Polaris Grill
Polaris Grill

Polaris Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.polarisgrill.com/
  • Phone: 6144315598
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm; Brunch: Saturday 11:00am-4:00pm, Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm,
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jeff Burris
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Let us bring the Polaris Grill to your home or office or enjoy the spacious rooms of the Quest Conference and business center while enjoying Polaris Grill cuisine through our catering service. Please see our menu at www.polarisgrill.com or call to book your event at 614-431-5598. Our catering director is Chris Munoz.
  • Private Party Facilities: The private North Star room provides the perfect atmosphere for a rehearsal dinner or bridal shower or an excellent facility for corporate dinner meetings. Our North Star Room will hold private parties of up to 50 people. Available breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday through Sunday.
  • Private Party Contact: Cliff Madden 6144315598

Getting there

  • Cross Street: I-71 and Polaris Parkway
  • Public Transit: COTA bus stop within 50 yards of restaurant.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free on site parking in private lot in front of the restaurant.
A word from Polaris Grill
Our mission is to treat our customers as if they were guests in our homes. We want you to have a great meal in a comfortable environment served by our friendly and knowledgeable staff. We appreciate your patronage and hope you return to visit us often.
Guests from across the globe come for our Famous "55" salad, Wild mushroom bisque, and Aztec Chowder but leave raving about the fresh seafood and delicious steaks. Owned and operated by local restaurateurs Cliff Madden and Darren Greene, the Polaris Grill delivers the best dining experience in North Columbus. Serving lunch Monday through Sunday, a sensational brunch on Saturday and Sunday, and dinner nightly the owners use their 50+ years combined restaurant experience to transform the Polaris Grill into a Columbus dining destination.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Polaris Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
154 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (91)great for outdoor dining (81)neighborhood gem (70)fit for foodies (58)good for groups (44)great for lunch (41)great for brunch (41)romantic (31)notable wine list (18)kid-friendly (15)vibrant bar scene (8)hot spot (7)scenic view (6)late-night find (5)Show More
  • Very nice
    Saj71
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Husband and I went there for our anniversary. Good was real good and ambience was perfect for the occasion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outside
    dinesalot
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    4 of us had dinner on the outside patio----beautiful weather, good food. The service left a little to be desired.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Every Time!
    RoleModel83VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Spectacular menu, spectacular service and food. Another perfect experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still good after all these years!
    2naplesdinersVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I lived in the Polaris area before Polaris was even on the map. Polaris Grill was the first upscale restaurant in the area (about 14 years ago+). It was a fantastic restaurant then. Moved away 11 years ago and recently came back for a visit and ate at Polaris Grill. The quality, food and service was just as good, if not better! If I lived in the area again, it would be one of my regular, go-to restaurants!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Diner1995
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The food at the bar was fine. Not great but fine. Once at the table, I thought it was a bit loud and the steak I had was under cooked and pretty tasteless. We ordered creme brûlée for dessert and it too was disappointing having an odd texture - not custardy like it should be. We were there for our 19th anniversary. I doubt we'll go back
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  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Very nice surroundings, quality service, excellent food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Served too quickly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food was served too fast. We were not through with our salads when our meals were served. The bus boy took a salad when it wasn't finished yet, but the bill wasn't adjusted. We felt rushed & not able to enjoy the meal. The food was ok, not great but not terrible either.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Polaris Grill
    Tkfull
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Food was very good and service was excellent, however, signage to locate the actual restaurant from some of the main roads was difficult to see.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliably Good
    Jeffrey
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great service and consistently good food. Over the years I have never been disappointed. My favorite dish is the mushroom bisque, my dining companion, the Aztec Chowder. The scene is relaxed and comfortable, and fairly quiet. This is not a foodie restaurant, but the food is nicely seasoned and presented. This is a safe haven for finickety eaters who struggle with fancy menus.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch at the Grille
    MichaelVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We don't get here very often since it is a bit of a drive but we wanted somewhere nice for brunch. The Grille did not disappoint! Good mimosas. Great brunch menu. Good service. Nice way to start a Sunday!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jillie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I know of no other place where the food is CONSISTENTLY GOOD. The many, many times I have been there with family, friends or business...I know there will be no complaints on the food, or for that matter, the well mannered wait staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anniversary Dinner
    luv2eat
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and requested patio seating through Open Table. We received a warm greeting from "Kate" the hostess and were promptly taken to a table on the lovely patio next to the flower garden. Danielle provided very friendly and professional service. The food was excellent! We shared the Lobster and Shrimp Ravioli and The Filet Mignon Oscar. Thank you Polaris Grill for making it such a great evening! PS. Nice wine list at fair prices.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Polaris grill is great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Using open table got patio seats for Friday at 6. Food very good. Moderate wine list. Server attentive overall very pleasant
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice and convenient
    Dinesalot
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Nice restaurant and great menu. Choices to meet any diners desire.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty!
    lhlikesfood
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I was in a group of 5 and we all got a price fix meal. It was wonderful, soup or salad, entree with sides AND dessert all included. I got the mushroom soup and it was out of this world, creamy and delicious! Salmon with veggie risotto and a baked potato and then pineapple upside down cake with ice cream! Others got the salad and filet of beef, veggies and potato. Creme Brulee, Chocolate Cake and Cheesecake. We share and there was Nothing that was less than great. Our waitress was sweet and attentive. It was a really good time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Normally get very good food and service. Brunch is always good. Wife loves their creme brûlée.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    stella
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Our server was friendly and attentive. Appetizer was great (puffy bread with a garlic dip). Entrees also great (crabcakes, ribs). Sat on the patio, which was nice and quiet on a Sunday evening.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Ben5104VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Had a party pf 11 for dinner on the patio. Food was great, service was prompt and everyone was happy with the meal. Best Walleye inn town.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cottoncandy
