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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 2,337 Places to Eat in Columbus
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 600 reviewsTripadvisor (600)
    $ - $$ | French, Cafe, European
    541 S 3rd St, Columbus, OH 43215-5721
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  • #2
    Z Cucina di Spirito
    #2 of 2,337 Places to Eat in Columbus
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 873 reviewsTripadvisor (873)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    1368 Grandview Ave, Columbus, OH 43212-2803
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  • #3
    Fox in the Snow Cafe
    #3 of 2,337 Places to Eat in Columbus
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 288 reviewsTripadvisor (288)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    1031 N 4th St, Columbus, OH 43201-3629
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  • #4
    The Refectory Restaurant
    #4 of 2,337 Places to Eat in Columbus
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 467 reviewsTripadvisor (467)
    $$ | French, European
    1092 Bethel Rd, Columbus, OH 43220-2610
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  • #5
    Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
    #5 of 2,337 Places to Eat in Columbus
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 252 reviewsTripadvisor (252)
    $ - $$ | American
    714 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215-1426
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  • #6
    Brassica
    #6 of 2,337 Places to Eat in Columbus
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 253 reviewsTripadvisor (253)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, Lebanese, Middle Eastern
    680 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215-1548
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  • #7
    Lola & Giuseppe's Trattoria
    #7 of 2,337 Places to Eat in Columbus
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 297 reviewsTripadvisor (297)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    100 Granville St, Columbus, OH 43230-3000
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  • #8
    Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
    #8 of 2,337 Places to Eat in Columbus
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 986 reviewsTripadvisor (986)
    $ | American
    1281 Grandview Ave, Columbus, OH 43212-3438
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  • #9
    Mitchell's Ocean Club
    #9 of 2,337 Places to Eat in Columbus
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 674 reviewsTripadvisor (674)
    $$ | Steakhouse, American, Seafood, Contemporary
    4002 Easton Sta, Columbus, OH 43219
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  • #10
    Lindey's
    #10 of 2,337 Places to Eat in Columbus
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1148 reviewsTripadvisor (1148)
    $$ | American
    169 E Beck St, Columbus, OH 43206-1182
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  • #11
    Mozart's
    #11 of 2,337 Places to Eat in Columbus
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 413 reviewsTripadvisor (413)
    $ - $$ | German, Hungarian
    4784 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214-1554
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  • #12
    Schmidt’s Sausage Haus und Restaurant
    #12 of 2,337 Places to Eat in Columbus
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2731 reviewsTripadvisor (2731)
    $ - $$ | American, German
    240 E Kossuth St, Columbus, OH 43206-2188
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  • #13
    G. Michael's Bistro & Bar
    #13 of 2,337 Places to Eat in Columbus
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 309 reviewsTripadvisor (309)
    $$ | American, Contemporary
    595 S 3rd St, Columbus, OH 43215-5755
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  • #14
    The Pearl
    #14 of 2,337 Places to Eat in Columbus
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 594 reviewsTripadvisor (594)
    $ - $$ | American
    641 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215
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  • #15
    The Melting Pot
    #15 of 2,337 Places to Eat in Columbus
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 534 reviewsTripadvisor (534)
    $$ | American
    4014 Townsfair Way, Columbus, OH 43219-6069
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  • #16
    Martini Modern Italian
    #16 of 2,337 Places to Eat in Columbus
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 518 reviewsTripadvisor (518)
    $$ | Italian
    445 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215
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  • #17
    Brown Bag Deli
    #17 of 2,337 Places to Eat in Columbus
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 133 reviewsTripadvisor (133)
    $ | American, Deli, Soups
    898 Mohawk St, Columbus, OH 43206-2632
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  • #18
    Cap City Fine Diner and Bar
    #18 of 2,337 Places to Eat in Columbus
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 716 reviewsTripadvisor (716)
    $ - $$ | American, Diner
    1299 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH 43212-3135
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  • #19
    The Thurman Cafe
    #19 of 2,337 Places to Eat in Columbus
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1222 reviewsTripadvisor (1222)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Pub
    183 Thurman Ave, Columbus, OH 43206-2629
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  • #20
    Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse
    #20 of 2,337 Places to Eat in Columbus
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 379 reviewsTripadvisor (379)
    $$ | Seafood, American, Steakhouse
    569 N High St The Cap at Union Station, Columbus, OH 43215-2080
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