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Marcella's Italian Kitchen - Polaris
Marcella's Italian Kitchen - Polaris

Marcella's Italian Kitchen - Polaris Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.marcellasitaliankitchen.com
  • Phone: (614) 844-6500
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday - Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday - Saturday 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sunday 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Michael Ho
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Marcella's is available to host your private lunch or dinner event for 20 or more guests. Please contact the General Manager at to begin planning your special event today.
  • Private Party Contact: Brett Nordstrom, General Manager (614) 844-6500
  • Special Events & Promotions: WINE ENTHUSIAST WEDNESDAYS

    Receive half off all bottled wines on Wednesday nights.

    Start a new Sunday family tradition at Marcella's

    Dine with us Sundays and enjoy a Marcella's Chop Salad, Spaghetti & Meatball and a Choice of Chocolate, Pistachio or Honey Vanilla Gelato for only $15.95

    Half Price Happy Hour at Marcella's Polaris

    Join us for half price happy hour in our bar, cocktail lounge and patio Monday - Friday from 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. Enjoy half off our bar menu and $3 beers, $5 spirits & specialty cocktails, and ½ off select wines.

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Complimentary parking is available in a lot right outside of Marcella's Polaris.
A word from Marcella's Italian Kitchen - Polaris
Marcella's Italian Kitchen is a bustling, urban burst of Italian flavor and energy. Serving lunch and dinner daily, Marcella's Italian Kitchen will have a lively atmosphere – whether it be for sharing lunch, dinner or a late night snack. The dynamic bar provides a vibrant venue for sampling from a selection of 50 Italian wines served by the bottle or quartino. The Italian menu features selections of olives, meats, cheese, hot and cold small plates, as well as a variety of pizzas, pastas and Italian specialties. Marcella's Italian Kitchen brings an authentic Italian cafe to the Polaris Town Center, located across the street from Polaris Fashion Place.
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "Celebrating Father's day... food was great. However, we waited almost 20 minutes for someone to approach our table after being seated and that only happened b/c we had to flag someone down. I hope this was just a fluke in service because have dined at both locations before and never had this problem."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "My wife and I love going to Marcellas. It's better than olive garden without being quite as pricey as some Italian restaurants. We've gotten several items, our favorite is the Chicken Parmesan. The Meatball appetizer is pretty great too."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Sunday afternoon great time to stop in. Service was wonderful, 4:30 is a great time for a quite dinner."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I've been to Marcella's a number of times and it never disappoints! Food is always fabulous and the service is excellent as well. Highly recommend this as a place for an informal Italian dinner!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "It was my first time at Marella's but will definitely not be my last. The food was great and the ambiance and decor just as good. I have been in search of a place built with love where great Italian food is served with genuine dedication to one's craft. I feel like I have found that place and I am sure my wife and I will make it a destination for some of our special occasions."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Food was nothing special one way or the other but our waitress went out of her way to be helpful --- with two small grandchildren in tow!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This is the perfect place to spend an anniversary. We couldn't have gotten a better evening any place else in Columbus. The service, food and ambience was outstanding and although we will be there many more times through the year, we can't wait until our 38th wedding anniversary. Simply excellent!!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food was outstanding! The service was excellent! What wasn't good was the loud mouth lead chef who screamed at the preperation chefs the whole entire time!! We were seated 2 tables from the kitchen and he never stopped . Our waitress even apologized for all the screaming we had to listen to our entire meal. Other than that it was wonderful to reserve on line and be seated right away"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "You could probably throw a dart at this menu and leave beyond satified, but there are a few dishes I have to get everytime I come. If you do not get the veil meatball and the marg. pizza, you are truly doign yourself a disservice. The Penne al a vodka is amazing as well."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Everything was great except for our service it was slow and not good."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Cheese board starter, great cocktails and all four dishes (spaghetti, lasagne, ravioli and penne alla vodka) were great. Servers were kind and attentive, and could answer questions about our options. Great experience all around."