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 WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Martini Modern Italian reviews from OpenTable diners
170 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (103)romantic (91)fit for foodies (83)hot spot (70)good for groups (64)vibrant bar scene (62)notable wine list (59)neighborhood gem (45)late-night find (21)scenic view (5)great for brunch (5)kid-friendly (4)great for lunch (2)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Outstanding Filet
    Nikki
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Our server recommended the filet and with good reason. It was amazing!! Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    A friend and our families dined at Martini's on Saturday evening October 18th for our pre-marathon carb load. The service was very prompt and friendly and the food was delicious. We appreciated the variety of menu items; I would love to come back and sample some of the offerings when I don't feel tied to eating something very basic for a pre-race meal. My husband was torn between 2 dishes and our server offered to combine 2 half portions. We had children in our group and they easily found menu items to enjoy at a reasonable price. The desserts were also very good. We will certainly dine there again on our next visit to Columbus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always our Short north go to!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had a wonderful evening & and amazing dinner. Our waiter Moe was the best! His suggestions were superb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Meal at Martini Modern Italian
    editor
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    My husband and I were in from New York for the weekend visiting our daughter and to attend the OSU game. Decided on celebrating our wedding anniversary here. It was a good choice. We had 8:00 reservations. We were seated within a few minutes at a table in the center of the dining room. All tables were full. The restaurant was quite loud and very busy with servers and diners. If you are looking for a quiet spot, this is not the place. We found the service to be very good, as was the food. I would return!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You Can Do Better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Yes, the food is good, the service was great and Martini Modern is an alive and happening restaurant. But given that the food was not exceptional, especially for the prices charged, we will not return. The other BIG negative was the noise level...our party of four could not wait to escape. That said, everything about Martini Modern obviously is VERY appealing to the younger crowd (that is well healed presumably) which is fine. They can keep enjoying it; we just will never return for the simple reason that there are too many other more enjoyable restaurants offering equal or better food, better prices and more sane ambiance. Sadly, Martini failed to adequately deliver on the key attributes for an enjoyable upscale dining experience.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Business Dinner
    SanFranFoodie
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    As a frequent eater of great restaurants in San Fran I have a hard pallet to please. Good in San fran is usually outstanding everywhere else. Scene at Martini was good and the food overall was good. Did a pasta dish for a app to split with the group and it was over seasoned. Other than that the beet salad was great and I don't like beets as well as their signature Veal dish. Great cocktails list and cool bar for a pre-drink prior to dinner added to the night. Would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    cheflady
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Made a last minute reservation and got in with no problem. Absolutely awesome atmosphere, service was great and food was phenomenal. Can't believe I've never been here before, and can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Love it! I make a point to come here anytime I am in Columbus. The food is amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LOVE!
    Scissorchick
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Every time we eat here we talk about it for an entire year....Once again we can't wait to come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great meal, great service
    AJSF
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Thank goodness we made a reservation, because Martini was packed with the post-convention crowd when we arrived at 6:30 on Sunday evening. Mo was our server, and he was prompt, friendly, and full of great recommendations. The beet salad, panzanella salad, lasagna, scallop special, tiramisu, and chocolate torte were all excellent. And bottles of wine are half off on Sunday nights, what a nice surprise!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall It's Very Good
    ProvidentTeam
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Great service, we're never disappointed on that front. Food is very good, it just seems that portion sizes are getting smaller (or plates are getting bigger) and prices are going up and up. 4 of us for $200, only one glass of wine at the table, no appetizers. Not sure the value is there, but that's probably more of a personal decision. I made a special request to the restaurant through Open Table, but it was ignored. Not sure if it was the restaurant, or Open Table, or something else, but nevertheless. Wasn't a deal breaker, just would have been a nice surprise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent experience.
    JJMSM
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Food was perfect and they honored request for a nice table for our anniversary. Drinks were also awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as ususal
    h20works
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    As one would expect from a Cameron restaurant....food service and ambivalence were great. Our waiter Ryan was exceptional...well spoken, well informed and personable
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing!
    AndD
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Just that - amazing food, amazing service. Expensive (well, mostly if you choose to eat every course of a meal, AND drink). Worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best. Italian. Ever.
    NoodlesGalore
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    My boyfriend and I ordered the Chicken Carbonara, and it was the best food I've ever tasted! You can tell they use quality ingredients, and know how to make authentic Italian food. The servers are excellent, very personable and ready to help as needed. Great find for Friday date night!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great choice!!!!
    ABaker
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    A group of us went for a birthday celebration. I would highly recommend the Butternut Squash Tortellini. The portion sizes are generous, and the food is fresh. Our server was friendly and attentive. I will go back to this restaurant. I would recommend making reservations, which we did.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome dinner spot
    ZiggySDust
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We love going to Martini. The service is always first rate and the food is amazing. This is one of those places where we usually just ask our server to pick something for us and they're always on the money. The only reason I didn't check off notable wine list or vibrant bar scene is that we don't drink, so I can't speak to them. I'm sure that both are good, but you can absolutely have a great time there without as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cameron special
    Gertrude
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    As always, great food. Very tight tables. Could have used one more waitstaff person on the floor.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic