The Most Fun Restaurants in Columbus

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Columbus sits smack in the center of Ohio and gives the state its rep for great college sports! The city has an energy and excitement that makes it one of the most interesting places in the Midwest. As Ohio’s capital city, Columbus gets its name from the famous explorer, Christopher Columbus! Columbus houses Ohio State University, one of the largest universities and football schools in North America. You'll also find the nation’s top science center and an impressive municipal park system. During a visit, you can stroll through the Short North Arts District, watch a game in the Arena District or kick back and enjoy some great food along the Scioto Mile downtown. The city’s incredible culinary scene keeps growing and growing, so serious foodies will have no trouble staying stimulated here! But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to the Tastemaker Lists. If in the mood for a little entertainment along with your meal, check out our Tastemaker 20 List of the most fun restaurants in Columbus. Book a table today!

Restaurants:Speck Italian Eatery, Fireproof Restaurant & Lounge, Rodizio Grill Columbus
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Contemporary Italian, Tapas / Small Plates, Steakhouse
Neighborhoods:Delaware, Short North - Arena District, Columbus

Speck Italian Eatery

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Delaware
205 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Speck Italian Eatery, located on Winter Street in Delaware, is a contemporary Italian restaurant with a casual, laid-back atmosphere. Locals think it’s one of the most fun restauraRead more
97% recommended
Best Overall in Columbus

Fireproof Restaurant & Lounge

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Short North - Arena District
376 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Hot Spot
If you’re looking for a fun restaurant in Columbus in the Short North - Arena District, check out Fireproof on High Street! It’s a casual dining spot with a focus on tapas ad LatinRead more
87% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Columbus

Rodizio Grill Columbus

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Columbus
967 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Special Occasion
Rodizio Grill is a Brazilian steakhouse that offers a super fun dining experience in Columbus! The concept offers a dozen rotisserie grilled meats, each one perfectly seasoned and Read more
93% recommended
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The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro

$$$$·Contemporary French / American·
Upper Arlington
3,779 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
The Refectory offers a lovely respite for those looking for a fun date or an off-the-beaten-path night out. It’s the perfect place to escape the fast-paced energy of the city and eRead more
94% recommended
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1808 American Bistro

$$$$·American·
Delaware
1,196 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
1808 American Bistro is a popular new American restaurant located in Delaware, OH. This charming, rustic eatery has a super varied menu and locals think it is one of the most fun rRead more
93% recommended
American in Columbus

Service Bar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Short North - Arena District
473 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Special Occasion
Service Bar is a casual dining spot with a central location on Courtland Avenue. It’s the perfect place to stop for a fun meal after work! Executive Chef Avishar Barua creates deliRead more
94% recommended
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G. Michael's Bistro & Bar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
German Village
2,738 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. The restaurant features a brand of low country cuisine with mRead more
96% recommended
Best Service in Columbus

Cameron's American Bistro

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Worthington
3,526 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Cameron’s American Bistro opened 25 years ago and continues to serve the Columbus community with delicious Contemporary American Food. It’s a local favorite in the Worthington neigRead more
97% recommended
Best Service in Columbus

Hofbrauhaus Columbus

$$$$·German·
Columbus
675 reviews
  • Great Beer
  • Good for Groups
  • Fun
If you have an appetite for German food, Hofbrauhaus is the place to go in Columbus! Located On Goodale Boulevard, this restaurant models itself after the legendary 400+-year-old HRead more
97% recommended
Kid Friendly in Columbus

Texas de Brazil - Columbus

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Columbus
2,848 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Texas de Brazil is not just your average restaurant. It’s a complete dining experience like no other and blends the traditions of Brazilian cuisine with generous Texan hospitality Read more
82% recommended

SOW Plated

$$$$·Fusion / Eclectic·
Upper Arlington
303 reviews
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Healthy
  • Creative Cuisine
For a delicious and healthy meal in Columbus, head to SOW Plated in the Upper Arlington Neighborhood of Columbus. It’s a made-from-scratch restaurant concept built on a flavor-forwRead more
96% recommended
Best Overall in Columbus

bd's Mongolian Grill – Arena

$$$$·Asian·
Short North - Arena District
180 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Worth the Drive
  • Good for Birthdays
Bd’s Mongolian Grill is the world’s top Create Your Own Stir-Fry restaurant concept where guests get to choose their own meats, seafood, vegetables, salads, sauces and spices to miRead more
91% recommended
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The Melting Pot - Columbus

$$$$·Fondue·
Columbus
1,739 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
If you are looking for an amazing restaurant where you can celebrate a big occasion, look no further than “The Melting Pot.” Relax in the inviting, warm atmosphere and let the servRead more
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Dairy Dose @ 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 eatery in the Italian Village neighborhood in Columbus. In addition to the restaurant, it features a charming little wine shop, a deli, a larRead more
98% recommended
Best Value in Columbus
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