Written by: Steve Stover
Date: March 17, 2014

Interior of the historic Old Mohawk in German Viilage. Photo by Steve Stover.

Interior of the historic Old Mohawk in German Viilage. Photo by Steve Stover.

The Old Mohawk really is old. It began as a general store and tavern in 1906, is reputed to have been a speakeasy and brothel during Prohibition; it has been a restaurant since 1933.

Today, the Old Mohawk is a popular German Village neighborhood gathering place, featuring “early pub decor,” with brick walls, tin roof, and plastic covered tables. The Old Mohawk has loads of character and local color, and lots of regulars, and it has a friendly, laid-back vibe.

The Old Mohawk menu offers substantial portions of sold, stick-to-your-ribs food at moderate prices.

The Turkey Reuben at the Old Mohawk. Photo by Steve Stover.

The Turkey Reuben at the Old Mohawk. Photo by Steve Stover.

The extensive menu features 12 appetizers, from $5.99 to $12.19, 14 soups and salads, $3.59 to 11.29 for the entree salad), 25 sandwiches, from $4.99 to $8.99 with chips and pickle, nine quesadillas, $5.99 to $8.99, and 10 entrees, from $10.99 to $12.99.

There are specials – Monday Pasta Night; Tuesday quesadillas – two for $10; Wednesday – lasagna $9.29; Thursday – homemade meatloaf $9.29; and Sunday – 8 ounce sirloin $9.99.

The Meat Loaf sandwich at Old Mohawk is a mouthful. Photo by Steve Stover.

The Meat Loaf sandwich at Old Mohawk is a mouthful. Photo by Steve Stover.

Our favorites were the open-faced meat loaf sandwich special with mashed potatoes and gravy; and the Mother Mohawk – grilled roast beef and homemade chicken salad, with Swiss cheese and horseradish sauce all on marble rye bread. The above average burger came cooked as requested on a butter-toasted bun. The homemade kettle chips with blue cheese & bacon were also a hit.

So, if you are looking for a neighborhood bar with a bit of history and solid food, give the Old Mohawk a try. Take a look at the urban legend involving the Old Mohawk and Al Capone.

The Old Mohawk
819 Mohawk Street (German Village)
614-444-7204
Hours: Sunday and Monday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Tuesday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. – Midnight
theoldmohawk.com


  • shrimlock

    The Silent Woman Bar was i believe on East Main, just east of James.
    The signage in neon or lit up from behind maybe, was extremely provocative.
    It showed an image of a female with her, holding her own head or her head somehow detached.
    Depicting the female as presumably silent. And even holding the knife?
    pretty grisly, and disturbing and was evident to anyone driving around there up till the 90’s, it seems.

  • shrimlock

    The other one that was near the Motel Greg Lashutka got in trouble win he was prosecutor, And i think that was on East Broad, that was the Pink Elephant.

  • Barbara Cruz

    what about hanleys steak house sullivant ave Columbus ohio

  • Barbara Cruz

    does anyone have a copy of the menu or pictures

  • Mr.Gale.B

    I need an exact and correct answer:
    Where was “Top of the Center” located? In WHAT building?

  • Otto Gronkowski

    Slow hipster service and slow kitchen. Expensive prices. Don’t visit if you want to see food on your table in under 45 minutes. However the food quality, taste and presentation is very good! Ambiance is contemporary cool inside, very different from what you may have the impression of from the exterior of this old Tim Horton’s location. Good bar and drink selection. Overpriced menu. On the west coast you can find this style of filipino restaurant serving same dishes for $7.50. Here they will set you back $12-$18. You can’t even get into appetizers for less than $10 unless you want a bowl of rice. Don’t know if they’ll survive, table turnover is way too slow, even though they’re making large profit margin per dish, it’s just way too slow. If you have an evening to kill, this would be a good hangout. Don’t attempt a weekday lunch or dinner. You’ll see a good hipster millinial crowd here.