Marcella's
Marcella's

Marcella's

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.marcellasristorante.com/
  • Phone: (614) 223-2100
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Friday - Saturday 4:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Jonathan Deutschle
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Book your bachelorette party at Marcella’s! Nestled in the Short North Arts District, and near the Arena District, Marcella’s is the perfect place to begin your bachelorette party night. Choose one of our special packages, or we’ll work with you to create the ultimate bridal party experience! Minimum of 10 guests per package. Call 614.223.2100 today and ask to speak with Dain Cooke. Congratulations on your engagement, and we hope to celebrate
    with you soon at Marcella’s Ristorante, Pizzeria and Wine Bar!
  • Special Events: Wine Enthusiast Night

    Join us for Wine Enthusiast Nights at Marcella's Short North on Sunday and Monday evenings. You'll receive 25% off all bottled wines on our exclusive Italian wine list. Salute!

    Happy Hour at Marcella's Short North

    Join us for half price happy hour in our bar and cocktail lounge, Monday - Friday from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Enjoy half off selected food and drink menu items during happy hour in the bar area.

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking is available for $6.00 during dinner service.
A word from Marcella's
Marcella’s is a bustling, urban burst of Italian flavor & energy. Marcella’s has a lively atmosphere – whether it be for sharing 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 (1/3 of the bottle), but don’t forget about the ample offerings of antipasti & pizza. Marcella’s brings an authentic Italian cafe to Columbus’ Short North Arts District.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Marcella's reviews from OpenTable diners
277 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (148)neighborhood gem (142)good for groups (127)hot spot (121)special occasion (119)romantic (100)notable wine list (86)vibrant bar scene (78)late-night find (39)kid-friendly (17)great for lunch (13)scenic view (9)great for outdoor dining (8)great for brunch (5)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    The service and food were outstanding! We had a group of 7 (aged 12 to 89) with limited time and everything was perfect from salads to spaghetti and the BEST meatball ever, to the pizzas. Usually eat at Polaris location but loved the vibe at the Short North location prior to hitting the theatre. Always a great choice! (Due to time constraints we bypassed alcohol on this visit.)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Slow service
    bdk8
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The food was great! Our server was very slow. Resturant just opened, no busy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Italian Restaurant
    TomK
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Reservation through Open Table worked great. We were seated immediately. We had a table for 7 and everyone enjoyed the food and the ambiance. The restaurant environment allowed our party to get a little load at times without feeling out of place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere.
    risottolover
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Having lived The daily risotto never disappoints. Having lived in a few different cities I became a risotto lover. It's hard to find in Columbus and Marcella's does it best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marcella's is a must for us when we visit Columbus
    FAVORITE
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Our daughter will graduate from Ccad in the Spring of 2015. We will have to find an excuse to visit so we can come back to Marcella's!!!!!!!! The atmosphere is very energetic and upbeat. We have so many favorites on the menu; the meatball is succulent, the pizzas perfect, and the drink selection is varied (we love the white citrus sangria!) My all time FAVORITE restaurant!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    mee0214
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    The service and food have always been excellent. Coming from an Italian - American background, the flavors remind me of Grandma's cooking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jimbo
    Jimbo
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Always stop here when in Columbus. Great small plates and pizza. Very good wine list. Very reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed
    937amy
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We've been here several times and have had a wonderful experience every time. Great wine and good selection. The arancini is my favorite appetizer. I had the capellini al pomodoro. Delicious! Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good
    Yuminmytum
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The food here was delicious and also very affordable! I was able to get two main dishes and a dessert for under $40. The caprese and chicken parmesian were delicious and the almond chocolate cake had a wonderful combination of flavors. I highly recommend this restaurant to everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun for birthday party
    Yogamom
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We had a wonderful time celebrating our sons birthday at Marcella's. The food and drinks were delicious. The waiter was very helpful and knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Making it Special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    My girlfriend and I went here to celebrate our first year together. The food was great, we were wished a happy anniversary by multiple staff members, and desert was on the house! The food was excellent, and our waiter gave great recommendations. We enjoyed the relatively relaxed atmosphere paired with the delicious food. Speaking of which, the Tiramisu was awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome dinner experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    My fiance and I went here for his birthday dinner. The food and service were superb! The tables are a little close to one another so it makes it hard if you are going for an intimate dinner. But overall the place was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Happy Hour!
