BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse - Columbia

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$30 and under
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American

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Great Beer
Time counts at BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse. Since our humble beginnings back in 1978, we've continued to refine our brewhouse experience to make BJ's a place where you can make the most of any meal. We want BJ's to be a place where the moment you leave is the moment you plan on coming back. We pride ourselves in our craft and attention to detail. Our guests come here for our award-winning handcrafted beer. They come here for the Southern California twist we've put on the Chicago-style deep dish pizza. And they come here for our Pizookies®, our world-renowned dessert. But above all we know people come here to make their good times better. So in many ways we haven't just crafted a brand, but a mindset. And our guests are the reason for this. And it's because of them we're continually striving to make sure every moment they choose to spend with us counts. Welcome to BJ's, a restaurant with a Brewhouse soul.
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vipGerard
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great selection of healthy and delicious food and terrific service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Even though we had a reservation, waited 25 minutes with everyone else who walked in.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed our dinner at BJ’s. We had the Prime rib dip and the prime rib was very tender. The au jus sauce was very salty though. My husband got the spaghetti and meatballs and he said the sauce was too sweet for him. My grandson got the ribs and they were chewy. I will be back because I love their ham and cheese grilled sandwich on the parmigiana crusted bread which is my favorite. I just want to try something different.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Not all BJ Restaurants are the same. I have been to 2 or 3 others and had a great experience. I have tried this one in Columbia twice for dinner in the past 8 weeks. In both cases, the service was awful. Food was not served to the entire party at one time. Most recently, we were a party of 5 and instead of serving from both sides of the table, the server continually reached across or forced us to pass food and drinks across 2 others to get to the opposite side. You couldn't hear her to place your order so instead of walking around to the others side of the table, the server responded with an apology that her voice was soft, meaning "not her problem". I ordered a chicken entree dish and the piece of pre-sliced chicken was smaller than you would expect on top of a salad, much less a main entree. Bad service and poor controls of food leaving the kitchen is indicative of poor management. DON'T SAY YOU HAVEN'T BEEN WARNED!!

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KatelynM
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall1food4service2ambience4

The food at BJ's is always good. I think that is why I keep coming back. BUT the service either hit or miss. During this visit, I decided to make our reservation through OpenTable. When I arrived with our group of 6, I checked in at the hostess stand and was told we had to wait 2 hours for a table! Even with a reservation. The hostesses were very rude. We left and went to another restaurant instead. Then came back when our reservation was called 45 minutes later. They set us down at a very small booth when I had requested a table on our reservation.

Thirty minutes after our initial 45 minutes, we were seated at a table. But they had two larger parties and sandwiched us in between them. They moved those tables so close to use, we couldn't get out of our seats for the entire meal and our server (who was great, but overly busy) could barely get through with our food and drinks.

I love their food but I'll never go back on a weekend again.

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vipKdsims
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We have attempted to go to BJs several times (10) and i can state that sadly we have only received a combination of good food and good service one time.
Today, my sons birthday, the food was beyond bland the tortilla soup was over salted and my medium rare steak had to be sent back because it came out alone before all of the other entrees. None of this was the servers fault. The table was never bussed before the food came out we had to stack the plates ourselves the server was slow coming to check on us after the food was dropped and they didn’t celebrate my sons 12th birthday at all I was told by the server ‘we aren’t allowed to do that here’ and my reply was ‘anymore??’ He flat out lied and said yes. That IS the servers fault. I spoke to a female manager and her reply regarding the steak coming out early was pointless and the server just shrugged his shoulders and said i don’t know what happened. And walked away. After this experience my son finally understands why I don’t like eating here so we won’t be back. Spending over $200 for dinner is fine spending it with lack luster service and bad food should not be a thing. Beyond disappointing.

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TiffanyH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Had a reservation that was made a week ahead at 3
2:30pm, wasn’t seated until after 3pm. What’s the point of a reservation?

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ChristinaS
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time for my mom's bday! Would recommend , just make sure you.make a reservation it's pretty busy.

