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Diners' Choice: Best Value restaurants in Columbus

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best value restaurants in Columbus? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of The Flying Pepper Cantina restaurant
4.9
4.9 (324)
$31 to $50
Contemporary Mexican
Bellefontaine
About the restaurant
We set aside tables for your last minute needs. If you do not see a reservation that fits your needs, please give us a call or come on in!

The Flying Pepper Cantina will continue to offer the popular menu that is enjoyed at the food truck and will expand their creative flavors and unique ingredients by offering additional variety, tapas, a rotating seasonal fare, and a new way to discover fine foods in a relaxed atmosphere. Humberto will stay true to his Mexican roots while introducing cuisine that offers unfamiliar and unexpected flavors in a friendly environment with fresh, local foods as the market and Ohio seasons allow. Patrons will have the opportunity to compliment these flavors with a fresh approach to tequila, local craft beer and a specialty menu of cocktails.

Top review
Pinkyfatfatvip
Dined on Jun 26, 2024
The food is sooo flavorful! Your tastebuds will thank you! From the queso with chorizo to the sope, you can’t go wrong with apps. The seasoning on the al pastor is divine. Make sure you save room for dessert. The cheesecake-esque dish is delish!”
A photo of Rhapsody - Nelsonville restaurant
4.6
4.6 (360)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Columbus
About the restaurant
Rhapsody is a casual fine dining restaurant featuring Local Appalachian cuisine. Located in downtown Nelsonville, Ohio's beautiful Public Square, the Rhapsody is easy to get to and is centered in the arts district.

These cutting-edge comfort foods use local fresh ingredients, including vine ripe tomatoes, garden grown basil, local Amish cheese, and house made cheese spreads. Our steaks, chops, and chicken are produced locally, free of growth hormones and antibiotics. Our salads are made with fresh Athens area greens and vegetables. Electric Auto Charging in close proximity!

Top review
BradleyM
Dined on Jul 10, 2024
Fantastic food on a quiet Wednesday night. Would visit again
A photo of Chile Verde restaurant
4.9
4.9 (23)
$30 and under
Mexican / Southwestern
Columbus
About the restaurant
For more than 32 years, our local independent restaurant has been dedicated to bringing the flavor of New Mexico to Central Ohio. This cuisine takes extraordinary people, passion and effort to create. Our homemade, New Mexican family recipes blend the rich history of Native American, Spanish and Anglo traditions. The basis for these recipes is certified green and red chile imported from Albuquerque. From family gatherings to any special occasion, our loyal staff is committed to serving you. From our family in New Mexico and Columbus, to yours, we thank you for dining local.
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EllenR
Dined on Jul 12, 2024
Our favorite spot for Tex Mex/mexican food. Always fresh and delicious. Drinks are the best, too. Special salsas and cocktails not always on the menu are a fun surprise.
A photo of The Rossi Kitchen & Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (344)
$31 to $50
American
Short North - Arena District
About the restaurant
The Rossi has been a staple in Short North North Arts District for over 10 years. It stands as beacon to patrons thirsting for the perfect cocktail and hungry for eclectic dish in a casual, supper club atmosphere. Energetic, casual & comfortable restaurant located in Short North Arts District. Classic bar with small chef driven menu & regional wine list.
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WilliamB
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
We were greeted with a prompt and friendly tone which is always a great start to the dining experience. We were seated right away and immediately our server introduced herself and had a ton of knowledge on both the food and beverages. The drinks and appetizers were top notch. We got the ravioli and bread service. We shared their seasonal pizza which had a great char on the crust. The food was delicious. The service was excellent. We were subscription members of Offline and she spent the time to research even before we arrived. The manager and bar manager all frequently checked in on our experience. I highly recommend this place not only for the food but the service as well. Since this is in the short north be prepared for public parking in any one of those lots. You will need to walk from that garage to the restaurant but definitely worth the check out.
A photo of Lindey's restaurant
4.8
4.8 (8802)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
German Village
About the restaurant
Lindey's has been consistently voted one of Columbus' top restaurants for the past 38 years, and has been featured in the Washington Post, USA Today, the New York Times, Gourmet Magazine, The BigTen Network and the book "As the Tables Turn" by Sue Doody & Michael Rosen.

Lindey's is a high-energy, white tablecloth restaurant serving the finest American cuisine in an upper east side New York bistro setting. Nestled in historic German Village, the design incorporates original artwork, bentwood chairs, copper topped bars and hardwood floors. With its exciting and vibrant atmosphere, Lindey's has three main dining rooms, three private party rooms and an award winning outdoor courtyard that has been voted one of the top 100 patios in America by OpenTable.

