Where to Get the Freshest Seafood in Columbus

Columbus is one of the most populous cities in Ohio with plenty of things to see and explore. While visiting the town or simply living in it, you’re bound to work up an appetite. Luckily, this place has built quite the restaurant scene. I know it can be hard to find specific cuisines in certain towns, for example, seafood. So, I’ve put together a list of my favorite seafood spots in the area so you can try them for yourself.

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From casual places to sophisticated, high-end restaurants for a fancy night out, there’s a spot for every occasion on this list. And with unique twists on the classics at each spot, there’s plenty of different flavors to try. Keep reading to learn a bit about each place!

Kai’s Crab Boil

839 Bethel Rd, Columbus, OH 43214
Phone: (614) 869-0652
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Though it may be easy to miss in its small strip mall location near Anheuser-Busch Sports Park, Kai’s Crab Boil is a spot you won’t want to skip out on when it comes to seafood in Columbus. Serving lobster, crab, and crawfish boils, there’s plenty of delicious food at this spot.

The menu at Kai’s Crab Boil is pretty straightforward and easy to order from. We recommend the gulf combo, the New England, hand-breaded shrimp basket, or build your own boil. Be sure to grab a cocktail or two to wash it all down!

Frank’s Fish And Seafood Carryout (Restaurant)

5249 Trabue Rd, Columbus, OH 43228
Phone: (614) 878-8600
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Looking for a quick spot to grab some food? We suggest Frank’s Fish and Seafood Carryout. This local restaurant serves seafood as well as steaks and delicious sides. With a laid-back atmosphere, you’ll feel nice and comfortable here.

Choose from platters, po boys, and more on the Frank’s Fish and Seafood Carryout menu. Be sure to try the shrimp po boy, bourbon glazed grilled salmon, the calamari salad, or clam chowder. Don’t forget to order online to skip the wait!

Columbus Fish Market

1245 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH 43212
Phone: (614) 291-3474
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Trying to find a place that’s a little more upscale? Take a look at Columbus Fish Market, right by the Olentangy River. This chain restaurant offers seafood, a raw bar, and delicious drinks. With a stylish and high-end atmosphere, this is great for special occasions and celebrations.

Columbus Fish Market’s menu is full of tasty options. Try out the lobster and shrimp stuffed cod, ginger crusted salmon, surf and turf, or shrimp scampi pasta. They also offer a few options for those aren’t that into seafood!

Mitchell’s Ocean Club

4002 Easton Station, Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: (614) 416-2582
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When you want to have the most elegant night out in Columbus, look no further than Mitchell’s Ocean Club. This upscale restaurant offers seafood alongside prime steaks and over 50 different wine selections. With a piano bar and great service, you’ll never want to leave.

In addition to the seafood and steak entrees, you’ll also find sushi rolls at Mitchell’s Ocean Club. We recommend the prime roll, Alaskan king crab legs, ribeye, or Florida grouper. Be sure to try one of their club cocktails!

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks

1 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 568-6888
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As the name may suggest, McCormick & Shcmick’s Seafood & Steaks is the perfect spot to grab some seafood and prime steaks in town. This spot is actually a chain, and provides an upscale and clubby environment for you to enjoy a meal.

McCormick & Schmick’s menu is fairly extensive, so if you’re having a hard time making up your mind, be sure to try the Chesapeake buttermilk fried shrimp, center cut filet mignon, bourbon glazed salmon, or American kobe style burger. Don’t forget the seasonal cheesecake or classic creme brulee for dessert!

Bonefish Grill

1930 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: (614) 436-0286
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Another chain restaurant with some great seafood dishes is Bonefish Grill. This grill spot offers primarily seafood as well as a few steak entrees. With cocktails and a charming atmosphere, it’s no surprise this spot is popular.

Choose from a vast array of starters, entrees, and shareable plates at Bonefish Grill. Try out the thermidor gnocchi, filet mignon, spicy tuna bowl, or fontina pork chop. Make sure to finish with some classic cheesecake or a macadamia nut brownie!

Windward Passage

4739 Reed Rd, Columbus, OH 43220
Phone: (614) 451-2497
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If the last few spots were a bit too high-end for your needs, Windward Passage is a great alternative. This Columbus restaurant serves seafood dishes as well as tasty drinks. With a casual atmosphere and nautical decor, you’ll be able to sit back and relax.

You’ll find classic seafood dishes as well as some that are a bit more creative at Windward Passage. We recommend the prime cut cod, BBQ baby back pork ribs, frog legs, or Alaskan snow crab legs. Be sure to check out the wine list, too!

Lee’s Seafood Boil-Columbus

1446 Bethel Rd, Columbus, OH 43220
Phone: (614) 592-1888
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Another seafood boil spot you have to try is Lee’s Seafood Boil. This casual restaurant serves baskets, sandwiches, and seafood by the pound. With hundreds of positive reviews about the food, staff, and service, it’s clear people really love it here.

Lee’s Seafood Boil’s menu is complete with plenty of delicious choices, so you really can’t go wrong here. Be sure to try the handful, grilled cajun chicken and shrimp dinner basket, po boy soft shell crab, or Philly chicken sandwich!

Shrimp Lips

1624 Parsons Ave, Columbus, OH 43207
Phone: (614) 230-2554
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Locally-owned and operated by the family, Shrimp Lips is a must-try spot. Serving seafood classics with soul and southern influences, you can count on the food here being amazing. With great food and spectacular service, there’s nothing you won’t love here.

The menu at Shrimp Lips offers plenty of seafood, of course, as well as a few non-seafood options. Try out the carter platter, shrimp tacos, Philly steak, or lobster mac. Make sure to try their special sauce while you’re there!

Marino’s Seafood Fish & Chips

1216 W 5th Ave, Columbus, OH 43212
Phone: (614) 481-8428
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Last but not least on the list of seafood spots in Columbus is Marino’s Seafood Fish & Chips. This counter-serve restaurant serves seafood, chicken, and American cuisine. With a casual and old-school feel, this spot is great for any occasion.

There’s plenty of great deals and combos on the menu at Marino’s Seafood Fish & Chips. We recommend the fish and shrimp platter, baked Mediterranean fish dinner, seafood platter, or chicken platter. Be sure to finish with some pecan pie or homemade rice pudding for dessert!

I bet you didn’t know there were so many wonderful options for seafood in Columbus. From seafood boils to steak and lobster, the options are endless in this town. So the next time you’re in the mood for some seafood, you’ll know exactly where to go.

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Which spot will you visit first? Let us know! Did we leave a restaurant out of this list? Make sure you leave us a comment and we’ll check it out!

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Written by Tess Stafford

Tess Stafford is an undergraduate at Northern Arizona University studying journalism. She grew up in Phoenix and now lives in Flagstaff. Tess enjoys eating out with friends or family frequently and is always on the lookout for restaurants with gluten-free options!