Since Valentine’s Day is around the corner I thought I would mention some places to eat at in good ole’ Columbus whether you’re celebrating with a special someone or friends. Trust me, when it comes to food recommendations, I will not steer you wrong.
I included a variety of places (from fancy to very casual) that will fit your budget!
Oh, let me give you a tip if you’re planning to go to dinner on Valentine’s day: make a reservation soon, especially since the holiday falls on a Friday! Restaurants book up fast and a lot of places offer a special Vday menu so make sure to check that out.
RestaurantsBarcelona >> menu
The ambiance is romantic. Food is expensive, but what I’ve had was delicious. Any place that gives everyone an amuse bouche or offers you an individual straw in a basket is fancy. Also, your waiter/waitress gives you their business card. Talk. about. class.Marcella’s >> Short North / Polaris
A little bit more of a fun and casual environment, but you can still dress up. There are a lot of delicious options and this place is my choice for Italian food over places like Brio and Bravo.Northstar Cafe >> menu
It’s cold outside folks so warm up with their divine hot chocolate. Unfortunately, quality products cost $$ these days, but I promise the chicken sandwich and prosciutto & eggs (only for breakfast) are SO legit! Note: each location has a slightly different menu.
BarsBrothers Drake Meadery & Bar >> menu
Share the “flight” where you can sample many of their meads including one that tastes exactly like Apple pie! (mead is a honey based fermented alcoholic beverage – super yummy!)Seventh Son Brewing Co. >> menu
This must be where the hipsters go when they’re not at Bodega (which is closed for February). Lots of seating space and you can stay warm and cozy by the fireplace ; )
Cafes & DessertsZen Cha >> FB page
So many tea options. It is a little pricey for tea, but it’s a nice cute place to sit and chat.Yaourt >> FB page
Best froyo in Columbus. Dare I say it? Their original is on par with Pinkberry!Pistacia Vera >> menu
So charming and almost every girl I know likes macarons. There are also many other dessert options.Jeni’s Splendid ice cream >> menu
I’m team Jeni’s through and through. Try all the flavors! I am so happy they brought my favorite back: goat cheese & cherries.
Hope you enjoy good food with good company on Valentine’s Day. Many of the places mentioned will be featured in my Columbus Happy Hour overview, which I will be posting after the 14th!
Jeni’s Ice Cream photo by: Paul Woo