The Best Restaurants in Ohio (2023)

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The food scene in Ohio is continuing its meteoric rise to a place of prominence in our national culinary landscape, and it’s not just because chrome-domed, Cleveland-based super-chef Michael Symon is laughing his way across daytime TV (although, yeah, that helps). It’s more because our chefs have unapologetically tapped into the bounty of the region, and their own deep well of creativity, to whip up unexpected and scrumptious food in nearly every city in Ohio. Here are the restaurants doing it best:

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Metropole

Cincinnati

America’s very first cuisine was fueled by fire, and Metropole head chef Jared Bennett lustily continues that tradition by cooking the bulk of his seasonallyaffected menu in a custom-built fireplace. Coals and crackling flames lend their character to mains like grilled duck breast with saffron-almond sauce, a perfectlycharred NY strip steak, or black grouper with Weisenberger grits, charred fennel & chorizo jam. But before you tuck into any of the deeper cuts of the ever-changing menu, hit the homemade charcuterie for options like mortadella to die for.

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Orchids

Cincinnati

Food talk aside for a sec: let’s acknowledge that Orchids purchases 55galbarrels of a Four Roses bourbon special-blend (being across the river from Kentucky is not without its perks). OK, now let’s talk about accolade-collecting chef Todd Kelly’s worldly,upscale menu: lose yourself in a coursed-out meal that carries you from crispy pork belly with smoked chicken hearts, shimeji mushrooms, and pomegranate jus, to sweet potato soup deliciously tricked out with king crab, to roasted Cervenavenison with local chestnuts, and into the depths of a dessert menu from Top Chef contestant Megan Ketover. Pistachio streusel tart anyone? Yes, please. And more bourbon.

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Mazunte

Cincinnati

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Ohio is a long way from Oaxaca, Mexico (coincidentally, another state you can have fun spelling with your arms. Seriously, try it.). That said, the flavor of the region pumps in the veins of chef Josh Wamsley and pervades the menu of his taco shop, Mazunte. Birthed from an intensive journey through the traditional foods of Southern and Central Mexico, you’ll find authentic handmade tortillas stuffed withdeliciousness like sangria-marinated skirt steak (paired with pico de gallo and goat cheese), or turned into crave-worthy pork enchiladas. Or you can prop yourself up in the rustic, colorfully art-decked dining room and slurp up a perfect chicken pozole with chicken, hominy, red radish, onions, avocado, cilantro, and lime.

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Wolf’s Ridge Brewing

Columbus

Craft beer with a meal is fine, but craft beer in your meal is better. Thanks to a chef with a background in California fusion, WRB applies the idea of fresh, seasonal food to a menu built from locally sourced ingredients tricked out with flavors from the brewery. So while you might find it overtly in a brunch option like Oktoberfest-glazed donuts, WRB brews will also be hiding in extraordinarilyplated items like pickled herring paired with an IPA mustard, or outstanding braised Chilean sea bass. And all in a dining room that puts an emphasis on clean wood and stone.

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Kihachi

Columbus

You can find some of the best food in Ohio in some of the most unassuming places. Consider the strip-mall Japanese gem in Dublin called Kihachi. This is not a wasabi-paste sushijoint, it’s a traditional tatami mat, floor-seating Japanese restaurant that has been building a deep fanbase for years. Order omakase (chef’s choice) and let Chef Mike guide you through the flavorful landscape of Japan, which might include perfect fatty tuna fermented in soy beans, soba noodles with duck, or if you time it just right, locally grown maitake mushrooms.

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Till Dynamic Fare

Columbus

While the premise of biodynamic cuisine might be a esoteric for some, it makes a helluva menu at Till. Just know that as you taste your way through in-house-ground burgers (from locally sourced lamb or “rare-breed” beef), East Coast-style veggie pizza, and tofu mac and cheese (don’t worry, meat-eaters, you’ll love it too), you’re supporting craft farming methods meant to nurture and heal the local environment. Neat trick.

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Mancy’s

Toledo

Toledo might be one ofthe last places you’d expect to find one of the top steakhouses in America, but you can’t deny the meaty truth that is Mancy’s. Steaks are cut and aged in-house and seared at precisely 1,500 degrees (no more, no less) to create one of the best bone-in ribeyes or filets you’ll have anywhere, much less Ohio. Whether you pair your meat with a 1lb baked potato or start the whole thing off with Long Island Blue Point oysters, you’ll easily understand why Mancy’s has been in operation for nearly 100 years.

