Whether you are hungry for pizza, authentic Mexican street food, burgers, organic eats or handmade European-style desserts, there are many great choices in Columbus, Ohio. Our list includes options for couples and families where you can rest your feet and grab a delicious bite to eat between sightseeing. You may also like: Top 20 Weekend Getaways in Ohio.
1. Harvest Pizzeria
© Harvest Pizzeria
Harvest Pizzeria has two locations in Columbus: one in German Village and the other in Clintonville. While the concept of these casual dining restaurants is similar, the difference is in the menus. Both restaurants serve small plates, salads, pizzas, desserts and cocktails, but the Clintonville menu also includes sandwiches and burgers.
Patrons can also create their own pizza with additional toppings. Owner Chris Crader focuses on locally sourced, fresh ingredients and has partnered with several Ohio producers of diary, meat and vegetables. Dishes and beverages are served patio-side and in a warm, open dining area. Read more
495 S 4th St, 614-824-1769; 2885 N High St., Columbus, OH, Phone: 614-947-7133
Bakersfield serves authentic Mexican street fare and offers a selection of tequilas and American whiskeys. The philosophy of the restaurant is to create simple, delicious food. The atmosphere at Bakersfield is lively, the ambience is casual, and prices are affordable, which is why the restaurant is so popular.
The menu includes starters such as corn chowder, black beans, chips and guacamole or salsa, and a wide range of delicious Mexican dishes, such as ensaladas, tortas served on a telera roll, tostadas on crispy tortillas, and tacos.
733 N High St, Columbus, Ohio, Phone: 614-754-8436
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Mozart’s restaurant, bakery, and piano café in Clintonville has been serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner for nearly two decades, taking the time to perfect traditional sweet and savory dishes. European-trained chefs prepare a wide range of dishes, ice creams, and desserts, all rich in flavor.
Handmade treats, tortes, and pastries are made with the finest ingredients imported from Europe. The atmosphere is cozy and relaxing with live classical piano music, ensuring your taste of Austria will be an unforgettable experience. The menu includes breakfast and dinner specialties, salads, and sandwiches. There is also a special menu for young guests, and afternoon tea is served daily.
4784 N High St, Columbus, Ohio, Phone: 614-268-3687
4.Lindey’s Restaurant & Bar
Lindey’s Restaurant & Bar in the German Village is an elegant American bistro that serves brunch, lunch, and dinner. Chef Brett Fife, who is extremely enthusiastic and passionate about his job, was trained through the Culinary Arts program at the Columbus State Community College.
The restaurant is a fine dining establishment and has a white tablecloth setting. The menu includes many delectable options such as salads, sandwiches, pastas, soups, eggs and omelets, seafood, and steaks. The dessert menu is particularly tempting with sweets such as crème brúlée or white chocolate and sun-dried cherry bread pudding.
169 E Beck St, Columbus, Ohio, Phone: 614-228-4343
© Portia's Cafe
Portia’s Café on Indianola Avenue is a vegan café that serves organic, raw, gluten-free wraps, soups, and salads. The mission of Portia’s is to provide healthy eating options for a number of different dietary lifestyles. The ingredients are organic, GMO-free, and gluten free, and they are sourced from local producers.
Since it is a vegan café, no animal products are used in the foods. Dishes are served in a casual and bright atmosphere. The menu includes dips such as traditional hummus and guacamole, other starters such as raw falafel and Spanako Rice wraps, soups, salads, and many different wraps. The house specialty is Portia’s Café Pad Thai.
4428 Indianola Ave, Columbus, Ohio, Phone: 614-928-3252
6. La Tavola
© La Tavola
La Tavola, situated in Grandview Heights in Columbus, is a family oriented restaurant with a menu that includes a wide range of dishes and desserts. The ambience at La Tavola is casual, and guests who stop by for a meal will be pleased by all the options. La Tavola has many different specialties, such as Arugula Salad, Instalata La Tavola 8, Spaghetti with meatballs, Gnochi al Forno, and Chicken Parmigiano.
