The 23 Top Dating Spots in Columbus, Ohio (According to Real Daters)

Columbus is home to startling architecture, artisanal stores, and enough parks for a practically infinite stroll with your partner (almost 400!). But where's the best place to take your date?

Unlike most articles on Columbus date spots, this is backed by data from real couples. So, you're not getting our opinion but rather the combined opinion of countless happy couples. By sorting every spot in Columbus to find places that are frequented by a large ratio of daters, and then choosing only the top scorers from that batch, we've put together the 23 spots that stand head and shoulders above the rest.

Let's take a look at the rankings.

1. The Refectory Restaurant and Bistro

Source: The Refectory Restaurant and Bistro

  • Average review score: 4
  • Couple ratio: 42%

With French-inspired cuisines, this Ohio restaurant is a locale’s paradise as it provides classic cuisines in a uniquely contemporary space. The hauntingly elegant home design alone allows guests to see that they are about to embark on something thematically special. With late-day opening hours into the night, The Refectory features the kind of menu that’s good at anytime of day. The bistro also comes alive during the holiday season and for special events, as the atmosphere seems to be the bistros calling card . Popular dishes include the Warm Pear Taste and Sea Scallops.

What couples say about The Refectory Restaurant and Bistro

"From the welcome to dessert all was wonderful. The food was superb, the service was superb, the live music was superb. Five stars!" - TAEOHTraveler

"This is fine dining at its best. From the time you enter you will find professional service with a smile. Food was outstanding and served timely at good temperature. This is truly as must place to go for a wonderful experience." - 49billw

"My husband and I have the same birthday and we went there to celebrate. They mentioned happy birthday at the reception and we got a glass of champagne to toast. We ordered a bistro menu $29.95 for three course meal at the bar section. I believe they change the menu monthly. This is served early evening only, but it’s great and we get same great service. The potion used to be a little small, but now the potion is bigger. Our waiter Nick was very professional and nice. It has been 40 years here and still going strong. Their wine selection is great and you can find not very pricey wine, too!!" -dublinKG

2. Palle by Moretti

Source: Palle by Moretti

  • Average review score: 4
  • Couple ratio: 41%

Known for their made-from-scratch meatballs, Palle by Moretti is a local Italian restaurant with an all-Americana twist. While still creating a comfortable and inviting atmosphere, the restaurants namesake dishes are what keep crowds coming back from more. From signature sides, delectable desserts, and more mouth-watering spirits, the plates here are some of the best reviewed in the area. Other favorites include the Kitchen Sink Salad and mouth-watering Risotto. It’s a perfect night out for couples or friends alike looking for a good time with an international flare.

What couples say about Palle by Moretti

"Was a little hesitant to try Palle because I am not a huge fan of meat balls, but am so happy that I did. The veggie meatballs that I had with my taco tasted great and the serving size was absolutely perfect. They have a great drink selection, especially their summer drinks which hit the perfect spot. I can't wait to go back and try their other food and drink selections. The price is a little on the high end, but because of the quality it is worth it." - travelbug222

"Always good food, good service, good prices! And to make it even better try the kitchen sink salad for a great, delicious, nutritious meal!" - gobucksbeat

"Everything on their menu is crafted with love, even down to the veggie sides and complimentary foccacia. Their portions are enormous, so plan accordingly and/or split stuff up." - coloraturajoice

3. The Pearl

Source: The Pearl

  • Average review score: 4
  • Couple ratio: 39%

Helmed from local chef - Cameron Mitchell, this renown oyster defies convention on what to expect from similar restaurants. With an extensive dinner, lunch, and brunch menu and hours from the early morning into after midnight, The Pearl brings back a nautically-themed tavern from a bygone era. Plus, locals will tell you that there classic cocktails and exquisite cuisines are absolutely to die for. The Pearl also hosts Oyster Thursday Night, where they feature this ocean-based appetizer discounted for guests. Other popular items includes the flavorful deviled eggs and old-fashioned Fried Chicken.

