Written by: Steve Stover
Date: May 3, 2013

Pasta dish at Basi Italia

Dining on Basi Italia’s patio in Victorian Village is one of the most unique experiences in Columbus. Photo:Flickr TheHungryDudes

It seems like almost every restaurant is a patio, terrace, deck, or sidewalk. I am always on the lookout for pleasant outdoor settings and good food. So here is my top outdoor dining venues by categories:

Best views

  • Bel Lago – Views of the Hoover Reservoir
  • M at Miranova – Great furniture and views of the city
  • Cafe Istanbul – On Riverside with the best views in the city

Most romantic

  • Barcelona – Wonderful fenced patio setting plus great Mediterranean food
  • Seven Stars at the Worthington Inn – Patios nestled in bushes, covered, sparkling lights and excellent food

Best scene (as is to see and be seen)

  • Lindey’s – The added patio/terrace to the ever-popular roof-level deck, being remodeled to include bathrooms; planning tapas menu; still hot

Best people watching

  • Alana’s – Just north of campus on High Street, creative food, reasonable wine prices, and great people watching
  • Le Chatelaine – Multiple Locations

Best gourmet patio

  • The Refectory – Probably the best food you’ll find outdoors in Columbus, and a bistro menu that’s a real deal that features a special 3 course regional French menu, with two choices for $21, Monday through Thursday, on the matured fenced patio
  • G. Michael’s – Small patio in German Village with excellent food

Steve’s favorite

  •  Basi Italia  – A nine month patio with great Italian food and friendly servers

Top bar and food patios

  • Flatiron Bar and Diner – Perhaps the best food in a bar in Columbus
  • Claddagh Irish Pub – Near Polaris with sunsets, a fireplace and firepit!
  • Old Bag of Nails – The Gahanna location overlooks the Rocky Fork Creek and a park

Finally, don’t forget

  • Moretti’s of Arlington – fountain and landscaping with a small plates menu
  • Figlio – The Riverside Drive location covered patio overlooking the Scioto

  • 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.