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The Best Restaurants in Columbus, According to our Tastemakers

The OpenTable Team

Columbus, Ohio has an energy and excitement that makes it one of the most interesting places in the Midwest. It’s Ohio’s capital city and gets its name from the famous explorer, Christopher Columbus! The city is famous for having one of the largest universities and football schools in North America, being the nation’s top science center and boasting one of the best municipal park systems in the country! Whether you’re hopping in the Short North Arts District, taking in some sports at the Arena District or kicking back and enjoying some great food along the Scioto Mile downtown, there’s no shortage of things to do and see here. The city’s incredible culinary scene keeps growing and growing, too! If you want to know which hotspots are getting attention these days, check out our Tastemaker 20 List of the best restaurants in Columbus.

Restaurants:The Rossi Bar & Kitchen, Service Bar, Gallerie Bar & Bistro
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American, Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:Columbus, Short North - Arena District
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The Rossi Bar & Kitchen

$$$$·American·
Columbus
143 reviews
  • Cozy
  • Happy Hour
  • Authentic
The Rossi, located on High Street in the trendy Short North Arts District, is a cool, casual destination bar and restaurant. It occupies a historic storefront and features a classiRead more
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Service Bar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Short North - Arena District
413 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Fit for Foodies
The Service Bar is a casual dining spot on Courtland Avenue that locals consider one of the best restaurants in Columbus. Executive Chef Avishar Barua creates dishes that balance iRead more
91% recommended
Best Overall in Columbus
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Gallerie Bar & Bistro

$$$$·American·
Columbus
517 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Casual
  • Good for Birthdays
Gallerie Bar and Bistro started out as a French restaurant but now serves a range of contemporary French and American dishes. Located in the Swanky Hilton Columbus Downtown, the reRead more
100% recommended
Great for Brunch in Columbus

G. Michael's Bistro & Bar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
German Village
2,546 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
G. Michael’s Bistro and Bar offers a unique fine dining experience in the heart of Columbus’s historic German Village. They have a brand of low country cuisine with modern twists aRead more
96% recommended
Best Overall in Columbus

The Table

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Short North - Arena District
593 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good Vegetarian Options
The Table, located in the Short North Arts District, is a globally inspired, locally sourced restaurant. They work closely with farmers, urban gardeners, and other local creatives Read more
96% recommended
Great for Brunch in Columbus

Wolf's Ridge Brewing

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Columbus
1,500 reviews
  • Great Beer
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Brunch
Wolf’s Ridge Brewing, located on N. Fourth Street, is a family-owned and operated craft brewery and restaurant. The owners fun it with a deep desire to create a joyful gathering spRead more
87% recommended
Great for Brunch in Columbus

The Market Italian Village

$$$$·Market Cuisine·
Short North - Arena District
109 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
The Market Italian Village is a unique concept eatery in the Italian Village of Columbus. It features a neighborhood bottle shop, a deli, a restaurant kitchen and a cocktail bar - Read more
96% recommended
Great for Brunch in Columbus

Lindey's

$$$$·Contemporary American·
German Village
5,521 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Lindey’s is a longtime favorite of Columbus locals and is consistently featured in national publications as one of the top restaurants in the city. It’s a gorgeous fine-dining spotRead more
94% recommended
Best Ambiance in Columbus
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Fireproof Restaurant & Lounge

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Short North - Arena District
116 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
Fireproof Restaurant and Lounge is a global tapas restaurant in Columbus featuring hand-crafted cocktails, a fierce wine list, and a festive dining experience. They have a super viRead more
81% recommended
Hot Spot in Columbus

South Village Grille

$$$$·American·
German Village
92 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
Looking for a relaxing place to kick back and enjoy great food and drinks in German Village? Head to the South Village Grille, one of the best restaurants in Columbus. Located in tRead more
95% recommended
Best Food in Columbus
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Martini Modern Italian

$$$$·Italian·
Short North - Arena District
3,174 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Martini Modern Italian, located on North High Street in the Short North Arts District, is the place to go for timeless Italian food in Columbus. The restaurant is vibrant and high-Read more
91% recommended
Italian in Columbus

Del Mar

$$$$·Californian·
Columbus
497 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Hot Spot
  • Creative Cuisine
Del Mar is a full-service restaurant featuring the best of California-inspired dishes and cocktails. It honors the SoCal Kitchen mindset by providing good food, good vibes and goodRead more
91% recommended
Hot Spot in Columbus

The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro

$$$$·Contemporary French / American·
Upper Arlington
3,674 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
The Refectory is the perfect place to escape the fast-paced energy of the city and indulge in the respite of a peaceful, elegant dinner. This fine-dining restaurant features the coRead more
96% recommended
Best Overall in Columbus

Forno Kitchen and Bar

$$$$·American·
Short North - Arena District
1,406 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Happy Hour
  • Hot Spot
Forno Kitchen and Bar is another of the best restaurants in Columbus in the Short North Arts District. They offer the best atmosphere for enjoying casual American and Italian smallRead more
96% recommended
Best Overall in Columbus
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The Keep

$$$$·Contemporary French / American·
Columbus
532 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasion
The Keep Liquor Bar, located in the historic LeVeque Tower, is an American brasserie and liquor bar. It strikes a perfect balance between capturing the refined look of the old brasRead more

The Eagle Short North

$$$$·American·
Short North - Arena District
207 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Business Meals
  • Gluten Free Options
The Eagle Short North, located in the Short North Arts District, is a casual dining spot for delicious, inventive American food in Columbus. They start with cage-free, free-roamingRead more
100% recommended
Hot Spot in Columbus
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M Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Columbus
2,806 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
M Restaurant occupies a gorgeous riverside spot in downtown, just next to Bicentennial Park. It is Cameron Mitchell’s marquee restaurant and bar, a fine-dining spot for contemporarRead more
96% recommended
Best Ambiance in Columbus

The Crest Gastropub - Parsons

$$$$·Gastro Pub·
German Village
50 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for a Date
Located on Indianola Avenue in the Clintonville neighborhood of Columbus, The Crest Gastropub here is their flagship restaurant. It’s the first full-service restaurant owned by theRead more
88% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Columbus

SOW Plated

$$$$·Fusion / Eclectic·
Upper Arlington
108 reviews
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Healthy
  • Organic
For a truly delicious farm-to-table, made-from-scratch meal, head a little bit out of the city to Upper Arlington and pay a visit to SOW Plated. It’s a health-inspired restaurant cRead more
92% recommended
Best Ambiance in Columbus

Harvey & Ed's - Permanently Closed

$$$$·American·
Short North - Arena District
543 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
Harvey and Ed’s offers a unique approach to traditional delicatessens and locals think it’s one of the best restaurants in Columbus. Introduced by Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, it’Read more
81% recommended
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