Columbus has spent the last decade cementing itself as a food city.
In this city, the only reason you need to give yourself to go out to dinner is that there are so many places worth trying. It would be criminal to stay home when there is delicious food being crafted just for you!
The restaurants included in this list aren’t all fancy date-night type places, although you will find a few of those. We’ve separated the restaurants into the most popular food categories in the city: Brunch, American cuisine, Tacos, International cuisine, Seafood, BBQ, Pizza, Breweries, Burgers, Fried Chicken, Steakhouses, and Fast-Casual dining. Think of it as your go-to list when you and your friends can’t decide what type of food you want or how much you want to spend.
On this list, you’ll find popular spots and hidden gems, with menu items ranging from tacos to carrot cake to high-end fine dining. But that’s enough yapping. You’re getting hangry and looking for suggestions, so look no further.
If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that brunch is a magical affair that bridges the gap between early mornings and lazy afternoons. And guess what? Columbus has stepped up its brunch game to a whole new level. Get ready to embark on a mouthwatering journey through the city’s brunch spots, where delightful dishes and vibrant vibes await at every turn.
About: If you’re a fan of embracing the ever-changing flavors of each season, Skillet is the place for you. Located at 410 E Whittier St, Columbus, OH, this gem takes farm-to-table to heart, offering a menu that shifts with the seasons. The food is homey and comforting all while pushing you gently to explore new flavors and combinations.
Because the menu changes so often, your favorite menu items will too. But honestly, you’ll have a long list of what you do love to order. If you’re feeling stuck, ask for some suggestions. The staff are super knowledgeable and they will be happy to help you find the perfect fit.
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Location: 657 High St, Worthington, OH 43085
About: Chef Avishar Barua is one of the best things that’s ever happened to this city. His Worthington cafe, Joya’s, is such a bright light. The menu is exciting and filling, and the cafe has immaculate vibes.
There’s a lot to love about the menu, but if you’re looking for a suggestions, you really can’t go wrong with the breakfast sandwich. Of course, the chef’s signature item is the cheesy double crunch. You can learn more about Joya’s and the innovative menu at the link below.
Third and Hollywood
Location: 1433 W 3rd Ave, Grandview Heights, OH 43212
About:Prepare yourself for a brunch experience like no other at Third and Hollywood, nestled in Grandview Heights. The menu is full of some really fantastic options, but personally, I think the standout star has to be their cheddar biscuits.
They’re the perfect addition to any dish, or you can make them the main focus of your meal by ordering biscuits and gravy. Of course, if you’ve got a sweet tooth and you’re fortunate enough to catch the cinnamon rolls on the menu, you have to order them. For a taste of what’s in store, explore their offerings at their website below.
South of Lane
Location: 1987 Guilford Rd, Upper Arlington, OH
About: South of Lane is the quintessential neighborhood diner that has mastered the art of the perfect brunch. If you’re a fan of omelets, the Greek Omelet will give you something to shout about. Bursting with flavors from spinach, tomato, onions, peppers, and feta cheese, this dish has all of the good vibes you’d expect from a satisfying brunch.
Beyond the menu, South of Lane exudes a warm and welcoming atmosphere that invites you to linger over your meal. It’s the kind of place where you can meet up with your girls for a brunch or enjoy a breakfast date with your significant other. Plan your visit by visiting their website below.
Location: 169 E Beck St, Columbus, OH 43206
About: Lindey’s is timeless and elegant, just like their brunch menu. Seriously, if you’re looking to indulge in the classics, nobody does it better than Lindey’s. From the moment you walk up the tree-lined, brick streets of German Village to the iconic establishment, to the moment you finally put the fork and napkin down by a clean plate, you’ll have an experience that’s unique to Lindey’s and it will be classy AF.
Of course it’s a great visit at any time of the day, but the brunch experience is unparalleled. Explore more about Lindey’s and its offerings on their website below.
Location: 1105 Pennsylvania Ave, Columbus, OH
About: Katalina’s is a brunch haven that promises one thing – pancake balls that redefine your brunch expectations. These spherical wonders, brimming with various mouthwatering fillings, steal the show and your heart. Beyond the pancake balls, Katalina’s captures the essence of Columbus’ culinary spirit, blending innovation with familiar flavors. With its charming atmosphere and dedication to crafting dishes that ignite your taste buds, Katalina’s stands as a testament to the city’s love affair with brunch. Dive into the delightful world of pancake balls and more by visiting their website.
