Your Ultimate Guide to Restaurants in Uptown Westerville

No matter what type of food pleases your palate, Uptown Westerville has some amazing options for you!

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Uptown Westerville is a popular place in the northern parts of Columbus, and is well known in the dining scene. But it’s not just the draw of fantastic food that keeps locals and visitors alike flocking back to this area--it’s also the wide variety of locally owned shops. The majority of restaurants and retail places in this enclave are small businesses owners or have been in the family business for years. You’re really #shoppingsmall when you decide to make a day of it in Uptown Westerville. So grab your friends and family and head to Uptown Westerville, there are plenty of restaurants for you to try, so come hungry--and come back often!

Bakeries and Cafes of Uptown Westerville

Whether you come early in the morning or later in the day, these places always have hot coffee and yummy sweets

Espresso Air

25 N State St. | instagram.com/espressoair

When you want some of the best coffee in Uptown Westerville, you head over to Espresso Air. Known for their Turkish treats and non-dairy options for all your coffee drinks, this little gem is a great place to grab a cup of joe and enjoy a small treat. If you’re looking for a place to relax and watch the people walk by then this little spot is for you!

“Such a charming and peaceful coffee shop in Westerville.  It is a family owned spot that specializes in Turkish coffee and pastries.” -Yelp Review
Known for their java, this spot also has some amazing bites too. Image courtesy of Java Central.

Java Central

20 S State St. | javacentral.coffee.com

Both students and remote workers agree, this is a great little coffee shop to get some work done! Good thing it’s also a wonderful place to grab a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy a small pastry. If you’re a little hungry, not to worry, they also have fresh sandwiches and other lighter bites available to order each day.

“Great place for coffee. Several different grinds. Great place to hang out, work, chill. Central location.” -Yelp Review

Scheider’s Bakery

6 S State St. | schneiders-bakery.com

This old fashioned family-owned bakery has been serving the Uptown Westerville community since 1957, and they show no signs of slowing down! Locals have been coming here daily for their fresh made selections of donuts, pies, cakes, danishes, muffins, bread, buns and so much more! Otterbein students particularly appreciate the very early hours that Scheider’s is open, and make it a tradition to go for the crack of dawn pastries.

“Was great service and I was very pleased with the donuts and sweets. Thanks for being a part of the community for so many years. I would recommend this place to everyone.” -Yelp Review

Northstar Cafe

109 S State St. | thenorthstarcafe.com

If you’re in the mood for a complete breakfast, then your best bet is to stop over at the Northstar Cafe. Here you can fill up on all your favorite items such as pancakes, biscuits and gravy, omelettes, baked goods, coffee, and even enjoy the perfect mimosa. This place is open for both lunch and dinner and according to locals has some pretty delicious burgers as well. But if you’re in the Uptown Westerville area earlier, consider stopping here for some fresh made breakfast instead!

This is hands down my favorite restaurant!!! The breakfast is the best I've ever had. On top of that, the staff is always friendly. The food is fresh and flavorful and the staff is superb.” -Yelp Review

Enjoy Uptown Westerville’s Gastropubs and Wineries

These places are a great way to enjoy drinks paired with food

You can’t go wrong with the barbeque options at this restaurant. Image courtesy of Barrel & Boar.

Barrel & Boar

8 N State St. | barrelboar.com/westerville

Sometimes you just need to stop and enjoy some delicious barbeque. The owners of the Barrel & Boar have been smoking meats for years, so they understand what kind of process barbeque done right can entail. Whether you’re in the mood for brisket, pork shoulder, or kielbasa, this place has got you covered. They also offer an extensive list of Ohio-based brews that seem to match perfectly with the low and slow barbeque items on the menu.

“The atmosphere was great for a casual meal or fancy outing. Very clean and courteous laid back staff.” -Yelp Review

Good Vibes Winery

2 S State St. | goodvibeswinery.com

Sometimes you just need a place where you can relax and try out some locally made wines! There are all kinds of wines to try that appeal to palates both new and experienced, sweet or dry, red or white. Simply put, when you stop by this Uptown Westerville favorite, you feel like you’re at home. Not only are the wine and cheese plates popular, but the live music here is always a fun time. Because what goes better than music and wine for a fun time?

“So glad I finally got a chance to visit this winery.. the owners were very knowledgeable and I loved the wine and cheese flights.” -Yelp Review

Jimmy V’s Grill and Pub

1 S State St. | jimmyvswesterville.com

Sometimes you just want to get a delicious meal at a place that’s both welcoming and delicious. You’ll find that Jimmy V’s has much to offer in both of those departments! This place is a go-to spot for many locals, who enjoy the casual yet elegant atmosphere. Here you can enjoy soups, salads, pasta, steaks, veggie wraps, paninis, some of the best burgers in Westerville. After a long day of walking around town, it’s always a good idea to stop at Jimmy V’s afterwards.

