Best Restaurants



Out of all the restaurants in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer carefully vetted selections to let you explore Columbus dining on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Columbus Best Restaurants list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.


Mitchell's Steakhouse


Another popular restaurant run by Cameron Mitchell, here he offers lobster, chops, crab cakes, and heavenly mashed potatoes, but perhaps is best known for the dry-aged steak. Ornate high ceilings, soaring wood post and beam architectural detals,...  Read More


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Upper Arlington


Rigsby's describes itself as "Venice meets Columbus in the heart of the Short North" and indeed this is the place to go for an ever-changing menu of seasonal fare inspired by the cuisine of Italy and the Mediterranean. Sip an aperitif or...  Read More




For formal dining in Columbus, the top choice is the Refectory, named to the Columbus Dispatch Best Fine Dining list yearly since 1982. In this refurbished, 19th-century country church, French chef Richard Blondin, who studied with Paul Bocuse,...  Read More


Benevolence Cafe
Photo courtesy of jonathan mcintosh


In the artsy Short North district, this vegetarian café offers a peaceful sanctuary from the bustle of city life. The premise is simple-healthy food made from scratch daily and served on rustic community tables. But the hearty soups such as...  Read More


Columbus Brewing Company


This brewpub stands out for its great food, as well as its beer selection. The dishes on the menu were developed to compliment a variety of handcrafted beers. Pizzas from the wood-fired oven work with the lighter ales, while the chef recommends...  Read More




Housed in an historic townhouse in German Village, the award-winning G. Michael's is one of Columbus's favorite restaurants. Elegant touches abound in the brick-lined dining room. Feast on seasonal appetizers and entrees that might include steak...  Read More


Lindey's


One of the top draws in charming German Village, Lindey's serves steak and pasta dishes in an elegant atmosphere with views of tree-lined cobblestone streets. Start with calamari and shrimp fritto misto and follow with veal saltimbocca, mushroom...  Read More




"The menu is very seasonal and changes weekly, sometimes daily depending on my mood and what lovely things the local farmers have," says Alana Shock, chef and co-owner of this award-winning restaurant with her sommelier husband. As such,...  Read More


Basi Italia


Down a narrow street surrounded by private homes, this off-the-beaten-path Italian restaurant lives up to its location by serving creative takes on classic dishes. You won't find red sauce here, instead the husband and wife team of John Dornback...  Read More


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