101 Beer Kitchen

Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

7509 Sawmill Rd
Dublin, Ohio, 43016-9617
United States

(614) 210-1010 | map

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tepie from Ohio

3.74/5  rDev -13.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Odd tap list at the time of visiting, no flights, but the bartender let us all get a sip of almost every beer so we could make the right decision for a full pour. Sat at the bar to eat, the bartender was great helping us pick beers and making recommendations.

Jun 14, 2017
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wingedeel from Indiana

4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Stopped for lunch at 101 on our way to Columbus. Located at the end of a strip mall off Sawmill Rd. Plenty of parking.

Beer list was impressive, albeit pricey, both on draft, and in bottles. They also had 5-6 mead selections. I had a Nugget Nectar.

Food was very good, but also a little pricey. We each had a salad, and they were very interesting, and well done.

Worth a stop.

Feb 12, 2017
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Korbynlehr from Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Travis is an awesome waiter and very knowledgeable of the food and beers. All the staff was friendly. Great selection of food and more importantly beer.

Sep 22, 2016
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spoony from Colorado

3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

V-101 Beer Kitchen is located in a strip-mall-type complex in suburban Dublin outside of Columbus. Inside, the decor is kind-of industrial chic with exposed brick and wood and some steel. It is a pretty good sized space with a smaller bar in the center and restaurant seating surrounding the bar. It feels more like a restaurant than a bar and crowd reflects that.

Q-The beers on tap are a nice mixture of craft from Ohio and elsewhere, including a few imports. The bottle list is solid and includes a good array of Belgians and some standard craft offerings. Things tasted fresh and clean.

Ser-The bartender was knowledgeable about the beers he was serving and was prompt in serving them. He gave off a little beer-snob vibe, but if you are headed to a place called 101 BEER Kitchen, I guess you can expect some of that. Beers were served in proper glassware and at the right temperature.

Sel-The bottle list is solid and the draft list has maybe 15 options, but I was not blown away. I didn't see anything on the list that wasn't available in a good bottle shop. Even the sports bar down the street had a few more seasonal offerings that 101. That being said, the list is good and you can certainly find something worth drinking.

O-I could have used a little more oomph in the beer list, but I liked 101 Beer Kitchen and would come back to try the food, which looked great.

Oct 19, 2015
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Mish80 from Ohio

2.46/5  rDev -43.2%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 2.25 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 2

Ladies, If you enjoy tasting beer, DO NOT GO. You will be put into "your place" by the bar staff.

Here is a link to my review on yelp. I have never been treated so rudely by a bartender.


Jul 13, 2014
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

The wife and I were going to Kihachi, the best Japanese restaurant in Ohio and possibly the entire United States (I kid you not), and I was looking for a place to kill time before our dinner reservation.

101 Beer popped up on my phone and I'm glad it did. This wasn't around when we lived in Dublin a couple of years ago! Located in a suburban plaza off of Sawmill Road, it is not so easy to find from the main road.

Spacious and generic inside, but it's got a nice beer menu with 19 taps divided in styles (Seasonal/Belgium/Malts/Hops): Jackie O's, Catawba, Buckeye, Left Hand, Two Brothers, Founders, Columbus Brewing and a bunch of Germans and Belgians.

A bit pricey! The better beers are seven-nine dollars, and few are served in a 16-oz glass. They offer growlers, a good selection of bourbons and better-than-average food (which we didn't try, obviously). They throw cool events also, such as a "barrel-aged brunch".

The clientele is a bit too suburban-golf-playing-white-blonde-type, but the joint is cool enough. Good beer and great service. Definitely will check it out again.

May 28, 2014
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jkwuc89 from Ohio

4.33/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Excellent selection of drafts and bottles. The "good book" / beer binder is well organized and breaks things down very nicely by style. Unfortunately, it can get out of date when taps blow. For the latest information, consult the chalk board behind the bar.

Food is excellent. All home made. The pretzels and the tator tots on the appetizer menu are especially good.

Sep 12, 2013
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remyleboux from Ohio

4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

My go-to place in Columbus since it has opened. The beer selection is solid, I do wish they offered more local beer on draft but I always find a solid IPA or stout (sometimes on Nitro). The architecture brings to mind a warehouse and a country lodge, a weird combo but it works. This place is loud, which is more noticeable in certain areas of the dining area. The food is what sets this place apart, very well thought out and very well executed. The shrimp and grits are perfect, I have had them all over including the South, and these blow all others out of the water. I tend to skip appetizers as they are usually nothing special; but at 101 try the Tator Tots (with bacon cubes, cheese, scallions, sriracha aioli; and oh yeah the tots are homemade) or the pretzel with caraway and beer cheese. It is also reasonably priced, 8-10 for a sandwich and 12-18 for entrees. I would be willing to pay more. All in all, a great place to try a new beer and enjoy some great food.

Aug 20, 2013
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wapcap from Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.75

We've been there twice. Once right after they opened, and about a week ago.
First the food. Both times the food was very well done. They offer numerous options from local farmers using sustainable and organic practices on their farms. Another neat feature was, we were there in the fall and the middle of the summer and both times the menu featured seasonal food items which paired well with the seasonal craft brews.

Now the beers. They do have a very good selection of beers. They have numerous regional selections you'd not find further west. A big complaint would be that both times they had numerous beers listed on the menu not available. And many of the Ohio brews were also not available. We were visiting not just for the local foods, but also the local brews. Hopefully the next time we go they will have things sorted.
Overall both visits were tremendous. The lack of local brews was a bummer, but only slighlty detracted from the overall experience. They do need to offer more local selections of brews to go with the great local foods.

