Marcella's

4.7
3799 reviews
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Marcella’s is a bustling, urban burst of Italian flavor & energy. Marcella’s has a lively atmosphere – whether it be for sharing 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 (1/3 of the bottle), but don’t forget about the ample offerings of antipasti & pizza. Marcella’s brings an authentic Italian cafe to Columbus’ Short North Arts District.
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Columbus
4 reviews
Dined 11 hours ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Brought a party of ten to dinner. As our reservation was not ready upon our arrival, we waited in the bar area, enjoying some happy hour drinks and food. As there were no seats at the bar, we ordered our drinks and food and placed them on a dirty table where guests had just left. Twenty minutes past our scheduled reservation time, our table was still not ready and the hostess came over to our party, telling us we would have to take our food and drinks elsewhere so they could seat the table. I looked at the hostess and asked if our reservation was ready yet and she replied no. More than once she asked us to move our food and drinks, expecting us to stand there and hold them so they could seat the table. I politely told her once you have our table ready, we would be glad to move our drinks and food there. Everyone in our party was shocked by the hostess' complete lack of professionalism by expecting us to stand holding our food and drinks while waiting for our table. Utterly amazed, I will be rethinking visiting this establishment in the future as common sense does not appear to be their forte.

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AA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good, but the servings were very small. I expected more for the price.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious! Service outstanding!

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PM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seating was very quick, the waitress was very polite and did a very good job. Only complaint set near the door and got a lot of the cold air

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TT
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You might think that ordering a mere meatball would be a waste of opportunity considering such an incredibly varied menu. You'd be wrong. Get the meatball.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Was great will be back.

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JM
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Phenomenal food, great place to celebrate a birthday and dine with friends. The service on this particular occasion was sub-par.

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m
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a large party and the waitress was friendly and efficient. Food was delicious.

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j
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service, ambience were all perfect for a Saturday family meal. Becka, our server was beyond excellent, knowledgeable, pleasant and efficient. We wanted a 4:30 or 5pm reservation and couldn't get into any of Cameron's restaurants at 5,6,7 or 8pm. Only 4pm or after 9:30. We understand how popular the restaurants are but we were a little taken aback when we were the first to arrive at 4pm and the restaurant did not start filling up until we were leaving close to 6pm. I think communication with the open table could be improved. Maybe I should have called directly to the restaurant. We left before 6pm and many table were still not sat. I believe we could have come at 4:30 or 5 as desired and been out prior to 7pm reservations.

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HR
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I waited 15 minutes for a waiter. All tables around us were being helped. When we eventually were helped, our waiter was slow and incompetent.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went to Marcella's with a few colleagues during a work trip. We made a reservation but it was later in evening on Monday night so there really wasn't a need for one. We were seated reasonably quickly, but did not get anything but water service for a little while. Once our server was able to tend to us, the service was great. Server was knowledgable, helpful and pleasant.

The appetizers here were exceptional. We shared 4 and they were all excellent. The Bruschetta is not what many may expect, and was more of a focaccia with toppings. The pasta dishes were fairly good, but very saucy. We did not try any of the pizzas. Overall a delicious dinner, but really the appetizers and small plates took the cake. Price-wise, it was a little more expensive that we would have expected in Columbus but not unreasonable. Would recommend, especially if for cocktails and snacks.

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JB
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

A very disappointing evening. We have dined at several Cameron Mitchell restaurants and our experience Saturday night was the worst we have witnessed. We had an 8:45pm reservation and was seated a little early, but it went downhill from there. We ordered our drinks and food at the same time. My wife ordered the a salad and the veal meatball and I ordered the Veal Saltimbocca. The food was fine but it literally arrived five-seven minutes after we ordered it! I appreciate the efficiency, but we never received our drinks, and we had to remind the person who delivered the food that we were missing our drinks. Now if we had an earlier reservation and they needed the table, I guess I could understand but I still wouldn’t be happy. But given the time, I doubt they planned to turn over the table. We are lucky to have so many wonderful restaurants in Columbus, so unfortunately, we probably won’t return anytime soon. Again, the food was fine but the execution was lacking.

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A
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The gluten free options are amazing, so many options!

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OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding. Luv the large round tables for a big group.

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B
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lauren the Bartender was wonderful and very helpful in guiding us through their delicious menu.

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C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My server was really incredible and nice, food was great

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KD
Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was supposed to be a business dinner but the individuals that we were taking to dinner had some travel issues, so we came on our own. The chef created an entree for me that wasn't on the menu just because the server said that he could, not because I was "that" patron. To say that I was blown away by the vegetable risotto that he created would be an understatement. I tried to say thank you to the chef specifically but he had already left for the night. Needless to say this dedication to the customer has made an even bigger fan of your establishment! Thank you!

