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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
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4.6
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4.5
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Columbus
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing time! Great place for celebrations!!

OT
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner to celebrate our 6 year olds birthday! Our server was awesome! Food was delicious!

CS
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Server worker very hard on a busy Friday night.
Food is always good, but the bolognese was a bit dry this time.
The potato pizza was tremendous.
Beet appetizer was a bit undercooked and the cocktails were somewhat skimpy, but Marcellas remains one of our favorite places.

CF
Columbus
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quality food and great service.

GS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere. Friendly, helpful staff. Drinks were outstanding and food was DELICIOUS. Wow, what a meatball!!

BM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was my first experience at Marcella’s, but will not be my last. Every part of the meal was excellent from the calamari and Zucchini chips, to the Cannoli!! The service was good, but did seem a little overwhelmed with the crowd. Will be back soon!!

AP
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Visiting Marcella’s on a Friday night was great. We made a reservation and were seated right away despite lots of people waiting. We were seated right next to the doorway where people were waiting to get a table so it did feel a little cramped at times. Besides the space issue, the food was delicious and service was very quick. We will definitely be coming back for some amazing Italian food.

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Marcella’s for my sister in laws birthday and they did not disappoint! 😍

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience3

Great meatball. Seating a bit crowded

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a pleasant experience when I dine at Marcella’s. Whether it be the polite staff, the well mixed drinks, or the delicious courses!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience4

The service was good and I liked the ambiance, but all the food was way to salty and I tend to like my food on the saltier side. Also the red sauce was bitter, not something I would expect from an Italian restaurant

JM
Cleveland
14 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints - tried pizza for first time- yum!

AW
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Service was very slow. The reservation had been made for a month and we were still there for 1.5 hours for just dinner and drinks. Also, found a few hairs in one of our plates. Great restaurant and would go back in a smaller group.

CO
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall1food2service4ambience3

Why are the wine servings contained in anything other than a “wine glass”?

AA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I had a wonderful experience as always. The food was delicious and service was great

BM
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service!! Delicious! Recommended to friends!

BH
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We waited almost 30 minutes after our reservation time to be seated, which was frustrating. However, the rest of the experience was fantastic. We had a great server and great food. I would highly recommend the house-made pasta dishes. We will be back!

EH
Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

This was for my husbands birthday. We had a reservation for 6 however that didn’t seem to matter. When we got there we were told it was a 45 min wait....why have a reservation? Our waiter well nice never told me s the specials. And never asked why we were there (birthday). The food was delicious as always but the staff left something to be desired

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve

TD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

This is an average Italian restaurant. Appetizer salads were very good. Entrees were nothing special. Probably won't go back. Better Italian options in Columbus.

OT
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome meal!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The service and the food were fantastic. We really loved the beef tenderloin and the Italian sausage. Would love to go back when there is standard seating available. We sat at a high top table and were stuck in a corner by the bar and did not have enough room. Make your reservations early to get regular seating.

m
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always consistently great food and awesome service. Been many times - great place to take out of towners.

S
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family visit for apps and dinner with the kids. Always a favorite when in town! Always phenomenal! A must dining experience!! The Veal Meatball is to die for!

RD
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The restaurant is pleasant and the food is excellent. The service was okay - waited 45 minutes for a drink - but largely indifferent. The chairs are unbelievably uncomfortable. I don't know what they were thinking.

KB
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Great spot for a night out or dinner with friends. Food was good but thr pasta portions are small. Worth having an appetizer and/or salad with your entree.

DP
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We like most of the food offerings and enjoy trying something new each visit matched with our favorites of chicken Parmesan and pizza

DK
Columbus
56 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined before seeing Trans Siberian and the restaurant was packed. Despite the crowd and time demands our service was great, the food was wonderful, and we will happily return!

L
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The meatball appetizer was delicious and so were the Arancini. I recommend both. The wedding soup is very good as well. Nice place. We'll be back.

D
Toledo
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A favorite of mine...great food, professional servers, and relaxing setting!

OT
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and nice atmosphere.

RM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Service was okay. Not great. Took restaurant 25 minutes past reservation time to seat us. They said people were camped out and they would seat us as soon as they could. Didn’t offer any concession for the excessive wait. This is why we have reservations in the first place. 5-10 minutes is okay, but 25? Very unfortunate.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great vibe!

JK
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our group of 14 had a fabulous time, the food was awesome as well as the service!! Happy hour was great, wished it was until 7 instead of 6!!! We will be back!!!

OT
Indiana
15 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Party of 6 to celebrate my son’s graduation from OSU. Everything was wonderful at Marcella’s - From the sangria, appetizers, salads, dinner, and dessert - everything was delicious, well prepared, with friendly service. So glad we chose the spot for our celebration! Thank you!

JS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our experience and hope to return next time we are in town!

JB
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food and service were excellent. But noise level makes it hard to talk. Would recommend it though

TM
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

It was a great experience. We arrived a little early and got a drink at the bar. Our table was ready right at our reservation time. However there was a hold up in the kitchen regarding our entree. Dinner ended up lasting a couple hours, and I left at one point to put more money in the meter. I'm sure the kitchen was just a little slow that day and its not indicative of the restaurant on a daily basis. Great experience, I would go again.

TN
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I love Marcella's, especially the Short North location. I go there regularly for happy hour, which is great! On this night, I planned a work dinner party and it went off without a hitch. Great food, great atmosphere, and great service as usual!

DE
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Fantastic food, great service. Best happy hour in Columbus.

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