401 N. High St. 2nd Floor,
Columbus, OH 43215
The ground floor restaurant of the Hilton downtown Columbus. Not only plenty of delicious food for business lunches and travelers visiting the convention center across the street, but it’s also a site for major events and there are quite a few in Columbus these days. And easy-going, yet complex set of flavors greet you once you pay a visit to this restaurant, Set in the middle of the main lobby of the hotel. Short North and Arena District are absolutely packed with great restaurants and hotels can sometimes get overlooked, up to their detriment.
The menu changes frequently but there are quite a few things to try.
- Short Rib: Fatty, sweet and complex, this dish is smothered in gravy and served over mashed potatoes and broccolini.
- Blackened chicken: Served up on a bed of cheesy grits and tossed chard. Mild and homey.
- Grilled chicken: Sometimes it’s all you need, right? This one came with scalloped potatoes, some broccolini and a relatively light and easy au jus to keep it on the simple end.
- Wedge salad: So the wonderful thing about this salad is the wedge of lettuce itself is actually grilled a little to add some complexity. Good with salty cheese on top and a caesar dressing.
- Risotto: Unlike milder takes, this rice dish has a lot of bright cheese and some chopped veggies to add to the feeling a little bit.
- Potstickers: This app is served in a little dipping bowl of soy sauce. If you ever see it passing by you, you pick it up immediately.
- Carrot Cake: This layer cake has a milder frosting to make up for the similarly easy flavor of the carrot, but it’s a dense one to bite into.
- Brownie: Halfway between a giant brownie and an undone cake, this one smells of wonderful fudge and biting into it yields this wonderful gooey chewy delight.
As with any good hotel restaurant, this one is all about the service, and whether you’re dining in the space itself or going to a larger-scale event, I’ve found the people are almost always good and attentive at bringing what’s needed. Things can get mixed up when the business is really busy, but that’s not a huge problem.
Prices are pretty on par with the other nicer restaurants around downtown and the food experience is good. I can’t say any one specialty here is so good it’s worth visiting this restaurant over others, but there’s still something nice about it. But Gallerie does make for a pleasant experience if you’re in for an evening event or visiting town and need something a little more conservative.
- Good for a lunch but banquets tend to be what draws people here.
- Cocktails here aren’t really that special, plenty of others in walking distance.
- There is an attached garage in the back.