Marcello's
Marcello's

Marcello's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.marcelloscafe.com/
  • Phone: 5045816333x
  • 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
  • Private Party Facilities: Contact Management.
  • Private Party Contact: Marshall Schneider 5045816333x

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
155 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
notable wine list (109)fit for foodies (89)special occasion (67)neighborhood gem (62)romantic (53)hot spot (49)good for groups (47)vibrant bar scene (44)great for lunch (40)scenic view (30)late-night find (8)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PeggyVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Owner Gene Todaro has done it again.....Another fabulous night in one of NO's hottest new restaurants. Best veal in the city...and don't miss the grilled baby artichokes...yum. And now that NO is Hollywood south, keep your eyes peeled for celebs....We sat next to a few !!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • confused restaurant
    Doc4food
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    A poor dining experience Supppsedly a fine dining Italian with only one Italian wine by the glass? The worst lasagne I have ever tasted with thick undercooked pasta and an unpleasant sweet ragu
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Impeccable service
    Jazzman
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    My waitress, Abigail, was the best! My wife left something behind and she ran 2 blocks to catch us. The wine selection is the best I have seen in a while. Food was well prepared and portions were just the right size.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marcello's is AMAZING.
    1ArdentDiner
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The atmosphere is wonderful, with two separate dining rooms having completely different feels - if you want the feel of a bustling trattoria, sit in the front, overlooking the streetcar track; if you want a romantic, or quieter feel, the back room with its partially open kitchen is the way to go. Having been to Marcello's on many occasions, I've had the opportunity to try most of its dishes, and there isn't a thing I don't recommend. The soups are delicious; the cacciatore is the best in the city; and although ALL of the paninis are fantastic, my particular favorite is the melt-in-your-mouth Italian Dip. The wine selection leaves nothing to be desired - choose your just-over-retail-priced bottle from their extensive collection and enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Runningnola14
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    While the decor and service were very good, the prices of both the wine and menu items were much higher than reasonable. The ingredients listed on the entree item I selected were not truly indicative of the food I was served. The layout of tables (too close in middle section) and materials used for the floor, along with the high open ceiling lend for a very noisy atmosphere where it was difficult to hear the person sitting next to you speak.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful
    Dano123
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We have agreat meal there this weekend- lamb and veal cheeks were outstanding and the fact that you could just grab a great bottle of wine off the shelf at retail prices just added to it, will definately go back here
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Splendid Sicilian!
    sassysammye
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Second visit and loved it as much as the first time! Outstanding food, wine selection (offered at slightly above retail rather than at restaurant prices), and staff. Front dining room feels like an energetic bistro while the rear dining room is a little more chill and relaxing. Don't miss the "birthday dessert", which is not on the menu but can be requested even when it's not your birthday! Ciao!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nolagirlVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    This is the second time we have been there and each dish has been wonderful. What a great find. Servers are attentive and accurately describe dishes. Enjoy this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marcello's Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Took a few clients to lunch and requested the wine room in the rear - was perfect. Very quiet, and food was excellent. Service excellent, and a real value. Great place for a business lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable experience
    ByKrisB
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Food was great, service was great. Wine was excellent! Nice ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • eatandcelebrate
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Great food - especially for those who love Italian cuisine. Hope to go back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bjz130
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Love this place. Am going back next week with friends, and have recommended it to other friends and family. Every dish my friends and I have eaten is delicious: shrimp with pine nuts, mussels, eggplant caponata, tiramisu! The service was also excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great find
    nolagirlVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    What a nice addition to the New Orleans scene. Good food great service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exellent food and a nice atmosphere
    elliebethmv
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    The food we had here was excellent. The meal was great right from the start with the homemade forcaccia. My lasagna was some of the best I have ever had and my husband loved the eggplant parmiagan. The piece de resistance though was the Tres Creme dessert. Three flavors of smooth custard that complemented each other. A very nice experience and the prices were not bad for New Orleans.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great find and excellent location.
