Nearby points of interest
Restaurants you may also like
Nearby points of interest
About The Top Steak House
Take a step back to a more indulgent time, when steaks were bigger, drinks were stronger and we all lived like Mad Men.
The Top Steak House is a Columbus, Ohio, restaurant icon. They’ve been serving juicy charbroiled steaks, jumbo lobster tails, slowly roasted ribs, seafood and gin martinis since 1955. And they only get better with age.
Columbus, OH 43209
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live Music Every Night. Dave Powers: Monday, Pete Skradey: Tuesday, Sonia Modes: Wednesday, LG
Jerry Wolfe: Friday, Sonia Modes: Saturday, Pete Skradey: Sunday
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Top Steak House Ratings and Reviews
My brother, visiting from Sarasota, Florida, found The Top to have "excellent cuisine and outstanding service in an elegant and very tasteful atmosphere; an excellent dining experience." He had escargot followed by a petit filet. Our guest also had a petit filet and she likewise found it to be excellent. I also started with escargot, followed by wonderful, well-prepared prime rib. All three dinners were accompanied by huge Idaho baked potatoes and equally large portions of broccoli. The Top is a first-class, first-rate 1950s era steakhouse. This was the second visit to The Top for all three of us. We would all go back again and highly recommend it.
It was ok, not the best by any means though. I don't like the caddy of sour cream and butter for the potatoes. I asked for it on the side and then it was plopped all over my potato.
Steak was a little cold, broccoli was crunchy and not cooked through. My husbands bacon wrapped filet-bacon was fatty and greasy and when he took it off the steak, it was grey underneath.
I took my filet home and it tasted better the next day in my quesadilla that I put it in.
I didn't see anyone under the age of 30 eating there, mostly people who probably have been eating there since the day they opened with their parents and they "think" it's good because there is nothing else to compare it to.
I'd rather drive 90 minutes and go back to Ruth Chris in Cincinnati and I will next time.
We had the most delicious meal - prime rib and lobster - and the menu includes some wonderful offerings from the '50's era . Our server was so kind, solicitous, and knowledgeable about the menu and the history of The Top. What a Columbus gem!
The Top is a special place for dining. First of all when you enter The Top, you are stepping back in time to that era reminiscent of Sinatra and the boys. The booths are cozy, the atmosphere is "cool" and the Martinis are flowing. The steaks are classic and excellent. All the sides and salads and appetizers you'd expect. But then there's the piano bar. If your lucky, you grab a spot at the piano bar and you are pleasantly entertained with all your favorites. Love The Top
There is a close atmosphere here because of space, and unfortunately we had some very loud parties near us and the more they drank, the less we wanted to be in the area. The food and service was as expected: good! I would go again, but be aware that there is not a lot of space and you will not have a "private" affair on the weekend as it is usually very busy because the food is good.
Nice atmosphere for adult dining experience
Good wine list
Only disappointment was that my strip steak was overlooked -- requested medium rare and it was served medium well (not even close)
To their credit they returned the correctly cooked steak promptly
Great prime rib if you like it on the rare side. (Although I've had what I ordered at Longhorn that was every bit as good for CONSIDERABLY less money). My wife ordered "medium well" and I asked for "as rare as you have." Mine was just fine while hers was almost as rare as mine. Definitely undercooked! Fantastic salads. Tables are on top of one another; felt like the person at the table next top me was sitting on my lap. Pleasant piano music (even though the piano clearly needed some tuning and repair).
We have dined at The Top since our dating days in the 1960's. Despite change in owners, the right owners have stepped forward and continue to make this restaurant a very special dining experience. With Denver in the kitchen and Jeanne in the dining area, this magnificent couple makes each dining experience delectable. The servers are professional experts, knowing how to graciously meet every need of the diners.
Very good- a dining experience and not just a meal. This is a time consuming event. Lots of details. Older building with old 50s look and even a pianist and singer. It's the type of meal to take your time and enjoy.
I had the filet cooked rare and it had amazing texture. My boyfriend had the rib eye and he loved it as well. The bread served at the beginning is great too. Creamy butter with a salty crust.
All other food makes me sad after the ribeye we had. Oh wow was it delicious and perfectly prepared. I think it's a law you have to get the delicious, garlicky escargot.
Friendly (if inexperienced) service, good timing. Wonky table by the fireplace and kitchen wasn't my favorite.
My first time at the Top and while the food was incredible, the service was incredibly lacking. I paid in cash and was not given my change until I asked for it, then was given $20 less in change by the server. This $20 was to serve as part of the tip. The server said the payment switched hands 4 times so he didn't know what happened to the $20!! What?! I'll stick to excellent service and matching food at Hyde Park and Mitchell's.
Have heard for many years about The Top Steak House. It was as good or better than described. More food than we knew what to do with, great drinks and good service. The only negative for us (and I wear hearing aids) was the noise level, but on a scale of 10, it is a 9.5 and only not a ten because of noise. Fantastic food.
Loved the atmosphere. The service was wonderful. The food was sub par due to both the filet and lobster being chewy. Filet was undercooked and lobster was overcooked. Hopefully this was just an off night for the chef because so many people rave about the food! We will give it another shot some day down the road.
We loved the Top Steakhouse. Had not been for many years. Wanted to dine with friends, and thought the Top might still be the best steak house in town. Saw Matt Munhall plays piano on Wednesdays, and we really love his music. It was a perfect night. No changes have been made, so it is a real step back in time. No chain restaurant here. The best steak I have ever had, and the prime rib was the best partner has ever had. Well worth a visit. Very dark inside, takes a minute for your eyes to adjust.
Very disappointed in our experience. I had onion rings which were cool and lacked flavor. My steak was a rib eye and was VERY fatty. The mushrooms were very salty. The bill with the tip was $170. I could of had an equal experience at Texas Roadhouse for $60.
Server was attentive when he stopped by but had lots of tables. As a single woman dining alone, I felt like I wasn't a priority - 20 minutes before I saw him the first time, way too much time to get my wine & each course. Steak was good but a bit overcooked. This was very different from my visit with a group and with what I saw at other table groups. But I don't totally blame my server. I think lots of kitchens time things for groups, not singles.
Service was ok..... after we asked about the Pre Fix special she seemed less interested in us. She didn't mention this special to us or anyone around us either.
Also a couple came in halfway through our dinner an they reeked of smoke which didn't add to the experience.