    whoamkm
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Marchellas has a wonderful happy hour. Half off drinks, appetizers, small plates, and pizza! It cannot be beat. Try the crispy potato pizza, you won't regret it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable Evening
    MONIELEANNE
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We went on a Sunday evening for my dad's birthday. We never felt rushed and never waited for anything, perfect timing. The food and service were excellent, everyone had a very nice time. It was exactly what I've come to expect from a CM restaurant. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely
    2bythec
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Such a lovely restaurant. From the valet to the waitress, nothing but professionalism. Food is AMAZING! Window seating is our favorite. Very relaxed and enjoyable setting.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Italian spot
    RabidAntsVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The food and service were great. The selection of "Italian" food was good for all 9 of us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Miller08
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Food was fanastic! Made a resorvation that day in advance and walked right in! Very dark and only lit my candles on tables and has a high noise level for a Friday night. Service was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Columbus' best happy hour!
    Lindsay
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    A great place to meet after work for drinks and food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We had a group of 12 that was celebrating a birthday party last Saturday night and our service was AMAZING! Our server went out of her way to make sure the dinner went smoothly and was a memorable experience. The food and ambiance is amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 40th Bday celebration
    RUAwebchild2
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    After recently dining at Marcello's for the first time I decided I wanted to celebrate my 40th birthday with close friends. The experience was very pleasurable, the food was great and our server was top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • metalguy
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Exciting variety of food choices, all excellently prepared and delicious. Our party of four enjoyed everything we ordered. The place was very busy, the usual Saturday nite crowd. But the service was extremely SLOW! Which we did not expect at a Cameron Mitchell restaurant. 50 minutes before we received any food! Unsatisfactory.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Get a meatball!
    CnjRXVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Fantastic dinner for 10!! Many meals were tried, all were loved . Get a meatball !! Either with your meal or an appi!! Giant softball size bit of wonderful. Going back for another
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • patti
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    we went there while at parents weekend at OSU. The manager went so out of his way to help us with a family personal problem!! We were shocked at just how nice everyone was. food was great too!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent dinner
    AnotherFreak
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The service was quick and courteous and the food was excellent. We had the arancini, gnocchi, and special seafood linguini. A couple of the mollusks on my plate had not fully opened during cooking, so I didn't eat them. A little more attention to detail on behalf of the kitchen staff should rectify that issue. Otherwise everything was excellent. The olive oil was particularly delicious. I wouldn't recommend it as a romantic night out on a Saturday as the place was packed and quite noisy. Our table was directly by the server station and there was a lot of activity.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor service, small portions
    NYCFoodieinCMH
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Our server was very slow and failed to check on our table. After 20 minutes, we finally flagged down another server to take our drink order. Our sever seemed up phased by her poor service. The appetizers were cold, the entree portion I had was more of an appetizer size. I left the restaurant hungry. Overall a very poor experience. I will not be patronizing this establishment again and I caution those thinking about going for the first time.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food!
    Lopez85
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    My Wife and I went for a night on the town and had made a reservation for Marcella's earlier in the week, which i would highly recommend making reservations as we walked in roughly a half hour before our scheduled time and were sat down within 10 mins of arrival. Mind you there was a line of people who had not made reservations. The service was very good, although we did go some time without seeing our waiter, i will mark that up due to how incredibly busy it was, so i don't hold that against him. As for the food, my wife had the Fettuccine and Meatballs and I had the Tortellini Alla Manzo. My wife loved her dish as it reminded her of her grandmas cooking, I just wish i had a slightly bigger portion of my food. Delicious otherwise.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and Atmosphere
    musicaldiner1021
