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Short North Brunch Spots to Try Out This Weekend

Check out our top spots for breakfast and brunch food around the city.

Short North is Columbus, Ohio’s thriving Arts District, home to several art galleries, public art, and live music and performance venues.

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In addition, the neighborhood’s iconic arches over High Street give Columbus its “The Arch City” nickname.

Best Brunch in Short North

  1. The Guild House
  2. Northstar Cafe in the Short North
  3. The Pearl
  4. Bodega
  5. Forno Kitchen + Bar
  6. Standard Hall
  7. Tasi Cafe
  8. Arch City Tavern
  9. Bristol Republic

Although the city is known for its pizza and spicy sausage, you can find plenty of places to enjoy eggs, pancakes, and other brunch specialties with a lovely mimosa. Check out our list of the best restaurants for brunch in Short North to simplify your search.


The Guild House

624 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-280-9780
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Nestled in the Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph Hotel, overlooking Goodale Park, is The Guild House, a rustic yet chic eatery offering tasty seasonal dishes for everyone to enjoy. They also have a private dining room for smaller gatherings.

Several of their menu items offer gluten-free and vegetarian-friendly modifications. I recommend sampling their Lobster & Eggs, Smoked Chicken Hash, Truffled Eggs, or Pancakes with a side of fresh fruit or shagbark grits. You can also customize an omelet with the protein, garnishes, and cheese of your liking.

Although I love their Bloody Mary, I recommend trying their Espresso or zero-proof Carrot Sunrise to enhance your meal.


Northstar Cafe in the Short North

951 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-298-9999
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You can find Northstar Cafe in the Short North near CO.LAB Hair Studio and Paradise Garage. This modern New American diner has an open kitchen where you can enjoy dishes made with organic, locally sourced ingredients to start your morning or afternoon in style.

If you’re treating your friends to brunch, consider starting with a Pimento Cheese Dip. After that, consider trying their Sweet Potato Hash, Ham and Cheese Scone, Cloud Nine Pancakes, or Chopped Salad with a house-made breakfast sausage on the side.

Be sure to browse through their wine, craft beer, and specialty drink list to wash everything down. I like their Vanilla Coffee Crush and Strawberry Smoothie.


The Pearl

641 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-227-0151
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Located within walking distance from the Pizzuti Collection of the Columbus Museum, The Pearl is your best option for enjoying brunch in Short North in a refined tavern setting.

Executive Chef Jon Deutschle crafts creative brunch dishes for anyone feeling extra hungry before exploring the rest of this artistic region of the city.

After starting with their Teriyaki Octopus, I recommend ordering their Honey Chia Bowl, Cuban Pork Confit, Grilled Cheese, or Shrimp and Grits.

They taste best with a tasty cinnamon roll or fresh fruit cocktail. I also recommend ordering a Bloody Mary or Lifeline cocktail with your brunch.


Bodega

1044 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-299-9399
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If you’re having trouble finding a hip destination to have brunch in Short North, Bodega might have what you’re looking for.

You can find it near the Retro Short North Bed & Breakfast. It has a lively atmosphere, tasty American comfort pub fare, and private event accommodations that can make any brunch session unforgettable.

I typically order a Red Sangria, Cranberry Juice, or Bloody Maria whenever I stop by for brunch. I like their Stuffed French Toast, Biscuits & Gravy, Veggie Burger, and Steak & Eggs with a side of avocado toast or a cream cheese bagel. Don’t forget to treat yourself to their rotating weekly cheesecake.


Forno Kitchen + Bar

721 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-469-0053
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Located near Luxe Redux Bridal Boutique and Graduate Columbus Hotel, Forno Kitchen + Bar is your best option for stone-fired New American comfort fare at any time of the day.

Their weekend brunch offers classic dishes and stone-oven pizza for anyone seeking variety when satisfying their dining needs.

In my opinion, their best dishes are Eggs Purgatory Skillet, Nutella-Stuffed French Toast, Chicken Alfredo Pizza, and Chicken Saltimbocca Sandwich.

Be sure to enjoy your main course with an Espresso Martini, Peach My Cheeks, or Muddles & High brunch cocktail. If you’re dining with friends and family, order their Ahi Tuna Tacos or Roasted Garlic Shrimp to share.


Standard Hall

1100 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-381-1112
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Standard Hall is a hip, industrial-chic American eatery offering quality Southern comfort fare for anyone interested in brunch in Short North, Ohio.

It’s 15 minutes north of Goodale Park. It’s one of the best brunch restaurants offering scratch-made menu items and craft cocktails. You can also enjoy your meal on their patio.

I love starting with their Mini Corn Dogs or Sweet Pretzel Bites. After that, I usually order their Mild Nashville Hot Chicken Biscuit, Breakfast Pizza, Fish Sandwich, or Boneless Breaded Hot Wings. Don’t forget to stop by their Bloody Bar and craft a DIY Bloody Mary or try their Blueberry Crush cocktail.


Tasi Cafe

680 N Pearl St #1518, Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-222-0788
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If you prefer enjoying brunch in a stylish yet casual setting, Tasi Cafe is your best option before spending the afternoon at Goodale Park.

It has a warm, welcoming vibe, ideal for enjoying a bite to eat with your family. Their menu offers a wide selection of American comfort fare and offers all-day breakfast options.

I like their Egg Croissant Sandwich, Fried Egg BLT, Quinoa Hash, and Open-Faced Smoked Salmon. In my opinion, they taste best with a side of sweet and spicy bacon, roasted potatoes, or grilled Canadian bacon. If you want to enhance your brunch, add a Whiskey Smash or Double Shot Mocha to your order.


Arch City Tavern

862 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-725-5620
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About half a mile north of the Greater Columbus Convention Center stands Arch City Tavern. This casual, rustic neighborhood pub offers tempting brunch specials if you stop by on the weekends before coming back later for elevated bar bites and craft beer.

Arch City Tavern’s weekend brunch menu changes week to week, so you should consider stopping by often to sample each of their options.

During my last few visits to this restaurant, I had their Cajun Shrimp & Grits, Huevos Rancheros, Pulled Pork Skillet, and Stuffed Burrito. Don’t forget to enjoy their rotating brunch special with their house Bloody Mary or Mimosa.


Bristol Republic

1124 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-929-5847
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Last but not least on my list of the top restaurants offering brunch in Short North is Bristol Republic, located minutes away from Columbus Aquatics Center and Thompson Park.

This rustic BBQ restaurant is the best place to enjoy a Southern-style brunch during the weekends. They also have live music on Saturdays.

Don’t miss out on their Hickory Smoked Wings, Pulled Pork Sandwich, Cowboy Benedict, or Chicken & Waffles with a side of Brisket Baked Beans, Cheddar Cornbread, or Breakfast Potatoes.

Although I love their Bristol Bloody and Foggy Mornin’ cocktails, you should consider trying their bottomless Bloody Mary when dining with friends.


Final Thoughts

As you can see, there are several restaurants offering quality brunch in Short North to start your day right during your stay in Columbus.

So, whether you’re in the mood for an omelet or French toast, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Hopefully, this list can help you narrow down your top options.

Looking for a restaurant with a healthier menu? We recommend you visit these amazing vegan and vegetarian restaurants around Columbus.

Did I miss any brunch restaurants on this list? Leave a comment below about your favorites, and I’ll check out their top specials.

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Written by Erin B.

Erin lives in East Passyunk and enjoys checking out the local restaurants in South Philly and beyond. Her favorite restaurants are those with spicy food and outdoor seating so that she can bring along her dog, Miss Piggy.