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JohnL
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

We made a 6:30 reservation and didn't get seated until 7:10.

JM
JenniferM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here never disappoints. The menu is expansive. I really appreciated that when I called to let BJs know that we were running late it was not an issue. When we arrived later than planned...it was not an issue and when half of our party was not there because they were traveling from Gaithersburg and got stuck in traffic, they still seated us. This will be our family "lets go out and celebrate" something spot!!!

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MaynardG
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

In general it was a great time. We like BJ's.

Tonight, despite a request in Open Table AND a verbal request when we arrived for a table "off to the side" and "not in the center", we were placed at a table, not a booth. In the center section. That table was next to the servers ramp and the restrooms, right in the main traffic flow of the restaurant. We got it straightened out eventually, but not without feeling like we were significantly inconveniencing the staff.

After that, the meal was very pleasant.

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vipMichael
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Typical sports bar fare with perhaps a few more options than most places. Food can be hit or miss between locations, but our Columbia visit left everyone pleased.

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cawngf
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The servers at BJ's are always so friendly and helpful AND patient. The menu has a variety of choices, many with a unique and tasty treat. I had the clam chowder soup bowl, where the restaurant even buttered and toasted the cap taken off to pour in the soup. With it a had a delicious Calabrese side salad--each ingredient was fresh and flavorful. So glad I've discovered this wonderfully atypical brewhouse.

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JonathanB
Miami
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food took longer than normal.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Horrible service.

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ToniM
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We waited 30 minutes past our reservation time then when we were seated, no one even acknowledged us for another 30 minutes. When we asked for a server we were told that the hostess would let someone know. She had an attitude and never did tell anyone. After receiving a waitress she never came back to check on us. The restaurant wasn't super busy either. We watched other families leave because they had been waiting so long as well as ask why no one acknowledged them for long periods of time. If I could give 0 stars I would. We were there for almost 3 hours and were only spoken to maybe three times. Unless you want to be disrespected and have 3 hours to waste, don’t go here for not so great food.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The server provided lackluster service, however the food was delicious.

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MMG75
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The Hostess had trouble finding my reservation so we had to wait, and then large parties that came after us were seated. We waited a long time and the food was cold. Tevin took excellent care of us despite the wait.

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vipRoux
Baltimore
72 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Fun place, great staff. Very busy!

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vipEatDrinkBeMerry
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

We have been a couple of times. Two disappointing factors for our last visit. We had a reservation, and were told to wait while the table was prepared. We waited, and after being called, had to wait while the young lady that was seating us finished a personal conversation with a co-worker. I finally interrupted to ask if our table was ready or not. Then young lady seating us did not bring napkins or utensils. So when our food came, we had no napkin or utensil. So we had to ask and wait and finally picked some up from another table that was set in advance. (And this happened the other time we were there as well). On a positive note, I have dietary restrictions, and have found their gluten free pizza to have the best crust I have had in a local restaurant, and they have several good (and healthy) options on the menu.

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Bembry
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Can’t go wrong here. If you like Cheesecake Factory this is similar, maybe better in some ways. Much more ipscale sports bar focused

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vipHubZone
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I thought making reservations in Opentable would eliminate a long wait for a table for my family. As it turns out we were Five minutes early for our seating, yet still had to wait 20 minutes for our table. Ridiculous! Whatever “system” BJ’s implements for seating and reservations needs to be revamped. Too many other restaurants in the area to put up with poor service.

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TraciL
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love BJ's! During peak times (Fri & Sat 5:30-7:30) even with Open Table you will end up waiting 15-20 minutes, but the food is great, drinks and beer selection are great and we always have good service. Prices are reasonable. And you MUST try their pizzas and Pizookies!

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vipKatherineK
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We went on Sat night. Were seated 25 min late even though we had a reservation. Hostesses and waiter were rude. Brought wrong food for one order twice, so we just kept it the 2nd time. Never apologized or even offered a friendly word. Won't be back.