Hang Over Easy
Location: 1664 Neil Street and 51 Parsons Ave.
About: For a fulfilling brunch experience that hits all the right notes, Hang Over Easy has you covered at two Columbus locations. Indulge in the ultimate comfort food – Chicken & Waffles. This scrumptious delight features fluffy buttermilk waffles crowned with perfectly seasoned chicken tenders, creating a harmonious blend of flavors and textures. You can wash it all down with a milkshake (boozy if you’re a “hair of the dog” kind of person). Discover their menu and locations by visiting Hang Over Easy.
Location: 1678 W Lane Ave, Columbus, OH 43221
About: Tucked away in Upper Arlington, Tupelo Honey offers more than just biscuits – it serves up a dose of heartwarming generosity. These fluffy, heavenly biscuits are not only a treat for your taste buds but also contribute to a good cause. Proceeds from the biscuits go towards Tupelo Honey Relief & Development Funds, providing support to the restaurant’s employees in need. Beyond its philanthropic efforts, Tupelo Honey embodies the essence of Southern comfort and hospitality. The menu reflects a fusion of flavors that pay homage to tradition while embracing innovation. Brunch at Tupelo Honey feels like an indulgence, in the best way possible. Explore the offerings at Tupelo Honey at their website below.
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Looking for the perfect, American meal? That can mean different things to different people, but one common thread is that all of these restaurants will be serving up food that feels familiar, flavorful, and comforting.
Chapman’s Eat Market
Location: 739 S 3rd St, Columbus, OH 43206
It’s tricky to put Chapman’s Eat Market into one category, but I think American cuisine fits it best. This incredible spot was named the best restaurant in the entire state by the New York Times, so it’s no surprise that we’re talking about it today.
The menu changes frequently, but one thing you can always count on is the amazing selection of housemade ice creams. They come in pints and I’m speaking from experience when I say that they won’t last long once you start enjoying them! To make reservations or learn more about the restaurant, visit their website below.
Cap City Fine Diner
Location: 1299 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH 43212
About: Cap City Fine Diner beckons with a touch of nostalgia and a flair for the exceptional. Among their impressive offerings, the 24K Carrot Cake stands out as a culinary masterpiece that adds a golden touch to your dining experience. It’s seriously one of the best cakes in Columbus. The carrot cake is adorned with pineapple, golden raisins, and walnuts, all crowned with white chocolate cream cheese icing. Of course, you can enjoy everything from breakfast classics like French Toast to dinner favorites like Southern Fried Chicken, Cap City Fine Diner creates an atmosphere that feels casual yet a little glamorus all at once.
Location: 8954 Lyra Dr. Columbus, Ohio 43240 and 6791 Longshore St Suite 110 Dublin, Ohio 43017
About: Kitchen Social has earned quite the loyal following since they opened. While their menu boasts a tempting variety, the Cheddar and Scallion biscuits definitely steal the spotlight, providing a warm embrace of flavor and comfort. Served with honey butter, these biscuits are a testament to the restaurant’s commitment to crafting scratch-made dishes that delight the palate.
Kitchen Social thrives on the idea that every meal is an opportunity to create cherished memories and connections. With an array of entrees, salads, pizzas, and sandwiches, the restaurant stands as a hub where culinary artistry meets community spirit. Discover more about Kitchen Social’s offerings and locations on their website.
Location: 262 E Sycamore St, Columbus, OH 43206
About: The Sycamore has been such a fun spot to watch evolve over the years. It’s a quiet restaurant that acts as a European-inspired cafe during the day and a romantic, restaurant at night. Parking can be a little tricky, but I promise, it will all be worth it once you take your first bite. For more info, you can visit their website.
Location: 711 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43215
About: Lincoln Social is not just a restaurant – it’s an elevated experience that takes dining to new heights, quite literally. The rooftop bar offers a glamorous setting for indulging in incredible cocktails and delectable small plates.
