Guide to Romantic Restaurants in Central Ohio

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Written by Step Out Columbus

Published on January 17, 2024
Photo courtesy of Forno Kitchen + Bar’s Facebook page

Looking to spice up date night with your partner? Lucky for you, we live in one of the best restaurant scenes in the country with so many romantic options eager to razzle and dazzle you. So, whether you are celebrating Valentine’s Day, a birthday, or just want to smooth things over after realizing you were wrong in your most recent argument, these are some of the best and most romantic restaurants in the city.

A word of caution before we advance, many of these spots are popular and/or limited in seating, so it’s best to call ahead first to avoid letting a long wait put a damper on date night!

Full Service

Basi Italia

811 Highland St Columbus, OH 43215 • $$$$$

Central

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  • Take-out
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • Wait Service
  • Bar Area
  • TV
  • Offers Catering
  • Bike Parking
  • Romantic
Full Service

Bistrolino

495 S 4th St Columbus, OH 43206 • $$$$$

Central

We Specialize in comfort Mediterranean cuisine by creating a fusion of authentic Italian and Lebanese food. We also offer a unique wine list from across ...

  • Take-out
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • Offers Catering
  • Street Parking
  • Wait Service
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • TV
  • Bike Parking
  • Romantic
Full Service

Cafe Istanbul

6125 Riverside Dr Dublin, OH 43017 • $$$$$

Northwest

"Welcome to Cafe Istanbul of Dublin." This is how you are greeted when you come in to our welcoming, caring, dependable, high energy and fun casual restaurant ...

  • Take-out
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • Offers Catering
  • Good for Groups
  • Family Friendly
  • Wait Service
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • TV
Full Service

Cameron’s American Bistro

2185 W Dublin Granville Rd Worthington, OH 43085 • $$$$$

North

No other restaurant brings home the delicious diversity of American cuisine quite like Cameron's. Our chefs travel to such domestic culinary capitals as ...

  • Take-out
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • Offers Catering
  • Good for Groups
  • Wait Service
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • No Outdoor Seating

Columbus Fish Market

1245 Olentangy River Rd Columbus, OH 43212 • $$$$$

Central

We serve the freshest and finest seafood from the world’s great fisheries, and our seafood expertise means we know the ideal species to source depending ...

Full Service

Comune

677 Parsons Ave Columbus, OH 43206 • $$$$$

Central

comune presents plant-forward cuisine: flavorful, satisfying, eminently sharable dishes made from in season ingredients, sourced from close by. Established ...

  • Vegetarian / Vegan Menu
  • Take-out
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • Offers Catering
  • Good for Groups
  • Street Parking
  • Wait Service
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Bike Parking
  • Romantic
Full Service

Del Mar SoCal Kitchen

705 NORTH HIGH STREET Columbus, OH 43215 • $$$$$

Central

A DELICIOUS ADDITION TO THE CAMERON MITCHELL COLLECTION … INSPIRED BY THE BEST OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. Savor the freshest fare from sea, garden and ...

  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Wait Service
  • Accepts Credit Cards

El Segundo Mexican Kitchen

698 N High St Columbus, OH 43215 • $$$$$

Central

A fresh menu inspired by Mexican street food served in a unique, vibrant & fun atmosphere in the bustling Short North Arts District. ...

  • Take-out
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • Good for Groups
  • Bar Area
  • Romantic
Full Service

Figlio

1369 Grandview Ave Columbus, OH 43212 • $$$$$

Central

Hip eatery offering wood-fired gourmet & custom pies as well as homemade pasta & a gluten-free menu. ...

  • Take-out
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • Offers Catering
  • Good for Groups
  • Wait Service
  • Bar Area
  • TV
  • Bike Parking
Full Service

Forno Kitchen + Bar

721 N High St Columbus, OH 43215 • $$$$$

Central

Elevated eatery with swanky decor serving stone-fired New American eats for dinner & weekend brunch. Established in 2015. Located in the heart of the ...

  • Take-out
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • Good for Groups
  • Street Parking
  • Wait Service
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • TV
  • Offers Catering
  • Bike Parking
  • Brunch
Full Service

Gallo’s Kitchen + Bar

2820 Nottingham Rd Columbus, OH 43221 • $$$$$

Central

Established in 2010. We open in October 2010 ...

