The Tradition

In 1978 two wacky bartenders decided to go into the restaurant business. Why not? How hard could it be? Restaurants were crowded; people would wait in line for hours to get good food. Well, hard it was! After a few years of falling all over themselves, they discovered the magic, QUALITY. All great products are built on it, and quality it would be.

Right then and there they vowed that everything they sold would be made from the absolute best products available. That one decision has been the true success of this restaurant. Quality caused employees to stay and become good at their jobs. Quality caused customers to come back again and again. Quality is why the Hickory House has been in business since 1979. That high level of quality and family tradition, are what keep us going.

Our customers enter our doors as our guests and leave as our family. We are truly a family owned and operated business. The founder’s son-in-law and nephew are now carrying on that family tradition: a Central Ohio Tradition for nearly half a century. Thank you J.D., dreams do come true.


What Makes Us Different

Our ribs are the finest two-pound baby backs money can buy. Our seven-spice rib rub and original Bar-B-Que sauce are made from scratch. All our steaks are hand cut from the best available aged, choice cut beef. They are never frozen and are always U.S.D.A. inspected. Our filets are only center cuts, as are our New Yorks, Ribeyes and Tops; and our Porterhouse is one of the best steaks in the business. Our Chops are signature cuts. Our Chicken Breasts are always fresh. Our Hamburger is made from fresh U.S.D.A. Ground Chuck. Our Soups are made from scratch.



The Team

Tony Torchia, Founder


Tony's favorite quote from Calvin Coolidge:


“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."