If you’re vegan, vegetarian or just looking for a healthy dining experience, you’ve come to the right city. Columbus is home to dozens of veg-friendly restaurants that boast locally grown ingredients and all-natural options. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite to eat, or a nice ambiance to sit down and enjoy your meal, you can find it within a few short miles of the convention center.

Little Eater

.2 miles from the convention center

If you’re pressed for time but still looking for a quality meal, try Little Eater. This produce-inspired eatery is located inside the North Market and now serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Little Eater specializes in unique vegetable combinations tossed with natural herbs, spices and dressings. Every ingredient is locally sourced and organic for the best flavors year-round. Customers are served in a Chipotle-style setting, perfect for a quick bite between meetings without the guilt of greasy fast food. Not to mention, Little Eater was recently named one of the “Top 50 Plant-Forward Restaurants in the World” by the Eat Foundation and The Culinary Institute of America.


.2 miles from the convention center

This Mediterranean-inspired restaurant is just steps away in the Short North Arts District and a trendy favorite among Columbus locals. The family-owned eatery has a simple menu, packed with real flavor and high-quality ingredients. From the vegetables and pita bread, to the baba ghanoush and falafel, you will taste the bold freshness in every meal. You can also order all-natural teas and brews, including minty pink lemonade, nitro cold brew, mint latte, boylan cane soda and more. The lively atmosphere draws a young crowd and is almost always busy. Although, thanks to the amazing service and friendly staff, you’ll never have to wait long to get your meal.

Northstar Café

.6 miles from the convention center

Northstar Café is also located in the Short North Arts District, just a quick 12-minute stroll from the convention center. The local café is known for having one of the best veggie burgers in town, as well as an impressive menu filled with delicious all-natural options. Northstar is committed to sustainability and environmentally conscious products. From the construction of its new restaurant building, to the sourcing of every ingredient, the café is committed to making responsible decisions for its customers and the community. You’ll find a nice selection of wine, drafts and cocktails, paired with a casual atmosphere for a lively yet laid-back dining experience.


3.7 miles from the convention center

If you’re looking for an upscale vegetarian dining experience, or just some healthy all-natural cuisine, Comune is the place for you. This quaint restaurant recently opened on the city’s south end and quickly became a favorite lunch/dinner destination for vegetarians and carnivores alike. Comune offers a variety of sharable plates, as well as a full-service bar with unique cocktails and natural wines. Every ingredient is seasonal and locally grown, making for a truly creative and flavorful menu that is 100% veg-friendly.

From the outside you might think you’re walking into a green house, with large open windows and live plants draped from every corner. When you get inside, you’ll love the open ambiance, industrial accents and modern charm that bring the space to life. We recommend an evening on the patio with friends and a few plates to share.