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We have been coming to Polaris Grill for years just casually and for special occasions. Always consistently great! Enjoyed our evening on Saturday, August 23rd with 5:30pm reservation. It was perfect and quiet up until the time we left! We had a special time with our friends and they too, loved the food. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wcb99
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    asked for a table w/ a scenic view when I made the online reserv; never got it; wonder why?
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PeggyK
    PeggyK
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Have been here many times and have found it reliable and a nice experience. My latest visit was very disappointing. The hostess went out of her way to place us at a table on the shade. Apparently the hand off of our party to a server had a disconnection. After 15 minutes we stop someone and asked for menus. Our server was pleasant once she found us. My major complaint is with the food. I ordered one of the specials, pecan encrusted sea bass. The fish was totally over powered by the pecans and I really had no idea what kind of fish I was eating. The accompanying vegetables were cold. My salad arrived with no dressing. To their credit when I complained the server removed the charge for my meal.
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  • DaveVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    It has been some time since we have been to the Polaris Grill. The menu choices are outstanding in number and quality. I had the perch special and my wife and a pasta dish. Both dishes were tasty and plentiful. You could go every day of the month and still not run out of items to pick from.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our favorites
    Sunrise13
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The Polaris a Grill never disappoints. This is one of our top go-to places for a special dinner out. My husband enjoys the barbecue ribs, while I always have to start with the "55" salad, then like to change up the entree. Had the lobster and shrimp ravioli most recently. It is a special menu item and was truly fantastic!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed Polaris Grill
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The grill is a great location for comfortable business lunches, and it's often the first choice for my colleagues and me.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food at a good price
    lunchfav
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    This was my first time eating at Polaris Grill, but definitely will not be my last. The food was very good, and we were served in a very timely manner...regardless of how busy the lunch hour rush had gotten. The menu has a good number of choices, and the prices are better than I expected.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Polaris Grill never disappoints...........the food, service and atmosphere are top notch! Highly recommend for any and every occasion. AAA+++
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food temp issue
    Brunchblahs
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    My family took me to this resturant for my 60th birthday. I ordered the steak and eggs with grits because I enjoy the taste of this southern side dish. The issue I had was the temp of the grits , they were "lukewarm" borderline cold, they really need to find a way to keep all the food "hot " that is served to the customer. The rest of my family miss the buffet before new management took over, but they will just have to deal with ordering from a pretty standard menu .
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • superb
    Richmo
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The charity for food bank menu was superb. We had the filet mignon and crab cakes, the mushroom souip, the 55 salad and the lime cheesecake and NY cheesecake. It was cooked properly and was divine in flavor. Whoeee!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Time!
    Mizhiz
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We went for Restaurant Week in Columbus and the special event menu was GREAT! A nice variety of entrees to suit everyone. Service, as always, was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    Sryan
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We came for Restaurant week. We got the Walleye and Crabcakes. The Walleye was exceptional, one of my favorite restaurant fish dishes I've had. The crab cakes were tasty but just OK. The service was just OK too. Not terrible, but not to the standard I expected. The server just seemed like she was given too much. She was very polite, but it took a long time to get her attention long enough to order. She took our drink order and we were ready to give her the first course and she walked away before immediately after the drink order and took a long time to come back with the drinks, which were only half right.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    luvdagrill
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Polaris Grill is a great place to visit during Restaurant Week, the options offered are wonderful for the price. Our server had a great attitude and everyone else is friendly and has a smile on their face! We will continue to visit them many times.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • noise level is extremely annoying!!
    noname
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    If this place were quieter, it could be a favorite restaurant. Food and service were outstanding, but unfortunately the noise level was also. There should be a way to absorb some of the noise with insulating material.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Entrees but Poor Bread
    LuvFoodie
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The Entrees were tasty but the bread was dry and flavorless.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent, as always!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I have eaten at Polaris Grill several times. I have always enjoyed it. The food was delicious. I have never tried fish tacos before but they seem very popular these days, so I ordered them. They were very good and I want to go back and get them again. The service was also very good; friendly and fast, but I didn't feel rushed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredibly diverse menu
    RoleModel83VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Everything on the menu sounded amazing. Chicken, steaks, seafood. All had a nice unique detail to the preparation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never disappointed
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Polaris Grill is one of our favorite restaurants. We rank it right up there with Hyde Park. Food is always delicious and speedy service with the good always being consistent in quality.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paul
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Girl that seated us must have been a sheep herder & referred to me as "darling" in a condescending manner. We were seated by a noisy group of 6 with a infant. Food was delivered to to table half thrown & was pedestrian. We couldn't get out of there fast enough.
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  • VERY VERY GOOD!
    ReviewRookie
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    In reading reviews before I went and then after going... I was very surprised at how anyone could say something bad about this place. The restaurant itself is beautiful on the outside, inside, and especially on the patio where we sat. The service was polite and fast! The ambiance was great and the food was SPECTACULAR! I got a small 55 salad, (mainly because of the reviews on how great the 55 dressing is). Im not much of a salad guy, and I don't know if all the hype about the dressing is worth it, but it was good. For the main course I got the parmesan chicken and it was excellent! My date got the tomato basil chicken and she also loved it. Everything from the bread to the main course was well made, and VERY GOOD!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The menu selections were plentiful, food prepared very well, and the service was superior
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    TodW
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This was my first visit to Polaris Grill and I was very impressed. Food, service and patio for dining were all outstanding. I'll go back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet