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What to Eat in Columbus, OH

Chances are when you hear Columbus, you don't automatically think foodie destination. The city is actually the birthplace of several classic fast-food joints, such as Wendy's and White Castle, however Columbus' burgeoning cuisine scene offers much more than burgers and fries. You'll likely encounter typical Ohio specialties like buckeyes (chocolate peanut butter candies), goetta (a German-American dish of oats and ground pork) and sausages (travelers highly recommend Schmidt's in the German Village).

When it's time for a meal, Bodega serves up snacks, sandwiches (like its famous grilled cheese) and craft beer (47 varieties), while Northstar Café offers unique items made with organic ingredients; its menu also features several vegan and vegetarian options. Meanwhile, upscale options include the Spanish atmosphere and tapas at Barcelona and the Italian plates and extensive wine lists at Basi Italia and Marcella's. And visitors, locals and experts say you can't leave Columbus without sampling some of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams. The popular national brand opened its first shop in Columbus in 2002 and dishes out uniquely flavored scoops, such as darkest chocolate, brambleberry crisp and wildberry lavender, in several locations across the city.

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  • #1
    Pistacia Vera
    #1 of 2,603 Places to Eat in Columbus
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 590 reviewsTripAdvisor (590)
    $ - $$ | French, Cafe, European
    541 S 3rd St, Columbus, OH 43215-5721
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  • #2
    Fox in the Snow Cafe
    #2 of 2,603 Places to Eat in Columbus
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 259 reviewsTripAdvisor (259)
    $ | American, Cafe
    1031 N 4th St, Columbus, OH 43201-3629
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  • #3
    Z Cucina di Spirito
    #3 of 2,603 Places to Eat in Columbus
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 849 reviewsTripAdvisor (849)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Mediterranean
    1368 Grandview Ave, Columbus, OH 43212-2803
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  • #4
    Brassica
    #4 of 2,603 Places to Eat in Columbus
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 230 reviewsTripAdvisor (230)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
    680 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215-1548
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  • #5
    Lindey's
    #5 of 2,603 Places to Eat in Columbus
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1109 reviewsTripAdvisor (1109)
    $$ | American
    169 E Beck St, Columbus, OH 43206-1182
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  • #6
    Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
    #6 of 2,603 Places to Eat in Columbus
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 241 reviewsTripAdvisor (241)
    $ - $$ | American
    714 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215-1426
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  • #7
    The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro
    #7 of 2,603 Places to Eat in Columbus
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 442 reviewsTripAdvisor (442)
    $$ | French, European
    1092 Bethel Rd, Columbus, OH 43220-2610
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  • #8
    Lola & Giuseppe's Trattoria
    #8 of 2,603 Places to Eat in Columbus
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 285 reviewsTripAdvisor (285)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    100 Granville St, Columbus, OH 43230-3000
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  • #9
    Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
    #9 of 2,603 Places to Eat in Columbus
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 970 reviewsTripAdvisor (970)
    $ | American
    1281 Grandview Ave, Columbus, OH 43212-3438
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  • #10
    Mitchell's Ocean Club
    #10 of 2,603 Places to Eat in Columbus
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 654 reviewsTripAdvisor (654)
    $$ | Steakhouse, American, Seafood, Contemporary
    4002 Easton Sta, Columbus, OH 43219-6080
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  • #11
    Mozart's
    #11 of 2,603 Places to Eat in Columbus
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 390 reviewsTripAdvisor (390)
    $ - $$ | German, Hungarian
    4784 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214-1554
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  • #12
    Brown Bag Deli
    #12 of 2,603 Places to Eat in Columbus
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 126 reviewsTripAdvisor (126)
    $ | American, Deli
    898 Mohawk St, Columbus, OH 43206-2632
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  • #13
    Schmidt’s Sausage Haus und Restaurant
    #13 of 2,603 Places to Eat in Columbus
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2639 reviewsTripAdvisor (2639)
    $ - $$ | American, German
    240 E Kossuth St, Columbus, OH 43206-2188
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  • #14
    The Melting Pot
    #14 of 2,603 Places to Eat in Columbus
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 526 reviewsTripAdvisor (526)
    $$ | American
    4014 Townsfair Way, Columbus, OH 43219-6069
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  • #15
    G. Michael's Bistro & Bar
    #15 of 2,603 Places to Eat in Columbus
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 303 reviewsTripAdvisor (303)
    $$ | American, Contemporary
    595 S 3rd St, Columbus, OH 43215-5755
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  • #16
    The Pearl
    #16 of 2,603 Places to Eat in Columbus
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 570 reviewsTripAdvisor (570)
    $ - $$ | American, Seafood, Bar
    641 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215-2059
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  • #17
    Martini Modern Italian
    #17 of 2,603 Places to Eat in Columbus
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 499 reviewsTripAdvisor (499)
    $$ | Italian
    445 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215
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  • #18
    Northstar Cafe
    #18 of 2,603 Places to Eat in Columbus
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 882 reviewsTripAdvisor (882)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    951 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201-2406
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  • #19
    Cap City Fine Diner and Bar
    #19 of 2,603 Places to Eat in Columbus
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 697 reviewsTripAdvisor (697)
    $ - $$ | American, Diner
    1299 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH 43212-3135
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  • #20
    The Thurman Cafe
    #20 of 2,603 Places to Eat in Columbus
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1186 reviewsTripAdvisor (1186)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Pub
    183 Thurman Ave, Columbus, OH 43206-2629
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