Whether it’s Valentine’s Day, a special occasion or just a night out as a couple, book a table at one of these romantic spots in Columbus!
La Tavola is a quiet haven in Grandview serving Old World Italian dishes made from scratch. Together you can savor pasta, pizzas, risotto and other delights, all supplemented by a handsome wine list. Keep an eye on La Tavola’s social media for nightly specials, too.
Both the food and drink at Watershed Kitchen have earned national accolades over recent months. Start with a drink from their expertly designed and engaging cocktail menu, which is rewritten with a new theme a few times a year. Then sample your way through Chef Jack Moore’s menu of reimagined comfort foods; order a bit of everything with the chef’s tasting menu. Enjoy of a view of the attached distillery while you dine, and pick up a bottle of Watershed’s award-winning vodka, gin, bourbon and other spirits from the bottle shop!
Third & Hollywood’s exposed brick walls, vaulted ceiling and stone fireplace make it a fun and intimate dining destination. It’s both elegant and approachable, offering well-executed takes on favorite comfort foods like cheddar herb biscuits, burgers, grilled fish, short ribs. Make a date for happy hour or Sunday brunch, too!
Taking its name from the Spanish word for “farmhouse,” Alqueria is the creation of Jacob Hough and Patrick Marker, two former chefs from Barcelona in German Village. They cook up rustic but complex fare to please any crowd: cheese and charcuterie plates, glazed pork belly, farmhouse burgers, Moroccan-spiced lamb shank. Don’t miss their excellent cocktail list and happy hour specials.
Dine under flickering gas lights at the cozy Keep Kitchen & Liquor Bar inside the LeVeque Tower. Stop by the cocktail bar for dinner and see if you can snag seats on the second floor mezzanine overlooking the hotel lobby. Pair dinner and drinks with a stay at the constellation-themed Hotel LeVeque in the iconic Art Deco skyscraper.
M has been a mainstay of the Columbus dining scene for more than 18 years. In the spring of 2019 it was given new life through a renovated dining room and updated bar and lounge. Perfect for enjoying the kitchen’s creations and cocktails designed by award-winning bartender Cris Dehlavi.
Chef Avishar Barua lends his creative chops to Service Bar, the dining arm of Middle West Spirits. Start your meal with cocktails crafted from house spirits, like a barrel-aged Manhattan with MWS Wheat Whiskey or The Silk Exchange with honey vanilla and stonefruit vodkas. Then taste the chef’s lauded dishes like his cheesy brisket crunch, lamb dumplings and whole tandoori-roasted chicken. Pro-tip: preview the day’s specials at the @secretkitchenmenu Instagram account.
Basi is the very definition of a hidden gem, tucked down a brick alley in Victorian Village. In the quiet and intimate setting, husband and wife team John Dornback and Trish Gentile welcome guests with a stellar wine list, great cocktails and scratch-made Italian favorites. Visit during the warmer months and you can relax on their lushly appointed patio.
Often cited as one of the city’s top restaurants, Veritas can be found on the ground floor of the old Citizens Bank building in downtown Columbus. Chef Josh Dalton and his team craft a unique and ever-changing menu of small plates. For a special experience, reserve a table and choose the chef’s tasting menu. Bonus: begin or end your meal with cocktails at The Citizens Trust, located upstairs in the old bank lobby.
Located in the heart of Bexley, Guiseppe’s feels like a little escape to Tuscany. Grab your date and dine on Italian classics like grilled octopus, fresh burrata, cacio e pepe, smoked chicken ravioli. Be sure to order from their expertly crafted cocktail menu, too!