Our annual look at the essential restaurants illuminating the city's dining scene

Just as a rising tide lifts all boats, our No. 1 restaurant lifts Columbus as a serious fine-dining center and presents a daring, reach-for-the sky example that other eateries might emulate. Understated meets swanky in the largely gray and wood loungelike space where Veritas offers a nationally praised wine list (see: Wine Enthusiast’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants of 2019), outstanding cocktails and delicious, modernist dishes created and artfully arranged under the tutelage of a perfectionist chef-owner who thinks big with small plates.

Read about our other Best Restaurants of 2019: 2. Wolf’s Ridge Brewing 3. Watershed Kitchen & Bar 4. Service Bar 5. G. Michael’s Bistro & Bar 6. Comune 7. Refectory Restaurant & Wine Shop 8. Gallerie Bar & Bistro 9. The Guild House 10. Ambrose and Eve