Seasonally Inspired and Locally Sourced Fare at 1833 Restaurant in Oberlin, Ohio

The 1833 Restaurant located inside The Hotel at Oberlin serves locally sourced cuisine made from food from local farms, orchards, breweries, purveyors, and vineyards. My family had the opportunity to dine at 1833 for both dinner and breakfast during our recent road trip to Oberlin. The 1833 restaurant does local right! 

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Lunch and Dinner at 1833 Restaurant

Both The Hotel at Oberlin and 1833 Restaurant are proud of their local sourcing and sustainability in their hotel and restaurant and they should be. Supporting our local economy, reducing our carbon footprint, and keeping local Ohio farms, orchards, and vineyard in business is a good thing for everyone! Chef Jim Barnhart estimates that 75-90% of the food is locally sourced – amazing!

The contemporary atmosphere is welcoming as is the friendly staff. Think small-town Ohio charm and friendliness meets upscale, modern diner. The spacious airy restaurant with large floor to ceiling windows is not your typical small town diner!

The tables were inviting as well with colorful glassware and denim cloth napkins. What a great spot to dine with the family, a group of friends, or while visiting Oberlin College for a college visit.

There is a private dining room that can be reserved for larger parties. The art deco backdrop is so fun – we wanted to dine in this glassed-in room. It would be perfect for family parties, baby showers, business meetings, etc.

1833 offers traditional local fare switched up! The fried green tomatoes were recommended with good reason. They were phenomenal with a crunchy cornmeal breading served with a side of whipped pimento cheese. It

Locally sourced food means that your meal will be freshest. There is less distance to travel so food can be picked ripe and served fresh instead of being picked early and being bio-engineered. 1833 can also offer great daily specials based on the produce ripe right now in Ohio. I enjoyed the daily special of pork loin with a summer squash and corn salad. The pork was tender and the vegetables were amazing – like fresh out of a home-grown garden.

My husband ordered the Thai Style Red Curry made with Cleveland tofu, coconut milk, summer vegetables and jasmine rice. This gluten-free, vegan menu item was ‘currylicious’ as my husband reports. Made with local tofu and vegetables, the chef has obviously made this many times as the seasoning combination was perfect.

Normally we request that our kids order something a little more creative than burgers and fries, however the 1833 Restaurant is known for their amazing 1833 burger, so my son ordered a full adult portion while my daughter ordered a slightly smaller kids menu portion. The 1833 burger is made with 2 grilled beef patties with onion jam, bacon, cheddar, mustard aoili, and pickle served on a brioche bun. What a burger! No wonder this flavor combination is a hit, it has a kick of flavor and a juicy burger.

I am a huge fan of the 1833 fries too – they are lightly seasoned and perfectly crunchy. I may have stolen fries from both of their plates!

Save room for dessert! Their 17 layer crepe cake is divine served with a caramelized top. It is super soft, creamy, and fluffy. It simply melts in your mouth.

We are big fans of crème brûlée, 1833 serves one of the best we’ve had. Breaking through the crackly caramel topping to get to the velvety custard is half the fun of this classic French dessert. This luscious dessert is a perfect option anytime of day, including brunch!

Local fare like bread pudding isn’t something you’ll find many places. It is a customer favorite at 1833 with very delicious reasons. This warm bread pudding is a sweet custard-like desert with amazing vanilla, brown sugar, and caramel flavors. Topped with fresh vanilla ice cream, this hearty dessert is made to share!

Work off some of that delicious dessert afterwards by strolling though this iconic small Ohio city with its historic landmarks and architecture, arts and culture activities, eclectic shops, art galleries, and Oberlin College.

1833 Brunch

Rise and shine with breakfast or brunch at 1833 Restaurant to start the day right.  Doesn’t this table look amazing?! It was, believe me!

The 1833 omelet with a side of breakfast potatoes is a great choice. Choose your favorite toppings of smoked bacon, pork sausage, ham, tomato, kale, bell pepper, red onion, chive, salsa, swiss and Middlefield cheddar. Yes, Amish country cheese! Fluffy and hearty at once, my son loved the 1833 omelet.

My daughter loves grilled chicken sandwiches. She was a bit surprised by the green coloring of the chicken from the fresh herb marinade but she loved the flavor – as did I when I stole a bite. Served with breakfast potatoes or fries, this hearty brunch kept her full all day.

The mushroom and kale scramble was delicious served with a bread of your choice. My husband really enjoyed the kale, I plan to try adding it to eggs at home. What a fresh way to include locally grown produce to breakfast!

Chef Jim Barnhart does an amazing job creating seasonally changing menus with locally sourced foods utilizing sustainable agricultural practices throughout the restaurant and with every menu item. He knows the farmers and purveyors of the local area and works with them to create a menu that you’ll enjoy. Nothing is fresher than poultry from Amish country, fruit from Vermilion and Amherst, micro greens from The Chef’s Garden, syrup from Wakefield, and dairy from Holmes county.  Chef Jim is an Oberlin native that studied culinary abroad before returning home to delight customers with locally sourced fare.

Dining at 1833 Restaurant was a pleasure. The staff was friendly and attentive. Stop by on your next road trip or visit to Oberlin, Ohio.  Drop by or make your reservations online.

1833 Restaurant
10 East College St
Oberlin, OH 44074

Oberlin, OH 44074

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