Eating options abound! Here's where to go (and what to order) on any budget

You'll always remember where you ate dinner before prom, so make it somewhere special. We've got ideas for restaurants serving terrific food at every price point, whether you want a romantic date as a couple or a lively meal with a group. And all of them accept reservations.

Good for groups Budget Friendly

Bravo
Campus
614-291-8210
BravoItalian.com
The local chain has a few Columbus restaurants, but the Campus-area location is the newest and fanciest.
Recommended dish:
Mama's Lasagna Bolognese --just like Grandma's

Matt the Miller's
Grandview
614-754-1026
MTMTavern.com
A comfy pub serving a mix of upscale food (like steaks) and casual fare (like burgers).
Recommended dish: The Miller burger is huge, and topped with bacon, Swiss, cheddar and coleslaw

Treat

Barrio
Downtown
614-220-9141
BarrioTapas.com
This Spanish spot specializes in tapas, or small plates, so order a bunch to share.
Recommended dish: Pork Shoulder empanadas are delicious little pies filled with meat and cheese

Bel Lago
Westerville
614-891-0200
BelLagoBistro.com
Sitting on the Hoover Reservoir, this Italian-American restaurant offers beautiful, scenic views.
Recommended dish: Chicken Parmesan with freshly made linguine

Splurge

Latitude 41
Downtown
614-233-7541
Latitude41Restaurant.com
This hidden gem is inside the Renaissance hotel and serves food that's both upscale and fun to eat.
Recommended dish:
The delectable Lobster Mac & Cheese

Mitchell's Ocean Club
Easton
614-416-2582
MitchellsOceanClub.com
It's so swanky that you won't feel at all out of place in dresses and tuxes.
Recommended dish:
Splurge on the Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes with a twice-baked potato on the side

Good for couples Budget Friendly

Cap City Fine Diner
Campus
614-291-3663
CapCityFineDiner.com
It's old-school diner food made luxurious.
Recommended dish: The Cap City Diner Meatloaf is better than Mom makes and served on mashed potatoes with onion rings

Knead
Short North
614-228-6323
KneadOnHigh.com
A fun little retro-themed diner that uses lots of Ohio-grown ingredients.
Recommended dish:
The Motherclucker (fried chicken, bacon, honey) is the city's best sandwich

Treat

The Rossi
Short North
614-299-2810
RossiBarAndKitchen.com
One of the hippest spots in the city's hippest neighborhood.
Recommended dish: Rossi's New York-style pizzas are famous; try the Margherita, with mozzarella and basil

Haiku
Short North
614-294-8168
HaikuColumbus.com
This Short North sushi spot has a simply fabulous patio with twinkling white lights.
Recommended dish:
High Street Roll, with tuna, salmon, avocado and cream cheese

Splurge

Sage
North Campus
614-267-7243
SageAmericanBistro.com
You'll get a fancy dinner without any stuffiness at this great neighborhood bistro.
Recommended dish: Blackberry Scallops, with the chef's blackberry ketchup, is Sage's most famous dish

Milestone 229
Downtown
614-427-0276
Milestone229.com
A wall of windows looks out over the Scioto River at this gorgeous new Downtown hotspot.
Recommended dish:
Roasted Gerber Chicken Breast with mac 'n cheese

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