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The Best Restaurants in Columbus

Being the capital city of Ohio, Columbus mostly offers a burgeoning food scene. It also offers the most beloved Southern staples and global inspiration abound with influence from Korea, Japan, China, Germany, and France. Columbus houses numerous award-winning dining spots like Makers Social, Nomad, Del Mar, and Gallo's on High. These restaurants usually provide a multitude of dishes to suit each diner’s preference. People from all over the world often visit these restaurants regularly, so remember to book in advance.

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The OpenTable Team
16 Restaurants
Updated January 18, 2022
Restaurants:Makers Social, Gallo's Kitchen, South Village Grille
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Cocktail Bar, Creole, American
Neighborhoods:Ohio, Upper Arlington, German Village
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Makers Social

$$$$
Cocktail Bar
Ohio
4.8
74 reviews

This fun, Spanish-style restaurant and bar mostly offers an interactive dining experience to its locals. The restaurant and bar was founded in 2020 by entrepreneur Megan Pando. It also features fun, retro seating alongside a patio. Makers Social provides creative cocktails and features shareable meals like Monet Christo with Glazed Rosemary Ham & honey Dijon Aioli. Due to its numerous diners, it is usually essential to make earlier reservations at least three weeks before visiting.


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Gallo's Kitchen

$$$$
Creole
Upper Arlington
4.9
544 reviews

Lying in a small section of Columbus, the restaurant mostly prepares the best traditional creole and Italian fare. It usually offers a casual environment alongside a lively bar with a selection of beers, wines, and entertainment. It also offers a premier sports venue with wall-size projection screens for diners' entertainment. Also featured are fun private dining rooms that can host groups of 25 people. The restaurant was founded in October 2010 led by Chef David Russo. The restaurant specializes in classic Italian and contemporary New Orleans Creole cuisine. Gallo's Kitchen and Bar offers a chef-driven menu with simple, fresh, and quality ingredients prepared from scratch to well-crafted meals. Its popular dishes mostly include Ohio Proud Filet Mignon and Gumbo with rice. It also features a bar area with an expansive wine list and craft cocktails.


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South Village Grille

$$$$
American
German Village
4.7
487 reviews

This upscale restaurant is mostly famous for its excellent food and relaxing atmosphere. The restaurant usually boasts a Modern American menu rooted in unique cooking techniques. South Village Grille offers something for every diner, and its popular dishes mostly include pizzas, steaks, and fresh oysters. The restaurant also boasts an extensive wine list that pairs well with its dishes. It offers upscale dining with a stylish design of giant tilted mirrors reflecting on the bar and dining areas. South Village Grille was founded in 2001 by head Chef Richard Turner and George Butchers. Diners can make reservations at the restaurant up to two months in advance.


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Indian Oven

$$$$
Indian
German Village
4.2
52 reviews

This restaurant offers diners a quality contemporary dining experience, and its chefs offer outstanding dishes with high-quality ingredients carefully perfected. Its interior mostly features an industrial-chic look that offers a relaxing experience. Its famous dishes mostly include roasted lamb shank and chicken tikka saag. The restaurant was established in 2017 by Murad Hossain. Diners can make reservations up to four months in advance.


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ROOH Columbus

$$$$
Indian
Short North - Arena District
4.8
536 reviews

This cosmopolitan restaurant and bar are mostly popular for their unique cocktails and tasty Indian cuisine. Its owner and executive chef Suhan Sakar founded the restaurant in 2019. ROOH Columbus’ fare blends charming and seasonal ingredients. Popular dishes at Rooh Columbus mostly include sweet potato chaat, Lamb Keema Hyderabadi, and Amritsari shrimp. The restaurant boasts a stylish, chic interior with stunning murals. Its interior usually offers a vibrant color palette with tile floors and grand chandeliers. It also provides several dining areas equipped with a peach-tinted or plush blue booth, decorative plates, and stylish tile work. Diners can make reservations one month before the visit.


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Nomad

$$$$
Contemporary American
Polaris
4.7
556 reviews

This restaurant mostly specializes in local ingredients transformed into international dishes by live-fire cooking. It was founded in 2016 by Patrick Daly, and its top dishes include pork chops with grilled peaches and andouille cheddar grits. It usually has an elegant interior with glazed ebony tiles and modern lightning fixtures. Nomad lets diners book up to three months before their visit.


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Greenhouse Canteen + Bar Grandview

$$$$
Vegetarian / Vegan
Grandview Heights
4.6
102 reviews

This 100% plant-based and gluten-free restaurant is primarily popular with vegetarians. Greenhouse Canteen + Bar Grandview offers classic vegan dishes, desserts, and Australian wines. Its famous dishes include Mac N Cheese, Cauliflower wings, and Quinoa Chili Nachos. It was founded in 2017 by Charlie and Natalie Evans, and diners can make reservations up to two months in advance.


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Mitchell's Ocean Club - Easton Town Center

$$$$
Seafood
Easton
4.8
7493 reviews

This modern American restaurant provides a lounge in Easton Town center. Mitchell’s Ocean Club-Easton features a unique design inspired by a chambered nautilus theme and Jules Verne’s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” elements. This restaurant features an impressive menu of seafood and steak alongside signature cocktails when it comes to dishes. Some of its popular dishes include juicy steaks, shellfish “cobb” salad and sushi, and the Cucumber Gimlet cocktail. Its owner Cameron Mitchell started the restaurant in 2006. Diners can make reservations up to three months in advance.


