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The 15 Best American Restaurants In Columbus

Updated: July 7, 2022

Hankering for a hamburger or a tasty hot dog? These are the best Columbus restaurants for American cuisine. We analyzed millions of reviews from the top local sites to compile This list of top American restaurants. If glasses of bloody mary and plates of crawfish sound like a good time head to these fantastic options in Columbus.

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Third and Hollywood

American, $$, Tri-VillageAmerican, $$Columbus, Tri-Village
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
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Mitchell's Ocean Club

New American, $$$$, EastonNew American, $$$$Columbus, Easton
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
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Harvest Bar + Kitchen

Pizza, $$, ClintonvillePizza, $$Columbus, Clintonville
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
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Hot Chicken Takeover

American, $$, WhetstoneAmerican, $$Columbus, Whetstone
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
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Kai's Crab Boil

New American, $$, Olentangy CommonsNew American, $$Columbus, Olentangy Commons
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5
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Northstar Café

American, $$, Victorian VillageAmerican, $$Columbus, Victorian Village
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5
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Lindey's

American, $$$, German Village CommissionAmerican, $$$Columbus, German Village Commission
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
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South Village Grille

American, $$, Merion VillageAmerican, $$Columbus, Merion Village
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
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Service Bar

American, $$$, Weinland ParkAmerican, $$$Columbus, Weinland Park
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
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Matt and Tony's Wood Fired Kitchen

American, $$, Brewery District (including Whittier Peninsula)American, $$Columbus, Brewery District (including Whittier Peninsula)
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5
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Sycamore

American, $$, German Village CommissionAmerican, $$Columbus, German Village Commission
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
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Pat and Gracie's

American, $$, Sharon HeightsAmerican, $$Columbus, Sharon Heights
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5
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Safina Restaurant

African, $$, Forest Park EastAfrican, $$Columbus, Forest Park East
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 5.0

Eight and Sand Tavern & Refuge

American, $$, Reeb-HosackAmerican, $$Columbus, Reeb-Hosack
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 5.0

Modern Southern Table

Southern, $$, Italian VillageSouthern, $$Columbus, Italian Village
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 5.0

How was this list created?

Finding the right American restaurant for you shouldn’t be so hard. These results are brought to you by boam, with insights from the Yelp and Google ratings for 5530 Columbus restaurants, 823905 reviews, and 161 top lists and articles from the likes of Hoodline. Yes, we even looked at Hoodline - Explore the 3 top spots in Columbus' Sharon Heights neighborhood, Hoodline - Your guide to the 5 top spots in Columbus' German Village neighborhood and Hoodline - Your guide to the 4 top spots in Columbus' Victorian Village neighborhood to pull this list together. As restaurants continue to adapt to COVID-19, you can trust us to show the latest information on which restaurants are open and how with our real-time data recommendation engine. Restaurants can’t pay to show up on this list, so you can trust what you see and enjoy the city’s hidden gems. Don’t sleep on the restaurants in this list.

Frequently asked questions

South Village Grille, Gallo's Kitchen + Bar, and Scotty's Cafe are the highest-rated American restaurants for a quick lunch in Columbus.

South Village Grille, Gallo's Kitchen + Bar, and Third and Hollywood are the highest-rated upscale restaurants for American cuisine in Columbus.

South Village Grille, Third and Hollywood, and Skillet are the highest-rated American restaurants for a date night in Columbus.

The highest-rated American restaurants for delivery in Columbus are South Village Grille, Gallo's Kitchen + Bar, and Scotty's Cafe.

South Village Grille, Gallo's Kitchen + Bar, and Scotty's Cafe are the highest-rated American restaurants that serve breakfast in Columbus.

Drink pairing tips

  • Pair Kentucky 75 with fried chicken

    When considering how to best enjoy your fried chicken, we would highlight how well a glass of Kentucky 75 complements the dish as it cuts the fat of the fried skin.


  • The ideal pairing for shellfish

    Experts often pair shellfish with a glass of Chardonnay, a popular white wine.

  • Pair Margarita with grilled burger

    A cocktail and some nice, tasty grilled burger - specifically a Margarita - go really well together. This drink will help bring out the most of the spicy and salty in your food, trust us!

Interesting facts

  • A long time ago

    Do you know what food came to be in 1929 in The United States? None other than the delicious lobster roll.

  • A perfect match: Spanish granache & mac and cheese

    Experts recommend pairing mac and cheese with Spanish granache, complementing the greasy and salty taste of the food with the ripe, fruity sweet flavors of the drink.

  • 4 pounds of victory

    Are you a fan of corned beef hash? The current record for eating the most corned beef hash is 4 pounds in only 1! Do you love corned beef hash enough to beat this record?

Parking information

Parking has always been a challenge in Columbus. To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen American spot.

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