Did you know the Convention Center-adjacent space that used to be Michael O'Toole's is now an upscale seafood spot called 89 Fish & Grill? The new restaurant has been open for two weeks now, and I checked it out for lunch today.
The space is open and airy, with lots of polished wood and a big, center-of-attention bar. The menu is slightly different at lunch than dinner, but both mostly focus on simply prepared seafood with a smattering of (mostly local) meat dishes. I split an entree and a couple of appetizers with my lunch buddy.
Our entree, pictured at top, was the Cioppino, available at lunch and dinner. It's a seafood stew with scallops, shrimp, salmon, calamari and mussels in a tomato, bell pepper and seafood broth with orzo and garlic crostini. At $10, the lunch portion was priced low, but unfortanately sized to match.
We also split two appetizers off the Raw Bar menu. Above is the Scallop Ceviche, below is the House Cured Salmon on pumpernickel toasts with an apple slaw. Both were fine, though I'd like to come back and try some of the fresh-shucked oysters and clams.
It'll be interesting to see how this place fares. Columbus doesn't have many seafood restaurants so it's nice to add one to the roster. The location is difficult, though...lots of convention traffic, but not a part of town locals tend to think of when heading out to dinner.
89 Fish & Grill
89 E. Nationwide Blvd., Arena District
Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily