Marcella's

4.7
3705 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 3705 People Are Saying
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Columbus
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was amazing. Every family member we went with loved it. Service was also impeccable and the food was tasty and perfect.

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New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always! I recommend the chicken parm!

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GW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service at the bar and in the dining room. Delicious food. A+

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s
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service were great. Portions were much smaller than anticipated, so be sure to start with soup or a salad. The restaurant is very crammed. An area to wait for your table, besides the bar, would be nice.

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EE
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to Columbus for a concert and wanted to go to a local restaurant before so I picked this restaurant by the reviews on open table and we were so happy with our choice. The food was delicious and the waitress was very helpful

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GM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Do yourself a favor and get the meatball!! Also the chocolate cake with ganache 👍🏻👍🏻

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KW
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a great meal and with a party of 10 they totally took care of us all. Thanks from us all!!

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KG
Columbus
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is top notch! Very willing to accommodate any special requests - make great recommendations and on top of refills, etc. Each meal/appetizer I've had here has been perfect and delicious! I'm always wowed by how yummy the food is!

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CM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came with a group of my co-workers for our holiday dinner. When I made the reservation I asked if they would be able to have a holiday cocktail waiting for us all at the table, and they did. Our server was wonderful, and kept the drinks flowing, while still being very attentive to us. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was perfect!

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Columbus
17 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Everything great, except the noise level was very, very high. Hard to have a conversation, without shouting. So our business meal turned more social. All was good.

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

We enjoyed our birthday celebration.

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PR
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding. Staff was friendly and welcoming.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Was a bit loud, otherwise was pretty good! If you had a big group, it's probably a better experience.

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Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance.

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m
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this restaurant! I have Celiac disease and they have SO many delicious options! And everyone else who wasn’t eating gluten free loved their food as well. We went after a big football game. So figured we would have to wait a bit past our reservation time. But it was about 40 minutes past reservation time before we were seated. But the food was amazing and our waitress was really good.

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

New shorter menu is an improvement. Definitely need reservations on the weekend.

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KC
Columbus
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is great , love the meatball, good wine selection with reasonable prices . My wife is a vegetarian and there are a veiw good options . We had reservations And didn’t have to wait that long for our table . On nice days they open the front window next to the high tops which brings the outdoors in . Good vibes , a little noisy but the atmosphere is great . The wait staff is professional and wants to take care of you so you have a great experience. The food is steaming hot when delivered and the deserts are excellent. We go about 2-3 times a month . The short North has great restaurants and Marcella’s is our favorite.

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VH
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food. Very load. It was after ohio state Michigan game, so expected. Best Italian I've had in ohio.

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DS
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had made reservations for 445 after the OSU Michigan game. When the game ran over and we were leaving we called and the hostess was very accommodating and was able to get us in at 5:30 with no problem. Thank you so much to an awesome culinary experience after an OSU-ichingan game ! A great day!

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Cincinnati
38 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Dinner post-game. Staff was friendly and accommodating with members of group of six were delayed with traffic. Seated promptly and allowed to settle in with drinks and apps waiting for our members to arrive. Food was very good. The meatball is tender and flavorful. Pasta good. Wine list had good selections and variety. Difficult to carry on conversation with other end of table due to noise and activity. Very tight seating, table close together. Server was overworked and forgetful. Said the bar was backed up when drinks brought out at varying times. Not sure if they have desserts, never offered. General review: food very good, nice location, wine good, busy setting, and mediocre service. I would dine here on Short North again.

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Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

As always, fun and great vibe, we were disappointed but menu chances as they removed 2 of our old time favorites, the beef carpaccio and eggplant caponata, hoping to see these returning soon!

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great! The chicken parm is unbelievable.

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J
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marcellas is one of my favorite spots in Columbus. We recently met two other couples for dinner and everything about the evening was perfect. One of our friends is gluten free … The kitchen staff made a gluten-free meatball just for her. Meal recommendations were on point and the service was impeccable.

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CK
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food, good service, table was cramped for a group of 6, but we still enjoyed the evening.

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CG
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I was a little disappointed that they recently changed their menu. But the bartender suggest two tasty options. However, the beet salad and lasagna will be greatly missed. Great, friendly bar staff.

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KU
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was great! We would highly recommend to others.

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Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal. Devon was a very pleasant server!

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LV
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Marcella's is a great place for upscale Italian, EVERYTHING on the menu is delicious! It gets loud on Friday and Saturday nights, so this is not your "quiet date night" place, but definitely worth it!

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MC
Columbus
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 5

We waited 25 minutes for our reserved table, only to be placed on a four top with a fifth chair in the aisle. After seating we had cold bread and water while we waited another 20 minutes for our drinks..(sodas). We actually received our appetizers before the pop. We didn’t see our waitress again until the main course, we had to order our drinks from the bar. My dinner came out 15 minutes after everyone else had theirs. Overall I was extremely disappointed.

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AS
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Marcella's! I haven't been here in a few years, but I'm glad I decided to go back. Food, service, and ambiance were fabulous. And it was only our waitresses second day and she was awesome!

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NR
Columbus
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for happy hour and enjoyed half off hand crafted cocktails, pizza, arancini, and olives. Everything was served hot and delicious!

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

food was great, noise level was terrible and ambiance just not for me. I like a more modern, sleek look. Of course the parking in the Short North is difficult and nothing you can do anything about. Our server was good and had a great attitude.

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GS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. We will be back next time in Columbus.

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EA
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Marcella’s was wonderful! The food was delicious and the ambiance is very nice. It was quite cold at a table by the door because it was cold outside and the door is constantly being opened because it’s a happening place. One of our meals came out 5 minutes after the others, but our server was lovely and they comped the late meal which was unnecessary but very appreciated. The melted pecorino appetizer is a must try. We’ll definitely be returning!

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z
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This Columbus restaurant was recently voted the #1 Italian restaurant in Ohio. My meal was THE BEST Italian dinner I have ever had! I had Chicken Marsala. My husband had Chicken Piccata. Both were outstanding. Service was impeccable. Definitely recommend this restaurant. Reservations are a must.

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EM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time dinning at Marcella's and this experince was just as wonderful as the the first.
I will be dinning here again without a doubt. My family and I had a reservation for an early dinner, we were seated right away when arriving ten minutes early on a Saturday night. Our server was fantastic, and the food was amazing. We started with the melted pecorino and the arancini, both delicious. We loved everything we ordered, the Spaghetti and Meatball is a must, the Lasagne alla bolognese was great, and the
Chianti braised beef short rib was perfect. If you love italian food and haven't tried Marcella's you must try it.

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KM
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was so awesome. I wish I could remember her name! She has long brown hair and her favorite appetizer is the melted pecorino cheese which she raved about and convinced both of us couples to try it - we all LOVED it! We went to celebrate my sister's 40th birthday and really appreciated that she got a free dessert with a candle. Very thoughtful. Our waitress was just so good though. I hope you can figure out who it was (our reservation was Saturday 11/10 at 515pm for 4 ppl) and give her our accolades because she was funny, efficient, helpful and really enhanced our experience. Was so great to get back to Marcella's. Thank you for the great food and wine!

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FZ
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food at a reasonable price in heart of Short North

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OT
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Best meatball ever. Loved the ambiance . Excellent service

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JH
Columbus
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The best restaurant in Columbus. The food is always fresh and delicious and I’ve never gotten anything I haven’t absolutely loved!

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