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Watershed Kitchen + Bar, Columbus, OH
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Watershed Kitchen + Bar

4.7
4.7
260 reviews
$30 and under
American
Located in the heart of Columbus, Watershed Kitchen + Bar is consistently rated one of the top restaurant and cocktail bars in Central Ohio. The chef-driven menu is a culinary celebration from the minds of Executive Chef Matt Howes and Executive Sous Chef Jake Cuthbert.

This popular eatery, perfectly positioned inside its predecessor distillery, leans on the diverse talents of its team to create a unique and unassuming first-rate dining experience. A destination on its own, the bar serves up classically inspired cocktails from our industry-recognized bar staff.

This hidden gem offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere without a hint of pretense, alongside a dynamic menu that changes with the seasons. Free parking in the private lot ensures your experience is hassle-free.

Watershed Kitchen + Bar invites you to be a part of their story where award-winning distilled spirits meet an unexpectedly elevated dining experience.

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2 people

22:00


Booked 37 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Cocktail Bar, Comfort Food

  • Hours of Operation

    Kitchen Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Fri 5:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (614) 357-1936

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Matt Howes

  • Private party facilities

    Available 7 days per week for business and private events/celebrations. Small or large private dining for lunch/dinner. Large projector screen with HDMI port and separate sound system ensure a smooth meeting. Private dining room holds 24 people; entire back room holds 50 people. Ask us how to rent the restaurant or take a private distillery tour.

  • Area

    Columbus

  • Cross Street

    Chesapeake Avenue and Northwest Boulevard and Virginia Avenue and King Ave

  • Parking Details

    Private Lot

  • Public Transit

    Virginia Avenue and King Avenue

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Vegan

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What 260 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Columbus

    Lively

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  1. LC

    LisaC

    Columbus

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food and cocktails were fantastic! So was the service. The only downside was jamming 6 people into a booth - space was tight and it was hard to converse with the entire group.
  2. RB

    RitaB

    Columbus

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We visited during restaurant week, something to take into consideration. Drinks - amazing, as always! 1st course was delightful! Main entrees, not so much - served ‘warmish’- sent back to heat up and still just ok. Requested salt - not delivered. Dessert was amazing too! Service was very slow- again understanding the week. Will return as it’s one our favorites. Will sit at the bar.
  3. CN

    CorbinN

    Columbus

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really delicious food for restaurant week. New cocktail menu was amazing. Looking forward to coming back.
  4. c

    csess

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I wasn't for sure what to expect. But it was a party of 10 of us and we all said we will be back. Our server(jill) was great very knowledgeable of the menu and patient.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place for a date night! I knew the drinks would be top notch but was not expecting the food to be just as superb!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 January 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Love their cocktails! Prices have gone up again though but well worth it.
  7. GH

    GaryH

    Columbus

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great as always! They have a new food and bar menu now. It was fun trying some different things.
  8. KM

    KeithM

    Columbus

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 16 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thoroughly enjoyed Waterhsed! We enjoyed the distillery tour and also had the 3 course dinner. Everything was so tasty. We will definitely go back.
  9. C

    Chigi

    Columbus

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 January 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Amazing cocktails, pretty good food. The service was a little slow at times, but that’s probably the new post-pandemic normal.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a group of 8. Loved the apps and the short ribs! Dessert was delish as well. We were in the back room and it was pretty quiet which was great with a small group. Creative cocktails!
  11. MS

    MichaelS

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and cocktails with top notch service. We definitely plan on making a return visit.
  12. AS

    AmieS

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down, the best and most creative cocktails in the city! Truly one of our favorite spots with a changing drink menu that never disappoints and amazing seasonally inspired dishes we can never get enough of!! And on top of the food and drinks, as many times as we've visited, we have never once had anything less than stellar service. 5 stars without fail, every single time!

    Watershed Kitchen + BarResponded on 18 January 2023Thank you Amie! We appreciate the kind words. We debuted the NEW travel-inspired cocktail menu in early January and we have been overwhelmed by the response. Please visit us again.

  13. TF

    TerriF

    Columbus

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 10 January 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Cocktails and starters were amazing! Food was average. Had 3 different entrees and each was just ok. Server was very friendly and fine.
  14. TH

    TaylorH

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great first experience at Watershed! The new drink menu is incredible, and there’s such a great ambiance in the bar area. Will definitely return!

    Watershed Kitchen + BarResponded on 18 January 2023I'm so glad you enjoyed the new cocktail menu. We are incredibly proud of it and I think it is one of our very BEST! Please join us again!

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From start to finish our experience was fantastic. The host greeted us with a congratulations for my partner’s job promotion! This is so thoughtful, and a wonderful surprise! Also, Fletcher, our server, was wonderful and incredibly accommodating. Will be back soon!

    Watershed Kitchen + BarResponded on 18 January 2023Thank you for celebrating your partner's promotion with us. CONGRATS! I'm glad we were able to make your evening special and we look forward to a return visit.

