Columbus Tap

4.4
122 reviews
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$30 and under
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Gastro Pub
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  • Happy Hour
  • Lunch
  • Bar Seating
Columbus Tap features a less than typical beer tasting experience of Midwestern influenced gastro-fare that pairs perfectly with local craft beers . From weekend brunch to happy hour, there's always a good time to be had at Columbus Tap.

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Happy Hour Specials

Get happy with our daily specials.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 27 December 2018

Ends: 28 December 2117

Availability: Daily 15:00-17:00

Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

Have a hoppy Father's Day at Columbus Tap with craft beers and a menu of local, seasonal ingredients!

Sunday, 16 June, 2019

What 122 People Are Saying
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LS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

A hostess sat us down, our server stopped at our table to take orders once food was delivered we did not see our server again. We sat and waited for 30 minutes after finishing our meals and drinks only to have to flag down a bus boy to get our checks.

Columbus Tap
Responded 5 days ago

Hi Lindsey, Thank you for sharing your feedback on OpenTable. I am sorry to hear that your meal with us was soured by slow service. I hope we get the opportunity to make it up to you in future, Lindsey! Cheers, Abbey Hudetz Digital Marketing Manager

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TM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 5Ambience 4

Mediocre food, that is really expensive.

Columbus Tap
Responded on 5 June 2019

Hi TMB5224, I am sorry to hear you were not impressed with your meal at Columbus Tap. Our price-points allow us to incorporate quality seasonal and local ingredients. I would love to hear more about how your experience could have improved. Cheers, Abbey Hudetz Digital Marketing Manager

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DM
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

This place is pretty good, however, given that it is in a Fairmont Hotel, I would say the food is just okay. The service is quite good, and the staff was very accommodating (we made a reservation for 7 people at the last minute), but I would say the food was uninspired, though to be fair is is a Tap Room/Bistro and not a full-out dining room. Bottomline, this is a great place for a good beer and a nosh if you are in the neighborhood, but not a foodie place.

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AL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect for a business lunch or if you’re staying at the Fairmont hotel.

Columbus Tap
Responded on 5 June 2019

HI ALC88, Thank you for reviewing Columbus Tap! I am happy to hear that the restaurant was the perfect setting for your business lunch. Next time, you'll have to try us out for Happy Hour! Cheers, Abbey Hudetz Digital Marketing Manager

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K
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Dropped by on Mothers day and it was really quiet, the bartender was a little a miss, but the server Elizabeth more than made up for his absence. The food was delicious....we had the fish and chips and the chicken sandwich...both wonderful.

Columbus Tap
Responded on 5 June 2019

Hi Kilted1, Thank you for celebrating Mother's Day with us at Columbus Tap! I am glad that you enjoyed your meal with Elizabeth and hope to welcome you back soon! Cheers, Abbey Hudetz Digital Marketing Manager

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SH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great pretzels! Delicious salads and burgers. Terrific for a business lunch. Good location and service.

Columbus Tap
Responded on 5 June 2019

Hi Sally, Thank you for your review of Columbus Tap. I am glad to hear you had an amazing meal and enjoyed our signature soft pretzel. Our menu is constantly rotating with seasonal, local ingredients. I hope you join us again soon, Sally! Cheers, Abbey Hudetz Digital Marketing Manager

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RP
Chicago
84 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

We sat for at least 15 minutes before a server approached us. The menu is heading towards bar food, so it was disappointing as to selection of sandwiches, salads, soups and entree’s. Water was never refilled

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m
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Gray service! We got seated right away even before our reservations. Food was amazing! A lot of vegetarian and paleo options!

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OT
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great food, waitress was kind of slow but very polite :) would happily return

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent stop for lunch! The food and service was great!

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good food. Good service.

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KW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 4Ambience 1

The only positive thing I can say about the restaurant is that our waitress was quite lovely. The food was not good and over priced.

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FP
Jacksonville
15 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great service with tasty food options. Our waiter was knowledgeable about the menu and familiar with Keto. It was great to get recommendations.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 2Ambience 5

Too many mixups. Service was very slow and there were hardly any people in there.

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KD
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

The server came to our table 20 minutes later and was extremely rude, got our drink orders wrong.

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KC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Our waitstaff person , Elizabeth was informative , attentive and very courteous. She recommended the ribs and they were very good !

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RW
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Good gastropub option in the heart of bad convention-hotel-food land.

Columbus Tap
Responded on 7 January 2019

Hi Rich, Thanks for reviewing us on OpenTable. You're always welcome to seek shelter from boring food in Columbus Tap, Rich! Cheers, Abbey Hudetz Digital Marketing Manager

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d
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Mussels are delicious, and granddaughter thinks your fries are the best. Prompt, friendly service as well.

Columbus Tap
Responded on 28 December 2018

Hey donnac, Thank you for reviewing us on OpenTable. We are honored by your granddaughter's accolade. Hope you two can join us again soon! Cheers, Abbey Hudetz Digital Marketing Manager

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s
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Overall not an unpleasant experience but it was way too overpriced for the meal I had and amenities of the space.

