Written by: Rich Terepak Sr.
Date: June 2, 2014

Bareburger serves burgers made from your choice of beef, lamb, bison, elk, ostrich and even wild boar.

Bareburger serves burgers made from your choice of beef, lamb, bison, elk, ostrich and even wild boar.
Photo: Rich Terapak Sr.

Three Ohio State graduates have returned from New York City, bringing their own little piece of the Big Apple with them. After a few years in New York City George Mathew, Chuck Xu and Ben Christopher brought one of their favorite dining spots from NYC back to Columbus. If you google Bareburger, you’ll notice all of the other locations are situated within a stone’s throw from Manhattan.

The new location at 463 N. High St. (in the former Yankee Trader building) is one of few Bareburger restaurants outside of New York.

Bareburger’s interior is modern and as fresh as their burgers.

Bareburger’s interior is modern and as
fresh as their burgers.
Photo: Rich Terapak Sr.

After the trio brought Bareburger found and CEO Euripides Pelekanos to the high-energy Short North, they were able to convince him that Columbus would be the perfect place to open a new restaurant. It is a welcome addition to the neighborhood, and from the looks of the lunch crowd, a popular one as well. I have visited several times and encourage you to give it a try.

Bareburger doesn’t serve your average burger, but instead very creative ones made from your choice of beef, lamb, bison, elk, ostrich and even wild boar. You also have your choice of a lettuce wrap, flour wrap, tapioca or brioche bun.

The brioche is excellent. I have also tried the “Brisket” made from ground smoked bison with pepper jack cheese, panko crusted butter pickle chips with smoked paprika mayo – this was my favorite.

But they have several other entre items including 11 different salads that come in small and large sizes. I had the small Cobb salad and added jerk chicken — more than enough for lunch.

The appetizers are very good and big enough to share. Try the sweet potato “croqs” which are sweet potato hush puppies served with multiple dipping sauces. Better yet try the panko crusted spicy butter pickle chips with Thai chili mayo.

Prices range in the $11-$13 for the burgers, $5-$9 for the appetizers, and depending on size and additions, $7-$14 for the salads.

There is a full bar. The milk shakes are supposed to be wonderful, but so far I have been too full to try. Perhaps I’ll go back and start with one.

The décor is very well done, and preserves the integrity of the more than 100 year old building, utilizing high ceilings, barn siding walls, large booths and multiple seating country tables. The service was excellent.

Bareburger
Monday to Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.
463 N High St
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 706-4790
bareburger.com


  • shrimlock

    The Silent Woman Bar was i believe on East Main, just east of James.
    The signage in neon or lit up from behind maybe, was extremely provocative.
    It showed an image of a female with her, holding her own head or her head somehow detached.
    Depicting the female as presumably silent. And even holding the knife?
    pretty grisly, and disturbing and was evident to anyone driving around there up till the 90’s, it seems.

    • Sara Davis

      Not quite, the Silent Woman was located a couple blocks East of Yearling Rd, the sign depicted a maiden type female form holding a couple of steins, she had no head. There was no severed head, no knife. The same sign has been there for over 40 yrs now (per my last trip to ohio)

  • shrimlock

    The other one that was near the Motel Greg Lashutka got in trouble win he was prosecutor, And i think that was on East Broad, that was the Pink Elephant.

  • Barbara Cruz

    what about hanleys steak house sullivant ave Columbus ohio

  • Barbara Cruz

    does anyone have a copy of the menu or pictures

  • Mr.Gale.B

    I need an exact and correct answer:
    Where was “Top of the Center” located? In WHAT building?

  • Otto Gronkowski

    Slow hipster service and slow kitchen. Expensive prices. Don’t visit if you want to see food on your table in under 45 minutes. However the food quality, taste and presentation is very good! Ambiance is contemporary cool inside, very different from what you may have the impression of from the exterior of this old Tim Horton’s location. Good bar and drink selection. Overpriced menu. On the west coast you can find this style of filipino restaurant serving same dishes for $7.50. Here they will set you back $12-$18. You can’t even get into appetizers for less than $10 unless you want a bowl of rice. Don’t know if they’ll survive, table turnover is way too slow, even though they’re making large profit margin per dish, it’s just way too slow. If you have an evening to kill, this would be a good hangout. Don’t attempt a weekday lunch or dinner. You’ll see a good hipster millinial crowd here.

    • lettuce dolphin

      hello, I have worked at a Bibibop for 2 years now, the price for a chicken (spicy or regular) bowl currently is 6.75$, steak bowl is 7.25$, and a tofu bowl is 6.65$. Along with that the appetizers are 1$ for pineapple, 1.50$ for edamame and kimchi. Also drinks are 1.75$ but come out to 1.88$ after tax.
      A chicken bowl with a drink is 9.14$ if you eat in and 8.63$ if you take it to go.
      Also the service is incredibly fast, if there is no line we can usually get someone to make an entire bowl in about 1-2 minutes. The only time service is slow is when there is a rush, around 11am-1pm and 5pm-7pm, and even slow is an understatement, once you get to the line it usually takes about 2 1/2 – 3 minutes to get through. Also the line length and time depends on the store, i have worked at several Bibibop’s and some attract a larger crowd than others. The most visited age demographic in my opinion is about 20-25 and 40-50.

      The reason i started working at a Bibibop is because of the low prices for such a delicious and large amount of food, the bowls are about the size of two softballs, i do not know how many fluid ounces off hand though, i believe around 48 fluid ounces.
      If you have any other questions or anything about Bibibop i got you, i’m not being paid to do this, i just came across it while on the internet and saw a lot of inflated prices and felt like sharing the exact price.

      I hope you all have a great day, Take care always!

      • lettuce dolphin

        Also a lot of the prices on the op post are not correct and we do not carry some items anymore, such as the Pellegrino.

        Take care always!

  • Laurie Wickline

    Didn’t see Milanos. Used to go there all the time! Loved the lasagna!!!

  • Denise Lafferty

    Bill Knapps

    • Jim Early

      looks like they closed in 2001:
      Bill Knapps 2100 Bethel Road Columbus
      Bill Knapps 6851 N High St Worthington
      Bill Knapps 2199 Riverside Dr Columbus
      Bill Knapps 12995 Stonecreek Dr Pickerington

  • Carol Francis

    Knights Ice Cream has been closed since 2015!

  • Judith Swanson

    I have a few random comments. There was a restaurant in the early 80’s on Main (downtown) called Numbers which was run by Steven Bimbo (King of the Gypsies). Siam (both the original restaurant on Bethel and a branch in German Village (where Bavaria House used to be). John’s Village Junction on High in German Village. Many restaurants opened and closed in Brewery District. Butchie’s (east) had a couple of other names which were more Italian sounding. Columbus Steak House was in a shopping center at east of 71 on 161. We went there a lot in the 1980’s.

  • Sara Davis

    The Silent Woman was locared on Main St in Whitehall, a couple blocks East of Yearling Rd

  • Sandy B

    This is one of my favorite restaurants and I always recommend it to friends who want good seafood, but don’t want to take out a loan to get it. The service is terrific, the food is great, the prices are beyond reasonable, and parking is easy. I do wish the Gaslight were still at the other end of this shopping center!

  • Ben Huntoon

    How about Shakey’s Pizza in Whitehall. Don’s Drive-In in Reynoldsburg.

  • Lynne Groban

    There used to be a restaurant on E. Main Street next to Norwood’s amusement park . The neon sign showed a chicken. It was on the west side of the amusement park toward Nelson Rd. Does anyone remember the name of the restaurant and was it any good?

    Also, there was the Berwick Grill on College Avenue.

  • Mike Poliseno

    Pete’s Red Pig at Hamilton and Main or Emils

  • Dean Congin

    Farrell’s Ice Cream, Cadillac Cafe, Rockys

  • Galata Mediterranean Cuisine

    In NYC, for Turkish food, you should visit Galata. Here you can get a modern selection of most popular and most loved dishes of Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine as well as the mouth watering desserts.