Columbus >Food & Dining > Handke's Cuisine
520 S Front St, Columbus, OH | Directions 4321539.951372 -83.000196
Neighborhoods: South Columbus, Brewery District
Wonderful Service and atmosphere – I took my fiance to Handke's Cusine for his 30th birthday. I have no regrets. The food was terrific, followed by the outstanding service. It is located in the basement of a building, wonderfully located in downtown Columbus....within walking distance to a wonderful Jazz Bar or Piano Bar. The ceilings are rounded and vaulted, and gives the place a cozy feeling. HIGHLY Recommended!
Absolutely Perfect! – Everything about my experience at Handke's was perfect. I loved the setting and the food is even more. My sig. other and I had the sea bass and veal respectively and both were among the best dishes I've ever tasted. The ceasar salad in a parmesean basket was a fantastic appetizer. You can definately eat three courses comfortably; the service was phenomenal....I'll be going back to Handke's again and again. Such a cute place.
A Favorite – Though I only rated the atmosphere and the service as average, I would highly recommend this restaurant. The cost of a 3 course meal is a bit lower than The Refectory, which is where I would go when I expected superb service and atmosphere. Despite these two drawbacks, the food is fabulous--the sake marinated sea bass and accompanying shiso broth is absolutely divine! The duck is also good. I found the dressing with the mozarella and tomato salad the best of any I've had yet. As for desserts, the poached pear is a nice change for someone like me, who typically heads straight for the creme brulee or cheesecake. If I were to compare Handke's to Lindey's, I think Handke's would come out on top, primarily because though I find fault with the atmosphere of both, Lindey's is much louder--at least you can hear your dining partner at Handke's!
Sub Par – Prior to dining at Handke's, I was excited to experience the cuisine of a "Master Chef," and after I read some of his reviews, I felt very comfortable in my decision. Unfortunately, from appetizer through dinner, our items were below average. I was hesitant to eat my Salmon appetizer because it was unexpectedly room temperature. Also, the Scallops were overpowered by the alcohol used in the dish which made that entree unpalatable. Compliments on the buffalo tenderloin dish topped with foie gras. The Plastic water glasses where an unexpected touch in a white table-cloth restaurant, and our server was unaccustomed to the wine list. All in all, I beleive that a restaurant of this calliber could be so mush more.
Drama! – Every moment of this dining experience is pure drama from the rathskeller setting to the theater of the plate. Portions are perfect to allow for multiple courses. Desserts are large enough to allow for a bit of romantic sharing. The wine list has a nice variety to choose from and the staff is both knowledgeable about the food and very gracious in making diners comfortable and happy.
Fantastic – I have dined at Handke's several times and have only had wonderful experiences. The servers are professional and very knowledgable, the food is outstanding, and the portion sizes are excellent, as the dishes can be rich and are only prepared with the best fresh ingredients. While the restaurant can be loud on a weekend night, on week nights it is conducive for a business meeting. I have thoroughly enjoyed each dining experience there, and believe me, it is an experience! The wine list pairs well with the food, but I wish there was a greater breadth of vintages. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a thoroughly enjoyable evening.
Average – Big expectations were met with dissapointment. After indicating it was my wife and I's first anniversary when I made reservations, we were seated in the overcrowded, and loud tunnel room. Cool room, too many tables. Business casual attire turned into jeans and sweatshirts which didnt add to the atmosphere. THe food was good, buffalo steak was excellent, wine list average, and service average for the price. Lindeys is definitely the better value.
Excellent! – Handke's was truly amazing. The food was incredible, allowing my friend and I to expand our culinary horizons and be thoroughly impressed. The atmosphere was also very different, but in a relaxed, cozy way. The service was fine, not exceptional, but quite knowledgeable about the details of the various dishes. Overall, with great food, nice atmosphere, and great company it was an experience not to be forgotten.
Every dish looks like a magazine cover and is world-class in quality, flavor and originality. – The Scene
At Handke's, you'll dine in a vaulted rathskeller, the basement of the old Schlee Brewery that was established in the 19th century and flourished until World War I. The massive stone walls are dramatic, set against Handke's elegant interior. Also an on-air pitchman for Meier's Stores grocery department, German Hartmut Handke is one of only 68 officially designated "master chefs" in the world, which is reflected in the level of skill he applies to every plate.
Herb-crusted rack of lamb is handled carefully and served with rosemary-mint jus. Certified Angus New York strip comes in a pool of red wine and shallot butter sauce. Buffalo tenderloin is served with porcini-Pinot Noir reduction and horseradish whipped potatoes. Lobster is served bubbling in a casserole. Finish with the "Dessert Symphony," a sampling of five amazing sweets, including a terrine of layered Belgian chocolates.
Try L'Antibes, Refectory, or Rigsby's – After hearing much hype about the restaurant and learning that Handke won the right to respresent the USA at the Bocuse d'Or, my wife and I couldn't wait to celebrate a special occasion at Handke's. After dining here the first time, it was clear that Handke's attention was placed elsewhere- he clearly wasn't paying attention to the restaurant. The service was awful, the wine list unimpressive (far too many Alsace wines), the food well below the levels of cuisine found at L'Antibes, the Refectory, and others. The ambiance is excellent, but this point clearly defines this restaurant: All form an no substance.
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