Marcello's
Marcello's

Marcello's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.marcelloscafe.com/
  • Phone: (504) 581-6333
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Blakely Kymen
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We offer On and Off site catering options
  • Private Party Facilities: Contact Management.
  • Private Party Contact: Blakely Kymen 5045816333x
  • Special Events: Call us for your special events!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Julia and Girod
  • Public Transit: St. Charles Streetcar line runs in front of restaurant
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Pay Lot 2 Doors down
A word from Marcello's
Located in New Orleans at 715 St. Charles Avenue in an historic 1930"s building, MARCELLO'S Restaurant & Wine Bar is owned and operated by the Todaro Family.

With a passion for food and wine, our patriarch, Gene Todaro, Sr., arrived in New Orleans from Sicily in 1961 and, since then, has succeeded as both a wine merchant and restauranteur. Today, MARCELLO'S is the marriage of those two specialties. From Italian classics to modern chef creations, our menu is simple but robust. With our entire restaurant selection on display for guests to personally peruse, our wine program is unique throughout the city. In addition, competitive pricing distinguishes MARCELLO'S from traditional restaurant wine mark-ups.

At MARCELLO'S, you will experience gracious service, an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere, excellent comfort cuisine and a competitively priced, comprehensive wine selection.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Marcello's reviews from OpenTable diners
203 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
notable wine list (145)fit for foodies (119)neighborhood gem (88)special occasion (86)romantic (68)hot spot (64)good for groups (59)great for lunch (49)vibrant bar scene (46)scenic view (29)late-night find (8)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • A Real Gem
    OneTimeNativeVIP
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    Great take on Italian food and great wine options.....either by the glass or bottle. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable.......unlike some of the other restaurants in the neighborhood where the food is good, but you often have to fight your way through staff with a bit of an attitude.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance, and food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    Great place for a pre saints nice dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pre-game tailgating with class
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    Yes, that is what we did and the waitress couldn't have been more helpful. Loved the food and atmosphere - great selection of small plates and/or sharing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    I've had dinner a few times here, and tried it for lunch wondering if it would be too "heavy". It was a perfect size meal, fantastic quality. Noise was low enough to talk yet somewhat private. I'll be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun wine "list"
    Jacks
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We celebrated our anniversary there. We enjoyed the experience. We plan on bringing our friends who love wine there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marcellos: Bar w/Great Food or vice versa
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Week nitell and only reservation were 5:30 or 9:30 speaks to the popularity Marcellos. The food was very very good would have been excellent except veal parm was delivered badly burned. Our server was attentive but a biti clumsy. Marcellos was a near great place.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Abigail was great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Great food. Wonderful service. An all around wonderful date.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Italian Restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    My husband and I went here for dinner to get away from the "normal" New Orleans fare and were not disappointed! The food and wine were amazing and they were happy to accommodate a vegetarian modification to one of the dishes. We were not rushed and the ambiance was very comfortable which made the experience even better. We would highly recommend this restaurant to everyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic dinner with great wine selection
    Sparky
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    This place will exceed your expectations. The menu is not a generic Italian "spaghetti and meatballs" like many Italian restaurants. There is a variety of options, including complex and interesting dishes. The wine selection is amazing, and you can "shop" for your wine while you wait for your dinner. Location is right on the trolley line, too. We love New Orleans native cuisine, but this was a great break from that during our vacation. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent New Orleans find!
    AnitherFoodie
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    We picked this restaurant from on-line reviews. The reviewers should all be thanked. The restaurant lived up to the positive reviews in every particular. The food was great, the waitress attentive and enthusiastic, but the best part was the wine! The manager came over to discuss our choice of bottles from their attached wine shop. He brought us two choices, but when we talked about what we liked, he said he had a couple better ideas and brought us two more choices. The bottle we bought was amazing! And the price was extremely reasonable. We will be back on our next trip to NoLa. I'm a city with great food, this restaurant stands out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Evening.
    JPerk
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Everything was excellent from the service to the food. our group had a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    Bulbine
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Marcello's is a lovely restaurant. I had the mussels appetizer which was excellent and the tiramisu was also delicious. My two companions had a chicken and artichoke entree and spaghetti Bolognese with meatballs. They were very happy with their selections. The only downside to the evening was that two large parties were seated in the same area. Our waitress was serving one of the parties which took up a good bit of her time. I would suggest when making reservations to request being seated in the front room. The food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rare Italian
    bigdoglouie
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    It is rare, especially in New Orleans, to find a real (to use an overused word) "gourmet" Italian Restaurant. There is, of course, some of the standard Italian fare, but so much more. Creative dishes, some very New Orleans like, and all with an Italian touch. Everything was so flavorful, and with unusually large portions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    mandieVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Marcello's is always delicious. I recommend it strongly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JoeP
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Great format, fine food, great wines and friendly service. An absolutely incredible wine selection at great prices! Bar and bar dining very energetic, relaxed dining request main dining room in the rear. I highly recommend Marcello's and look forward to returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • katjapfl
    katjapfl
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This was our third time dining at Marcello's and it was fantastic, as usual. Anytime we visit NOLA, Marcello's will be at the top of our list!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Great food with excellent service. Tables were a little tight especially for browsing the wine selections.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb!
    hardtoplease
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I consider myself a Foodie and Wine snob...what amazed me about this place is that they have only been open seven months.Wine selection was superb from the Super Tuscans to the Brunello's. Highly recommend the veal dishes and the canolli was to die for! Bon Apeteto!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Really enjoyed experience- everything was wonderful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • a unique gem
    CAG2
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    from Boston -know Italian Food. Marcello's is a gem....unique menu appropriately and different preparation. Would return. CAG2
