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The Best New Restaurants In Columbus (October 2023)

There’s always something new and delicious to try in Columbus.

The Columbus food scene is one of the best things about this city. We’ve got so many fantastic restaurants, bars, and breweries and it feels like there is always something new to try out.

From a new fast-casual spot in the South End to a Matcha bar with artisanal toast, you’re going to love getting to know these latest culinary additions to the city.

Have fun exploring the city’s new restaurants this month. Be sure to tag us on Instagram (@columbusnavigator) or use the hashtag #columbusnavigator. We can’t wait to hear about your adventures.

Star Kitchen Cafe

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Photo by Chelsea Wiley

About: Discover the latest culinary gem in Merion Village – Star Kitchen Cafe! This exciting addition to the dining scene is brought to us by the masterminds behind Gahanna Grill. Think of it as the perfect blend of your favorite coffee shop vibes and a vibrant kitchen, where American fast food gets a healthy twist, all paired with European-style coffee.
Location: 1471 S High St, Columbus, OH 43207
Website: Star Kitchen Cafe


About: Hiraeth is inspired by the Welsh concept of ‘Hiraeth’—a homesickness in the best possible way. It’s all about creating a one-of-a-kind, global-meets-local experience that you won’t want to miss. From small plates to hearty dishes like lobster, Ohio corn salad, and mouthwatering rack of lamb, Hiraeth promises a unique culinary journey that’ll have you coming back for more.
Location: 36 E Lincoln St, Columbus, OH 43215
Website: Hiareth

Habibi Grill

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About: Exciting news for foodies in Italian Village! Habibi Grill, a brand-new eatery brought to you by the same mastermind behind Mr. Hummus Grill & Pizza, has just opened its doors at 1141 N. Fourth St. This Lebanese gem is the brainchild of owner Tarek Albast and offers a delectable menu of traditional Lebanese delights, including favorites like fattoush salad, kafta kebabs, and chicken shawarma. But that’s not all – Habibi also brings a twist with tantalizing options like tacos and pizza.
Location: 1131 N 4th St, Columbus, OH 43201
Website: Habibi Grill

Thunderwing Brewing

About: Thunderwing Brewing, a brand-new American Craft brewery, has landed at the Sideswipe Brewing location in the west side of town (2419 Scioto Harper Drive, Columbus, OH 43204). They’re all set to open their doors on October 6th, promising a fantastic selection of brews and a lineup of great food trucks all weekend long. Don’t miss this fresh addition to the local beer scene.
Location: 2419 Scioto Harper Drive Columbus OH 43204
Website: Thunderwing Brewing

DADA Matcha Bar

About: DADA Matcha Bar has found its cozy corner within the vibrant 700 Bryden community. Tucked amidst offices and studios, DADA brings a delightful blend of matcha magic and made-to-order sandwiches. This spot is all about merging culinary creativity with a strong sense of togetherness. On the menu, you’ll discover a delightful selection of espresso, lattes, sandwiches, and artisanal toast. It’s your new go-to for a taste of local flavor and friendly vibes.
Location: 700 Bryden Rd, Columbus, OH 43215
Website: DADA Matcha Bar Instagram


Nuyorican Pizzeria & Restaurant

About: A Puerto Rican-inspired pizzeria has officially opened in Clintonville. Nuyorican Pizzeria & Restaurant opened its first brick-and-mortar spot over Labor Day Weekend at 2864 N. High Street. If you fell in love with their food during their ghost kitchen days, you’re in luck, because your favorite items all made the move to the new menu. Any place that offers a one stop shop for pizza, mofongo, and empanadas is a win.
Location: 2864 N. High St.
Website: Nuyorican Pizzeria & Restaurant (Instagram)


About: Cento isn’t just any Cameron Mitchell Restaurant. It’s the 100th eatery from the local restaurateur and CMR wasn’t messing around this time. With dishes from a variety of regions in Italy on the menu, it’s one of those fine dining experiences that you know everyone will enjoy.
Location: 95 S 3rd St
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Goood Friends @ Jackie O’s