  16. o

    onealesq

    Columbus

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 6 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service , food and cocktails!!!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was great!
  18. NR

    NancyR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 January 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    My son and I went to dinner last night. It was the first time at Watershed for both of us. The drinks were great. The appetizer was ok (wings) the entree for both of us was really good I had the fish special Red Drum he had the short ribs and the dessert for him was great. Overall a wonderful evening. We both would definitely go back.
  19. K

    Kgraupma

    Columbus

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 1 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent creative food and attentive service
  20. KP

    KatieP

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was great! Service was a little slow, but they were busy so understandable. The price I saw originally on the preset menu was $55 and when we got there it was $85, would have been nice to know. Over all good experience.
  21. D

    Diane

    Columbus

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    In a word—SUPERB! Possibly the BEST New Year’s Eve dinner we have ever had. We love Watershed’s inventive menu and super-special cocktail collection. This is our 3rd time at Watershed for NYE and by far, the most outstanding. There was a 4-course tasting menu and plenty of inviting options for our group—and we all selected something different. Every plate was divine and did not disappoint. Our server (sorry, forgot his name) was funny, charming and really helpful as we struggled to make our choices! He heaped make the evening truly special. I just love the Watershed Black Walnut Manhattan, and imagine my pleasure when this drink was presented as our “welcome drink”. So good! The amuse bouche was a gougere that was unique and very good. We loved the squash match, the fingerlings and the Brussels, all choices at our table. Every entree was delightful—and special kudos for the NY strip steak, done to absolute perfection on this busy night with lots going on! We like the Sunday menus, too, as well as the daily options. The menu always features food beyond your ho-hum, run-of-the-mill choices, and if you have not perused the cocktail selections, you are in for a treat! Great place that we always enjoy!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    I cannot eat spicy food and everything on the NYE menu was too spicy for me. I couldn’t even eat my steak because it was too spicy and there was nothing else on the menu I could eat. Very disappointed!
  23. s

    susanm

    Columbus

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome date night! Cocktail at the bar, distillery tour (lots of interesting facts, history and tidbits unique to Watershed) followed by a scrumptious, perfectly presented dinner with more cocktails! We will be back!
  24. NO

    NathanO

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    What a great experience! Seasonal food selections were incredible. We both got the Chef's Tasting Menu and it was all delicious. Fingerling Potatoes, Confit Wings, Striped Bass, Short Ribs all amazing. Our server was friendly, professional, and very knowledgable about the entire menu. Great cocktail recommendations as well.
  25. MC

    MindyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing.......... Will be going back. Also recommend the distillery tour.
  26. A

    Aaron

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I both agreed it was the the best food we’ve had out in Cbus. We’re huge fans, thank you for delicious food and stellar service. Great ambience, too!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful way to spend Christmas Eve with friends. Every bite delicious! Cocktails extraordinary! Service top notch! Watershed is a gem of a restaurant and an epic distillery.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If I could give them 100 stars I would. They went way above and beyond with customer service. My son was coming in for Christmas from Denver and has a very limited diet. I asked them if they could accommodate him, and they were incredible. They made a special plate for him. The place was beautiful inside and created a warm and cozy ambiance. The food was fantastic, and the drinks were delicious and so unique. Highly recommend
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 December 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food and as always the cocktails are excellent
  30. E

    Eileen

    Columbus

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 24 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Christmas Eve dinner
  31. EL

    EmilyL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 December 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The music was way too loud and a very weird selection. The food was just okay. Not bad but not worth the money. Our server was very kind and attentive.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    server was great!
  33. SW

    ShannonW

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Outstanding food. Amazing and creative drinks. Knowledgeable and attentive servers. What else could you ask for in a low key casual environment?
  34. GM

    GregM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time at Watershed. We were late and they held the table for us. Our server was wonderful. We had a very nice dinner and he gave us a $25 gift card to come back again for dinner which we plan on. The atmosphere was very nice. We enjoyed the whole experience.
  35. D

    David

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere including a small country like storefront on entry. Server was well versed in the menu and drinks they had listed (and some they didn't) and it's clear the management trains them well. Food was as delicious as it was good to look at as we're the drinks.
  36. H

    Heather

    Columbus

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 18 December 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    The ambiance was wonderful and the drinks were delicious. Service was spot on! The food was underwhelming. Our appetizer of wings were cold. As for the main dishes, the protein was good, but the rest of the plate was mismatched and not coherent. With so little choice of dishes, you would like the few offered to be exceptional.
  37. GH

    GaryH

    Columbus

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 17 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great selection of creative drinks as you would expect. The place was very busy but our sever Jay was great. Very attentive and helpful in a relaxed way. The menu has changed a little recently. They added a squash dish for an appetizer, so uniquely prepared and delicious. One of their mainstays is the Short Rib entree. It’s still on the menu but they amped up the flavor, it’s sooo good! Another new item on the menu was a dessert item that was kind of like a Samoa cookie in flavor but a hundred times better. This is simply a very enjoyable place to have dinner and drinks at an affordable price.
  38. b

    bradv

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals we’ve eaten all year! Highly recommend!
  39. R

    Rebecca

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The squash match was just ok, a little bland. The sea bass was absolutely delicious and flavorful would get again. The banana pudding was good. The cocktails were amazing as always.
  40. B

    Bill

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Happy hour which is listed on the website broadly is actually only available at the bar, even though there are only about 8 chairs for the entire bar.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily

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Watershed Kitchen + Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 260 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

22:00


Booked 37 times today
Google Map for Watershed Kitchen + Bar

1145 Chesapeake Ave, Suite D, Columbus, OH 43212-2284

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Chesapeake Avenue and Northwest Boulevard and Virginia Avenue and King Ave

  • Area

    Columbus

  • Hours of Operation

    Kitchen Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Fri 5:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Cocktail Bar, Comfort Food

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Private Lot

  • Public Transit

    Virginia Avenue and King Avenue

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Matt Howes

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Vegan

  • Phone number

    (614) 357-1936

  • Private party facilities

    Available 7 days per week for business and private events/celebrations. Small or large private dining for lunch/dinner. Large projector screen with HDMI port and separate sound system ensure a smooth meeting. Private dining room holds 24 people; entire back room holds 50 people. Ask us how to rent the restaurant or take a private distillery tour.

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