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Watershed Kitchen + Bar, Columbus, OH

Watershed Kitchen + Bar

4.7
4.7
106 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 Aaron Mercier and Executive Sous Chef Matty Howes.

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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Booked 31 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

    Aaron Mercier

  • 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.

  • Neighborhood

    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

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 106 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Columbus

    Fit for Foodies

  • Columbus

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  1. a

    amyb

    Columbus

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome atmosphere, very relaxed. Drink menu is a work of art. Good and cocktails outstanding!

  2. CS

    ChelseaS

    Columbus

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic experience! Loved the food and drinks. My step dad NEVER drinks and had the “Introductory” drink and loved it. Loved the atmosphere and service.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    Food was great. Service was slow. Maybe they need another bartender to cover the tables.

  4. ZB

    ZachB

    Columbus

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    You absolutely MUST try the short rib here. And the drinks, of course, are incredible.

  5. FF

    FrequentFoodies

    Columbus

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Went for our first Sunday supper, we were NOT disappointed! Food was excellent and our waiter Jay was very attentive. We are always impressed with the drink menu too!

  6. t

    taelliott6767

    Columbus

    47 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    47 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food3service4ambience4

    It is so sad to see one of your favorite's change into a restaurant that is not recognizable. All of our favorite items are off the menu - hay-smoked ribs, fried chicken, smoked pork chops. The menu on their website is not updated - so we were very disappointed when we selected Watershed for Father's Day and the menu wasn't what as expected. The menu was quite limited, and I ended up just getting a burger.

    Watershed Kitchen + BarResponded 3 days ago

    Hello, my name is Marlon Gammon and I am the Dir of Restaurant Operations. Thank you for taking the time to leave honest feedback. It is the only way we can improve and grow our brand. I want to apologize to you for our current menu not having your family favorites. I'd love to have the opportunity to speak with you directly and have the ability to make this right. Please contact me at your earliest convenience. My cell is 614-254-1249. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

  7. RE

    REDmeat

    Columbus

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We took advantage of the Chefs Menu - starter, main course, & dessert (or cocktail). Well worth it. A bit loud, but I intend to return

  8. P

    Paige

    Columbus

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Both indoor and outdoor ambiance is great! Solid food choices, great cocktails!

  9. LM

    LauraM

    Columbus

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Due to unforeseen circumstances, our childcare didn’t pan out and we brought our son on the date. I called in advance to check and they were unbelievably accommodating trying to rearrange tables to add another chair. I was impressed before I got there, but once we arrived, we loved everything. The tomato salad was incredible, and my burger was THE best burger I’ve ever had on my life. My husband ordered the steak and liked it, but he was jealous of the burger! Our drinks were fantastic, and every detail in the menu was appreciated. We WILL be back. It was lovely.

  10. JK

    JeffK

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was excellent and service was top notch. Scarlett was attentive to all our needs and had great suggestions.

  11. SP

    SteveP

    Columbus

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were celebrating the retirement of two co workers. The evening turned out great! Thank you!

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Sunday Supper was fantastic! Great drinks as always too

  13. JB

    JessicaB

    Columbus

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Food and drinks were excellent. A little pricey but still good. Service could have been faster but wasn’t not bad.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went here for our anniversary and our waitress went above and beyond, a couple of freebies and some very sweet conversation. We’ll definitely be back

  15. B

    Bjs12

    Jacksonville

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    The food unfortunately did not meet our expectations. Service was great. Bartender was irritated that We asked for gin on the rocks and tonic on the side which is very common and not difficult. Swordfish was dry, sweetbreads were overcooked and did not have any flavor. Nobody was thrilled with their dinner but table service and atmosphere was good .

  16. KD

    KathleenD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was delicious and full of flavor! The drinks were outstanding! And our waitress was the best and had a great personality! It was an overall wonderful and pleasant experience!

  17. AM

    AndyM

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food and drinks with fun atmosphere and fantastic service.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4

    They were out of fish, soup of the day and chick pea stew, all of which we tried to order. I ended up ordering the tomato salad; I couldn’t eat it because it was spicy hot, and that was not indicated on the menu. Just disappointed about them being out of so much. The barrel old fashioneds and their watershed Bottled in bond bourbon are good enough that we took two bottles home.

    Watershed Kitchen + BarResponded on June 7, 2022

    Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. My name is Marlon Gammon and I am the Director of Restaurant Operations. I want to first and foremost apologize for the lack of items available during your visit. Even though this was an anomaly, I definitely understand the disappointment and want to have the opportunity to make it right. Please feel free to contact me at your convenience: 614-254-1249 I look forward to hearing from you and serving you soon.

  19. M

    Maggieb

    Columbus

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My husband has been a fan of watershed bourbon for a long time, but this was our first time eating here. The cocktails were absolutely sublime - I got a few gin cocktails, he got a few bourbon ones, including one that he dubbed the best drink he’s had in his life. So if nothing else, come here for the drinks. The food was quite good as well. We started with bread and spread with a white bean dip and a tapenade, both of which were delicious. Husband got the chef’s tasting - confit wings (spicy and fall off the bone tender), swordfish over beans and rice, and custard cake. All were delish, and paring the swordfish with rice and beans was nice so it was a filling meal. I got the veggie stew, which had very few veggies, mostly chickpeas, so I was a little disappointed. But overall our experience was great, and we will definitely be back to try more of everything!

