There are hundreds of fantastically delicious restaurant in Columbus, and some will award you with an extra unique experience. Whether it’s an incredible view, local spirits, or creative flavors that you’re looking for, you can find a restaurant nearby to suit your cravings. Here are 10 excellent unique restaurants in Columbus.
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1. Katalina’s Cafe
Home of the original pancake balls, Katalina’s has been serving fantastic food in Victorian Village for decades. It’s housed in a 100-year-old gas station and serves breakfast, brunch, and brunch. Katalina’s focuses on on local, organic, and ethical ingredients sourced from local business partners, and they create classic diner meals with a Latin twist. In addition to the food, you will love the environment of the cafe, which has walls filled with unique thrift store finds and graffiti.
Katalina’s is located at 1105 Pennsylvania Ave., Columbus, OH 43201.
2. The Top Steak House
Sure, plenty of restaurants serve steak... but if you’re really looking for a top notch intimate atmosphere, you’ll want to give The Top a try. The Top has been one of the best restaurants in Columbus for over 50 years. The restaurant has romantica venue, complete with piano music and lounge singers.
The Top Steakhouse is located at 2891 E Main St., Columbus, OH 43209.
3. Mozart’s Bakery & Piano Cafe
Mozart's has been a Clintonville destination for over 20 years. Mozart’s brings Europe to Columbus through breakfast, lunch, dinner, and an incredible variety of decadent European pastries. This "taste of Austria" is accompanied by live piano music and jazz on select nights. Make sure you also check out the beautifully restored building, which was built in the 1920s.
Mozart's Bakery and Piano Cafe is located at 4784 N High St., Columbus, OH 43214.
4. Eden Burger
With a mission to "save the f’n world," Eden Burger serves modern, elevated fast food inspired dishes. The menu is organic, vegan, and delicious. Some of the favorites include the BBQ Western Burger with fries and a blood orange soda, the Buffalo Tempeh, and the incredible milkshakes.
Eden Burger is located at 1437 N High St., Columbus, OH 43201.
5. The Boat House
The Boat House is a great restaurant that offers a modern seafood menu. You can enjoy a bottle of wine or a deliciously crafted cocktail with your meal. What makes this place extra special, though, is its incredible view. Sitting in Confluence Park at the meeting of the Olentangy and Scioto Rivers, the restaurants opens up to an incredible view of downtown Columbus.
The Boat House is located at 679 W Spring St., Columbus, OH 43215.
6. Cafe Istanbul on Riverside Drive
Eating with a view is a favorite to many diners, so here is another restaurant that is both delicious and scenic. Cafe Istanbul serves high quality Turkish food, including all of your favorites, like baba ganoush, hummus, and kababs. Whether you dine inside or on the large patio, you will be able to enjoy a gorgeous view from the bank of the Scioto River.
Cafe Istanbul is located at 6125 Riverside Dr., Dublin, OH 43017.
7. Bossy Grrl’s Pin Up Joint
How exactly does one describe Bossy Grrls? Words that come to mind: burlesque, exotic, rowdy, and trashy (I'm not being mean here, that one's from the description on their own website). This place is a wild hidden gem. They offer burlesque shows every Monday at 10:00 p.m., and on other nights they feature dancers, musicians, and comedians. Delicious beers, whisky, coffee, and sandwiches are available for you to enjoy along with the shows.
Bossy Grrls Pin Up Joint is located at 2598 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43202.
8. Rodizio Grill
You know how sometimes you wish you could try "one of everything" on a menu? Well, at Rodizio Grill, that’s kind of the idea. Waiters walk around the dining room offering a variety of smoky flavorful meats just off the grill. Instead of ordering one dish, customers are able try the delicacies a few slices at a time.
Rodizio Grill Brazilian Steakhouse is located at 125 W Nationwide Blvd., Columbus, OH 43215.
9. Schmidt’s Sausage Haus
This famous German Village restaurant will give you an authentic taste of Germany - there are sausages galore! The best way to enjoy your meal here is to head straight for the German Autobahn Buffet. Schmidt's does not take reservations and it tends to get a bit crowded, so arrive early you're hungry, give your name to the hostess, and wander the cobblestone streets of German Village while you wait!
Schmidt’s Sausage Haus und Restaurant is located at 240 E Kossuth St., Columbus, OH 43206.
10. Watershed Kitchen & Bar
For incredible, modern, and local food accompanied by amazing cocktails made with home spirits, try Watershed Kitchen & Bar. This restaurant was just opened earlier this year (and has already received rave reviews) as an addition to the Watershed Distillery. Already loved by locals for their delicious and carefully crafted spirits, they have approached their new restaurant with the same kind of attention to detail. Their flavors come from their respect for ingredients and their mission to reflect and improve the community around them.
Watershed Kitchen & Bar is located at 1145 Chesapeake Ave., Ste D, Columbus, OH 43212.