Marcella's

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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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Charleston
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous. It’s my favorite place in Columbus.

PK
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice evening out on the town with my spouse. Water glasses were quite small but staff was attentive to refilling frequently. Both of our meals were excellent- we enjoyed the spaghetti and meatball (huge meatball, delicious) and creste arrabiata (spicy but very good). The freshly grated Parmesan cheese was a nice touch. Would recommend making reservations.

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Good food and ambience but we were there for a special occasion and two of the six people in our party got their meals a good five minutes after the rest of us. Our three desserts came out at separate times—so far apart that I didn’t even realize the third order had been placed. Our waiter made a comment about not realizing some of our meals had been delivered when not all were ready. Perhaps wait staff is trying to be helpful by bringing meals to the table as soon as they’re up but creates an inconsistent delivery and makes it difficult for the table’s waiter to manage the experience for the group.

H
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

First time to Columbus and found this restaurant to be great! Food is excellent, really enjoyed atmosphere. Had great service. We’re going back!

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Every time I travel to Columbus, I ONLY make reservations here. ❤️

S
Nashville
14 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We've dined at Marcella's for years. It's still a good solid choice, however the meatball isn't what it used to be. The size is smaller and they now serve with less sauce. This was the "must have" in the past, but now not so much. Service was great though, as was the craft cocktails. The menu could use a refresh!

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The only negative - we had Happy Hour. I specifically said I wanted the house / least expensive vodka for my martini. Our server even acknowledged my ask. When the bill came we noticed I was charged for premium vodka. It was so busy, and we needed to get to the game so I didn’t wait and dispute. This isn’t the first time this has happened

RV
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Always is very good here, we go here for date night and when friends are in town and the food is fabulous as well as great ambiance. The service has really gotten worse over the course of the past 2 years though. They aren't very attentive, they forget things often and we consistently end up getting drinks way too late after we order them. They also forget to bring the bread unless we ask twice. This week they forgot my husbands meal and only brought it once we asked the Mngr, but everyone else was finished with their food by the time his came. They were gracious enough to remove that meal from the bill. We also missed my friends drink, as we all got ours and hers came 20 minutes later... Mainly they need to re-train or re-evaluate their service as everything else was great but this wasn't the first time we've had rough service there and unless they take note it won't be the last. We continue to go for dinner but more like once every 6 months whereas we used to go once a month for date night. Food is fantastic and ambiance is on point plus it's at a good price point.

JF
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience was outstanding. The atmosphere was lively but not loud. The food delicious and the service perfect. Knowledgeable and responsive. We will definitely go back when able.

OT
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall a great experience. If any complaints at all, my filet was a tad overcooked. It had been sliced to display on the plate and it was obvious that it wasn't medium rare. Still delicious and everything was great from the ambiance to the service. Will always go back for more.

z
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This Columbus restaurant is no longer the same place I visited earlier this year. Menu has changed-the food is not the same-lacking taste-very sad. There is a rush-rush atmosphere among the wait staff to take your order, deliver your order, rush you thru your meal, and deliver the check before you have even finished your meal. Our young female server couldn't get her money fast enough-lingering at the table as I took the money out of my wallet to pay the bill. Noise level made casual conversation impossible.

Highly unlikely I will visit this restaurant again.

OT
Toledo
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous dinner in a great setting. Our server was more than attentive. Even my picky complainer husband was happy.

F
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food, but if I had not given my husband half of my pizza, he would have left hungry. He ate the ravioli and said he would have gladly paid a few dollars more for a larger portion.

The taste of the food was off-the-charts! Great and unique flavor. We enjoyed the experience and will be back again!

G
Columbus
19 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had wonderful food, cocktails and service to our group. We will be back!

DB
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Just an all around great experience. Food, atmosphere, location.