What couples say about The Pearl

"We loved the vibe of the restaurant. Cozy decor and very fun atmosphere. Everything we ordered was delicious. We split the beet salad which was fantastic. It had a few different ingredients than most beet salads, which made it very interesting. We also had the roast chicken, which we also enjoyed every last drop of. Great drinks, and our waiter Chris was very attentive and thoroughly explained the specials and other dishes to us. Top it off with a piece of homemade pie, and it was a perfect meal." - petey126

"Friends invited us here, we had been past it several times, but never had tried it. Very comfortable, wonderful atmosphere. Fantastic service! Staff could describe menu items as if from photographic memory! Really interesting menu. We shared the pickles and the most amazing deviled eggs I have ever had! Our friends shared the fried chicken dinner, I sampled, SO good! There was so much food, they still couldn't finish it. My husband had the seafood boil, as great as he has ever had on any coast, he couldn't even manage to eat the bread, so I ate several bites of it dipped in the buttery sauce. I had the blue crab which turned out to be more like crab salad, cold, fresh, ALL crab meat, so good!! Can't wait to go back again." - nitroliz

"Made reservations for two for dinner. Valet parking was no joy. They were backed up and undermanned to effectively provide this service. After two passes around the block we had to park on the third floor of a nearby garage. We were taken to our table promptly. When I went to sit down, I noticed the seat of my chair had not been cleaned and had some kind of sticky syrupy, goo on it. I had to switch it out myself. I told the bus boy the chair I switched needed attention. No one cleaned it and they later seated an unsuspecting guest in it before we can warn them. So, glitches out of the way. Our waitress was marvelous and food was up standards we’ve come to love at The Pearl. Enjoyed a Czech beer with my oysters and some The Pearl’s fried chicken." - Veteran Travel

4. The Sycamore

Source: The Sycamore

  • Average review score: 4
  • Couple ratio: 37%

Known as Columbus’ best gastropub, this German-styled restaurant is one of the city’s most popular. The upscale service and comfortable community settings is a major draw to this historic hideaway. But the atmosphere is intoxicating as well featuring the city’s best spirits menu with excellent wines and classic cocktails. It’s worth noting that the restaurant can get quite pricey, but the portions are massive for anyone with a heavy appetite. So if you’re looking for a small and intimate setting, The Sycamore could just be the mid-night escape you’re seeking.

What couples say about The Sycamore

"This restaurant is in our neighborhood but we never got around to trying it. Nice menu selection, delicious food, and great staff. Looking forward to going back!" - MicheleFait

"We enjoyed a relaxed supper for 2 at the atmospheric Sycamore restaurant in the German Village." - NeilL1912

"My wife and I enjoyed “date night” at the Sycamore last night. It was a great experience. We would typically go to Lindey’s or G. Michael’s when going to German Village. However, this was a great alternative. The places was packed and such a great vibe! I really loved the cocktails. I’m partial to Bourbon(/bourbon whiskey). I was impressed they had High West (from Park City) and I enjoyed the Cowboy Killer and the City Park Manhattan. Both were excellent. I also loved the food. I had the shishoto peppers as an app and the Tuna entree. Both were great. There were a ton of great options - particularly the small plates. I was impressed at how many couples were splitting meals. The staff were all extremely professional and helpful. Christina(?) was our waitress and she did a great job." - Greg P

5. Watershed Kitchen & Bar

Source: Watershed Kitchen & Bar

  • Average review score: 4
  • Couple ratio: 35%

If you’re thinking about visiting Columbus you can’t skip this stylish all-American eatery. Located in Grandview, this modern restaurant focuses on American favorites including buttermilk fried chicken and beef short ribs. Aside from edible offerings, the familiar atmosphere feels upscale with its cozy lighting but communal seating arrangement. Late afternoon meals are a favorite of locals as this gorgeous eatery is often described as the paradise for any first date night. Guest favorites includes their signature cocktails, duck confit, and fried veggies. If you’re ever in the Grandview area of Columbus, this pub is certainly one to check out.

What couples say about Watershed Kitchen & Bar

"Had the brussel sprouts, pork cheek, short ribs, and mushroom burger and all were delicious. Drink menu was varied and had a little something for everyone. Our server was great and asked about any food allergies up front, which they were very accommodating of. Really enjoyed the atmosphere and will be coming back!" - Chelsea A

"Met friends here for dinner. Another excellent meal here. We like doing the chefs tasting and sharing it. That way you get a lot of deliciousness! Our service was wonderful and our meal was amazing! Love this place!" - Linda

"This was a great meal! Our server was perfectly attentive, gave great suggestions and was fun. I have food allergies and he was very careful about what I ordered and made sure to check with chef. The food was DELICIOUS! There were four of us and we all loved what we got. Our server also made great drink suggestions. It was a really great night." - Lisa W

6. Ohio Glass Musuem

Source: Ohio Glass Musuem

  • Average review score: 4
  • Couple ratio: 31%

If you’re looking for distinctly designed glassware, look no further than the Ohio Glass Museum located in downtown Lancaster - just minutes away from Columbus. The museum is also home to Anchor Hocking Glass Company, which offers a glass blowing demonstration that you would be able to find elsewhere in the region. From vintage displays educational touches, this is certainly a must-do for any glassware collectors. Just be aware that the museum’s hours vary seasonally and are often done by appointment. So if you’re looking for anything other than a late afternoon rendezvous, this exclusively timed museum may not be your destination.

What couples say about Ohio Glass Musuem

"Seeing the history of glass in the region (Hocking Hills is the Hocking in anchor Hocking) was really interesting and the glass blowing demonstration was great. We even bought the piece he made and picked it up on the drive home from our trip." - Draugnaur

"We originally came in to make our own glass Christmas ornaments, which was a really good time, but stayed to wander through the museum. After you make your own glass anything you realize just how difficult it is. It makes you appreciate the work in the museum that much more. The staff at the museum was absolutely wonderful, knowledgeable and kind. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a good way to learn more about the hard work that goes into glass making." - Jen K

"Nice variety of displays, with knowledgeable docent. Friendly people. Displays rotate. Nice video background, too. Large gift shop with good prices, to boot. They have glass blowing and other classes, too." - brez00

7. Los Guachos Taqueria

Source: Los Guachos Taqueria

  • Average review score: 4
  • Couple ratio: 29%

If you’re looking for a reasonably priced local favor, you might try Los Guachos Taqueria in the greater Columbus area. This Mexican eatery has every flavorful dish you could want all under one roof. And you would be remiss if you didn’t stop by for the The Original Taco Al Pastor - known to be the best in the state. The all-American diner feel also puts a twist to what you may expect from a Midwestern Mexican restaurant. So if you’re looking for a quick bite to-go or a no-frill sit down experience, Los Guachos is a favorite amongst many.

What couples say about Los Guachos Taqueria

"We loved this place during our most recent trip to Columbus. As authentic as you can get outside of being in Latin America. Stop by, you won't regret it." - Robert H

"The food was delicious and very authentic. We were so happy to find this gem of a restaurant in Columbus! The portion sizes were bigger than imagined. We will definitely be going back to try other plates of food, but buy fewer of them at a time." - imjohnson1025

"Love this location. I thought the Gahanna location was good, but this location is exceptional! Bigger with more seating and the chorizo is slightly more charred which adds to the flavor in my books. Can't wait to be back to try the lamb tacos another Saturday, I better go earlier..." - AC88888

8. Wexner Center For the Arts

Source: Wexner Center For the Arts

  • Average review score: 4
  • Couple ratio: 28%

Are you a lover of the arts? Well look no further than the Wexner Center For the Arts. Touted as a local cultural landmark, this Ohio State University-based public gallery is home to some of the greatest artworks in the region. Also featuring venues ranging from quaint concert halls, theaters for screenings, and exquisite exhibition spaces, the amount of charm here would make any artistic heart skip a beat. Plus, the grounds are complementary to stroll and portions of the site was used in the film, Little Man Tate.

What couples say about Wexner Center For the Arts

"Recently caught the last days of John Waters exhibit and it was terrific. I have visited over the years, seeing special temporary exhibits for Andy Warhol, Todd Oldham, Cindy Sherman, Black Mountain College to name a few. Never disappointed! Always great shows and thoughtfully presented in a nice space. Be sure to look up what’s on view as it’s always changing. No permanent collection on display. Its on the Ohio State campus so parking can be challenging but theres a parking garage nearby. Also...check out the gift shop!" - mishmosh_1

"There are always a variety of exhibits or shows here. They cover a wide variety of mediums and change regularly. There is much to absorb on each visit so almost everyone can find something thought provoking with each exhibition." - mugg7

"This was our first time visiting Wexner. The current exhibition was not to our liking unfortunately. The artist is talented, but all of the art was of the same person/people. It was very modern, which really isn't our thing, but it was a nice activity to do on a rainy day (and it was free for us as we are members at CMA)" - chops1971

9. Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Source: Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

  • Average review score: 4
  • Couple ratio: 27%

Serving as a local landmark for most, this premier collection of plants and outdoor gardens is a must-do for many visitors to the area. With seasonal art exhibits and showcases for any art connoisseur, the charming destination has something for all ages. Some sections even feature sculptures and its iconic glass blowing demonstration that will have you awing in delight all afternoon. The best part is that this ambitious conservatory is open year-round in any weather and has longer operating hours than most conservatories in the area.