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SB
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Went for restaurant week. Our food came so fast that we did not have time to finish our first course. We got our final course and it was extremely cold, my salmon was super overcooked and dry, and our water glasses took a while to be filled. I have been to Marcella's before and it has been a great place to eat but I do not know if I would go back after this experience because it's very pricey for not being close to perfect.

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Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

This was not the food we were used to from Marcella’s. Chicken was very tough. Out for a birthday celebration with my mom and dad so that was disappointing. Only experienced this one other time.

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BR
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Everything was great, but we were rushed after dinner to leave. Even though there was no one waiting for tables.

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K
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was well informed, food was very well prepared and ambience was perfect an italian restaurant. Wine selection is excellent .

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E
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a delightful birthday celebration dinner with friends. The cocktails are amazing - try the Tequila Apertif, such a delicious take on tequila that I want to recreate it at home. A meal could easily be a combination of their amazing appetizers and fresh meats and cheeses, although the pasta is not something you want to miss. The group shared different plates and enjoyed every bite.

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LF
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

I was disappointed with the seating and the front end response but our server was fantastic. Made a reservation for the bf’s birthday in advance. Had to wait to be seated- not a big deal at all. Got sat a high top right next to the bar that was so close my back was touching the person and other people standing at the bar. The server was amazing and let the front know my letdown in where our seats were. The only response of the front end staff was to wait longer if we wanted a different seat. The food was ok, the server, Kaley was so sweet and great.

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NV
Columbus
23 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was amazing. My frustration is we had a reservation and still had to wait 20 minutes to be seated. We’ve had this happen to us at Marcella’s before and it’s so frustrating that I’m not sure we would go back. Not what I’ve come to expect from a Cameron Mitchell restaurant.

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Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere: vibrant and energetic. Servers were full of personality. Chicken Marsala was a bit dry, but the antipasti, soup, and salad were spectacular.

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SF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service during Columbus Restaurant week we will return!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Kaylee (or Kayleigh) was the best server I’ve ever had! She was so energetic and personable!! She really tried to make conversation with us and made sure our dinner was great. Thank you we will be coming back again next time we visit :)

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C
Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for restaurant week. Delicious!

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Unexpected but thoroughly enjoyed this place. Food was incredible and if you're hungry for gluten free Italian this is the place to go. They can make almost everything gluten free--pasta and even the bread they serve before your meal. Totally accommodating to your needs and wants.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful food, atmosphere, and staff! This is my go to restaurant again and again!

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C
Cleveland
14 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with wonderful ambience! Food and service excellent.

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KB
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service! And the food was oustanding! The new menu options are really great, especially the new pasta dishes and the bruschetta.

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Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We had a reservation, arrived on time, and were seated promptly. Our server was very friendly and the food and cocktails came out fast. The only bad thing about the experience was the techno-ish music playing. It really didn’t fit the atmosphere.

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Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was not my first time at Marcella’s. Food has always been great and the service excellent. I’ve been there for business and taken my wife when we have been in town together. I’ll be back again.

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T
Columbus
26 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

We left feeling so disappointed! I have dined at this location at least 25 times. We had planned on going to the Polaris location on Friday for my daughter’s 26th birthday. She got a virus that’s been going around and we had to cancel her birthday celebration. We decided to go downtown since it was just the two of us.

My favorite dish has been changed. I no longer care for it sadly. My daughter’s entree was done with minimal effort so much so she barely ate it. She decided to take it home to add to it to make it tastier. The entree was entered as an entree with clams for $17.50. This wasn’t a $17.50 dish with pasta and a few veggies.

I made a notation about her being vegan on the reservation as well as it being her birthday. Although our server checked her ID and the notation was made I had to ask for a birthday dessert and it showed up on my bill.

I’m extremely disappointed about the whole experience. Definitely not up to the standards that I have come accustomed to from CM. I will be having a redo at another restaurant for my daughter’s birthday.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

We had a reservation but then we had to wait for 20+ mins once we got there, food was great tho

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Marcella's is a dependable crowd pleaser. Though, I miss the old style of Arancinni, which was baseball sized instead of golf ball size. It was fun to share plates among everyone, and they make it so easy to do that with small plates for each course. The service was attentive. And, they sweetly provided a complimentary dessert for my sister's birthday.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came for our 5 year anniversary and had an amazing time!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

We never really get to go out especially downtown with having 2 kids so we choose to make time for it. I ordered the chicken Parm and 3/4 the way through the chicken it became rubbery as me disgusting. For the price of the meal it was worth 1/4 of that. I would have much rather gone to spaghetti warehouse than here. Truly a major let down.

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Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome meal with family❤️

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