Martini Modern Italian
Martini Modern Italian

Martini Modern Italian

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.martinimodernitalian.com/
  • Phone: 6142248259x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Italian, Italian
  • Executive Chef: John “JP” Iacobucci
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Imagine a private dining room decorated with dark woods, white leather and unique lighting, paired with the energy of the Short North Arts District in downtown Columbus. Our completely private dining room is located on the upper level of Martini Modern Italian and may be closed off from the main dining area with double glass doors. This modern and cosmopolitan space can accommodate up to 70 guests and is available during morning and afternoon hours, Monday through Friday while the restaurant is closed, and nightly during dinner service.
  • Private Party Contact: Dennis Gehring 6142248259x
  • Special Events: Sunday Wine Night at Martini Modern Italian





    Featuring half off all wines by the bottle on Sunday nights.





    Happy Hour at Martini Modern Italian





    Join us for happy hour in our bar, Monday - Friday, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m (in the bar only). Martini Modern Italian features $5 martinis and half-price appetizers.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Vine
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available during dinner hours for $6. Parking is also available in adjacent surface lots, at street meters and in the adjacent garage.
A word from Martini Modern Italian
Martini Modern Italian is a vibrant, high energy restaurant featuring timeless Italian techniques, innovative culinary presentations & progressive handcrafted cocktails, all in a sexy, cosmopolitan atmosphere. Located in the Short North Arts District across from the Convention Center, Martini is just minutes away from the Arena District & is open nightly for dinner.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Martini Modern Italian reviews from OpenTable diners
160 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (99)romantic (83)fit for foodies (71)hot spot (64)good for groups (59)vibrant bar scene (56)notable wine list (54)neighborhood gem (43)late-night find (23)great for brunch (7)scenic view (5)great for lunch (4)kid-friendly (3)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • My Favorite
    osmr
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Martini is my favorite restaurant in Columbus! I love good food and trying new dishes so I have been to many restaurants in the area. Martini is the only one I've come out of claiming it's the best after every visit! We had our 7 month old grandson with us on one occasion and the staff never missed a beat and were very accommodating to him. The chefs are talented and creative, the service is impeccable, and the Modern Martini is always a winner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So welcome
    Bill
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We all had such a great time! From our sweet waitress, very tasty drinks, food that was so good, to the environment. We'll be back again, and again!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never dissapointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Our waiter Ryan was outstanding!! Had opinions and was very helpful on meal selections. Also very accommodating for my vegetarian wife by eliminating chicken stock from her favorite pasta dish. Our foodie friends were very impressed on their first time there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Martini's
    DinnerontheRivR
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Had a fabulous dinner at Martini's last night. This my third visit and I have never been disappointed. John was the waiter and he was great, provided excellent recommendations. The butternut squash tortolini, beet salad & the scallop special with wild mushroom risotto were all outstanding. I always try to eat at Martini's when I am in Columbus for business. The dilemma is always to order my favorites or try something new. Looking forward to my next meal at Martini's when I return in a few months.
    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.
  • Martini
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Michael always takes great care of us and the food speaks for itself. Once again, another great experience. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodieatheart
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    My husband and I got married at the courthouse and went to Martini for dinner and it was the perfect end to a perfect day! Our server Keith was awesome! He had excellent menu knowledge and was on top of everything throughout the whole meal. The food was amazing as well. The butternut squash tortelloni and tiramisu have got to be the two best things on the menu! The ambiance is great, and since we were celebrating, they gave us a table in the balcony with a view of the whole restaurant and a complimentary champagne toast!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved our server!!
    WineNdine
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Our server Felicia was wonderful!! She was very knowledgable in recommending everything from wine to appetizers to the entree. Will recommend to everyone! I went with five girls for my birthday and it was a memorable experience! Loved the basil drink.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always amazing
    ShortNorthDiner
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I have been here many times. This time I brought a group that had never been to Martini's. They raved about it. One even commented that he wanted to sneak back over there in the middle of the night and get another steak. Their filet's are amazing. Great wine. Great service. Will return many more times.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place!
    Great
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    College friends came into town and we had dinner at Martini's and it was a great time! The energy of the place and the feel of being downtown was fun for us getting together. The food was REALLY good and our waiter very attentive. I look forward to going again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What's up at the bar?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The restaurant is awesome and one of my favorites in Columbus. Something is going on at the bar. The service there is lacking.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jerry
    Jerry