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    This was not my first time visiting and every time I come in, I am always impressed. We were here before a show at the Ohio Theater so we had a reservation which had us seated right away. It did take a minute for the server to reach our table the first time (in all fairness, he had multiple large party tables), but after he greeted us, he was there whenever we needed him and not there when we didn't. With two Veal Meatballs, a Pecorino Cheese plate, a Cesar and a chop salad between the two of us, everything was wonderfully prepared, and tasted great! We were pleasantly surprised when our bill for five appetizers and a bottle of wine for under $45! Definitely a place I would recommend to just about anyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marcella's on High
    SRBDub
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    This is a great restaurant in the Short North area of Columbus, OH. I loved my dish, which was the special that evening. I found the menu very small though, which can be a good thing in certain situations. I personally like more than your regular lasagna, chicken parmesan or spaguetti and meatballs. Sure, those dishes should be staples at any Italian restaurant, but I rather see more variety in the menu. However, the special which was a gnocchi with roasted chicken and vegetables, was superb! It's kid friendly as they have a great kids menu! It sure was vibrant on a weeknight evening, I can't imagine on weekends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pre theater treat
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Everything was great. The service per Danny was fabulous. The half price menu enabled us to get a delicious and unique full meal plus dessert for the price we would have paid for lunch. We were impressed. Even parking closeby was a breeze!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Amazing chicken parm and great suggestion for the Humulus Nimbus beer!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Marcella's
    eagledriver1
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Glad we made a reservation because those without had a one hour and 45 minute wait, which shows Marcella's popularity. This was our first visit. Very glad we came!!! Outstanding service and dinner! The only minor disappointment was we were with friends we hadn't seen in a long time and the decibel level in the restaurant was over the top. But, it was still a great evening...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistantly Great!
    Steve
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    This is the 3rd time we have dined here. We travel from Cleveland to dine here for special occasions. As always, Marcella's does not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 18th birthday celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Too noisy, my only complaint. Really enjoyed restaurant. Unfortunately we live in maryland and unlikely to return
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    bfp1VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We try to go here every time we visit Columbus. We always get a lot if dishes to share with the whole table. Meatballs are the best I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great dining experience
    GPretty
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My husband and I ate here before the Columbus marathon and both thoroughly enjoyed it. The decor is beautiful and the environment is energetic yet peaceful. I had gnocchi w/ lamb bolognease and he had lasagna. Delicious!! We would recommend and return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    The melted pecorino cheese was fantastic paired with a nice red wine. The beet salad and the pizza were wonderful too. The atmosphere was nice. I do hope they get rid of the cheesy paper placemats with a map of Italy on it though. A bit too kitsch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Senenam
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Amazing food and ambiance as always. I'm an Resident Advisor at Ohio State University and used Marcella's as a place to take my residents to get to know them better and also expose them to Columbus. Many of them were first timers and ABSOLUTELY LOVED it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sister Weekend
    newthingsat50
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    With Marcella's varied menu, we all found something to enjoy. Our server told us the gnocchi is her favorite and she is correct - it is delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A nice place, if crowded.
    DekkanRhee
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    My wife & I celebrated an anniversary there this past week, and it was packed! Our reservation got us a table about 5-10 minutes after our appointed time, but there were parts of the restaurant (mostly the bar and the entry 'room') that were standing room only. The biggest disappointment was our over-worked waitress, who was not able to give our table the attention we needed, on things like refills, and on information about menu items. The manager did stop by at one point, and was able to refill our water glasses, though nobody ever offered a refill on my rum & coke. I would avoid this place on any night they look busy. If you happen by and they don't seem crowded, by all means, enjoy their wonderful food, but if it's hopping, walk on by.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay I guess
    Sadmarcellasguest
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We had to wait 25 minutes passed our reservation time and were not apologized to or asked if it was okay by a manager when we say down. Then, the server was triple sat after we waited so long, so he had no time to pay attention to us. I have never had a bad experience at Marcella's, but this just was not the best. I've never waited passed a reservation here. Food was amazing as usual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.