What couples say about Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

"At Christmas a variety of choirs perform in the lobby and there are wonderful pointsettias throughout along with a giant train. If you visit close to Thanksgiving there is a gingerbread contest and several constructed by amazing professional artists who include lights and moving parts to their creations!" - Lhoffman1978

"Don’t miss it if you are in the area. Absolutely gorgeous to see. A nice retrospective of the artist’s work. It was thoughtfully presented. Use the map provided with your ticket as the Conservatory is chopped into areas and it is easy to miss one if you are not consulting the map." - carolyn4129LG

"Wonderful. We went to an after hours event and loved it. The ChiJuly glass pieces are amazing. We were driving home from visiting central New York and were planning to spend the night in Columbus. So glad we checked Trip Advisor for something to do." - Ann G

10. Basi Italia

Source: Basi Italia

  • Average review score: 4
  • Couple ratio: 27%

Lauded as the best traditional Italian bistro in the region, this restaurant features some of the greatest plates in the area. Basi Italia also sticks to theme as its situated in Columbus’ historic Victorian Village neighborhood.The food is also delectable as every visitor praises the service and decor with their outdoor bar. Popular dishes include Braised Beef Short Ribs and Prosciutto Wrapped. Just be aware that hours are limited to 5PM and 9PM on weekend, but have more offers throughout the weekend.. So if you’re looking for a new Italian cuisine to love, this may be your new favorite.

What couples say about Basi Italia

"Basi is set in a quaint little house with a comfortable backyard eating area. The pastas are very good. The mussels very tasty. The eggplant parmigiana was rich but not heavy. Excellent cocktails." - Bob s

"This place is tucked in between a bunch of buildings/housing and we were so glad we came here. We were greeted with their delicious homemade Parmesan biscotti. The buffalo mozzarella was great. It had the perfect touch of pesto and balsamic reduction. We sat outside in the back and had the perfect weather." - lyang659

"This is one of the best little restaurants in Columbus, and the food is consistently great. The menu changes seasonally, but the flatbread, porchetta, and butterscotch budino are great if you can get them. Reservations are a must." - JillJ138

11. Ray Ray's Hog Pit

Source: Ray Ray's Hog Pit

  • Average review score: 4
  • Couple ratio: 26%

Have you been seeking locally authentic BBQ? Well, you may want to check out Ray Ray’s Hog Pit. With its tender treats, delectable desserts, and iconic crunchy slaw, this Northern eatery will instantly transport you south. From signature slow cocked barbecue items to seasonal appetizers, Ray Ray’s is a tasty escape for any age looking to water at the mouth. The restaurant also features three conveniently placed locations in the city for easy access to its deliciousness. Popular dishes include the pulled pork and barbecue beef brisket.

What couples say about Ray Ray's Hog Pit

"So we were told to try the brisket, we did; told to try the ribs, we did; the beans, the collards, the pulled pork...we did. Fall off the bone tender ribs, briskets, so tender...and for me the collards were very good, not the best ever, but very close. This blue van is in a parking lot near the OSU campus, and is next to a bar with a large patio...unfortunately the rain was pouring that afternoon, and we had to go into the bar, for drinks...a little too dive bar for me, but probably popular with he college crowd. Food at Ray Ray's is not to be missed!" - smokeynav

"A food truck located in the parking lot of Land-grant Brewing Company. The smoker entices you to order from the food truck. We had the Meat Sweats tray. It was a combo of many meats: ribs, brisket and pulled pork. Delish!" - K2128Bljanetb

"This had to be the best beef brisket I have ever had. Tender and just the right amount of fat left on the meat. No sauce was needed." - ladyj800

12. Arch City Tavern

Source: Arch City Tavern

  • Average review score: 4
  • Couple ratio: 26%

Set in Columbus’ popular Short North bar scene, Arch City Tavern is a themed gastropub straight from the Northwest Territory. With handcrafted cocktails and classic goodies, the historic hometown pub has all the touches for a good time. From comfortable group seating to mural-filled walls, this neighborhood bar is a popular destination for locals. And the best part is that the chef uses local ingredients with the hops to accent Columbus’ rich history. Try one of their craft beers and specialty burgers, which will have you running back to this tavern time and time again.