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    DrbbVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Party of 5 on a Monday night. Excellent service and food. Appetizers included grilled artichokes, lamb meatballs, caprese salad, mussels. All were very flavorful with good sauces. Entrees were as good - veal Palermo, veal parmigiana, pork cheeks, roasted chicken. Everything cooked to perfection. We chose an excellent Super Tuscan at a reasonable price with the help of our server who was knowledgeable about the food and wine. Will definitely make the drive from Baton Rouge again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SebmVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Wonderful as usual but miss the great Italian sausage. Spaghetti with clams....a must!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    A small group of us wanted to dine close to the Julia street galleries and tried Marcello's just because it was walking distance and had a reservation open that fit our schedule. We walked into a wonderful food/service experience. Our server made the evening- courteous, personable, patient with us. And they split the checks- One of my biggest gripes is the refusal of a "service" establishment to offer this one small, cost free service to guests. We all plan to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorites
    Zman62
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The food, atmosphere and wine selection are always great. One of my favorite new restaurants in the city.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High quality food and wine!!
    Coceaux
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We went on Halloween night with friends. All staff was dressed in costume; the atmosphere was electric and festive! Their concept is a restaurant with basically a wine store woven between the tables. The sommelier helped me pick out a great cabernet; I was familiar with the vineyard and the price was maybe $10 above typical wine store retail. I had the lasagna which may have been the best I have ever had; my husband had the fish special which was grilled redfish topped with lump crabmeat in a white wine caper sauce. He loved it. Prices were very reasonable compared to similar restaurants in New Orleans. Loved it!! We will definitely go back and recommend to others!! Owner was actually eating in the restaurant at the next table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gem on edge of CBD
    Enjoy
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Great food at reasonable prices with very good wine in a very comfortable atmosphere -- a nice surprise near Lafayette Square-- a perfect size and friendly staff add to enjoyable experience. Have sampled several staples -- lasagna, veal pamigiana, and the bolognese are great and the veal molli is special-- only dessert sampled was cannoli-- as good as I've had. A terrific new restaurant that can certainly compete, even in New Orleans
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awsome
    TazdogVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    This is the 2nd trip this time for lunch . Outstanding Mr. Gene and family are gracious as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JIMBOVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Great food, along with great service! Staff very friendly!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • average
    DineOutlotsVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    The food was at best average, the chicken parma was tasteless
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great anniversary spot
    Edog
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    My wife and I went there for our 20th anniversary and had a great time. Ernie, our waiter, was asked slight, convivial and provided instructive suggestions. Great selection of wines by the glass and they even brought us two glasses of fine champagne to toast on our anniversary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good food and great wine selections
    nicknameVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Marcello's is an excellent Italian restaurant. We enjoyed picking our bottle of wine, they have an excellent selection at good prices. Appetizers of artichokes and the pate were excellent. Lamb special and seafood pasta were both great. Parking right next door which is a big plus. Two doors from Herbsaint so you do not have to cross Poydras. Well worth many visits to try everything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terriffic!!!
    FinedinersVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We were a party of 6 and were seated in the wine room. There is no wine list, you stroll through the room and pick the wine you want. All six of us loved our food. Two people got lasagna and thought it was wonderful. I got the lamb special and it also was great. I would totally recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place
    EnjoyingTheFood
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The food was delicious. From the mussels to the crabmeat and eggplant appetizers to the veal Molli and desert. All excellent. The service was a bit slow but the quality of the food more than made up for it. Great concept - buy yourself a bottle of wine and retail prices and enjoy it with your dinner. Definitely will return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Italian
    BWoodsVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I love the concept of Marcello's - you can peruse the wine selection, pick up a bottle off the shelf, and can drink it right away. The food is outstanding, authentic Italian but not so heavy that you leave in a food coma. I have been there twice now, and the first visit was outstanding. However this past Friday, while the service was great, it took us forever to get our food - it was as if the ticket was lost. Tables came after us, ordered apps and entrees, and had their entrees before we got ours, when we ordered before they arrived. It wasn't that big of a problem because there was a group of us and we were having a great time, but the length of time it took for us to get our food was absurd. I hope this was just a one-time setback.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hppydnr
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I had the veal Marsala. The marsala sauce itself was great. The veal however was unseasoned and not crisp. Our mussels appetizer was fantastic. The meatballs were tender and juicy. The cannoli tasted like it was straight out of Sysco. My wife's chocolate mousse dessert was great though. The service was super friendly.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bob Gordon
    Amazing
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The wine selection was great and fairly priced. All the servers were knowledgeable, attentive and friendly. Even the owner, Gene, stopped by our table and visited a while! Everything from the appetizers to the entre were amazing! A must visit place, we will be back with friends and family!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Italian !
    Wyocyo
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    One of the best Italian restaurants that I've been to and I've been around the world! Fine attention to detail! Cold salad plates with a very tasty Ceasar's salad and the roasted boneless chicken served hot and fresh ! It turned out to be our favorite New Orleans restaurant! I love a menu that offers several tempting selections that it makes it difficult to choose. Great deserts.... What was there not to love?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The first time
    TazdogVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This was the first of many visits to come. The hospitable way they greeted us ,to the professional way the staff treated us. Our waiter Dan great guy little quirky but good. Jaclyn the wine chick took us on a journey , This is were Marcello's is different all the wine they have is on racks for you to shop and choose .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not your mamma's Italian
    Wineho
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The food here takes Italian to a whole new level. Ingredient quality and execution are top level. The wine list is expansive, but did not put off. Bottles are displayed in racks along the back dining rooms. You walk along and actually pick up the bottles and decide. Wine is priced less than ten dollars above retail! A great value. The servers are friendly and willing to ask for special preparation of dishes. Great place for dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Marcello's
    cectennessee
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    First time and not the last. GREAT service and food was amazing.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.