350 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio, USA 43215
Tel: (614) 463-1234
Columbus boasts many fine options for dining, including a number in the Short North gallery district just a few blocks north of the Convention Center. Here are some recommendations by members of the Central Ohio chapter of ASIST, arranged by area of town. For more complete overviews of the immediate area, you may visit
SHORT NORTH (just North on High Street)
The Burgundy Room
641 N. High St.
Wine & Tapas bar, with absolutely manageable portions and a Duck Confit which is extraordinary!
Plates $5-12/ Combination “flights” $20.
800 N. High St.
“Poetic food and art,” including patron-composed poetry as part of the décor. Fine and imaginative sushi, as well as pan-Asian noodle dishes with an excellent sense for spices.
The Happy Greek
660 North High Street (2-3 blocks from the hotel)
Columbus Ohio 43215
Greek, many vegetarian options, dips are great
Lemongrass Fusion Bistro
641 North High St. (2-3 blocks from the Convention Center)
Asian fusion, good, modern, great atmosphere; a new addition to the Short North which has been getting very strong reviews.
Lunch: $8-12/ Dinner: $15-25
Marcella’s Ristorante, Pizza Bar, and Wine Bar
615 N. High Street (2-3 blocks from the Convention Center)
Italian, wine bar, pizza, great food, full of people, very popular, noisy; especially good for antipasti (there is a separate cheese menu!)
700 N. High St.
An excellent fish restaurant, with very fresh ingredients and some slightly unusual presentations. Dinner $15-25.
793 N. High St.
“Modern American” is the cuisine listed – and the chef happens to be the captain of the U.S. Culinary Olympics team! Exquisite and imaginative dishes founded upon the freshest local ingredients are the order of the day, served with presentations loaded with panache. Pricey, but must be counted one of Columbus’ best. Dinner entrees: $30-40. A complete 10-course Tasting Menu is available.
ARENA DISTRICT (West of the hotel, 2 blocks South)
Buca di Beppo
343 N Front St
Set to look like an Italian Supper Club in a basement from the 50’s Buca features family size portions of outstanding southern Italian dishes meant for passing and sharing. Great for large groups. The Pope room is a must for groups of 12 or more and if you have 5 or less, you can request the Kitchen table which is directly across from where the runners pick up the completed dishes.
BD's Mongolian Grill
295 Marconi Blvd.
Columbus OH 43215
An all-you-can-eat Mongolian grill which means you put it in a bowl and then it is stir fried in front of you on a huge round grill. Great for any size party.
Elevator Brewery and Draft House
161 N. High St. (this happens to be South of the hotel, not technically Arena Dist.)
Excellent for smaller parties though higher priced. The signature dish is the Rock Filet at $27.95: “We present a choice of hand-trimmed 7oz. filet or center cut Ahi tuna filet for you to cook at your table on a Finnish Tulikivi firestone.”
Flatiron Bar and Diner
129 E. Nationwide Blvd. (1 block South of hotel)
A bit of new Orleans: Po’ Boys, steaks, seafood, Gumbo, single malt Scotch…
Lunch: $10-15/ Dinner: $10-20
O’Shaughnessy’s Public House
Arena District, pedestrian mall off Convention Center drive and N. Front St.)
An Arena District Irish Pub with a great vibe and decor. Better for small parties that don’t mind it being a touch loud. Menu offers a good selection (not just bar food) and that food is very good.
GERMAN VILLAGE/ BREWERY DISTRICT (South of downtown)
520 S. Front St.
My wife and I count our two meals at Handke’s in the top five dining experiences we have ever had. It’s amazing food from International award-winning owner-chef Hartmut Handke who is a pioneer in adding non- institutional sources of fresh ingredients to the tables of this restored brewery. He serves both classic and updated European and American cooking of the highest order.
Serving dinner Monday through Saturday; on-street and valet parking
Dinner entrees $25-30
475 South Third Street
Over decades, this landmark establishment has sold literally thousands of tons of their famous Reuben meats; the menu centers on some 70 sandwiches (1/4 pound or ½ pound), traditional deli sides, assorted pastries, and all you care to eat of the homemade pickles. Notice: a favorite site for presidential hopefuls to visit! Lunch/dinner: c.$10
Schmidt’s Restaurant and Sausage Haus
240 E. Kossuth St.
Just South of downtown, in a delightful brick-paved street is a good bet for authentic German cooking, from wurst to kraut to potato cakes. Please leave room for the famous cream puffs! Lunch/dinner $10-15. Buffet available.
966 S. High Street
Since 1848, German immigrants to Columbus have been meeting to sing recall their homeland; Tuesday through Saturday the authentic German restaurant (yes, in the cellar) is available for dinner. Zum Rathskeller is well worth working into your schedule.
ELSEWHERE IN COLUMBUS
Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant
2361 North High Street (just north of OSU campus, straight up the road via taxi or #2 bus)
An unforgettable dining experience from a communal bread-plate covered with uniquely spiced concoctions of meats and vegetables; feeding one another is acceptable and affectionate. The owners are delightful people and will welcome you. Be sure to sample a combination platter instead of a single flavor!
Cap City Fine Diner
1299 Olentangy River Road (just South of OSU campus)
Blue plate specials, meatloaf, Sunday brunch, fried chicken, pies and desserts – everything is casual in this diner, but none of the food is merely usual. Try the Maytag Blue Potato Chips. Lunch: $10-15, dinner $10-20.
Columbus Fish Market
1245 Olentangy River Road (South of OSU campus)
Now franchises across the Midwest and Florida, it all started here: the freshest fish specialties, with over 80 choices flown in daily from around the world. I always have to select the “Trio,” because it is impossible to choose just a single fish.