What couples say about Arch City Tavern

"So so good! The lamb sliders were money! Service was excellent and a great selection of IPA’s and drinks." - John A

"We went in for brunch on a Saturday AM. It was pretty quiet, considering the time, but it was also OSU game day. The food was good, with generous portions. I loved the truffle fries! I also love that the brunch specials menu was offered in addition to their regular menu. The drink/beer/wine list was extensive, and I'd love to go back to try one of their 20 or so beers on tap." - Monica

"Absolutely love Arch City! They never disappoint - the atmosphere is laid back but at the same time it's ~fancy~. Every waiter/waitress I've had here was super friendly, welcoming, and had great recommendations. The lamb sliders are probably my favorite thing on their menu. I also went for burger week and the Arch City Burger (without bacon) was cooked to perfection! The portion sizes are very filling and it's worth the price for sure. I would say Arch City is on my top 10 best burger list." - Zaynab A.

13. Akai Hana

Source: Akai Hana

  • Average review score: 4
  • Couple ratio: 25%

Helmed as an inviting East Asian eaery, this Japanese restaurant has become the favorite sushi spot amongst locals. With flavorful global inspirations to an authentic Japanese dining setting, Akai Hana brings sophistication to a typical sushi spot. So if you’re looking for a 5-star environment for traditional Asian offerings, Akai Hana will be yourchoice. It’s also highly regarded for its low-key environs and fantastic food quality. Popular items includes a twist on sushi, Red Dragon, and shrimp tempura. One important note this dignified-designed bistro is closed during mid-lunch hours to prepare for dinner.

What couples say about Akai Hana

"By far the freshest sushi I have had outside of Maui. Great staff and service. Almost hate writing this review because more people will find out about this place but boy is it good!" - westervilled

"Excellent food and service and atmosphere. I would recommend this to all of you who love Japanese food. " - Alan T

"Ordered the shrimp and vegetable tempura which came with miso soup and salad- that has a great salad dressing. It was a lot of food for lunch. Also had a tuna/avocado roll because there sushi is always good. We will come again, great place for Japanese food." - tombW3077AU

14. Columbus Museum of Art

Source: Columbus Museum of Art

  • Average review score: 4
  • Couple ratio: 25%

Who knew Ohio’s first art museum was located in Downtown Columbus? Situated on Columbus’ East Broad Street, this 19th Century museum has wowed visitors for the past two centuries. While the museum tends to have permanent exhibits that focus on Cubist painters, European works, and the largest collection of Midwestern-born artists in the state. The museum also features events and art classes for anyone seeking more interactive experiences than just the casual stroll. It’s certainly a draw for any couples or families looking for a romantic getaway amongst historic artworks.

What couples say about Columbus Museum of Art

"Uniquely arranged art, large focus on modern pieces. We are from Toledo with a much larger free museum so the price seemed high." - lHoffman

"Husband and I visited here as a part of our Valentine’s Day date. We loved the Lego Columbus display and the discovery exhibit for the kids. If you have time in Columbus, definitely check this place out!" - hannahjhack

"This was our second trip here. It was a free day to selected museums courtesy of the Columbus Foundation. We parked in their lot for only $5. More rooms of art to explore than you would think. I especially enjoyed the reclining Buddha and the Lego Display of Columbus landmarks. Children will particularly enjoy it and it is well worth the visit with them. Currently, their is an exhibition of African American Art entitled, I, Too, Sing America. Very interesting. Friendly staff." - cheri D

15. Otherworld

Source: Otherworld

  • Average review score: 4
  • Couple ratio: 24%

If you’re seeking a visual experience beyond your wildest imagination, Otherworld in Columbus is one of the most ‘Instagrammable’ in the region. From trippy color-filled collages to interactive art installations, the art gallery is an attraction unlike any other. Plus, it even features imports from Burning Man and SXSW. With over 40 rooms of exhibits showcasing the surreal worlds of fiction and fantasy, the theming alone could rival the set of your favorite science fiction series. Just be sure to note that the gallery is closed on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday with limited hours on Sundays.

