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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Columbus

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants 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 Mitchell's Ocean Club - Easton Town Center restaurant
4.8
4.8 (9194)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Easton
About the restaurant
Mitchell’s Ocean Club is a dynamic seafood & steakhouse from the award-winning Cameron Mitchell Restaurants. Located in Easton Town Center, a stylish retail center convenient to Port Columbus International Airport and downtown Columbus, Mitchell’s Ocean Club is a perfect choice for cocktails or dinner, any day of the week.

The menu is classic and yet there is a modern sensibility to the preparations which include lighter fare, like our signature shellfish “cobb” salad and sushi, as well as more indulgent items like our juicy steaks and decadent desserts. A destination on its own, the Mitchell’s Ocean Club lounge offers expertly prepared cocktails like our signature Cucumber Gimlet.

Top review
Jackvip
Dined 3 days ago
We have dined at OC several times, and it was always very good with one factor or another keeping the meal less than superb. Not so last night. We enjoyed what was one of the best dining experiences in our 45 years in Columbus. We had a variety of meals, scallops, grouper, filet, all were excellent. Cocktails and desserts were perfect, as was our service. Our server, her assistant, and the food runners were quite professional, but warm and polite. All terrific.
A photo of Mazza's restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1244)
$30 and under
Italian
Columbus
About the restaurant
Our menu offers a homemade spin on old Italian classics, original family recipes, Pizza and features the Famous Mazza's Salad!

Bar/Lounge/Dining Room/Banquet Room/Catering/Curbside Carryout

Free Wifi

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
The service was amazing. Food was out very quickly and was delicious.
A photo of Eddie Merlot's Prime Aged Beef & Seafood - Columbus restaurant
4.7
4.7 (5521)
$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 7 days ago
Great service; phenomenal display of quality and precision!
A photo of Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse-Downtown Columbus restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1887)
$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
HollyBvip
Dined 1 day ago
Excellent service and food. Great atmosphere would love to go again
A photo of The Melting Pot - Columbus restaurant
4.4
4.4 (1910)
$50 and over
Fondue
Columbus
About the restaurant
Enjoy an unforgettable interactive dining experience with friends and family with fondue at The Melting Pot in Columbus. We believe in celebrating the everyday, so you don’t need a special reason to come out for our delicious menu offerings. Whether you’re here for drinks, cheese, and chocolate, or you want to dig into our four-course fondue experience, we know you’ll love every bite! From artisan cheeses to our decadent chocolate fondue desserts, there is something to tickle your taste buds in each pot. Let our friendly staff help you choose the right fondue experience for your table tonight. Make reservations for everyone at The Melting Pot and turn the ordinary into the extraordinary!
Top review
Mizzteach
Dined on Jul 2, 2024
Great night with friends! Service was wonderful! Food was great as always! We got The Big Night Out . Best value for everything you get! This way can have all 4 courses! Manager Josh was great too! He came and checked up on us to see how it was all going !
A photo of Cutler's restaurant
4.3
4.3 (294)
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Athens
About the restaurant
We offer guests and area residents two great places to dine! For the ultimate in Athens fine dining, Cutler’s Restaurant is the city’s most popular eatery offering a menu focused on simple dishes prepared with the finest local ingredients. Cutler’s has garnered a long-standing reputation for the greatest steaks and freshest seafood in town! For something on the lighter side, Bunch of Grapes Tavern is a classic tavern offering lighter fare, cocktails, wine, beer, and more.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
We stayed at the Inn and absolutely loved everything! The rooms, location (walked to baseball game) and the on site food (Cutler’s) was amazing! Reasonably priced with large portions and excellent flavor! Staff attentive and friendly. The Starbucks was also delicious and so convenient. Gorgeous!
A photo of The Two-One restaurant
4.2
4.2 (202)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Westerville
About the restaurant
Boldly confident food and drink, designed to be enjoyed in a relaxed, natural setting. The Two-One will inspire true comradery. Stop by and join us as we tempt your palate with fresh, locally sourced, farmer’s market inspired creations perfect for a special night out or a casual picnic-style meetup.
Top review
Karl
Dined on Jul 5, 2024
Mike Wolfe Live was the best part of our visit to the restaurant for dinner!
A photo of Ruth's Chris Steak House - Columbus restaurant
4.1
4.1 (1160)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Columbus
About the restaurant
Now Open: We look forward to serving you soon.

Ruth's Chris Steak House in Columbus, OH serves the finest USDA Prime beef available, broiled at 1,800° and served on 500° plates, so your steak stays hot, juicy and delicious from first bite to last. Enjoy our New Orleans-inspired appetizers, USDA Prime steaks, fresh seafood, signature side dishes and homemade desserts. All this while you enjoy our warm, inviting atmosphere and Ruth’s Chris’ genuine hospitality. So whether you’re a regular or have just been wondering what all the buzz is about, Ruth's Chris is the perfect excuse to enjoy the perfect night out. Dinner is served nightly, reservations are suggested and private dining and offsite catering may be arranged.

Top review
smthvip
Dined 2 days ago
This was the Caymus Wine Dinner. We loved the food. The "amuse bouche" was outstanding and our filets were properly prepared and basically perfect. Service was attentive but not intrusive and we had a great time for our 46th anniversary, which, fortuitously, fell on that date.
A photo of Mitchell's Steakhouse - Columbus Polaris restaurant
4.0
4 (2330)
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Polaris
About the restaurant
Mitchell’s Steakhouse has a wide selection of prime steaks that are aged to perfection. Our house made side dishes don’t just complement, they wow. Our servers will guide you through the menu with their fine dining expertise and warm hospitality to treat you to the enjoyable experience you deserve.

Executive Chef - Michael DeHaven

Top review
BradOvip
Dined on Jun 29, 2024
We came to Mitchell's steakhouse for a birthday celebration. Overall, the experience was good, but not the over-the-top excellent that we would expect for this type of establishment. There was some difficulty getting our steak cooked the way we asked. Our server did take the time to rectify the issue, and did a couple of things to apologize for the hassle. Even the manager took the time to apologize for the hassle, and also took steps to rectify the situation further. I am pleased with the response to the issue. To be honest, it is rare these days to have someone both identify and rectify an issue.
A photo of Brio Italian Grille - Columbus - Polaris Brio restaurant
3.8
3.8 (1220)
$30 and under
Italian
Columbus
About the restaurant
Brio Polaris is a premier Tuscan-inspired restaurant destination serving authentic, northern Italian cuisine, luxury wines & cocktails-our specialties include premium quality steaks, chops, seafood, made-to-order pasta and flatbreads.
Top review
EatWellvip
Dined 4 days ago
I used to visit Brio and Bravo several times a week, but haven't been there is 2-3 years since they sold and changed hands several times. I was impressed. We went for lunch on a Monday. My Pasta Brio was hot and as delicious as I remember from years ago, my guest's salads were fresh and crisp, not soggy or sitting in water, and they loved them. Well done! We'll be back.
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