Where to Eat in Columbus: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Matilde Konrad

Columbus is a city in Columbia (mostly) and Dodge Counties in the south-central part of the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The population was 4,991 at the 2010 census. All of this population resided in the Columbia County portion of the city. Columbus is located about 28 miles (45 km) northeast of Madison on the Crawfish River. It is part of the Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area. Nearly all of the city is located within the town of Columbus in Columbia County, though a small portion lies within the town of Elba in Dodge County.
Things to do in Columbus

1. Appletree Family Restaurant

675 Park Ave, Columbus, WI 53925-1626 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Diner Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 920-623-4518
Excellent
60%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 54 reviews

Appletree Family Restaurant

Reviewed By Marie R - Oconomowoc

On a road trip again, hungry. Stopped in Columbus for lunch. And we are super glad we did!! I had their BLT wrap (perfect, loaded with bacon... yummy, tomatoes, mayo. Big wrap... couldn't finish it all. Fries were so tasty AND their chicken dumpling soup was tasty!! Stop here...you'll be glad you did!!

2. Sharrow's Downtown

100 S Ludington St, James St Access, Columbus, WI 53925-1516 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations American Drinks SGD 8 +1 920-623-2701
Excellent
78%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 9 reviews

Sharrow's Downtown

Reviewed By LLL160 - Columbus, Wisconsin

My family is always happy with the coffee brewed at Sharrows. Double that when discussing baked goods available. We've never been disappointed!

3. Columbus Family Restaurant

224 DIX St, Columbus, WI 53925-1011 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 18 +1 920-623-2440
Excellent
48%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 51 reviews

Columbus Family Restaurant

Reviewed By Judy F

Family restaurant where they remember your name. Good variety of food available with authentic Mexican choices too. There are daily specials listed on a blackboard. Homemade soups are great also.

4. Club 60

W2164 State Road 60, Columbus, WI 53925-9557 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible American, Soups, Bar, Pub Drinks, Dinner SGD 33 +1 920-623-3113
Excellent
61%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 33 reviews

Club 60

A Wisconsin traditional supper club serving fish fry on Friday nights, along with Prime Rib and full menu. Saturday nights are Prime Rib and Seafood specials.

Reviewed By Daniel M

Visited last night for fish fry. The cod was very good. The service was excellent. Soup and salad bar awesome. We will return when in the area.

5. Capri Steak House & Bar

126 S Ludington St, Columbus, WI 53925-1516 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible American, Steakhouse, Bar, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner +1 920-623-4818
Excellent
40%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
4%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 49 reviews

Capri Steak House & Bar

Reviewed By prizepkg - Madison, Wisconsin

A superb bar area and a comfortable dining room with traditional favorites-steak, fish, ribs and chicken. Great place for lunch or dinner with homemade soups, fresh salads and juicy burgers. The atmosphere is welcoming, service is consistently good (friendly without being intrusive) and I have...MoreThanks so much! Glad that you love our food. Hope to have you back again very soon! Best, Chef Jeff

6. Mullins Short Stop

641 N Ludington St, Columbus, WI 53925-1927 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner +1 920-623-2080
Excellent
50%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 29 reviews

Mullins Short Stop

Reviewed By JebDave - Madison, Wisconsin

The little ones like this place, its like a picnic without any of the packing up or cleaning afterwards. I don't care for the burgers, but am outnumbered by the rest of the family who love them. I go for the fried cheese curds and that awesome root beer float.
Service is by energetic kids who aim to please no matter what spills or how much extras are asked for.

7. Culver's

201 DIX St, Columbus, WI 53925-1012 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food, Delicatessen Lunch, Dinner +1 920-623-5342
Excellent
40%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
13%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 23 reviews

Reviewed By 151mmb

Full disclosure: I am a true fan of Culver's food (even have made a pilgrimage to their birthplace in Sauk City), so if you do not like their "Butter Burgers" do NOT stop here. But if you appreciate typical Wisconsin food (= lots of fresh beef, dairy, & produce), this restaurant is the place to dine-in or drive-through for burgers, salads, custard, etc. This specific restaurant is up-to-par with other Culver's in that it is fast, friendly & clean.

8. Day One Pizza

749 Park Ave, Columbus, WI 53925-1628 Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Pizza Lunch, Dinner +1 920-623-2300
Excellent
48%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
26%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 15 reviews

Day One Pizza

Reviewed By glenway2014 - Rio, Wisconsin

Ordered a carryout which was delivered without any problems, but it's doubtful I will order very frequently unless I come into a fortune. Just cannot afford these kind of prices for pizza. Tastes great, but can only afford to purchase on VERY SPECIAL occasions due to the expense.

9. The Old Rock

W11070 State Road 16 and 60, Columbus, WI 53925-9441 +1 920-623-9910
Excellent
84%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 6 reviews

Reviewed By Kristie W - Waukesha

Went with a large group on bikes and stopped on a Saturday afternoon. There wasn't many people there but took us 10 mins to get serviced at the bar. The bartender was too busy talking to the people at the end of the bar and we even had to call her and she still ignored us. The only saving grace is when we rode back through the bar manager was super gracious and made sure we were well taken care of. Actually talked us in to coming back out on a Sunday funday

10. China King

107 N Ludington St, Columbus, WI 53925-1576 Chinese +1 920-623-0113
Excellent
50%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 6 reviews

Reviewed By UWPPioneer - Columbus, Wisconsin

My wife and I enjoy getting takeout at the China King. The cost is very reasonable and I like being able to see the cooks finish our order. You know it is fresh and hot. We normally order the steamed veggies and shrimp and the crab Rangoon is wonderful. When you order on the phone it is usually ready in 10-15 minutes. Try them out! We also order the soup when we don't feel well and it is always hot and tasty.

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