What couples say about Otherworld

"I drove from Detroit to see Otherworld, and I wasn't disappointed. I brought my boyfriend for his son's birthday, and he loved it, too. I'm even thinking about another trip with my son soon. The entire exhibit is gorgeously done with lots of interactive stuff and so much to see. Looking forward to seeing if they do more with the space, or if they'll change any of it up from time to time" - KarinAntal

"i unironically love color-changing LEDs and this place is THE MOTHERLOAD. take 8 million pictures you'll have a blast. I hope they do well & continue to make cool and interesting art--I hope to go back every 6 months and watch it evolve!" - Scenic21843740890

"The trip was super fun and exciting. Very creative and keeps your attention with all the fun rooms and colors!" - loganvebright

16. Schmidt's Sausage Haus

Source: Schmidt's Sausage Haus

  • Average review score: 4
  • Couple ratio: 22%

Located in Downtown Columbus, this family-friendly restaurant is iconic to the area with its classic German charm and character. Set in an industrialized setting, the comfortable vibes and celebratory atmosphere will feel inviting for any visitor. Happy hour is also You have also seen this sausage haus featured on Food Network’s Man v. Food. Popular dishes includes their signature sausage and half-pound jumbo cream puffs. The winer schnitzel is also a favorite as the warehouse-based eatery also offers catering and carry-out option for those seeking at-home dining experiences.

What couples say about Schmidt's Sausage Haus

"Inside the cute walkable town lies an old world charm restaurant Schmidt’s. We love the German sauerkraut and potato salad. Get your cream puff to go if you are stuffed and enjoy it later. The pumpkin one is my favorite! Check out their food trucks at local events. Take a walk and adore the old quaint homes and shops after dinner to walk off your pudge!" - _discoverandi

"We have been here before and were surprised how busy they were in the middle of the week at lunch time. They offered a buffet, but we ordered off the main menu. Potato soup was super as was the ham and cheese sandwich. We had apple strudel for dessert and it was also very good. We have had larger meals in the past and always enjoyed them." - photobug429

"We stopped in for dessert one night. We bought a vanilla and a chocolate cream puff. They were delicious and huge!" - [randomfreckles87(

17. The Eagle

Source: The Eagle

  • Average review score: 4
  • Couple ratio: 21%

If you’re seeking American fare with a twist near Downtown Columbus, try the city’s newest restaurant - The Eagle. Their Fired Chicken Sandwich is a must-eat among locals with their Kale Salad being a favorite with others. The Eagle also features a lower priced menu than similar cafes in the area. The casualness of this restaurant is often the draw as it does feature economical carry-out option for those not seeking a dine-in experience. But those who do dine-in will find blues and beer-induced good times throughout.

What couples say about The Eagle

"We first tried the Eagle in Cincinnati and were excited to find another location in Columbus. Same excellent chicken and the best mac & cheese I have ever eaten!! The service was excellent and loved the beer selection and their homemade lemonade! Highlight of our trip!" - meemoe2019

"This was such a good spot! From the fried chicken to the sides, it was delicious!! I had the 1/4 chicken dark meat & it was the perfect amount. The spicy hot honey is amazing to drizzle or dip your chicken on. The mac & cheese side was outstanding; as was the collared greens. The spoon bread & sweet potato crock was good, but not as noteworthy as the first two mentioned. Go, try it & you won't regret the choice!" -wonderfuljess

"I've been here twice for dinner and the food is outstanding. The chicken is juicy and delicious, and the side dishes really make the meal! The mac and cheese is awesome! The place has a great atmosphere and I'm glad I stumbled across it. Definitely on my "must visit again" list!" - matt_girodano

18. Cap City Fine Diner Columbus - Grandview

Source: Cap City Fine Diner Columbus - Grandview

  • Average review score: 4
  • Couple ratio: 20%

If you’re seeking a traditional diner experience in the heart of Ohio, this comfortable cafe will certainly give you the charm you’re seeking. From trendy dishes to flavorful favorites, the diner is a local must for many reasons with its retro decor being one of them. The homegrown-diner look will really make you feel at home. The food portions are also huge, which means you’ll have more than enough of their must-have meatloaf to take home. Other must-haves include its Romano Crusted Chicken and Blue Cheese Chips for an appetizer.