Top review
DBDtravelervip
Dined 6 days ago
What a fabulous dining experience! Lindey’s salad, Pork chops and Barramundi all were outstanding as was the service. Highly recommend!
A photo of South Village Grille restaurant
4.8
4.8 (963)
$30 and under
American
German Village
About the restaurant
If you are looking for a place in Columbus, OH where you can kick back and have good food and drinks, drop by South Village Grille. Located in the heart of the bustling neighborhood of German Village, our restaurant boasts a Modern American menu that is rooted in European cooking techniques. We offer a range of dishes that everyone can enjoy, including pizzas, steaks, and fresh oysters.

Our drink selection is among the best in the area. We have an extensive wine list that pairs well with Modern American cuisine. In addition, we offer unique and flavorful cocktails, each of which is designed with a new perspective in mind.

Visit us and taste the South Village Grille difference for yourself. Our restaurant is open every day of the week, and brunch on the weekends. We look forward to having you dine with us.

Top review
Michael
Dined 4 days ago
We invited friends from out of town to dine here for the first time. The ambiance was great. We enjoyed wonderful appetizers and outstanding entrees. The food was made from scratch, and the servers were attentive and polite. We really enjoyed our time. Great value for the excellent cuisine. We'll be back.
A photo of Gallo's Kitchen restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1063)
$31 to $50
Creole
Upper Arlington
About the restaurant
Gallo's Kitchen & Bar features Creole and Italian cuisine. The restaurant's atmosphere is comfortable and friendly, providing a casual yet memorable dining experience. Head Chef, Tommy Gallo's culinary linage has ties to some of the best chefs of New Orleans. Offering a menu comprising of entrées, appetizers, sandwiches, soup and salads, providing fresh and flavorsome meals.

Popular dishes include Seafood Creole, The Daily Sautéed Fish, Ohio Proud Filet Mignon, Gumbo with rice, Chicken Etouffee, Pasta Russo Bolognese, Gallo's House Marinara, and Gallo's. The Daily Specials consists of creations by the restaurant's chefs. It's based on fresh fish, seasonal produce and local beef to provide customers with a unique dining experience.

Gallo's Kitchen also has a bar area known for an expansive wine list, featuring 24 glass pours and over 30 additional bottle listings. The bar also in known for craft cocktails and premium draft and bottled beers.

Top review
TraciP
Dined 3 days ago
Our waitress I think was Emily. So on top of her game!!! Seriously the food is the best. Gallo’s the best!!!
A photo of Marcella's - Short North restaurant
4.7
4.7 (5553)
$30 and under
Italian
Short North - Arena District
About the restaurant
Marcella’s is a bustling, urban burst of Italian flavor & energy. Marcella’s has a lively atmosphere – whether it be for sharing dinner or a late night snack. The dynamic bar provides a vibrant venue for sampling from a selection of 50 Italian wines served by the bottle or quartino (1/4 of the bottle), but don’t forget about the ample offerings of antipasti & pizza. Marcella’s brings an authentic Italian cafe to Columbus’ Short North Arts District.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Our food was amazing. We got the chicken Parmesan…the best I’ve ever had!
A photo of Trattoria Roma restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1553)
$30 and under
Italian
Grandview Heights
About the restaurant
Originally opened on Morse Road in 1990, Trattoria Roma relocated to it's current location on Grandview Avenue in 2000. For over 31 years, Trattoria Roma has been serving upscale classic Italian cuisine, with a great accompanying wine and cocktail list, and exemplary service.
Top review
CMHvinolovervip
Dined 7 days ago
Always a fav, and menu changes have it even better. Great locally owned and operated restaurant. If you get the Gorgonzola Chicken, add the smoked bacon per Kathy’s recommendation!
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A photo of Cap City Fine Diner & Bar - Grandview restaurant
4.7
4.7 (6751)
$30 and under
American
Grandview Heights
About the restaurant
As with any diner, you feel immediately comfortable and at ease. Like no other diner, it’s artsy and cool.

The Cap City menu follows suit, with recognizable favorites like meatloaf receiving unexpected and delightful upscale twists, alongside trendier chef-driven dishes with big flavors. Desserts at this Cameron Mitchell Restaurant are retro-cool, taste better than you remember, and are showstopper-sized.


Top review
LisaD
Dined 1 day ago
Always love Cap City Diner. The food and wait staff are great!! Keep up the good work team!!
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