Marcella's

4.7
3629 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 4:00pm. to 10:00 p.m.
Friday - Saturday 4:00pm. to 12:00 a.m.
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Phone number
(614) 223-2100
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jacob Glowacki
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Parking details
Please excuse the construction debris. Our Valet Service is still available during normal hours and the garage behind us on West Russell is also open . The City of Columbus is beautifying the Short North and construction is a bit of a mess out front. Thank you for your understanding. Valet Parking is available for $10 during dinner service.
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Entertainment
Book your bachelorette party at Marcella’s! Nestled in the Short North Arts District, and near the Arena District, Marcella’s is the perfect place to begin your bachelorette party night. Choose one of our special packages, or we’ll work with you to create the ultimate bridal party experience! Minimum of 10 guests per package. Call 614.223.2100 today and ask to speak with Dain Cooke. Congratulations on your engagement, and we hope to celebrate
with you soon at Marcella’s Ristorante, Pizzeria and Wine Bar!
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 3629 People Are Saying
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RS
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was boys night/Birthday celebration and of course this was another AWESOME Experience.

So last time I visited we got great service so I thought this time would be maybe not so good BUT... Katie was our server this time and she was AMAZING as well WOW.

Katie was very sweet, helpful and engaging. Great food recommendations make sure you ask for her or Danielle on your visit.

Of course since I came back the GM Annie made sure to come over to say HI and interact with my table. My friends were highly impressed and she made us feel like VIP Guest.

My favorite restaurant in the Short North now hands down.

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CS
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food. Best Italian I've had. Everything was delicious and the meatball is to die for.

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KL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and amazing Italian food! And wine! We took my freshman daughter and had a wonderful family dinner!

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NK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely need to get the potato pizza. The service is excellent. I brought a few friends here that had never been and they loved it.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meatball in town!

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great service and food. Had pizza and unique fettuccine dish. Both delicious.

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JM
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Staff was exceptional! Comp'd desert for brother's birthday. Great food, great service.

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Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always have a wonderful dinner at Marcella's. Food and service are awesome!

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RC
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service. Good food. Energetic and fun atmosphere.

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SM
Columbus
15 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

My family and I enjoyed a birthday dinner for my daughter. Our server was friendly and attentive. Our meals were all very good including the chicken Marsala, short ribs, risotto and Penne pasta dish. We sat at a high table near the bar which was ok except for the knucklehead guy encroaching in our space as he waited for a table. Noise level was high but to be expected for a gallery hop- OSU homecoming Saturday. We will definitely go back and dine here again!

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M
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun visit with our son at OSU followed by an excellent dinner at Marcella’s. Great gluten free menu including pasta and pizza. Awesome cocktails—we will definitely be back!

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RM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Really good, as usual. Service could be slightly more attentive to refills. Getting Parmesan or red pepper flakes takes some effort, when these should be standard condiments in a restaurant of this cuisine.

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n
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Went before CBJ game and walked from there. Happy hour was a great value but was very crowded.
Would definitely go again.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I’m going to start making reservations for 30 min before I show up since they don’t seem to get how reservations work.

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N
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was my first time dining here, but I really enjoyed my experience. The atmosphere was nice, the server was really cool, and the food was great. The salmon on a bed of arugula was exquisite. I absolutely loved it. I will definitely be going back to Marcella's to try more dishes the next time I'm in Columbus.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant did not disappoint yet again!

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M
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Marcella's! Can always count on having a great meal.

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RS
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Danielle and the GM Annie made this experience GREAT. Even though we had a little wait for our food they kept checking on us and making us feel comfortable so we really didn't notice the wait.

The food was DELICIOUS and I would highly recommend making a reservation for a Saturday night. Our reservation was for 9:15 and guess what..

OUR TABLE WAS READY AT 9:15 WOW.. Great experience and customer service worth every penny.

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CH
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I booked a table for two for my wife's birthday. The ambiance was great, the food was beyond our expectations, and they surprised us with a free birthday dessert. I recommend.

