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“regular guys drinking bar”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Wild Mushroom Sports Bar-Grill - CLOSED

Wild Mushroom Sports Bar-Grill
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub, Canadian
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television
Columbus, Ohio
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143 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“regular guys drinking bar”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2012

Just a little hole in the wall type place to get away from all the other busy busy tourist places. Sit down, relax and have some drinks.

Visited October 2012
Thank Gene63
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English first
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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234 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Tried it again, but PLEASE --SAVE YOUR MONEY!!! See photos!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2012

Ok, maybe my husband and I are gluttons for punishment. Or maybe we were just hopeful that it HAD to have gotten better since last year. Our first night of our annual trip to Niagara Falls, we tried this again. This was Sun., Sept. 2, part of the Labor Day weekend. Let me preface this by saying the whole Niagara Falls/Clifton Hill area was PACKED with tourists! People everywhere, traffic blocked by pedestrians. People waiting on the sidewalks to get into restaurants....

And then we got to the Wild Mushroom. No one waiting outside, or sitting outside at their patio tables. We went inside, down the stairs, still seeing no one. Ok, we were the only diners... but kept going.

I was getting a bit nervous. Table, like last year, looked like it was wiped with a dirty rag.
The bartender/waitress came over. We decided on the pizza and wings special, which in the past was always worth the price.

After we got our drinks, she comes strolling back and says "You're not going to believe this, but we are all out of pizza dough! Hope you didn't have your heart set on pizza!" So, she gives us 1 menu back, to see if we want to order something else. (I guess we were supposed to share this menu across the table.)

Due to the dirty look of the place, I was afraid to order some things, so I opted for the chicken fingers and fries, figuring if they were deep-fried, any germs would be killed. My husband chose the bar-b-q chicken sandwich.

Waited quite a while for our food. No other guests in the place. The waitress said, "Oh there were just 5 women in here from the casino, partying and having a great time! You JUST missed them!" Ok...

While we were there, then quite a few people DID come in -- ONLY TO USE THE BATHROOMS! The waitress giggled and said "I have more people coming in here to use the bathroom than anything else!" Hmmm...

A few people came in to pick up food to go, and we heard they worked at the Fear Factory next door. One had ordered poutine, and I heard her tell him "We had no cheese, so they are basically gravy fries." Do you REALLY think he'd have ordered it and paid if he knew that in advance???

We also noticed while drinking, that at least 4 of the beer taps were covered with plastic cups, meaning they were EMPTY! Again she had an excuse, "Oh... we're waiting for kegs to be delivered for those." Right, on a HOLIDAY weekend with tons of tourists, you would be without beer???

I see one reviewer and the actual name of the place called this a sports bar.... no, it is not. There are 3 (smaller) tvs in the place. We asked her to put some sort of sports on any one of them .. this was a Sunday night. She said "Oh, I don't know if we can get anything, these tvs only go up to channel 20-something, I don't know if we can get any sports." Sports bar????? Misnomer??!! What she put on was NASCAR...on all 3 tvs.

We got our food. As I figured, my fried food was edible, although the fries were not hot, so I am guessing they were done first and sat there while the chicken fingers fried. My husband's fries were the same way. His chicken sandwich was NOT good. It was like 2 small chicken fingers/tenders on a roll with bar-b-q sauce, and tough as anything.

When the waitress brought our bill, she asked how things were. My husband is NEVER one to complain even if things are mediocre, but he told her the chicken sandwich was lousy and tough and small.

As an apology, she did not us for our drinks...

As we were leaving, there were 1-2 guys who came in to play pool and drink. We decided to use the restrooms on our way out. I was leery, and my nightmares were realized. First of all, one of the facuets was on full blast in the ladies' room??!! Probably one of the transients who came thru and were afraid to get their hands dirty turning it off??? I took a paper towel and turned it off. No sense wasting water. I turned to use one of the 3 stalls... Well, Stall #1 was full of 'excrement' and not flushed. Stall #3 had some unidentifiable substance on the seat area, so I was not sitting there OR cleaning it off. And stall #2, well I was just too disgusted... I took a photo. Tissue on the floor. Bloody tissue on the floor.... Ugh. I'd hold it. Turned again to leave and noticed used tissues in sink #2. What the heck??? Obviously this whole place is just a public lavatory!!!

DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY! There are so many nicer, cleaner places that actually serve the food and drinks that are on the menu!!! Next year will peek in first.... if it is not owned by someone new, we are NOT entering! (Except maybe to take a pic?)

So glad I thought to take a photo or 2 in the ladies' room. The restaurant was so dark, you couldn't see all the health violations there.

  • Visited September 2012
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2 Thank W1nterBaby
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Barnesville, Ohio
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Local Flair in the heart of a tourist trap. GO HERE!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2012

In Niagara Falls, you will pay high prices. We found this to be a nice, dive-bar type place to have a few beers while in the area. Definitely not a top-shelf houty-touty place, nore a place for children.....but a bar nonetheless. 2 beers for $15. The wait staff was not only attentive but very personable. They made their best efforts to make us feel at home and to make our visit enjoyable. Ordered a pizza at night's end....which was delicious. See this for what it is, not what you "expect" from a tourist trap. It's a diamond in the rough, a "dive bar" with excellent wait staff and decent food. Quit comparing it to the Hard Rock. It isn't. Charity the bartender did her best to make us happy and fulfilled our every need. Go here if you are looking for a place to drink a few adult beverages and connect with locals.

  • Visited August 2012
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2 Thank edevine5
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Utica, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Unbelievably Awful”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2012

Words cannot describe just how bad this place is. My wife and I were there quite a few years ago when it was a restaurant. It has since devolved not into a "sports bar" - no, it's gone waaaayy beyond that. We should have known better when we descended into the establishment and was met by a pool table. The wait for the food was placed had to have been about 1/2 hour, even though the place was relatively empty at 5:00. My Steak Sub turned out to be a sandwich, and was so disgustingly tough and chewy that when I bit into it, the meat pulled off the bun. I chewed for so long through the muscle I finally gave up chewing and swallowed the meat whole. I was left with the bun, which actually tasted better than the meat. Our daughter ordered the Scallops Wrapped in Bacon (in a bar? really?) That was kind of funny too - it's on the menu which also lists Escargot. Again, really? In a dive bar! With all due criticisms, the manager was sincerely apologetic in the miniscule size of the scallops and gave them to us for free. But the chef, I mean cook, I mean whatever the hell the idiot's title actually is, is without a doubt probably a good janitor but doesn't belong in a kitchen. There are a lot of good restaurants in Niagara Falls, so do yourself a big, fat favor and don't waste your time going to the Wild Mushroom for food. Or atmosphere. Or a clean bathroom. Or beer served in glasses (ours were served in plastic cups).

  • Visited July 2012
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3 Thank ChefEdUtica
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Ottawa, Canada
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98 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“A bar...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2012

Dirty (bathroom especially)
The TV's are not HD
The staff is nice
Lots of kids from the states taking advantage of the lower drinking age limit
Didn't order any food

2 pitchers + rum&coke + tips for less than $40 is very very nice. At least that... :)

  • Visited June 2012
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Thank wacko_654
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