“Well when in uptown Westerville I have discovered a great place for super fast service and HUGE portion of delicious food!” -Yelp Review

Delicious Restaurants of Uptown Westerville

Be prepared to be blow away by some of Westerville’s favorite places to dine

The Asterisk Supper Club

14 N State St. | asterisksupperclub.com

Time feels like it stands still at the Asterisk Supper Club, and happy patrons are more than willing to keep it that way! This place has a definite vibe, and they offer tea service complete with small bites, eclectic lunch offerings, and a homey dinner menu. The best way to experience this spot is to try something new off their menu, and allow the first-class chefs to impress you with fresh and local ingredients. You’ll be counting down the days until you can return to this favorite restaurant!

“Loved the menus being in books to go with the space and decor! Very cozy vibes! We sat at the bar and the bartender was very friendly and accommodating!” -Yelp Review

Cucinova Pizza

79 S State St. | pizzacucinova.com

The people of Westerville love their pizza, and one of the most popular spots to grab a pie is at Cucinova Pizza. Perhaps it’s the comfortable and family-friendly atmosphere, or maybe it’s just the great pizza! That’s not the only item on the menu though, here you can also get homemade pastas like spaghetti and meatballs, or rotini and Italian sausage-- there are even salads to choose from as well. Everything at Cucinova is prepared fresh and made to order, so you’re guaranteed to have a delicious meal.

“Pizza presentation is very nice, they serve pizza on nice plates if you are eating in. Pizza tasted great and was very filling. We will definitely be back!” -Yelp Review
Whether you feel like Greek or Italian, this Westerville restaurant has got you covered. Image courtesy of Koble Grill.

Koble Grill

7 N State St. | koblegrill.com

The Koble Grill menu is a mix of both Greek and Italian favorites, and they are sure to become your new favorite spot to grab lunch or a light dinner. Ingredients for their meat, vegetables, cheese, and bread are chosen for the quality and freshness, and local producers are sought out wherever possible. This makes for some very tasty meals, whether you choose to go with moussaka, grilled lamb chops, salmon pasta, or a portobello panini--the owners of Koble work hard to ensure each customer truly enjoys their meal.

“This is one of our favorite local restaurants. Every time we go there we try something new and we are blown away every time with great food and great service.” -Yelp Review

Tostadalicious

20 S State St. | tostadalicious.com

This family owned Mexi-Cali restaurant has become a new staple for locals who want a fresh and healthy meal--without the long wait! They really emphasize quality over quantity at this restaurant, and it seems that nothing on their menu is not worth trying at least once. Try their tostadas, burritos, salads, and choose from chicken, beef, pork, fish, or veggies for your fillers. They also have tamales homemade with milled corn maize and all kinds of sauces for dipping.

“The food is amazing here. I can't describe it anymore than it's authentic Mexi-Cali food that's simple and clean.” -Yelp Review

Cardinal Pizza

10 E Main St. | cardinalpizzashop.com

This smaller, local shop serves up some of Westerville’s favorite pizza. Whether you prefer the classic New York style, or would prefer to have the popular Columbus style, you can’t seem to go wrong at this spot. Choose one of their house favorites like the margarita, white pizza, or the Hawaiian or decide your own toppings and make your own. They also have a large selection of subs, wings, pasta, and wraps that are definitely worth a mention as well!

“GREAT pizza. Haven't had pizza this great in a long time. My family ordered multiple pizzas and said they were all great.” -Yelp Review

Don’t Forget Dessert in Uptown Westerville

You can’t go wrong in Westerville when it comes to tasty desserts

You can’t go wrong with a stop at Westerville’s Whit’s Custard! Image courtesy of Whit’s Custard.

Whit’s Custard

46 N State St. | whitscustard.com

It’s always a good time for a frozen treat, so no matter what time of day it is, a stop into Whit’s Custard in uptown is always a welcomed decision. There are three main ingredients to every delicious frozen custard, cream, eggs, and sugar. This is why the people of Westerville and all over Columbus flock to Whit’s Custard--you can’t beat the quality and freshness of their ingredients! Whit’s has weekly and seasonal flavors that people look forward to all year. You can choose to have your custard in a cone, in a sundae, or mixed together with your choice of toppings in one of their famous Whitsers. Don’t forget to try one of their huge ice cream sandwiches too!

“Staff is very friendly, the custard was amazing based on recommendations from the staff. Learned the difference between custard and ice cream!” -Yelp Review

Rollie’s Ice Cream

79 S State St. | rolliesandboba.com

If you’ve never heard of Thai rolled ice cream, then your next stop in Westerville has to be Rollie’s Ice Cream and Boba Tea. The artisans at this popular spot create rolled ice cream, which originally started out as a Thai street food. These beautiful and intricate creations range in flavors from nutty buddy, mint chocolate chip, fruity bam bam, and cocoa bananas. If you’re not in the mood for ice cream, not to worry, they also serve boba milk teas, boba teas, slushies, and smoothies.

“This is a fun and clever and different way to present ice cream and I enjoyed it. I'll be back to try other flavor combos and I recommend you do the same!” -Yelp Review

Uptown Westerville has so much to offer foodies, no matter if you're in the mood for coffee and bagels, barbeque, a good burger, or some delicious ice cream. What’s your favorite restaurant to grab something to eat in Uptown Westerville? Let us know in the comments!

Main image courtesy of Uptown Westerville.

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