I’m a big believer in love.
And romance. And butterflies. Really all of it. I just love love, what can I say? And there’s no better way to say “I love you” than by treating your partner to an incredible night out. We have some very romantic restaurants here in Columbus, each with its own unique vibe.
Whether you’re looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day spot, you’re going out for an anniversary, or you just want to make a great 3rd date impression, these magical restaurants will be the perfect backdrop for your big night out.
Nothing quite says romance quite like France. And sure, a surprise trip to Paris would be the most romantic ever. But if you’re on the hunt for a more realistic date night, you can head to The Refectory. For decades, this fine dining restaurant has been wowing Columbus foodies and serving as the backdrop to romantic nights out. The menu is impeccable and the wine options are fantastic.
Location: 1092 Bethel Rd, Columbus, OH 43220
Website: The Refectory
If Old Hollywood glam is what you think of when you think of romance, then you should head to The Top. It’s the kind of place where you expect to see a mid-century movie star stroll through the door at any second, with the perfect mood lighting, amazing cocktails, and the best steak you’ll eat in Columbus.
Location: 2891 E Main St, Columbus, OH 43209
Website: The Top Steak House
Modern and understated, ‘plas is a great place for a romantic evening out. You can stroll through the Short North to work up an appetite, then treat yourselves to one of the best charcuterie boards in the city. Throw in some wine and you’ve got the makings of a perfect evening.
Location: 21 E 5th Ave Suite 101, Columbus, OH 43201
Website: ‘plas food + drink
Barcelona is romantic any time of year, but there’s something especially magical about their patio in the summer. It’s the ideal place to have a date that starts with a slow summer sunset and feels like it could last all night long. Start with tapas and cocktails and see where the night leads.
Location: 263 E Whittier St, Columbus, OH 43206
Dinner at Veritas is cozy, and intimate, and it feels perfectly curated. If a seamless, multi-course meal is your definition of romance, then a date at this gem is an absolute must. But I should warn you, you’ll be setting the bar really, really high for all future romantic dinners.
Location: 11 W Gay St, Columbus, OH 43215
It’s hard not to feel the love when you’re dining at a rooftop restaurant with sweeping views and killer sunsets. VASO is one of my favorite date night spots around, and even though it’s not technically in Columbus, there’s no way I wasn’t mentioning this place. If you can time your days with the sunset, I promise you’ll be impressed.
Location: 6540 Riverside Dr, Dublin, OH 43017
Ginger Rabbit Jazz Lounge
I’m kind of obsessed with the instantly glamorous mood at Ginger Rabbit. This glitzy jazz club is the perfect place to grab some bites for sharing and some cocktails. The music is great and the ambiance is everything you want on a romantic night out on the town.
Location: 17 Buttles Ave, Columbus, OH 43215
Website: Ginger Rabbit
Maybe it’s too much movie influence, but there’s something that just feels so romantic about Italian restaurants. You don’t have to share your spaghetti, you can each get your own mind-blowing dish, enjoy the candlelit tables with a glass of wine, and have the perfect date night at Pelino’s. Both the food and the vibes are authentic, and that’s priceless.
Location: 245 King Ave, Columbus, OH 43201
Website: Pelino’s Pasta
Third and Hollywood
Nestled in Grandview Heights, Third and Hollywood stands as a beacon of romance with its cozy ambiance, characterized by exposed brick and a grand stone fireplace. The gentle glow of candlelight on every table enhances the intimate and upscale setting, making it the perfect scene for a romantic evening. This spot is a gem for those who appreciate the fusion of elegance and comfort in their dining experience. In fact, according to Yelp it’s one of the top 100 romantic restaurants for Valentine’s Day dinner in 2024.
Location: 1433 W 3rd Ave, Grandview Heights, OH 43212
Website: Third and Hollywood