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It’s Date Night in Worthington

Looking for a way to freshen up date night this winter? Thanks to the fantastic restaurants, sought-after concert venues and all around small town charm, Worthington is brimming with great ideas for the perfect date. So whether you prefer dinner and a show, a quiet morning without the kids, or a little adventure, you'll be sure to find it in Worthington.  

Here are a few ideas to get the ball rolling:

·      Classes at Igloo Letterpress – Try something new and sign up to take a class with your sweetheart at Worthington’s favorite little letterpress shop. Most of their classes require no previous experience, and they take place in a relaxed, group setting, which makes them an excellent activity for that first or second date.  

·      Dinner and a Movie – Truth is, you can’t go wrong with a meal at any of Worthington’s wonderful dining establishments. So when you want to wow your one and only this season, book a reservation at The Whitney House, then casually slide tickets across the table to one of the many outstanding shows at the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center. Or, if you’re more of a pizza-and-craft-brew kind of couple, an evening at Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza and Live Music will fit the bill.

·      A Wine or Beer Pairing Dinner – Pairing dinners are all the rage these days, and you'll find them at several Worthington restaurants, including The Worthington Inn.  The restaurant’s next pairing dinner, hosted in conjunction with Rockmill Brewery, will take place on February 2. Ladies, if you’re looking for the perfect Valentine's Day gift for your man, the Inn’s Winter Rockmill Beer Dinner will not disappoint.

·      A Breakfast Date – We get it. Between homework, kids basketball games and general midweek exhaustion, getting a date night on the calendar is challenging. Why not mix things up and meet for breakfast at La Chatelaine? Block off your calendar, drop the kids off at school and catch up by the fireplace over lattes and homemade French toast.

·      Exercise – There’s nothing like a little exercise and fresh air to shake off the winter blues. Whether you’re training together for your next marathon or you simply want to enjoy a quiet walk through the woods, Worthington’s easy access to the Olentangy Trail is just what you need. And if thrill seeking is more your speed, a date at Vertical Adventures will surely take your relationship to new heights. 

Worthington is for Lovers

Need a plan for Valentine's Day? Think Worthington!  It’s almost Valentine's Day, and love is in the air at many of Worthington’s favorite restaurants. Whether it’s your first date, a special anniversary or a night out with your lifelong love, you can’t go wrong with these amazing spots.

Here’s where Cupid will be dining this Valentines Day:

La Chatelaine – La Chatelaine is known for its authentic French cuisine and cozy atmosphere, and a gourmet dinner at this restaurant is the perfect way to say “Je vous aime” to that special someone in your life. Don’t miss their decadent three-course dinner offered Feb. 12 through 14, complete with delicious menu items like lobster bisque, filet mignon and raspberry merveilleux. Oui oui!

The Worthington Inn – Always a wonderful place to celebrate memorable occasions, The Worthington Inn will be adding numerous specials to its award-winning menu this weekend, including Strip Steak Oscar and king crab, crispy veal sweetbreads and a warm apple and pear galette. And don’t forget about their Sparkling Lovers Brunch For Two offered on Saturday and Sunday, complete with mimosas, bananas Foster French toast and a delicious chocolate plate.

Harold’s American Grille – Proud to be celebrating its first Valentine's Day in Worthington, Harold’s American Grille is inviting couples to enjoy a romantic three-course dinner prepared with sharing in mind. Their pre-fixed menu includes classics like Caesar salad, sea scallops, a petite filet and a flourless chocolate torte. You'll also want to order a bottle of wine featured on their extensive list.

J. Liu – Specializing in modern, fusion-style, fine dining, J. Liu in Worthington has prepared a special evening to help kick off your Valentine's Day weekend. Food and wine enthusiasts will want to reserve a spot at J. Liu’s Italian Wine Dinner this Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy a creative five-course meal complete with incredible wine pairings from some of Italy’s top wine regions.

The Whitney House – Recently voted one of the best new restaurants in Columbus, The Whitney House serves locally sourced food that is prepared with love – perfect for Valentine's Day. In addition to the restaurant's regular menu, complete with their famous fried chicken dinner on Sundays, the restaurant will offer extended daily specials, including desserts, all weekend long.

* Reservations are always recommended around Valentine's Day, so call today to reserve your spot at these fantastic restaurants.

Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington

Worthington, Ohio, offers a variety of activities, attractions, specialty shops and dining options for visitors of all ages and interests. The Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington is your resource for all the latest information, including the event calendar at You can also follow us on Facebook at Visit Worthington Ohio.

3 Wine Dinners in Worthington

“I enjoy cooking with wine; sometimes I even put it in the food.” ~ Julia Child If you're looking for a place to experience the latest in food and wine pairings, you're in luck. Three Worthington restaurants are currently hosting wine dinners: The Worthington Inn, Harold’s American Grille and The Whitney House. We spoke with the owners at each restaurant, and here's what we discovered about these increasingly popular events.

