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Searching for restaurant in Columbus, Ohio

Looking for dinner for this Friday night. Here are the requirements:

1) Must be on East side (New Albany, Gahanna, Bexley, etc.)
or Short North of Columbus
2) Absolutely NO CHAIN restaurants
3) American/homestyle, Italian, Asian, Mexican, Fusion, etc.
4) A place where you need to get a little dressed up (DH can't wear jeans)
5) Dinner for 2 (w/o liquor) is <$50, 2 entrees & dessert
6) Reservations would be a plus
7) No Clarmont, Thom is a big smoking advocate

Any suggestions?

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  1. If you haven't been to Basi yet, it meets your criteria.

    http://www.basi-italia.com/

    It is off of Buttles between Neil and High. Print out a map before you go. It should cost you right about $50 for 2 entrees and a dessert. Smoking is now illegal at restaurants throughout the state, so I don't know what you mean by #7. They take reservations and have valet parking.

    1. How about Trattoria Roma in Grandview? They have a dinner special, "2 for $20... "Enjoy any combination of two entrees for twenty dollars. Dinners include your choice of our house or ceasar salads." I'm sure there would be room for dessert!

      www.trattoria-roma.com

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      1. re: mmmdelicious

        Thanks, we are big fans of Trattoria Roma in Grandview. Consistently good food. We are meeting friends who want to stay on the East Side and am looking for some new places.

      2. Liu Pon Xi, the Asian restaurant in the short north on the bridge meets your criteria. Lindey's in German Village. Ocean Club in Easton has been newly remodeled and well received. Haiku in the short north is modern Asian, hip, but probably more casual than you are hoping.

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        1. re: stumpworks73

          I haven't been to Ocean Club since it was re-modeled. It is a Cameron Mitchell restaurant and we normally don't do chains. Has the menu changed to include more seafood? Last time I was there, it was a majority of lake fish and we are more seafood people. Anyone know if the menu is more seafood friendly?

        2. How about the Turkish place at Easton? I think they changed their name to Turkish Cuisine, but it's still the Cafe Istanbul people. I liked it when I went there and it was Cafe Istanbul.