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If there is one thing we all know about Columbus, it’s that the food scene here is ever-changing.
With influences from all around the world, Columbus is quickly becoming a foodie capital in the Midwest. From restauranteurs leaving larger cities like Los Angeles and New York in favor of Columbus to local superstars building up their own amazing menus, we really are so lucky when it comes to the talent pool here in our city.
For those looking for the perfect fine dining experience, look no further than the wonderful restaurants listed below.
Lindey’s | German Village
A German Village institution, Lindey’s has been serving up delicious food for the last 25+ years. The traditional dining room and inviting environment are the perfect combinations for a wonderful experience. The staff is friendly and helpful, and the food is some of the best you can find in the city.
Martini Modern Italian | Short North
This modern Italian marvel is perhaps one of the best places to grab Italian food in the whole city. Their fine-dining flair and attention to traditional flavors are what make Martini special. Although it is part of the Cameron Mitchell powerhouse, Martini stands on its own. Don’t forget to enjoy a delicious cocktail while you’re there.
The Refectory | Northwest Columbus
If I only had two words to describe The Refectory, I’d choose elegant and refined. But hey, I’m running this show, so I’ll say a few more. The food, directed by Chef Richard Blondin of Lyon, France, is an inspiration. If you’re looking for amazing french cuisine here in the capital city, you don’t want to miss The Refectory.
The Top | Columbus
Dining at The Top isn’t an experience I’m likely ever to forget. From the insane quality of the food, to the fantastic service, it’s one place I can honestly say that I felt like a million bucks. Walking into The Top is like taking a step back in time. They first opened in 1955, and not much has changed. But if it isn’t broken, then why fix it?
The Keep | Downtown
If you’re going to The Keep, you might as well go all in and order their extravagant Seafood Tower. Yes, it costs a lot. Yes, it’s a little extreme. But my, oh my, is it worth it. If the mountain of ceviche, crab, shrimp, and oysters isn’t enough for your crew, you can always upgrade to The Keep Tower, which adds lobster into the mix. The Keep is great for a chic night out and it’s inside of one of Columbus’ most glamorous hotels, Hotel LeVeque, to boot.
Milestone 229 | Downtown
From their amazing brunch to their spectacular dinner, Milestone 229 is the kind of place you can visit for any meal and occasion. After a recent remodel, the place is looking fresh, which only adds to the experience. I have to mention their Gluten-free menu, which is fantastic and full of great options for those with that pesky gluten dietary restriction.
Due Amici | Downtown
If you ask anyone who knows me well, they will confirm that I regularly talk about the meals I’ve had at Due Amici. I am definitely a fan, and they’ve earned it. The food is always flavorful and impressive and the service is impeccable. Pro tip: Don’t forget to check out their Happy Hour deals. You can thank me later.
ROOH | Short North
Rooh hasn’t been open in the Short North very long, but they’re already changing the way people view Indian fine dining. Traditional Indian dishes are reimagined, bringing a new flair on the iconic staples of the cuisine. The menu consists of small and large plates, so don’t be shy about inviting your friends. There is plenty to go around.
Mitchell’s Ocean Club | Easton
When it comes to achieving seafood perfection, no one does it quite like Mitchell’s Ocean Club. The menu is comprehensive and the seafood featured is either wild or naturally harvested. This is a fantastic place to take a larger group, with plenty of shareable menu items and beef, pork, chicken and veggie options to accommodate all of your friends.
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