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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.