Written by: Steve Stover
Date: June 1, 2018
Rooftop bars are one of the hottest trends in Columbus restaurants right now. The city has at least a dozen, with more to open this summer.
Vaso Rooftop Lounge is one of the newest — and one of the best. Vaso is located on the eighth floor of the new AC Hotel by Marriott in the Bridge Park Development on Riverside Drive in Dublin.
The setting, decor and views are stunning, with floor-to-ceiling windows and mostly high-top tables and chairs. Vaso offers a small amount of soft seating, but no traditional tables. It feels like an upscale, big-city bar. The patio, which opened in May, is spacious and comfortable, with group seating and three private cabanas that can be reserved.
Our party of four sat in the northwest corner of the restaurant, where we enjoyed views of Dublin, the Scioto River valley and a spectacular sunset.
We enjoyed the Domaine Montrose Rose (Provence – $40). The menu features authenic Spanish and Mediterranean tapas and small plates and the flavorful food is well prepared and presented — many with small green salads.
We shared two dishes per person from the menu: a ceviche of sea scallop, cucumber, lime, sunflower ($13); grilled Manchego cheese bocadilla (sandwich) with spiced honey ($10); charcutierie plate ($15): chorzio, Serrano ham, drunken goat cheese, smoked Manchego, Cana de Oveja (another goat cheese); a very large portion of fried calamari with sweet chili sauce ($14); spicy chorizo empanadas with piquillo pepper aioili (2 for $10); crispy jamon (ham) croquettes with smoked paprika “ranch” dressing (4 for $11); lamb albondigas (meatballs) with olives and romesco sauce (4 for $13) — which was tasty, but a little done — and roasted Brussels sprouts salad ($11).
Afterward, we moved to the rooftop patio for flourless chocolate cake with spiced berry coulis ($7), a glass of wine and a nice breeze — a great end to the evening.
Vaso Rooftop Lounge is a welcome addition to Dublin, and Columbus, serving up large portions by way of reasonably priced small plates. Add a lovely terrace with spectacular views, and Vaso is definitely worth a visit.
Vaso Rooftop Lounge
AC Marriott; 6540 Riverside Drive, Dublin, OH 43017
Free garage parking in rear of hotel
Monday-Thursday, 4pm – midnight
Friday, 4pm – 2am
Saturday, 11am – 2am
Sunday, 11am – midnight
The kitchen is open weekdays until 10pm and 11pm on weekends.