Written by: Steve Stover
Date: February 6, 2015

Ahi tuna ribbons are one of the appetizers on the menu at The Guild House.

Ahi tuna ribbons are one of the appetizers on the menu at The Guild House. Photo: Steve Stover

Cameron Mitchell is a busy guy, with five new restaurants in the last year or so. The exciting Guild House may be one of the strongest openings ever! We visited The Guild House on the third night it was open, and every dish exceeded expectations.

The Guild House is located in The Joseph, a new hotel in the Short North adjacent to the Pizzuti complex of hotel, offices, and the Pizzuti Collection, a modern art museum. the explains the breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Valet parking is available.

The Guild House boasts a lively bar and a beautiful dining room, with high ceilings, wood beams, wood tables, white leather banquettes, and murals. It has a big city feel, classy and luxurious, and a bustling atmosphere. However, with all of the action, it is still possible to have a quiet conversation at the table.

We had a great table for four in the bar, with views of the entire scene. Andrea Hoover, the bar manager, suggested the signature cocktail for two served in glass portholes with seasonal infusions, which develop at the tables: aged rum, simple syrup, local artisan bitters, and citrus (very cool) ($20). We also enjoyed the Botanist gin, rosemary, and fresh lemon ($10). With dinner, we shared a 2012 Justin Cabernet Sauvignon, well priced at $45.

We started by sharing three outstanding dishes: Blue Point oysters, Tabasco granita, apple cider mignonette ($12); ahi tuna ribbons with avocado, radish, yuzu sesame dressing ($15); and hamachi (flown in daily from Hawaii), ruby grapefruit, masago red curry vinaigrette ($16).

The Guild House’s prime rib cap features Point Reyes blue cheese and mustard vinaigrette.

The Guild House’s prime rib cap features Point Reyes blue cheese and mustard vinaigrette. Photo: Steve Stover

We also shared the prime rib cap with Point Reyes blue cheese and mustard vinaigrette ($13); duck pate with sourdough toast ($12); stuffed poblano with rock shrimp, roasted corn, goat cheese, and tomatillo lime dressing ($13); braised pork barbecdue bao buns ($8); pork cheeks, tomato gravy with spaghetti squash ($14); house-made agnolotti pasta with braised beef, mushrooms, and truffle jus ($17); excellent scallops with English peas, and parsnip purée ($29); and chicken roulade with celery root purée, romanesco sauce, wild mushrooms, and sliced truffles ($21).

The Guild House’s scallops with English peas, and parsnip purée.

The Guild House’s scallops with English peas, and parsnip purée. Photo: Steve Stover

From the dessert menu (all $7) we tasted the lemon cheesecake and the decadent chocolate brownie cherry sundae.

The lemon cheesecake at The Guild House.

The lemon cheesecake at The Guild House. Photo: Steve Stover

Kudos to Executive Corporate Chef Brian Hinshaw and Guild House Executive Chef John Paul Iacobucci on an outstanding start. We can hardly wait to return.

The Guild House
624 North High Street (Short North)
Columbus, OH 43215
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week

  • 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.