Boston >Food & Dining > Columbus Cafe
535 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA | Directions 0211842.341837 -71.080497
Monday To Friday From 11:30 AM To 11:30 PM Saturday To Sunday From 09:00 AM To 11:30 PM
Neighborhoods: South End, Columbus
Great service, ambiance & food – My wife and I on a recent trip to Boston were lucky enough to find the Columbus Cafe. We had a wonderful dining experiance. We love to travel and our hobby is dinning out. The restruant was recommend by some locals we met and when we arrived we were promptly seated by our waiter Kevin. We enjoyed an excellent dish of Marlin and fava bean risoto. The fish was perfectly prepared moist and seasoned to prefection. The fava bean was unusual, but complimented the risoto prefectly. I dined on the Carribean Steak served with black beans and rice with plantains and fried egg. They have a great wine list and we shared a bottle of Montes Alpha Cab. We also found the Cafe's ambience to be very warm and friendy. The staff and our waiter Kevin were welcoming and professional. I woud rate the whole experience a 10. I must recommed that if you are in the Boston area you try this restaraunt.
excellant food , at a great price – Excellent food and great prices
I just started school at Northeastern and stumbled into the Columbus cafe, with a friend. We started off with mojitos, with sugar cane, they were perfect. We then shared the ceviche, Excellant! The steak was a perfect medium rare and the shepherds pie was just like moms. Dave are waiter was very friendly and recommended the shepherds pie. We then went to the bar and had a night cap and listened to music ranging from Jazz, 40s style, classic country to Brit pop. We left with big smiles and are coming back often.
Slow beyond imagination – I'm not usually fussy when it comes to a slightly long wait to be served. My party of two however, waited 1 hour 45 minutes from the time we were seated to the time we saw our entrees. By that time we had asked our server, who was very polite, to pack our meals to go. One note concerning the menu, we'd ordered the five layer dip for an appetizer. When it finally arrived 45 minutes later we realized that it was served cold. I'm not certain, but I've never been served cold refried beans before, so I suspect that the dish was rushed out to us without baking the dip, 45 minutes after ordering it.
Ontop of all this is the fact that its a relatively small restaurant, probably seating around 50, and we only waited 5 minutes to be seated, so it was not an extremely busy night.
I look forward to reheating my seafood gumbo and seeing what it tastes like, maybe I'll write another review. I will not be returning under any circumstances though.
Neighborhood Gem - check it out, for any meal!! – I have the luxury of living within a block of this gem, which I visit at least once a week when I don't feel like cooking. The relaxed atmosphere and the waitstaff are totally inviting without smothering... The food is amazing... Dinners are varied and inventive, while still feeling like relaxed comfort food. You have to check Columbus Cafe for their delicious weekend brunch. They offer an Omelet and a Fritatta special which are ever- changing. But you must try the Eggs Florentine...I have had brunch at many of the cities "best" restaurants, but Columbus Cafe beats them every time!!! keep up the great work!!
Affordable, multi-ethnic fare and low-key environs make for one of the South End's best all-purpose hangouts. – The Scene
In attempting to be everything to everyone (cozy eatery, relaxed bar, affordable neighborhood bistro), the Columbus Cafe can readily be labeled as one of the South End's best all-purpose hangouts. Area singles drop by the bar to catch up over caipirinhas and chocolate-hazlenut martinis, while dressed-down couples fill the warm-hued dining room. Casual servers match the cafe's vibe.
The kitchen takes diners on a culinary world tour, with fried plantains and queso fundido sharing table space with ravioli pomodoro and pan-seared tuna (served with a snap pea and bok choy stir-fry). In contrast to the neighborhood's ever-increasing rents, nothing on Columbus' menu tops $15. Lunchtime patrons enjoy Cuban sandwiches and grilled cheese, made with aged cheddar, tomatoes and avocado. Popular entrees include a Spanish-style seafood stew and a marinated flank steak that's served with garlicky spinach, whipped potatoes, onion rings and Argentinean chimichurri sauce.
Superb Neighborhood Dining at Reasonable Prices – Slowly, this intimate, modestly priced restaurant has emerged with great food at a fantatic bargain, and our favorite neighborhood dining spot! Located at the corner of Claremont & Columbus (replacing the Claremont Cafe), it took a few months to get settled on a basic international menu of varied seasonings where no entree is over $16. Now bolstered by daily specials, valet parking, reliable reservations, friendly wait staff and an impressive wine list, this is the best quality restaurant for value in the South End. Nothing on the menu is a disappointment. I wish the number of dessert selections were larger, but 8 times out of 10, we've been too full to do more than share a slice of rich chocolate layer cake. I do recommend reservations, but the adjacent bar serves full meals at small tables, and walk-ins have only a short wait.
Spectacular!! – I've been to the Columbus Cafe twice now and love the place. I live in NY but have family in Boston and we've gone for dinner there my last two trips. The food is excellent! There is something on the menu for everyone's taste. I highly recommend trying a few different dishes to share with the table - the calamari is to die for. They made some tortilla treats (can't remember the name), and we ordered another plate because 3 of us devoured them in minutes! Everything has a home made taste - gourmet, but still comfort food. It's a great place for a group, or even for a romantic date.
The place is so pretty and cozy - you could stay all night. Oh - and don't forget to get a drink at the bar, very cool vibe and great drinks. Music selection is excellent!
Excellent food at an even better price – I found the Columbus to offer a casual and inviting atmosphere. The proximity of the dining tables coupled with the ambience of friendly neighborhood chuckles persuaded me to strike up a conversation with the patron sitting next to me.
I observed smiling servers gaiting from the kitchen to the adjacent dinning area carrying large brunch plates consisting of Belgian waffles, fruit, and omelets.
I had the huevos rancheros. After the first few bites, I considered my meal to be very rich in flavor and highly complimented with homemade salsa and a side of English muffins. It is apparent the head chef has done his homework.
In my experience, for a warm and friendly atmosphere, which is dually matched by the perfection and authenticity of the handsome portions at a price that is reasonable, I would highly suggest making the Columbus Cafe in the South End of Boston your next stop!
Hidden Gem – I recently visited the Columbus Cafe with my wife and friends. We had a terrific, well-priced meal and a great time afterwards in the bar. I ordered the Argentine steak and my wife had the chicken enchiladas. Both were delicious. Our friends ordered the butternut squash ravioli and the tuna special which was cooked to perfection. We topped off the evening at the adjacent bar, relaxing to a great mix of music and Buster Keaton reruns. Kelly the bartender had us laughing in stitches. I highly recommend this place before it gets too crowded!
A bargain in the South End – We were so sad when the Claremont closed but have been delighted with their replacement. The Columbus Cafe has a wonderfully eclectic menu, and everything I have tried has been wonderful. The prices are very reasonable and the food is excellent. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
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