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“High expectations not met”

The Keep Kitchen & Liquor Bar
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Ranked #313 of 2,499 Restaurants in Columbus
Price range: USD 10 - USD 34
Description: Step into The Keep Restaurant and Liquor Bar and you’ll find a chef-driven, modern brasserie with a speakeasy bar. It’s the best of the 1920s, with a 21st Century twist, inspired by its location in historic LeVeque Tower, an art deco masterpiece completed in 1927. Drawing on local and regional ingredients, award-winning Chef Jonathan Olson reinvents beloved classic dishes using modern techniques, creativity and a dash of sophistication. Tucked away on the second floor of the Tower, The Keep gives the same imaginative update to its intimate speakeasy lounge. Old-school cocktails enjoy a fresh remake with flavorful house-made syrups and botanicals. The wine list features old- and new-world vintages that perfectly complement Chef Olson’s bold flavors. The Keep’s warm, inviting décor features gas lamps and rustic-refined furnishings, providing an escape from everyday life.
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Description: Step into The Keep Restaurant and Liquor Bar and you’ll find a chef-driven, modern brasserie with a speakeasy bar. It’s the best of the 1920s, with a 21st Century twist, inspired by its location in historic LeVeque Tower, an art deco masterpiece completed in 1927. Drawing on local and regional ingredients, award-winning Chef Jonathan Olson reinvents beloved classic dishes using modern techniques, creativity and a dash of sophistication. Tucked away on the second floor of the Tower, The Keep gives the same imaginative update to its intimate speakeasy lounge. Old-school cocktails enjoy a fresh remake with flavorful house-made syrups and botanicals. The wine list features old- and new-world vintages that perfectly complement Chef Olson’s bold flavors. The Keep’s warm, inviting décor features gas lamps and rustic-refined furnishings, providing an escape from everyday life.
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

The beautifully renovated Leveque is a treat for the eyes. We had high hopes for The Keep. Very noisy on a busy night. Chilly inside. Drinks were good, but round of beer and wine was very late — we had almost finished eating. Ordered the (expensive) petite tower. Oysters were good, whitefish with caviar was outstanding, lobster needed to have some warm drawn butter available, ceviche was average and needed more lime and salt, shrimp was too cold to taste the seasoning, sweet potato chips were tasty but nearly frozen because served on ice. Really didn’t appreciate the attempted up-sell. People at next table got their dinner when they needed to leave. High hopes unrealized. This place needs work.

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank elizabethcS8887CG
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Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

I had not been and took a friend there to celebrate her birthday. The food is excellent, reasonably priced for its high quality, and the menu has great innovation. We really appreciated all of the attention to making the cold bar / oyster bar a fun thing to experience. Atmosphere: I loved the low lighting and gas lamps but oddly the temperature of the place was definitely on the cold side so hopefully a minor adjustment and not some sort of systemic space deficiency. Overall, I give it high marks and it impressed us with its elegance!

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank travelfoodfun
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Reviewed 27 March 2018

The drinks and decor are great. However, the food was disappointing. I ordered a steak medium-rare. A friend next to me ordered the same. My steak arrived very well done. My friend's looked great though. The waiter sent the steak back, and the new steak I got was a dry piece of overcooked steak without the sauce on a small plate. The whole table was laughing at my second meal. Anyway, I would return for drinks but not food.

Date of visit: March 2018
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Thank Adam B
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Reviewed 26 March 2018 via mobile

Meh. Not something you want to say when you spend 140 before tip for 2. Loud. Music blaring and no way to get away from a profane ‘bro’ table right behind us. Even the waitress was loud. Upside was cocktail and nice gesture of small goblet of cava to help celebrate. Downside was just okay steaks. Just go for drinks. Head elsewhere for food and ambiance.

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank Margie F
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Reviewed 26 March 2018 via mobile

First time here, in fact first time in the building. The atmosphere was great, the food and service were on par. Another wonderful addition to the Columbus restaurant landscape!

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank TravFoodDrin
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