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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 2,551 Places to Eat in Columbus
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 580 reviewsTripAdvisor (580)
    $ - $$ | French, Cafe, European
    541 S 3rd St, Columbus, OH 43215-5721
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  • #2
    Brassica
    #2 of 2,551 Places to Eat in Columbus
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 203 reviewsTripAdvisor (203)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, Fast Food, Middle Eastern
    680 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215-1548
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  • #3
    Z Cucina di Spirito
    #3 of 2,551 Places to Eat in Columbus
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 827 reviewsTripAdvisor (827)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Mediterranean
    1368 Grandview Ave, Columbus, OH 43212-2803
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  • #4
    Fox in the Snow Cafe
    #4 of 2,551 Places to Eat in Columbus
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 241 reviewsTripAdvisor (241)
    $ | American, Cafe
    1031 N 4th St, Columbus, OH 43201-3629
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  • #5
    Lindey's
    #5 of 2,551 Places to Eat in Columbus
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1068 reviewsTripAdvisor (1068)
    $$ | American
    169 E Beck St, Columbus, OH 43206-1182
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  • #6
    Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
    #6 of 2,551 Places to Eat in Columbus
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 236 reviewsTripAdvisor (236)
    $ - $$ | American
    714 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215-1426
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  • #7
    The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro
    #7 of 2,551 Places to Eat in Columbus
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 432 reviewsTripAdvisor (432)
    $$ | French, European
    1092 Bethel Rd, Columbus, OH 43220-2610
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  • #8
    Mitchell's Ocean Club
    #8 of 2,551 Places to Eat in Columbus
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 644 reviewsTripAdvisor (644)
    $$ | Steakhouse, American, Seafood, Contemporary
    4002 Easton Sta, Columbus, OH 43219-6080
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  • #9
    Brown Bag Deli
    #9 of 2,551 Places to Eat in Columbus
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 121 reviewsTripAdvisor (121)
    $ | American, Deli
    898 Mohawk St, Columbus, OH 43206-2632
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  • #10
    Mozart's
    #10 of 2,551 Places to Eat in Columbus
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 379 reviewsTripAdvisor (379)
    $ - $$ | German, Hungarian
    4784 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214-1554
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  • #11
    Lola & Giuseppe's Trattoria
    #11 of 2,551 Places to Eat in Columbus
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 279 reviewsTripAdvisor (279)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    100 Granville St, Columbus, OH 43230-3000
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  • #12
    The Melting Pot
    #12 of 2,551 Places to Eat in Columbus
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 521 reviewsTripAdvisor (521)
    $$ | American
    4014 Townsfair Way, Columbus, OH 43219-6069
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  • #13
    Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
    #13 of 2,551 Places to Eat in Columbus
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 954 reviewsTripAdvisor (954)
    $ | American
    1281 Grandview Ave, Columbus, OH 43212-3438
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  • #14
    Schmidt’s Sausage Haus und Restaurant
    #14 of 2,551 Places to Eat in Columbus
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2557 reviewsTripAdvisor (2557)
    $ - $$ | American, German
    240 E Kossuth St, Columbus, OH 43206-2188
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  • #15
    G. Michael's Bistro & Bar
    #15 of 2,551 Places to Eat in Columbus
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 299 reviewsTripAdvisor (299)
    $$ | American, Contemporary
    595 S 3rd St, Columbus, OH 43215-5755
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  • #16
    The Pearl
    #16 of 2,551 Places to Eat in Columbus
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 548 reviewsTripAdvisor (548)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Seafood
    641 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215-2059
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  • #17
    Martini Modern Italian
    #17 of 2,551 Places to Eat in Columbus
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 486 reviewsTripAdvisor (486)
    $$ | Italian, Asian
    445 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215
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  • #18
    Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse
    #18 of 2,551 Places to Eat in Columbus
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 341 reviewsTripAdvisor (341)
    $$ | Seafood, American, Steakhouse
    569 N High St The Cap at Union Station, Columbus, OH 43215-2080
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  • #19
    Northstar Cafe
    #19 of 2,551 Places to Eat in Columbus
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 868 reviewsTripAdvisor (868)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    951 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201-2406
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  • #20
    Cap City Fine Diner and Bar
    #20 of 2,551 Places to Eat in Columbus
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 677 reviewsTripAdvisor (677)
    $ - $$ | American, Diner
    1299 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH 43212-3135
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