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

Marcella's Italian Kitchen - Polaris

  • 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 6148446500x
  • Special Events: 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Marcella's Italian Kitchen - Polaris reviews from OpenTable diners
145 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (73)special occasion (56)fit for foodies (50)romantic (33)notable wine list (33)neighborhood gem (28)great for lunch (27)great for outdoor dining (26)hot spot (24)vibrant bar scene (20)kid-friendly (18)late-night find (10)great for brunch (5)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Average, noisy Italian restaurant
    weederVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Restaurant was busy and quite noisy. My husband enjoyed the chic parmesan but my clam linguine was unexpected spicy. Service was friendly and mostly efficient.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Food was good but the service was slow and forgetful!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    We had great food as a reasonable price, my only suggestion would be that they spend some money insulating the windows. We had a table next to the window and there was a breeze coming int he closed window. Pulling the shades and putting a coat next to the window made it tolerable, but it was still a few degrees cooler than the rest of the restaurant.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • daygo1963
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Menu is not extensive but focus is on quality. Prices were very reasonable including house wines. It is a very loud dining room so be prepared for that.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Travelwithkids
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We had an early dinner with friends. I remember the food was much better years ago. The last two times I have been there, the food was as tasty as Brio or Bravo's.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The service was excellent & the food was excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    service outstanding, food excellent, wine list a bit short but overall good. Very busy and energetic
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food
    Jsommerfeld
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We went to celebrate my husband's birthday and had a great experience. Food and service could not have been better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Our "go to" place for small to medium sized groups. Fun atmosphere, good food, good value. We had a party of 10 and the service felt like it was just two of us
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good/bad comments
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Food was good with special touches. Wine list very fairly priced for good wine. Noise level was too high for comfortable conversation.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very pretty place
    Luvaidan
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We had a good experience. I really liked the ambiance and the noise level was quiet. However, the chicken was dry in the both chicken dishes that we ordered. They replaced one of them with an eggplant parm and it was good. Also we had 2 adults and 3 teens for 120.00. Prices are very reasonable.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pre-game Dinner
    ClayBuckVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We love this place. The atmosphere is casual, the food great, the wine excellent, and it's just fun. All that and OSU won!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Our waitress wasn't the most attentive waitress in the restaurant. I never did get a refill on my coffee.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Marcella's
    luv2dineout1956
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Have always gone to the Short North previously ... first time at the Polaris location. I like the fact that the space is larger and there wasn't a wait. Went with a friend who had never been to Marcella's and he fell in love with the great food and wine. The service was impeccable. It was a good night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food came quickly
    loramcg
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Although our food came quickly our server disappeared frequently, after letting her know we had plans, which caused some anxiety and dessert to go on our special birthday dinner. Birthday dessert was charged then we had to wait for that to be corrected. More anxiety.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Polaris is not downtown
    cadex980c
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    After trying to avoid Highball I moved the reservation to the Polaris location but the crowd is definitely different and shockingly so was the restaurant. Same menu but not the same taste, care in prep, or service.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome Experience
    mikeyp66
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    My wife and I are always looking for good restaurants. Being new to the area, I believe we have found one. I made a reservation so when we arrived, the table was ready, and we walked right in. A great dining atmosphere, not too loud, but loud enough that I knew others were enjoying themselves. I definitely will return, probably many times.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never a bad problem
    Chris
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Consistently high quality food here. Try the aranching and the carbonara
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Awesome restaurant! Great food and the bartender was so nice and friendly and helpful! Will definitely be coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome ambiance
    Mealtime
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    The moment I walked into this restaurant I fell in love with the scene! The staff was very friendly and quick. I ordered an apple salad that was delicious, but the vinegar taste was a bit strong. My main course was the fettuccine and meatball. I must say this was also tasteful and delicious! The serving was more than my tiny stomach could handle so I ended up taking the majority of it home with me. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves Italian! --Superb!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sorry600
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Highly disappointed in the food. The entrée was overly cheesy and proper taste was lacking.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Definitely Worth a Try
    MehhhVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Very good experience, quality staff, solid food, reasonable prices. I will definitely return.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome restaurant
    Vballa
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Tried the shellfish risotto and was very happy with it. Service was fast and our server was very knowledgeable. Will recommend to friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun evening with Mom
