624 N High St.
Columbus, OH 43215
In the world of Columbus dining, Chef Cameron Mitchell is something of a living legend. But for the most part, this masterful restaurateur prefers to build the best high-end surf-and-turf restaurants in the city. A relatively recent exception to this is The Guild House on North High Street, attached to the very high-end The Joseph hotel. This one has more of a high-end Gastropub feel, but still very, very approachable. The food here is quality, and at the end of the day that’s the thing that’s going to be what’s drawing you back, not the name recognition or the shiny new building in the snazzy neighborhood.
This menu changes pretty regularly, but through this you get the chance to sample a variety of good food from the restaurant. Some good things to try:
- Olive Focaccia: This will be dropped off at your table as a complementary appetizer. Like olives? That wonderful bit of saltiness adds a lot to this dish. Don’t like olives? Worry not. You won’t have to taste the olive too much.
- Chicken salad sandwich: A lighter lunch special and maybe a bit higher-end that you might expect such a dish to be: chunks of chicken, spinach, and a lot of other toppings for texture. Corn! Bleu cheese! A medley of flavors that isn’t overwhelming and all coordinated to a common goodness.
- Vegetable Gnocchi: A dinner special. Little gnocchi morsels with a light mix of asparagus, mushrooms and some salty cheese on top.
- Toffee: A chocolatey, almost brownie-like desert, delightfully sweet at that, and topped with a wonderful lump of ice cream and dulce de leche. Nice and romantic for two.
- Cocktails: A word on these: There’s a menu with a few different kinds of liquor and a mixture of a few other tonics to even them out. Gin. Whiskey. Pimms. They’re named appropriately. And a “cocktail for two” that changes at times too, which was during the summer was a nice citrus-based spirit.
The atmosphere of the Guild House is just so delightfully comfortable. The old-timey couches, the low lit interior, it feels cosmopolitan, a modern restaurant concept for a neighborhood gaining a lot of interest as one of the hottest in the country. Cool food abounds in the Short North. In that context, Guild House is home in this new neighborhood.
Prices are comfortable, and really on par with an upper-mid scale dining experience, but this spot is wonderful for the intimate feel, the contemporary menu and the focus on every little detail. The service is superlative, and visits during the weekday lunch hour, weekend dinner and weekend late evening cocktail hour all resulting in the same kind of experience: a well-trained staff looking to produce the best experience possible.
In Columbus, Mitchell is synonymous with high end dining, even though he’s branched into more casual concepts of late, and it’s clear that each of these restaurants came with a great deal of forethought. Wonderful, and a must try.
- Cocktails change seasonally. Check back for new versions!
- Reservations highly recommended!
- Save room for dessert!