Jul 26, 2013
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stercomm from Ohio

4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

This place has become our go to restaurant when we feel like getting out, great food, great service, great craft beer selection, great ambiance. Place gets really busy right around normal dinner time so we usually get there by 5:30 PM to grab a table (oops gave away my secret). Let's start with the draft beer, selection tends to lean a slight bit towards Belgium style brews, what is nice is the rotating list of beers on tap, I equate this to opening presents on Christmas day, good news is the selection is broad enough that you will always find something you like. Food is unbelievable, I've had the green chili which was excellent, the forest ( I believe) pizza, it was excellent, our grown kids love the tater tot appetizer. Wait staff that we have had is always knowledgeable about the beers. Sound level is not bad so you can have a good conversation while dining.

Only slight downside is around their growler prices. Great that they offer growlers of their draft, the price is very high compared to Whole Foods, The Daily Growler and Andersens. I've seen this to be consistent with restaurant/bars in the area; they tend to just take what they charge for a pint and multiple it by 4.

Jan 02, 2013
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LabBrewer from Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Took a visit based on a recommendation. Had a good selection of domestic and a few international beers. The domestic beers included some rare offerings from breweries.

The food was good as well. We had the pumpkin perogies which were very good, as were the muscles and frites.

The atmosphere was great. Had the feel of a neighborhood place, it was a nice mix of couples, families, older people and younger people. The place is still pretty new and still has some room to grow, but it is definitely worth checking out.

Nov 05, 2012
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xdefeatsy from Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -23.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Before I go into my review, I would like to note that I am basing my rating as an average of two different visits: Bar Area @ Lunch and Restaurant Area @ Dinner.

This is where the Hoggy's used to be in the Kroger Marketplace Center. It's kind of tucked away and you can't really see it from either Sawmill Road or Hard Road (a big part of why Hoggy's and other restaurants here go out of business). Luckily this is right across the street from me so I knew exactly where to go. The entrance looks a little strange on your first visit and you're not sure if you're entering a restaurant or an office. Once you walk a few more steps inside, it all opens up into a rustic-looking restaurant. The bar area is an island back against the kitchen in the center of the restaurant. If you like rock (mostly indie and alt), you'll especially appreciate the music playing. Average age seems to be 30-something but there are some who are younger and some who are older. The restaurant area seemed to have enough seating (even near the end of Happy Hour into dinner) however the bar seating is rather limited and isn't exactly comfortable for those of us who are shorter and don't have long legs.

The quality of the food and service varied greatly between lunch at the bar and dinner in the restaurant area. My bartender at lunch was very outgoing (but not to the point of being annoying at all), enthusiastic about the beer and the food they offered, and quite helpful. The server I had for dinner in the restaurant area was... for lack of better words... clueless. It became apparent that not only our server but many of the other servers at dinner lacked almost any formal training in food service. They were polite and friendly but they didn't know how to properly carry trays, clear tables, when to re-fill, what drafts were no longer available, and walked around aimlessly when there was clearly work they could have been doing to earn better tips.

The first time, when I sat at the bar, they had 20 taps going and roughly 50 different bottles to choose from. The second time, they must have been between keg shipments because their draft menu was not accurate. I had to ask my waitress 4 times to finally get a draft they actually had. That being said, they definitely have the best selection of craft beer within a 5 mile radius of I-270 & Sawmill Road; definitely something for everyone -- unless you drink BMC, then you're S.O.L! Drafts are half-price at happy hour... only if you sit at the bar. Here's where the small size of the bar factors in, if there aren't seats open then you're paying at least $6 for any beer on tap.

The food seemed to vary. Between visits I tried Mac & Cheese w/ Andouille (dry, not creamy or cheesy enough), Tater Tots (the best I've ever had), Soft Pretzels w/ Beer Cheese Dip (out of this world good), 101 Burger (good but way too greasy), Mussels (delicious), Salmon Cobb Salad (drowned in dressing, soggy), and Pumpkin Bread Pudding (not too sweet, not too filling -- just right). The food is a little pricey but considering portion size and the majority of the food being consistently awesome, you generally get what you pay for.

Overall, I think I'll go here for early happy hour/late lunch from now on. The food is on point for the most part and there's something for everyone. They definitely have the best craft beer selection in Dublin but it's on the pricey side if it's not at the bar during happy hour. The service at the bar is legit, 4.5/5 at least. The service in the restaurant area during dinner was laughable and depressing -- 1/5 for sure. The wait staff clearly had little-to-no training in food service at all, not even basics like when to clear plates or how to hold trays. I want this place to succeed because it's new to my community and I finally have a bar with craft beer I can walk to comfortably. If they can fix some very simple problems, I'd be a regular for sure.

Oct 18, 2012
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kconradx5 from Ohio

5/5  rDev +15.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I have to say that IMO they have the best happy hour on the northwest side of Columbus! What makes it great is that all their draft beers are half price and they have a great selection of craft beer! They have 20 draft beers and lots of bottles. Best chicken sandwich I've ever had. I also sampled the schnitzel sandwich which was totally awesome. I highly recommended this place. They also have a very good kids menu. They are located at the corner of Sawmill Road and Hard Road in the Kroger Shopping Center.

Oct 07, 2012
101 Beer Kitchen in Dublin, OH
Place rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 33 ratings