The Best Restaurants in Columbus, According to our Tastemakers

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.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Service Bar, Gallerie Bar & Bistro, G. Michael's Bistro & Bar
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, American
Neighborhoods:Short North - Arena District, Columbus, German Village
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Date
Time
7:00 PM

Service Bar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Short North - Arena District
473 reviews
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Creative Cuisine
  • 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 innovation and nostal...

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Gallerie Bar & Bistro

$$$$·American·
Columbus
526 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups

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 restaurant embraces Oh...

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G. Michael's Bistro & Bar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
German Village
2,926 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

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 and always feature lo...

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Best Service in Columbus
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Wolf's Ridge Brewing

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Columbus
1,767 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great Beer
  • Special Occasion

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 space for craft beer a...

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Great for Brunch in Columbus
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Lindey's

$$$$·Contemporary American·
German Village
6,687 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem

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 spot located in the hist...

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Best Ambiance in Columbus
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Fireproof Restaurant & Lounge

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Short North - Arena District
825 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion

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 vibrant atmosphere and...

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Good for Groups in Columbus
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South Village Grille

$$$$·American·
German Village
311 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Brunch

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 the heart of the bust...

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Best Overall in Columbus
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Martini Modern Italian

$$$$·Italian·
Short North - Arena District
3,725 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

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-energy with a sleek,...

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Italian in Columbus
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Del Mar SoCal Kitchen

$$$$·Californian·
Columbus
1,200 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Hot Spot

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 good times to remember. ...

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Forno Kitchen and Bar

$$$$·American·
Short North - Arena District
1,964 reviews
  • Hot Spot
  • Happy Hour
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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 small plates, with beauti...

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Best Overall in Columbus
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The Keep Kitchen & Liquor Bar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Columbus
721 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Quiet Conversation

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 brasserie and ushering i...

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The Eagle Short North

$$$$·American·
Short North - Arena District
295 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual

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-roaming, all-natural chicke...

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Best Value in Columbus
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SOW Plated

$$$$·Fusion / Eclectic·
Upper Arlington
516 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Great for Lunch

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 concept built on a fl...

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Fit for Foodies in Columbus
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