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Burger Bar 419

Toledo

This Toledo favorite will rock your face off with fresh-ground, expertly stacked burgers that are full of unique flavor and texture combos. Yes there's a basic, and that’s a great way to start, but let yourself go wild with options like the Crunchy Buffalo, with hot sauce, blue cheese, bacon & hand-cut chips, or the Three Little Pigs, sporting ground pork, smoked cheddar, BBQ pork shoulder, bacon, and sweet & tangy slaw.

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Registry Bistro

Toledo

Culinary Institute of America-trained chef Erika Rapp helms this seasonal, upscale Americana spot in the heart of Toledo's entertainment district. French doors with Juliet balconies in the dining room provide a touch of romance as you eat your way through offerings like coconut-steamed Prince Edward mussels with chorizo or a Midwest meatloaf burger with bacon jam.

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Crave

Akron

It’s not the fanciest or most expensive restaurant in Akron, but it fits the community perfectly with zero pretension and tons of flavor. Some of the best options are located squarely in thesandwich selection: pork schnitzel is paired with killer house beer kraut on pumpernickel, a BLT is classed up by making the “L” stand for lobster. If you’re really trying togo big, order upthesous-vide hanger steak.

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Lockview

Akron

It might look like a dive bar, but the Lockview has a grilled-cheese menu that takes the humble sandwich to a whole new level. Of the 13 options on the menu, look for standouts like the havarti dill cheese, topped with artichoke hearts on rustic Italian bread, the oomphed-upAmerican cheese-style sammiewith garlic mashed potatoes on Texas toast, or the smoked Gouda, fresh basil, and tomato on cheddar cheese sourdough.

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Crumb &Spigot

Cleveland

Located in a strange strip mall in the furthest east suburb of Cleveland is this monument to rustic food and killer cocktails. With a cocktail menu that would feel quite at home in aNYC speakeasy, the food menu is no less ambitious. A wood-fired oven cranks out amazing pizzas like the mortadella, with its eponymous meat paired with black olives and pistachio oil, while the open kitchen rocks favorites like the brat burger with manchego cheese and an egg or the bar steak with whiskey mustard.

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Lola

Cleveland

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A “best of Ohio” list would not be complete without a Michael Symon joint, and Lola fits the bill. His dark and bustling E4thStresto in the heart of Cleveland shows the star'sextraordinary talents with specialties like beef cheek pierogi, smoked pork chop with chilies and polenta, or the killer Lola burger on an English muffin with bacon, raw milk cheddar, and special sauce.

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Momocho

Cleveland

Momocho -- under the carving knife of James Beard-nominated chef Eric Williams -- features both classic and off-kilter takes on Mexican food: guacamole comes traditional or loaded with fancy stuff like smoked salmon or white chocolate, taquitos pack carnitas and duck confit, and entrees range from pecan-crusted trout to tamales stuffed with lamb. The nine different margaritas also don't hurt.

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Crop Bistro & Bar

Cleveland

Despite this restaurant'sgrandeur -- marble columns, restored murals, etc. -- the menu remains moderately priced, especially considering the open kitchen's popping out huge slabs of ribeye, smoked/roasted chicken & waffles, and colossal veal chops. Meanwhile, you can also book a party in the old-school vault, which still sports its gigantic iron door, now used to prevent Rick from stealing your food.

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Patrick Alan Coleman is a currently a voracious eater and explorer of Ohio. He previously served as food editor for the Portland Mercury. Find him on Twitter: @PatrickAColeman.

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FAQs

What are the 3 most popular restaurants? ›

Top 250: The Ranking
RankChain
1McDonald's
2Starbucks
3Chick-fil-A
4Taco Bell
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What is Ohio most famous food? ›

What Food is Ohio Known For? Don't Miss These 14 Iconic Ohio Foods
  • Buckeyes.
  • Goetta Sausage.
  • Barberton Chicken.
  • The Thurmanator.
  • Pawpaws.
  • Polish Boy.
  • Sauerkraut Balls.
  • Klondike Ice Cream Bars.
15 Aug 2022

What is Ohio's signature food? ›

says about Ohio's signature dish: “Cincinnati Chili is one of those staple American dishes that will forever remain a thing. And yes, it's often eaten over a bowl of spaghetti or served alongside some oyster crackers.”

What food is Cleveland Ohio best known for? ›

Pierogi, Polish Boys, and paczki, brought by generations of Eastern European immigrants, might be the most well-known Cleveland food. A Polish Boy, not to be confused with a Louisiana Po' Boy, is a kielbasa sausage on a bun, topped with coleslaw, french fries, and barbecue sauce, and it's a local favorite.

What is America's favorite restaurant? ›

Not only did Chick-fil-A lead the fast food industry, it also led the group of all chain restaurants.

