The Ohio State University is home to tens of thousands of students, faculty and staff. It also happens to turn into the hottest area in town every weekend in the fall. The area around the university is home to some of the best restaurants in town.
Whether you’re hoping to go out for a nice meal with friends or family or need a quick breakfast fix, the area around OSU will have what you’re looking for.
About: Hangover Easy is a great place to swing in for breakfast or lunch. They have everything you need to cure a hangover or start your day off right. There are many great options on the menu, including burgers, sandwiches, omelets, and various breakfast dishes.
Location: 1646 Neil Ave, Columbus, OH 43201
Website: Easy Hangover
The Original Pancake House
About: Parents coming to town? The Original Pancake House never fails to impress. Although they have pancakes in the name, they have so much more to offer on the menu. There are waffles, crepes, omelets, traditional breakfast dishes, and more.
Location: 1633 W. Lane Ave, Upper Arlington, OH 43221
Website: The Original Pancake House
About: At Emmett’s Cafe, you can stop in for breakfast and lunch. It is a beautiful space to sit and enjoy a quiet meal, or to gather with friends and family. The menu includes sandwiches, salads, bowls, and one of the best breakfast sandwiches in the city.
Location: 2571 Neil Ave, Columbus, OH, 43202
Website: Emmet’s Outdoors
About: When you’re trying to decide what you want to eat but one friend wants tacos, another is craving breakfast, and someone else wants to eat a salad, the answer is to head straight to Katalina’s. They have a menu that offers many options, all of which are delicious, and you can’t go wrong with pancake balls!
Location: Two locations close to campus
About: Late night cravings at OSU can always be cured with a visit to Buckeye Donuts. It’s simple, it’s iconic, and it’s open 24 hours. Enjoy a Buckeye donut for me, friends.
Location: 1998 N Main Street, Columbus, OH 43201
Website: Buckeye Donuts
About: Pizza or pasta? You can find both at Iacono’s. This little gem of a restaurant has been serving delicious food for decades, cementing itself as one of the most iconic spots near OSU. It’s a great place to sit down or grab something to go.
Location: 4452 Kenny Rd, Columbus, OH 43220
About: If you are (or were) a college-age kid in Columbus, there’s a good chance you’ve had Tommy’s Pizza. You can swing by and grab a whole pie or just a slice.
Location: 174 W. Lane Ave, Columbus OH 43201
Website: Tommy’s Pizza
La Chatelaine French Bakery and Bistro
About: This delicious French restaurant is the perfect place for a romantic daytime date night or a celebratory dinner. They have a great menu, full of lovely French dishes that will transport you straight to Paris.
Location: 1550 W Lane Ave, Columbus, OH 43221
Website: La Chatelaine French Bakery and Bistro
About: Speaking of romantic dates, you have to go over to Pelino’s Pasta. Your date will be very impressed, but be warned, you’ll probably fall in love with this place. They have a seasonal chef-driven menu that offers modern flavors of traditional Italian dishes.
Location: 245 King Ave, Columbus, OH 43201
Website: Pasta Pelino
‘plas food + drink
About: There is no better way to end a long week of study or work than going to the mansion for an impressive charcuterie table. They have vegan and non-vegan options so everyone can enjoy. The rest of the menu is nothing to sneer at either. The restaurant offers approachable, seasonal fine dining.
Location: 21 E 5th Ave Suite 101, Columbus, OH 43210
Website: ‘plas food + drink
About: When you think of OSU’s iconic restaurants, nothing comes to mind faster than the Varsity Club. Located close to Ohio Stadium and the Schottenstein Center, Varsity Club offers burgers, wings, pizza, and more. It’s a huge gathering place at OSU football home games and a great place to visit if you have friends or family in town.
Location: 278 W Lane Ave, Columbus, OH 43201
Website: Varsity Club
About: Lupo is an absolute hidden gem. Offering seasonally inspired pastas and small plates, Lupo is a great place for a romantic date or a fun night out with your squad. They also happen to offer fun happy hour deals Tuesday through Thursday.
Location: 2124 Arlington Ave, Columbus, OH 43221
About: It’s really hard to pick just one place in the Japanese Market to include here, but Sushi Ten is too good not to include. It’s fast, it’s affordable, and it’s freaking delicious. What’s not to love? They have Nigiri sushi, California rolls, raw and cooked fish rolls, and more.
Location: 159 Old Henderson Rd, Columbus, OH 43220
Website: Fair Sushi
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