Where to Eat in Columbus, Indiana


Food & Drink




There are some fun spots to try while you are in town exploring the great architecture. My recent finds include:

Zaharakos Ice Cream: Not to be missed is having homemade ice cream at this famous ice cream parlor from 1900. Enjoy the Tiffany-style lamps, the old marble soda fountain, the carved oak and old-world atmosphere. The ice cream is great! They also have an attached museum. Located in the heart of downtown at 329 Washington St.  

Tre Bicchieri: I enjoyed my dinner at Tre Bicchieri at 425 Washington St. Opened in 2006, it is an Italian restaurant offering an extensive menu of steaks, pasta, seafood and other items plus a large wine list.

Indiana Smokehouse: As I explored the architecture north of downtown Columbus, I enjoyed my lunch at this local barbecue restaurant at 2825 Middle Road. They feature a number of meats from brisket, pulled pork and ribs to turkey breast and smoked chicken plus a number of sides. 

Nearby is Ahlemeyer Farms Bakery, known for their pies, cookies, breads and other baked goods at 2304 17th St. and Ye Olde Fish House at 2024 17th St. known for their fish and pork sandwiches for over 75 years.

Jill’s Downtown Diner: At 421 7th St., this is the perfect downtown diner right out of the past. Open from 7am to 2pm. I highly recommend it for breakfast where the people watching is amazing!

The Savory Swine at 410 Washington St. is a local butcher that features premium grade beef, pork, lamb, veal, chicken, and seafood. In addition, they offer a boutique wine collection, an imported and domestic cheese selection as well as  charcuterie. They have a lunch menu featuring sandwiches, salads, cheeses and gelato.

For more high-end dining, Taku Steakhouse is a sleek restaurant at 305 4th St. Sushi, hibachi and noodle dishes.  Another fine dining option is the Henry Social Club featuring farm-to-table cooking in a contemporary setting. 423 Washington St.  I hope to try both on my next trip to the area.

Lucabe Coffee Co: At 310 4th St., this is a local coffee shop featuring great coffee, tea and food. I stopped in twice while I was in town.

Other fun spots include: Gramz Bakery & Cafe for breads, pastries, cookies, cakes and pies at 409 Washington St., 4th St. Bar & Grill, at 443 4th St., is fun for drinks, food and music and Soups by Design at 424 Washington St. features soups, salads, sandwiches and baked goods. The Garage Pub and Grill, is a casual spot for live entertainment, pub food and 14 beers on tap at 308 4th St.

Columbus Pump House – Upland Brewing: Located on the river at 148 Lindsey St., this is the taproom of a Bloomington, Indiana based brewery that can be found in an historic building from 1903. It is a great spot to grab a beer and a bite under the original archways or on the patio with views of the White River and Robert Stewart Bridge. They make a number of ales, lagers, ambers, pilsners and porters both on a year round and seasonal basis.