Marcella's

4.6
3889 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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JH
Columbus
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Me and my boyfriend go to Marcella's fairly often, and what we've found is they do tomato-based sauces better than anywhere, but their cheese sauces are a bit lacking.

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

Excellent gluten free options

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a
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Anthony was a fantastic server...he made excellent recommendations!

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LP
Columbus
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

This has become our family's go-to for special occasions. We enjoy sharing appetizers and then picking entrees from salads to giant meatballs.

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G
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

interesting ambience-reminds one of french & italian restaurants in those respective countries. ambience is modern american restaurant style. waitress and sommelier were very attentive. the veal marsalla was quite nice--love that marsalla wine! my wife was happy with her eggplant parmigiano.

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TD
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

I ordered the chicken Parmesan unfortunately it was burnt. But after waiting 30 to 40 minutes to get my food I just continue to eat it. The noise level was very high the smoke alarm was going off the radio was turned up to compensate for the noise of the smoke alarm. We spent my husband’s birthday there And unfortunately I do not think we would come back

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KF
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Dining at both locations puts my comments into perspective. It was a crowded Friday night where people wanted to be out enjoying the weather and food. My dish was fine, however, my friend’s risotto was more of a chicken and rice with tomatoes vs an actual unctuous and creamy risotto. It was bland and after 2 bites, she was done. All that the server asked her was if she needed a box bc she saw how much was not eaten. After my friend said no, she just took the dish away. It was odd to not have been asked if the dish was good or if it could be replaced. Having been to the Polaris location , it has so many more choices with risotto where you can taste the creaminess of the actual dish and to have more choices. That is the difference... along with the indifference of the Short North location experience

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R
Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It is an above average restaurant. Won't hesitate to go back or recommend to friends.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had a great server and the food was excellent. It was a packed house so it was very noisy. We sat at a high top table by the front windows but I think I would have rather been sitting in the dining area. It was great overall and I would recommend going to anyone who likes Italian food.

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AM
Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marcella's has been one of my longtime Columbus favorites. Great food, great cocktails, great ambiance. You will not be disappointed.

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CV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here for a work dinner (10 people) and had a great time! Highly recommend!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Felt very unorganized and food was average nothing special for what I paid

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M
Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 2

I would mention that the restaurant is very noisy. The menu has changed & the carbonara is very salty

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SF
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. The veal meatballs and the bruschetta is a must have. Everything on the menu is absolutely delicious.

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JR
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant!! The food was amazing and the service was great. I will definitely be coming back soon!

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TH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We were seated at an end two top/booth that was way too small. Wine is poured into carafes which seems deceptive. Portions were small and luke warm. I think the hype exceeds the actual experience.

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MT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food; great service; great prices. What more could one ask for?

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was amazing, the portions were pretty small though and left me wanting more. The only downside was we were sat right next to the waiting area and our table was crowded with people waiting the whole time, the waiter couldn’t even get to us which kind of sucked. Overall it was a good experience and I would totally go back because the food was that good.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The music was a little loud (though we were right under the speaker), but the bolognese pasta was so good that I didn’t care.

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B
Columbus
26 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect from my alcoholic lemonade to my salad to my eggplant parm. Had a bite of my husband’s pizza veggie style and that was delicious too. Only negative -that’s why I only gave the overall rating a four instead of five star- the gem salad was very small -it wasn’t shared so it was ok but friend at our table ordered same salad and it was alot bigger than mine. Kinda not fair but did not want to make a big deal about it. I thought it and my husband mentioned it to me. I got my salad first which was s smaller portion so it’s not like they ran out of that type of lettuce.

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CL
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was slow. Had trouble even getting water refilled. Not typical, so I'll still be back, but disappointing when we were there to celebrate my birthday.

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BE
Cleveland
10 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The late night menu is a fantastic late night bite. The service is great and the vibe matches the food.
The transition between dinning and late night menu needs a little work. Maybe a transition to the patio with supporting service. Just an idea felt a little lost a couple times especially when I bring a group.
I can tell you great experience overall and will be back !

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend & I dined here for our anniversary dinner and it was wonderful! We shared the burrata appetizer and both of our entrees were delicious! Our waitress was very helpful and attentive. Definitely coming back again

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TS
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our original reservation was for four. I called and added a fifth person. However we showed up with a sixth. Marcella's was very accommodating and we were seated on time.

The food was excellent as was the service. This was only my second time dining there, but it is already one of my favorite Columbus restaurants.

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LS
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The tiramisu is so yummy! The Sicilian pizza was pretty average, I recommend one of their other special dishes like the chicken parm. Their noodles are very good too.

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JE
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our entire meal was Gluten free and Soy free and our waitress was respectful and knowledgeable. Food was still so delicious.

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JT
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very authentic italian atmosphere and cuisine. Service was phenomenal and the food was great. All without breaking the budget! Happy hour is highly recommended. Marcella’s>Forno

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great! The waitress and host were both so kind, and the timing of everything was perfect. The only thing I would say is that 5 of us got the fettuccine and meatball, and we all agreed that there should have been a little more pasta than what we received.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience. 10/10. Food and service was incredible

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NK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Ambiance and food were good but service was very poor. Didn't receive appetizer we ordered and neither did the table next to us. Took over an hour and a half for a party of four.

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PW
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to dine here . Food was superb. Service was quick and friendly

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GF
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff. Great food. Very accommodating.

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J
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Typically I love to dine at Marcella's unfortunately this experience was not a positive one. I brought out of town relatives and talked the place up so much! The calamari was so rubbery and had around 5 actual pieces of seafood... the rest was fried pieces of zucchini cut so thin they tasted like air. The pasta I ordered (corn tortelloni) came out and was very spicy (no where on the menu did it denote spiciness). Our server forgot to bring out several things to the table and seemed frustrated when I asked for the bread that is normally just served at the beginning of each meal. Overall the experience was very disappointing and unfortunately our out of town family will never want to come back. Hopefully our next experience with Marcella's is much better.

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RG
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was excellent. The service was good. The noise level made it very hard to carry on a conversation. Will dine there again, maybe not on a Friday night.

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JW
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very consistent for great casual Italian food. One of our favorites. The Happy Hour is great but only last until 6 pm and so its nearly impossible to get parked and into the bar area if you are coming from work. Hie about running it till 6:30!
Still my fav!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic

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SF
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here great food and service thanks! Will be back

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing service and best gluten free options and food!

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Risotto on point as usual! Service was decent not the best I’ve had there but not bad enough to actually complain or not return - just not their typical attention to detail/customer.

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BS
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I celebrated my birthday at Marcella's this past week. The service was great. The background noise was definitely manageable so we could easily hold a conversation. The food was very good. My wife ordered the Chicken Marsala for her dinner. I ordered a seafood dish of clams, mussels, shrimp that was served in a mild broth. It was very tasty. We ordered a meatball dish for an appetizer. Very satisfying!

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