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 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

The Rossi Bar & Kitchen

$$$$·American·
Columbus
143 reviews
  • Casual
  • Live Sports
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
473 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Special Occasion
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
96% recommended
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Gallerie Bar & Bistro

$$$$·American·
Columbus
530 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Business Meals
  • Casual
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
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G. Michael's Bistro & Bar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
German Village
2,755 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
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 Service in Columbus

Wolf's Ridge Brewing

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Columbus
1,653 reviews
  • Great Beer
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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
89% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Columbus
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The Market Italian Village

$$$$·Market Cuisine·
Short North - Arena District
167 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
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
98% recommended
Best Service in Columbus
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Lindey's

$$$$·Contemporary American·
German Village
6,021 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
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
Special Occasion in Columbus

Fireproof Restaurant & Lounge

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Short North - Arena District
404 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Hot Spot
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
89% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Columbus

South Village Grille

$$$$·American·
German Village
159 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Bar Seating
  • Fit for Foodies
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
96% recommended
Best Overall in Columbus

Martini Modern Italian

$$$$·Italian·
Short North - Arena District
3,415 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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
97% recommended
Notable Wine List in Columbus

Del Mar

$$$$·Californian·
Columbus
797 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
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
94% recommended
Hot Spot in Columbus

The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro

$$$$·Contemporary French / American·
Upper Arlington
3,780 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
94% recommended
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Forno Kitchen and Bar

$$$$·American·
Short North - Arena District
1,637 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Hot Spot
  • Happy Hour
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
97% recommended
Great for Brunch in Columbus

The Keep Kitchen & Liquor Bar

$$$$·Contemporary French / American·
Columbus
627 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Pre/post Theatre
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
Romantic in Columbus

The Eagle Short North

$$$$·American·
Short North - Arena District
246 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
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
93% recommended
Best Overall in Columbus

M Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Columbus
2,890 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
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
91% recommended
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The Crest Gastropub - Parsons

$$$$·Gastro Pub·
German Village
64 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
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
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SOW Plated

$$$$·Fusion / Eclectic·
Upper Arlington
313 reviews
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Healthy
  • Creative Cuisine
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
97% recommended
Best Overall in Columbus

The Table

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Short North - Arena District
634 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Local Ingredients
  • Fit for Foodies
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
97% recommended
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