Where to Eat in Columbus, Ohio

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Ever find one of those restaurants you never want to leave? When we were recently in Columbus, Ohio, we drove around campus visiting Ed's old haunts from his college days, viewed some extraordinary art, stayed in a fine art boutique hotel, Le Meridien The Joseph, and had an extraordinary meal. While I love Columbus, I really want to curl up on the white leather couches at The Guild House, to eat well, work in a new "office," and never leave. 

Where to Eat in Columbus, Ohio

Where to eat in Columbus, Ohio: The Guild House

My new office? 

The Guild House is a thoughtful, interesting, delicious restaurant from the Cameron Mitchell Group, which runs many fine dining restaurants in Columbus. This newest one takes the cake (and donuts), though - it's beautiful, has outstanding talent in the kitchen, and sources locally and organically when possible. As the Guild House notes on the menu, "There's a lot of love on every plate."

The Guild House, Columbus, Ohio - love this place!

I concur - the Guild House gets major congratulations for the design, decor, staffing, and food.

I asked dining room manager Natalie Muehlfeld (9 years with the Cameron Mitchell Group) about that. She said, "The Guild House features creative American cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our Chefs collaborate to create offerings that are regionally and globally inspired, all with Artistic technique in an energetic and inviting space. The dishes that come out of our kitchen (as you now know!:-)) are beautiful and we pride ourselves not only on the look, but the variety of taste and flavor. My philosophy on service is to be genuine and treat every person as if they were a guest in your own home. We have the best mentors in Cameron Mitchell Restaurants and they have taught me everything I know! From the candles, to the table settings, to the surroundings, to the first initial greet, all of this matters in this day and age. The experience is so much more than food or drink. It is truly an honor to say that you love your job, and that I do. I get to go to work every day and do what I love, with the people I love, and that makes anyone feel like the luckiest person on the world!"

Loving The Guild House, Columbus, Ohio

That love and graciousness extends into the kitchen, as well. I talked with Sous Chef Patrick Hofer (see our interview with him over at i8tonite), both at the table and via email. Patrick did more than create an amazing meal - he came to our table, at our request, and explained to us all of the ingredients, and how each dish was made (thank you!). Afterward, via email when I asked what his favorite part of his job was, he noted that "I always enjoy seeing the guests happy, and enjoying the experience we have provided for them."

The kitchen at The Guild House, Columbus, Ohio

When you walk in, you're greeted with smiles - and a wall of wine bottles! Wend your way around the corner and look up - the green glass chandelier is spectactular. Then head to those luscious white banquettes, marveling at the gorgeous dishes laid out, just waiting for a meal. 

Love the banquettes at The Guild House, Columbus, Ohio

Pretty soon, you'll be enjoying said dishes with a variety of scrumptious foods. We had extraordinary appetizers (be sure to get the cheese plate with house made crackers and local sourdough toast), entrees (Lillie said that lasagna was a masterpiece, and the best lasagna she'd ever had - and she's a lasagna connoisseur), non-alcoholic shrub beverages (swoon), and desserts. Take a look:

House made cheese plate at The Guild House, Columbus, Ohio

See that cheese plate? Homemade ricotta with homemade strawberry jam was the first to go...

Toast with burrata, avocado, pickled red onion, and salsa verde. The Guild House, Columbus, Ohio

Toast with burrata, avocado, pickled red onion, and salsa verde. Yes, please...

Non-alcoholic shrub beverages at The Guild House, Columbus, Ohio

Lemonade with bitters, and a mixed fruit shrub - delicious!

Prime rib cap, sweet onion relish, Pointe Reyes blue cheese, mustard vinaigrette. The Guild House, Columbus, Ohio

Prime rib cap, sweet onion relish, Pointe Reyes blue cheese, mustard vinaigrette

Vegetable lasagna: House made pasta, ricotta, mushrooms, crispy garlic, asparagus pesto. The Guild House, Columbus, Ohio

Vegetable lasagna: House made pasta, ricotta, mushrooms, crispy garlic, asparagus pesto

Eye of the ribeye, potato puree, mushrooms, buttered leeks, fois gras pate, sherry reduction. The Guild House, Columbus, Ohio

Eye of the ribeye, mushrooms, buttered leeks, fois gras pate, sherry reduction

Sea bass, lobster broth, carrots, leeks, radish, chili oil. The Guild House, Columbus, Ohio

Sea bass, lobster broth, carrots, leeks, radish, chili oil

And see what Patrick had to say about our desserts (envy alert!):

See? I especially loved that coffee mug. I could hold it all day...

 

THE DONUTS! The Guild House, Columbus, Ohio

Oh, those donuts...

The service was everything you want in a restaurant - knowledgeable, friendly staff, that know when to tend and when to leave you alone to enjoy the food. It was this that made our meal even more remarkable - and why we'll be back. Highly recommended.

Friendly service at The Guild House, Columbus, Ohio

 

Learn more:

http://theguildhousecolumbus.com/

Short North Arts District
624 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
614.280.9780 

 

 

 

All photos courtesy and copyright Wandering Educators

 

 

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