Columbus Tap
Responded on 28 December 2018

Hey Steves, Thanks for sharing your feedback on OpenTable. I'm sorry to hear we didn't knock it out of the park with your stay. Our price point is a reflection of the local, seasonal ingredients we use in our dishes. I hope you can give us another shot during happy hour, we have plenty of food specials! Cheers, Abbey Hudetz Digital Marketing Manager

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B
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

Except for the Hostess and Bus Boy, this was an awful experience. The Server was not a nice person and service was spotty at best. Food was overcooked and dried out. Definitely overpriced. My co-worker went last week (he hadn't known I'd gone), and had the same experience.

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BW
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and perfect service. My go to place in this neighborhood for business entertaining

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r
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Nice place for lunch and to watch a game just a few blocks from Millennium Park. Nice kid's menu.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Thanksgiving dinner was very nice. 3 course set menu was great traditional one.

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t
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Outstanding cauliflower soup and pretzels with bier cheese sauce. Very nice server, although shorthanded.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Never had a chance. We showed up and they said they couldn’t honor our reservation. They said it would be at least an hour wait for a table past our reservation time.

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JL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

Unfortunately one of the worst lunch experiences ever in Chicago. The fairmont is a nice hotel so I thought this would be a great option. We had a reservation, but never saw a waitress for 20 minutes. Took 35 minutes to place a food order. Waitress never refilled drinks. As we drank water waiting, I did ask if there was a problem. Nobody seemed concerned... one hour and 15 minutes our food came, we would have walked out, but did not have time to walk somewhere else. This entire time, not a single employee checked on us, refilled coffee, or even smiled??? We were not the only miserable ones there.
The food was disgusting and two burgers were inedible! Fries were old and stale, and two burgers were completely raw. I did not saw rare, they were totally pastey cold raw meet which looked squirted out of a tube. I was thrilled I did not take a bite because I probably would have puked.
The other burgers and a couple salads were average, absolutely not worth the wait with higher price ranges!
The manager was nice and upset with everything, she cut the cost. I would have rather paid full and actually been able to eat:(
Two hours, drank water, horrible service, and ended up eating over cooked potato chips on the plate next to my raw slimy burger.

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RM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

The service was terrible. It took nearly two hours for lunch and their wasn’t enough people to warrant that. Refilling even drinks was ridiculous and it was just cokes and coffee

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service! Great food.

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TD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

Can't recommend this place. It was too loud. Our appetizers arrived timely and hot. Our entrees seemed to take quite awhile and were barely warm. If I had known this restaurant was anchored to a hotel I would have booked elsewhere. I'm just not a fan of hotel based eateries. White tile everywhere, the place kinda looked like a bathroom.

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PG
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

It was LOUD! There was a convention at the hotel and that may have been why the deafening noise from the bar which carried over into the restaurant made it so that we had to almost shout to hear each other. My guest arrived before I did and was seated, which was nice. When I arrived and told the hostess I had a reservation, she simply replied, “she’s over there” and pointed to the right. My sister had the burger which she said was very good. I had the bacon and egg salad. The menu said it had a ‘perfectly cooked egg’ but mine was over cooked and more like a soft boiled egg. Overall not a bad experience but I wouldn’t seek it out. It’s better than a typical hotel restaurant - the food is more gastro pub than lobby restaurant and more reasonably priced than typical hotel restaurants.

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OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

Were basically forgotten about. Took >1hr to get a sandwich a 4 salads. Manager did try to make right by taking 50% off bill

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CJ
Phoenix
28 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

I have been there several times for lunch and always good. Today, they were overwhelmed due to demand. Everything was good but not quite complete as it seems some things were rushed. It took 35 minute to get food post ordering.

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WF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good food, but on the heavy side. Not much in the way of lighter options.

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E
Kansas City
25 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We needed an easy, early meal. This pub provided just that. Excellent service and delicious, simple food. Roasted cauliflower soup was a real treat.

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SG
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

Second time at this restaurant. Food has been good both times. Had the burger - real juicy and the chips are fantastic.

Problem has been the service both times. Slow. Slower. And then slower again. Never a good thing when you have to chase down the server to get your check, especially on a business lunch.

Maybe they are carrying less staff because of the wages forced on them by the City of Chicago. Not sure.

Other good choices in the area. Will be choosing another restaurant going forward.

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J
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food in the Fairmont hotel - vibe is really nice and relaxing - updated and clean. Food is unique and delicious and very fresh. Big portions - able to split with others so you can try some of their yummy apps like the pretzel. Salmon salad is amazing!

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M
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had an excellent waitress. She took all of our orders(8) without writing anything down.
Service was prompt and the food was delicious.

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A
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Chicken salad was slightly salty for me. Cauliflower souo was excellent. I would like to see a few new things on the menu. Generally people find it hard to pick something. Menu is very eclectic. Food is generally good.

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OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great service!

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MS
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

VG Old Fashion and very good salmon salad

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