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Rusty Bucket Tavern

€€ - €€€
American, Bar, Pub
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7800 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH 43235-1354
+1 614-436-2626
11:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun 11:30 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Columbus, Ohio
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170 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Met a friend for lunch. Expected the place to be packed with a wait but was able to get right in. BBQ Chicken salad was quite tasty. A nice reasonable place in Clintonville to have a nice lunch.

Thank SPG-BA
Columbus, Ohio
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36 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

We ordered the spinach con queso dip. It was TERRIBLE. The chips were too thin and weak to scoop up any of the dip - they would just crack. Even worse, the spinach wasn't chopped. The consistency was terrible - imagine eating 5 inch long strands of hair doused in cheese sauce. You try to scoop up just a little,... More 

1 Thank Mingo49
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

The Rusty Bucket is a wonderful go to restaurant when you want some good old-fashioned comfort food. Ver meatloaf is fantastic, the Double Nickel salad Harkens back to the 55 restaurant group and that wonderful 55 salad. The bar has a good selection of local and National craft beers, the fireplace is always inviting and we really enjoy all of... More 

Thank Chip V
Columbus, Ohio
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165 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016

This one just opened in Clintonville in Columbus, OH. Ordered the Margherita Pizza and to start, the Double Nickel salad. Waited a bit too long for the pizza, which arrived at the table nearly cold. I'll give them a pass on this visit since this is place just opened and they are getting their act together. Some might not be... More 

Thank Tech-trekker
Columbus, Ohio
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75 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

We go to Rusty Bucket on a pretty regular basis - usually the location on Olentangy River Road, which is handy - and it is *consistently* good. Perfect place to grab an easy meal in a comfortable, casual setting. I'd have given one more star, but they removed their excellent hot dog from the menu. :(

Thank JohnC33
Los Angeles, California
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98 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2015

I've been to this place with family a handful of times, always with kids in tow, and they never fail to welcome our rowdy bunch into the restaurant. The staff here are really friendly folks and always snag some kid's items for my two nieces. I'm a very big fan of their black bean burger - it's got a good... More 

Thank SFO-World-Traveller
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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2015 via mobile

Restaurant had a fun atmosphere and loud music. I found it a little odd that most of the tvs were playing infomercials but didn't hold that against them. Ordered the fish sandwich and it was quite delicious!Only problem was that it took way too long to get our food and drinks. Seemed understaffed and like everyone was running around but... More 

Thank Sharig283
Monroe, Michigan
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230 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2015

Our server offered impressive friendly and helpful service! The food was scrumptious, high quality and is prepared fresh per order! And, of course, the restaurant was busy, busy, busy on a weekday night and reservations are recommended, especially on weekends. The atmosphere is vibrant, was well attended by families and singles, and this chain restaurant has all the elements of... More 

Thank Vacationers2007
New York, New York, United States
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131 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2015

This is a place with great service and food. It was Weds night was busy and we were seated fast and served quickly. Try the Pot Stickers they were A+. we had three dishes and they were perfect.

Thank Tom O
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2015

I had lunch with my family and it was very good. I had the Rueben with sweet potato fries. My brother had the wings. Good service.

Thank Carolyn P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7800 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH 43235-1354
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Columbus
  • Phone Number: +1 614-436-2626

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?