Marcella's

4.6
3933 reviews
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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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Cleveland
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waitress, Kelly, was exceptional! Recommended a great appetizer, engaged us about our experience in Columbus and took great care of us! Thx

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Columbus
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Made a reservation and stated it was my brother’s graduation, we would need a table for five. Arrived on time and were given a table that seats four people with a chair added at the end. I was the one sitting at the end and it was not a fun experience. Being in the walkway and having people walk by and hit my chair made for an unenjoyable dinner. Our server was hard to track down during our meal. Food was amazing as always just sucks because you go for the experience as much as you go for the food and this was a special occasion and Marcella’s kind of ruined it.

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

We always enjoy our experience at Marcella’s! We have been going for years and the staff is always spot on even when busy. Food was great as usual and pricing is excellent also.

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JG
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It was a great experience. The food was good and ambiance was very nice. The service was overall good but a little slow to get to us to take our order.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

We have been to Marcella’s several times in the past and always has a pleasant experience. We were sat by the bread and water station so there was not much time to enjoy our meal in peace and quiet. Our server was not attentive and seemed as if she was rushing us out of the door. She never checked on us to see how our food was tasting and did not offer a dessert menu.l only asked if we were ready for the check. We ordered a meatball for the appetizer and it was served at room temperature. Both meals ordered tasted like they were made hours ago. After waiting 50 minutes to receive our food I assumed everything would have been hot and fresh. Very disappointing trip for Mother’s Day.

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ST
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Service was extra slow on Mother’s Day. Waitress was nice so not her fault. Good seemed like it was sitting under a warmer for awhile. Also we called for car 15 minutes early and it took about an hour for the car to arrive from valet service. Made for a long afternoon but was good to spend lunch with family.

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D
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was good and the service was excellent! We went there for Mother's Day...it was quite busy and I was very happy to have made a reservation ahead of time! I had the chicken marsala...it was good, but the carbonara looked even better! I'll have to try that next time and leave room for dessert too!

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OS
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

While I usually have a great experience at this restaurant, I was very disappointed in our service Sunday. Extremely unattentive. First they brought the wrong appetizers to our table, they forgot to bring my wine and rarely checked on our water, in fact the glasses were empty multiple times. We had a 1:30 reservation and at 2:30 we still did not have our food. Our server actually came to our table and asked us if we wanted dessert - before our meals had been served. Our meals were lukewarm when they were finally brought to our table. Extremely disappointing experience on Mother's Day.

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S
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

I booked this reservation specifically because of their amazing food and service. I was told over the phone they had 4 types of gluten free pasta. At the restaurant the server said they only had one. Our server was completely unattentive, I ordered a salad and it never came, plus we waited over 15 minutes at the end for a dessert that probably took less than 2 minutes to assemble! They were busy, but not too busy to check on us and be friendly. I won’t be back to this location! I didn’t even get a Happy Mother’s Day! Completely disappointed and not the service i’ve had at Marcella’s previously!

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OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It was great.

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RP
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Very well done food, at a quite moderate price. While it’s a bit loud, the energy can be fun, and the food is very worthwhile. They accommodated our group of 12 easily with a Saturday reservation.

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BL
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great location for dinner and hot bar scene. Very energetic wait staff. Food is amazing!

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LR
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service and meal. Had the tortellini and lobster ravioli. Both were fantastic. Also had the pecorino cheese appetizer. Dessert was yum - tiramisu. Service was excellent - fun, personable, attentive to needs. Restaurant was busy but people were hustling - it was a fun night to be out and about in Columbus.

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R
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to Marcella’s for Prom dinner with all of my friends and they were absolutely amazing!!!! The meatballs and pizzas were great and the main courses were good as well! Everyone had a blast and the portions are perfect size to share with appetizers. I would definitely recommend this!

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RD
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We did not receive our drinks until AFTER our meal was already served. The music was very loud and did not fit with the environment. I would have loved to have heard Sinatra, or other classic music playing instead of today's Top 40. The restaurant was too dark. Chicken Parm was burnt on the edges. Not a great experience.