SD
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We added 2 more people to our reservation, with no issues. Our server was outstanding! He made sure we had our waters and drinks refilled and very attentive! Kudos to you, young man!
The appetizers and food were absolutely delicious!

f
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and when there was a slight problem with us being seated at a table they needed for another reservation they were apologetic and helped to move us and gave us an appetizer on the house

AF
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

First time experiencing the Happy Hour and it was AMAZING! Great prices, great food and the service was fabulous!

KY
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfecto! Outstanding service!

PK
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We loved the meatball and chicken parmesan. Our waiter was very attentive to our needs and host kindly greeted us. My wife didn’t love her chicken dish selection (she branched out and tried one with pickled vegetables, admittedly a riskier choice), but everything else was spot on for a wonderful date night.

J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

Both of our meals were over salted. The waiter seemed unconcerned and offered no resolutions. The wine was very good. Overall a disappointment.

BT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 1

The air conditioning blows directly on the tables by the windows at the front of the restaurant making for a very uncomfortable dining experience. The manager shut it off briefly, but it ruined the meal even though the food was good.

CM
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Went to dinner on a Friday night early and restaurant was extremely busy. Service a bit slow with so many diners. Food was average, although my companions enjoyed their meal. Just ok - I'd try another place before I'd come back.

l
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

When we first sat down, no one greeted our table for a while. It seems there was a server mix-up, but once we were greeted the service and food wS great

J
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect. Good, service, ambiance. 10/10.

OT
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and service was awesome! I love coming here and will for sure continue coming back

US
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We went out with another couple to celebrate a new job, and Marcella's was consistent as usual. Tasty food (chicken marsala, which seems so dull, is truly amazing there!). One of our party has celiac disease and said her food was handled perfectly; we even got special GF bread without being asked. It is a noisy joint, so if you need a quieter table make sure to specify. Good quality for the price.

B
Columbus
14 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kelly was an excellent server. Food was superb !

E
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I made reservations for my sister's birthday and the staff was very accommodating of our request for a specific table. Our server was outstanding and the food was amazing. This place is one of our favorites!

MH
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We love this restaurant! We have to go every time we are in Columbus. Food was amazing. Especially the goat cheese and apricot jam, my favorite. I was disappointed in the red wine list. I love sweet red and the one the server suggested to me was pretty dry. I drank it but it was way too dry for my taste. That is my one suggestion. Will be back soon!

m
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We had reservation on Friday night still waiting 15 minutes. Finally lead to table, after sitting 10 minutes had to request a server - waited another 5 minutes.
Pizza was good, pasta was good but the cream sauce way too salty. Its a fun place but not worth the wait.

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

Great as usual!

JJ
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

yes yes yes yes. my favorite place for a special delicious dinner... salads are wonderful, appetizers amazing....but NOTHING can compare to that spaghetti and meatball. Unbelievably delicious. I drive from Cincinnati to eat there..... love it.
It is a little loud...but the meatball is WORTH IT.

TS
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian Restaurant. The gigantic veal meatball appetizer is my favorite. I always order it. I love their pasta dishes, flatbread pizza

OT
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great as usual but froze under the AC vent. They attempted to remedy it to no avail.

M
Cleveland
10 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome dinner and cocktails as usual. Our server (Cody) was really great too:)

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marcella’s is an all time favorite for my boyfriend and I, so it made sense for me to choose to celebrate his birthday there. The food was outstanding as usual. I sneakily told the waiter it was my boyfriend’s birthday, and he loves their tiramisu, and like clockwork at the end of the meal they brought out his tiramisu with a candle, free of charge. Marcella’s continues to be one of my favorite restaurants in Columbus.

JP
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Phenomenal food. Try creating a cheese plate. Chicken Marsala and Gnocchi con Bolognese were delish. Excellent espresso. Yummy tiramisu.

Staff were attentive and friendly. LOUD environment so it was challenging to hear the conversation at my table, but it was a Friday night at 8pm reservation! Will definitely be going again.

MS
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyable. Nothing went wrong.

R
Cleveland
41 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nothing but high praise from me. Entertained cutomers and everyone was pleased with the meal, the wine, the service. Top notch. I'll be back if I am rver in the area again.

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