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Bistro 310

310 4th St.
Columbus  Indiana  47201
United States
(812) 418-8212
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Midwest Living Review

This sophisticated bistro offers Columbus a taste of upscale Continental cuisine in a cozy, comfortable setting.

Take one step inside and you'd never know Bistro 310 is located in a former parking garage. The classy interior includes neutral decor (the cobalt blue water glasses add a dash of color), a full-service bar, trendy light fixtures and local art. Chef/proprietor Jeff Maiani has created an enticing menu that mixes French cooking with the Slow Food movement. Maiani makes an effort to use regional products and credits them on the menu so diners know exactly where their meals are coming from. The menu is pretty adult here, but we were pleased to see some kids in the dining room. Bistro 310 serves lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch; menus change frequently to reflect seasonal ingredients. We ordered the seafood jambalaya and a crusted halibut fillet with mashed potatoes and chanterelle mushrooms. Both came with adequate mixed-green house salads (we could have chosen a Caesar instead) and bread with fresh butter. Entrees run $16 to $29. The jambalaya was delicious, full of chunky vegetables, thick slices of sausage, two large shrimp and a handful of mussels. It was pretty spicy; we almost started sweating after the first few bites, but it wasn't overpoweringly bold. The halibut fillet had a smooth, buttery texture. Bistro 310 offers a fairly decent wine list (glasses start at $7) and a shorter beer menu with domestics and a few imports. The dessert menu includes mouthwatering choices like creatively flavored creme brulees ($6; the maple version with chocolate-covered bacon is definitely worth a taste) or a selection of cheeses with fresh fruit ($9). Ooh la la.

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