M is the signature restaurant from Columbus restaurant powerhouse Cameron Mitchell. The eatery is also known around town as one of the most splurge-worthy dining options in the city. Here, couples gather for a celebratory dinner while regulars (typically, residents from the neighboring high-end, high-rise Miranova) take a seat near the bar and the city’s most powerful gather to talk business at one of the tables.
The Columbus restaurant is chic in a retro, ’90s-South-Beach kind of way where lighting sets the ambience. Rotating neon purple and blue lights illuminate the centerpiece backlit bar and sheer white curtains hung from a soaring ceiling. Glowing cones seemingly rise from the black granite bar top.
The feast for the eyes continues in M’s artfully plated contemporary American dishes influenced by Pacific Rim flavors, as well as the cocktails (such as the Black Orchid, which is served with a real orchid frozen inside a large ice cube). The craft cocktail scene is booming in Columbus and bar chef Cris Dehlavi is one of the best-known culinary cocktail minds in town. Ordering off the seasonal drink menu is always a safe bet, and it’s one of the many things keeping a young crowd circulating through the establishment. At happy hour, you’ll see young professionals popping the top on M’s new bottled cocktails such as the Aviation, a libation made with carbonated Bombay Sapphire, crème Yvette, Luxardo and fresh lemon juice.