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Diners' Choice: Romantic restaurants in Columbus

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the most romantic 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 The Alcove Restaurant & Lounge restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1201)
$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
Larry
Dined 3 days ago
Good food, nice place, good service and fair value.
A photo of Vittoria restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3465)
$31 to $50
Italian
Powell
About the restaurant

Our Vision - to provide our guests with the most authentic Italian dining experience in central Ohio. We have taken beautiful European design and combined it with a traditional authentic and contemporary Italian menu. We combine old world flavors with modern influence to serve wonderful Italian Cuisine. Our culture is to spoil you just for walking through our doors. In this day and age you must give great Value to time! When you walk through our doors you are saying-you want to spend your time with us and that is the nicest compliment you can give us! Come in please let us spoil you!!!!!



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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
Always amazing food and service! And love the ambiance as well.
A photo of Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse - Columbus restaurant
4.8
4.8 (4890)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Short North - Arena District
About the restaurant
Jeff Ruby is widely considered one of the nation's preeminent restaurateurs. And, while national organizations like Zagat, Food Network, USAToday, and Wine Spectator rank his steakhouses among the best in the country - making him a celebrity in his own right, it is his total commitment to the finest food, impeccable service, and a total dining experience unlike any other that keep his loyal fans coming back year after year.



Top review
JoyAvip
Dined on Jul 8, 2024
One of our fav places to dine in CBus. My mom loved her lemon drop drink. My daughter loved her filet and mashed potato’s. Thanks again for a wonderful evening.
A photo of Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse- Upper Arlington restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1410)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Upper Arlington
About the restaurant
Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse is an award-winning prime steakhouse specializing in aged USDA prime steaks. Located in the Columbus suburb of Upper Arlington, Hyde Park is conveniently located off State Route 315, 5 minutes from The Ohio State University campus, Ohio Stadium, and 10 minutes from downtown. The restaurant offers a chef-inspired menu featuring variations of its legendary aged prime steaks, daily chef’s fresh fish features, and great seafood. Award-winning menus, the extensive wine list, and impeccable service are why the Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse-Upper Arlington has earned legendary status in Central Ohio, as the perennial fine dining choice for intimate dinners, special occasions business and corporate events and small receptions, for over 30 years. Private dining rooms available. Ample self parking.
Top review
TraciP
Dined 5 days ago
Tim our waiter was wonderful. Food delicious. Hyde park the best steak in town!!
A photo of Eddie Merlot's Prime Aged Beef & Seafood - Columbus restaurant
4.7
4.7 (5520)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Polaris
About the restaurant
Quality, exceptional service, and an unparalleled atmosphere have made Eddie Merlot's one of America's great steak houses over the past 20 years. Eddie Merlot' s is an homage to the man and his love of a great steak, a great glass of wine, and a good story.
We pride ourselves on our Prime Aged Beef and scratch kitchen. Our chef selects each steak for the optimum proportion of marbling and texture before hand-cutting and seasoning the steaks to your specifications. From sauces to desserts, we develop recipes to create a truly unique experience for our guests. And, while you enjoy your meal, you'll be treated to the one-of-a-kind service we call the "W.O.W. Factor."

