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 WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Marcella's reviews from OpenTable diners
283 reviews since June 27, 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 (147)neighborhood gem (141)special occasion (129)hot spot (121)good for groups (116)romantic (100)notable wine list (92)vibrant bar scene (81)late-night find (34)kid-friendly (21)great for lunch (13)scenic view (10)great for outdoor dining (9)great for brunch (5)Show More
  • Great food and Atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
  • 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.
  • 40th Anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    had heard good things about Marcellas and wanted to try it for our anniversary. The food was outstanding and service from the GM Dain was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing but good things to say!
    ItalianFoodie
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    I have been to Marcella's three times now and have always enjoyed my experience. The food is amazing and the atmosphere is charming. The service is wonderful and the wait staff is always very friendly and accommodating, especially with large groups. I have introduced Marcella's to several friends and they all love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place but disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We arrived at 8:20 for our 8:30 reservation. We weren't seated until 8:50 and the hostess was not sympathetic to our waiting time. Other than that good service, great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome place to eat.
    liketoeat
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I couldn't say enough good things about this place. The happy hour was a great deal, and you're able to order and get half off for numerous salads, appetizers, small plates, and drinks (just to name some) for a good price and share around the table with whomever you're dining with. The ambiance was great, both romantic and energetic. The service was exceptional also, honestly one of the best waiters I've ever had & people came around making sure your water glass was full. Then the entree came and it was magnifico. Especially during happy hour, if you're willing to spend a moderate amount of money you can really get your money's worth and order a variety of things.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As always an excellent experience
    Smartmug
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Marcella's in the Short North is one of those gems that will always make the top of my list for favorite restuarant. The food is divine and the service always on point. In general the atmosphere is great, only drawback is if you are in the back of the restaurant, it can be a bit too loud to hear the people across the table from you. I'll keep coming back anyway and it continues to be my favorite restaurant in Columbus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice surprise
    Momof4VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Just in the area for the weekend and decided to try after reading other reviews. We were seated right on time and the meal was delicious. Service was great too. Just very crowded and loud. But we knew that going in, so it didn't bother us. If you want space and/or quiet---not the place. But for a fun atmosphere and great food--this is it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My wife and I came here on our honeymoon and just went back for our one year anniversary. If we didn't live in Cleveland, we would go every weekend. The food is excellent. The staff is accommodating and the location is ideal. We highly recommend Marcella's to anyone travelling through Columbus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JMS123
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The food was good but overpriced. My husband's entree would have been called a"small plate" in other restaurants. Ordered a cheese plate as an appetizer. Suffice it to say it is a profitable selection for the restaurant. It arrived without appropriate serving implements so we used our rather dull place setting knives. I expect more for the price and so many other restaurants deliver what you would expect and more. Not Marcella's.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great happy hour
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My friend and I came to Marcellas after work for happy hour. We split a liter of sangria and got appetizers. Everything was delicious and the service was great too. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hanban
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The food was good. the service was fairly slow. The thing that really bothered me was that I made a reservation and was stuck in the bar. It was apparently "the only thing available". It just really bothered me because if I made a reservation they should have saved a table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    atubes
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    My business colleague and I had dinner here after an all-day conference at The Columbus Convention Center. We shared the bruschetta appetizer. It was THE BEST bruschetta we had ever had. After eating our delicious salads and the scrumptious bruschetta, we were pretty full and therefore could not finish our entrees, which were also good. The next time I will order the bruschetta again because I LOVED it and will order one of the small plates instead of an entrée. Parking was a problem - good thing they have valet parking. In retrospect, we wished we had just walked there from the Hyatt where we were staying. It is within walking distance in good weather only.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great and Delicious
    Taco
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    The food and staff were exemplary. I was seated immediately even though I was 15 minutes early. It started off slow and quiet but then got crowded and packed with other people so I knew the place was popular enough. Food decently priced and quick to come out while I was chatting with my guest. Meatball and Fettuccine were hands down delicious and I cut through the meatball like it was made out of butter.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    It was a nice experience. My only complaint is that our table was way too close to other tables and luckily I am a small person otherwise, I wouldn't have fit at my seat comfortably!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food, but service SNAFU
    dodger
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Our reservation was for 7 and we were seated sometime around 7:15. Our server was great. However, there was a technical glitch with the order not going into the kitchen, so we did not receive our food until around 8:45. The manager was very apologetic and replaced the pizza that had arrived much earlier with a new one. No other compensation was given. Additional trips to the parking meters were necessary due to the unexpected delay and one of our party could not return for the birthday cake due to this. The food was good. Also, the manager was nice enough to pick up cake from nearby bakery for the birthday we were celebrating. Finally, the noise level at this restaurant made it very difficult to carry on a conversation.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food review
    Food4days
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food was great and the service was great as well! Portion sizes are the perfect size!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit noisy
    diningoutincolumbus
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I was on a first date. We were seated at a high top directly across from the bar. The noise level was so loud it was very difficult to carry on a conversation. I don't blame the restaurant for that...it's just the atmosphere of that particular place I'm sure. Perhaps there should be something indicating that it's a "high energy" atmosphere. That might have made a difference on where I went on a first date. All in all, the experience was good, the server was excellent and the food was very good. I would certainly return...just not on a first date! ;-)
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best meal I've had in a long time.
    NewCityMom
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The staff is wonderful. The meatballs are the most incredible things I have ever tasted. They gave new meaning to bruschetta. It was so delicious. I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Suberb dinner with small group
    Lulu
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Had a wonderful time here celebrating a friends' low key last night out on the town before the "I do". We all had delicious meals and were happy! One of the bartenders or maybe he was a manager, but he created some excellent larger shots, mini drinks for us while we were waiting. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone, just be sure to make reservations.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Nerk
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Never disappointed ! Always a great meal and great wine! Staff is very enthusiastic about the food and gives wonderful suggestions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disapointed in service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I have been to this location at least 5 times and have really enjoyed it in the past. The food was great as usual, however the service was incredibly poor. I have worked in the restaurant industry , customer service and sales. I know what its like to work in a restaurant. that being said, there were things that were just not okay and excuses were made by the server and then the manager. they did redeem themselves somewhat by removing some items from the check, however it took too long. they should have just apologized and offered to buy desert instead of trying to sell me desert.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The service and the food were outstanding. I mentioned to the server that I had am allergy to nuts and fish and she and the manager literally went out of their way to make sure I was able to enjoy my meal stress free. The manager checked several times on us and the server was pleasant and friendly. Most importantly, the food was outstanding. If I go back to Columbus I would 100% eat there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice new place to take my wife
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Went out with my adult children for a wonderful meal to celebrate my wife's birthday
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    Jimbo
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This was our second visit to Marcella's and we will definitely go there again when visiting Columbus. The food is outstanding. The wine list is great and very reasonably priced. On both visits, we were lucky to have Joann as our server. She is not only very knowledgable and efficient but she is very personable and makes the visit enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fair
    3rdTime
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I ordered fettuccine & meatball for my meal and the meatball was still vey red and not cooked all the way. However the appetizer with the cheese, Carmel, and apples were amazing. My overall experience was okay.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummmm-O
    Dogsss11
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Had the salmon and ravioli. Was delicious. Sat right in front if the retractable window!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Looks 10. Food 5.
    Looking4wonderful
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    High energy, high style restaurant that would have been perfect if only the food wasn't so ordinary. Nothing memorable about the meal except for the size of ginormous meat ball.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Birthday dinner
    Birthdayfun
    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.