Steak is serious business in Columbus. We know our beef. But greater Columbus covers over 200 square miles, so discovering the truly great steakhouses can take time and money. Try the six Columbus steakhouses listed below. There are a couple of other well-known, very good steakhouses in the area, but these stand just a bit taller. They begin with melt-in-your-mouth filets and exceptional service and go straight up from there.
Why it’s a "Best Columbus Steakhouse": Step into this locally-owned restaurant, and you feel like you’ve stepped into an early 1960s James Bond movie. The place is dark, sleek, and you just know they make a great martini: shaken, not stirred. If you’re not in the mood for beef, The Top also has excellent chicken and daily seafood specials. But here, the specialty is superb beef done to perfection; Rachel Ray Magazine rated the restaurant as one of the top 32 steakhouses in the United States. That’s no surprise to locals. They’ve enjoyed evenings of fabulous food and live piano playing at The Top for more than 50 years.
Phone: (614) 231-8238; online reservations
Location: 2891 E. Main St., Columbus
Why it’s a "Best Columbus Steakhouse": The Claremont has been a Southside Columbus dining tradition since 1947. The menu is simple: Steaks, filet, lamb (the rack of lamb converted my friend into a lamb fan).
The Delmonico steak is a personal favorite, with the tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers and mozzarella cheese. If they have lobster bisque, order it.
Phone: (614) 443-1125 for reservations
Location: 684 S. High St., Columbus near German Village
Why it’s a "Best Columbus Steakhouse": Eddie’s prices are high for Columbus, but the prime, aged beef, well-selected wine list, and special touches like the smoking shrimp make it worth the visit.
Most of the entrées can easily make two meals. My friend and I rave about Eddie’s signature Chateaubriand for two, carved tableside. Sometimes, featured wines and entrees are offered at small discounts.
Phone: (614) 433-7307; online reservations
Location: 1570 Polaris Parkway (Polaris Parkway and Lyra Drive), Columbus
Why it’s a "Best Columbus Steakhouse": Mitchell’s began as part of Columbus restaurateur Cameron Mitchell’s empire. It quickly became known as one of the places in the Midwest for fine steaks and wine; its wine list earned the 2006 Wine Spectator award of excellence. Cameron sold Mitchell’s to Ruth’s Hospitality Group (owners of Ruth’s Chris Steak House) in 2008. That ownership change did not change the quality of food and service that locals expect from Cameron restaurants. If beef isn’t your thing, take heart. The best tuna steak that I’ve ever had was at this Mitchell’s.
Phone: (614) 621-2333; online reservations
Location: 45 N. Third St., Columbus (Downtown location)
Why it’s a "Best Columbus Steakhouse": I don't consider this a 'best" steakhouse, but my friend really enjoys the steaks here. He also loves the fact that they don't care if he shows up in shorts.
The staff is friendly and there is a truly excellent selection of wines by the glass. However, I've never had good potatoes here. We've tried Hyde Park's different potato offerings, and they range from okay to undercooked to over-seasoned. But my friend thinks the steaks make up for it. Sit at one of the lounge dining tables to watch the fire.
Phone: (614) 224-2204 for reservations
Location: There are four Hyde Parks around Columbus -- downtown, Worthington, Dublin and Upper Arlington. The one reviewed here is the downtown site, 569 North High Street, Columbus in the Short North/Cap area.
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Why it’s a "Best Columbus Steakhouse": Superb food and wine in an understated, elegant setting. There's not really a lot of flair or atmosphere to a Ruth's Chris, but when you walk into one anywhere in the country, you know that your taste buds will be taken care of.
Very well. In addition to the steaks, the lamb chops are outstanding, there is a "vegetarian option," and the bread pudding with whiskey sauce is worth saving room for.
Phone: (614) 885-2910; online reservations
Location: 7550 High Cross Blvd, Columbus in the Crosswoods area north just of Worthington