Marcella's
Marcella's

Marcella's

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.marcellasristorante.com/
  • Phone: 6142232100x
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Marcella's reviews from OpenTable diners
290 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (145)fit for foodies (134)special occasion (134)hot spot (126)good for groups (111)vibrant bar scene (99)romantic (97)notable wine list (82)late-night find (38)great for lunch (25)kid-friendly (24)scenic view (13)great for brunch (11)great for outdoor dining (11)Show More
  • Birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We had to wait around half an hour although we had a reservation, but we had great drinks and bread seated near the window towards High Street. Our food came out quickly and I had the fettuccine and meatball which was absolutely delicious! I was also pleased by the fact that the waitress asked if we had a special occasion (avoiding the awkward "it's my birthday" situation). I got a complimentary tiramisu with a candle ending a great dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was great, but out of Rose!?
    swolfe15VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Our most recent Cameron Mitchell dining experience was revisiting Marcella's in the Short North. While they seemed busy with all that was going on in the area, they weren't over full. But, to our dismay they were out of Rose. As close as another C.M. Restaurant was (The Pearl), one would think they could have borrowed some from their stocks or at least went out and purchased more for the Holiday weekend. My partner had to reselect something that was not a second or been third choice off the drink menu. Overall though, food was excellent as was service. It just would've been nice to wash down this amazing cuisine with a little Rose.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great~
    JimB
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    My guests were running late for a 7:30 pm reservation and the staff accommodated us. Food and service were 5 star!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it!!
    Vivienleith
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Was recommended by a friend to save room for dessert so we could order the gelato cream puffs.. They were amazing!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and Friends
    DDBORKPE
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Visited Marcellas for the first time with five friends/clients. It was noisier than expected, but the buzz gave energy to the meal. The food was excellent--I am glad we shared appetizers to get a taste because I could have devoured more than I ought...and instead was privileged to sample multiple items. My Capreses salad had a bite to it--which I appreciated--was a nice complement to the standard tomato, onion, balsamic and mozarella. Entree was great as well. Come hungry, and ready to enjoy company with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food - obnoxiously loud
    eliziann
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Marcella's is a great restaurant - the food is excellent Italian, the service is usually great and the setting is very charming. However, don't go at prime time if you want to have a conversation. We went on a Weds evening and were there from 6-8. We could hardly hold a conversation with 4 people by the end of dinner. Our last trip there was a Sunday late afternoon. It was not crowded or loud. It's unfortunate that such a great place has such terrible accoustics. :(
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Italian Meal.
    artemis927
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We had an amazing outing to Marcella's on a recent business trip. We ordered several pitchers of sangria for the table (it was just okay) but the appetizers were outstanding. They highly recommended the meatball and no one was disappointed. We also had the bruschetta and this was amazing. My entree of chicken parmesan was the best I'd ever had. The reservation through Open Table was a MUST, since there were six of us and the place was PACKED. We made the reservation around noon and showed up at seven and our table was waiting for us. We would have waited a long time for one to open up if we had just come in without calling ahead because our meal took close to 2 hours (without dessert).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unhappy!
    SusanVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We visited Marcella's with another couple on August 26th. It was extremely noisy, and we had difficulty carrying on a conversation. We also had trouble hearing the server. My drink was not prepared correctly and had to be sent back. After we ordered our food, my husband's pizza was delivered to the table after only a short wait. Nearly 15-20 minutes later, two other dishes were delivered. I waited another 10 minutes for my dish to arrive. My husband asked to speak to the manager who listened to our complaints, and then blamed our server for all that had happened, although she had been trying to find out why our food was not being delivered. Although the manager did discount our bill, at no time did we receive an apology.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Marcella's Short North
    Buckojoe
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We six friends (3 couples ranging in age from mid 50's to mid 60's) recently had dinner on a busy Saturday night. The food was quite good, especially for the price (pasta entrees under $15.00, and one salmon dinner at $17.00). Service was good, and we never felt rushed. I explained to our waiter that our group can be rather slow to order, and he was comfortable with that. All told we were at the table for about 90 minutes. My one complaint, and it's prevalent throughout the restaurant business, is the noise level being so high that it is difficult to carry on a good conversation. Being able to easily converse at dinner is an important part of the experience. This was our first visit to Marcella's, and we will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved Marcella's!
