said that the new Cincinnati location should be up and running by year's end 2007.... I'm very psyched!!!
EDIT: I sent an E-Mail to BJ's about the opening of the Cincinnati location. They confirmed that there will be a location to be built in the Cincinnati area (Tri-County Mall) but no brewing will take place there.... all the beer for the Ohio valley will come from Reno, NV.
06-08-2007 03:46:35 |
More by TheBierBand
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Located on Polaris Parkway, in front of the mall. Pretty wide open inside. Lots of windows to allow light in. Bar is on the right hand side, with a fair amount of seating. Plenty of televisions for checking out whatever sport you want to see.
We came between shifts, so we had 2 different servers. They were both frinedly. The first hard a difficult time describing one of the seasonal beers, but they both at least seemed to have some working knowledge. They were prompt, and when they switched, did not miss a beat.
I believe tere were about 8 beers on tap. The seasonals were a maibock, and what I thought tasted like a Dortmunder. The beers were above average, with the pale being mighty tasty, along with the hefeweizen. I was a bit diasppointed to find the imperial stout on nitro. Also on tap were Guinness, Arrogant Bastard, and Sierra Nevada IPA. There seemed to be a few Belgians in bottles, Chimay, Delerium, etc.
Food was great. We had a deep dish BBQ chicken pizza that was great, and Thai lettuce wraps that were outstanding. Maybe a bit pricey, but worth it.
Overall, certainly a good stop in the area. Even though the brewing was not done there, they still tasted fresh.
08-21-2007 16:25:29 |
More by Bierguy5
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
My fiancee and I recently visited this place. It's only been in town a couple of months and is a great addition to the north side of town. As a previous poster noted, it's located right by Polaris, just off I-71. If you're passing through, this is a great place to visit (for beer and food).
As a new place, it is a bit crowded (especially on weekends). We waited nearly an hour for a table. But, it's worth the wait. The restaurant itself is very nice. Nice atmosphere and pretty large. I wouldn't say it's cramped.
The beer selection and quality are pretty good. I was very impressed and will definitely visit this place again. The food was very, very good. I had the jambalaya and it was top notch. Our waitress was very good too. She made sure our glasses were never empty.
Overall, I was extremely impressed with this place and would highly recommend it to anyone. The beer is very good and the food is excellent. If you don't happen to have one and are passing through town, check it out.
06-03-2007 03:06:00 |
More by prototypic
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I've got a friend who's talked about this place for months, stops here frequently as it's near his house. I finally tried it for lunch, and it's pretty good. It's too bad the beer isn't brewed on location, I like the smell of wort when I go to a place like this.
The main draw is probably the food, I would say. But I only came for a liquid lunch, as it were. Nonetheless, the pizza looked really tempting, nice thick deepdish. And the burgers smelled really good too.
There were maybe 10 taps, mostly serving BJ beers. But the guests were no slouches (Arrogant Bastard, some Framboise for the ladies, a couple other mid-range selections). But BJ beers are not bad at all. I tried 4 in a sampler (about $4.99), and got Tatonka Stout (excellent), a hefeweizen (very good), a maibach (kind of OK), and a kolsch (passable). Go for the more extreme beers, you won't be disappointed. Next time I go for an IPA.
06-16-2007 19:11:20 |
More by TurdFurgison
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
BJ's Brew House sits in a stand-alone building on the fringes of the Polaris Fashion Place Mall, a hulking blob of ticky-tack, a virtual Disneyland of corporate chains, a place for beautiful people who are programmed like automatons to consume, consume, consume. Much like "The Pub", a 26 tap British beer bar attached to the mall, BJ's Brew House is like a beacon of hope in an ocean of bland, sterile sameness.
My first visit was about eight months ago and I wasn't that impressed. So I gave them another try the day before yesterday. I had no food either time. The beer was about the same but I was more impressed with the service this time, and so I will return on the rare occasion that I'm near that man-made strip-mall hell.
The beer at BJ's tastes much like the picture I described for you above. It's not bad beer. It just has that corporate taste. Gordon-Biersch, which BJ's reminds me of, tastes better, most likely due to the beer being made on premises. It was explained to me that there are legal entanglements preventing BJ's from making beer in Ohio, so theirs is produced in Las Vegas.
