About Marcella's Italian Kitchen - Polaris

Marcella's Italian Kitchen is a bustling, urban burst of Italian flavor and energy. Serving lunch and dinner daily, Marcella's Italian Kitchen will have a lively atmosphere – whether it be for sharing lunch, dinner or a late night snack. The dynamic bar provides a vibrant venue for sampling from a selection of 50 Italian wines served by the bottle or quartino. The Italian menu features selections of olives, meats, cheese, hot and cold small plates, as well as a variety of pizzas, pastas and Italian specialties. Marcella's Italian Kitchen brings an authentic Italian cafe to the Polaris Town Center, located across the street from Polaris Fashion Place.

1319 Polaris Parkway
Columbus, OH 43240
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday - Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Dinner: Monday - Thursday 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday - Saturday 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sunday 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(614) 844-6500

Website:
http://www.marcellasitaliankitchen.com/Locations-Menus/Polaris

Parking Details:
Complimentary parking is available in a lot right outside of Marcella's Polaris.

Executive Chef:
Alex Barnet

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
WINE ENTHUSIAST WEDNESDAYS

Receive half off all bottled wines on Wednesday nights.

Start a new Sunday family tradition at Marcella's

Dine with us Sundays and enjoy a Marcella's Chop Salad, Spaghetti & Meatball and a Choice of Chocolate, Pistachio or Honey Vanilla Gelato for only $15.95

Half Price Happy Hour at Marcella's Polaris

Join us for half price happy hour in our bar, cocktail lounge and patio Monday - Friday from 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. Enjoy half off our bar menu and $3 beers, $5 spirits & specialty cocktails, and ½ off select wines.

Marcella's Italian Kitchen - Polaris Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

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4.6

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4.4

value

4.3

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Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (37)
Good for a Date (37)
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Good for Birthdays (33)
Good for Anniversaries (31)
Good for Groups (29)
Authentic (26)
Business Meals (21)
Great for Lunch (21)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Worth the Drive (20)
Comfort Food (18)
Kid-friendly (18)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Fun (16)
Romantic (16)
Sunday Lunch (16)
Notable Wine List (13)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Happy Hour (10)
Cozy (9)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Tapas (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Healthy (3)
Seasonal (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Organic (1)
Spicy (1)
Waterfront (1)
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined 4 days ago

We were celebrating a birthday and our waiter Kyle was the best. Very attentive, he did an amazing job and the food was delish.

Tags: Business Meals, Disabled Access, Casual, Gluten Free Options
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 (Charleston)·Dined 4 days ago

My Sunday salad was terrific as usual as was the veal Marsala that my husband always orders. Marcella’s always delivers on delicious food and a fun atmosphere!

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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Great little lunch combo, salad and small margharita pizza.

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·Dined on January 14, 2018

Sans the awful woman sitting next to us who couldn’t be pleased, our night out was great! Our server was attentive, food looked and tasted great to us. We’ll def. be back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Romantic
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

The food is always excellent and the service is friendly and attentive.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 11, 2018

The food was excellent as expected...This was my 75th birthday and hope we can do it again at 76...

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Fairly frequent visitors to this spot and we had a last minute multiple family member gathering. This fit the bill...great table, great server, great food. Definitely will return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Bar Seating, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We usually have the Gnocchi con Bolognese and this dish is consistently excellent. I believe it may be missed on the menu by many.

Our experience is very good, wait staff is well trained and attentive, food good and the wine is not overpriced.

I would say authentic Italian.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Took my girlfriend out here for dinner. Knew it would be packed given the limited reservations available and it being a Saturday night, but the waitstaff was amazing. Food was out quickly course by course, and for what you are getting, phenomenal value, Gnocchi con bolognese is amazing.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

I’ve been here for celebrating my hubby’s birthday. Food was good,
Service was great. Everything was perfect

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Absolutely outstanding meal! I try something different every time I come here, and everything from their gnocchi to tortellini to their meatball is delicious. Save room for dessert too, because their cannolis are phenomenal, and the fruit they come with is so delectably sweet. Their wine list is extensive, and their bottles are half off on Wednesdays! The service and ambiance were also exceptional - we will continue to come here for special occasions.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Really good food, great atmosphere, table was ready as soon as we arrived.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

We had terrific food and our waiter was fabulous. My daughter is celiac and has fatal food allergies and she was Treated so well and had a lot of options! My only complaint is that I called and tried to add one on to our reservation and the man answering was not pleasant and was rude told me there was no way, we'd either have to only bring the 4 or cancel because we'd be in the way. My mom didn't get to come which was ashame.