Among the standout offerings, the fusion of pizza and sushi represents the spirit of adventure that defines Lincoln Social. You can pair anything you eat with an incredible cocktail and a panoramic view of Downtown Columbus. For an extraordinary dining experience that ignites the senses, explore Lincoln Social Rooftop.
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Matt and Tony’s Wood Fired Kitchen
Location: 525 Short St, Columbus, OH 43215
About: Matt and Tony’s Kitchen + Tavern offers a haven for those seeking hearty comfort intertwined with culinary creativity. The “Big Bowl Salads” on their menu are not just salads – they are a gastronomic journey served in large stainless steel mixing bowls. The dressing is already perfectly mingled, eliminating the need to deliberate. If I had to suggest one more “must-order” item, it would definitely be the Deviled Egg Toast. It’s phenomenal. Discover more about their menu on their website below.
Del Mar SoCal Kitchen
Location: 705 North High St, Columbus, OH 43215
About: Del Mar SoCal Kitchen captures the essence of coastal living infused with culinary mastery. The allure of their scallop dish is irresistible – a symphony of flavors featuring golden beets, yellow squash, kale, asparagus, and chimichurri that transports you to the seaside with every bite.
The restaurant marries the allure of coastal living with the culinary brilliance that defines Columbus’ food scene. For a taste of the coast without leaving the city, explore their offerings on their website.
Tacos might just be the best food ever invented. Seriously, what could be better than marinated meat (or meat substitute!), some fresh veggies, an out of this world, sauce, and a perfectly fried tortilla? I would argue that there’s nothing better, but you don’t have to take my word for it. You can go try any of these epic spots and find out for yourself.
Los Guachos Taqueria
Location: 5221 Godown Rd, Columbus, OH
About: With a price that pleasantly surprises and flavors that captivate, the Original Taco Al Pastor reigns as a fan favorite. Marinated pork, lovingly prepared, is served up on corn tortillas with sliced pineapple, onions, and cilantro.
Los Guachos embraces the spirit of simplicity and authenticity, crafting tacos that honor tradition and elevate taste. It doesn’t have to be Tuesday to enjoy these bad boys. For a taste of these flavors, explore their offerings on Los Guachos Taqueria.
Location: 733 N High St, Columbus, OH
About: It’s a good day to let Bakersfield redefine your perception of tacos. Among their exceptional offerings, the Bistec tacos stand as an epitome of culinary brilliance. Marinated grilled short rib, combined with chipotle slaw and cilantro, unite to create a taco that embodies perfection.
At Bakersfield, every bite deserves to be washed down with some of the tastiest margaritas in town. If your mouth is already watering, go ahead and click that link below and start planning your next visit.
Location: 3946 Morse Crossing, Columbus, OH 43219
About: Dos Hermanos is the go-to destination for a memorable taco experience. The straightforward yet satisfying Dos Hermanos Tacos epitomize the essence of a well-crafted taco. Choose your preferred meat, and let the flavors unfold as you savor each bite.
While tacos are the stars, the menu doesn’t stop there – they’ve got burritos, quesadillas, and more. Dos Hermanos takes pride in delivering authentic flavors that transport you to the heart of Mexico’s culinary heritage. Embrace the taco affair and explore their offerings on Dos Hermanos.
Agave & Rye
Location: 1295 Grandview Ave. and 479 N High St.
About: Agave & Rye might not be the cheapest on this list, but they do promise a lineup of unique and innovative tacos that push culinary boundaries. The Crown Jewel taco, a true masterpiece, combines buttery garlic lobster, shiitake mushrooms, Mac n Cheese, truffle oil & shavings, and shaved green onions into a flavor symphony that delights the senses.
The restaurant challenges conventional taco norms, inviting you to embrace the unexpected and experience tacos in a whole new light. You can check out the menu at the link below.
One of the best things about living in Columbus is that you can travel all around the world in a culinary sense without even leaving town. Whether you’re craving some Spanish tapas or some Nepali dumplings, Columbus has the spot for you.
Location: 11 W Gay St, Columbus, OH 43215
About: Over the years, Veritas as cemented itself as one of, if not the, best restaurant in Columbus. The food is superb, the service is exemplary, and a meal at Veritas will definitely be one you remember for a long, long time.
The menus are available to peruse online, but each guest has the option of the 5 course tasting menu or the tasting menu with wine pairings. It’s high end, it’s glamorous, and it’s worth every penny, and then some.
Location: 263 E Whittier St, Columbus, OH
About: Nestled at in the heart of German Village, Barcelona offers a dining experience that transports you straight to the heart of Spain. The entire Tapas menu is a favorite, but the Calamares Fritos, with corn meal-dusted, delicious calamari, holds a special place. Barcelona captures the essence of Spanish cuisine, infusing it with a touch of sophistication and warmth. With an extensive wine list and an ambiance that exudes charm, it’s the perfect destination for an authentic Spanish culinary adventure. Immerse yourself in the flavors of Spain by exploring their offerings at Barcelona.
Location: 1664 W 1st Ave, Grandview Heights, OH
About: La Tavola elevates Italian cuisine to an art form. The Gnocchi al Forno, a homemade potato pasta baked with fresh artichokes, onion, garlic, and herbs in a creamy white wine and fontina cheese sauce, is a testament to their culinary prowess. La Tavola invites you to savor Italy’s rich culinary heritage in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The restaurant seamlessly blends tradition with innovation, crafting dishes that captivate the senses and celebrate the essence of Italy. Experience the elegance of Italian cuisine by exploring their offerings on La Tavola.
Location: 50 W Broad St, Columbus, OH
About: Located inside of the stunning LeVeque Tower, The Keep introduces you to the timeless allure of French cuisine. Coq au vin, a red wine-braised hen served with smoked bacon, mushrooms, carrots, and whipped potatoes, is a culinary masterpiece that embodies the essence of French comfort food. The Keep is a delightful surprise that pays homage to the culinary traditions of France, while infusing each dish with contemporary flair. With an array of French classics and a welcoming ambiance, it’s the place to indulge in the art of French dining. Treat yourself to an unforgettable experience by visiting The Keep.
Location: 59 Spruce St, Columbus, OH
About: Located at North Market, Momo Ghar beckons you to explore the flavors of the Himalayas. The Jhol Momo, Himalayan chicken-filled dumplings seated in a spicy sauce, promises an explosion of complex flavors that tantalize the palate. Momo Ghar showcases the rich culinary heritage of Nepal and the Himalayan region, offering a unique and unforgettable dining experience. With every bite, you embark on a journey through the diverse and vibrant flavors of the Himalayas. Savor the essence of the mountains by visiting Momo Ghar.
Location: 1092 Bethel Rd, Columbus, OH
About: The Refectory stands as a beacon of elegance and refinement in the city’s culinary landscape. The restaurant offers the most exquisite and finest dining experience in Columbus. Their ever-evolving menu showcases the essence of contemporary French cuisine infused with innovative twists. For a glimpse into their offerings, explore their menu online before you visit.
Ampersand Asian Supper Club
Location: 940 N High St, Columbus, OH
About: Ampersand Asian Supper Club, introduces you to a world of Asian flavors that delight the senses. The lunch special, available every day, offers a starter and a main for $14, featuring options like edamame, nori fries, miso soup, ramen, and rice bowls. Ampersand embraces the eclectic and diverse nature of Asian cuisine, crafting dishes that reflect the essence of different Asian cultures.
Location: 245 King Ave, Columbus, OH
About: Pelino’s Pasta offers a culinary journey that changes with the seasons. The menu is a delightful reflection of the freshest ingredients and creative inspiration. If you find yourself unsure of what to order, trust your server to guide you through an experience that leaves you eager to return. Pelino’s Pasta offers a choice of three or four-course options, ensuring that each meal ends with a sweet note – dessert.
Location: 5871 Sawmill Rd, Dublin, OH 43017
About: Journey to 5871 Sawmill Rd, Dublin, OH, and discover the authentic flavors of India at Amul India. Order the best Chicken Tikka Masala in town and don’t forget to indulge in some samosas as your appetizer. Amul India celebrates the rich tapestry of Indian cuisine, offering a menu that captures the essence of this diverse and vibrant culinary tradition. With flavors that span from North to South India, the restaurant invites you to savor the depth and complexity of Indian spices and ingredients. Experience India’s culinary treasures right here in Columbus by visiting Amul India.
