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Romantic Restaurants in Columbus, Ohio

I am looking for a romantic restaurant in Columbus, Ohio. I would like to keep the price $20 or under if possible. I would prefer either French or Italian, but I will except any reccomendations.

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  1. Do you mean $20 for the whole meal or per person? If it's $20 per person, Moretti's in Upper Arlington and Trattoria Roma in Grandview Heughts would be nice Italian places. Also, Giuseppie's (sp?) in Bexley is very nice. I can't think of romantic French for that price - I'm looking forward to others' responses. Thai Orchid in Dublin doesn't fit your French or Italian criteria, but it is dark and pretty and the price would be right. The food is very good.

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    1. re: Lauren in OH

      Sorry, I meant to write $20 per person. I have heard wonderful things about Moretti's and Trattoria Roma, but I haven't ate in either one. Thai Orchid is currently one of my favorite restaurants. There is also a place called Amul India in that same center that has excellent Indian food.

    2. i'm a boston hound, but i've spent some time in columbus.

      barcelona (tapas / fusion) at 263 e. whittier has a nice patio and luxurious interior decor with large mirrors, curtains, etc.

      l'antibes (french) at 772 n. high street is probably your best bet for great french in columbus. the ambience is often described as romantic and intimate, but i actually thought it was stark and off-putting. i'd recommend you peek in quickly and make your own assessment before dining there.

      rigsby's kitchen (italian / mediterranean) at 698 n. high street is excellent. i had a standout risotto here, perhaps the best rendition i've tasted. the ambience could certainly be called romantic, although more on the chic side.

      of these three, i'd say barcelona is the most casual. one should dress nicely for rigsby's or l'antibes.

      enjoy!

      1. I think L'Antibes and Rigsby's are good choices, and Barcelona too, but I don't think you could get out of any of those places for $20 per person even if you only drank water. I can see how L'Antibes could be described as stark, but once you sit down, the service and food is so wonderful that I still think it is very romantic. The Refectory is also a romantic French place, but again, the prices are much higher than $20.

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        1. re: Lauren in OH

          yeah, good point. i didn't notice the $20 requirement. i don't think any of them even have entrees under $20.

        2. I think we may have found a place that will work. I am trying to set this up for my cousin and her soon-to-be fiance. (He is planning on proposing during dinner.)They are both unfamiliar with the area, but she has a lot of family here. They thought that since I live in Columbus, I could plan the dinner for them. My mom took me and my cousin out to lunch at Bucca Di Beppo, and my cousin fell in love with the place. She told us she is going to recommend it for the romantic dinner out that her boyfriend promised her. Thanks for all of your help. I will definately pass any suggestions I get on to her.

          1. I like Buca di Beppo -- it's fun and the food is actually pretty good for chain Italian -- but "romantic" isn't a word I'd use to describe it.