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Del Mar SoCal Kitchen

$$$$
Californian
Columbus
4.7
1542 reviews

Del Mar is mostly popular for its seasonal southern Californian-inspired dishes. It also provides creative signature cocktails. Its most popular dishes include curry mussels, fried oysters and edamame dumplings, and shrimp bisque. The restaurant features a chic design with elegant interiors and outdoor dining. Del Mar was founded in 2004 by Chef Fabio Trabocchi. It has earned numerous awards from Zagat, Ranch & Coast, Del Mar Times, The Coast News, and Pacific magazine, as well as a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Diners should consider booking at least three weeks before visiting.


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The Avenue Steak Tavern

$$$$
Steakhouse
Grandview Heights
4.8
2875 reviews

This restaurant features a wood-accented and dimly lit environment providing diners with a relaxed atmosphere. The classically inspired interior blends retro and new styles with red two-person booths, dim amber lighting, and wood-paneled walls. The steakhouse mostly offers a wide selection of crowd-pleasing food alongside its appealing super-club ambiance. It is popular for its signature dishes like Pork Chops and French onion soup. The restaurant was started in 2016 by Chef Cameron Mitchell. Diners can make reservations up to two months in advance at the hotel.


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Ivan Kane's Forty Deuce Speakeasy

$$$$
American
Easton
4.5
277 reviews

The restaurant features a kitchen, a hidden speak easy, and a club. Ivan Kane’s Forty Deuce Speakeasy is famous for its dinners and vibrant nightlife. It was founded by Ivan Kane in June 2020. Its chefs Neal Frasse and Chad Roth create over-the-top sandwiches, skyscraper milkshakes, and burgers. It features a Bohemian theme with whimsical and cozy decor emulating classic New York Eastside saloons. Ivan Kane’s offers burlesque dancing alongside live music, offering diners an energized dining experience. Diners can make reservations up to three months in advance.


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Hofbrauhaus Columbus

$$$$
German
Columbus
4.7
1054 reviews

This restaurant mostly offers an award-winning menu with something for everyone. It has an award-winning menu specializing in Bavarian dishes like schnitzel or bratwurst. The restaurant is famous for its live music and entertainment alongside freshly brewed beers. The restaurant offers a vibrant atmosphere with well-decorated rooms and outdoor beer gardens. Hofbraushaus was founded by Eric Haas in October 2014. Walk-in diners are welcome, but diners can also make reservations earlier.


At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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Gallo's on High

$$$$
American
Columbus
4.7
230 reviews

Gallo’s on High is an upscale casual restaurant that serves dishes made from scratch. The family restaurant has been in business for over a century and was founded by Nick Gallo and his cousin Larry Gallo. Its menu takes pride in fresh and quality products, and some of its famous dishes include chicken Picatta, Blackened Scallop Risotto, and Red curry mussels. The restaurant's interior offers a modern design with polished floors, a stained copper bar, and offbeat art installations. It features a simple, elegant design with dim lighting that creates an elegant atmosphere. Diners can make reservations up to two months in advance.


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Forno Kitchen and Bar

$$$$
American
Short North - Arena District
4.8
2220 reviews

This restaurant lies in the heart of the Short North Arts District and is mostly popular for its contemporary cuisine and relaxing atmosphere with swanky decor. It also offers a wide selection of wine by the glass and hand-crafted drinks. Some of its most popular dishes include Meatball Pizza, burrata pizza, salmon, and Ohio-raised chicken. The restaurant was started by Chris Corso in 1980. Diners can make reservations up to three months in advance.


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Wolf's Ridge Brewing

$$$$
Contemporary American
Columbus
4.5
1841 reviews

This restaurant offers a fine dining experience alongside a microbrewery for its diners. It was founded by Bob Szuter in 2020. Since its establishment, the restaurant has attracted a number of diners over the years. The restaurant offers a simple, elegant dining room with a diverse menu. The décor of the restaurant features a well-lit interior with hanging chandeliers alongside a blend of dark wood, warm tones, and white-colored walls that offer an elegant background. It specializes mostly in vegetarian based dishes alongside a wide collection of drinks including wines, beers and craft cocktails. Popular dishes at the restaurant include WRB Burger, House Salads, and fruit salads. Diners can make reservations up to three months in advance.


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The Guild House - Columbus

$$$$
American
Columbus
4.7
2960 reviews

This modern restaurant offers a unique dining experience for its visitors due to its creative artisan cuisine. The restaurant features an impressive menu that uses locally grown ingredients and an extensive wine list. The restaurant also features a bar with freshly squeezed juices and drinks. The Guild House is famous for its oyster mushrooms, Brussel sprouts, and sweet potato rolls. It offers an elegant interior with a fireplace and classy tables. The restaurant was founded in 2015 by Camron Mitchell. Due to the restaurant's popularity, reservations are highly recommended at least a month in advance.


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