The Walrus

143 E. Main Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Popular with the downtown crowd, as well as the nearby German Village neighborhood residents and those who work in the southern part of Columbus’ core, The Walrus is an upscale dive bar if there ever was one. It might look like a quiet place from the outside, but the nice mix of cocktails, the friendly staff of bartenders inside, the crowds on the weekends and the karaoke during the weeknights leave this place popular into the evenings in addition to the ever present lunch rush. The menu is all quality food, though, and that’s not easy to overlook.

The menu is mostly sandwiches and nicer pub grub, a little different from your typical dining experience. Good things to try:

  • Lobster Roll: Probably my favorite one of these kinds of sandwiches in town. They’re uncommon too. The mounds of lobster salad are stuffed into a thin New England roll with plenty of butter. Lobster meat has a lot of very subtle flavors, so it needs a very mild topping. This is wonderful.
  • Shrimp Po Boy: Fried shrimp stuffed between a giant hoagie with the house slaw, thai chili and a citrus remoulade. It’s an interesting combination, crunchy shrimp, the sweet chili, the creamy cole slaw, all of it just goes together so wonderfully. Don’t miss it.
  • Walrus fries: These french fries are half-way between the shoestring variety and the long thin steak fries. They’ve got a rough outside, likely coming from a bit of parmesan cheese, and a nice, satisfying salty crunch.
  • Old fashioned: The typical whiskey cocktail is a real piece of work here, plenty of bitters and just a bit of sweetness for good measure.

This is a nice kind of bar that works especially well with the lunch rush, because the staff is friendly and the food comes pretty quickly as they turn tables over at record pace. Food is on par with higher-caliber bistros; prices are elevated a bit above normal and yet the quality of the food matches it.

Kind of under-appreciated, I think, this spot has a lot of young folks living nearby and able to enjoy its food, and for that reason lunch is definitely crowded. But how light the evenings go definitely leads me to think this spot isn’t known quite as well as the spots in the Short North, which are much more filled on the weekends. There’s just too much to like about the Walrus to miss a chance to come here and try the food. Highly recommended.


  • There are good specials like $1 off some beers on weeknights, as well as things like karaoke nights.
  • The seafood dishes are the best, hands down. I highly suggest you try the lobster roll.
  • A ton of good beers from all over the state here.

The Walrus Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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