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vipDinner
Baltimore
66 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Had reservations, but still had to wait 10 minutes to get seated. Then another 10 minutes to have a waiter arrive. (We had theatre tickets and had allotted enough time given service in the past.) We told our waiter and he assured us he would get us out in time. Once order was placed, food did arrive in timely manner.
Menu is extensive and the food was good - nicely flavored and temperature was correct. Not the “warmest” staff -not sure if it’s due to lack of training, experience or they just don’t like their jobs.
We will probably return and hope the staff gets better training.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

That’s it had no experience. Celebrated 2 birthdays, mentioned it via reservation and in person not even an acknowledgement from any of the staff. Is not about the free deserts is about feeling well come. Overall less than average.

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vipAdeA
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Decent food and drinks. Good service and great company!

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vipFoodiemon
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We’ve been several times to this location. Basic chain restaurant food. They were very busy (as always) but the server was still pleasant and helpful. One dish had the side sauce spilled on it and had to go back. The other dish was luke warm.

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BruceM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Extensive menu with a wide variety of choices including some interesting more healthy entree choices. Beer selections included their own brews as well as domestic and imported brands- I had the BJ Octoberfest beer and it was very good - I would try a beer flight next time. Comfortable seating, not jammed in, service was very good the only negative was that the noise level was on the high side, but it was a friday night, so to be expected. Overall the food and service was very good, we will return.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Had the tomato soup....too dense, like it was left on the stove all day. Same with the sauce for the roll appetizer, dense. The balsamic salad was great, but the portion was small

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good as always was delicious and the service was great. The nachos are so big and delicious but literally have 8 pieces of chicken on it. This happens every time and is so annoying as they are not cheap! Absolutely my favorite place to eat just don’t be so cheap with the poultry for nachos

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vipHarishK
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Terrible experience - sat 20mins after our reservation - another 20mins until someone even took drinks orders - then gets worse - wrong drink order - spilled beer all over my dinner and me and server refused to help.

I would characterize this restaurant as an owner that really wants to try but recruits a team of staff that at best doesn’t care and at worst is actively destroying their business.

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PamS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Lentil soup was best I ever had, and I have had it a lot at various restaurants in the area. Everything was delicious and our waiter was polite and attentive! Nice experience👍

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GandK
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Some negatives my plate of food was not as hot as it could have been - probably because it was done before the other meals in the group. Not a great selection of non-alcohlic beers since there was only one. No offer to refill the coffees. Otherwise the food was tasty - main course and dessert. Worth another try.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Daughters birthday. Long wait to be seated despite reservation, rudeness by check in people, long wait for food almost 1 hour, over salted fries etc

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall2food3service5ambience3

Food took an extreme long time to come out. We had a 6pm reservation and left at 845. Server was super attentive and friendly

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vipDandA
Baltimore
151 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good thing we had reservations since it was busy on a Tuesday. Our 2 year old at the table loved the fruit and bread treat given at the beginning; as well the crayons and coloring menu. Recommend: potato skins; pot sticker; all the entree salads; Philly cheese steak; turkey french dip and shrimp off the children's menu. Plentiful food and tasty. We will return.

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Sarah
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Overall, I enjoyed my first trip to this restaurant. There is a lot to choose from. I really wanted to try the avocado rolls but I I read several bad reviews. We ordered the loaded nachos which was huge! It really was enough for 4 or more people. Our meals (rib eye and Parmesan chicken) were good and so was the dessert. It is really noisy in there so it’s not a place to go on a “date”

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very nice experience. Waitress forgot our military discount but it was a busy night.

KB
KellieB
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband brought me here for lunch one Saturday, and I loved it! The food and service was excellent! I have since returned twice with co-workers. I've only had the deep dish ziti because it is just that good. I totally recommend this restaurant.

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BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse - Columbia does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse - Columbia also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (443) 393-8600.

BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse - Columbia is rated 3.8 stars by 109 OpenTable diners.

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