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Hyde Park and Eleven - Primal Needs

569 N. High St. Columbus, OH 43215 (614) 224-2204

Ever since “The Best Steak in the City” concept was created by Joe Saccone and Rick Hauck back in 1988, the starving need for a big-time, upscale steakhouse here in Ohio was not only met; it was obliterated. For over 20 years now, this innovative duo has overwhelmingly exceeded the public’s expectations with a collection of restaurants second to none. So what do Joe and Rick do for an encore? You simply won’t believe it. The ritziest place in town now has a sidekick, with all the class and sexiness you have grown to expect. Is it the bar at Hyde Park? Is it even Hyde Park at all? You can call it whatever you want, but on a scale of 1-10, you might just call it Eleven.

The best way to completely experience this tandem is to make an evening of it…and a reservation! Hyde Park is accommodating, but also lively, so call Scott Mehl at the front door to secure your table. He can get you anything you need, but you do have to ask. After your reservation is secured, we recommend starting at Hyde Park’s lounge, where over 100 wines by the glass and the best martinis in the city will get you and group in the mood. A giant outdoor plaza and multi-level lounge provide more options than you’ll need, and on Saturday nights, the upper bar is the place to be. The bartenders are knowledgeable, quick-witted, and efficient at aiding the guests all night. There is no substitute for great bartending, and this seems to be a Hyde Park given.

You have now made your way to the table, and the menus are delivered. You can certainly select from their award-winning choices, or you can pull out your copy of C Magazine for a complete A-Z guide on exactly what to get to maximize your evening here. Let’s choose the latter. Your friends and collegues will be dazzled when the shellfish platter that you ordered arrives at the table…if they can even see you. This is a 3-tiered seafood lover’s paradise that starts with Maine Lobster Cocktail at the top! The second level provides you with your own condiment section, while the base features Alaskan King Crab Legs, Oysters on the ½ Shell, and, of course, plump shrimp cocktail. With all of this resting on beds of ice, the only thing you need is a great bottle of Stag’s Leap Chardonnay. After this order, your party will let you call the rest of the shots all night…so here we go.

The thick, juicy steaks are probably the reason you’re here, and Hyde Park has the cut that will blow you away. The word “Prime” has been char-broiled into their official title for a reason: they use 100% Midwestern USDA Prime beef, corn fed and aged over 28 days. This is the top 2% of all the beef available in America. All of the cuts they feature have been hand selected for Hyde Park, and after the signature secret is applied, the original concept motto “Best Steak in the City” is achieved. The secret? We asked Chef Jeffrey Tincher about that. “Since we broil at such a high temperature (about 1800 degrees F) the steaks actually inherit a thin coating of char around them. This locks in all the juice and natural flavor that this high quality beef has to offer,” Tincher states. When asked on which steak his bias falls, he said, “The Steak Kosar. I get it every time.”

Ah, the Steak Kosar…the champion dish of Hyde Park restaurants. Yes, Browns fans, Bernie Kosar does have his Super bowl ring…as a member of the Dallas Cowboys! This MVP of a meal starts with a delicious ladle of bordelaise sauce that gives the dish such an edge. The steak of your choice is then placed in the sauce, and promptly crowned with lobster meat. Had enough? Not here! A generous supply of sauce béarnaise is applied to the top of the steak & lobster, while an asparagus and mushroom garnish rest nearby for moral support. Our recommendation is to get the Kosar with the Bone-In Filet Mignon for a true championship experience. Your guests will either follow suit or envy the masterpiece in front of you.

For seafood lovers, the freshest of catches await you here, and your server will be happy to provide you with each days delights. Stone Crab makes a seasonal appearance, and Osetra Caviar is available for those with a taste for the finer things. From every coast, nook and cranny of fresh and oceanic waters, if it tastes good, Hyde will have it.

As for private dining, Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse has got your function covered. From rehearsal dinners and wedding receptions to a business meeting sure to impress, their sales office will personally oversee every minute detail of your event. Chef Tincher has carefully selected several menu choices to satisfy all types of appetites and accounts. The facility is perfect for your next large get-together, with comfortable seating that ranges from the ultra-elegant Room 11 for an intimate party, to several other options that can accommodate 20, 30 and 40 guests.

Your evening has been a smashing success so far, but at Hyde Park, the end of dinner marks the beginning of Eleven. Sophisticated and succulent are words that accurately describe the crowd or the food, and both certainly apply. After-work professionals flock for the hot and cold “small plates” that satisfy the heartiest appetite, and since they’re still Hyde Park, martini’s reign supreme here, too! Try the unbelievable Filet Mignon Sliders, and Lobster Roll Sandwiches to get things going. Got a large group from the office? Try tacking on the Tuna Carpaccio and some Black Pepper Garlic Wings. Steaks and sides are also available here, and Eleven even offers up some incredible desserts to cap off your steakhouse experience. Oh, and ask Carrie at the bar to perform her Absinthe demonstration for you. Any cocktail that was once outlawed for having hallucinogenic properties is surely something to try! Bring your game to Eleven on the weekends, because this is where you’ll see the most polished, and chiseled collection of Columbus natives out and about. The steam here is real, and flows right into their winter patio where the cold nights are kept as seductively warm as the company that surrounds you.

Joe and Rick have given those of us in central Ohio a spot, a place, a dynamic city-style bar, and a world-class steakhouse, all in one. Come early to enjoy the martini specials, steaks and people watching at Hyde Park, and stay late at Eleven for the…we’ll let you decide this ending. Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse on the Cap, and Eleven: the newest chapter in the “Choose Your Own Adventure” series. Enjoy!