The Worthington Inn – Wine dinners on the first Wednesday of each month

Best described as a gastronomic adventure, The Worthington Inn’s First Wednesday Wine Dinner includes a seasonal, four-course meal prepared by Executive Chef Mike Waters, served with expertly paired wines chosen by House Wine’s Donnie Austin.

During dinner, Waters and Austin lead an educational discussion about their wine choices for each course. And each month the dinner features a creative theme inspired by the time of year or popular culture, such as Downton Abbey, A Dickensian Christmas and Back to (wine) School.

What's Next? A Low-Country Winter Wine Dinner – Feb. 3 at 7 p.m.

The Worthington Inn

Harold’s American Grille – Wine dinners on the third Tuesday of each month

Harold’s American Grille offers guests the chance to experience Chef Steve Muntean’s unique take on classic American dishes paired with a variety of hand-selected wines. Here, too, each dinner includes an educational discussion about the chef's choice of pairings.

In addition to wine, the restaurant will soon partner with several local distilleries and breweries to create the perfect match of food and spirit—or food and brew. During these events, an expert from the distillery or brewery will be on hand to discuss the creative pairings and share the ancient and modern history of the beverage.

What's Next? A wine pairing dinner on Feb. 22.

Harold’s American Grille

The Whitney house – Occasional wine or brew pairing dinners

An upscale yet casual restaurant that pays homage to the Sunday dinners of your childhood, The Whitney House also knows a thing or two about wine and beer pairings. Since its grand opening last year, the restaurant has hosted a series of multi-course pairing dinners, prepared by Executive Chef Maxwell Avon, that feature popular wineries and distributors like Heidelberg Distributing Company, Montinore Estate, Madtree Brewing Company and Rhinegeist Brewery.

What's Next? Follow The Whitney House on Facebook for announcements about upcoming dinners.

The Whitney House

Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington

Worthington, Ohio, offers a variety of activities, attractions, specialty shops and dining options for visitors of all ages and interests. The Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington is your resource for all the latest information, including the event calendar at You can also follow us on Facebook at Visit Worthington Ohio.

Your Worthington Shopping Experience Awaits

With the holidays in full swing and Christmas just days away, Santa’s not the only one with a long shopping list. Fortunately, there's Worthington, a town teeming with quaint boutiques, specialty shops and delicious restaurants—and one of Central Ohio's favorite destinations. If you're faced with a daunting last-minute shopping list—or you're just looking for some holiday fun—here's a rundown of what you’ll find in Worthington: If you’re looking for bling – When in doubt, you can’t go wrong with something sparkly. Lucky for you, Worthington is home to two family-owned jewelry stores, Denig Jewelers and Worthington Jewelers. Both stores feature a large collection of custom and designer jewelry, as well as a gorgeous selection of engagement rings.


If you’re looking for gift shops – It doesn’t take long to realize that Worthington is a city that appreciates art and creativity. From handmade letterpress cards, calendars and stationery at Igloo Letterpress to adorable children’s items, jewelry and art at Fritzy Jacobs, you’ll find something for everyone on your list at one of Worthington’s numerous gift shops.

If you’re looking for home décor – Searching for the perfect house-warming gift? Or perhaps you’re in the market for a new piece of furniture? Take a stroll down High Street in Old Worthington. From unique consignment pieces at Peacock Lane Home to handmade items at Wren House Gifts, French and English country antiques at Pure Cottage and modern finds at Grid Furnishings, your home will thank you.

If you’re looking for specialty shops – What to buy for the friend who has everything? How about a lovely vintage wine from Worthington’s favorite specialty beer and wine store, House Wine? Or if sweets are more your style, perhaps a melt-in-your-mouth treat like Sassafras Bakery’s signature Double Crust Apple Pie?!

Experiences make great gifts, too. Visit The Candle Lab to learn more about pouring your own custom candle, or chat with the folks at RIDEhome about their fantastic bike rental packages.

If you’re looking for a great lunch spot – A day of shopping can be exhausting. After browsing the streets of Old Worthington or hitting up the recently renovated Shops at Worthington Place, you’ll want to make a pit stop at one of the city’s many fantastic restaurants. Stop into La Chatelaine for delicious soups, salads and sandwiches; The Whitney House for classic comfort staples like adult grilled cheese and house fries; or Harold’s American Grille for a Reuben sandwich and a cup of French onion soup. Or head over to The Worthington Inn for a bowl of butternut squash bisque and one of their grass-fed Ohio beef burgers.

Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington

Worthington, Ohio, offers a variety of activities, attractions, specialty shops and dining options for visitors of all ages and interests. The Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington is your resource for all the latest information, including the event calendar at You can also follow us on Facebook at Visit Worthington Ohio.