What couples say about Cap City Fine Diner Columbus - Grandview

"We went in with our adult children before heading to a concert. Had never been before but had heard good things about it. Exceeded our expectations. "Diner" is really not an appropriate description. At least in the traditional sense. Pretty fancy for a diner." - Tim B

"Took the fiancee on a date here and was super pleased with everything about the place. The service was great, the beer and wine list was suffice, the food was amazing and it really was a lot of fun. This is a new fav!" - johnA1520CD

"Have been here before but not for a while. Still very good. Service was great, timely and friendly. The food was very good and the portions were generous. This place never disappoints. Will go back again." - Jon H

19. Hofbrauhaus Columbus

Source: Hofbrauhaus Columbus

  • Average review score: 4
  • Couple ratio: 20%

Housed inside a typically-styled German biergarten, Hofbrauhaus Columbus is a local favorite for lifetime memories. Although a chain of bars for the region, this Bavarian-themed restaurant hosts good times nightly with their distinct approach to casual dinner. With live music featured most nights and freshly brewed beers, you’ll understand why this pub is a favorite for so many. The bar area can get boisterous at times, but the food is worth it with their American-styled plates. The location is also brilliantly placed amongst other entertainment venues to pre-game the night’s festivities. You'll love this place.

What couples say about Hofbrauhaus Columbus

"We enjoyed the snitzel! It was delicious. Fried to perfection, moist, but not at all geasey! The German potato salad and cabbage were prepared perfectly, slightly sweet, full of flavor! We loved our visit!" - KDSPortsmouth_OH

"Went here last weekend with friends. I was a little worried it would just be all about the beer, but I was pleasantly surprised. The appetizers were fun, and food was great! And the dessert was even more amazing, so save room. I lived 9 years in Germany and found the food taste here to be authentic. It has a huge parking garage, and the restaurant itself was gigantic with quieter upstairs seating. We will be back." - JENBAILEY25

"Great in house brewed beer. The giant pretzel was delicious with 3 dips provided. Reasonable 11.99 lunch buffet with 3 types of sausage, kraut, potato salad, salad bar, soup bar." - Thad J

20. Olentangy Indian Caverns

Source: Olentangy Indian Caverns

  • Average review score: 4
  • Couple ratio: 19%

Have you ever wanted to check out a series of caves, but never had the opportunity? Well, Olentangy is worth checking out at least once in their lifetime. But the caverns aren’t just a series of caves, but also features entertaining attractions like a mini golf course, petting zoo, and treasure maze. The theming is also something to die for as every explorer - young or old - will love this ancient hideaway. So if you’re just looking for an afternoon adventure, you may want to discover this low-budget getaway as you learn about the history of this Indian sight. Tours are also available seasonally as well.

What couples say about Olentangy Indian Caverns

"My boyfriend and I had talked about going to the caverns for ages, we finally did! It was a quick trip, didn’t take all day. We got there as the tour was going to begin, which was nice. I had read the caverns get cold, so we had our sweat jackets just Incase we needed them but we didn’t. It felt good (on a summer day). The caverns get real slippery from the water, so be cautious of slippery rocks. It was real interesting overall." - pixiedreamer

"The caverns are very interesting. There are some nice artifacts in displayes in the building above the caverns. There are recorded messages throughout the cave that explain the history of the cave and the people who lived in the area. It isn't Mammoth Cave, but we enjoyed it. There are activities for kids too, a petting zoo, miniature golf and gold or mineral mining with a sluce and a maze. There is a gift shop also. The staff were very friendly." - [MoragMiller1]{

"We went to the caverns only as a self tour. We liked the voice recorded guide when we were down in the Cavern and the numbers that guided you so you don't get lost. Very interesting visit" - luvan59

21. COSI

Source: COSI

  • Average review score: 4
  • Couple ratio: 18%

If you’re looking for a world-class children’s museum, look no father than Columbus’ Center of Science and Industry known as COSI. With exciting exhibits for all ages, the museum is one of the nation’s best with experiences that you’ll remember for the rest of your life. From climbing aboard an actual space capsule to touring an old-timey city set in a bygone era, the museum will transport you to worlds beyond our own. Discovery truly lives here. Just be sure to check hours of operations as the museum is closed some weekdays.

