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.

  • 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.