A Meal and the MAC

Old Bag of Nails Rivage Atlantique


The Whitney House

The Worthington Inn


Where To Eat When Visiting the McConnell Arts Center

It’s true; we LOVE having the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center in Worthington. From its impressive exhibits and extensive lineup of classes and workshops to its many special events, concerts and theater presentations, the MAC has something for everyone to enjoy.

Thanks to the MAC’s convenient location, folks can easily grab a bite to eat before or after an event. Although the Arts Center does not serve food, the friendly staff loves to point people in the direction of a great meal. Here are a few places to try the next time you visit the MAC.

Best For Families

Dewey’s Pizza – Boasting 22 locations in the Midwest, it’s easy to see why so many people are talking about Dewey’s Pizza. The restaurant serves specialty pizzas, delicious salads and a rotating selection of local craft beers and wines. Bring the whole family or grab a pie to go!

Best Tip: Check out their seasonal menu; it’s loaded with delicious fall flavors like pumpkin, bacon and fig jam!

Dewey’s Pizza

The Old Bag of Nails – A quintessential neighborhood restaurant, The Old Bag of Nails is known for classic, pub-style dishes like burgers, beer-battered pickles and their famous fish and chips. Guests also love their full bar, kid’s menu and gluten-free options.

Best Tip: Recently voted the best happy hour in Columbus, stop in Monday through Friday from 2 to 7 p.m. for “Happy Hour $2 You” specials.

The Old Bag of Nails

Harold’s American Grille – Worthington’s newest restaurant, Harold’s American Grille, features a classic menu filled with local ingredients. The family-friendly atmosphere, delicious dishes and extensive list of wine and spirits are guaranteed to make this your go-to destination.

Best Tip: Try the fish sliders! They’re inspired by the famous fish sandwiches at Coleman’s Fish Market in Wheeling, West Virginia, and a favorite of the restaurant’s owner, Sam Baker.

Harold’s American Grille

Best For Adults

La Chatelaine – Worthington’s favorite French bakery and bistro, La Chatelaine serves traditional fare. Think Duck confit cassoulet and Boeuf Bourguignon served in a lovely, French-country setting. Folks also enjoy the classic charcuterie, homemade bread and decadent desserts.

Best Tip: La Chatelaine’s owners, Stan and Gigi Wielezynski, traveled throughout France, Spain and Italy, hand-selecting small wine producers to create their own in-house red and white wine. Stop in for a taste.

La Chatelaine

The Whitney House – Inspired by the good old-fashioned Sunday dinner, The Whitney House offers rustic-yet-refined cuisine that’s locally sourced and packed with flavor. The restaurant has been open for less than a year, and it's already become a local favorite.

Best Tip: The Whitney House features a different “Daily Plate” special each day of the week, and you’ll want to try them all. Fried chicken Sundays? Yes please!

The Whitney House

Rivage Atlantique – If you’re in the mood for seafood, Rivage Atlantique is the place to be. Featuring fresh, wild-caught seafood direct from the Atlantic Ocean, Rivage Atlantique is the closest you’ll get to seaside dining.

Best Tip: In addition to the main dining room, you’ll love The Back Room with its gastropub menu. Happy hour specials include $2 off beer, wine and house liquor, and $5 small plates.

Rivage Atlantique

The Worthington Inn – A landmark in the community since 1831, The Worthington Inn features a gourmet menu filled with locally sourced ingredients. Guests can enjoy al fresco dining on the patio (while it’s still warm), a quiet evening in the historic dining room or a relaxed meal in the Pub.

Best Tip: Check out the restaurant’s exciting list of special events, including wine pairing dinners, live musical performances and holiday parties.

The Worthington Inn

House Wine – House Wine offers more than 500 carefully selected labels in stock, making it Worthington's go-to source for both the novice and the aficionado. With 24 different pours from the shop’s Enomatic wine dispensers, you’ll have a hard time deciding on a favorite.

Best tip: Feel like sharing a bottle? House Wine’s corkage fee is only $5 – the best deal in town!

House Wine

Happy Endings

Graeter’s Ice Cream – Graeter's is the only commercial ice cream manufacturer in the world that still uses small-batch, French pot freezers, creating handmade ice cream that is thick, rich and irresistible. Stop in for a scoop of your favorite flavor or sample one of the seasonal features.

Best Tip: Trying to cut down on your sugar intake? Try Graeter’s new, low-glycemic flavors. They're incredibly delicious, yet slightly less indulgent.

Graeter’s Ice Cream

Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington

Worthington, Ohio, offers a variety of activities, attractions, specialty shops and dining options for visitors of all ages and interests. The Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington is your resource for all the latest information, including the event calendar at You can also follow us on Facebook at Visit Worthington Ohio