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Worst Dining experience ever! Reservations New Year's Eve at 4pm. Requested a comfortable seat as my husband had back surgery. When the restaurant called to confirm I was told they only have half booths. I requested the corner booth so my husband could get in and out easily. The host seated us in between 3 dining tables in the half booths that were placed very close together. There was a corner table available. We asked if we could sit there instead. The host said it was reserved for 4 people. Minutes later 2 people were seated. To our displeasure the host put us at the end table/ half booth close to the entranceway to the lounge. There was a draft, and we felt like we were seated in a busing station. Nearly every server that walked by bumped into my chair. We moved the table down and of all the empty tables in the restaurant the host seats a couple right next to us. Our tables were now inches from each other. When the manager checked on us I told him of our displeasure. I had taken two bites of my gnocchi,which was marginal at best, my husband had scraped off the coating of his veal parm. The manager said, well it looks like you enjoyed your meal?? Why does a manager ask how your dining experience is if there is no true concern? His comment was next time we will do better seating you. Not let's find a new seat and desert and coffee is on us. (THEY were not busy) Marcellas does not feel like A Mitchell's restaurant. The seating is very close,uncomfortable, food fair and service Okay plus it is expensive for Italian food. I WOULD have rated very poor but the App only allowed me to rate 2 stars or above. We will never return to Marcellas.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Nice meal with the family, the server was really nice with our son.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Food was excellent, but our server kept forgetting about us. Had to flag someone down. Love the atmosphere, though.

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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Our meal wasn’t a bad experience. I just didn’t think it was worth the price. I’ve had Italian food at other restaurants that was just as good and less expensive. The ambiance was fine but again, nothing special.

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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Calamari was really greasy....service was just OK...didn’t ask if we wanted coffee or dessert.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Always like going to Marcella's, and the drive to Polaris is worth it. The one downtown is much smaller, with a smaller menu, and much much louder - can't hear anyone who's not next to you. The Polaris location is more open, brighter, comparatively quieter (quiet for an Italian place, moderate for most restaurants), kid-friendly, and the staff are great. Always a go-to place for us.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

I came here for my birthday and I really liked it. The atmosphere was nice and the service was great. Even the little things like the friendly welcome and goodbye added to it. Food was yummy and I’ll be back soon!

Tags: Fun, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Casual, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on December 21, 2017

We had a wonderful experience and Mike our server was superb! Food was outstanding, especially for the price! Both will bring us back!

Tags: Bar Seating, Kid-friendly, Casual, Tapas
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Had a good time catching up with one of my friends. It was very busy being right before the holidays but our server didn’t rush us at all which was greatly appreciated!

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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 20, 2017

We always have such a great experience at this Marcella's. We've had Tommy as a our server the last two times and everything has been great!

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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Every time I eat at Marcella's EVERY dish is delicious. The wait staff are well educated about the food and you can tell they are proud of the care the Chefs use in preparing the food. Wonderful.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Best Linguini with clam sauce! Calamari is great. Our friends had veal dishes and said they were wonderful.
My husband had eggplant parmigiana but did not care for it. Skin was left on which apparently gave the dish a bitter taste

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Found Marcella's to be a nice restaurant. Was seated promptly with my reservation. Was also given a very nice table for my party of 5. Waitress was very good. She checked in with us often without being a bother. She helped with menu items. Did a nice job taking our order, and serving the meal. Food was very good from pizza for my granddaughter to entrees for the adults. Very good value considering the food and experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We dine here often. The food is consistently great and the service is always well trained and attentive. The salmon dish is one of our favorites, as well as any of the pizzas. The kitchen is very good at modifying any dish to a more personal favorite, so don't hesitate to ask!

Tags: Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Enjoyed a late dinner with all the neighbors. Great food, great drinks, great conversation. A little loud in the restaurant, but the night was excellent. Big thumbs up from our crowd!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Family holiday

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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Marcella’s food is always good but the service tonight was lacking. We were seated in their extra room (where private parties are held) and there was a big party in there along with us and one other table. Felt like we were intruding in their privacy. Our server had a trainee with him and took our order/brought bread fairly quickly, but then didn’t come back until my husband was almost done with his dinner. The trainee eventually came and refilled our water and asked us how the food was (clearly good since our plates were basically cleared). The server for the other random table in the room was very attentive. We saw much more of him than our server.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Service was good, but the food wasn't that great this time. Our server was good and very attentive , the food just didn't wow us this time.

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Service was not up to the normal excellent Cameron Mitchell standards.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Food was great in flavor and portion. My only is was with seating. We were a party of two with corner seating on bench style and very comfortable. The issue was with the adjacent table, there was literally less than 24" from our table. It gave you the impression they were having dinner with us, private conversation was difficult without whispering. I would suggest more space be given in this area.

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great. Good food and atmosphere.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Our server went away for quite awhile and no one came to let us know if he left for the day or what happened. Another server we flagged down to see if we could get our food said our server "had an emergency" and he would be our new server. Then our initial server showed back up, no apologies or explanation as to where he was. Our wine came out after our appetizer and no water refills or inquiries if we wanted another glass of wine. Food was okay.

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

There were 10 of us for a birthday dinner. Service was fantastic, the waiter was very attentive but not bothersome. Appetizers and dinner were great. Our daughter had made a birthday cake for our dessert, and the waiter supplied the plates and forks---much appreciated.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Went to the Polaris location and loved it just as much as the short north location. Very good service. Amazing food

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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The food is always great!

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Marcella'S is the best Italian we've been to yet!!! Everything was great! The food, the ambience, and the waiter, Ronnie, was very attentive!! We will definitely come again and bring our friends!!!

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 7, 2017

My department went for a Christmas luncheon. Excellent food and a great server!! I would definitely recommend to anyone for a date or get together with friends and/or family!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch
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