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Steak in columbus, ohio

sam o Feb 27, 2008 01:52 PM

I will be in Columbus for a seminar next week and will have dinner with my 19 year old Buckeye. He has selected steak for the occasion. Is there a steakhouse that does dry aged prime beef? I know Columbus has the national chains - Mortons, etc.- but what do the locals suggest for the occasion? Have car, will travel.

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    Diane in Bexley Feb 28, 2008 09:08 AM

    Sam, the place I recommend, The Top Steakhouse, http://www.thetopsteakhouse.com/index.php has been in business in Bexley, an eastside suburb of Columbus for over 50 years. It is only open for dinner and the prices aren't cheap. It is definitely a harbinger back to the 1950s dark steakhouse concept. I heartily endorse the bone in ribeye! But...it is consistently listed among the top 20 restos in Columbus and the Columbus Dispatch just rated them 4/5 stars at the beginning of the month. Not sure if their meat is dry aged but it is definitely prime. I am fairly certain they use a local wholesaler, Michael's Prime Meats. This will be the place to order a martini before dinner or hang out in the piano bar. There is also a review of The Top by the Columbus Restaurant Widow, a local blogger, http://www.restaurantwidow.com/2007/0... She includes pictures as well. If you go, please share your experience, don't think you will be disappointed.

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    1. re: Diane in Bexley
      sam o Feb 28, 2008 03:48 PM

      Thanks, Diane. The Top looks perfect. It reminds me of the first true steakhouse my father took me to - Carl's Chop House in Detroit. I know my son will enjoy it. I will report back.

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      Kelli2006 Feb 28, 2008 10:58 AM

      The Claremont offers steaks and such in a very nice old school restaurant . I had a bad experience there on Valentines day once, but I know many who love it.


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        Diane in Bexley Feb 28, 2008 12:22 PM

        Sorry, not a devotee of the Clarmont (there is no e in the middle). http://www.clarmontrestaurant.com/ Our family had been going there for literally 50 years. It was my father's wish to have his last meal there (he was on oxygen). We made a reservation, as there were 8 of us, and specified we had an ill family member. When we arrived at the appointed time, we were told it would be a 30 minute wait for our table. We were willing to wait but requested a chair so our father could sit down. The owner made a disparaging remark that if my father was so ill he needed a chair, he should not have gone out for dinner. Remember, a dissatisfied customer tells at least 20 people! Total jerks in my book!

        1. re: Diane in Bexley
          Kelli2006 Feb 28, 2008 01:14 PM

          I am not fan of the Clarmont(sorry) but I was willing to have other consider it as a option.

          We had 7:00 pm Valentines day reservations that were made 2 weeks in advance, and we weren't seated until almost 830, even with a $30.00 tip. They were out of prime rib and 3 other entrées, and the servers were arrogant and sloppy. I will never go back.

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        photoeats Feb 28, 2008 11:45 AM

        I would love to suggest J Gilberts Woodsfire Grill in Worthington. Please also check out photoeats.com for many pictures of meals eaten in Columbus Ohio. Good Luck!

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          Columbus Anna Feb 28, 2008 01:21 PM


          I'd like to second Diane's vote for The Top. They have the best steaks in Columbus and the authentic 50's Rat Pack vibe is great. It is truly a Columbus institution! Enjoy.

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