Written by: Steve Stover
Date: July 16, 2013

Exterior pf the Crest Gastropub

The renovated Crest Gastropub in Clintonville. Photo by Steve Stover.

The patio at the Crest Gastropub surrounds diners with plants.

The patio at the Crest Gastropub surrounds diners with plants. Photo by Steve Stover.

Rustic Caesar salad at the Crest Gastropub.

Rustic Caesar salad at the Crest Gastropub. Photo by Steve Stover.

The Crest Gastropub's features the quinoi salad with asparagus, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, and beets.

The Crest Gastropub’s features the quinoi salad with asparagus, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, and beets. Photo by Steve Stover.

The old Crest Tavern was a popular Clintonville bar for decades. Now, the completely redone Crest Gastropub brings quality, made-from-scratch food, featuring fresh, local, grown-on-site ingredients and creative riffs on new American pub dining.

The outdoor setting is wonderful with a plant-filled patio featuring fresh herbs, tomatoes, flowers. Then there is an entire garden on the roof. Inside, the Crest is light and airy, with a large bar and plenty of seating.

The interesting menu includes bar snacks, like chips, olives and pickles for $3 each; 10 appetizers range from from $8 to $12; salad and soup, with six on the menu from $6 to $13 for the seared tuna entree salad; sandwiches and burgers from $8 to $12 and five different sides from $3 to $5.

At our table of four, we shared the large grilled rustic Caesar salad with spicy chipotle Caesar dressing, served on a butcher block. This salad also comes with chicken or salmon.

One highlight was the excellent Crest burger, cold-smoked house ground burger, with caramelized beer onions, herb mushrooms, Havarti cheese, and oven roasted tomato on an artisan brioche bun. It is one of the best burgers in memory.

The lamb burger, with mint, feta, tzatziki sauce, and caramelized onions on brioche bun, was very good, as was the with asparagus, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, and beets. The wood fired mac & cheese, and the sweet potato fries received high marks from our group.

The beer list is outstanding, with more than 50 varieties, from Ohio to Belgium, well chosen and priced from $4 to $10. There is also a cocktail list, featuring three barrel-aged cocktails that are $10 each, and a small but carefully selected wine list. We had an Orrin Swift Locations “E” which runs $30.

Very good food, value prices, and attentive, pleasant service mean that we will return to The Crest Gastopub soon.

The Crest Gastropub, 2855 Indianola Ave. in Clintonville. 268-6838.
facebook.com/TheCrestGastropub
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.


  • 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.