Emil’s Bar

8887 Gratiot Ave
Columbus, 48063
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First of all - this 2 star rating is only possible because some of the food was really very good. The service, however, would get negative stars if that were possible. It was horrible. Easily top-5 worst dining experiences I've ever had. Get carry out, seriously. First, the waitress was pretty vague. It was clear her mind was elsewhere. Yes, there were 10 of us. But putting the complexities of serving a larger party aside - she didn't answer questions: when asked what salad dressings were available she just stood there not saying anything. She had no knowledge of the menu: when one of our party asked for Dr. Pepper this is the conversation that followed: "we don't have that" "It's on the menu" "We have pepsi products". Yes, both Dr. Pepper and Pepsi products were clearly on every one of our menus. She also didn't know what was on the Mexican Pizza, and seemed confused when different wing-sauces were referenced. While that would have been bad enough in itself - it became clear after far too much waiting that something was wrong in the kitchen. Our food not only took 45 minutes to BEGIN to arrive, but arrived haphazardly and out of order for another 40 minute stretch. All with NO explanation from the waitress. 1 appetizer was brought. The other seemed to have been forgotten about until we reminded her. That took another 10 minutes. Then two of us got our buffalo wing entrees before anyone else got their food. With no mention of the salad or soup that others had ordered, which either never arrived or arrived far too late. After another 10 minutes, 1 hamburger was delivered, cold and with cold fries. The fries were sent back. Meanwhile, other tables had come in after us and been served (hot food) before us. At this point, one would expect the waitress or even a manager to come over and apologize, explain the situation, ask if we wanted refills on our drinks and thank us for our patience. None of that happened. We were now being treated like we were, at best, an inconvenience. A couple other entrees arrived about 10 minutes after that, again with no explanation. By the time the last person got their food it was fully an hour and a half after we'd ordered, and no more than 2 people ever got their food within 5 minutes of each other. We were clearly unhappy, and upon complaining to the waitress, her response was "I'm not the cook". Unbelieveable!! Then, another waitress came over and, when we mentioned that an apology and explanation would have been nice as soon as someone realized there was a problem, she said "I heard her apologize already, but she's not the cook so it's not her fault." At no point did we ever get a simple apology. Finally, one of the cooks came out with our bill and said that they had taken 20% and all of our non-bar drinks off the bill. In my opinion, that doesn't compensate for the negligent wait staff and clearly unprepared cooks. The takeaway? The Artichoke dip was heavenly. The buffalo wings, quesadilla, and fried pickles were good. The mexican pizza was good but covered in way too much grease. the grilled chicken portobella was awful, rubbery and obviously not grilled. Everything else was mediocre.
Emil's tavern was one of the most interesting bars I have been in yet. If you were to see it from the road you would probably drive right past it. It looks like an old beatup corner store. But when you walk in it was like walking into the old' west. A guy coming in his cowboy boots and hat would fit right in. The place was so old fashioned they had an old plastic fan pushing the air around... I kinda felt like I was back in Oklahoma. Emils's is known around town for having the best buffalo burger in town. The rumors did not let me down. 1/2 lb Buffalo Burger Burger - *** Service - **** Price - ** Overall - *** The vegatables that came on this burger seemed like they were picked from the garden out back. Fresh and crisp! It also came with homemade potato chips that made a guy wanna snack on them all night. The service in this place was great, we never had an empty drink. We went around dinner time but it looks like the kind of place that would kick off on a saturday.... might have to venture back sometime!
Food is okay. Couple waitresses are nice. Place is falling apart. No hot water in restrooms. Faucets are falling apart. Dirty dirty dirty everywhere.

(586) 430-1708

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