Columbus Restaurants

Though dubbed the "Fast Food Capital of the World" by the New York Times and Wall Street Journal (Wendy's and Max & Erma's are both headquartered here), Columbus features a lively restaurant scene. Eateries tucked into Downtown, the Short North, German Village, and surrounding suburbs offer everything from down-home barbecue to
Though dubbed the "Fast Food Capital of the World" by the New York Times and Wall Street Journal (Wendy's and Max & Erma's are both headquartered here), Columbus features a lively restaurant scene. Eateries tucked into Downtown, the Short North, German Village, and surr
Though dubbed the "Fast Food Capital of the World" by the New York Times and Wall Street Journal (Wendy's and Max & Erma

Though dubbed the "Fast Food Capital of the World" by the New York Times and Wall Street Journal (Wendy's and Max & Erma's are both headquartered here), Columbus features a lively restaurant scene. Eateries tucked into Downtown, the Short North, German Village, and surrounding suburbs offer everything from down-home barbecue to haute cuisine.

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  • 1. City Barbecue

    $ | Upper Arlington | American

    Go for the food, not the surroundings. The tables are crammed together, there's no table service, and smokers sit in the parking lot. You'll...Read More

  • 2. G. Michael's Bistro & Bar

    $ | German Village | Italian

    Inside a German Village town house, this spot is fancy without feeling stuffy. Locals frequent the bustling bar at night. Contemporary Italian...Read More

  • 3. Handke's Cuisine

    $$$ | Brewery District | Contemporary

    Seasonal ingredients are the focus at this Brewery District spot. Below street level, the restaurant occupies an 1820s beer cellar with stone...Read More

  • 4. Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse

    $ | Upper Arlington | Steakhouse

    Steaks are named after famous Ohio sports figures, such as Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, auto racing star Bobby Rahal, and former Cleveland...Read More

  • 5. Indian Oven

    $ | Market Exchange District | Indian

    The two-story, airy space with exposed beams, a streamlined stainless steel bar, and 10-foot-high windows belies the hearty comfort food served...Read More

  • 6. Katzinger's

    $ | German Village | American

    The more than 80 menu items are printed on chalkboards at this New York–style deli in German Village. It's known for its Reuben sandwiches,...Read More

  • 7. Lemongrass

    $$ | Short North | Asian

    Specialties on the diverse menu include pad thai, saté (marinated meat grilled on skewers) with peanut sauce, and extensive sushi selections...Read More

  • 8. Lindey's

    $ | German Village | Contemporary

    In a mid-1800s building in German Village, this somewhat boisterous bistro has high ceilings, big windows, and walls covered with artwork....Read More

  • 9. M Restaurant & Bar

    $ | Brewery District | Contemporary

    On the first level of Miranova Office Tower in the Brewery District, M makes a whiz-bang first impression with its elegant entry bar. Sheer...Read More

  • 10. Mitchell's Steakhouse

    $ | Downtown | Steakhouse

    A renovated bank building near the State House is one of the most atmospheric restaurants in town, with subtle lighting, a darkwood bar, original...Read More

  • 11. Plaza Restaurant

    $$$ | Downtown | Contemporary

    On the second floor of the Sheraton on Capitol Square, the lavish Plaza has a spectacular view of the state capitol building and an outdoor...Read More

  • 12. Refectory Restaurant & Bistro

    $$$$ | French

    Summer means open-air dining in the courtyard; winter means drinks in front of a blazing fire in the cocktail lounge. The menu, which also changes...Read More

  • 13. Schmidt's

    $ | German Village | German

    Accordion players serenade and servers are decked out in Bavarian costumes at this popular two-level, beer hall–style restaurant in an 1880...Read More

  • 14. The Old Mohawk

    $ | German Village | American

    One of German Village's first pubs, this eatery in a 1933 building is famous for its horseshoe-shape bar. Pictures of staff and customers cover...Read More

  • 15. The Top Steak House

    $ | Steakhouse

    This grand Bexley institution with wood paneling and leather booths serves filet mignon, ribeye steak, porterhouse, and other chops and ribs...Read More

  • 16. The Worthington Inn

    $ | American

    The Worthington Inn, with its antiques-filled dining rooms, is about 15 mi north of Downtown. New Zealand rack of lamb and grilled salmon are...Read More

  • 17. Tony's Italian Ristorante

    $$ | Brewery District | Italian

    This deeply rooted German Village restaurant has a bright dining room with pink-and-beige walls and linens. There's an extensive antipasti menu...Read More

  • 18. Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant

    $ | OSU Area | Ethiopian

    A few blocks north of the Ohio State University, Blue Nile is both a cultural experience and a dining experience. Listen to refrains of native...Read More

  • 19. Dragonfly Neo-V

    $$ | Short North | Vegetarian

    Vegan cuisine gets a gourmet twist in this eatery at the cusp of the Short North and Victorian Village. The limited seasonal menu is built around...Read More

  • 20. Hall of Fame Cafes

    $ | American

    Like a Hard Rock Cafe for fans who bleed scarlet-and-gray, this shrine to past OSU greats preserves Buckeye paraphernalia, photos, memorabilia...Read More

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