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$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
240 E Kossuth St
phone: (614) 444-6808
(Place added by: AtLagerHeads)
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 5 | $$$
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. It's worth the wait though.
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 you are forced to walk by cases full of ridiculously tasty-looking meats and pastries. The dining area takes up most of the restaurant, with an adjoining buffet/banquet room. The bar is tucked away toward the rear. Most of the staff are dressed for the occasion, and there is an interesting array of German/Bavarian decor.
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 of the different beers that are available.
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. Some perfectionist in German fare might find something wrong but I think it is out of this world. 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.
10-24-2006 22:10:10 |
More by Dogbrick
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5
This has been a Columbus legend and tradition for generations. The location is in the heart of the German Village neighborhood no more than a mile or two from Broad and High, the center of Columbus. Red brick houses and streets welcome visitors to an atmosphere like that from a century or more ago. Schmidt's sits right in the middle, dispensing sausages, German potato salad, German pastries, and beer to a house that is usually full at almost any time during their open hours. The food is outstanding and the beer selection ranges from house brews, to imports, to the common domestics - meaning you can find a match for your food selection. Service is fast, courteous and knowledgeable, perhaps more toward the food than the beer, but knowledgeable nonetheless. Don't miss this one if you're in Columbus with an appetite and a thirst; the Bahama Mama is a must for first-timers.
04-07-2003 08:43:21 |
More by AtLagerHeads
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I made my first trip to German Village to go to Schmidt's last night after a long day at the Columbus Zoo. Everybody was starving which was a good thing. Anyways I was surprised at how small it was, but the good thing is they packed people in here. Got there between 6:30 and 7 pm and it was a 20 to 30 minute wait, not bad. They handled my party of seven with no problems, good service attentive to my little ones and the adults with refills on our big 32oz mugs of Paulaner Oktoberfest, which I decided to stick with since it was so fresh tasting. Other options on tap were Elevator brewed Schimdt's dunkel or helles, Warsteiner, Warsteiner dunkel, Paulaner hefewezien, and one more I can't think of. They had a nice mix of German bottles as well. Food wise my family decided to ride the Autobahn, full of sausage including. Garlic knockwurst, bratwurst, Bahama Mama, Bahama Mama mild, and Sausage stew. Meatloaf was killer with some red skinned mashed potatoes. German potato salad, red cabbage, and sauerkraut. With some kid friendly options thrown in as well, vegetable soup, mac and cheese, and green beans all done really well. I've only seen one better example of ethnic food on a buffet before, that would be the Red Apple in Chicago for Polish food. Needless to say we were stuffed, so we brought dessert home, cream puffs were killer three main varieties were vanilla, chocolate, and peanut butter chocolate. They also had coconut cream pie, apple streudel, and other options. Definitely wasn't a beer destination but the limited variety of beer was really good in this small German bier and sausage haus. No live polka on this visit but it was a Tuesday night. Will go back but the novelty of the Autobahn may have worn off I'm ready for some Spaetzel and schnitzel, so a great experience overall we will be back If you go with the buffet kids eat for 4.99 and adults are around 13 dollars, and cream puffs are discounted to 2.50 with the buffet. Bier pricing 8 bucks for the big mugs, and 6 someting for a 22 ounce pint glass. It was worth it for the beer to go with the food, but if it's just for beer you'll find me at Bodega with 50 taps half off drafts during the week from 4-8pm.
07-14-2010 13:07:32 |
More by WVbeergeek
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
04-26-2010 19:21:31 |
More by MbpBugeye
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5
This place has been an institution in German Village for quite some time. They took a shot at expansion but those efforts in other parts of town basically failed to various reasons based on the area. The beer here is basic German beers and nothing fancy plus their own which isn't much. The main reason you go here is for the food and the atmosphere. The food is great, but I wish they would have kept some of the more German styles they put on years ago but felt were too extreme and took them off. Always a must visit in German Village in addition to The Book Loft and Schuller(?sp)park.
10-08-2003 02:08:27 |
More by Wildman
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$
One of my buddies had been here before on a previous trip to Columbus and it came highly recommended. A great little part of town with brick streets and lots of trees. The place smelled fantastic even before we got inside. I believe that the building used to be an old stable, but I could be wrong. The floors were all wood and it had a nice dark German atmosphere overall. The service was quick and efficient. The menu consisted mostly of sausages and potatoes and what not. The beer selection was average, they did have a nice Dortmunder though. The cream puff dessert was great. Worth a trip for sure- a nice, unique restaurant.
07-23-2007 01:37:48 |
More by david131
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Been here a few times, it's a bit of a must go destination for us. I love the atmosphere in German Village, and why not cap it off with a stop at Schmidts. Food is good, the service is friendly and responsive. They have a few 'hausbrews' that are brewed for them (will review separately). and I enjoyed the two I ordered. If you like comfy settings, good hearty German food, some decent haus biers and gemuetlichkeit, make a stop here. Easy to find at the end of the street, it's in a quaint building with some parking.
03-19-2006 16:28:28 |
More by PatandDavid
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Just returned from visiting relatives in Columbus and made my second trip to Schmidt's. Being a holiday weekend the wait was over an hour and the place was expectedly packed. Nonetheless, it was worth it for their tremendous sausages and sides. Nice beer selection that compliments their cuisine nicely. Local brewery Elevator Brewing supplies their traditional German style house beers. The wife opted for a black lager which was tasty while I went with a Spaten Maibock which was excellent as well. The place can definitely get a little touristy and I've never eaten dinner there, only lunch, so I have missed the oompah band.That being said, if you like German food it's worth the wait and somewhat cheesy vibe, as the food, beer, and service were excellent.
05-31-2011 12:51:00 |
More by veech
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
The atmosphere and the food are by far the two best reasons to go to Schmidt's. I love the food classic German food. The place is almost always packed and usually a nice wait to go along with that. Food wise you clearly have to go with the Autobahn, which is their buffet. Tons of brats, Knocks, bahama mamas and quite a bit of other German foods. Service struggles during the busier times. I'd say more of a food place than a beer place. The beer selection is ok at best a handful of German brews mainly Paulaner and a couple of house brew that are brewed at the Elevator. Overall, I love the food and atmosphere, beers are ok and the cream puffs are awesome.
02-17-2009 09:22:14 |
More by nrbw23
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5
I love Schmidt's and have been a big fan ever since I moved here from NY. I can't vouch for it's authenticity (I've never been to Germany) but I've taken a few people who can and are very pleased.
Found along the bricked streets nestled deep in the heart of German Village, Columbus, Ohio, many have traveled from afar to get here. The tourists at the door give the impression this may be just another trap but the idea fades after the restaurant is entered. Close seating but comfortable. Quaint but not sleepy. The first item spotted in the waiting area are the wonderful baked sweets along with the 1 pound cream puff that no matter how full you are, is a must! What a temptation to stare at while waiting for a table - which wasn't long.
I wish they had more on tap but what the wife and I had did the trick. I remember overhearing a gent at the next table trying to impress his new lady friend that the ONLY good dark beer is Guinness. Novice. ANYWAY we opted for the schlagen (buffet) and enjoyed it tremendously. The food here is above par for German style food in Columbus.
01-02-2005 09:16:29 |
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