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8 Best Brunch Spots in Short North

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In Columbus’s Short North, brunch is king. Brunch is a great way to experience this energetic neighborhood, which is also well-known for its bustling cultural scene and unique culinary alternatives. Whether you’re a guest looking for a unique dining experience or a local searching for a new favorite spot, Short North has plenty of alluring brunch spots to suit your appetite. This neighborhood has it all, from chic cafés offering up handcrafted lattes and avocado toast to quaint diners serving up comfort cuisine favorites with a modern spin. Imagine tucking into fluffy pancakes, crispy bacon, and freshly poached eggs while enjoying a craft coffee or mimosa that has been locally produced. A variety of flavors are available in Short North’s brunch scene.


The Guild House

624 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215
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 we love their Bloody Mary, we 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
614-298-9999
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Northstar Cafe in the Short North Columbus
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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. We like their Vanilla Coffee Crush and Strawberry Smoothie.


The Pearl

641 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215
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, we 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. We also recommend ordering a Bloody Mary or Lifeline cocktail with your brunch.

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Bodega

1044 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201
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. We typically order a Red Sangria, Cranberry Juice, or Bloody Maria whenever I stop by for brunch. You’ll 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

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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. 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
614-381-1112
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Standard Hall Columbus
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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. We love starting with their Mini Corn Dogs or Sweet Pretzel Bites. After that, we suggest 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.


Arch City Tavern

862 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215
614-725-5620
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Arch City Tavern Columbus
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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. Order 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.

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Bristol Republic

1124 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201
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. Known for their Bristol Bloody and Foggy Mornin’ cocktails, you should also consider trying their bottomless Bloody Mary when dining with friends.

Why Trust Us?

When it comes to local restaurant recommendations, we pride ourselves on being a reliable and trustworthy resource. Our suggestions are not just based on our personal experiences, ensuring a more authentic and well-rounded perspective, but also on extensive online research. We diligently searched the internet and reviewed 6 credible sites and blogs, including Opentable.com and Shortnorth.org. 

We compiled all the findings in one location and sorted them by the frequency of mentions to ensure you receive top-notch recommendations. We strive to present you with a curated list of establishments that truly stand out, allowing you to enjoy the best dining experiences possible. 

Interested in the sources we consulted? Check out the list of all 6 sites we referenced below this paragraph, offering transparency and an opportunity for our readers to explore further. Our commitment is to deliver trustworthy and unparalleled recommendations, helping you make informed decisions on your culinary journeys.

https://www.opentable.com/features/best-brunch-restaurants-short-north-arena-district-oh
https://shortnorth.org/eat-drink/breakfast-brunch/
https://www.reddit.com/r/Columbus/comments/15i3vyy/brunch_recommendations_short_north_area/
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurants-g50226-zfp10606-Columbus_Ohio.html
https://foursquare.com/top-places/columbus/best-places-brunch-foods
https://vacationidea.com/ohio/breakfast-columbus-ohio.html

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Written by Brian Nagele

Brian attended West Virginia University, then started his career in the IT industry before following his passion for marketing and hospitality. He has over 20 years experience in the restaurant and bar industry.

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