What fast food is Ohio known for? ›

Wendy's is not just a famous restaurant chain founded in Ohio, but also an international fast food restaurant chain! Wendy's was founded by Dave Thomas on November 15, 1969, in Columbus, Ohio.

What food was invented in Ohio? ›

Swiss cheese was first produced in the Buckeye State in 1833 by Swiss immigrants, who had carried copper kettles from their homeland when they settled Tuscarawas and Holmes counties. Ohio cheesemakers churn out 138 million pounds annually, making the state No.

Does Ohio have good food? ›

Ohio is the place to go if you want a taste of authentic America. The state has everything: the beaches of Lake Erie, the banks of the Ohio River and three large cities (Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland). But most of all, Ohio has some delicious food.

Does Ohio have a state food? ›

Ohio: Pawpaw

The largest edible fruit native to North America, pawpaws were declared the official state native fruit of Ohio in 2009. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both grew their own pawpaws, but the fruit also grows wild in 26 states.

What is an Ohio accent? ›

In broad terms, Ohio has three distinct accents — Midland, Inland North, and Southern — but experts allow plenty of room for variations that are unique even down to your town, according to Kathryn Campbell-Kibler, an Ohio State University linguistics professor who specializes in Ohio accents.

What is Ohio's signature drink? ›

Ohio: Bloody mary

The official state juice of Ohio is tomato juice, so it makes sense that the bloody mary would be a signature drink of the state. Every bartender makes their own version of this iconic brunch cocktail, but the base is always a blend of tomato juice, vodka, and a blend of spices.

Where was the Top of the Town Restaurant in Cleveland? ›

To the newly opened Top of the Town restaurant, of course, on the 38th floor of Erieview Tower in downtown Cleveland.

Where is Millionaires Row Cleveland? ›

The stretch of mansions which lined Euclid Avenue from East 9th Street to East 55th Street was appropriately named "Millionaires' Row."

What food is Columbus Ohio famous for? ›

Here are 11 dishes that are so good, they're famous!
  • The Thurmanator at The Thurman Cafe. ...
  • The Bahama Mama at Schmidt's Sausage Haus. ...
  • Turtle Soup and the Old Mohawk. ...
  • $1 Grilled Cheese Mondays at Bodega. ...
  • Saganaki at The Happy Greek. ...
  • Northstar Burger at Northstar Cafe. ...
  • Al Pastor Tacos at Los Gauchos.
18 Sept 2017

What is the number 1 restaurant in America? ›

The French Laundry in Yountville, California, made its debut in this year's awards as the #1 Fine Dining Restaurant in the U.S. With over 1,100 “excellent” Tripadvisor reviews, this 20-year-old French restaurant is called “bucket list” or “life changing” by diners who visit.

What is the most popular restaurant in the world 2022? ›

The World's 50 Best Restaurants has just named the world's best restaurants in 2022 at an awards ceremony in London. This year, the top place has gone to Geranium in Copenhagen, helmed by chef and restaurateur Rasmus Kofoed. In the last recognition, Geranium placed second on the prestigious list.

What is the most popular fast food restaurant in 2022? ›

Restaurants 25 2022 Ranking
20222021Name
11Starbucks
22McDonald's
33KFC
45Domino's Pizza
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What is the most franchised restaurant? ›

A restaurant chain is a group of related restaurants based in different locations that are operated either by franchise agreements or under shared corporate ownership such as McDonald's in the United States.
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The World's Largest Fast Food Restaurant Chains.
RankNameNumber of Locations
1Subway42,998
2McDonald's37,200
3Starbucks30,000
4KFC20,404
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10 Jun 2019

What is the biggest restaurant chain in America? ›

The Top 25 Restaurant Chains in America by Sales
  • McDonald's ($36.4 billion)
  • Starbucks Coffee ($17.9 billion)
  • Subway ($11.3 billion)
  • Taco Bell ($9.4 billion)
  • Burger King ($9.3 billion)
  • Wendy's ($9.1 billion)
  • Dunkin' Donuts ($8.2 billion)
  • Chick-fil-A ($7.9 billion)
29 Jun 2017

What is the most popular fast food chain in Ohio? ›

Chick-Fil-A

Which fast food started in Ohio? ›

Wendy's began on November 15, 1969, when the company's founder, Dave Thomas, opened his first restaurant. It was located at 257 East Broad Street, in Columbus, Ohio. Thomas chose the name Wendy's in honor of his daughter.

Where is the fast food capital of the world? ›

Houston, Texas is nationally recognized as a culinary mecca.

What candy is made in Ohio? ›

Buckeye candies are Ohio's official state candy. Due to the state's large production of buckeyes, they are a favorite snack of locals and travelers alike.

