Marcella's

4.7
4627 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

We are proud to announce our new, state-of-the-art Air Filtration and Air Purification systems have been installed in our Columbus, Ohio restaurants. Our NEW iWave Air Purification system, along with MERV Filters, will eliminate 99.4% of all airborne pathogens, including viruses and COVID-19, making our indoor dining safer than ever.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waited a few minutes for a reservation that we had for weeks. However, our waitress was spectacular! Food very good & came out hot which is fantastic! Have dined here many times!

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vipdaveG
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rigatoni and the giant meatball were spectacular. Our server took great care of us.

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vipshidehjavan
Columbus
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you Rodney for making my birthday so special.

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vipBari4
Columbus
56 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Service was great-our waiter was a delight, atmosphere
was great as usual. I had the ravioli quadatrini-it was delish. Husband rwy enjoyed his pizza. Others liked their fettuccine and gnocchi. I took one star off cause our arugula salad that we split was so tiny it was like one leaf per person. Our other two friends got soups which were less expensive than our salads but they were huge bowls. Don’t really get it.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was good……Service was good…. Small
Portions

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vipCarrie
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We were late bc of the football game but they held our table and we’re very accommodating. Service was great.

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AllenV
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Marcella’s and it is a must stop for us every time we come in from Canton. The food is out of this world especially calimarie and the fettuccini and meatball.
Our server Cody was great and we love the fact that they gave us our own carafe of iced tea.
We highly recommend this place

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GregB
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience1

The worst place in Columbus to dine AND have a conversation. It was our 20 year anniversary and I could not hear anything my family said to me. The noise level is unbearable and left me with a headache. Sad my experience did not meet my expectation.

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RebekahI
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and service excellent. Another bonus is that I did not realize it was happy hour, so some of my food was half price. What a deal.

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EileenC
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we walked in the service was excellent. The food was very good. Our waitress was patient and helpful. We will definitely be back!

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AaronB
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Hello, my wife and I dined there Wednesday, 9/15, at 7 pm and wanted to provide some feedback. With the labor shortage, my guess is that you might be understaffed, however, we seemed like an afterthought to our waitress. When she came over she always had another table's dishes in her hand and asked us what we wanted. We saw other waiter staff taking time to discuss specials, etc with their tables. That certainly didn't happen for us. At the end of the meal, the waitress asked my wife if she wanted a receipt and was clearly expecting her to say no and was flummoxed and had a hard time producing one.

The quality of our dishes was also not worth the price we paid for them. The carbonara was not made correctly because the chef cracked an egg on top of it rather than cooking the egg to a point to make a creamy texture but not to the point of scrambling the egg. I had chicken parmesan which the chicken was done well, however, I would say both sets of noodles, my wife's and my own, were overcooked.

My wife's white wine came in a nice carafe however she was given a regular drinking glass to drink it from and not a simple wine glass. Even Olive Garden (which I loathe) gives you a wine glass to drink your wine from.

Lastly, the place was too overcrowded. Maybe it is our own personal anxiety, but we definitely didn't feel like Marcella's cared about operating their restaurant safely as the whole place felt like everyone was on top of each other. We were given a table at the back of the house against the wall the bar is on and placed directly next to tables and it was clear that although you have a wear a mask to enter the building, the only masked individuals were the staff. We understand you have to take a mask off to eat, but I think you might alleviate some concern if you space people out more.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

This place is just not worth going to. The atmosphere is mediocre, the tables are small and too close together, the service is kinda slow. The wine menu is needlessly obtuse. The music they played is just not a good match for the environment.

The food is also SO POOR. The prices are outrageous for the portions and the quality. I have cooked chicken that was less dry, bland, and rubbery at home. The food is also incredibly bland. They try and say they have a wonderful scratch kitchen, and maybe they should go back to the drawing board on their recipes.

I’d rather go to Olive Garden for the same quality food at lower prices and with bigger potions.

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Marcy
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend…excellent food, service, beverage menu…this is a MUST go to restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and service! Authentic Italian and well done by the entire staff!

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TomK
Columbus
18 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places in the Short North! Dinner was delicious, service was on point. Love the ambiance.

