1039 1ST Avenue Columbus GA 31901 US


Meritage is a locally owned & operated independent dinner restaurant, wine & martini bar and lunch time deli cafe.   

I would like for you to feel as though you are a guest dining in my home.

My passion for food started as a young girl in my mother and grandmother’s kitchen.  The adventure continued in grammar school with 4-H and cooking experiments with roommates after dental hygiene school. 

 My culinary adventure was throughout the Southeast as my late husband’s job took us to New Orleans, Huntsville, AL, Houston, TX and Jackson, MS before we moved back to Columbus in 1985.  All along the way, I took local classes and enjoyed learning the cuisine of each area.  

In 2003, I decided to explore a bit deeper and took culinary classes that led to an Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts.  Don't you think that this goes well with my earlier degree in Dental Hygiene?  I jokingly say that "I can either clean them or stain them"

Most recently, I have continued my studies and have earned Certified Sommelier (2010) with the Court of Master Sommeliers and Certified Specialist of Wine (2011) with the Society of Wine Educators.

My entry into the restaurant business in 2004 was what I would call an accident.  I tell folks that “I put my toe in the pool and someone pushed me in”.  To my surprise, that was over ten years ago.  I have had the privilege of working with my daughters as we strive to achieve the dreams that my late husband, John, had for us.  

Our current culinary team continues with the concepts that were created with my daughter, Chef Ashley.  Today, I have personally taken over the menu development and Chef Devrick Smith executes those concepts while mixing his ideas and personal touches to the menu.

Our goal at Meritage is to offer one of the best dining experience in the greater Columbus area with exceptional food, wine and service.  Meritage represents a unique blend of cuisines in a casually elegant, warm, friendly atmosphere.  For every day to special occasions, for lunch to relaxed, casual upscale dining, Meritage has something for everyone.  Come taste the experience at Meritage. 

The dress is casual. We want you to feel comfortable as though you were having dinner at the home of a friend.  Yes, jeans and shorts are fine with us. 

We are located in Uptown at 1039 1st Avenue, Columbus, Georgia 31901.  Just off Broadway, across from the new McClure theater of the Springer Opera House.
Phone 706-327-0707

Lunch is served Tuesday - Friday 11 am - 2:30 pm

Brunch/Lunch is served Saturday 10:30 am - 2 pm.

Dinner is served Tuesday - Saturday begining at 5:00 pm

We look forward to seeing you soon,

Faye Simmons & Team Meritage

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