170 N. Sunbury Rd., Westerville
The star attraction at this waterfront bistro is its amazing view of Hoover Reservoir. Choose from a shaded, wraparound patio on the restaurant's main level or the upstairs Terrace Bar for a bird's-eye view of boats bobbing on the water. On select evenings, live music plays on the upper deck. Drinks:
The bar serves more than 100 wines, along with an ample selection of classic and specialty cocktails. The Italian Ice Martini, the restaurant's signature drink, is worth sipping for its light, sweet flavor-and for the amount of labor that goes into making it. Bel Lago's bartenders soak lemon zests in vodka, let the concoction cure for about 10 days and then add simple syrup. The homemade limoncello is then mixed with cranberry juice to create a pretty, magenta drink with a strong citrus flavor. Starters:
The appetizer and small plates menu offers a broad mix: peel and eat shrimp, baked brie, and red-pepper and roasted garlic hummus. The bruschetta trio is a tasty option. Pick a classic tomato, sausage or basil-marinated mozzarella topping, or sample all three. Happy Hour:
4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday