Recommendations for Local Columbus and Environs Restaurants
Compiled by Dr. John V. Richardson, OCLC VDS 1996/97 and updated Summer 2011
614 area
Type Name Address Telephone Speciality Cost Recommender Evaluation
American 94th Aero Squadron CMH Airport; Sawyer Road 237-8887 Prime Rib $$ Craig Morgan Good view; great WW1 décor; cheese beer soup
American Cameron's 161, Linworth $$$$ Parents Great lemon cheese cake
American Cap City 1299 Olentangy River Rd. 291-3663 $$ OCLC Scholars Good meatloaf
American The Element Pizza Bar 250 North 3rd Avenue 232-8871 $ Adam Metz Arugula house salad; sausage (with fennel) pizza
American G&R Grill Waldo, 40 miles Fried Bologna Sandwich $ Paul  
American Gibby's Riverview 6125 Scioto River Road 717-9102 $$ OCLC Scholars Good ambiance; double check your charge card
American Hoggy's Morse and 62 Ribs Craig
American Hyde Park 569 North High Street 224-2204 Prime Rib $$$$ Craig Petit Filet Mignon
American Max & Erma's 411 Metro Place N 889-8111   Jim Vickroy Like TGIFriday's
American Nancy's 3133 North High Street 265-9012 Breakfast and Lunch $ JR Greasy spoon
American Otie's Restaurant 5344 Center St 876-1548 Bologna $ Jeff and Bradley Excellent; no smoking section is too small
American Red Door Tavern 1736 W 5th Avenue 488-5433 Hillybilly Hamburger $ OCLC Scholars Dark and Divey; good onion rings
American Scottie's McBean 4675 North High Street Breakfast $ Drove By Coffee house; Wi-Fi
American The Thurman Cafe 183 Thurman Avenue, German Village 443-1570 Hamburgers $$ Mark/Danielle
Austrian Mozart's Bakery 2885 North High Street 268-3687 Bakery $ Lisa Fresh Orange juice and excellent pastry; not much in the way of cooked breakfast
BBQ City BBQ 6199 N. Cleveland Ave. 823-8890 North Carolina BBQ $ Columbus Monthly Pulled Pork Sandwich with two sides
Chinese Moy's Chinese Restaurant High at Arps Parking Hunan Shrimp over Rice $ Tim McNiven Popular with OSU Chinese students
Cuban Galaxy Cafe 33 Beechridge Drive 846-7776 $ Eric Miller  
French La Chatelaine 627 North High Street $ French bread is better in France; good OJ and onion soup
French Refectory 1092 Bethel Road 451-9774 $$$$ Columbus Monthly Good selection of wines
German Schmidt's German Village Bahama Mama $$ JR Good German pilsner beer and cream desserts.
Greek Acropolis Gyros 5328 North Hill 888-7728 "The Ultimate Gyros" $ JR Yes, but not the home made baklava
Greek Niki's Moved to Cleveland Avenue 885-2895
Indian Tandoori Chicken 1677 W Lane Ave 486-6288 JR
Indian Bollywood Bistro 2584 Bethel Road 457-5000 Mark/Danielle
Indian New Delphi
Indian Udipi Café 2001 E Dublin Granville Rd , Route 161 885-7446
Italian Belleria 128 Graceland Blvd. 433-7500 Antipasto Salad $ JR the salad is big enough for four!
Italian Bono Pizza 1717 Northwest Blvd 906-8646 Pizza to go by Bill Yerkes; two or three tables outside $ JR Recommended by waiter at Rigsby's
Italian Bravo Italian Kitchen 3000 Hayden Road 791-1245 Personal Pizza; caesar salad, signature $$ Thom Hickey Chain, but nice decor; good service
Italian Café Bella High and Hudson $ Paul
Italian Frezno 782 North High St 298-0031 $$ JR Excellent
Italian Moretti's 5849 Sawmill Road 717-0400 Veal Parmigiana $ Parents Good service; excellent veal
Italian Pizza House Sinclair Road 885-3121 Best Pizza in Columbus (except for Bono's in Short North) $ JR since 1966 Rated one of Col's Best; it probably is
Italian Rigsby's North High Street Blue Plate Lunch Specials for $10!; Veuve Cliquot $$$ JR Excellent for lunch or New Years Eve Celebrations
Italian Smith's 3737 N. High 263-1855 $ JR Good antipasto salad
Japanese Ginza 6329 Perimeter Loop Rd 798-9588 $$ Bradley Good tempura; Otani is probably better
Japanese Haiku 800 North High Street 294-8168 Sushi Mark/Danielle
Japanese Otani 5900 Roche Drive 431-333 $$ OCLC Scholars Delicate Tempura
Mexican Café Fiesta $ Eric Miller
Mexican Chili Verde 4852 Sawmill 442-6630 Jim Vickroy
Mexican Don Pablo 3740 W Dublin-Granville 761-7624 $ Eric Miller
Mexican Cuco's Taqueria 2162 Henderson Road 538.8701     Mark/Danielle  
Mexican Tapatio 491 N Park  221-1085 Paul
Middle East Aladdin's 6804 Perimeter Loop 588-0330 Middle Eastern $ Jean Godby Good, not great hummous, reasonably priced
Seafood Columbus Fish Market 40 Huntington Avenue 410-3474 fresh daily $$ Craig Morgan Colossal Shrimp and Crab in Season (May); Soft shelled crabs (July)
Cost: $=under $15; $$=$15-25; $$$=$25-35; $$$$=over $35