It’s an Italian restaurant, so of course pizzas are on the menu, and their price depends on the size. To wrap up the visit, try Tiramisu, Chocolate Torte, or any of their other delightful desserts. Read more
1664 W 1st Ave, Columbus, Ohio, Phone: 614-914-5455
© Flip Side
Flip Side on Village Way is best known for the casual dining atmosphere and its burgers, but it has many other exciting dishes you might want to try. Michael Schwartz and Tiffany and Shaw Monday developed the restaurant concept of the restaurant together. The burgers served at Flip Side are prepared exclusively from grass-fed beef raised in Ohio.
The owner had the idea to launch a place that will serve burgers and other dishes that are not only delicious, but also environmentally friendly and healthy. The restaurant supports local producers by using locally sourced ingredients in its dishes, which include carefully crafted plates such as Mini kobe beef corn dogs, Flipside onion rings, greens, burgers, and shakes.
3945 Easton Station, Columbus, Ohio, Phone: 614-472-3547
8. Ray Ray's Hog Pit
© Ray Ray's Hog Pit
Ray Ray’s Hog Pit is a popular food truck that serves meats cooked with oak and hickory hardwoods. The cooking and preparation process requires a specific set of standards that allow the smoke to be properly transferred into the meat.
Once the meat comes out of the cooker, it is served with homemade sauces on the side. Ray Ray’s Hog Pit menu includes sandwiches such as jerk chicken, pulled pork, beef brisket and Carolina chop pork, baby back ribs, and spare ribs. Read more
2619 N High St, Columbus, Ohio, Phone: 614-753-1191
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9.Elevator Brewery and Draught Haus
© Elevator Brewery and Draught Haus
Elevator Brewery and Draught Haus in downtown Columbus is located in a historic Columbia building built by the Bott family back in 1897. It serves appetizers, lunch, and dinner from an American fare menu. The ambience is unique, with blue lighting, tile floors, a beautiful bar, and cathedral ceilings.
The place is incredibly rich in history; there are several legends and myths about spirits and ghosts. Don’t let that scare you away – you don’t want to miss out on the food. The menu includes a wide range of appetizers, salads, soups, entrees, and sandwiches. There are also delicious desserts such as Mocha Crème Brûlée and Elevator Root Beer Float.
161 N High St, Columbus, Ohio, Phone: 614-228-0500
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Tommy’s Pizza has locations in Upper Arlington, Columbus, Dublin, and OSU Campus, Columbus. The atmosphere is pleasant and casual, and the restaurant serves Italian meals, baked subs, and cracker-crust pizza.
Guests have two ways of enjoying the dishes prepared at Tommy’s Pizza: they can dine in one of the oldest pizza restaurants in town or they can order take out and enjoy the food in the comfort of their own homes. Thomas Iacono first opened the restaurant in 1952 and used the family recipe brought from Italy to create a truly authentic experience.
All dishes are prepared with top quality ingredients and at each location, sauce and dough are made fresh daily. After enjoying a wonderful Italian meal, treat yourself to a slice of cheesecake.
1350 W Lane Ave, 614-486-2969; 174 W Lane Ave, 614-294-4669; 4279 W Dublin Granville Rd, 614-764-3999
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- Harvest Pizzeria, Photo: Harvest Pizzeria
- Bakersfield, Photo: Bakersfield
- Mozart's, Photo: Mozart's
- Lindey’s Restaurant & Bar, Photo: Lindey’s
- Portia's Cafe, Photo: Portia's Cafe
- La Tavola, Photo: La Tavola
- Flip Side, Photo: Flip Side
- Ray Ray's Hog Pit, Photo: Ray Ray's Hog Pit
- Elevator Brewery and Draught Haus, Photo: Elevator Brewery and Draught Haus
- Tommy’s Pizza, Photo: Courtesy of Viktor - Fotolia.com
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