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Enjoyed dining at Marcella's with my mom while the rest of the family was out for the evening. It's been a few years since I've been there. Boy, have they changed! Food was fantastic. Highly recommend the Melted Pecorino appetizer. Delicious! And the lobster/shrimp risotto, amazing! Service was super friendly and informative. Felt spoiled and enjoyed a lovely evening out on the patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    Dabigguy
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food and the atmoshpere was brilliant....I took my lady to celebrate her birthday and a lot of the staff was saying happy birthday and making the experience that much more special...Will def. go back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not great but good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Having recently moved from the east coast, I have been searching for a "go to" Italian restaurant in the Westerville / Columbus area. I thought the food here was good but not great. The red sauce was acceptable and the chicken cutlet passable. I was disappointed with the zuccini appetizer since it was not what I was expecting. We were told that the portion size was huge but in reality, not so. It was not small either but you could have an appetizer or salad and still finish your meal. There was a limited wind selection if you like pino noir or merlot. I thought that the service was attentive and the place looked nice. I would go back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed with food
    FoodFancy
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    While it was nice to have our group of 8 in the private party room (lower noise level) and our server did a nice job staying connected with our table (though it seemed she was spread out among various large groups), the food was a disappointment. The one dish was barely warm and had to be sent back to be warmed up. My eggplant parmigiana was barely warm and lacked much flavor. The tomato sauce was bland. The wine selection was average at best. I'll think twice before going back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but loud
    bel14
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The first thing we noticed when we walked in the door was how loud the restaurant was. It was a Saturday night so it was crowded, but it was a fun, energetic noise. The food was good and we enjoyed our dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gluten free
    Carol
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Marcellas is my favorite restaurant!! Their gluten free options are excellent. The gluten free pizza is my favorite although the pasta is excellent as well. Also, the gluten free bread is awesome!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, wine, service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    My wife and I have been to Marcella's at Polaris a number of times, and we also have been to the short north location a lot, usually for happy hour. The food is always very good, and we like trying the different Italian wines they have. The attitude of the servers is also good, helpful but not overly serious. It is a popular restaurant though, so it is usually loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sharpdoc
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The giant meatballs are quite good, the pasta is meh. The gnocchi is ok, but the sauce is very undistinguished. The service was good, but this is probably going to be my last time at Marcella's.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not as good as normal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I visit Cameron restaurants frequently due to gluten free availability. As always, our food was awesome. We were disappointed in a few things though. One we had to physically move the table as it was so close to the table next to us your backs were touching (neither party was heavy either). Our server was overly fake with kindness and we all found him to be quite obnoxious. Yes you should be kind, but it's obvious when you're trying so hard it's fake. It also took my brother several requests and 15 minutes to get normal stemware for his wine and this was after a snarky comment from our server that the glassware you use "is real stemware". If a guest asks for it, just get it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food was excellent . Almost my Mom's meatballs and she made the best! Thank you
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First visit, very impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The extensive gluten free menu was amazing. They had gluten free bread that was delicious. Service was good. Wine list could have been a bit better. Patio was very nice. Traffic noise was surprisingly low.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Complaint
    Great
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    First time there for my family, there was 2 birthdays. Me an Husband really raved about Marcells's. The service was slow, food wasn't that good. I talked to the manager Bennett, an told her. She was nice, but still had to ask for more refills. Some of food was cold, server never told us about Sunday special, we had to ask. They was not crowded at all. My husband had been there before an had great service an food. Our bill was 279.37, plus 55.00 tip..I guess never brag about ant rest.on Sundays. Which we won't. There was 11 of us.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    always well satisfied with the food, service and dollar value.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mom's Night Out
    ladydusk
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My Suster-in-law and I met for a moms night out. We ate and laughed and talked for a long time. Our server was incredibly gracious and helpful. She was knowledgeable about the wine list and helped us make a great selection. We shared small plates at the table and she made that very easy to order more at intervals and divided our check for us. We had a wonderful time. We had the zucchini (my favorite), arancini, olives, melted pecorino, and a pizza. Yum.Marcella's is one of my favorites and I will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Place to Dine
    Louise
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary at Marsella's, and had a terrific experience. Our waiter was attentive, efficient and friendly. He even offered, and took our 30th anniversary photo for us. We will definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    FoodieWannaBe
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Everything was great! Have already recommended to friends.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't bother with table reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Make a reservation, show up on time, get handed a vibrating caller, wait 10 minutes. Don't bother with reservations.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Business Lunch
    NightsOut
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Went with five business associates. Great lunch. Panini's were great and reasonable price for business lunch. Table was ready when we arrived. The server was efficient, and accurate. Very pleasant. Noise level was low which made it easy for conversation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.