Taps: 60 / Bottles: 55
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 6 | Reviews: 3 | Show All Ratings:
4.85/5 rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
If you are in the Columbus area and enjoy drinking craft beer, this is the place you need to be.
I've been here 10+ times now, and the fact that they have at least 2 beers I've never heard of, multiple sours on seemingly all the time, and a vast array of small time breweries featured on their 20 Ohio handles never ceases to amaze me. The happy hour is awesome (half off drafts 3-7) and if you go on Sunday, all beer is half off 2-close! Makes for an affordable afternoon, even when you're sipping on Hoppin Frog BA Boris or Pannepot Reserva.
The food is of the same quality and perfect for the atmosphere the bar creates. Granted, it gets real busy for dinner, but it's well worth the wait. I'd try and find a seat at the bar if you're planning a trip.
They also host beer dinners on a monthly or bi-monthly basis, which can be a great way to spend you're time and money. They did a Jolly Pumpkin dinner recently that was literally out of sight. Well worth the $60 considering it's 5 courses/5 pairings. Def worth checking out.
02-27-2014 17:14:50 | More by JimmyT19
4.65/5 rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$$
Early yesterday evening (Saturday), I finally made the trip out of the northwest suburbs and down to Clintonville to see what all the fuss was about regarding The Crest.
Atmosphere - The Crest, while small, is charming. Inside it's a cross between modern and rustic yet it felt very intimate and cozy (especially the day after a snowstorm). The bar area is in the middle of the restaurant and there are tables of varying sizes that surround the restaurant. Unfortunately a small restaurant with a lot of patrons can make things a little crowded and uncomfortable, especially for those of us who are bigger in size. Clintonville is a cool neighborhood with kind of a weird mix of folks from all walks of life and The Crest reflects that in its patrons and is another testament to how cool this neighborhood really is. My only big complaint is that there is VERY limited parking. There are maybe a dozen spaces in front of the actual restaurant and not directly on Indianola Ave. Other than that you have to drive around and try to parallel park on one of the surrounding streets. They were doing a free valet service about halfway into my dinner and I ended up getting double-parked by one of the "valets" even though my spot was perfectly legal in their lot. To be fair they moved it without even being asked when my cousin noticed it and mentioned it to me -- so at least they have good hearing.
Quality - Proper glassware for every style of beer. I kept trying to throw curve balls with the beers I was ordering but they kept hitting them with the proper glassware. One of the only places in the Columbus-area that I've had proper glassware for EVERY beer I ordered. They know their stuff here! I ordered the Crest Burger and you could tell that all the ingredients were fresh, they cooked it exactly to medium-well and for being such a good burger, no greasy mess whatsoever! My cousin got the lamb lollipops and the lamb was perfectly cooked. Even my fries weren't greasy or over-seasoned and perfectly cooked. The quality here blew me away compared to other "Gastropubs" I've been to in Columbus.
Service - Our server was pretty knowledgeable about the beer they had on tap and made some good recommendations to my cousin who isn't as familiar with craft beer as I am. She watched our table like a hawk until our food and drinks were done and until we got the bill I would have rated the service as perfect. She gave me the bill and then walked away. It took 20 minutes for a different server to notice the international symbol for, "Hey! I want to pay for my meal because we're done!" He was really nice about taking care of that promptly when he noticed but my original server should have noticed. I know that they were busy, basically full, but 20 minutes to run a credit card is ridiculous.
Selection - There really is something for everyone here. Whether you're a foodie or just want something simple like a good burger, they have a dish for just about everyone's palate at The Crest. They have over 60 beers/meads/wines on tap here with a wide variety of styles -- so once again, there really is something for everyone when it comes to grabbing a brew.
Food - The food here is awesome. A simple house burger and fries ended up being one of the best burger/fries combos I've ever had in my life. My cousin was a little more adventurous and got some apple & cranberry encrusted lamb lollipops that turned out to be amazing. We shared an apple tart with vanilla bean ice cream and that was also done to perfection at every level. The chef and kitchen staff really are top-notch at The Crest.
Value - The price for draft beers is kind of expensive. Granted, their selection is pretty good and there is a big focus on local; be it for drinks or food -- nearly all of it is from around Ohio (or a nearby state if not from Ohio). A 10 oz. draft of Jackie O's Java The Stout was $8 at 5PM on a big college football Saturday. A 16oz. draft of Brew Kettle Winter Warmer was $6.50. You can go further out to the suburbs or other places in Columbus and get the same draft sizes at the same time for at least $2 less. The food was great but the portion sizes were pretty small. A great 6oz. burger with some locally grown mushrooms, peppers, onions, and cheese with homemade buns was $11! You can get burgers that are just as big & good at other craft beer joints in the city for almost half that price. If the portion sizes were slightly bigger or the prices were slightly lower, I'd be more likely to frequent this place.
12-09-2013 00:35:12 | More by xdefeatsy
5/5 rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $
Tried The Crest for the first time yesterday (5/12/2013). 50+ handles (99% craft), and more than half are Ohio beers. Amazing draft list! At the table we had 2 different Jackie Os, Rockmill Cask Aged Tripel, Weyerbacher Insanity, Fat Heads Up In Smoke, and a Weasel Boy Anastasia. Glassware was very clean and correct for all beers. Generous pours and awesome prices!
The food was on par with the draft list. Not a huge menu, but everything was on point. Most items are house-made and it shows. They're serving brunch now on the weekends, and from what I've heard, it's incredible, too (I will update my review once I've had the brunch).
This is a must-stop joint for any craft beer geek or foodie in Central Ohio. I can't wait to go back. Cheers!
05-13-2013 13:20:33 | More by brycevolk
The Crest in Columbus, OH
- out of 100 based on 6 ratings.