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Diners' Choice: American restaurants in Columbus

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall American cuisine in Columbus? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyses more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favourites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Rusty Bucket - New Albany restaurant
4.8
4.8 (338)
$30 and under
American
New Albany
About the restaurant
Rusty Bucket is a casual neighborhood tavern serving the highest quality food and beverage in a “come as you are” setting. Scratch kitchens, fresh cocktails, and the perfect pour are our craft. Our associates are welcoming, and our hospitality naturally makes us the local hub where friends and family frequently gather to share in a good time.
Top review
CharlesCvip
Dined 2 days ago
Waiter was really good and friendly! Food was amazing. The beef stroganoff is probably the best ever. I’ve had it at two separate locations and while both were good, the new Albany location was much better because they loaded it up with mushrooms. Wife got the mushroom pizza and loved it too.
A photo of South Village Grille restaurant
4.8
4.8 (946)
$30 and under
American
German Village
About the restaurant
If you are looking for a place in Columbus, OH where you can kick back and have good food and drinks, drop by South Village Grille. Located in the heart of the bustling neighborhood of German Village, our restaurant boasts a Modern American menu that is rooted in European cooking techniques. We offer a range of dishes that everyone can enjoy, including pizzas, steaks, and fresh oysters.

Our drink selection is among the best in the area. We have an extensive wine list that pairs well with Modern American cuisine. In addition, we offer unique and flavorful cocktails, each of which is designed with a new perspective in mind.

Visit us and taste the South Village Grille difference for yourself. Our restaurant is open every day of the week, and brunch on the weekends. We look forward to having you dine with us.
Top review
JennTvip
Dined on Jun 6, 2024
Great atmosphere. Food and drinks were spot on. We just had brussel sprouts and oysters. Dirty martinis were well done!
A photo of Worthington Tavern restaurant
4.7
4.7 (400)
$30 and under
American
Worthington
About the restaurant
Located on High St in the heart of historic Old Worthington, Worthington Tavern is a vibrant, locally owned restaurant, bar, and covered patio. Our timeless space inspires a joyful atmosphere and honors Worthington's history.

Our menu features made-from-scratch familiar favorites- all from the finest ingredients. Our bar enlivens your experience with a robust selection of original cocktails, great spirits, craft beer, and enticing wines. Whether it's brunch with old friends, dinner with family, or a night out celebrating, we look forward creating memorable experiences together.

Groups of 8+ guests be rung on a single check and will be subject to an automatic 20% gratuity

Our kitchen is closed from 3pm-4p Saturdays & Sundays.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
Waiter was attentive and super knowledgeable! Was not over bearing and gave us plenty of time to ha nog out and order.
A photo of The Eagle Short North restaurant
4.6
4.6 (504)
$30 and under
American
Short North - Arena District
About the restaurant
We start with free range, all-natural Amish chicken. It’s brined, dredged, then dropped into custom-built fryers. It's got a little kick and is served with our house-made hot honey. But we don't stop there - Southern-style sides grace our menu, craft beer flows through our taps, and Blues music pumps through our speakers. At The Eagle, it's all about flying right, eating bird, and curing the Blues.
Top review
gmj828
Dined on May 15, 2024
Excellent fried chicken and the sides were equally as good. Our waitress Madeline was top notch. Extremely professional and friendly. Great experience.
A photo of Cap City Fine Diner & Bar - Gahanna restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3989)
$30 and under
American
Gahanna
About the restaurant
As with any diner, you feel immediately comfortable and at ease. Like no other diner, it’s artsy and cool.

The Cap City menu follows suit, with recognizable favorites like meatloaf receiving unexpected and delightful upscale twists, alongside trendier chef-driven dishes with big flavors. Desserts at this Cameron Mitchell Restaurant are retro-cool, taste better than you remember, and are showstopper-sized.

Top review
Alexvip
Dined 7 days ago
Thank you for a wonderful experience, as usual! Great space for entertaining business clients!
A photo of Rusty Bucket - Dublin restaurant
4.8
4.8 (440)
$30 and under
American
Dublin
About the restaurant
Rusty Bucket is a casual neighborhood tavern serving the highest quality food and beverage in a “come as you are” setting. Scratch kitchens, fresh cocktails, and the perfect pour are our craft. Our associates are welcoming, and our hospitality naturally makes us the local hub where friends and family frequently gather to share in a good time.
Top review
ToddAvip
Dined 5 days ago
Another great meal at last second - easy to get reservations through OpenTable. The COBB salad was fresh and filling while the wife had buffalo chicken sandwich (without bun). Everything was prepared and arrived quickly. Service was great and not overbearing. Always a good choice
A photo of Forno Kitchen and Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2752)
$30 and under
American
Short North - Arena District
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of the Short North Arts District, Forno offers the best atmosphere and contemporary cuisine in the city, with alluring views of our custom stone-fire oven and High Street happenings. An unrivaled Happy Hour includes hand-crafted drinks, wine by the glass, Ohio drafts, signature pizzas and sharables. Stop in and see why we’ve been ranked as one of Forbes Top 100 Hottest Restaurants in America! Please call us at 614-469-0053 to make a reservation!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
As a first time customer, And with it being my birthday on top of it, I had a truly, wonderful, amazing experience! The service was outstanding! We had a wonderful server! The atmosphere was beyond great! The food extraordinary! Delicious! Just an overall great experience! I will be returning again!
A photo of Cap City Fine Diner & Bar - Grandview restaurant
4.7
4.7 (6705)
$30 and under
American
Grandview Heights
About the restaurant
As with any diner, you feel immediately comfortable and at ease. Like no other diner, it’s artsy and cool.

The Cap City menu follows suit, with recognizable favorites like meatloaf receiving unexpected and delightful upscale twists, alongside trendier chef-driven dishes with big flavors. Desserts at this Cameron Mitchell Restaurant are retro-cool, taste better than you remember, and are showstopper-sized.

Top review
ScottM
Dined 2 days ago
Solid dining experience as we have come to expect. Food and service were top notch.
A photo of The Pearl - Dublin restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3323)
$30 and under
American
Dublin
About the restaurant
The Pearl is a well-polished culinary jewel that showcases made-from-scratch food, classically inspired cocktails and an exclusive selection of Ales, Lagers & Stouts. All within one cozy tavern.

All patio seating is weather pending. Any patio booking may be rescheduled as a result of inclement weather. For patio booking details please call the store to speak with manager.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
The Pearl is a wonderful dining experience. Outstanding food, service, and atmosphere. Highly recommend it. Try the seafood tower. It’s incredible.
A photo of The Barn at Rocky Fork Creek restaurant
4.7
4.7 (7483)
$31 to $50
American
Gahanna
About the restaurant
Savor aged hand-cut beef seared by our chefs to a perfect char. Taste the freshness of light and flaky seafood, flown in daily. From our specialty menu, enjoy succulent pork and chicken. And don’t forget to save room for one of our indulgent desserts, fresh-baked, in-house.

Surrounded by a lush landscape outside and rustic luxury inside, settle in for an evening of culinary joy for your palette and charming rural ambience for your soul. Enjoy a glass of wine or one of 50 of the world’s finest bourbons. Whether celebrating or relaxing, the best seat in the house for making memories is your seat in The Barn at Rocky Fork.


Top review
Number1Son
Dined 5 days ago
Have been here a few times. The food is always properly prepared and high quality. Ambiance is comfortable and quiet. Service is always polite and attentive but this evening our waiter seemed stretched and a little stressed. Will definitely be back.
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