The Columbus Dining Guide

While Columbus is famed for its delectable chocolate and peanut butter buckeyes, it’s also home to some of Ohio’s finest dining establishments. Whether you’re in the mood for a casual bite or a luxurious dining experience, we have you covered. So sit back, relax, and savor the flavors. And don’t miss the chance to mention The Scout Guide when you visit!

Businesses in bold are The Scout Guide Columbus members.

Coffee & Breakfast

Kittie’s Cakes (495 South 3rd Street, Columbus, OH 43215): American flavors and savory breakfast items await at Kittie’s. Don’t miss their mouthwatering baked goods!

Cambridge Tea House (1885 West 5th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43212): Enjoy breakfast served all day in the charming ambiance of Central Ohio’s premier tea room.

Parable Parable (149 S High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215): The perfect spot to kickstart your morning with your favorite coffee classics paired with a dose of energy and creativity.

Katalina’s Cafe (1105 Pennsylvania Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43201): Dive into the Original Pancake Balls and other homemade delights at Katalina’s. This cafe exudes personality and offers a diverse menu of homemade comfort foods with a twist.

Bada Bean Bada Booze: (231E 1st Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215): Embrace the quirky vibes and eclectic menu offerings at Bada Bean Bada Booze. From inventive coffee creations to hearty breakfast options, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Pistacia Vera (541 S 3rd Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215 ): A haven for those with a sweet tooth, offering a delightful array of artisanal treats, including their delectable macarons. 

Freedom a la Cart (123 E Spring Street, Columbus, Ohio, 43215):
Empower survivors of human trafficking with each purchase of delicious coffee, meals, and snacks, aiding their journey towards sustainable employment and independence.

Maudine’s Coffee Shop (77 Belle Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215 ): Enjoy a cozy coffee experience right inside The Junto, savoring specialty brews and delicious treats in a welcoming atmosphere.

Lunch & Dinner

The Buxton Inn (313 E Broadway, Granville, Ohio 43023): Immerse yourself in history while enjoying dinner and drinks at this iconic landmark, once part of the Underground Railroad.

Lindey’s (169 E. Beck St. Columbus, Ohio 43206): Stop in for lunch or dinner and learn more about the story behind this family-owned German Village restaurant. And don’t miss the chance to dine on their exquisite patio.

Kitchen Social (8954 Lyra Dr. Columbus, Ohio 43240): Explore signature dishes like cheddar and scallion biscuits or crispy Thai shrimp at either location, serving lunch and dinner.

Ghostwriter Public House (49-1/2 S. Main Street Johnstown, OH 43031): Enjoy brunch and dinner at this charming spot, and don’t miss the chance to stay overnight in one of their cozy guest suites. 

Little West Tavern (77 Belle Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215): A wood-hearth neighborhood dining experience inspired by the West, engaging service, wood-fired cuts, and classic pours in a relaxed atmosphere day or night.

Cento (595 S Third Street, Columbus, OH 43215): An enchanting, chef-driven Italian oasis right in the heart of German Village.

Veritas (11 W Gay St., Columbus, OH, 43215): Featuring Chef Dalton’s carefully curated global dishes and innovative cocktails. 

Budd Dairy Food Hall (086 N 4th St, Columbus, OH 43201): A Columbus food hall filled with 10 different local chef partners all under one roof with multiple floors, and a rooftop.

Forno (721 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215): Savor American cuisine cooked to perfection in a stone fire oven. Whether it’s breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, or delicious cocktails at their SpeakEasy, they have you covered.

Barcelona (263 E Whittier St, Columbus, OH 43206): Indulge in authentic tapas and Spanish-inspired dishes in a lively atmosphere that transports you to the streets of Barcelona.

Basi Italia (811 Highland St, Columbus, OH 43215): Situated in a cozy neighborhood setting, savor homemade pasta and seasonal dishes crafted with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

Sweet Treats

Bakes by Lo (5354 Center Street, Hilliard, Ohio 43026): Delicious sweet treats on a weekly rotating menu.  Be sure to check them out each week for a new surprise!

Bake Me Happy GF Bakery (500 E Whittier St, Columbus, OH 43206): From decadent cookies to wholesome treats, their offerings cater to various dietary needs and are bursting with flavor.

Jeni’s Ice Cream (Multiple Locations): Artisanal ice cream delights featuring a variety of creative and delicious flavors.

The Cheesecake Girl (Multiple Locations): Treat yourself to an array of irresistible cheesecake creations, guaranteed to satisfy your sweet cravings.

Groceries and Afternoon Pick-Me-Ups

The Butcher & Grocer (1089 West 1st Avenue, Grandview Heights, OH 43212): Discover your new go-to local grocer, offering the finest selection of Ohio-sourced beef, lamb, chicken, pork, cheese, and gourmet grocery essentials.

North Market (59 Spruce St, Columbus, OH 43215): Immerse yourself in a bustling marketplace filled with artisanal foods, international flavors, fresh produce, and gourmet treats.

Littleton’s Market (4240 Indianola Ave, Columbus, OH 43214): Explore this charming neighborhood market for a curated selection of fresh produce, pantry staples, and artisanal goods. Perfect for stocking up on essentials or indulging in a quick afternoon snack.

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