Local Restaurants in Columbus
Eat Like a Local
No matter the time of day, you can find restaurants, rooftop bars and coffee shops steeped in innovation and excellence within walking distance from the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Whether you’re exploring before your conference sessions begin or planning a dinner after a busy day of networking, there are countless options nearby. Read on to discover just a few, some of which have even been featured in publications like Food & Wine and Fodor’s Travel, or click to jump to the section you're most interested in: Nearby Food Halls, Light Fare, Breakfast, Coffee, Upscale, Rooftop Cocktails and Bars.
Budd Dairy Food Hall
Located in Italian Village, this chef incubator space was named one of the “Ten Best New Food Halls in the U.S.” by Fodor’s Travel.
Columbus’ public market of nearly 150 years, located across from the Greater Columbus Convention Center, offers a crowd-pleasing mix of traditional market vendors and restaurant booths for ordering meals.
This Mediterranean eatery is a great option for those hunting for an informal but unique local eatery. Create your own sandwich, salad, or pita for a filling yet healthy lunch.
Icarus Sandwich Shop
From the creators of the Food & Wine-lauded local coffee shop Fox in the Snow comes Icarus Sandwich Shop, a cozy shop selling “beautiful sandwiches” that’s tucked away in the Short North Arts District.
Lox Bagel Shop
Stop in at Lox for a Food & Wine-lauded bagel experience! Featured in the “Best Bagels in America” and located in the Short North Arts District, Lox Bagel Shop is an undeniably delicious way to start your day.
If you have some spare time to head further into Columbus, check out the full Columbus Coffee Trail! Otherwise, enjoy the Trail options below that are within walking distance from the Greater Columbus Convention Center and nearby hotels
With a focus on sustainable sourcing and top of the line in-house equipment, One Line is a coffee lover’s delight. Family-founded and located in the Short North, head on over if you need a jolt of caffeine for your day.
Stop in at Roaming Goat to get the finest Arabica coffee from around the world, and enjoy the sleek aesthetic of this shop that’s located in the heart of the Short North Arts District.
The Guild House
This intimate eatery in the Short North Arts District aims to offer innovative, seasonal cuisine whether you’re coming in for brunch or happy hour.
Jeff Ruby Steakhouse
Famous for “The Jeff Ruby Experience,” you’re sure to have an unforgettable time and delicious meals at this steakhouse.
Martini Modern Italian
With made-from-scratch pasta and fresh ingredients in their dishes, Martini Modern Italian offers a must-try blend of classic and innovative Italian dining.
Located within the AC Hotel, Lumin is an expansive and chic rooftop bar offering tapas, sleek cocktails and an unforgettable view of the Columbus skyline.
Lincoln Social is a sleek rooftop experience for those who live for the scene. Night owls will be right at home at this energetic rooftop in the Short North Arts District.
Howl at the Moon
One of two piano bars in Columbus, Howl at the Moon is always alive and energetic. Stop in for happy hour for a more chill experience or head by later in the evening to revel in their lively dueling pianos.