Written by: Steve Stover
Date: January 8, 2015

The Worthington Inn's special semolina crusted golden trout with fried egg.

The Worthington Inn’s special semolina crusted golden trout with fried egg. Photo: Steve Stover.

The historic Worthington Inn has been a consistent top 10 restaurant for more than a decade, and reflects its motto: “Local – Fresh – Natural.”

Much of the Worthington Inn’s success is due to noted Executive Chef Tom Smith, a friendly, laid-back guy with a passion for local sourcing, seasonal menus, and made-from-scratch quality.

The Worthington Inn was built in 1831 and became an inn in 1852. Although updated, the inn still has a comfortable “country inn” feel, with casual dining in the tavern, and upscale dining in the small, cozy dining rooms.

We visited the Worthington Inn for a family dinner during the holidays; there were eight of us.

We enjoyed several wines from the well-selected wine list: 2010 Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant, 2014 Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, and 2007 Brandlin Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa).

My wife and I shared the Ploughman’s Platter: two cheeses, excellent duck rillettes, stuffed cherry pepper, olives, proscuitto di Parma, fig jam, and cherry chocolate walnut bread.

The Worthington Inn's Ploughman's Platter.

The Worthington Inn’s Ploughman’s Platter. Photo: Steve Stover.

My wife had the special semolina crusted golden trout with fried egg, fingerling potatoes, and haricots vert. I enjoyed the wonderful Ohio beef short rib “pot au feu” with oxtail jus, roasted marrow bone, baby carrots, creamy polenta, orange gremolata, and toasted foccacia. We shared four desserts around the table: Buckeye torte and a flourless chocolate cake with almond butter frozen custard and chocolate ganache.

The Worthington Inn's Pot au feu

The Worthington Inn’s Pot au feu. Photo: Steve Stover

The menu includes five starters from $12 to $17; four soups and salad, from $7 to $9; eight entrees, from $21 to $38 (for twin filets); and six sides, from $5 to $7.

The Worthington Inn is open seven days a week, serving lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. There are five private dining rooms and a wonderful grand ballroom; it can host private events form 10 to 100 guests.

The food, service, and ambiance of the Worthington Inn are all excellent, and make it worthy of its reputation.

The Worthington Inn
649 High Street
Worthington, OH 43085

  • 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.