  20. DR

    DavidR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5

    Would be 5 stars overall except for an inattentive waiter who was more interested in talking to his friends than taking care of us.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Cocktails are why we went there and they do not disappoint . Rusty nail was legendary . Seated us close to the kitchen which was noisy and like most restaurants these days , they pack the seating too close to others . Food was good and overall a great experience .

  22. GM

    GailM

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Drinks and food were great and so was the service!!

  23. L

    Lavenderandlime

    Columbus

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We keep returning for both the spirits and the food. Both the soup of the day (pea and mint) and the double-smoked baby back ribs were delicious! A perfect complement to the distillery tour beforehand, where we picked up a great cocktail tip from Mark. We'll be trying out the Apple Brandy Sour this weekend.

  24. KH

    KatieH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had an amazing time and can’t wait to go back. Every detail, from the menus to the gift shop up front, are perfection! The staff is awesome and the food was so delicious!! Highly recommend.

  25. C

    Coco

    Columbus

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Hands down the best restaurant in Columbus and it's not even close.

  26. D

    Duke

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and service were top notch. The drink menu has pictures which helped make my decisions easier. Will definitely be back!

  27. SP

    SteveP

    Columbus

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, drinks and service. This is our favorite place!

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The bartender was extremely knowledgeable regarding the drinks and the menu! It was a great night!

  29. K

    Kass

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It's been sometime since we'd been to Watershed Kitchen....that said, we always have a very good dining experience. The food, the service and the overall ambiance made for a great dining experience. We enjoy eating out and taking in different experiences so we seldom return to a restaurant we've been to regardless of how good our experience was. Only in exceptional cases do we return and Watershed is one of those!

  30. DM

    DMRM

    Columbus

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The short rib entree is one of the best meals I've ever had. Delicious dips and bread, chilled asparagus, fabulous desserts and drinks, outstanding service. No room for improvement - they are at the top of their game!

  31. n

    njp584

    Columbus

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We were promptly seated, and while it was clear our server was working on a bunch of tables, we never felt ignored, and received extremely good service.

  32. NC

    NextChapter

    Columbus

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Watershed was a great addition to our Fun night out! 5 different cocktails tried, only one would not be repeated 😏. Unique location!

  33. ED

    ErinDA

    Cleveland

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Watershed is becoming a must visit every time I am in Columbus. I look forward to bringing my friends and having them experience it for the first time.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Outdoor dining was great No happy hour prices at tables Cocktails ~$13@ Cocktails & Food- good! 4 women: 8 drinks & 4 appetizers $180 w/o tip Free birthday dessert! Fun!

  35. d

    diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2

    Really dissappointed to eat here post-Covid after having great experiences when it first opened. The food was heavily salt-forward. The chicken dish was odd....tasted like ham and the texture was unusual. Not appetizing. The brussel sprouts and the broccolini were soaked in soy, and the broccolini was tough. The burger was decent, and so were the fries, the fingerling potatoes, and the two-dip appetizer. But honestly, that is just basic bar food and we were hoping for something more special. Part way through the meal I was desperate for something that tasted fresh, but everything was just salt, salt, salt. Cocktails are where they really shine. Creative and interesting. Service was friendly but not polished, although we are more forgiving these days because of staffing difficulties. Everyone is new, and that is ok, as the world gets back up to speed.

    Watershed Kitchen + BarResponded on May 31, 2022

    Good afternoon, my name is Marlon Gammon and I am the Director of Restaurant Operations. I want to take the time to apologize for your last dining experience. Please know that your comments have not fallen on deaf ear and I want to thank you for the honest feedback. It's comments like yours that keep us honest and help move our operation forward. Please contact me at your convenience so I may get some more information & have the opportunity to make this right. I can be reached at 614-254-1249

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, cool atmosphere and our server Jay was amazing!

  37. R

    Rainy

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We had a delicious Sunday Supper at Watershed. Our server, Nathan, I believe (I’m sorry if I misremember) was superior— friendly and knowledgeable. He gave us exceptional service with one foot in a therapeutic boot! He talked about the award winning bourbon with enthusiasm, and for good reason: It’s excellent. I walked away with a 5th of the blended bourbon after enjoying a flight including the two award winners and an apple flavored bourbon that went well with desert. I had the salad of the day, slightly overdressed, but very tasty; followed by the mushroom risotto topped with a medley of shaved, sautéed veggies, also delicious. For desert I had what they call a custard cake, but it reminded me of transparent pie: very good and as I said, paired well with the flavored bourbon. My friend also enjoyed the salad, with the same observation that it was slightly overdressed, but very tasty. She had the short ribs and really enjoyed them. The taste I had was excellent. Definitely falling apart delicious. She also finished with the custard cake. We look forward to our next visit to Watershed Kitchen and Bar

  38. W

    Willy

    Columbus

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Brussels Sprouts and Breads & Spreads were our favorite part of the meal.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent cocktail menu with many unique choices. Good ambiance and decor. Hush puppy appetizer and steak were excellent. Overall would recommend for a date spot or nice dinner spot to celebrate special occasions.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    New favorite restaurant

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

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

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Watershed Kitchen + Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 106 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 31 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

  • Neighborhood

    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

    Aaron Mercier

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • 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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