What couples say about COSI

"COSI is a treat to visit. The property sits on the Scioto River in the heart of downtown Columbus. There are play areas outside as well as inside. We enjoy seeing the National Geographic films which are only $8.00. You can see these fils without paying entrance into the center. You can park here, enjoy the science center and then take a short walk to enjoy the city views and eateries. Check out Brew Dog in Franklinton- just a short walk west and sit on the rooftop patio. Enjoy the sunset in the evening on the river." - discoverandi

"I loved the museum!!! What a fantastic place for children and families. There is something of interest for all ages. I enjoyed browsing the Dinosaur exhibit- so informative!!! The gadgets section was fun!!! The children's sections were fantastic!!! You must visit here on your next trip to Columbus!!! Great place to entertain your grandkids!!!" - cathyp1953

"My husband and I had a blast here. A lot of the exhibit are geared for kids to have fun but adults can play too! We got the "do-it-all" passes so we could watch the apollo 11 movie, play in the simulator a couple times (they have a bunch of 5ish minutes programs to choose from), and go into the planetarium and special exhibits. It was worth the $40 each. We got there shortly after 10a and left around 4p. You can do everything in a shorter amount of time but we're kids at heart and played in the exhibits." - randomfreckles87

22. Marcella's Columbus - Short

Source: Marcella's Columbus - Short

  • Average review score: 4
  • Couple ratio: 17%

With a casual approach to family style eating, this bustling Italian eatery is certainly a favorite amongst locals. From flavor in every bite thanks to their signature Chicken Parm and veal meatballs, any Italian lover will want to be coming back for more. Its bartenders also lives by their great wines and handcrafted cocktails that were selected by the owner himself. The restaurant even features one of the best happy hours deals in the area with a wide menu. So if you’re looking for a late afternoon escape from your typical Italian restaurant, this might just be the place for you.

What couples say about Marcella's Columbus - Short

"The ambiance of the restaurant is warm and fun - diverse group of diners gives creates a great atmosphere. The staff is very friendly and helpful, and the food is unbelievable. The veal meatballs are second to none, would highly recommend the appetizer and the Fettuccini and Meatball - my Italian lineage wouldn't agree but the meal is fantastic! Would highly recommend to anyone, great for date night or a large business function. This is the best Italian food in Columbus." - Fred

"We travel often. East coast, west coast, New Orleans, and unfortunately live in Indiana. We found ourselves in Columbus due to a family tragedy. We stayed in and loved the North Short. Good food is always available. And then there is Marcella’s....amazing wine list, innovative house cocktails. And the food. Graze through the menu or get serious and order an entree. It is all amazing. No rush, no worries, great service, great small restaurant ambiance. And we would be remiss if we did not give a huge shout out to our professional, gracious, and informed server Brooke. Run don’t walk, you will only be disappointed if you do not dine at this wonderful establishment." - Zeldascott

"Their happy hour is fantastic with 1/2 off all appetizers. We honestly could have made a full meal out of appetizers. We love the giant meatball appetizer and calamari!! We also really love the eggplant parmigiana and gnocchi. Great Italian meal." - Lynn C

23. Barley's Brewing Company

Source: Barley's Brewing Company

  • Average review score: 4
  • Couple ratio: 15%

Rated as one of the Midwest’s only real ale breweries, this brewpub is one of the most unique modern-day bars in its category. By utilizing a cask-conditioned ale method that was abandoned in the mid-20th century, this distinctly-themed dive brewery is keeping an ancient tradition alive. Plus, with a new ale featured every week and even tastier German goodies ranging from sauerkraut balls and Bavarian pretzels - you will be pressed to find a better local night out. The restaurant also features gluten-free and vegetarian options.

What couples say about Barley's Brewing Company

"This place was hopping when my wife and I stopped in. Luckily we were just grabbing a few beers and were able to find a seat at the bar. The beer here was pretty good and they have a nice presentation of their flights. We didn't eat here, but the food looked really good. We wanted to stop back in and grab some food, but ran out of time on our visit. Definitely a lively place." - Brian C

"On a rainy day in Columbus we walked around the arena district and decided to give Barley's brewing a chance and we did not regret it! Their stack high nachos are delicious and our server Collin is an excellent server ask for him when you go in , he was very helpful when picking what beers to choose for the beer flights, he also recommended the pear margarita which was amazing, overall would definitely recommend going here aside from all the restaurants in the area" - Crystal D.

"Was driving through town and decided to come back after not being here for over 20 years. My husband and I got to know each other here when we went to grad school eons ago. Remembered the food was great. We were not disappointed. It was busy. Service was fast and very attentive. I had the turkey nut burger with broccoli. My husband had the veggie burger on the Greek salad. Hottest wings for my nephew and Mediterranean pasta for my son. Hummus appetizer. Everything was fresh and yummy. IPA was meh but the food made up for it." - Lori D.