    Jazeejulz
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Took the huzz and the kids out for an early dinner and although I knew the food was great the service tonight was fantastic. I was nervous taking two little kids out on a Saturday but it went well! The host have us kid busy bags and while the kids waited for their bread they made noodle necklaces. Our reservation was at 5:30 and by 6:06 we were already finished with our appetizers, main course and waiting for dessert. We never felt rushed and they went out of the way to make some sort of "Mac and cheese" for our youngest. Our oldest swears that is the best meatball on the planet. Mommy and daddy had a fantastic dinner, great wine and the kids had a blast. That's hard to do!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • new level of loud
    joel
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We (husband, adult son, and myself) went for dinner Fri. nite. With reservation for 7pm we were seated about 7:20 not bad for a busy nite. Most of the dishes had a unique twist. Tomato sauce, olive oil, and arancini were excellent. The spaghetti carbonara was good, The lasagna noodles were so overcooked they were gummy and but the meat sauce was great. They tell me that was not normal. The gnocci Bolognese was very tasty though the gnocci were a bit overcooked. The service was excellent but the noise level was so high, the waiter startled me every time he came up behind me! Luckily we don't talk much at dinner. The perfiterols (?)for dessert were amazing. We would come back and try again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gluten free
    lis2369
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    literally one of the best gluten free options we have ever ate at!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything was great!
    DaveinCville
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This place was fantastic....a vibrant restaurant with fantastic food. The chicken picata was the best I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Short North Star
    Mzac25
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This place never disappoints, great food and beverage selection and the service is outstanding. The Manager Patrick was friendly, professional and helpful. Definitely a must if Italian is your thing.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional Birthday Dinner
    300zxtt
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Restaurant manager as well as our waitress went out of their way to make our meal an exceptional and enjoyable experience, front window-side table and all.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I love Marcella's. The food is always great. I have never had a bad dish there and the prices are very resonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MJ233
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    we had a casual business dinner prior to the clipper game with a couple people from the northeast and they really enjoyed the food and atmosphere at marcella's. we shared a variety of items on the menu and everything was fantastic. our server made some terrific recommendations and did an excellent job taking care of us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • On of the best in Columbus
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Best Italian food Columbus has to offer; prime location; classy and energetic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • eliziann
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We dined at Marcella's late afternoon on a Sunday, which was a perfect time because it wasn't too crowded or loud. The food is outstanding - not a bad item or dish on the menu! We have eaten here many times but each time we remark how great the food is. Our server Morgan was the best we've had to date. She not only makes an effort to please you but actually knows the dishes and food very well. That made our return even better! This is one of the best places for small plates and Italian in Columbus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wedding anniversary
    bvs5
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We love this restaurant had a great window table and just enjoyed our anniversary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easy Win
    bsrivastava
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We go to Marcella's regularly for different occasions (anniversary, birthdays, date night) and the service & food never cease to impress. We love this restaurant at both Short North and Polaris locations, and always recommend whenever we get the chance!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service!
    2WeirdosPlus1
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We celebrated our 29th anniversary with our daughter at Marcella's. We shared a salad, a meatball, chicken parm, seared salmon, and lasagna. The food was excellent and the service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    Columbusgirl
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My boyfriend and I visited Marcella's for our anniversary dinner and had a great experience. The food was above and beyond and we were quickly and easily seated.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great ambiance, service was outstanding, food was very good however portions are somewhat small for the price point.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Meatballs are a hit!