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Valet parking, hostess and bartender all set the stage for an incredible experience. Table service was somewhat non-attentive as she appeared to have too many tables. No salt/pepper on table nor offered. Nightly special was a wild salmon which had a nice crust and accompanying sauce but the fish was dry, over cooked and subsequently over priced. Pasta dishes were excellent as were the Caesar salads. Atmosphere is energetic but also loud.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Some of the Best Italian Food Ever!
    ProfK
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    First time in Columbus and used TripAdvisor to find this gem of a restaurant downtown. Very good, although small, wine list and Sundays featured 50% off bottles, so we enjoyed an excellent Pinot Noir from Oregon that was suggested by our server. All four of us ordered different entrees, shared some along the way, and all agreed the food really rocked - especially the veal dishes. My Italian wife, who makes a wicked lasagna, was very impressed! A truly wonderful experience and we have no trouble awarding this one five thumbs up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic service!
    Brutus
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food at martinis has always been great, but our server, Amy, was amazing! She made very thoughtful and accurate recommendations on wine and courses, and each was a hit! The homemade mozzarella appetizer was fantastic! I can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Martinis
    Ilovemartinis
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Martinis remains my absolute favorite restaurant in columbus. The food and service are consistently superb. It's a great atmosphere and the bar is a great place to meet friends for a drink. It's really nice when weather permits the window/walls to be opened up. Always recommend this place to friends.
    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 LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Continued excellence
    DrewVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Martini continues to evolve with the times, but has always stuck to it's standards: an incredible experience, fantastic food, and impeccable service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was tasty; service meh
    Queenbea18VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I was unimpressed by service, which was inconsistent. It too way too long for the waitress to return to take our order after promising to "be right back" after she dropped off her tray. Ten minutes later she returned. I also thought it was disrespectful when my pregnant sister in law asked if they had ginger ale, the waitress waited a beat, then said "yes," but returned with something that was clearly a mix of sprite and coke and tried to pass it off as ginger ale... Really?! Food was really tasty but not quite worth the $.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Too noisy!
    SG50VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We like the restaurant a lot but Friday night it was packed and you could barely carry on a conversation with our guests.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent staff and food
    carguy87
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My wife and I went here for our wedding anniversary. The staff and waitress did a wonderful job making the evening special and the food and restaurant was great.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    ZiggySDust
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The whole experience was absolutely fantastic. We've have a different waiter each of the last 3 times we've been to Martini and all 3 were world class. And the food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We enjoyed the food, sharing several "new to us" items. The waitress was informative and helpful, splitting items for us to share and describing the food prep.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for sharing
    zenyatta1
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We had the amazing light calamari and antipasto, then shared a pasta dish and split entrees and a dessert. Chef split it all and made us individual plates. Was all fantastic and great service. Only note is to bring a sweater, very chilly with new ac system.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Insanely Hot (as in temperature)
    Cyndiloo
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This was our 2nd attempt at dinner at Martini's this summer & it was again miserably hot in the restaurant - well over 80 degrees. In May, we left & went to Hyde Park (where it was about 70 degrees). This time we stayed & suffered the heat. Can't figure out if the management is just cheap & doesn't turn the air on high enough or they have an infrastructure issue with the air conditioning - in which case I still blame poor management as they've had 3 months to resolve the issue & have apparently done nothing about it. So disappointing. We LOVE Martini's gluten-free menu - it's one of the best we've found & the gluten-free dishes are delicious. But we refuse to spend $300.00 on another meal there & nearly pass out from the heat.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and drinks
    Alhova
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Went there for a business dinner. Food and dessert were great. Drinks were a little on the sweet side. The place is a bit loud but there is a good vibe and the lighting is just right.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Restaurant!
    Pugs21
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    First time at Martini. Everything was absolutely delecious and the service was great. Will defiantly be back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    ahavah07
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I've been to Martini before and remembered having a good experience. This one was very different. The service was lousy. I waited on water and my husband waited on red pepper flakes for about 10 minutes. Our waiter did not check on the appetizer/salad. No apologies. The pasta was undercooked. We don't go out much anymore because of having to get a babysitter and I was really looking forward to a Saturday night out. We will likely not return unless invited by someone else.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Martini or Bus
    bradleyferd
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Martini was definitely a great restaurant. The price was suitable for the area and the type of food. Marcellas up the street is still my personal favorite, Martini is surely quieter so I didn't have to scream at my date.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Modern Italian Says It All
