The wait is finally over. SeeSaw, the much-anticipated restaurant from chef Jonathon Sawyer and Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis, is now open. The restaurant is fun, confident, and bold. From the decor to the quality-crafted cocktails, SeeSaw is unlike anything else in Columbus.
Chef Sawyer won the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef Great Lakes in 2015. In addition to SeeSaw, he also owns The Greenhouse Tavern and Noodlecat in Cleveland, his hometown. The modern-American menu at SeeSaw emphasizes veggie-based small plates. I had the pleasure of trying a few treats, including the tempura shrimp and the steak tartar, and they were truly incredible.
Located at 906 N. High Street, SeeSaw isn’t just serving up wonderful food. Their drinks are out of this world. For the sake of posterity, I wanted to try two very different cocktails. The first one up was Eddie’s Manhattan. I was so impressed by the flavors of this drink and truth be told, I could have spent the rest of my night happily sipping on one of these. But alas, I had to order at least one more drink. You know, for science.
My second choice was a tropical rum-based cocktail that tasted like the best vacation you’ve ever had. Honestly, my whole experience at Seesaw felt vacation-like. The weather was gorgeous and the restaurant blends the inside and outside so well. It felt like a break from real life, which is exactly what I’m looking for in a fun night out.
Downstairs, the massive windows looking onto High Street remind you that Columbus is a growing, youthful city. You’re right in the heart of the Short North, enjoying a cocktail and feeling very much a part of the nightlife.
Upstairs, the vibe feels more secluded, but still inviting and comfortable. There’s plenty of seating and the patio is unreal. Not only are there wild rooftop vibes happening, but there’s also a literal seesaw for patrons to use. Instagram opportunities are endless, my friends.
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