Alqueria Farmhouse Kitchen
Location: 247 King Ave, Columbus, OH 43201
About: Alqueria Farmhouse Kitchen redefines modern dining with a focus on meat and potatoes. The Braised Beef Short Ribs, served with an herb mascarpone potato puree, sautéed mushrooms, zucchini, summer squash, cherry tomatoes, sweet corn, beef jus, and crispy shallots, epitomize the restaurant’s creative approach to classic dishes. Alqueria Farmhouse Kitchen brings together the best of contemporary culinary artistry and locally sourced ingredients to create a menu that surprises and delights. With a commitment to seasonality and innovation, it’s a culinary destination that showcases the harmony between tradition and the avant-garde. Explore their offerings at Alqueria Farmhouse Kitchen.
Location: 1026 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201
About: Fireproof Restaurant invites you to embrace the art of sharing a meal with friends. Their tapas menu is a delightful assortment of appetizers, salads, veggie options, seafood, meats, and more. For the ultimate experience, indulge in the Chef’s Tasting menu, offering a hand-picked sampling designed exclusively for your table. While your visit may not be cheap, it will certainly be worth every bite. Fireproof Restaurant combines the vibrant spirit of a modern eatery with the tradition of communal dining. Discover the joy of sharing at Fireproof Columbus.
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Nothing says “let’s pretend like we’re somewhere coastal and beautiful” quite like an evening at a spectacular seafood restaurant. I’m personally a sucker for scallops, but Columbus eateries have everything from squid to salmon, just waiting for you to stop by and treat yourself.
Mitchell’s Ocean Club
Location: 4002 Easton Station, Columbus, OH
About: Mitchell’s Ocean Club is where seafood dreams come true. The Dutch Harbor King Crab Legs, served with asparagus and drawn butter, are the crown jewel of the menu. It’s a case of “go big and go home full of delicious crab legs.” Mitchell’s Ocean Club crafts seafood dishes with precision and passion, offering a dining experience that’s nothing short of exceptional. With an atmosphere that exudes elegance, it’s the perfect destination for a special occasion or a seafood indulgence. Treat yourself to a royal seafood feast at Mitchell’s Ocean Club.
Kai’s Crab Boil
Location: 839 Bethel Rd, Columbus, OH
About: Kai’s Crab Boil takes seafood to the next level. The menu offers a tantalizing array of seafood combinations that will leave you spoilt for choice. While I won’t dictate your selection, I will recommend trying your seafood delight with Kai’s Kajun sauce – a decision you won’t regret. Kai’s Crab Boil brings a fast-casual twist to seafood, serving up fresh and flavorful dishes that capture the essence of coastal dining. It’s the ultimate destination for seafood lovers seeking an unforgettable experience. Discover the magic of seafood with a Cajun twist at Kai’s Crab Boil.
Location: 641 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215
About: Located at 641 N High St, Columbus, OH, The Pearl invites you to embark on a seafood adventure with friends. The Shellfish Tower is a masterpiece that includes a dozen Oysters and Clams on the Half Shell, Half Pound Peel & Eat Gulf Shrimp, Louie Dressed Colossal Crab, Cocktail Sauce, and Pickled Horseradish. It’s a feast fit for a seafood enthusiast. The Pearl captures the essence of a bustling seafood market, offering a dining experience that’s vibrant and full of flavor. Gather your friends and dive into the seafood extravaganza that awaits at The Pearl.
We might not be Texas or Kansas, but we’ve still got some fantastic barbeque options. Slow cooked meat might seem like it’s easy to get right, but there’s a real science to it. And no one does it better than the restaurants below.
B & K Smokehouse
Location: 1114 E Main St, Columbus, OH
About: B & K Smokehouse is where rib dreams come true. Their fall-off-the-bone pork ribs, served with B & K’s sweet, special sauce, are the stuff of legends. But don’t worry if you’re not famished, you can also go for a half-order or Rib tip. B & K Smokehouse is the epitome of authentic barbecue, offering a smoky, saucy, and satisfying experience that will keep you coming back for more. For a taste of true barbecue bliss, visit B & K Smokehouse.