About: Ready to fall in love all over again with Midwestern grub? Goood Friends is so much more than pub food. It’s comfort food. From burgers and cheesesteaks to moon pies, it’s the perfect food to go along with a delicious beer from Jackie O’s and amazing vibes on their new downtown patio.
Location:. 171 N 4th St., inside Jackie O’s
Website: Goood Friends

Gluten Free Biscuits by Daddy-O

Gluten free biscuits by Daddy-O, Columbus, Ohio
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About: The gluten-free glow up has been very real over the past few years in Columbus. The newest tummy-saving restaurant to hop onto the scene is Gluten Free Biscuits by Daddy-O. The biscuits are so fluffy and delicious that I promise, if you’re still holding onto the absurd belief that gluten-free is gross, you will be changing your tune after your first bite.
Location: 821 E Long St.
Website: Gluten Free Biscuits by Daddy-O

Ohana Island Grill

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About: I used to live in Hawai’i and if there’s one thing that never truly leaves your heart, it’s a deep appreciation for a plate of Hawaiian BBQ, accompanied by mac salad. From Spam Musubi to Malasadas, this place is transporting me right back to the Big Island.
Location: 3512 West Dublin Granville Rd.
Website: Ohana Island Grill

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Cilantro Latin Bistro

About: This delicious food truck has opened a brick-and-mortar spot. Enjoy delicious arepas, wraps, juices, and other Latin treats.
Location: 4852 Sawmill Rd, Columbus, OH 43235
Website: Cilantro Latin Bistro

Safia Sweets & Kitchen

About: This gorgeous Somali-owned luxury cafe used to be a Frisch’s but trust me, you won’t see one ounce of tacky diner decor here. The cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, focusing on Somali, Italian, and American dishes.
Location: 2375 Silver Dr, Columbus, OH 43211
Website: Agni


About: Looking for something fun? TeaMoji is officially open, waiting to bring you joy in the form of mochi donuts, matcha slushies, and more.
Location: 5227 Godown Rd, Columbus, OH 43235
Website: TeaMoji

The Kee

About: The Kee is the city’s newest venue, but it’s also a great place to grab a drink or a bite to eat. With a Lounge, Foodbar, and Cafe all serving up treats, you’ll find everying from your morning coffee to fish and chips to cocktails on the menu.
Location: 225 Neilston St, Columbus, OH 43215
Website: The Kee

Bubbly Hall

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About: The long anticipated Bubbly Hall has finally opened in New Albany. The food hall has some incredible vendors, including Just Chicken, The Pit BBQ Grille, Seoul Food on the Go, Fay’s Crepes, Hoyo’s Kitchen, and more.
Location: 6065 Central College Rd, New Albany, OH 43054
Website: Bubbly Hall



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About: Looking for something fun? Chick’nCone offers a new twist on chicken and waffles, serving tender chicken bites inside of waffle cones. If you’re more of a chicken sandwich or tender person, don’t worry. They’ve got that on the menu too.
Location: 422 Polaris Pkwy, Westerville, OH 43082
Website: Chick’nCone

Bobcat Sports Bar

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About: This new neighborhood restaurant and bar is named after the Grandview Heights High School and Ohio University Bobcats. The bar will have TVs and arcade games for patrons to enjoy, alongside and a menu of sports bar favs like nachos, fried pickles, smash burgers, and more.
Location: 1099 W 1st Ave, Grandview Heights, OH 43212
Website: Bobcat Sports Bar


About: Wandering into an ice cream place but then suddenly finding yourself in a speakeasy might not be how you expect to spend a Saturday night, but it could be the plan if you head to DRNK. You’ll find this 90s speakeasy at CRMD in Lewis Center. Just know that if the kiddos are with you, the speakeasy area is for adults only.
Location: 5833 Evans Farm Dr, Lewis Center, OH 43035
Website: DRNK


Slammies on High

About: A sequel to Slammers Bar + Pizza Kitchen, Slammies on High will feature the same delicious, thin, Columbus-style pizza that fans have fallen in love with from Slammers. Slammies will open on March 3 in the University District. In addition to pizza, restaurant-goers will also enjoy a classic American menu and a full bar.
Location: 1607 N. High Street
Website: Slammies on High

Downtown Tavern

About: Downtown Tavern has replaced Lola’s Kitchen & Bar on South High Street. Operated by the same owners as Lola’s, the tavern features a chef-driven menu but a more relaxed environment for diners. The tavern offers happy hour all day long, with options including $5 classic drinks and house pudding shots.
Location: 201 S High St, Columbus, OH 43215
Website: Instagram

Strawsers Ice Cream, Pop & Candy Shop

About: The newest iteration of Strawser’s Ice Cream, Pop & Candy Shop opens in Hilliard on March 3. The spot will feature soda floats and all sorts of other goodies and is located in the former home of the Little Ice Cream Shoppe.
Location: 3229 Hilliard-Rome Road.
Website: Strawser’s

The Rail (Grandview Crossing)

A burger and fries at The Rail
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About: The Rail will host a grand opening of its Grandview Crossing location on March 8. Known for their “all-Ohio” burgers, The Rail also has a super rad happy hour, with $6 deals Monday-Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: 1064 Dublin Rd, Columbus, OH 43215
Website: The Rail

Stories on High

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About: Located a whopping 28 stories above downtown Columbus, Stories on High is the newest rooftop bar in town. Located within the Hilton Columbus Downtown tower, the bar focuses on small plates and craft cocktails.
Location: 402 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215
Website: Hilton Columbus Downtown

Columbus Brewing Company Beer Hall

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About: Over at East Market, Columbus Brewing Company’s new Beer Hall is well on its way to becoming a Columbus icon. The space is gorgeous, the vibes are incredible, and the beer is, of course, delicious. They’ve got a great menu that pairs perfectly with their brews.
Location: 200 Kelton Ave, Columbus, OH 43205
Website: Columbus Brewing Company Beer Hall


Lohcally Artisan Chocolates

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About: A new local chocolate shop will open in Powell on Friday, February 3. LOHcally Artisan Chocolates will be serving up truffles, hot chocolate, tea beverages, and more.
Location: 77 W. Olentangy St.
Website: Lohcally Artisan Chocolates

Delaney’s Diner

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About: Looking for that perfect diner experience? Delaney’s Diner is opening a brand new location at Groveport’s 1847 Main. Offering breakfast and lunch, the diner will officially open on February 6, 2023.
Location: 674 Main St, Groveport, OH 43125
Website: Delaney’s Diner

Kane’s Forty Deuce Pizzeria & Bar

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About: Ivan Kane’s Forty Deuce is undergoing a bit of a rebranding right now. Say goodbye to the burgers and milkshakes and say hello to NY-style pizza. The burlesque shows will still take place upstairs, so if you’re looking for a show with your slices, you’re in luck.
Location: Kane’s Forty Deuce Pizzeria, 3959 Brighton Rose Way
Website: Forty Deuce Ohio (Facebook)

Cut 132

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About: This modern steakhouse is open at Easton and waiting for your to visit. Restaurant-goers can treat themselves to all sorts of new and exciting dishes, including a Roasted Bone Marrow appetizer.
Location: 4188 Brighton Rose Way
Website: Cut 132

January 2023

Waves Bar & Kitchen

About: Looking to get away from the gloomy Columbus winter? Pretend like you’re somewhere a heck of a lot warmer at Waves Bar & Kitchen. Enjoy a cocktail and some nachos and daydream of warmer weather!
Location: 828 E Long St, Columbus, OH 43203
Website: Waves Bar & Kitchen Instagram

Tous Les Jours

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About: This popular Korean-French-style bakery is a nationwide chain, but it isn’t your average fast-food joint. The bakery offers all kinds of delectable treats, including kimchee croquettes, mochi pancakes, cakes, and more.
Location: 2851 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH 43202
Website: Tous Les Jours

