Yellow House Cafe 101: The Essential Guide.

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What is yellow house cafe?

The Yellow House Café is a cozy, comfortable café that provides delicious food and coffee. We also offer house made waffles, rum cinnamon toast, soup broth bowls, breakfast skillets. We are a great place to study, meet up with friends or to stop in and get a great meal while you are shopping or just passing by. The establishment is located in the heart of downtown Columbus at the corner of 3rd and Park Street in the old Firestone building.

The café includes: A full espresso bar with a variety of fresh brewed coffee. Homemade bakery items * House-made soups, hearty sandwiches and gourmet hot food items. We offer free WiFi. The Yellow House Café is open for lunch and breakfast 6 days a week. We also offer catering for any size group from meetings to wedding rehearsal dinners and everything in between! We can accommodate from 4 – 200 guests.

Where can we find yellow house cafe?

We are conveniently located at 3rd and Park Street in the heart of downtown Columbus.
Yellow house cafe is just a short walk from the Ohio Statehouse, Nationwide Arena, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the Convention Center, and many other popular attractions.

We are located 2 blocks from the Ohio State University Campus and minutes away from The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Also we are centrally located to many popular dining and retail locations in Downtown Columbus. We offer complimentary valet parking for all guests at our front door for convenient drop offs. The Yellow House Café is handicapped accessible with roll-in access.

What makes it so unique?

The Yellow House Café differentiates itself from other downtown Columbus restaurants by providing a homey atmosphere with cozy couches, board games, great food and a staff that is ready to help make your dining experience outstanding. The Yellow House Café offers outdoor seating where you can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while you listen to live local music in the summer months.

What are the features ?

Our menu offers a wide variety of delicious food and beverages. We offer a full espresso bar with fresh brewed coffee, tea, smoothies, cappuccinos and lattes. The Yellow House Café is an old house that has been converted into a restaurant so we have kept our charm from the original floor to ceiling woodwork and even some of the original fireplace mantles. There is even an indoor fireplace for cool winter days.

What are our story and values?

The Yellow House Café was opened in 2003 by Mark Risley, who had previously managed local restaurants here in Columbus for many years. Mark wanted to open a place that would be different than most of the other restaurants in downtown Columbus. To this end, he wanted to provide comfortable atmosphere with a relaxed atmosphere. He also wanted a place where you felt like you were at home. That is why the Yellow House Café features numerous couches in the café area and board games for everyone to enjoy. Mark was also keen on good service and that is why our staff works hard to keep you happy.

What are your vision?

The Yellow House Café has a long term vision of becoming a local hot spot in the heart of downtown Columbus. We want people to come in and feel welcome and relaxed while they are enjoying great service and delicious food. Our goal is to be an establishment that all guests enjoy visiting again and again.

Who runs the yellow house cafe?

Mark Risley was the owner of The Yellow House Café for many years until he unfortunately passed away in December of 2015. His wife, Anne is now running the café in his absence. We have already added some unique items to our menu such as; soup broth bowls, turkey chili and clam chowder. We are also currently working on a few new menu items that will be coming out soon. One of these is our breakfast skillets which will include great build-your-own omelettes, homemade waffles made with organic eggs and lots of other tasty treats including toast and various breakfast meats.


The Yellow House Cafe was first established in 2006. Although the idea for the Yellow House Café was conceived 5 years before it was opened, it started out as merely an idea of one individual who had enough faith in his vision to finally call it “reality”. The name “Yellow House” stemmed from this individual’s love for yellow.


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