  • Take-out
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • Offers Catering
  • Good for Groups
  • Family Friendly
  • Wait Service
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • TV
  • Bike Parking
Full Service

Goodale Station

77 E Nationwide Blvd Columbus, OH 43215 • $$$$$

Central

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  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • Good for Groups
  • Wait Service
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Offers Catering
  • Bike Parking
  • Brunch
  • Rooftop Patio
  • Romantic
Full Service

Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse

569 N High St Columbus, OH 43215 • $$$$$

Central

Fine Aged Steaks and Chops, Fresh Seafood and Creative Chef Specialties ...

  • Take-out
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • Offers Catering
  • Good for Groups
  • Wait Service
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • TV
Full Service

J. Alexander’s Restaurant

7550 Vantage Dr Columbus, OH 43235 • $$$$$

North

J. Alexander’s Holdings is a collection of boutique restaurants that focus on providing high quality food, outstanding professional service and an attractive ...

  • Take-out
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • Good for Groups
  • Wait Service
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • TV
  • Offers Catering

Full Service

Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse – Columbus

89 E Nationwide Blvd Columbus, OH 43215 • $$$$$

Central

We've received national acclaim for our USDA Prime Steaks, Seafood & Sushi and Impeccable Service. We call this combination of elements The Jeff Ruby ...

  • Take-out
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • Good for Groups
  • Family Friendly
  • Wait Service
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • TV
  • Offers Catering
  • Bike Parking
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Full Service

Lindey’s

169 E Beck St Columbus, OH 43206 • $$$$$

Central

Consistently voted one of Columbus' Best Restaurant. Lindey's is an iconic Columbus restaurant that has been featured in the Washington Post, the New York ...

  • Take-out
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • Offers Catering
  • Good for Groups
  • Family Friendly
  • Wait Service
  • Bar Area
  • TV
  • Brunch
  • Special Occasion
Full Service

Mandrake Rooftop

810 N High St Columbus, OH 43215 • $$$$$

Central

Mandrake Rooftop is changing the way Columbus will view a rooftop restaurant and lounge concept. Located in the heart of the Short North, Mandrake ...

  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • Good for Groups
  • Wait Service
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • TV
  • Bike Parking
  • Rooftop Patio
  • Romantic

Marcella’s

1319 Polaris Pkwy Columbus, OH 43240 • $$$$$

North

Good friends, good food, love of family, and a place where it all comes together. That's Marcella's, a bustling Italian restaurant where you can forget ...

  • Take-out
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • Good for Groups
  • Family Friendly
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • TV
  • Offers Catering
  • Bike Parking
  • Romantic
Full Service

Martini Modern Italian

445 N High St Columbus, OH 43215 • $$$$$

Central

Martini Modern Italian is where timeless and innovative dining intersect, blending contemporary Italian style with classic Italian influence. We celebrate ...

  • Take-out
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • Offers Catering
  • Good for Groups
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Bar Area
  • TV
  • No Outdoor Seating
  • Bike Parking
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion

Mitchell’s Ocean Club

4002 Easton Sta Columbus, OH 43219 • $$$$$

Central

Ocean Prime is an award winning modern American restaurant and lounge from renowned restaurateur Cameron Mitchell. With stunning settings, a vibrant energy, ...

  • Take-out
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • Offers Catering
  • Good for Groups
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Bar Area
  • TV
  • Bike Parking
Full Service

Mitchell’s Steakhouse

45 N 3rd St Columbus, OH 43215 • $$$$$

Central

Experience The Modern American Steakhouse in Columbus, Ohio. Our hand selected prime steaks are aged to perfection. Our house made side dishes don't just ...

  • Take-out
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • Good for Groups
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Bar Area
  • TV
  • No Outdoor Seating
  • Offers Catering
  • Bike Parking
Full Service

Nada

220 W Nationwide Blvd Columbus, OH 43215 • $$$$$

Central

Hip small-chain establishment for gourmet Mexican dishes & cocktails served in a bright space. ...

  • Take-out
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • Good for Groups
  • Family Friendly
  • Wait Service
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • TV
  • Offers Catering
  • Bike Parking
  • Romantic
Full Service

Pasqualone’s Ristorante

5766 Emporium Sq Columbus, OH 43231 • $$$$$

Northeast

Old World Italian food, prepared to order by David Pasqualone who owns and runs the restaurant along with his wife Lori. Soothing music, tasteful decor, ...