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RK
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful lasagne. Wonderful meatball. Appetizer could have been better.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Must try the braised veal meat ball app, melts in your mouth. Carbonara is old school, very very good. Pancetta and egg yolk. Gnocchi con bolognese awesome. Large portions, you'll get a second meal

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S
Shreveport
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

I was with a party of 6, two carbonara, two pasta and meatball, one chicken parmesan, one chicken marsala. Carb was great, egg yoke on top you mixed yourself. Chicken dishes were great, meatballs were a bit large and had unusual flavor, made from veal. Worst thing was, it was so noisy you could not hear your guests talk.

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EF
New England
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful service and fantastic food. Was very crowded and noisy.

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y
Cincinnati
25 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Marcella's never disappoints! My husband and I had a delicious meal. We started with the Buratta
appetizer for the 3rd time in a row. It's delicious. The only change we would make is to give one more piece of the toasted Ciabatta bread because there is so much cheese. Actually, a little more roasted tomato would help too. Then, my husband had the chopped salad which he loved, and I had the Caprese salad which was also delicious. We decided to split an entree of the Sicilian pizza. We asked them to hold the onions and add a little pepperoni. The pizza was outstanding, and was plenty of food after having an appetizer and salad. I also got the White Citrus Sangria that I've gotten 3 times in a row. It's light and tasty, especially on a warm summery night. Thanks again for the delicious food that makes us return to Marcella's every time we visit Columbus!

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JB
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Very attentive. Gnocchi con Bolognese lamb was tender and very flavorful. Highly recommend.

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JR
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

The food and staff were great, but the restaurant is so congested and noisy that it's hard to hear the other person at your table speak. You often bump into people trying to get between tables or to the bathroom. this might be a good place for lunch (I haven't been there then) but in the evening its super busy, crowed and very noisy.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, however, very loud. Overall the experience was great. More authentic Italian food rather than Americanized. Little expensive, but good.

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NP
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for celebrating an event among friends of any adult age.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere and such great service. Food was so good!

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DR
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Busy and lively, popular eatery. Hostesses were friendly and efficient. Very busy when we were there. Food was fresh and delicious. Waitress was friendly. Only issue, no bread was brought with salads. (Rack sitting out with a wonderful selection but not offered to our table. Had to ask. Be sure to make a reservation.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food and service, despite being extremely busy.. very loud noise level.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food but the service was a bit slow.

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RF
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time here. Just as good as the first! Can’t say enough about how good the food is here! Great service too!

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G
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Noisy, hard to have a conversation.

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CR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I was there with my wife and mom and dad. We couldn't have a conversation because the place was packed and everyone had to shout to be heard across the table. Appatizers were great with the exception of the fried calamari and zuchinni which we sent back because it was MEGA EXCESSIVELY SALTY. When it came back to the table the replacement was only grossly salty. This is not a place where you can have a conversation or even a leisure meal. Too loud.

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K
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was in town for a convention and took my staff here for dinner. We had been looking forward to it for weeks, and Marcella's did not disappoint.

Our server, Anthony, was a delight. He made great recommendations for wine, his favorite dish (osso bucco), and our appetizers. We chose the 9-selection option for antipasti, meats, and cheeses and asked him to pick which 9. All were amazing, and the orzo one was declared "the best thing I've ever eaten" by one of ladies.

Main courses were loved by all. The gluten free menu was extensive (one of us has celiac and said it was one of the best dining experiences she's had since her diagnosis). Portions were the perfect size.

Some of us were waffling on dessert, solely because we were stuffed. The menu, however, was irresistible. The chocolate almond cake was beyond words, and I'd like to be left alone with an endless supply of profiteroles.

The most popular drink at our table was the grapefruit basil fizz. It was delicious, refreshing, and came with the cutest little garnish.

I will definitely go back.

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SS
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marcella’s is one of our favorites. This past week, we went to celebrate my wife finishing her chemo as part of her breast cancer battle. As a same sex-couple we’ve always felt welcomed and treated just like everyone else: with care and concern from their very friendly staff. Our server was amazing- he genuinely seemed excited for our celebration. The food was delicious as always and it’s a great place for special occasions or for a nice dinner out. Thank you, Marcella’s for making our celebration so special!!!

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Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Love the location, good Italian food. Got a personal pizza and enjoyed it. My dad got the cannoli dessert and it came with 2 good sized rolls and was excellent.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was good as always but took almost an hour and a half which was unfortunate

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places!

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