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#TeamCleanKitchen: 45 restaurants open on Christmas Eve

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You’ve worked hard to get your home looking spick and span for the holidays, so let’s keep it that way.

With some help from Columbus On The Cheap and Columbus Underground, we’ve got the scoop on which restaurants will be open on Christmas Eve.

Have a safe and happy holiday, everyone! And remember: if you want to eat it, just do it! 

Barcelona Restaurant and Bar
263 E. Whittier, Columbus
(614) 443-3699
HOURS: Christmas Eve 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

The Barn at Rocky Fork Creek
1370 East Johnstown Road, Gahanna
(614) 855-9840
HOURS: Christmas Eve Dinner service from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Barrel & Boar-Creekside
121 Mill St., Ste 130, Gahanna
(614) 471-8844
HOURS: Christmas Eve – 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Barrel & Boar
8 N State St, Westerville
(614) 300-5014
HOURS: Christmas Eve from 11am-4pm

Benihana
8781 Lyra Drive, Columbus
(614) 436-3705
HOURS:Christmas Eve from 11:30 am – 9 pm

BJ’s Brewhouse
multiple locations
HOURS: Christmas Eve until 11 p.m. (call to verify for location)

The Boat House Restaurant
679 W Spring St, Columbus
(614) 469-0000
HOURS: Christmas Day from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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Bon Vie
4089 The Strand E, Columbus
(614) 416-0463
HOURS: Christmas Eve, 10 am – 9 pm

Boston Market
Multiple locations
HOURS:Christmas Eve, standard hours

BRAVO Cucina Italiana
Multiple locations
HOURS: Christmas Eve, 11 am – 10 pm

Brio Tuscan Grille
3993 Easton Station
(614) 416-4745
1500 Polaris Parkway
(614) 410-0310
HOURS: Christmas Eve, 11 am – 10 pm

Buca di Beppo
343 North Front Street, Columbus
(614) 621-3287
60 East Wilson Bridge Rd, Worthington
(614) 848-8466
HOURS:
Christmas Eve: 11 am – 9 pm

Columbus Fish Market
1245 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus
(614) 291-3474
HOURS:Christmas Eve: 11:30 am – 9 pm

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant
4230 The Strand, Columbus
(614) 428-6999
HOURS: Christmas Eve 11am- 10:30pm

Denny’s
Multiple locations
HOURS: Open 24 hours Christmas Eve

Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace
248 S. Fourth St, Columbus
(614) 824-4673
HOURS: Christas Eve 11am- 9pm

Due Amici
67 E Gay St, Columbus
(614) 224-9373
HOURS: Christmas Eve from 11 am-9:45 pm

Eddie Merlot’s
1570 Polaris Parkway, Columbus
(614) 433-7307
HOURS: Christmas Eve 3 pm-8 pm

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill
8760 Sancus Blvd, Columbus
(614) 468-9180
HOURS: Christmas Eve 11 am-8 pm

Forno Short North
721 N. High St, Columbus
(614) 469-0053
HOURS: Christmas Eve 10am-9pm

G. Michael’s Bistro
595 South Third St, Columbus
(614) 464-0575
HOURS: Christmas Eve 3:30pm-7pm

Golden Corral
Mulitple locations
HOURS: Open on Christmas Eve

The Guild House
624 N High St, Columbus
(614) 280-9780
HOURS:Christmas Eve breakfast, lunch & dinner service beginning at 6:30 a.m.

IHOP
Multiple locations
HOURS: Christmas Eve all day

J. Gilbert’s – Wood Fired Steaks & Seafood
1 E Campus View Blvd, Columbus
(614) 840-9090
HOURS: Christmas Eve from 3-9 pm for dinner

J. Liu of Dublin
50 W. Bridge Street, Dublin
(614) 718-1818
6880 North High Street, Worthington
(614) 888-1818
HOURS: Christmas Eve from 11am-8pm

Katzinger’s Delicatessen & Catering
475 South Third Street, Columbus
(614) 228-3354
HOURS:Christmas Eve 9am-4pm

The Keep – LeVeque Tower
50 W Broad St, Columbus
(614) 745-0322
HOURS: Christmas Eve 7:00am-10pm

La Scala Italian Bistro
4199 W Dublin Granville Rd, Dublin
(614) 889-9431
HOURS: Christmas Eve 4pm-9pm

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood
3965 New Bond Street, Columbus
(614) 476-3663
HOURS: Christmas Eve until 10pm

Mitchell’s Steakhouse Downtown
45 North Third Street, Columbus
(614) 621-2333
1408 Polaris Parkway, Columbus
(614) 888-2467
HOURS: Christmas Eve 4pm-9pm

Molly Woo’s
1500 Polaris Pkwy Ste 220, Columbus
(614) 985-9667
HOURS: Christmas Eve 11:30am-4pm

Nicola Restaurant and Bar
4740 Reed Rd, Columbus
(614) 459-7000
HOURS: Christmas Eve 4pm-10pm

Olive Garden
Multiple locations
HOURS: Typically open on Christmas Eve until 8pm

The Refectory
1092 Bethel Rd, Columbus
(614) 451-9774
HOURS: Christmas Eve 3:30-8:30pm

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Smith and Wollensky
4145 The Strand W, Columbus
(614) 416-2400
HOURS: Christmas Eve 11:30am-8pm

Spagio
3438, 1295 Grandview Ave, Columbus
(614) 486-1114
HOURS: Christmas Eve 4pm-8pm

Sweet Carrot
1417 W. Fifth Ave, Grandview
(614) 488-7151
2050 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus
(614) 427-1550
7571 Sawmill Rd, Dublin
614-362-0400
HOURS: Christmas Eve 11am- 2pm

Taranto’s Pizzeria
1282 E. Powell Rd., Lewis Center
(614) 841-2345
HOURS: Christmas Eve 10am- 5pm

Texas de Brazil
4040 Easton Station e 105, Columbus
(614) 472-4072
HOURS: Christmas Eve opens at 11am

Trattoria Roma
1447 Grandview Ave, Columbus
(614) 488-2104
HOURS: Christmas Eve from 4-9pm

Tucci’s
35 N High St, Dublin
(614) 792-3466
HOURS: Christmas Eve; brunch will be served 11am-3pm, and dinner 4pm-9pm.

Union Cafe
782 N High St, Columbus
(614) 421-2233
HOURS: Christmas Eve; 11am-10:30pm

Waffle House
Multiple locations
Christmas Eve open all day

Z Cucina
1368 Grandview Ave, Columbus
(614) 486-9200
HOURS: Reservations accepted from 5-7 pm with credit card deposit

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Clintonville Brunch Crawl: We dare you to squeeze all 3 stops into 1 day

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Clintonville is lovely this time of year, especially when you make three separate stops for brunch. 

Whether the weather is gracing the charming little burgh with a healthy dose of vitamin D or giving it a couple spins around the Lazy Susan that is Ohio’s climate, a trifecta of morning food destinations is sure to keep your mood afloat.

BLunch  • 2973 N High St.

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Yes, we know that Columbus now is home to a Drunch AND a BLunch.

Snicker all ya want—if you do, you’d be missing out on one of the culinary scene’s welcome newcomers—a half-day cafe that carries the comforts of a First Watch, but with the sophisticated execution of Tasi or Katalina’s.

The White Family has decades of hospitality under their belt—the family owned Galena’s Mudflats until recently, and dad Jeff has been running the OSU Faculty Club for the past 20 years.

Those two were training grounds for son Jeff, once a young, eager dishwasher and now head chef for the White’s new “daylight eatery and bar.” Mom Jane, despite her own admission that in the family’s tavern-running days breakfast didn’t get served until halfway through afternoon, now relishes an intimate spot where people can maintain their own balance between booze and breakfast.

A full-bar at brunch is a rarity in the peculiar little burg, and positioned near Lineage, Old Skool, and Condado, BLunch could be the perfect starting point for a casual Clintonville crawl.

Then again, you may not have another stop after Chef Jeff gets done with ya. He and the White family have concepted a bennies-and-batter focused menu, where you’ll be sure to come back after a healthy amount of indecision. Me? I’ve been dreaming about the Bananas Foster pancakes (topped with ice cream) and the huevos rancheros over masa cake for weeks. – Travis Hoewischer

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Dough Mama • 3335 N High St.

