Columbus >Food & Dining > Betty's Fine Food & Spirits
680 N High St, Columbus, OH | Directions 4321539.976295 -83.003237
Sunday To Saturday From 11:00 AM To 02:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Short North
Mean Hostess! – Out to try a new restaurant here in Columbus, we decided on Betty's, based on the menu we saw online. We were a party of six adults. We arrived at Betty's around 5:15 on a Saturday night. There were a couple of tables opened and we were told by the hostess that we all had to sit at a four-top table. As she was getting it ready, the table next to it opened up. We asked if we could have both tables pushed together for the six of us. She told us no, that they don't put tables together for six people, they add two chairs. We then said that we would split up and do three and three next to eachother. She went back and talked to the bartender and another server and came back to us with a mean stare and said we could push them together. There was no one waiting to be seated but us and no one else even walked into the restaurant to eat until we were almost finished. She gave us "the look" for the rest of the night.
Thankfully she was not our server, we had a server that was ok. He didn't go over and beyond anything and was just ok.
The food was really good. The six of us were very happy with our meals and drinks.
Nothing there would get me back based on the service.
Food is decent but is the lousy service worth it? – I am a frequent visitor to Columbus and have eaten here a number of times. The atmosphere is OK, the decor is in Betty Paige theme. There is always a decent selection of draft beers, and the menu is pretty good. I have had their mac & cheese a number of times and it is quite good. However every time I go there I am left feeling at best nonplusssed by the service. In particular there is a fully bearded guy who usually works the bar who contantly makes me feel like I am the biggest inconvenience in the world.
Tonight I asked for a table (there were four empty ones) and was told I had to sit at the bar, which was packed. I insisted on a table, which I finally got after some glares. And as usual I get my appetizer soup and my main course at the same time so by the time I am done the soup my dinner is cold. I've given this place enough chances, I am done!
This bar has a problem with military IDs – My husband and I wanted to enjoy a drink here, but we never got the chance. When asked for ID, I presented my active duty military identification, which I have used for 5 years at restaurants, bars, and supermarkets without a single problem. I didn't have my driver's license with me because I was not driving that evening. The bartender said that the liquor agency told him to only take state IDs, and we were turned away.
Maybe the bartender was just trying to do his job and follow the rules, but I don't believe for one second that any government agency would prohibit the use of official military identification as proof of age. Military IDs have a photo and social security number and would be much harder to forge and are more tightly controlled than state driver's licenses. Give me a break. I felt disrespected for serving my country, and I won't be going back to this place.
yum yum yum!! – Betty's is soo good! They have the BEST spin artichoke dip I have ever had! The place is just realy cute and casual.
Editorial Review by Christy Buena – Located in the Short North Arts District, cozy restaurant serves pastas, sandwiches and pork and beef entrees.
Great atmosphere and food – Have been going there for for a couple years now. You will have to wait a little bit if its busy for a seat, but go to the bar and order a great drink. Had my first appletini there and it was AWESOME!! Food portions are big. I usually end up taking half mine home and have it for lunch the next day. Very diverse and can be yourself in the short north. Staff is very good and friendly. If you havnt ate here, definatly try it, you will like it.
Great Eating in Short North – First of all, if the restaurant is geared and decorated with Bettie Page, they've spelled it wrong. I love the 50's decor. Very small seating, about 10 tables, but you can eat at the bar. I had the nachos with black chips - very good. My date had the Beer Brats with mashed potatoes and grilled peppers and onions - I'm getting that when I go back! Drinks were excellent and the customer service wasn't bad (they forgot our silverware), but overall, I'd love to go back!
best late night food – I've been to Betty's many times for lunch with my sister-- tried a new dish each time and have never been disappointed. Wait staff is incredibly friendly and knowledgeable about the menu-- my favorite dish, the Southwest Chicken Salad, came as a recommendation by my waitress when I couldn't decide on my meal. I love that Betty's kitchen is open late-- nothing like the Spinach dip after midnight! Great beer and funky drink selection as well.
LUV betty's! – My husband and I are like Jack Sprat and his wife-- I'm a strict vegetarian and he loves him some meat. Betty's is perfect for us! It's also a perfect place to go for a girls night out with late night food and Betty Ford Clinics (the name is funny but tasteless and the drink is excellent).
Appetizers here are excellent and portions are huge. I'm still exploring the menu and after numerous dinners still haven't exhausted all my options-- which is a huge feat for a vegetarian who doesn't eat cheese :O)
Spicy Soba and a Cold Beer – What a fun place to meet up with friends for ArtsWalk night, or unwind after work. The beer list is carefully put together, and the menu is modest, wholesome, and fun. The spicy soba noodles were yummy and the vegetarian fare was very, well, vegetarian (thank goodness.) Portions are normal.
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