Ambrose and Eve is one of the best new players in the restaurant scene in Columbus. This hip restaurant is run by creative and talented chef owners and offers a frequently changing, well-executed, and eclectic menu.
Due to the nature of frequently changing eclectic menus, reviewing Ambrose and Eve is not your usual walk in the park. However, Ambrose and Eve’s menu is also one of the main reasons why patrons regularly flock to the establishment eager to sample some of the delights currently on offer. This is also one of the main reasons why it is one of the best new restaurants in Columbus.
Ambrose and Eve was launched in 2018 by creating, hard-working chefs Mathew Heaggans and Catie Randazzo. The two chefs are also the people behind Preston’s: A Burger Joint. The Columbus-based establishment is named after the owner’s grandparents and the familial reference informs the ambiance at Ambrose and Eve.
Situated on what still resembles a picturesque old Brewery District house, Ambrose and Eve features plenty of vintage brickwork and interior wood, a little porch patio, floral-patterned white wallpaper, loads of family photographs, a fireplace, and offers a gracious service. However, do not take this to mean that the establishment is staid — the bathrooms of this lively, hip and sometimes loud restaurant are adorned with Wu-Tang Clan references. The establishment’s service is as eclectic as it’s style. Most of the time servers perfectly read the table, anticipating every need and only showing up when needed.
All your visits to Ambrose and Eve will result in some freshly retooled menus and terrific fare. The more you visit Ambrose and Eve, the more convinced you are that the establishment consistently operates at the top of its kitchen game. Aspects of that game include inventiveness, occasional elegance, and playfulness accompanied by fantastic flavors.
Although the food is the main reason you want to head out to Ambrose and Eve, the libations are not bad either. And if an atmosphere reminiscent of family makes you thirsty, no worries. There are a wide variety of wine bottles available at half-price on Wednesdays. So you can drop by with your aunt Margaret to try them out. The cocktails also make for a worthy visit to Ambrose and Eve. One of the most delightful cocktails at Ambrose and Eve, is Dexter’s Never Been to Mexico, a concoction that is mezcal-heavy featuring a gritty texture, milky color, grapefruit, as well as that delightful grown-up buzz provided by mezcal.
Ambrose and Eve’s menu — which incorporates flavors from across the world while riffing on childhood memories — invites patrons to share, just like they do at Buca di Beppo. However, instead of chicken saltimbocca platters and huge bowls of mediocre pasta, the Columbus establishment treats patrons to an experience where ingredients, quality, and creativity are valued. The dinner menu is divided into large-format suppers, a section dubbed “ Make Friends”, vegetable dishes, and snacks. Brunch is also available during weekends. The best way to go when navigating the dinner menu is to order one of the suppers for 2 to 4 people, or the first 3 sections for 2 people to share.