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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.

Find the Best Restaurants in Columbus, OH

  • #1
    Pistacia Vera
    #1 of 2,625 Places to Eat in Columbus
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 595 reviewsTripAdvisor (595)
    $ - $$ | French, Cafe, European
    541 S 3rd St, Columbus, OH 43215-5721
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  • #2
    Fox in the Snow Cafe
    #2 of 2,625 Places to Eat in Columbus
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 268 reviewsTripAdvisor (268)
    $ | American, Cafe
    1031 N 4th St, Columbus, OH 43201-3629
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  • #3
    Z Cucina di Spirito
    #3 of 2,625 Places to Eat in Columbus
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 855 reviewsTripAdvisor (855)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Mediterranean
    1368 Grandview Ave, Columbus, OH 43212-2803
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  • #4
    Brassica
    #4 of 2,625 Places to Eat in Columbus
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 244 reviewsTripAdvisor (244)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
    680 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215-1548
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  • #5
    Lindey's
    #5 of 2,625 Places to Eat in Columbus
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1123 reviewsTripAdvisor (1123)
    $$ | American
    169 E Beck St, Columbus, OH 43206-1182
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  • #6
    Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
    #6 of 2,625 Places to Eat in Columbus
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 242 reviewsTripAdvisor (242)
    $ - $$ | American
    714 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215-1426
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