Columbus' German Village has a culture and history that runs deep. Since the founding of the city in 1812, Columbus has been a haven for immigrants. When German immigrants settled in Columbus they made the area south of downtown their home, and today the area is as much of a melting pot as the rest of the city. It's one of the best dining destinations in the city and there are many dining establishments that uphold the heritage and charm of the community. Here are a few of our recommendations!

Stauf's Coffee Roasters

The proof is in the cup! Stauf's believes in letting their small batch roasted coffee, from the finest best specialty grade green arabica beans available, speak for itself.

Winans Chocolates + Coffee 

The Winans family has been serving chocolate since 1961 and added specialty coffee when it became wildly popular in the U.S. Handcrafted confections come directly from the Winans Chocolate Factory in Piqua, Ohio and internationally sourced beans, processed using 25 years of award-winning experience, ensure peak freshness. 

Community Grounds

This ever-changing community space offers a coffee shop, meeting house and event space for friends and fellowship over delicious coffee and snacks. Their menu has a wide variety of offerings to satisfy any dietary needs, including vegan ice cream!

Fox in the Snow Cafe 

Their rustic style pastries and hand-crafted cafe drinks are perfect for a lazy day. With cafes created sans internet, this is a spot for community and connection.


Lindey's is a longtime favorite among guests as well as locals. Since its opening in 1981, the restaurant has maintained its elegance and has also been named one of Columbus’s top 10 restaurants. This trendy spot provides white tablecloth dining with a refined menu perfect for special occasions or date night. Plus, it has one of the best patios in the city and space available for rental!


Celebrated as the 100th restaurant opened by Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, Cento is an authentic Italian concept located in the heart of German Village. With a welcoming, intimate atmosphere and a stunning outdoor patio, Cento is the perfect places for date night or any special occasion.  

Schmidt's Sausage Haus

Starting out as a meatpacking house in 1886, Schmidt's Sausage Haus has transformed into a culinary landmark in German Village. From its opening in 1967, the restaurant has been a hit for German meats such as currywurst, sauerkraut-bratwurst balls, schnitzel and sauerbraten. The family-owned restaurant is now operated by its fourth and fifth generations and is known for its food truck, catering and popularity at the Ohio State Fair! Be sure to save room for dessert - their cream puffs are legendary. 


Nestled on a quaint corner in German Village is a taste of Spain brought to the city of Columbus. This LGBTQ-owned restaurant and bar resides in a 100+-year-old historical building, accompanied by an incredible patio, and serves only the finest Spanish cuisine.

Thurman Cafe

This Columbus landmark has been serving the German Village area since 1942. The small diner is a Columbus attraction and dining experience that you must try, plus, the quaint restaurant and bar is filled with nostalgic keepsakes that add to the dining experience. Try their famous stacked Thurman Burger or their Original Coney Islands made from a family secret recipe. Be sure to plan ahead when dining at Thurman Cafe; they do not take reservations!

The Sycamore

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, The Sycamore is a one-stop shop that can please all your dining needs. This bistro draws inspiration from the casual, laid-back elegance of Europe’s all-day cafés. Stop by for breakfast and lunch for casual counter service or make dinner reservations for a refined dining experience.


Katzinger’s Delicatessen is a New York Style, Jewish deli standing in the heart of German Village. Their massive menu offers a variety of meats and cheeses to satisfy your sandwich needs.


Self-billed as "rustic urban food," this locally owned and operated restaurant features local products and flavors courtesy of a network of partner farmers, producers, and craftsmen and women from all over the state of Ohio. The limited hours of operation - from 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Friday - Sunday - allow for peak freshness and flavor in all their menu options.

Chapman's Eat Market

Recently named to the New York Times' top 50 places to eat in America in 2021, Chapman’s serves a wide variety of menu items, taking inspiration from numerous cultures.

Emmett's Cafe

This quaint café offers classic sandwiches with a twist that will keep you coming back!

Brown Bag Deli

The perfect one-stop-shop for grab-and-go specialty sandwiches and salads! Pro tip: grab your meal and walk over to Schiller Park for a picnic!

Pistacia Vera

From James Beard Award-nominated pastry chef Spencer Budros, this bakery specializes in French pastries and desserts and was made popular by their famous macrons and croissants.

Schmidt's Fudge Haus

The neighborhood's very own fudge haus specializing in handmade fudge, delicious chocolates and world-famous Buckeyes that all make the perfect gifts of midday sweet treat. 

Kittie's Cakes

Pop in for high quality pastries, sandwiches and specialty coffee drinks that are sure to keep you coming back for more!

Bake Me Happy

This woman-, LGBTQ- and family-owned bakery is paving the way for gluten-free treats and goodies. The owners have a passion for creating foods that everyone can enjoy and bringing people together.

Antiques on High

This sister brewery to Seventh Son Brewing focuses on sour and wild beers as well as hazy hop-forward IPAs and pale ales. If that's not your style, there are still plenty of other drink options on the menu to be enjoyed in this intimate mid-century modern space.

Law Bird 

Helmed by 2017 United State Bartenders' Guild (USBG) Most Imaginative Bartender in North America, Annie Williams Pierce, and her husband, this art-deco atmosphere serves a variety of snacks and plates to accompany their carefully crafted cocktails. 

South Village Grille

Serving a seasonal menu offering modern American fare that takes inspiration from traditional European cooking techniques! 

Club 185

Operating since 1954, Club 185 is a local speakeasy that knows all about serving up comfort food that is sure to make you feel at home. Pair this with their large menu of spirits and there is no going wrong!