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We were out of town and found this restaurant in your listing and the menu looked good. BUT, we ordered Brochette and got this toasted bread with broiled cheese and garlic on top and then a pasta sauce to dip it in. Now that is called Pizza bread in Chicago and it wasn't very good. They had no olive oil or Parmesan at the table. We did get a smidge of very bland olive oil (no cheese to add) and the bread was tasteless. We had to request Parmesan and she brought the cube to our table and shredded it onto our main dish. The pasta dish we had was fine but for a supposed "great Italian" restaurant it left much to be desired. We would never recommend it or return to that restaurant again."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Food is wonderful. Like the fact that the menu is varied."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We really enjoy their happy hour. We went there for a very nice dinner and the food was good."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "THE CHEF SPECIAL WAS VERY ORDINARY. The ceasar salad was very good-overall pleasant experience."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The best food I have had in a long time! Chelsea was a great bartender and recommended an exceptional wine....give that girl a raise! And the hosts were so friendly and helpful ! Rachael our waitress was also the best........give that girl a raise as well' This was my first visit but I will be back with more people. The food was the best thing I have had in my mouth for years....you may quote me. Many thanks Lori Jayne"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I've truly never had a bad experience at either Marcella's locations. the food is always delicious and most importantly - consistent. the service was awesome and our server was a sweetie. Speed of service was perfect. YUM! Thanks Cameron Mitchell for doing such a great job with this place! "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "We are long standing patrons of Marcella's and always have an excellent meal."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We made a reservation for patio, but I got a voice message the day of saying that no reservations were allowed for patio. That was too late to make another reservation. When we arrived, it was raining, so we asked for a bar table, but we had to wait 25 minutes. We decided to take a table in the restaurant. We asked if the happy hour would apply and they said no since we weren't in the bar or patio. Food is good, but as a group, we look to find place where we can enjoy happy hour and our reservation really didn't amount to anything."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "I love that we had a table waiting for us on a busy evening. Our server greeted us promptly and was very knowledgeable about the menu. She made recommendations and provided good service. The food was absolutely excellent, both appetizer and dinner. We did feel a little rushed when our server presented us with the check just a few bites into our meal but that is my only slight complaint. We will go back!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "It was fantastic- our server Jacob apologized for "hovering". Clever. Hovering means attentive service, and super friendly at it."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "I had an awesome time! Not only were the starters, incredibly good... Since we dined on Wednesday, the wine bottle we purchased was half off. The meals were excellent as well. Our server helped us with our selections of wine and food. Everything was great!"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Marcella's is so reliably great, it has become my go-to restaurant for "I don't feel like cooking" nights as well as "let's celebrate!" nights."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Outstanding at all levels. Highly recommended for everyone who enjoys a special meal at anytime."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "From the time we stepped into the restaurant, we were greeted pleasantly. The bar was a little too crowded to wait. I would have to say that is the only thing that I found to be a problem. The tables are so small that they seem to be stacked on on top of each other. It's not a very intimate setting but it would be great for larger groups. The food was incredible. I felt that maneuvering the table proved to be difficult without our server's assistance. She was great and very attentive. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We had the pleasure of celebrating Mother's day at Marcella's. There were 7 of us including my 2 grand daughters. Your staff was amazing and made sure we all had everything we needed. I had a cocktail with cherries in it which I couldn't share so our waitress brought some just for the girls. Always a special occasion at Marcella's! "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Six of us enjoyed an incredible Mother's Day lunch, including our 92 year old Mom. It was easily accessible and she loved it! The food was delicious. We also had a gluten-free menu need, along with a special diet need. We were excellently accommodated for both, with our waiter actually speaking directly with the chef. We felt pampered and will definitely do this again."