    Bellisimo
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My husband and I had dinner at Marcella's on the recommendation of our daughter. I had the sunchoke and escarole salad and he had the beet salad as starters and we shared. Both were great! We each ordered the fettucine with meatball and both thoroughly enjoyed it! He ate every bite of his, but my half of my portion warmed up for a delicious lunch the next day! I also enjoyed the Sicilian Sting cocktail off of the drink menu. We feel that we can not steer you wrong if you end your meal with the profiteroles with gelato. Yummy! Just enough to share! Our only complaint was the noise level. It was extremely busy and noisy as everyone was talking at the top of their voices to be heard including the wait staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The food was excellent although the portions were very small for the price. I had reservations and checked in when I arrived. Somehow the host did not record my arrival and when my boss attempted to buy my dinner via phone she was told that I never checked in. This created an awkward situation that never should have happened. I called and talked to the manager who apologized and offered me a meal if I was still in town, which I was not. He offered nothing else. Not exactly what I expected.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as always!
    BigBri
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Every time we visit Marcella's we are pleased beyond our expectations. The food and service are both just exceptional. I don't know any other way to put it. I brought my out-of-town in-laws in for dinner for the first time and they are still talking about it. They loved the vibrant ambience and especially the food. It was a highlight of our weekend together. Terrific!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nursing Grad Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I love this restaurant. We had a very good time. We had a female waiter but this other gentlemen also checked in with us. That gentlemen was awesome! He apologize for my pizza getting dropped on the ground and brought me a salad while I waited. He also brought drinks and a desert to split; which everyone thought was super nice of him. I enjoyed myself and will always return.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Italian
    ND1591
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Their meatball appetizer is out of this world! Furthermore, on the day I went they had an artichoke risotto special that was incredible!
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Literally worst service ever
    BurnedInColumbus
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    My experience was so bad here I felt I needed to write a review, which I never do. My wife and I were seated promptly after giving them my name for the reservations, and that's where the service ended. We sat there for twenty minutes, completely unattended to, not even given water. We were seated by the server station and watched as server after server walked by without anyone giving us even a glance. After we saw a table attended to that was seated much later than us, we had to walk out. I told the hostess why we were leaving, and she just gave us a half-hearted "sorry" and asked where we were seated. No getting a manager, no attempt to compensate us, nothing. I feel I should say that it wasn't busy at all, perhaps 60% full.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yum.
    mlgincmh
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Just can't get enough of the tasty dishes here. The tiny little 2-person tables are a logistical challenge, but the food makes up for it. Try the melted pecorino with sliced apples & honey!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Experience
    luvfood
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My fiancé and I recently visited Marcella's for the first time, and we had a lovely experience. The food was great, and it was reasonably priced. We enjoyed the variety and the flavors. We also enjoyed the atmosphere and the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had a good time!!
    rande417
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I love this place and bring people here who are visiting all the time because I want them to feel the energetic vibe of Columbus.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Service, Great View
    DarylVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We had a great meal, sitting right against the open windows in the front. By far one of the best seats in the house! The wine list, especially the choices by the glass, was impressive and had a nice selection of true Italian wines. We all had pasta dishes, which were good as long as you added something to them. For example, with my penne all'arrabbiata, I added mushrooms and that gave the dish a nice and needed dimension. The meatball is a famous item, but don't just get it alone as an appetizer -- order it to come with your pasta dishes so everyone can share in a great pasta & meatball combination.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • kzfoodie
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    marcella's has a great happy hour! the food is always great. try to get a window seat in the summer with the windows open.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best dinner
    Cafs
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The best dinner I've ever had in Columbus. I would recoomend cheeses and a Sierra Nevada as appetizers :D
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    Dewfalldrive
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Friendly staff and amazing food! Won't be the last tom we go there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The service was very good. I wanted to go to a Cameron Mitchell restaurant for our anniversary and we brought our nineteen month old. This restaurant is not good for toddlers, but that is not the restaurants fault.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gluten Free Friendly
    amanda
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The servers were very helpful and concerned for us that our meal was in fact gluten free. The gluten free options were delicious, even the bread! The gluten free options were a little sparse in terms of dessert, but that did not bother me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AnnC
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We all found our food to be delicious and timely served. My main complaint is that the tables were quite close together and the noise level was very loud. We had to practically yell to be heard across the table. This is fine for a loud, boisteroud group- but we were a small family celebrating a birthday.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.