    bachmoh
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great food, great service, great ambience. Modern Italian is a perfect description for the food. It was delicious lighter portions with the comforting flavors you expect.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    used opentable to make our reservation an hour before our seating, table was ready when we arrived, service was outstanding, food was very tasty. Very energetic crowd for saturday night in downtown columbus, which i was surprised, but pleased. the other couple who we brought, was their first time to Martini's and enjoyed the experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic find.
    Cook244
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Besides superb service, the food was outstanding. The bruschetta was different but definitely delicious. The entre's were perfectly done and extremely flavorful. And the dessert was to die for. We had the Sangiovese/merlot blend which was well worth the price. We will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing!
    PaigeVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I love going to Martini! The service is always amazing and the food never fails!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • so close to the convention center
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Literally just across High Street from the Columbus Convention Center, Martini Modern Italian is a great addition to the downtown dining scene. I sat at the bar (great open-air concept with cool views of the street), drank a Manhattan instead of a Martini (which was excellent), and ate the butternut squash filled tortelloni (delicious). This is a winner--and extremely convenient to so many of the downtown hotels and Arena District.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Steaks
    FavoritePlace
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I had the NY Strip and my son had the Filet. Both were delicious and my strip was as thick as my sons steak. They melt in your mouth, and we will be back. Thanks for making my wife's birthday memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Cameron Mitchell Restaurant
    5foodies
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We love this restaurant. The food is always excellent, love the wine list and the service is extrememely professional. The veal chop is out of this world. My wife had a fantastic filet and my daughter's short rib was perfect. We had a wonderful evening and our server, Amy was outstanding. Whenever we are in Columbus we love frequenting all Cameron Mitchell Restaurants and Martini's is one of our favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lost its edge
    EatWellontheRoadVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Martini used to offer great food, great service and in a great location. Now it seems only the location remains a draw. The bruschetta was chewy and tuna appetizer was mediocre with taste and texture suggesting it was prepared many hours, if not a day ago. Not one entrée was even above a "good" rating. The short rib was tender but bland and the rest of the plate was a mess that seemed more like convention fare than finer food. Two veal dishes had tender enough but underseasoned vea with non-descript sauces and side. Even the service cam off as a bit cynical from a tired waitress. The restaurant was packed so maybe others are experiencing something else but, while happy to hit other CM restaurants, we won't be back to Martini.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Brian is the best server! He knows the wine list and menu so well he was able to recommend subtle changes to accommodate our dietary needs. His timing and attention is perfect.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Zeppelin Rules!
    EdBegleyIII
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Martini is the best dining experience I have had since the last time I ate at Martini. Our server, Mary Beth, made sure that every detail of our dining experience was perfect. I definitely recommend the veal chop: I have had several of Martini's entrees, and with the exception of perhaps the award-winning beef tenderloin filet, it is the best item on the menu. My wife was pleased that they carried The Prisoner as part of the wine selection, but it turns out that the En Route Pinot Noir is as good if not better-- one of the tastiest wines we have ever had in a restaurant. All in all, I would say that Hanson's "Mmmbop" is the single most unfairly ridiculed song of the 90's. Go listen to it right now and try not to smile. Also, eat at Martini.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 43rd anniversary
    Rogndeb
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I made reservation for 7 pm. Our 2 daughters had arranged to pay for our meal, so the restaurant knew about our special occasion. We were treated like 'royalty' from the time we arrived. Our waiter, Michael, went out of his way to make our meal special. The food was excellent! We couldn't have asked for a better experience!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Atmoshpere
    FlyGirl
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Went in for a casual business dinner and sat right up front by the open windows. The people watching was fabulous and enhanced out enjoyment of the dinner! The food was top-notch and the waiter made a spot on recommendtion for the wine. A real winner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This is a great place to go for a special occasion. I went with 3 friends and we were able to take our time and dine, we were there for almost 3 horus, which I enjoyed, we wern't pressured to hurry up and leave. The food was very good, the portions are large.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • anniversary dinner
    Wayne
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Martini's is always one of our favorite places and we celebrated our 44th wedding anniversary there with our children. However, since it was a weekend and the end of restaurant week, perhaps the kitchen was "overworked" since not everything was up to par. Our server (whom we unfortunately had before) just wasn't friendly, and "made faces" when we did order enough alcohol! The usually A+ salmon dish was tasteless and had no "lemon" sauce and no "artichoke" salad (was always a family favorite). We received a complementary dessert, of which we were most appreciative, the tiramisu was just whipped cream (compare to Figlio's tiramisu which is the best ever!). So we were a bit disappointed, but the other dishes were excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.