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I was in the Columbus area and celebrated Mothers Day with my daughter at Marcella's. We had a wonderful meal and outstanding service! I do not have a Marcella's in the Cleveland area, so every time I visit, I make a point to have a lunch or dinner there and EVERY time they make the experience an enjoyable one. Exceptional service from the minute you walk in the door to minute you leave. The food never disappoints!! I would highly recommend to friends & family .... please open a Marcella's in the Cleveland area!! "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We particularly liked the depth of the gluten free menu. One of best items was the gluten free bread-which was so much better than what is available at another of this restaurant group's eateries. The GF chicken and broccolini rissoto was especially tasty and the GF chicken marsalla was decent but brought down by a tasteless polenta accompaniment. The GF pasta was good as were the sausage and meatball, appetizer and side, respectively. The portions were generous and we all had leftovers which were eaten for lunch the next day. Will provided very attentive but not intrusive service. Overall the four of us enjoyed dinner very much. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "With reservations, our evening went famously. Our server, Tyler, was fantastic, responsive, attentive. Two of my party were gluten free, and they had the best meal they had experienced in months."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "The food and servicer were great. The only thing that could have been better was our table. We made reservations and was put at a table right by the kitchen. It was loud and not the romantic setting I was hoping. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "I won't trust-this restaurant to a special occassion again. Server was okay, a bit inexperienced and distant at first but got better. We had an early reservation snd at first she gave us the lunch menu with no specials. The food was good, nothing that special, but we enjoyed it. Deserts were better than good."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "My niece and I went to Marcella's to celebrate her birthday . We were seated promptly . Our server appeared very quickly to get us started on our dinner . I had ravioli that was outstanding . Food , and drinks , were served promptly . Our server was one of the best I have ever experienced . She was very knowledgeable about the menu and was ready and willing to answer any of our questions . She was very appreciated for getting a special request for my dessert worked out in the kitchen. The food , service and server were all excellent ."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "My 12-year old and I had our Easter 'dinner' as a late lunch at Marcella's. We specifically asked to sit in Ally's section. The service was typical - GREAT - attentive but not crowding. The food at Marcella's is reliably good. It is also plentiful, so we often find we go home with leftovers. On this occasion, had proscuitto and melon to start. We had the Seafood Risotto and Toretellini Pomodoro. And, we came home with yummy chocolate cake! I love that you can always catch someone's eye if you need something, because even the servers that aren't in charge of 'my' table are watchful, and will go out of their way to help you - bring you parmesan or fresh pepper, have your server bring a fresh drink, or send over a box to-go. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Prices are reasonable and the food is really good. You can have pizza here with a beer for the price you'll pay for a delivery. Awesome place!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Enjoyable dinner, for the most part. The wait staff was very good in that they did not hover, but were attentive enough to our needs. I think the biggest downside for me was that they changed the recipe for the meatball. It was much spicier (you could see flecks of hot pepper in it) than I remembered from the last time. I come from an Italian home, and Marcella's used to have meatballs like my mama used to make, but alas, no more. The minestrone was good, the appetizer cheese board selections were balanced and tasty, and our friends visiting from Norway seemed to like their dinner just fine. We had cannoli for dessert. That seemed quite authentic in flavor, and they gave a generous portion so we could share those. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "The cuisine was extremely flavorful and well-prepared. Our server, Kim, was perfect.........just the right amount of involvement! I also liked the fact that we were seated immediately!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Our family met at Marcella's for an early Easter dinner. Since the kids couldn't come home for Easter, the next best thing was to take Easter to them. We thoroughly enjoyed our meals which included shellfish risotto, spaghetti and meatball, and several authentic Italian pizzas. Everyone loved their dinner choice. We were surprised at how reasonable the bill was, considering we fed six adults. The restaurant wasn't packed, but it was pretty full and was not overly noisy. It was a great way to celebrate the holiday with family. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • " Mitchell restaurant so thought there would be more class. What I experienced was what I would expect of a renovated Italian barn. Expected a little more pizazz in the offerings but what I had (goat cheese ravioli) was enjoyable. It was half-off a bottle of wine night and that might prove an attraction to some; I enjoyed what I drank but not a connoisseur so not a major factor. A real negative was the noise factor; literally had to speak "loud" to my dinner partner, not the best way to have a casual conversation. That may have contributed to our waiter being distracted; times when he seem to hear and then the "Excuse me" routine. All in all, heard about the restaurant, went to have look, ok food but probably wouldn't go back. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "The food was great as always. Unfortunately our waitress was never around and we didn't get bread till after our meal was brought to the table."
    Dined on 4/11/2014