Best Romantic Restaurant: Refectory Restaurant & Bistro

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

It's no wonder readers gave their hearts - and votes -to the refined Refectory in this cuddling-up category. The special occasion restaurant has all the requirements for a spark-starting dinner: sumptuous and classically French-inflected dishes meticulously garnished and beautifully plated; one of the best wine cellars in Ohio (more than 700 labels); an above and beyond courteous, pampering and thoroughly professional staff; and the gorgeous setting of a former 19th-century church that features hushed mood lighting, stout vintage brick, rustic wooden beams and stained glass windows.

Runners-up: Basi Italia, G. Michael's