Smoked on High
Location: 755 S High St, Columbus, OH 43206
About: Smoked on High is a barbecue gem. Their Pulled Pork, paired with sweet whiskey sauce, is a flavor explosion that’s hard to forget. And don’t skip the coleslaw, even if you’re not usually a fan, because this coleslaw has the power to change minds. Smoked on High is the place where traditional barbecue meets culinary creativity, delivering a menu that’s both familiar and exciting. It’s a must-visit spot for barbecue enthusiasts looking to explore new horizons. Experience the magic of Smoked on High at Smoked on High.
Ray Ray’s Hog Pit
Location: Multiple locations
About: With multiple locations across Columbus, Ray Ray’s Hog Pit is a barbecue institution. It’s difficult to choose a single favorite item from their menu because everything they serve is outstanding. From beautifully seasoned meats to perfectly cooked dishes, Ray Ray’s Hog Pit consistently delivers a mouthwatering barbecue experience. So, don’t overthink it, just visit and pick anything that tickles your fancy. Ray Ray’s Hog Pit celebrates the art of barbecue, serving up flavors that are rich, smoky, and utterly satisfying. Indulge in a barbecue feast at Ray Ray’s Hog Pit.
Location: 830 Bethel Rd, Columbus, OH 43214
About: Hoggy’s, a Columbus BBQ staple since 1991, offers an authentic taste of Southern barbecue. With roots tracing back to Linworth, Ohio, Hoggy’s is now located at 830 Bethel Road and the restaurant prides itself on crafting dishes from scratch with the freshest ingredients. Meats are hand-rubbed with special seasonings and slow-smoked to perfection, resulting in a rich, smoky flavor that embodies true Southern BBQ. Must-tries include their Pulled Pork and Pulled Chicken, while their Award-Winning Mac & Cheese adds a delicious twist to traditional sides. Ribs, Wings, Brisket, and an array of Traditional Southern Recipe sides complete their menu. Hoggy’s is where Columbus locals come to satisfy their BBQ cravings. Discover this Columbus classic at Hoggy’s.
Are you ever too old to name pizza as your favorite food? I hope not because pizza in Columbus is absolutely deserving of that place in your heart. Whether you’re looking for that cracker-thin Columbus style or you’re more of a New York style girlie, you’ll be happy to explore the pizza scene here in Columbus.
Mikey’s Late Night Slice
Location: 268 S 4th St, Columbus, OH 43215
About: When it comes to pizza, Mikey’s Late Night Slice is a local legend. This lively pizzeria is known for its unconventional and delectable slices. If you’re looking for a crowd-pleaser, the spicy pepperoni pizza is the way to go. It’s a simple pleasure that can’t be beaten and pairs perfectly with a cold beer and great company. Experience the joy of a perfect slice at Mikey’s Late Night Slice.
Location: 2643 E Main St, Bexley, OH 43209
About: Step into a pizza time warp at Rubino’s Pizza, located in the heart of Bexley. This cash-only establishment may not have a strong online presence, but it’s beloved for its unique and mouthwatering pies. For an unforgettable experience, whatever pizza you choose, be sure to add extra cheese to elevate it to another level.
Adriatico’s New York Style Pizza
Location: 1618 Neil Ave, Columbus, OH 43201
About: Adriatico’s New York Style Pizza invites you to indulge in their Sicilian pizza, perfect for those post-fun-night-out cravings. With multiple crust options, the Sicilian reigns supreme, offering a thick, doughy delight. Discover the flavors of New York-style pizza at Adriatico’s New York Style Pizza.
Location: 2657 N High St, Columbus, OH 43202
About: Hounddog’s Pizza, situated at 2657 N High St, Columbus, OH 43202, takes pizza to the next level with its Smokin’ Joe’s crust. This hand-tossed garlic butter marvel is complemented by a sweet tomato and basil sauce. Explore their diverse menu and savor innovative crust creations at Hounddog’s Three Degree Pizza.
Location: Multiple locations
About:With multiple locations, Harvest Pizzeria offers an array of tempting choices to suit every palate. Whether you’re in the mood for the Ohio Double Bacon, adorned with fresh mozzarella, roasted red pepper, Aleppo pepper, and oregano, or the Spicy Yuma, featuring a delightful Gouda/Havarti blend, chorizo, jalapenos, corn, roasted red pepper, and chipotle-spiked tomato sauce, your pizza adventure awaits. Columbus’ pizza scene has never been so diverse and delicious.
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Breweries & Brewpubs
Columbus has no shortage of exceptional breweries and brewpubs. There so many brewpubs really pushing the boundaries of food, beer, and their relationship to one another. Have a drink for me and pair it with something delicious.
Watershed Kitchen & Bar
Location: 1105 Pennsylvania Ave, Columbus, OH 43201
About: Watershed Kitchen & Bar offers more than just remarkable spirits. Surprisingly, the star of the show might be their Brussel sprouts. Even if you’re not typically a fan, these Brussel sprouts might just convert you. Watershed has perfected them in a way that defies expectation. Discover the magic of their menu at Watershed Kitchen & Bar.
Hoof Hearted Brewery & Kitchen
Location: 850 N 4th St, Columbus, OH 43215
About: Hoof Hearted Brewery & Kitchen dares you to try something new. The Bayou Bitez, featuring tempura-fried alligator, exemplifies their adventurous menu. Whether you’re a culinary explorer or just love great brews, this place has something that will surprise and delight your taste buds. Explore the unexpected at Hoof Hearted Brewery & Kitchen.
Location: 4080 Worth Ave, Columbus, OH 43219
About: Forbidden Root, situated in a cozy corner of Easton Town Center, exudes tavern vibes with a culinary twist. While they have a fine selection of small plates for sharing, the Duck and Dumplings dish stands out. Picture ricotta gnocchi, duck confit, mirepoix, and herbs coming together in a symphony of flavor. Elevate your brewpub experience at Forbidden Root.
Wolf’s Ridge Brewing
Location: 215 N 4th St, Columbus, OH 43215
About: Wolf’s Ridge Brewing is not just a brewery but a culinary destination. If you’re in search of an extraordinary dining experience, opt for the Chef’s Menu. With vegetarian and gluten-free options available upon request, this establishment takes the craft of perfecting a meal seriously. Embark on a gastronomic journey at Wolf’s Ridge Brewing.
Website: Wolf’s Ridge Brewing
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While some could argue that burgers joints could have technically found a home amongst the American food section, we thought they deserved a category of their own. People get really fanatic about a good burger and to be honest, I get it. It’s one of those dishes that can go from good to great at just the right place.
Preston’s: A Burger Joint
Location: Various locations
About: For affordable yet scrumptious burgers, look no further than Preston’s: A Burger Joint. With various locations, you’re never too far from burger bliss. Their smash burger takes the crown, boasting American cheese, lettuce, red onion, pickles, and a truly special sauce that elevates it to 100% amazing. Satisfy your burger cravings at Preston’s: A Burger Joint.
The Thurman Cafe
Location: 183 Thurman Ave, Columbus, OH 43206
About: The Thurman Cafe offers a burger experience like no other. Their Thurman Burger is not for the faint of heart; it’s massive, satisfyingly overwhelming, a tad greasy, and absolutely worth it. This burger is reserved for special, hungry occasions. Get ready to conquer the beast at The Thurman Cafe.
Pat and Gracie’s
Location: 138 Graceland Blvd, Columbus, OH 43214
About: Pat and Gracie’s serves up burger perfection. The Chimi Burger steals the spotlight, featuring two smashed patties crowned with Monterey Jack cheese, avocado, caramelized onions, bacon, and a house-made chimichurri sauce. Don’t overlook their unique house-made tots; they’re unlike any tater tots you’ve ever had. Dive into burger innovation at Pat and Gracie’s.
Location: 3503 Trabue Rd, Columbus, OH 43204
About: For a no-fuss, no-frills experience that simply hits the spot, Johnny’s Tavern at 3503 Trabue Rd, Columbus, OH 43204, is your go-to. Their cheeseburger embodies the essence of a classic tavern burger: juicy, satisfying, and delicious. Discover this hidden gem at Johnnie’s Tavern.
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Getting the perfect fried chicken isn’t as easy as your mom made it look. Luckily, if like myself you did not inherit the skill required, you can pop into any of these Columbus restaurants for some of the best fried chicken of your life.
Location: 790 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215
About: On the bustling streets of the Short North, you’ll find fried chicken heaven at The Eagle. When you dine here, the fried chicken is a must-try, no questions asked. Whether you prefer dark or white meat, every bite will leave you stuffed and superbly happy. Savor the crispy goodness at The Eagle.
