Located in Central Ohio and surrounded by orchards, dairies, breweries, and distilleries, Columbus has fully embraced the farm-to-table ethos. You’ll find hearty Midwestern fare, of course, but also elegant French, rustic Italian, and classic Spanish cuisine as well as traditional tavern-style dining. Read on to learn where to dine like a local in Columbus, Ohio.
The Worthington Inn, Worthington
Originally a traveler’s inn dating back to the early 1800’s, Worthington Inn has a vintage vibe and serves classic dishes like a veal chop with sautéed housemade spaetzle, Oysters Rockefeller, and Gnocchi Bolognese. There’s an emphasis on traditional techniques and fresh produce proudly sourced from local Ohio producers, including a mill, a dairy, farms, breweries, and distilleries. Make a reservation at The Worthington Inn.
The Refectory, Upper Arlington
Another local favorite, Refectory offers beautiful, classic French cuisine and a stunning wine list. Chef Richard Blondin, a native of Lyon, studied under the godlike chefs Pierre Orsi and Paul Bocuse. Could dining here be something like a religious experience? Perhaps. The Refectory is located in a historic landmark church, with soaring ceilings and stained glass. Try their signature Roasted Baby Lamb Saddle and equally elegant dishes such as Venison Terrine, Veal Mousse & Black Truffle Stuffed Texas Quail, and Pan Seared Meuniere Sturgeon Supreme served with caviar. Make a reservation at The Refectory.
Gallerie Bar & Bistro, Arena District
No ordinary hotel bar and restaurant, Gallerie Bar & Bistro is set on the second floor of the artsy Hilton Columbus Downtown. It has proven itself to be a true dining destination. The chef sources beef, pork, and chicken from local farmers and never promises the same dish done the same way. But rest assured, it’s always done perfectly. The Ohio Burger with his homemade raspberry ketchup is beyond memorable but so, too, are modern dishes which change frequently. With any luck, you’ll get something like the “Gallerie Egg” with sous-vide yolk, Yukon gold puree, tarragon crème Fraiche, bowfin caviar, and sherry-maple gastrique. Make a reservation at Gallerie Bar & Bistro.
The Guild House, Short North
If you’re looking for swank and cosmopolitan, you’ll find it at The Guild House. Start with a cocktail, in particular, the cocktail for two, which is served in a glass porthole with seasonal infusions. The cocktail develops character — and attention — tableside. The restaurant proudly lists more than a dozen local partners on their menu ranging from dairies to distilleries. A prime spot for grazing, it’s appetizer menu features tantalizing options like Artichoke Hummus and Pork Cheeks with tomato gravy, spaghetti squash, and charred shishito pepper. Make a reservation at The Guild House.