We welcome you to Eddie Merlot's—we want you, our guest, to have nothing but the best, which is why we go to such lengths to serve you the exceptional prime-aged steaks upon which our restaurant has built its reputation.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 8, 2024
Everything was wonderful! The staff went out of their way to make our anniversary dinner a wonderful experience. Aaron (our waiter) was awesome and super attentive, and the steak was wonderful!
A photo of Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse-Downtown Columbus restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1885)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Short North - Arena District
About the restaurant
Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse is an award-winning prime steakhouse specializing in aged USDA prime steaks. Positioned at the gateway of the Short North arts & entertainment district, Hyde Park is located adjacent to the Greater Columbus Convention Center and a short walk from the major downtown hotels, North Market, and Nationwide Arena. The restaurant offers a chef-inspired menu featuring variations of its legendary aged prime steaks, daily chef’s fresh fish features, and great seafood. Award-winning menus, the extensive wine list and impeccable service are why Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse is Columbus Ohio’s “go-to” fine-dining restaurant choice and place to be impressed, for convention goers, business meetings, corporate events, intimate dinners & special occasions. Private event rooms available; heated covered outdoor dining; valet parking offered - $10
Top review
reviewvip
Dined on Jul 8, 2024
Food as always was excellent. Wait staff was mixed. Our waitress who was from Germany was very pleasant, the other waitress appeared annoyed. It was not crowded but we had to wait a while for our check. The restaurant was cold, so bring a wrap if you are a female Over 50.
A photo of Stories on High restaurant
4.7
4.7 (364)
$50 and over
Tapas / Small Plates
Columbus
About the restaurant
Stories on High is an age restricted venue. 21+ for entry.
The tallest rooftop bar in Columbus, Stories on High towers 28 stories over High Street, providing panoramic views of downtown Columbus – ideal for date night! This upscale rooftop lounge provides contemporary and classic interpretations of cocktails & small plates led by Executive Chef Sebastian LaRocca. While reservations are encouraged, guests are welcome to walk in to experience seating in our bar area as well as our beautiful terraces, weather permitting.




Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
We enjoyed all the cocktails and plates we tried! The spicy tuna on crispy rice is soo good! Our waitress was friendly and helpful. The view is fun! A great spot in Columbus!
A photo of Cento – German Village restaurant
4.7
4.7 (698)
$31 to $50
Italian
German Village
About the restaurant
A tribute to our 100th restaurant opening, Cento is an authentic, chef-driven Italian oasis. Inspired by the intimacy & culinary creativity of the finest restaurants in Italy, Cento is a warm, welcoming, & enchanting addition to German Village. Cento is a place for the entire community – a new, timeless, everyday destination where Great People Deliver Genuine Hospitality.

Our Garden Terraza is now open and available daily, weather permitting, on a first come first serve basis. Reservations booked are for tables inside the restaurant and will only be seated on the terraza upon availability.

We accept reservations up to 60 days in advance. If you cannot make your scheduled reservation, we ask that you please cancel by 12PM the day of your reservation. Cancellations outside the allowed window will be charged $25/person. Walk-ins are welcome for bar top and patio seating on a first-come basis.

Valet offered daily starting at 5PM, $12 per car

Top review
Todd
Dined 4 days ago
Carl was an amazing server!! Brian was helping out and did a great job too!!
A photo of Tony's Italian Ristorante restaurant
4.6
4.6 (744)
$30 and under
Italian
German Village
About the restaurant
Tony and his staff invite you to come in and experience their high quality, yet reasonably priced food. You will enjoy a superb Italian meal prepared using only the finest ingredients. This includes our signature homemade pastas and hand-cut fresh meats. You will discover a taste difference unique to Tony's Ristorante. Tony's is also happy to host your next event in our private party space. Please ask our staff for details about booking private events. Our family looks forward to hosting your family soon!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
My first time. The food and drinks were outstanding. I will be back again.
A photo of Lumin Sky Bar and Kitchen restaurant
4.2
4.2 (144)
$31 to $50
American
Columbus
About the restaurant
Located on the top floor of the modern AC Hotel Columbus Downtown, Lumin Sky Bar & Kitchen offers guests an experience like no other in Downtown Columbus, Ohio. The outstanding elevated views of the city and savory Spanish-inspired small plates invite guests to settle in and soak up the ambiance. Experience this culinary treasure in the city and feel the rush of elevation!

**Tables of 8+ will be under one check and include an automatic gratuity of 20%. Lumin Skybar & Kitchen is a 21+ establishment.

Top review
KKH216
Dined 4 days ago
Our waiter was amazing! Food and drinks were so good!! The view was the icing on top.
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