The Roosevelt Room

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About: Glam nights out one of your New Year’s resolutions? Drop what you’re doing and get yourself up to The Roosevelt Room at Bridge Park. Speak softly and carry a stiff drink, am I right?
Location: 6544 Longshore St, Dublin, OH 43017
Website: The Roosevelt Room

Dos Hermanos

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About: Longtime food truck and North Market vendor, Dos Hermanos has officially opened their first brick-and-mortar spot at Easton. Get out there and enjoy some authentic Mexican street tacos or the best quesadilla in Columbus.
Location: 3946 Morse Crossing, Columbus OH 43219
Website: Dos Hermanos

December 2022

The Mercury Diner

Photo by Chelsea Wiley

About: The Mercury Diner is a modern diner with a futuristic vibe and delicious menu. The real highlight of this new addition to Downtown is the Third Shift Happy Hour they offer, which runs from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, Thursday, and Friday.
Location: 621 Parsons Ave, Columbus, OH 43206
Website: The Mercury Diner

Poke Bunny

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About: There’s a new poke bowl spot downtown, and it’s delicious. Poke Bunny moved into the space formerly occupied by Poke Bros. You can also order ramen, tea, and my favorite, a quick and yummy bento box!
Location: 100 E. Gat St, Columbus, OH 43215
Website: Poke Bunny

Bonjour Cafe

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About: At Bonjour Cafe, you can grab so much more than a cup of coffee. You’ll be able to build your own crepes, order both breakfast and lunch, get something sweet off of the dessert menu, and more.
Location: 330 S. High St, Columbus, OH 43215
Website: Bonjour Cafe

Way Down Yonder Beignets & Coffee

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About: Way Down Yonder Beignets & Coffee is the perfect place to stop by when you’re craving something sweet. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because we’ve featured (and thoroughly enjoyed) Way Down Yonder New Orleans Restaurant on South High Street before and this new spot is an expansion. This new downtown cafe offers coffee, a full breakfast menu, and of course, beignets!
Location: 386 E Main St, Columbus, OH 43215
Website: Way Down Yonder Beignets & Coffee

November 2022


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About: A chicken joint that started as stand-alone locations built from storage containers in Newark and Pataskala is coming to Columbus. The restaurant’s grand opening within BrewDog’s Short North location will take place on November 4. The menu includes wings, mac and cheese, baked beans, cornbread, pork rinds, and more.
Location: 1179 N High St Columbus, OH 43201
Website: OX-B’s

80 East Bourbon & Cocktail Club

About: 80 East is a new, member’s only club in Powell that offers “an ever-evolving, seasonally inspired beverage program in a private setting.” Members will have the opportunity to experience bourbon tastings, barrel select programs, wine pairings, and specialty cocktail tastings.
Location: 80 East Olentangy St, Powell, Ohio 43065
Website: 80 East


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About: Located within the new Hilton tower, FYR is a great place to gather with friends on a chilly evening. Built around the importance of fire, the menu includes grilled items, wood-fired items, and more. The restaurant serves both breakfast and dinner, as well as great cocktails and desserts.
Location: 404 North High St, Columbus, OH 43215
Website: FYR

Nativo 614

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About: Offering Latin American & Mediterranean cuisine, Nativo 614 is finally open at Creekside Gahanna. The menu includes ceviches, bowls, and more. But one of the real highlights of Nativo 614 is its Tiki cocktail menu, which offers Mai Tais, Blue Hawaiians, and more.
Location: 64 Granville St. Gahanna, OH 43230
Website: Nativo 614

Tupelo Honey Southern Kitchen

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About: You can visit Tupelo Honey for lunch or dinner, but the real magic happens at brunch. Known for its iconic fried chicken and waffles, this is the first Tupelo Honey location here in Columbus for the North Carolina-based chain.
Location: 1678 W Lane Ave Columbus, OH 43221
Website: Tupelo Honey