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The Best New Restaurants In Columbus (January 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 tacos to Korean-French pastries, you’re going to love getting to know these latest culinary additions to Columbus.

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.

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

OX-B’s

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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

FYR

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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

October 2022

Dave’s Hot Chicken

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About: Ready for something spicy? Owned by Drake, Dave’s Hot Chicken has opened its first central Ohio location on Dublin-Granville Rd. The fast-casual spot focuses on Nashville-style hot chicken, in the form of tenders and sliders. Two more locations around Columbus will be coming soon.
Location: 3590 W Dublin Granville Rd, Columbus, OH 43235
Website: Dave’s Hot Chicken

Half Baked Brew


About: This skateboarding-themed brewery started as a member’s only spot in Merion Village. Now, they’ve expanded to a new location in the Short North and it’s open to the public. Stop in for a beer, some food truck food, and some fun.
Location: 765 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215
Website: Half Baked Brew

Toraya Moroccan Cuisine


About: Looking for authentic Moroccan food? Plan a visit to Toraya Moroccan cuisine. From tagine to cous cous, you’ll feel like you’ve been whisked away from Columbus straight to Marrakesh.
Location:
Website: Toraya Moroccan Cuisine

Just Chicken

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About: It’s a fried chicken kind of month, and Just Chicken is showing everyone how it’s done. Located within East Market, the new chicken eatery offers, well, just chicken. Chicken sandwiches, chicken tenders, and fries are all you find on the menu, but trust me, it’s all you need.
Location: 212 Kelton Ave, Columbus, OH 43205
Website: Just Chicken

Poke Bunny

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About: Eating healthy is so delicious these days. This Hawaiian-inspired poké joint serves poke, noodle soup, bento boxes, and bubble tea. If this is what eating right looks like, I don’t wanna be wrong.
Location: 100 E Gay St Unit 1, Columbus, OH 43215
Website: Poke Bunny

September 2022

Joya’s Cafe


About: Chef Avishar Barua’s highly-anticipated Joya’s Cafe is finally open. The former Top Chef contestant named the cafe after his mom and although the menu is limited right now, it includes some absolute bangers. There are some great drink options including a specialty chai and coffee. Joya’s is also serving up a new contender for best breakfast sandwich. Of course, the thing we should all be looking forward to is the Cheesy Double Crunch, a popular dish of Barua’s.
Location: 657 High St, Worthington, Ohio 43085
Website: Joya’s Cafe

92 Chicken

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About: 92 Chicken is serving up Korean fried chicken in Delaware. This crispy chicken is hand battered, double fried, and then coated in sauce. And don’t worry, they’ve got a variety of unique flavors to choose from.
Location: 12 S Sandusky St, Delaware, OH 43015
Website: 92 Chicken

Fattey Beer Co.

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About: Fattey Beer Co. is a New York-based craft beer establishment with over 500 craft beers to choose from. You can purchase six-packs or stay and have a sip of something on draft. They also have a beer-fried chicken sandwich that people go wild for. It’s a crispy fried chicken breast topped with pickles, covered in sauce, and served on a potato bun.
Location: 79 S State St, Westerville, OH 43081
Website: Fattey Beer Company

Saddleberk


About: Fans of Saddleberk can find them at North Market Downtown now. In addition to carrying Saddleberk’s own Berkshire Pork, the second location for the restaurant and butcher also carries high-quality cuts from other meat producers. Saddleberk offers a selection of hot sandwiches, brats, breakfast sandwiches, and their signature milkshakes.
Location: North Market, 59 Spruce St, Columbus, OH 43215
Website: Saddleberk

HillGarten

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About: This new German-style beer garden is officially open in Hilliard. With a menu full of traditional and German-inspired dishes and lots of local brews on tap, you can enjoy live music in the beer garden while you eat and drink.
Location: 4131 Main St, Hilliard, OH 43026
Website: HillGarten

August 2022

Junkyard Dogs

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About: Junkyard Dogs opened back at the beginning of July. Serving a variety of Hot Dogs, bratwursts & sausages, sides, and milkshakes, Junkyard Dogs is the perfect place for a quick bite to eat.
What to try: The Junkyard Dog, aka an all beef Hot Dog topped with coney sauce, cheesy onions, bacon, jalapeño, coleslaw, garlic aioli, and spicy brown mustard.
Location: 2245 W Dublin Granville Rd Suite 108, Worthington, OH 43085
Website: Junkyard Dogs

Bar Cicchetti by Fabio Viviani

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About: Bar Cicchetti by Fabio Viviani is serving up delicious Italian food from the ground floor of the historic Westin Hotel in downtown Columbus. The menu offers seasonally inspired dishes as well as craft beer and cocktails.
What to try: Cicchetti means to share, so why not go for some dishes off of the shareable menu? Your order should definitely include the focaccia, which is basically heaven in the form of bread.
Location: 310 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215
Website: Bar Cicchetti by Fabio Viviani

Wahlburgers

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About: Mark Wahlberg is no stranger to Columbus, and although the Wahlburgers food truck has been around town before, the first physical location has finally opened at Hollywood Casino.
What to try: Is Wahlburgers where I expected to find a delicious vegan burger? No. But it happened so now I’ve got to tell you all about it. It’s an impossible burger patty, but what takes it over the top is the house-made sauce.
Location: Hollywood Casino, 200 Georgesville Rd, Columbus, OH 43228
Website: Wahlburgers

Marvin’s Columbus

About: The Brewery District is now home to Marvin’s Restaurant and Lounge. Serving up craft American cuisine, the restaurant offers brunch, Happy Hour, and dinner.
What to try: Visit for brunch and order a mimosa and the Chef’s French Toast. You can thank me later.
Location: 460 S Front St, Columbus, OH 43215
Website: Marvin’s Columbus (Instagram)

Ohio Brewing Company

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About: Ohio Brewing Company is an award-winning microbrewery offering a variety of beers including Mexican Lager, Pilsner, IPA, DIPA, Session IPA, Fruit Sour, Nitro Irish Stout, and more. They’ve also got a fantastic menu full of pub-style food to accompany their brews.
What to try: Get the Cleveland Cuban, pair it with a Lil Vata (Mexican lager) and enjoy a fantastic evening.
Location: 421 E 2nd Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43201
Website: Ohio Brewing Company

Cove, A Seafood Joint

About: Cove is the latest endeavor from Chef Josh Dalton. The menu offers a variety of seafood options including lobster rolls, a seafood boil, clams, and more. There are also non-seafood options.
What to try: The lobster roll, unless you’re feeling fancy, in which case you should definitely give the Caviar a whirl.
Location: 15 E Winter St, Delaware, OH 43015
Website: Cove, A Seafood Joint


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