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Mar 4, 2014 04:46 AM

Columbus - Short North area Restaurant

Planning on going to the art walk this Saturday in the Short North area of Columbus and looking for some place to stop for dinner. Assuming will need reservations? Any suggestions? Looking for good food, drink and a fun atmosphere. Not into steaks or menus that are "meat oriented". Otherwise pretty open minded.


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  1. Without a price range or more specifics, it's a little difficult to know what you want, but I'll take a stab. I think Rigsby's is the best restaurant in the Short North and one of the best in the city. The food is lovely and so is the service. Plenty of seafood and vegetarian options.

    For a little more low key, people like the Rossi and The Pearl. I haven't been to the former, the latter is nice, though it seems derivative of a lot of places on the East Coast.

    Basi is lovely Italian, but a bit off the main drag.

    1. Looking for good food and fun atmosphere, I have to suggest BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse. Yes I know it is a chain, but I highly recommend it. There are several locations. You didn't say anything about alcohol so can only assume you are not against it. Their brews are excellent. I just wish I didn't have to drive three hours to get to one. Huge menu selection. Not the closest to where you are going to be but then I don't know which way your heading out. Take it for what its worth.

      1. Thanks for the replies. In terms of price range, we probably won't be dressed for any place really formal. And in terms of more specifics, I guess other than avoiding a meat-centric menu, I didn't want to narrow my options.

        The Pearl and Basi look great, but it doesn't look like I can get a reservation for times that work for us. Rigsby's is available. We've been there in the past and thought of maybe trying something new. We can expand the range beyond Short North. We are staying downtown and would prefer not to travel too far for dinner.

        Thanks for the BJ's recommendation. We're coming from northern Ohio and that might work for our way in or out of town. Definitely a fan of good beer. It's nice to see all the craft brew options available in Columbus!

        1. My suggestion would be to eat elsewhere before (or after). it is a madhouse down there. German Village is not far away.

          1. I went to the Philco Bar + Diner in Columbus over the summer and was really impressed. Excellent spin on diner food, duck wings, hush puppies, johnny cake pork was excellent.