Let’s start here. The best of the best—our top five Columbus restaurants. Columbus, Ohio is one of America’s biggest cities, with a multitude of restaurants, so your list might be a little different than this. But we’re confident these five high-quality eateries will please most diners:
An award winner, King Gyros Greek Restaurant has delighted Columbus residents since 1991. Owned by Yanni Chalkias, a Greek immigrant who helped his father run a spice business, King Gyros serves a smorgasbord of Mediterranean dishes, from stuffed grape leaves to spanakopita, and falafel pitas to six different kinds of baklava.
Here’s what actual customers say about King Gyros Greek Restaurant:
“King Gyros is awesome. Definitely the best Gyros around. If I lived closer I would probably eat there a couple times a week.” - Chris K.
“King Gyro is the best Greek Restaurant I know and I have been to many and nowhere else compares. They have the best gyros in town!” - Nancy B.
“The best Lemon Chicken soup you’ll ever have. ... I can understand why some people are having dreams about it. And their Big Fat Gyro is huge... will definitely be enough for a couple meals’ worth. Go ahead and get an extra side of their super tasty tzatziki sauce for it.” - Olivia C.
Like any self-respecting college town, Columbus, Ohio, has a robust collection of excellent pizza places. Craving a slice? Here are three pie-slinging spots we recommend:
It’s a taste of 18th-century Salzburg, right in the heart of Ohio. With pleasant live piano music as a backdrop, diners at Mozart’s enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner, and—perhaps its most-beloved offering—an afternoon tea. Whichever meal you choose, save room for dessert: Mozart’s bakery whips up European tortes (think black forest, chocolate ganache, and chocolate truffle).
See what actual customers have to say about Mozart’s:
“This was a really fun experience! I went with my grandmother. We were seated and got to choose from multiple types of tea. We each got a small pot which have us 3 cups each. ... The pianist is very talented and a pleasure to listen to.” - Jami M.
“The cutest thing EVER! Took my 4 1/2 year old granddaughter and she absolutely LOVED it! Delicious food, tea, and canopies! Great service! Beautiful piano music being played by the nicest man. Overall wonderful experience! Will be back!” - Michelle M.
“This was such a fun experience to have with my daughter; we dressed up and experienced teas and pastries we've never tasted. It was AWESOME!” - Kristal M.
Some of the best restaurants in Columbus, Ohio, happen to be a part of the city’s strong Japanese community, considered the largest in Ohio. If you like sushi, sashimi, teriyaki, or hibachi-style cooking, you’ll want to try one of these:
Named after the Mediterranean-version of an appetizer, Mezze invites customers to customize their own fast-food dishes. After choosing between a pita, a salad, or a rice bowl, diners get to pile on gyro meat, shawarma, falafel, or kabob, plus a bounty of different toppings. But save room for a mezze or two— like hummus, grape leaves, baba ghanoug, and more.
See what actual customers say about Mezze:
“The food was wonderful and the staff very friendly. They had to interpret some of the menu for me The rices were even different from the norm. We'll be back!” - Karen G.
“Mezzo now one of my favorite places to eat a healthy, delicious, great tasting meal. It is sooooooo good. Food is always fresh and the staff is always friendly and helpful.” - Susan M.
“The owner is charming and one of the hardest-working guys I have seen! Absolutely delicious food, generous portions, kind people. Loved it.” - Jean O.