Mya’s Fried Chicken
Location: You can find this delicious food truck all around the city. Click here for deets.
About: Mya’s Fried Chicken is a food truck that roams all around Columbus. Check their website here to track down their delicious offerings. Among their mouthwatering menu items, the Fried Chicken Biscuit sliders are a standout. These perfectly fried sliders are topped with a herb honey drizzle, making for a delightful treat. Don’t miss the chance to taste these delectable sliders at Mya’s Fried Chicken.
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Whether you’re just looking for something a little more upscale for dinner or you just really, really love steak, the steakhouses in town are constant. Of course, these places often come with a heftier price tag than other restaurants on the list, so if you’re trying to stick to a budget, this might not be the section for you.
The Top Steakhouse
Location: 2891 E Main St, Columbus, OH 43209
About: The Top Steakhouse is a haven for steak enthusiasts. When you dine here, the Dry Aged Kansas City Strip is a must-try. This steak is the epitome of perfection, perfectly seasoned to “melt in your mouth.” The Top is one of those iconic spots here in Columbus that feels like a “must visit” spot to both tourists and locals. It’s got old school vibes and food that you’ll be dreaming of long after you leave.
The Avenue Steak Tavern
Location: 1307 Grandview Ave Ste 3013, Columbus, OH 43212
About: For a more indulgent steak experience, head to The Avenue Steak Tavern in Grandview. While their menu offers a variety of sumptuous options, the Porterhouse is a standout. This steak is big, juicy, flavorful, and yes, a little expensive. If you’re in the mood for an unforgettable meal, The Avenue is the place to be. Discover more at The Avenue Steak Tavern.
J. Gilbert’s Wood Fired Steaks & Seafood Columbus
Location: 1 E Campus View Blvd, Columbus, OH 43235
About: J. Gilbert’s Wood Fired Steaks & Seafood Columbus offers more than just food; it’s an exceptional dining experience. Explore their prix-fixe menu with two tiers: a $44 option and a $54 option. Both choices are exquisite. Beyond the amazing food, J. Gilbert’s is known for its exceptional service, ensuring every second of your visit is delightful. Explore more at J. Gilbert’s Wood Fired Steaks & Seafood Columbus.
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I think the birth of fast-casual food is one of the best things ever. Maybe that sounds hyperbolic, but the truth is that sometimes you want something quick and easy, but you don’t just want to eat fast food. That’s when these spots come in particularly handy. Fast Casual restaurants tend to encompass a variety of food types, from the Mediterranean to Africa.
Location: 1270 W 5th Ave, Columbus, OH 43212
About: Bibibop offers a delightful fusion of Korean-inspired flavors in a customizable bowl. Whether you’re a meat lover or prefer a vegetarian option, Bibibop lets you build your own meal to suit your cravings. Be sure to try their purple rice for a unique twist and consider adding kimchi to your bowl for a delicious kick of flavor. Plus, it’s 100% gluten free~
Mezze Mediterranean Grill
Location: 5326 N Hamilton Rd, Columbus, Ohio 43230
About: Enjoy a Mediterranean treat at Mezze Mediterranean Grill. Their Shawarma, a Middle Eastern spiced chicken wrapped in a pita, is a must-try item on their menu. Enjoy the vibrant and fresh flavors of Mediterranean cuisine, all served in a quick and convenient setting.
Location: 4386 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214
About: 6-1-Pho offers customizable Pho bowls with various protein and broth options. Whether you’re a meat lover or vegetarian, you’ll find something delicious to slurp up. Dive into the world of Vietnamese street food without sacrificing quality or speed.
Location: 855 W 5th Ave, Columbus, OH 43212
About: I couldn’t choose one if you made me. Here’s the deal, I love sushi. FUSIAN has a pre-made menu that you can choose from if you need suggestions, but you can also customize just about everything in your sushi roll, from the type of rap to the internal components, to the sauces. Go crazy!
Location: North Market, 59 Spruce St, Columbus, OH 43215
About: The dishes at Hoyo’s Kitchen are made to order. You get to choose whether you’d like a bowl, wrap, or salad topped with your choice of protein and veggies. Don’t forget to order a Somali chai tea!