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Top-Rated Southern Restaurants in Columbus, Ohio

Top-Rated Southern Restaurants in Columbus, Ohio

When you travel below the Mason-Dixon Line, you’ll find some of the most delicious and comforting food in the U.S.: Southern food.

Southern dishes are a vital part of American cuisine, from hush puppies to ham hocks and fritters to barbecue. It’s impossible to define a classic Southern meal, but a good one starts with the sharp, salty flavor of pimento cheese sauce, followed by the delicious crunch of fried chicken or a spicy Louisiana étouffée, and culminates with a sugary slice of chess pie that’s best washed down with a tall glass of sweet tea.


What makes Southern cuisine unique is that it has been influenced by multiple ethnic and cultural groups. Spanish staples such as potatoes and cocoa are present in many Southern dishes; the Acadians, who traveled to Louisiana from Nova Scotia and later became Louisiana Creoles, contributed their seafood to many Southern meals; African ingredients (okra, sorghum (an ancient grain), and black-eyed peas) became part of the cuisine through forced slave labor; French cooking methods such as braising and stir-frying are used in many Southern recipes; and Native Americans introduced corn into Southern recipes, giving rise to dishes such as succotash and hominy.

The Southern culinary scene is an explosion of cultures. To find out where you can try some Southern offerings, Stacker compiled a list of the highest-rated Southern restaurants in Columbus using data from Yelp. The data is as of June 11, 2024. Businesses were selected using Yelp’s rating system, which calculates an adjusted rating value that takes into account the number of ratings as well as the rating score itself. Only restaurants with at least 10 reviews were considered. In an effort to highlight independent restaurants and local chains, restaurants with more than five locations nationwide were not included, according to Yelp data.

Read on to find the perfect place to enjoy the South near you.

Note: Photos in this article are stock images and do not necessarily represent the specific restaurants listed or the dishes they serve.

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#13. Way Down Yonder The best restaurant in New Orleans

– Rating: 3.7/5 (99 reviews)
– Price level: $$
– Address: 3847 South High St. Columbus, Ohio
– Categories: comfort food, cajun/creole, southern
– Read more on Yelp

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#12. The Spicy Chicken Takeover

– Rating: 3.7/5 (45 reviews)
– Address: 1417 West 5th Ave. Columbus, Ohio
– Categories: southern, chicken farm
– Read more on Yelp

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#11. Rye River Social

– Rating: 4.0/5 (167 reviews)
– Price level: $$
– Address: 955 West 5th Ave. Columbus, Ohio
– Categories: gastropubs, new american cuisine, southern
– Read more on Yelp

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#10. The Glory

– Rating: 4.1/5 (93 reviews)
– Price level: $
– Address: 3350 Allegheny Ave. Columbus, Ohio
– Categories: Southern Food, Soul Food, Seafood
– Read more on Yelp

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#9 JD’s kitchen

– Rating: 4.2/5 (24 reviews)
– Address: 3728 Agler Road Columbus, Ohio
– Categories: soul food, seafood, southern food
– Read more on Yelp

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#8. The Spicy Chicken Takeover

– Rating: 4.2/5 (445 reviews)
– Price level: $$
– Address: 4198 Worth Ave. Easton Town Center Columbus, Ohio
– Categories: southern, chicken farm
– Read more on Yelp

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#7. Modern Southern Table

– Rating: 4.3/5 (44 reviews)
– Price level: $$
– Address: 1086 North 4th St. BUDD DAIRY FOOD HALL Columbus, Ohio
– Categories: south
– Read more on Yelp

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#6. Fish and chicken inn

– Rating: 4.3/5 (15 reviews)
– Address: 1828 East Hudson St. Columbus, Ohio
– Categories: Southern Food, Soul Food, Seafood
– Read more on Yelp

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#5 The Northern Short Eagle

– Rating: 4.3/5 (775 reviews)
– Price level: $$
– Address: 790 North High St. Columbus, Ohio
– Categories: American, Southern, Cocktail Bars
– Read more on Yelp

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#4. The Spicy Chicken Takeover

– Rating: 4.4/5 (754 reviews)
– Price level: $$
– Address: 4203 North High St. Columbus, Ohio
– Categories: southern, chicken farm
– Read more on Yelp

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#3. The Spicy Chicken Takeover

– Rating: 4.4/5 (1507 reviews)
– Price level: $$
– Address: 59 Spruce St. 2nd Floor North Market Columbus, Ohio
– Categories: southern, chicken farm
– Read more on Yelp

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#2. Jessie Mae’s Southern Creole Cuisine

– Rating: 4.4/5 (41 reviews)
– Price level: $
– Address: 3671 East Livingston Ave. Columbus, Ohio
– Categories: Southern, Cajun/Creole, Breakfast & Brunch
– Read more on Yelp

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#1. Suburbion

– Rating: 4.5/5 (79 reviews)
– Price level: $$
– Address: 2234 West Dublin Granville Road Columbus, Ohio
– Categories: south
– Read more on Yelp

This story features data reporting by Karim Noorani, written by Rasha Aly, and is part of a series using data automation in 143 metropolitan areas.