Who is a famous person from Ohio? ›

Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)

Armstrong is famously known as the first person to walk the moon and was quoted saying, “That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.” He was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio, and was an American astronaut, aeronautical engineer, naval aviator, test pilot and university professor.

What is Ohio best known for? ›

Ohio is known for Cedar Point, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Pro Football Hall of Fame. For a day in nature, visit Hocking Hills. Ohio's inventions are the phonograph, gas-powered automobile, golf balls, and Superman. Then there's Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon.

What is it like to live in Ohio? ›

Compared to other states, Ohio residents enjoy an affordable, low cost of living. Based on the national average score of 100, Ohio's cost of living scores 82.6, putting it well below the national average. In fact, Ohio ranks as the 9th cheapest state to live in.

What is the UK's most famous restaurant? ›

Moor Hall, a two-Michelin stars restaurant in the scenic northern county of Lancashire, has been named the U.K.'s best restaurant, beating out London's finest dining options for a second time.

What's the most popular kind of restaurant in London? ›

We've delved into Statista's reports and can now reveal the top six most popular types of restaurant in the UK.
  • Number 1: Good, old-fashioned English pub grub. ...
  • Number 2: English. ...
  • Number 3: Chinese. ...
  • Number 4: Indian. ...
  • Number 5: Italian. ...
  • Number 6: Pizzeria.
5 Oct 2020

What's the most popular food in the UK? ›

Fish and Chips is probably the most popular British food known across the globe. Fish (cod) and chips (deep-fried) is one of the typical English meals that is typically served wrapped in a paper with salt and malt vinegar.

What are the most popular restaurants in England? ›

Top 100 Restaurants in UK and Ireland
#Restaurant NameLocation
1Core by Clare SmythLondon
2L'EnclumeCartmel
3The Fat DuckBray
4Helene Darroze at The ConnaughtLondon
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How many restaurants are in the UK? ›

We said
5 Digit SIC and DescriptionCount of Businesses
56101 : Licensed restaurants28,705
56102 : Unlicensed restaurants and cafes22,970
56103 : Take-away food shops and mobile food stands37,465
56302 : Public houses and bars30,885
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28 Jan 2020

Where in the UK has the best restaurants? ›

Making a list like this – a round-up of the very best restaurants in the UK – is difficult because there are simply too many to choose from.
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  1. Erst. Manchester. ...
  2. BiBi. London. ...
  3. Sonny Stores. Bristol. ...
  4. Ynyshir. Eglwys Fach, Ceredigion. ...
  5. Hare & Hounds. Aberthin, South Glamorgan. ...
  6. Inver. ...
  7. Where The Light Gets In. ...
  8. Singburi.
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Which restaurant in London will give you a royal dining experience? ›

1. The Ledbury: Royal, classy and blissful. If you are enjoying a royal vacation in London, make it all the more elegant and classier by dining at The Ledbury. One of the most renowned fine dining restaurants in United Kingdom, this place specialises in British and French cuisine.

Do you tip in London? ›

Typically, people tip around 10-15% in London, except for when using taxis or public transport, where a smaller tip is frequently accepted. Tour guides do not need to be tipped, but this is up to the customer to decide. Some restaurants add an automatic tip to your bill.

What type of restaurant is the most common? ›

Fast food is the most widely recognized type of restaurant thanks to franchise chains like Taco Bell, Burger King, and KFC. Fast food restaurants attract diners because of their price, convenience, and speed.

What does the queen eat? ›

And, according to McGrady, while the Queen eats the same breakfast pretty much every day (Earl Grey tea and a bowl of Special K cereal) and opts for simple dishes like grilled chicken or grilled fish (alongside a gin cocktail or the occasional chocolate) for the rest of the day, it's the “jam penny” sandwich that she's ...

What is the most eaten food in the world? ›

Rice is a food staple for more than 3.5 billion people around the world, particularly in Asia, Latin America, and parts of Africa. Rice has been cultivated in Asia for thousands of years.

What country has the best food? ›

  • Italy. #1 in Has great food. #14 in Best Countries Overall. ...
  • Mexico. #2 in Has great food. #33 in Best Countries Overall. ...
  • Spain. #3 in Has great food. #16 in Best Countries Overall. ...
  • Greece. #4 in Has great food. ...
  • Thailand. #5 in Has great food. ...
  • France. #6 in Has great food. ...
  • Turkey. #7 in Has great food. ...
  • India. #8 in Has great food.

Do they have KFC in London? ›

With more than 145 restaurants in the area, you're never far from a KFC in London. Whether you're looking for lunch on the go, a quick snack, or a feast to feed the family, Original Recipe chicken is never far away. Most London restaurants are on high streets, but we're in shopping centres and industrial parks too.

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