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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Columbus

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems in Columbus? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Rusty Bucket - Bexley restaurant
4.8
4.8 (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 - Westerville restaurant
4.8
4.8 (485)
$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 3 days ago
The bar & restaurant was very busy, but Betinna and Sam handled it with ease and efficiency.
A photo of Rusty Bucket - Gahanna restaurant
4.8
4.8 (226)
$30 and under
American
Gahanna
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
MyraWvip
Dined 2 days ago
Consistently terrific service- even wh n packed ! I always get the blackened salmon salad which is filled with all kinds of yummies - shaved Brussels sprouts, creamy goat cheese , buttery avocado, candied pecans. Strawberries, greens and perfectly cooked ( I ordered well done) salmon. Amazing dressing. Definitely get this meal
A photo of South Village Grille restaurant
4.8
4.8 (955)
$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
MichelleS
Dined 7 days ago
Great food and service. Definitely will return! Happy Hour on a Saturday …..yes please!
A photo of Arch City Tavern restaurant
4.7
4.7 (142)
$30 and under
Grill
Columbus
About the restaurant
Arch City Tavern is a contemporary gastropub located in the heart of the Short North. Guests can stop in for lunch, dinner & late night to enjoy local craft beer, seasonal cocktails and recipes prepared with locally sourced ingredients. Make sure to check out the decor and 20-foot pencil drawing of Old Columbus for a taste of the area's history. Come visit us for Happy Hour M-F 3-6:00pm and weekend brunch Sat & Sun 11am-3pm.

Reservations are limited. We save a majority of our tables for walk-in seating. Minimum party size for reservations on Fridays & Saturday is 7 people. For reservations of 12+ people, please email archcitytavern@gmail.com.

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KnightDiver
Dined on Jul 4, 2024
Maggie was awesome, quick to take care of us even with the busy crowd. Her recommendations were great. She deserves a raise!
A photo of Grandview Cafe restaurant
4.7
4.7 (15)
$30 and under
American
Upper Arlington
About the restaurant
Laid-back neighborhood tavern serving American eats & craft brews in a vintage space with a patio. Voted #1 best neighborhood bar in Upper Arlington/Grandview in the (614) ColumBEST awards!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
Great location in the Grandview area. There is a good variety of alcoholic drinks & cool vibe.
A photo of Gallo's on High restaurant
4.7
4.7 (438)
$31 to $50
American
Columbus
About the restaurant
Gallos on High is an upscale-casual eatery featuring from scratch fare. Serving pan-seared steaks, pastas, and other Italian dishes including fresh flatbreads and seafood. Cozy ambiance with an extensive wine list and a variety of craft signature cocktails.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 27, 2024
Great food, drinks and service. As always, I enjoy this restaurant!
A photo of Sycamore restaurant
4.5
4.5 (420)
$30 and under
American
German Village
About the restaurant
Nestled in the heart of Columbus’ historic German Village, 262 East Sycamore Street has been a gathering place for family and friends for more than a century.

Drawing inspiration from the casual, laid-back elegance of Europe’s all-day cafés, Sycamore is based on our love of neighborhood restaurants that weave themselves into the rhythms of our day to day lives.

Stop by in the morning for expertly crafted espresso, freshly baked pastry, or a light breakfast. Take a mid-day break for a salad, sandwich, or small plate. Join us for dinner and enjoy our menu influenced by the changing of the seasons, featuring local and sustainably sourced ingredients prepared simply and elegantly.

And our bar’s always open—with its thoughtfully selected list of cocktails, wines, beer and spirits—for a late morning pick-me-up or afternoon aperitivo, to an evening celebration.

Reservations are available fo dinner service. We can’t wait to see you—come spend your favorite part of the day at Sycamore.


Top review
GraceBKvip
Dined 7 days ago
I love going to sycamore. I’ll admit just about every time I get mostly the same dishes. The sycamore Negroni, the sycamore salad ,the yummie carrot appetizer and the chicken thighs. Everyone at the table gets the chicken thighs. If it’s their first time, they might not but they learn quickly. I’m glad they have seasonal dishes that I occasionally add to my regular meal. This time it was beets and burrata with heirloom tomatoes. No room for dessert!
A photo of Hoof Hearted Brewery and Kitchen restaurant
4.2
4.2 (237)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Columbus
About the restaurant
Please return soon for more information Hoof Hearted Brewery and Kitchen!
Top review
ReneeM
Dined on Apr 13, 2024
Great atmosphere and food. We ordered the Bayou Bites (Alligator) which was a great texture (the sauce was a little spicy but delicious.) We also ordered The Birria Grilled Cheese (excellent and BIG), The Dad Bod Double Cheeseburger with Sweet Potato Fries (great flavor and a large burger), a flight of their IPA beer, and another drink called Kitchen Crack (taste like a creamsicle!) We did not waste anything! Mid-High range pricing (but worth it). Highly recommend!
A photo of Hadley's Bar & Kitchen restaurant
3.9
3.9 (30)
$30 and under
American
Columbus
About the restaurant
Our food is deliberate. We select items that speak to our vision at each restaurant & bar. The inspiration for Hadley's menu came from our desire to add flare to the usual downtown burger. Each meal was inspired by our favorite things and is made fresh by our amazing Chefs. We cannot wait to share with you!

Retreat to our full bar for your choice of 26 local, domestic, and seasonal craft beers on tap a refreshing house made cocktail or one of our famous Boozy Shakes. Whether you are here for awhile or just stopping through, you will surely find a respite from reality with our spirits.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 9, 2024
Had a very delicious breakfast! Will definitely visit when in town again.
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