I recall on my first visit having their Porter. This time I tried a German Lager and an Oktoberfest but I stuck with what was supposed to be an IPA. I would say it was refreshing and yet, nothing to get excited about. I get way more charm out of a small, on-premesis extract brewer using hop-pellets than I do chains like BJ's and Gordon-Beirsch.
But again, worth the trip if you are in the area. HINT - It's located near the southeast side of the Polaris Mall, close to the I-71 Interchange.
09-04-2009 10:41:45 |
More by Fezfreak
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
BJ's is one of the better chain breweries out there. My wife and I frequent the one in Polaris-Columbus, although now that we've been to some local bars we like their laid-back atmosphere better, as opposed to the chain feeling of BJ's.
However, BJ's delivers. Service is almost impeccably good, seating is ample and comfortable, food is more than nice (for a chain) and beers are generally excellent. Their Piranha IPA is up to par with your favorite hoppy IPA, their Jeremiah Red is a pleasant lighter version of an Arrogant Bastard-style strong ale and their Tatonka stout is an awesomely drinkable Imperial Stout.
They also have some guest taps, I'm a fan of Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, almost always available there.
09-16-2010 02:36:19 |
More by DoubleSimcoe
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
For a while when this place first opened my wife and I had the luxury of living less than 10 minutes away, and we would be here at least twice a week.
The restaurant is very large inside, dark, all hard wood floors (be careful, they tend to over-wax sometimes!). There are many flat screen TVs stationed around but they are unobtrusive except for the largest ones above the bar.
There is a self-seating bar area with standing tables and a row of booths in front of the actual bar. The rest is dedicated to dining.
My first misconception about BJ's was that they brewed all their beers at each location, but in fact most/all is brought in from another location. They have two tanks at the far corner but it is unclear if they are actually used for beer (I think at least one is for their home-made root beer, which is outstanding btw).
They have 6 or 7 full-time beers that are their own brand that you can get year-round. All are Belgian based in style and/or composition. I like/enjoy most of their beers, but all except the IPA are extremely sweet for my taste. My favorite is their Piranha Pale Ale, one of my favorite easy-drinking pale ales.
They used to have a very good rotating list of seasonals. When BJ's first opened it seemed that they offered two seasonals that changed every month. Lately they seem to have whittled these down to 2 or 3 for the year. I hear that some of the other western locations have better selections though. If you get a chance to try their Oatmeal Stout it won't disappoint. Another good one was their Maibock.
They have another 4-10 taps dedicated to outside beers, and they also offer a fairly impressive list of bottled Belgian beers as well.
The staff seems to know their own beer very well, are very attentive and friendly. I wouldn't necessarily trust them on other beer though. Case in point:
I was on a kick trying a bunch of the Belgians they had bottled of. I ordered a Duvel and the server insisted on pouring it for me. At the time I was more of a beer novice, but even then I knew not to quickly pour a beer straight into the center of a glass at height unless you want a large head. Well Duvel turns out to be one of the worst beers to pour in such a manner. I was left with 10% beer and 90% head in a pint (I know now they should have given me different glassware as well). The bottle even says directly on it, "Pour unhurriedly!"
Needless to say my server apologized, let me keep the remaining Duvel in that bottle, and brought me a new one free of charge (which I poured myself). Like I said, good service, even if they aren't extremely knowledgeable.
The food is amazing for the type of restaurant that it is. Mostly American style fare, they have delicious salads and sandwiches, a two page list of appetizers, and some of the best pizzas you'll ever get in a chain restaurant. Deep-dish says it all.
Overall I really enjoy BJ's, though to be honest they were much more of a dinner destination for me when they first opened, the last couple years have seemed to show a decline in beer selection and quality of the drafts (the beers seem more flat nowadays).
TIP: call ahead or prepare to wait on Fridays and Saturdays. They've been known to have 3 hour wait times after work on Friday nights.
TIP: They offer half-gallon growlers for $11 flat which includes the glass growler. About as cheap as it gets for a growler.
04-01-2010 05:06:10 |
More by Spider889
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