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Wine And Dine On Your Parents’ Dime

Celebrate your big accomplishment at these upscale eateries.

Degree in hand, you feel on top of the world. The last four years of your life (or more) have been filled with ramen, KCom, and a perpetual faucet of caffeine, so we think it’s high time you treat yourself to the boujee, expensive meal you deserve. We already know your mom has been on your ass about finding a place to eat at after graduation so this comprehensive guide should be exactly what you need to find a spot.

Afterall, you’re already so far in debt and your parents will probably pick up the tab, what’s a couple more hundred gonna do?

White Table Cloth

If you’re looking for the type of restaurant that has a menu filled with food so delicious you can’t even pronounce its name, then you’re going to want to check out The Refectory Restaurant and Bar. With authentic French cuisine and it’s own wine cellar, you’re guaranteed to eat one of the best meals of your life like the Wild Boar Bacon Wrapped Monkfish (you didn’t even know that existed until now, but all of a sudden you need it). Throw in a glass of wine and quietly pass your parents the check. Keeping things boujee, the M at Miranova resides on the ground floor of the Miranova buildings in the heart of downtown Columbus, and you’ll be feeling classy as hell after you toss the keys to your 2009 Honda Civic to the valet out front. The menu boasts all kinds of tasty options, but I can’t stop thinking about the delicious Lobster Mashed Potatoes. Looking to really take your fine dining experience to the next level? An eight-course adventure of some of the highest quality food offered in the city from Veritas is sure to please your palate (but, maybe not your parent’s wallet).

M at Miranova. | Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard.

The Refectory Restaurant & Bar

1092 Bethel Rd.

M at Miranova

2 Miranova Place

Milestone 229 Restaurant

229 Civic Center Dr.

Third & Hollywood

1433 W. Third Ave.


11 W. Gay St.

Barcelona Restaurant & Bar

263 E. Whittier St.


520 S. High St.


1295 Grandview Ave.


Photo by Tommy Feisel.

Few meals feel more celebratory than a steak, cooked to perfection, and served with a glass of your favorite whiskey or wine. As mentioned before, Cameron Mitchell’s restaurants have a way of taking something so simple and blowing your expectations out of the water. At The Avenue Steak Tavern, you’ll find that the warm and comfortable glow of the restaurant’s interior is only exceeded by menu options like the 8 oz. filet to the 20 oz. porter house. And we can’t talk about steakhouses in the city without giving a shout out to Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse. They have risen to the top ranks of the restaurant world within Columbus and serves steaks that are as mind-blowing as they are expensive, but if there was ever a time to shell out $115 on a steak known simply as “The Hatchet”—a 30 oz., 55-day dry aged tomahawk ribeye—it’s now…at least we think so. Eat like the champion you are, and celebrate never getting another email from Bob Gribben again.

Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse

89 E. Nationwide Blvd.

The Avenue Steak Tavern

1307 Grandview Ave., Suite 3013


The Keep at LeVeque Tower. | Photo by Tommy Feisel.

When you think of hotel food, you probably are thinking of half-assed complimentary continental breakfast where you begrudgingly make some shitty Belgian waffles and wash it all down with some lukewarm coffee. Don’t think for a second any of the places on this list are going to do you dirty like that. Each of these restaurants on this section call a hotel home, but their menus are nothing like you’d expect. Take The Keep at the LeVeque Tower, for instance. Their raw bar is full of fresh oysters, shrimp, and salmon while the main menu has a little bit of something for everyone like the Guajillo Pork Cheeks which is served with braised black eyed peas, andouille, collard greens, and corn nuts. But they aren’t the only ones whipping up fine dining in the city. Latitude 41 in the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel offers a Boursin Crusted Filet Mignon that is sure to make even vegetarians think twice about taking a bite, and Bistro At The Blackwell Inn is a great spot for anyone looking to escape campus for some wining and dining.

The Keep

50 W. Broad St.

Gallerie Bar & Bistro

694 N. High St.

Latitude 41

50 N. Third St.

Bistro At The Blackwell Inn

2110 Tuttle Park Place

Neighborhood Favorites

Curio. | Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard.

Celebrating a big day doesn’t require all the frills and extraness of up-scale dining, sometimes it’s about finding a community favorite and simply enjoying the space and people around you. Though the tables might not be set with white table cloths, that isn’t to say their food and drinks are any lesser. Places like Harvest and Curio provide that ambiance you desire, but instead of a steak dinner, you’ll be chowing down on some of the best pizza Columbus has to offer. Not in the mood for pizza? The Guild House menu has all the meat entrees like salmon and chicken roulade, and they can hook up any vegetarian in the group with some mouthwatering lasagna made with homemade pasta, ricotta, mushrooms, crispy garlic, and asparagus pesto.

Lindey’s Restaurant & Bar

169 E. Beck St.

The Guild House

624 N. High St.

The Columbus Fish Market

1245 Olentangy River Rd.


495 S. Fourth St. (German Village)

2885 N. High St. (Clintonville)

45 N. High St. (Dublin)


491 S. Fourth St.

The Sycamore

262 E. Sycamore St.

Blind Lady Tavern

22 E. Mound St.

Breweries & Distilleries

Rockmill Tavern. | Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard.

And if sometimes celebrating a well-earned accomplishment means holding down a neighborhood favorite, it also means putting back some drinks at a local brewery. Instead of having your parents shell out hundreds of dollars on a fancy dinner, check out Land-Grant Brewing Company where your parents can still shell out hundreds of dollars, but this time on local craft brews. Thanks to the Ray Ray’s BBQ Pit Food Truck near the patio smoking up incredible BBQ, you can dive into a southern treat meal without having to put your Land-Grant brew down. If you’re looking to dive into plenty of alcoholic beverages, but still want that feeling of fine dining, Watershed Distillery has you covered. Try out the Chef’s Tasting Menu where you’ll be taken on a four-course meal where you decide what is brought out on your plate. The tasting menu is also a great chance for large groups of people to try out a variety of menu options like the Bacon Steak; a bone-in, bacon-cured pork belly large enough to share with three to four people!

Watershed Distillery

1145 Chesapeake Ave.

Service Bar

1230 Courtland Ave.

Wolf’s Ridge

215 N. Fourth St.

Rockmill Tavern

503 S. Front St.

Land-Grant & Ray Ray’s BBQ

424 W. Town St.

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