Will be in town for a conference and will be staying by the conference center. I won't have a car but willing to take a cab to somewhere wonderful. I am a vegetarian, my other friend is not. We aren't looking to go to the most expensive places in town, but something that is around $45-$50 a person.
This is for a Thursday night.
Dragonfly - absolutely, especially if you are vegetarian and your buddy would be willing to try some vegetarian cuisine. I personally am not a vegetarian, not even close, and still would consider them one of the top 5 places in the city.
Other options that are walkable/cabable that would fit the bill -
Alana's - as mentioned (check out Pattycake Vegan Bakery when down that way)
Overall, though, definitely try Dragonfly - it is good enough to make a meat eater re-think things - the portabella bacon and soy "calamari" are both spellbinding.
698 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43215