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Dough Mama is the top of my list for my favorite breakfast joint. I love so much about this place.

The atmosphere is super chill, laid back, and inviting. The food is so so good. I would call it comfort food with an extra sprinkle of love and thought.

From pie to salad, it’s all good.

They use a variety of local and seasonal ingredients and support some of my favorite local delicacies with Dan the Baker bread and Thunderkiss coffee … YUM! They also have a variety of vegan and gluten-free options.

I am smitten with the Gluten-Free Lemon Poppy muffin. This place is my go to for a yummy drippy egg, roasted potatoes, salad, a sweet treat and a perfect cup of coffee.

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My husband loves Grammie’s Sammie and a piece of Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie. I somehow manage to splurge here and feel really really good about it.

Their menu has some great staples but they also always have specials that look and are amazing.

Right now they serve both lunch and breakfast during the day and I’ve heard it through the grapevine that they will soon be open in the evening and serving dinner. I cannot wait to see what delicious dishes they create for that menu. – Jana Rock

Baba’s • 2515 Summit St.

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Baba’s is my go-to breakfast spot in Columbus. You can grab a breakfast sandwich on their homemade griddle muffins (aka little pillows of heaven), order a rack of ribs, or in the spirit of Alabama Worley, have a slice of perfect pie and a cup of Thunderkiss coffee.

Their delicious baked goods are made in house, they smoke all of their own meats and their produce and coffee are all sourced locally, though their espresso will send you to the moon.

The service is fast, their team is super-friendly and there are never any pretentious vibes in the super chill atmosphere they have created on the corner of Hudson and Summit.

They’ve made a beautiful impact in their short existence in the SoHud neighborhood, fostering local artistic connections and bringing beautiful new mural art that rotates different artist from the community throughout the year. Don’t forget to grab one of their perfect cinnamon rolls for later. — Vanessa Jean Speckman

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Harvest Pizzeria sowing last seeds in German Village

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Eight years ago, Harvest Pizzeria cropped up in a small space in German Village. Today, the local pizza chain announced the closure of its flagship location.

Harvest Pizzeria German Village will open its doors for the final time on Saturday, April 27th.

“Despite the success of Harvest in German Village and our strong ties to the neighborhood, the owner of the property will not honor our renewal of the lease,” wrote founder Chris Crader in an email. “…the landlord’s demands for a new lease at a higher rate would not allow our little pizzeria to remain viable.

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Crader added that he is proud of the strides Harvest German Village has made over the years, and thankful for the community that’s supported it. He hopes they can return to the neighborhood when the right spot presents itself.

As far as the employees go, Crader wrote that with the success of the other locations, the German Village workers will be able to join a team at another restaurant.

“Harvest sincerely thanks all of its loyal supporters and we hope to see you at our other locations soon,” wrote Crader.

This news follows the announcement of the Grandview Harvest closing back in February. Read more here.

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Crawfish boils claw their way into Columbus Saturday

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What’s the deal with crawfish boils? Sure, they’re delicious, but as a true land-lubbing midwesterner, my knowledge of this particular culinary phenomenon is fairly lacking.

That said, I definitely can’t tell you why there are multiple crawfish boils going down this Saturday. Best not to overthink it—just enjoy the experience!

Pecan Penny’s |113 East Main Street
Saturday at 4 PM – 7 PM

Sponsored by Brewdog, downtown BBQ joint Pecan Penny’s is kicking off patio season with an all-you-can-eat Crawfish boil, complete with giveaways and a DJ.

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Rehab Tavern | 456 W Town St
2 PM – 6 PM

Rehab’s own 4/20 crawfish boil kicks off at 2:00. Your $15.75 entrance fee will net you a pint of beer in addition to all-you-can-eat crawfish and fixins’!

Can’t make either of these, or want to try the boil experience before committing to a large-scale event? Check out Kai’s Crab Boil or Boiling Seafood Crawfish—both on Bethel Road —for first-rate seafood experiences you won’t soon forget.

Why are there two crawfish boils on the same day? Why are there two crawfish restaurants on the same road? We may never know, and honestly, who cares? Crawfish is the bomb! Just put on your bib and get crackin’!

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