If something’s been around for more than 100 years, there’s likely a pretty solid reason why.
Ohio’s restaurants are no different. Most of the time, the older the restaurant is, the better the food is—and the richer the history is. With delicious cuisine and incredible histories, here are some of the longest-standing restaurants in Ohio:
1. The Golden Lamb (Lebanon)
Ohio’s oldest continuously operated hotel was established in 1803 and holds a unique dining experience, complete with antique furnishings, themed dining rooms and historic rooms upstairs where famous individuals such as Harriet Beecher Stowe and several U.S. Presidents have stayed. Visitors can either dine in The Lebanon Room (pictured,) The Dickens Room, Buckeye Dining Room or The Shaker Room. The Golden Lamb is located at 27 S Broadway St., Lebanon, OH 45036.
2. The Buxton Inn Restaurant (Granville)
With more than 200 years of service, this historic inn features 25 guest rooms surrounded by beautiful gardens, picturesque fountains and porches. This beautiful inn also features a rustic stagecoach tavern with casual food and a full service bar. The Buxton Inn is located at 313 E Broadway, Granville, OH 43023.
3. Spread Eagle Tavern & Inn (Hanoverton)
This historic inn was originally built in 1837 in the Federalist style by masons of the canal boom. Throughout the years, it has been frequented by a handful of U.S. presidents. The Spread Eagle Tavern and Inn is located at 10150 Historic Plymouth St., Hanoverton, OH 44423.
4. The Oliver House (Toledo)
With its five-star dining and award-winning brewery, this 150-year-old restaurant is renowned among locals and visitors. The Oliver House is located at 27 Broadway St, Toledo, OH 43604
5. The Red Brick Tavern (Lafayette)
Ohio's second oldest stagecoach stop serves as "a reminder of the past" and features exceptional American, Italian and seafood cuisine. The Red Brick Tavern is located at 1700 Cumberland St., Lafayette, OH 43140.
6. Warehouse Steak N’ Stein (Coshocton)
With a legendary location, legendary entertainment and legendary onion rings, pinwheel steaks and pork tenderloin sandwiches, the Old Warehouse in the Historic Roscoe Village is a must-try. Warehouse Steak n' Stein is located at 400 N Whitewoman St., Coshocton, OH 43812.
7. Schmidt’s Sausage Haus und Restaurant (Columbus)
For the best German cuisine in Ohio (and a friendly ghost sighting or two), go to 240 E Kossuth St., Columbus, OH 43206. This popular German Village eatery has been a well-known sausage haus in central Ohio since 1886.
8. The Spot To Eat (Sidney)
Both literally and figuratively, this is the spot to go to for a tasty, classic cheeseburger in Sidney. What started out as a chuck wagon more than 100 years ago is now a stationary old fashioned eatery that will make you feel like you've temporarily stepped foot into a Happy Day's episode. The Spot To Eat is located at 201 S Ohio Ave., Sidney, OH 45365.
9. White Oaks Restaurant (Westlake)
Since 1928, White Oaks has been the place to be, and it's easy to see why. Watch ducks cross Cahoon Creek and deer play amid the trees at this beautiful nature getaway restaurant. Paired with the outdoor scenery and floor to ceiling windows is delicious steakhouse-style cuisine and a vintage atmosphere. (Pictured are the Lobster Tails.) White Oaks Restaurant is located at 777 Cahoon Rd., Westlake, OH 44145.
10. Kewpee Hamburgers (Lima)
This signature fast food joint in Lima has three locations that serve up the city's best burgers. french fries and malts. The pictured location has been in operation since 1928.
Have you been to any of these restaurants? What’s your favorite historic restaurant in Ohio? Let us know!