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“Sit in another row, not Smith's!” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Smith's Row Food & Spirits

Smith's Row Food & Spirits
418 4th St, Columbus, IN 47201-6728
812-373-9382
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Ranked #26 of 119 Restaurants in Columbus
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Indiana
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Sit in another row, not Smith's!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Having not been to Smith's Row in some time we were looking forward to trying the restaurant with some friends. This was a restaurant, however, that failed to meet our expectations on virtually every count. From the moment of our arrival we felt less than welcomed. We approached the hostess stand where a gentleman was organizing some menus and he literally looked at us and then looked away. No greeting; no nothing. A minute or so later a young woman walked in from the bar area and stood at the hostess stand. I indicated our reservation and that we were meeting friends. She seemed discombobulated and consulted the gentleman who had ignored us and then she did seat us. I excused myself from the table to use the restroom and as I walked through the bar to the restroom the bartender was apparently in quite a rush to get somewhere, as he literally bumped into me, nearly knocked me over, and did not even apologize. As I returned to the table I stopped at the hostess stand to share this unnerving experience and the hostess just said, "oh." Not kidding.

Our waitress, Michele, was friendly and competent. Service was a bit slow, however, in having food delivered. That said, the servers were a bit too quick to take our plates away. Several times we had to indicate that we were still working on eating and to please not take the plate away. A waiter tried to take our dessert plate away before we were finished and when I asked him to please leave it until we were done, he smarted off to us.

The food was a bit of a mixed bag. The appetizers were quite good (shrimp cocktail and the spinach dip with chips), the steaks (prime rib and rib eye) were well prepared. The salads were quite plain and simple, but adequate, as were the side items. The bread was good and served warm. The crab stuffed shrimp, however, was unacceptable. The shrimp were so small that the meal was more of an appetizer. These were certainly not the advertised jumbo size shrimp. There was virtually no crab meat (likely a function of the small shrimp size) and the shrimp were actually stringy. Also, we asked about the seasoning of the crab and were told it was not spicy; it was, however. The dessert selection is far, far smaller than the online menu would suggest, with only six options. The chocolate fudge cake was so-so, but the blueberry and mascarpone cake was good.

The bill was the greatest disappointment. The prices are higher than listed online. Importantly, we asked up front that the bills be split between the two couples and while we did receive separate bills, they were a mixed jumble of what we had ordered. Our bill had our friends' two entrees and drinks, but our dessert. Their bill had everything else. By this time our waitress was MIA. Fortunately, these are long-standing friends and we just paid our respective, though highly incorrect, bills and left the restaurant.

All-in-all, I strongly recommend sitting in a row other than Smith's Row!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Columbus, Indiana
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Excellent food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

My husband and I had a great dinner. He loved the steak Diane and my Parmesan crusted mahi mahi was some of the best I've ever had.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Indianapolis
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“First rate food and drink”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

We were there for dinner and had fish. The salmon and mahi mahi were both delicious. Wine list was extensive but had several reasonably priced choices. Best fine dining restaurant in Columbus.

Visited July 2013
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20 reviews 20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Anniversary dinner”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Our first time here. We got dressed up but we would of been fine wearing causal clothes. The food was very good it was a bit pricey. Our waitress must of been new cause she wasn't very good for the amount of money you pay to eat. We will try it again if its for a anniversary dinner but we rather go to Amazing Joes and get the same type of food for less. The restaurant was very clean and cozy.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Delicious!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

The food was delicious, cooked as ordered, and the service was very attentive. The restaurant has a nice upscale atmosphere, friendly staff, and is easy to reach. We will definitely go back.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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