  • Take-out
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • Offers Catering
  • Good for Groups
  • Wait Service
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
Full Service

RH Rooftop Restaurant Columbus

4120 Worth Ave Columbus, OH 43219 • $$$$$

Central

The RH Rooftop Restaurant resides on the third floor of RH Columbus, a 55,000-square-foot design gallery that blurs the lines between residential and retail, ...

  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • Good for Groups
  • Wait Service
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Handicap Access
  • No Outdoor Seating
  • Offers Catering
  • Brunch
  • Rooftop Patio
  • Special Occasion
Full Service

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

511 N High St Columbus, OH 43215 • $$$$$

Central

Ruth's Chris Steak House specializes in serving USDA Prime steaks, each seared to perfection, finished with butter and freshly chopped parsley, and served ...

  • Take-out
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • Good for Groups
  • Wait Service
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • TV
  • No Outdoor Seating
Full Service

South Village Grille

197 Thurman Ave Columbus, OH 43206 • $$$$$

Central

If you are looking for a place in Columbus, OH where you can kick back and have great food and unique drinks, drop by South Village Grille. Located in ...

  • Take-out
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • Street Parking
  • Wait Service
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • TV
  • No Outdoor Seating
  • Offers Catering
  • Brunch
Full Service

The Avenue Steak Tavern

1307 Grandview Ave 3013nSte 3013 Columbus, OH 43212 • $$$$$

Central

Welcome to The Avenue. An all-occasion steakhouse that glows with sizzle and warmth. Serving fine steaks and tavern fare to family and friends in Grandview's ...

  • Take-out
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • Good for Groups
  • Wait Service
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Bar Area
  • TV
  • Offers Catering
  • Bike Parking
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
Fine Dining

The Pearl

641 N High St Columbus, OH 43215 • $$$$$

Central

The Pearl is our take on a gastropub. It's a restaurant for people who love food -- the kind of food our chefs love to create and enjoy. We're pairing ...

  • Take-out
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • Good for Groups
  • Family Friendly
  • Bar Area
  • TV
  • Offers Catering
  • Bike Parking
  • Brunch
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
Full Service

The Refectory Restaurant

1092 Bethel Rd Columbus, OH 43220 • $$$$$

Central

The historical 19th century building offers a very unique intimate ambiance. Award-winning Contemporary and Classic French Cuisine, the greatest Wine Cellar ...

  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • Offers Catering
  • Good for Groups
  • Wait Service
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Bike Parking
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

The Rossi

895 North High Street Columbus, OH 43215 • $$$$$

Central

WELCOME TO THE ROSSI KITCHEN & BAR Our menu is crafted Con Amore, for you. Enjoy our spin on Mediterranean cuisine and beautifully crafted ...

Full Service

Tip Top Kitchen & Cocktails

73 E Gay St Columbus, OH 43215 • $$$$$

Central

A tipsy downtown neighborhood bar featuring Ohio Comfort Food, mean whiskey concoctions, draught microbrews, pinball, smiling faces, whiskey, Columbus ...

  • Take-out
  • No Reservations
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
  • Wait Service
  • Bar Area
  • TV
  • Offers Catering
  • Bike Parking
Full Service

VASO

6540 Riverside Dr Dublin, OH 43017 • $$$$$

Northwest

Welcome up to the top of the vibrant Bridgepark community where Vaso is mixing it up. We are proud to be the new place offering up a new view. We invite ...

  • Take-out
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • Good for Groups
  • Wait Service
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Offers Catering
  • Bike Parking
  • Rooftop Patio
  • Romantic
Full Service

Veritas

11 W Gay St Columbus, OH 43215 • $$$$$

Central

Chef dalton has combined his natural bravado with his love for travel and incredible food. Plating his passion, chef dalton has brought carefully curated ...

  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • Good for Groups
  • Wait Service
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • No Outdoor Seating
  • Offers Catering
Fast Casual

Z Cucina Di Spirito

1368 Grandview Ave Columbus, OH 43212 • $$$$$

Central

Italian & Mediterranean flavors utilizing local and scratch-made ingredients an Artisan Wine list in an open, yet warm and comfortable setting. Established ...

  • Take-out
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • Offers Catering
  • Good for Groups
  • Bar Area
  • TV
  • Bike Parking

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