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Diners' Choice: American restaurants in Columbus

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall 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 South Village Grille restaurant
4.8
4.8 (963)
$30 and under
American
German Village
About the restaurant
If you are looking for a place in Columbus, OH where you can kick back and have good food and drinks, drop by South Village Grille. Located in the heart of the bustling neighborhood of German Village, our restaurant boasts a Modern American menu that is rooted in European cooking techniques. We offer a range of dishes that everyone can enjoy, including pizzas, steaks, and fresh oysters.

Our drink selection is among the best in the area. We have an extensive wine list that pairs well with Modern American cuisine. In addition, we offer unique and flavorful cocktails, each of which is designed with a new perspective in mind.

Visit us and taste the South Village Grille difference for yourself. Our restaurant is open every day of the week, and brunch on the weekends. We look forward to having you dine with us.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Shared the polenta small plate with a bite for everyone. Yummy. The Cod fish sandwich was devoured as was the carbonara. Everything was delicious. Will definitely be back!
A photo of Rusty Bucket - New Albany restaurant
4.8
4.8 (343)
$30 and under
American
New Albany
About the restaurant
Rusty Bucket is a casual neighborhood tavern serving the highest quality food and beverage in a “come as you are” setting. Scratch kitchens, fresh cocktails, and the perfect pour are our craft. Our associates are welcoming, and our hospitality naturally makes us the local hub where friends and family frequently gather to share in a good time.
Top review
MikeG
Dined 4 days ago
As usual, we had a great time at the New Albany Rusty Bucket last night. The food was great, everyone was very friendly and our server Zach did a wonderful job taking care of us. We highly recommend the Rusty Bucket in New Albany!
A photo of Rusty Bucket - Westerville restaurant
4.8
4.8 (489)
$30 and under
American
Columbus
About the restaurant
Rusty Bucket is a casual neighborhood tavern serving the highest quality food and beverage in a “come as you are” setting. Scratch kitchens, fresh cocktails, and the perfect pour are our craft. Our associates are welcoming, and our hospitality naturally makes us the local hub where friends and family frequently gather to share in a good time.
Top review
SusanGvip
Dined 5 days ago
We sat at the bar and it was super busy but Betinna and Sam were super friendly and extremely efficient.
A photo of Cap City Fine Diner & Bar - Grandview restaurant
4.7
4.7 (6751)
$30 and under
American
Grandview Heights
About the restaurant
As with any diner, you feel immediately comfortable and at ease. Like no other diner, it’s artsy and cool.

The Cap City menu follows suit, with recognizable favorites like meatloaf receiving unexpected and delightful upscale twists, alongside trendier chef-driven dishes with big flavors. Desserts at this Cameron Mitchell Restaurant are retro-cool, taste better than you remember, and are showstopper-sized.


Top review
Michaelvip
Dined 6 days ago
Great weekday meal: food quality, value, service! Our server was awesome!
A photo of Cap City Fine Diner & Bar - Gahanna restaurant
4.7
4.7 (4022)
$30 and under
American
Gahanna
About the restaurant
As with any diner, you feel immediately comfortable and at ease. Like no other diner, it’s artsy and cool.

The Cap City menu follows suit, with recognizable favorites like meatloaf receiving unexpected and delightful upscale twists, alongside trendier chef-driven dishes with big flavors. Desserts at this Cameron Mitchell Restaurant are retro-cool, taste better than you remember, and are showstopper-sized.


Top review
Davis618
Dined 7 days ago
Conor was an amazing server! The food and energy was outstanding.
A photo of Forno Kitchen and Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2772)
$30 and under
American
Short North - Arena District
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of the Short North Arts District, Forno offers the best atmosphere and contemporary cuisine in the city, with alluring views of our custom stone-fire oven and High Street happenings. An unrivaled Happy Hour includes hand-crafted drinks, wine by the glass, Ohio drafts, signature pizzas and sharables. Stop in and see why we’ve been ranked as one of Forbes Top 100 Hottest Restaurants in America! Please call us at 614-469-0053 to make a reservation!
Top review
MW3863vip
Dined 5 days ago
Every time we come to Forno, we have a enjoy ourselves. On this visit, our waiter noticed gifts and took the initiative to bring a celabratory free desert for my husband. What a nice and appreciated gesture. We will be back.
A photo of Rusty Bucket - Bexley restaurant
4.7
4.7 (244)
$30 and under
American
Bexley
About the restaurant
Rusty Bucket is a casual neighborhood tavern serving the highest quality food and beverage in a “come as you are” setting. Scratch kitchens, fresh cocktails, and the perfect pour are our craft. Our associates are welcoming, and our hospitality naturally makes us the local hub where friends and family frequently gather to share in a good time.
Top review
Ryan
Dined on Jun 16, 2024
So glad the Kentucky Hot Brown is back along with the other daily features!
A photo of Rusty Bucket - Dublin restaurant
4.8
4.8 (449)
$30 and under
American
Dublin
About the restaurant
Rusty Bucket is a casual neighborhood tavern serving the highest quality food and beverage in a “come as you are” setting. Scratch kitchens, fresh cocktails, and the perfect pour are our craft. Our associates are welcoming, and our hospitality naturally makes us the local hub where friends and family frequently gather to share in a good time.
Top review
RonS
Dined 2 days ago
Food was great . Our server was absolutely the best. Wish I could remember her name. Nice. Very polite And very concerned about how we were enjoying our evening
A photo of Worthington Tavern restaurant
4.7
4.7 (427)
$30 and under
American
Worthington
About the restaurant
Located on High St in the heart of historic Old Worthington, Worthington Tavern is a vibrant, locally owned restaurant, bar, and covered patio. Our timeless space inspires a joyful atmosphere and honors Worthington's history.

Our menu features made-from-scratch familiar favorites- all from the finest ingredients. Our bar enlivens your experience with a robust selection of original cocktails, great spirits, craft beer, and enticing wines. Whether it's brunch with old friends, dinner with family, or a night out celebrating, we look forward creating memorable experiences together.

Groups of 8+ guests be rung on a single check and will be subject to an automatic 20% gratuity

Our kitchen is closed from 3pm-4p Saturdays & Sundays.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Good food, nice ambiance, reasonable service and not overpriced.
A photo of The Guild House - Columbus restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3774)
$31 to $50
American
Columbus
About the restaurant
The Guild House is an artisan eatery featuring creative American cuisine available for dinner. We proudly source locally grown ingredients whenever possible. Our chefs collaborate to create seasonal offerings that are regionally and globally inspired, all with artistic technique in an energetic and inviting space. Our wine list includes wines from around the world that are diverse and carefully selected, and our bar chefs craft fresh squeezed juices and spirits with skillful passion. Repurposed wood, local art and contemporary accents lend to The Guild House’s cosmopolitan character – suitable for revelry or relaxation.


Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 5 days ago
Wonderful food and drinks! Can’t wait to go back.
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