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vipBaker
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience4

I've been to better Italian restaurants, wine bars, and gastro lounges and it seems Marcella's doesn't know which one it wants to be. The spot is packed wall to wall like a lounge which on a Friday night isn't a bad thing as the surprisingly modern music plays just loud enough to feel bass, treble, and hear lyrics, but not a volume where conversation is obstructed. If I was stopping by for drinks, this would be perfect with the lowlight and the energy in the room. However, the food left a lot to be desired once we ventured beyond the delicious calamari appetizer. The entrees left a lot to be desired with little inventiveness or flavor in the mix, at all. The wine list was equally uninspired with what I suspect to be vinos just barely elevated from bulk table wine. Little care was made to make pairing suggestions and my palette disagreed with each bite and sip. Come for the ambiance and some small plates/cocktails while you wait for your reservation at a better spot.

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Kathy
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was fantastic! Very lively atmosphere! Prices were reasonable. We'll be back.

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vipMichael
Cleveland
13 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing. Would highly recommend.

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drrun
Cincinnati
50 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Marcella’s is one of the best spots on Short North for dinner. If in town for game, we made a rsvp for dinner. Seated on patio was comfortable yet lively. The pasta dishes never disappoints. Get your comfort food fix.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was excellent.

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Kelita
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and the staff are great and helpful

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Hamptonian
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great ambience. They were able to accommodate our many special requests, including a dish that wasn't even on the menu. This has become my go-to spot for both family and professional evenings out. Highly recommended!

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MikeB
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dinner was great. We both had the eggplant parmasean and it was delicious. Our waiter was attentive, made suggestions, and did a great job as well.

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vipkaitlynm
Columbus
15 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience at the short north location. The server was amazing. I wish I could remember her name. The entire staff is always so friendly and welcoming. Food is always hot and fast.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really enjoyed meal and service was very good.

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vipAnniversary4us2014
Columbus
33 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Burrata appetizer was very very good. Give it a try. The ravioli in truffle oil was exceptional tonight

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JudyD
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there and enjoyed the service and meal:. We highly recommend.

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KaraS
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible! Best Italian in Columbus! Our server (Alysia) was very friendly and attentive! Great experience. We will definitely return!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mike our server was amazing. Every recommendation he made was wonderful. The food was exceptional and the atmosphere cozy.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mike the waiter is 10/10! Made the experience that much better in addition to the delicious food and wine.

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vipNancyB
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Food was great like always but our service was terrible. I have never had a bad service experience at a Cameron Mitchell restaurant and it was horrible. We brought friends from out of town and had to keep telling them it was not normal.

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MichaelaS
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & service great as always!

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DeniseS
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Our food was great, the waiter ( Crystal) was terrific and knowledgeable. Only complaint is there were way too many people waiting, milling, and generally hanging out in a small space.

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vipJED1
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing ! The atmosphere, appetizers, cocktails, the service (Mick) and food was outstanding. Everyone In Our party raved about how fabulous everything was. Definitely one of my favorite places to eat when in Columbus.

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born2essen
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Marcella's was packed with lots of people, with good reason: food is fantastic, so is the ambiance. Noise level loud, but meatballs, divine!

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viplindaS
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jake was an excellent server with fantastic recommendations.
Brussels on bruschetta was delicious, arugula salad and pasta meals were too. Their meatball is tasty but way to big - I ate about 1/3 of it.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Started with the meatball as an app and had the long neck clam linguine as my entree, amazing.

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MarkS
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dinner at Marcella's. My server, Jake, was fantastic...attentive, great food suggestions, and very pleasant. The veal meatball appetizer was scrumptious (thanks, Jake, for that recommendation). The entree of penna Ala vodka was flavorful. I sat in the bar area so the atmosphere was a bit loud but certainly did not detract from a wonderful experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Started off not so well when the host was less than pleasant when I pointed out we reserved a high top when she started to seat us at the back of the restaurant. Jake, our server, saved the evening with beyond outstanding service from beginning to end. Thanks, Jake! Food was, of course, what you expect from Marcella's; very good.

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You can order delivery directly from Marcella's using the Order Online button. Marcella's also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (614) 223-2100.

Marcella's is rated 4.7 stars by 4627 OpenTable diners.

Marcella's does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.cameronmitchellgiftcards.com/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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