    RickP24
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    If you are looking for a nice Italian restaurant this is the place. Ask to be served by Anigail if you can she was excellent and attentive. The food was perfect. The wine list amazing and a tremendous amount of choices. If you don't make this a stop during your time in NO. SHAME ON YOU.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Michelle took care of my front room request. She is terrific!! Food & wine outstanding!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The food was exquisite and well prepared. Without a doubt we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    BY far the best Italian meal we have ever had in 24 years of living in New Orleans. Quality fresh ingredients superbly blended. Loved everything. The owners kept coming by to make sure everything was to our liking. Great expereince
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but could be better
    unimpressed
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We got last minute reservations her for 5 p.m. on a Friday. We were seated in the front dining room, where the bar is and it was quite noisy. I'd like to try the back room, which seemed quieter. The food was tasty, but nothing exceptional (in a city with LOTS of exceptional food). They brought my son the wrong soup (I actually believe the noise kept the waiter from hearing his order). They brought my wife's salad with cheese even though she asked for none. Both problems were fixed. I was excited to try the "drunken bread pudding" but was not blown away. Overall I may try Marcello's again when I can take my wine-loving parents to try their "shop for a bottle" approach.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Highly Recommend
    NolaFood1
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food and service were excellent. Wine list is priced right.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Honey
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I took my friends from out of town with us and had a wonderful experience. Only issue is the noise.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • De La Salle Boy
    JimmyB53VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We had heard a lot about Marcello's and our first meal there was lunch the other day. Food was delightful, and the portions were a little bit thin, but good. With Italian restaurants, you expect mighty portions, so that was a surprise. The waitress, Ashley ??, was very good and attentive. My Wife and I will return for dinner. This place has a great upside. Prices are fair too. No gouging.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Wine & Good Food
    pablomarco
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The wine is the hook. There is a by the glass menu but the thing to do is browse the racks and get a bottle at a very attractive price. Our service was outstanding, knowledgable, helpful and unrushed. We got the Guapo Chef Salad and split it. The salad was good and even split the portion was large. I had the Veal Molli that was delicious. The flavors went together very well. My wife got the Tritone and liked it. I thought the veal was better. We finished with splitting a cannoli that was quite good. Prices were moderate, especially for the wine.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food
    Laplace
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Good food and great service, good size portions. Will definitely be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    Cupcakes29
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I love the fact that you can pick your own bottle of wine and there is a huge selection. The menu has something for everyone and is fresh and very tasty Sicilian dishes. Limoncello was not on the menu for an after dinner drink but was available. The ambience is very homey, and the décor makes want to catch the next plane to Sicily. The place is busy and reservations are a must.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly Recommend
    foodlovers
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    My daughter had eaten here before and described it as "awsome". It was a very enjoyable evening. Server was very good. The food was all excellent. Our daughter had the lobster and shrimp with linguine, which was excellent. We also had the pork cheek with angel hair (excellent) and the veal piccata (Molly)--also very good. Cheesecake and tiramisu were both outstanding. Our daughter picked a wonderful Italian wine for our dinner when she went "shopping" with our server. They do serve as a wine store with a nice selection of wines. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Italian Restaurant
    NOFoodie
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    This is a restaurant that everyone must try. I promise you will fall in love with the place, the staff and of course the food. My favorite is the mussels and love dipping the bread in that fantastic sauce. Save enough room for dessert. The cannoli and tiramisu are two desserts you can't go wrong with.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jyvdude
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Waitstaff not familiar with the menu, rubbery lasagna, Chicken Parmesan basically a chicken breast with a spoon of red sauce dumped on top. There is so much better in New Orleans.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great As Lafayette!
    Therese
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My husband and I are from Lafayette, where the original Marcello's opened and we frequent and love it so much, we had to try the one in NOLA. It was so impressive! The bar is open and gorgeous as well as the restaurant! I love when the tables are not crowded together yet the energy and good vibes are felt around you! The food and wine is never disappointing and the owner Gene welcomed us like family once again! Great job, New Orleans is lucky to have you!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First visit to Marcello's
    BridgetVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We went for dinner, five of us. Started with cocktails. Then shared 3 appetizers-truffled mac and cheese, grilled artichokes and zucchini fritters. All were very good. One had a caprese salad. We all ordered different entrees. I had the Marsala pork cheeks. They were so good. We also picked out a bottle of wine. We will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Already a regular
    PixieVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Love the consistant warm welcome and name recognition when I walk in the door. Love the continued great service particulary by Nick and Jess. Thanks for coming to NOLa and choosing this location, great vibe!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New in New Orleans
    Xanadu3
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Charming new venue on St. Charles Avenue. Good menu variety. Vongol was disappointingly flavorless, however, but remainder of selections excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What's On The Menu?
    SallyVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Dishes were disappointing MAYBE because what arrived was not what we expected due to inaccurate descriptions on the menu. One of us got bolognese which arrived with lamb chops which was not mentioned. Another got cacciatore. the description leads off talking about chicken thighs raising the expectation of having a chicken thigh but instead the meat was chopped up in the sauce. We might have made different choices and enjoyed the meal more had the descriptions been more accurate. I will try again as the feeling of the place is great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian in New Orleans
    nolaguyVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Wonderful food, service, and wine list. Made reservations to come back the next week!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fabulous meal...every time
    nolagirleatsVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    cannot get over how good this place it...every aspect top notch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious!
    JCNOLAVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We really enjoyed dining here - noise and all. And it is noisy! At some points I couldn't hear the waiter. Seating is very close together, so if you are so inclined, you can make new friends. :) The Insalata Caprese was delicious, but a little pricey I think at $15. I substituted pappardelle pasta for angel hair in my dish after I asked if it was house made. The waiter was very helpful and told me to substitute because they do not make their own angel hair pasta. So yes I would go again - as long as it doesn't matter how noisy the place it!
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    scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Red Dress Run
    Roland
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I had been to Marcello's several times and suggest to my friends to have dinner here. They were a little iffy, but decided they wanted Italian food. Well, they were blown away by the wine selection and the more importantly, they food. We had a very good time, again and will definitely be back for lunch and dinner. Thanks for a great time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate