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Diners' Choice: Contemporary American restaurants in Columbus

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Contemporary American cuisine in Columbus? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of The Alcove Restaurant & Lounge restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1183)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Columbus
About the restaurant

Founded in 1911 as a small ice cream and candy shop in the heart of Downtown Mount Vernon, The Alcove offers the finest dining experience in Central Ohio. Our diverse menu includes steak and seafood favorites as well as our signature Prime Rib of Beef available Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings. Within feet of one-of-a-kind shops, just a block away from The Grand Hotel, across the street from The Woodward Opera House, and a few miles from Kenyon College and the Mount Vernon Nazarene University, our establishment is a great location for gathering with loved ones young, elderly, and in between. Whether you're entertaining or looking to be entertained, The Alcove is the perfect spot for you. | Join us today to experience Casual Elegance. We'll save you a seat. | Reservations and Carry-Out orders may also be made by calling us at 740.392.3076.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
High marks for our waitress and Rhonda at the front desk. Rhonda is always wonderful.
A photo of Lindey's restaurant
4.8
4.8 (8738)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
German Village
About the restaurant
Lindey's has been consistently voted one of Columbus' top restaurants for the past 38 years, and has been featured in the Washington Post, USA Today, the New York Times, Gourmet Magazine, The BigTen Network and the book "As the Tables Turn" by Sue Doody & Michael Rosen.

Lindey's is a high-energy, white tablecloth restaurant serving the finest American cuisine in an upper east side New York bistro setting. Nestled in historic German Village, the design incorporates original artwork, bentwood chairs, copper topped bars and hardwood floors. With its exciting and vibrant atmosphere, Lindey's has three main dining rooms, three private party rooms and an award winning outdoor courtyard that has been voted one of the top 100 patios in America by OpenTable.
Top review
Peppermint1vip
Dined 2 days ago
Ruby red trout was great Monday as the seafood special. Sunday evening I had sea bass, which was even better.
A photo of Cameron's American Bistro restaurant
4.8
4.8 (4581)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Worthington
About the restaurant
Thirty years after opening in 1993, our chef-driven menu still features familiar guest favorites, as well as some brand new ones – all complemented by an expansive award-winning wine list.
There’s always a great reason to celebrate at Cameron’s American Bistro, a Worthington neighborhood favorite.


Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 6 days ago
Lovely experience as usual. Cameron’s never disappoints. Food, drink, and service were all enough to keep us coming back.
A photo of Degrees @ Columbus State Community College restaurant
5.0
5 (158)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Columbus
About the restaurant
Degrees is a full-service restaurant serving familiar favorites with a gourmet twist. Join us on Columbus State’s campus in the heart of downtown to enjoy carefully crafted food and outstanding hospitality. When you dine at Degrees, you're also supporting the next generation of the hospitality industry. Here, students in our hospitality and culinary arts programs gain valuable experience as they work alongside industry professionals. Degrees is open Monday through Thursday, with lunch served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday.
Top review
Firstdate
Dined on Jun 4, 2024
Degrees is one of my favorite restaurants. It's interesting how the students interact with patrons. This is truly a restaurant built on education and service at the same time.
A photo of Nomad restaurant
4.7
4.7 (980)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Polaris
About the restaurant
Thank you for choosing to dine with us! Please note that we have the following times set aside for your party before we have the next table to seat. Please leave us a note in your reservation or call the store directly if you think you'll need more rime at your table and we'll gladly accommodate if we can.
Parties of 1-2 1 hour and 15 minute, parties of 3-4 1 hour and 45 minutes, parties of 5-6 2 hours, parties of 7-8 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Top review
CaitlinDvip
Dined on Jun 11, 2024
The new summer menu is a chefs kiss! While we missed the Veggie board the cheese and olive tray and the summer crostini were delicious. Never would have thought watermelon and sopressata would go together! We got both pasta’s, the Puttanesca and the Summer Seafood Linguine. We loved them both but the seafood linguine was the perfect mesh of flavors. I would totally get it again and again! I can’t wait to go back and try some of their other new entrees. As I always say to friends and family… I’ve never had a dish I didn’t like at Nomads and the service is top notch. (Shout out to Maggie) There is a reason we celebrate every life event there!
A photo of ['plas] restaurant
4.8
4.8 (588)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Columbus
About the restaurant
We are an approachable, fine dining restaurant in the Short North Arts District, offering a diverse menu rooted in classic culinary traditions and cultivated with modern innovation, specializing in house-made charcuterie and cheeses, vegan butchery, craft cocktails, and fine wine.

[‘plas] provides a memorable guest experience by executing innovative interpretations of culinary classics in a modern rustic environment, accompanied by elevated service and personable staff.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Wonderful experience. Our waiter, Howard, was phenomenal. Food was great. Will definitely be coming back!
A photo of The Wine Bistro - Upper Arlington restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1123)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Upper Arlington
About the restaurant
The Wine Bistro, with three Columbus, Ohio locations in Upper Arlington, Westerville and Worthington, offers an exciting array of well-curated wines and a list of select craft beers. The menu features light and filling appetizers & small plates, soups, salads, flatbreads and entrees offered every day of the week for lunch and dinner. We open at 11:00 AM Mon-Sat and at Noon on Sunday.
Gather a group at one of the communal tables or in the private tasting room. Shop for wine priced at near state minimum or pay a small corkage fee (waived on Mondays & Tuesdays) to enjoy your bottle in-house.
We look forward to exploring great wine and food with you soon...
Top review
Jpohvip
Dined 5 days ago
Always great food with small and large plates. You create your own experience.
A photo of Hubbard Grille restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1397)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Columbus
About the restaurant
Hubbard Bar & Grille is a new American restaurant and event space in the heart of the Short North since 2010. Featuring fresh, local and organic meals & creative cocktails in a modern, sophisticated atmosphere. We are open for dinner 6 nights a week; closed on Mondays.
Our second floor bar and lounge may be reserved to create a flexible space for groups of 50+. Guest can enjoy the privacy of a sit-down dinner or mingle in cocktail-party fashion. For more information visit www.hubbardgrille.com/private-event
Booking a table online is fast and convenient, but if you are having difficulty finding a certain availability feel free to call us and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 11, 2024
Everything was excellent as always and our server Katilan was amazing as well! Thanks for a great experience tonight
A photo of Rhapsody - Nelsonville restaurant
4.6
4.6 (356)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Columbus
About the restaurant
Rhapsody is a casual fine dining restaurant featuring Local Appalachian cuisine. Located in downtown Nelsonville, Ohio's beautiful Public Square, the Rhapsody is easy to get to and is centered in the arts district.

These cutting-edge comfort foods use local fresh ingredients, including vine ripe tomatoes, garden grown basil, local Amish cheese, and house made cheese spreads. Our steaks, chops, and chicken are produced locally, free of growth hormones and antibiotics. Our salads are made with fresh Athens area greens and vegetables. Electric Auto Charging in close proximity!
Top review
StacyH
Dined on Apr 24, 2024
Food was delicious! Disappointed due to their website stating live jazz music on every Wednesday...made reservations on Wednesday to find no music. Please update your website.
A photo of The Woodbury restaurant
4.5
4.5 (980)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Columbus
About the restaurant
The Woodbury culminates the essence of urban dining with a warm, approachable menu that caters to everyone and anyone. Serving culinary creations and breakfast favorites ALL DAY long. Looking to book a large group? Shoot us an email at gm@woodburycbus.com. **Any parties of 7 or more must call the store for reservations**
Top review
washburnvip
Dined 3 days ago
Everything was perfect. Vinny was amazing with recommendations .
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