Our Favorite Romantic Restaurants in Columbus

Favorite Romantic Restaurants in Columbus Ohio - Image by Bob Hall

Valentine’s Day may be just around the corner but you can infuse a little romance anytime and anywhere during the year.  The Columbus Team weighed in on their favorite romantic restaurants in Columbus, and not all are the usual places!  We have quite the creative and humorous team.  Read on for the best Columbus offers according to our team….

Sue Lusk Gleich Recommends:

    •  Nicola Restaurant & Bar for romance
      Address: 4740 Reed Road, Columbus OH
      Nicola Restaurant & Bar offers a taste of Italy right here in Columbus! They are open every night except Sunday which is reserved for their families.  Considered a 4-star eatery with a happy hour and dinner menu.  Entrees range from $16 to $32.
    • Little Palace Restaurant or Dirty Franks Hotdog Palace for a Fun & Affordable date
      • Little Palace is located between East Rich and East Cherry streets in an historic downtown Columbus neighborhood. Enjoy your dinner with a casual 60’s flair. The menu consists of pizza, Stromboli, subs, burgers, and more.  Entrees are under $20 and they offer Happy Hour on Monday, Thursday and Friday.
      • Dirty Franks Hotdog Palace has two locations in Columbus. Their newest location is Dirty Frank’s West at 2836 West Broad Street. Closed Mondays and open 4-11 Tuesday to Thursday.  The rest of the week they open earlier at 11 am and close at 8 pm on Sunday.  Dirty Franks Downtown is located at 248 S. 4th Street and is open 7 days a week from 11 am to 1 am.  You will find hotdog combinations that have never occurred to you!  Offering all beef, veggie, brats or polish sausage, you can choose from too many toppings to list.  Take a peek at their menu on their website.  It’s not unreasonable to get dinner for two for under $20.

Mary Allen Recommends:

    •  Lindey’s at 169 East Beck Street in German Village.
      The restaurant is located down a brick road and offers valet parking for the convenience of guests.   Mary enjoys Chef Brett’s unique American Bistro fare with its mouthwatering presentation. The setting is refined and chic.  Entrees start at $15 but don’t exceed $30 and they have a sophisticated wine list if you choose to partake.

Patrick Florence Recommends:

    •  Mc Donald’s. Patrick suggests, “Get the Quarter Pounder, if extra special night and you really want to impress, splurge and get it with Cheese.”

Erin Oxender Recommends:

    •  White Castle. There’s no better way to feel like royalty than to spend time in a castle.

Edie James Recommends:

  • J Gilberts is located in Worthington at 1 East Campus View Blvd.  Along with a gluten free menu and large wine list, they are known for their USDA Prime Aged Black Angus steak and seafood.  Entrees start at $19 and they offer a prix fixe menu.

Jeanne O’Keefe Recommends:

    •  Barcelona is a warm inviting eatery with freshly baked breads and desserts made in-house. The ambiance is Spanish but they are located in German Village at 463 East Whittier Street.  If the weather is nice, sit outside, their patio is surrounded by a lush garden.  The offerings, that blend old world recipes with metropolitan chic are changed weekly, they’re open for dinner and lunch, meals start at $29 but they also have tapas and tasting options.

Lisa Viertel Recommends:

  •  Avenue Steak Tavern in Grandview for Romance
    Located at 1307 Grandview Avenue is this steak house with a 1920’s tavern ambiance. As a result, they have a variety of food choices ranging from sandwiches at $12 to steaks around $48. They also offer fresh fish daily.  Select from their extensive wine list or approximately 30 by-the-glass options. This is a Cameron Mitchell Restaurant.
  • Forno Kitchen + Bar in the Short North for fun. Referred to as Forno Pizza as well, Lisa recommends Happy Hour as a great time to visit 721 North High Street. It’s an innovative, hip eatery offering brunch to late night menus.  With a diverse wine list and a wide assortment of delicious dinner items starting at $21, reservations are recommended.
  • Short North Tavern for a cocktail. If you don’t want to eat out or want to switch up the locations, check out the Short North Tavern for a cocktail before or after your meal.  It is the longest standing watering hole in the area but also offers a wide variety of options for all palates should you choose to eat there as well.  It’s located at 674 North High Street.

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