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LL
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with a nice atmosphere. Knowledgeable wait staff and great drinks.

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LL
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it !!! Food was delucious, drinks also !!! Would definitely come back and recommend to family and friends

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M
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating when we needed to change reservation tome, although the restaurant was extremely busy. Food was excellent and server was attentive but not bothersome.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was very good as was the waitstaff, but we waited 20 minutes for a table even with reservations.

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BD
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places!!!
Always great!! Everything is delicious!

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J
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my go-to dinner place when I am in Columbus. Always friendly and efficient service, food is great!

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent service and food. We were crammed in very close with other tables and felt very claustrophobic, which was my only complaint.

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j
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Marcella’s! It gives you the chance to enjoy many tastes of Italy with the sharing plates style of dining they offer. Entrees are also there if you prefer not to share but I highly encourage the sharing to get to taste all your group can handle! House bread is delish too! Wine list is excellent. Always ask about the daily risotto feature.

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SG
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family came here to eat after our daughter's OSU graduation. We were late for our reservation (stuck in gridlocked traffic) and they were very accommodating....said the table was ours for 2 hours so as long as we were done by then we would be fine.

As it was the service was perfect....the food excellent....and we all had a wonderful time. There was 9 people in our party and they handled us flawlessly. Thanks for making the day perfect.

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

We came into town to celebrate our son's graduation from OSU. Marcella's is the perfect place for this type of celebration . The Veal Meatball was enough for three of us to share as an appetizer along with the warm olives. All three of us were very happy with our pasta dishes. I ordered the homemade pasta ravioli and it did not disappoint. We shared two desserts. Both were definitely shareable. The Cannoli was fresh and sweet. The Cherry Crumble with vanilla gelato was enjoyed by all three of us!

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BD
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Our server was excellent, the food was delicious, and the food was priced reasonably. My only complaint is that our table was not ready when we arrived although I made a reservation. Other than that I had a positive experience.

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JA
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The menu offers authentic homemade pastas and anti pastas. We had appetizers, salad, soup and main dishes. All were exceptional with a nice wine menu as well. The server was friendly and attentive and helpful when questioned about the menu. The overall experience was delightful.

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JP
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a celebration dinner at Marcella's. We did wait for about 30 minutes for a table - we had reservations but has to wait for a party to finish before we were seated.
Service was very good and atmosphere was fun.
Food was high quality but not the best Italian or best value I have had.

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J
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and our waiter was fantastic.

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C
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is always amazing and food is consistently good that is why I have my birthday there every year.

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EG
Cincinnati
16 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When we are in Columbus we love to eat at Marcellas. The service is excellent and the quality and creativity of the food is top notch. We sampled starters, salads, pasta dishes, and meat entrees and everything was excellent and served piping got. Don't miss this gem in the Short North!

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was GREAT!! Our server Deven was excellent and made sure we had a great experience!

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BN
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best happy hour ever

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

The server totally mislead me about the seafood and pasta entree. I have never seen such an overrated dish . There were no more than 3 so called pasta balls and a few clams . I asked for a side of pasta just to have something of substance to eat . We were in town for the NHL games . I have told many of my colleagues at the arena about this experience .

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

The bartender was very rude, she walked away before we finished ordering someone else finished the order. We then waited 20 plus minutes to even get water once seated
Our server was nice but very inattentive
It wasn't very busy but took a long time to take our order and had to take thw bill up ourselves to pay

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a
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food service and atmosphere.

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S
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner! Fun to share items and good team building!

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CC
Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic evening! Delicious food and amazing service

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DA
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Went with our son who we were packing up to go home for summer. Food was excellent. Service was pretty good. Seating was a little uncomfortable seemed like they squeezed in a table where there wasn't really enough room.

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BP
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Made reservations a good thing. Only about a10 min wait. Food took a awhile but was warm when served but also we had a vegan and gluten free order. Waitress kept our drinks full. Definitely worth it.

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