Martini Modern Italian

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2991 reviews
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Martini Modern Italian is a vibrant, high energy restaurant featuring timeless Italian techniques, innovative culinary presentations & progressive handcrafted cocktails, all in a sexy, cosmopolitan atmosphere. Located in the Short North Arts District across from the Convention Center, Martini is just minutes away from the Arena District & is open nightly for dinner.
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Columbus
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wife and I went here for our anniversary. We had a great night. Butternut squash tortellini was fantastic. All of the desserts were great. Service was good. It was a bit on the louder side but not off-putting. We loved it and will definitely be going back.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Exceptional food and wine list!

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Orange County
29 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the option of the bar, which was very fun and energetic, or the adjacent dining room. We opted for the dining room for more privacy and quiet talk. Our server was wonderful and the food amazing. They also have a nice wine list. We will definitely be back when we are back in Columbus. Great find.

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

Reservation for 7:00 and not seated until 7:25 - there we some open tables. Never came to update us, we had to initiate communication. Sorry is about all we heard as we were seated. Expected the manager to swing by to acknowledge the delay - no one showed.

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RL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had a wonderful time celebrating Mothers' Day. The only detraction was the noise from other celebrants. If you bring children to such a nice restaurant, please do not let them climb and run around without their shoes. Take them to Denny's.

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Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Mother’s Day dinner experience was one of those “special times that just really click!” Every aspect of our time went perfectly - our server, the food, the entire restaurant, and the parking - all made for a tremendous time together. We can’t wait to go back - it was so good !!!

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SS
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate here for Mother's Day but had been before. The service was attentive. The cocktails were perfect. Three of us were dining gluten free friendly and also had someone with a food allergy in our party. The server and kitchen staff were attentive to the dietary needs and the food was amazing. I'd highly recommend the antipasto and the scallops.

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DO
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to most of the Cameron Mitchel Restaurants in the Greater Columbus area and have never been disappointed. Top notch EVERYTHING! The Mitchel Restaurants have the restaurant experience honed to perfection!!! From the moment you walk in....perfect greetings, perfect, wait staff, perfect libations, perfect high quality food. As always, hats off to Martini Modern Italian. We will be back!

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EA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great meal for Mothers' Day Brunch. Food was great and so was service. My only complaint is that one of us asked for a side order of a bagel; we were then charged $6.00 for one dry bagel. The meal actually came with toast (that was not on the menu), would have been nice for the server to have told us it comes with toast, and/or to let us know that a bagel costs $6.00! but other than that it was great.

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MD
Cleveland
10 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was outstanding and the service was just the right amount of attention. Be prepared to pay $$$.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Mother’s Day

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server John was amazing and the food was impeccable!

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JF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible service, spectacular food, great drinks, and personalized attention to detail. This is a must visit when in Columbus. John, our server, understands the perfect balance between ensuring the customer's needs are fully met, and being overwhelming. He nailed it. All of the drinks and dishes we tried were amongst the best we have had and if all that weren't enough, the GM, Teresa, even dropped by our table to make certain everything was perfect. It was - we will definitely be back and will make a trip to Columbus just to do so.

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

Took our Leadership Team to Martini this week. Wonderful experience for out of town associates, and the in-town ones as well!

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LV
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was just fabulous at Martini’s. We especially enjoyed the beet salad, veal piccata and the scallops. Our server, Gary, was very attentive and took care of every detail. Awesome meal and evening! Kudos to the chef as well!

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

Get the Mozzarella Appetizer. So fresh and delicious. Served with fresh pesto that I could eat with a spoon!

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PV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was delicious and our server was extremely attentive and accommodating to our requests to modify/split food. I've been here a few times before and it's a wonderful experience every time.

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JT
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Martini appears to be back in its stride. Over the last year we’ve seen some poor servers coupled to inconsistent food preparation. But this last weekend rocked with perfectly timed and prepared food, gorgeously presented and solidly flavored. Our server was out of this world too, offering the highest level of professional care that we have experienced at any restaurant in Columbus. He even offered to reglaze my son’s dessert for his take away box. That was a restaurant first. Bravo Martini! And bravo to CM for restoring the high standards that made his flagship restaurants excellent.

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j
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous restaurant with delicious food! Loved the decor and we had a great server Cody!

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

Martini never disappoints.

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Tampa
66 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

High expectations, great start, not so great a finish. The "start" was a fabulous cocktail, a "Barrel Aged Negroni", straight up, perhaps one of the finest drinks I've ever had: dark and smoky despite being gin-based. Just wonderful. But then the food "fell on its face" and disappointed. My octopus should have been labeled "octopus carpaccio" due to its thinness. Most places serve octopus grilled and it is great that way. Chilled and sliced paper thin it is bland and not interesting. My entree was "fettuccine and clams" - a basic, rustic dish that is hard to mess up and which I really anticipated. It was bland - and CHEAP. There were exactly EIGHT tiny clams in a big bowl of a thick ribbon pasta. No chopped clams, no clam broth that I could taste, just a mild slightly buttery thin sauce. And the eight clams were almost an insult.

My wife had the "Veal Martini" - looked nice and crispy and brown - but buried in spinach which made the whole plate watery. Then the second CHEAP stunt. In taking the order our server (who was competent) suggested that a bit of pasta be put under the meat. We were not told that there was an upcharge for that - SIX BUCKS for literally about one ounce of the same bland pasta that was in the clams.
The atmosphere is kind of "hip" and its location literally next door to the Hilton and across from the Convention Center make it a great location. The place is very noisy - lots of tables packed close together - so it gets LOUD = and the place wasn't full the night we were there.
I might try it a second time if I lived in Columbus but I'd be a lot more inclined to send stuff back if it didn't measure up again. But I'd surely try the "Barrel Aged Negroni".

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Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

High prices with small portions (albeit good food) in a very noisy environment lead to mixed feelings about coming back in the future.

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JB
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and a great client dinner. Thank you.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I decided to try Martini one night while I was in town by myself and it was wonderful! Staff was so friendly, food was delicious. I have Celiac Disease and they offer so many Gluten Free options along with the most delicious GF foccacia bread that was served warm. I will definitely return!!

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

Great food and our Server was excellent! She gave great recommendations and helped us select a bottle of wine as well.

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1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Food was amazing, service was terrible

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JB
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Martini is our favorite for our anniversary. It’s beautiful, has a exquisite menu and staff.

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WB
Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a birthday dinner for my fiancée. This was just perfect. The food, the drinks, the service, everything ! Would recommand it to anyone.

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JR
Pittsburgh
18 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit to Martini Modern. Exceptional food, ambience and service will keep us coming back. Our server, Joe, was knowledgeable about every menu item. We in turn, made fantastic selections!

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K
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff was very nice and accommodating. The food was amazing and had an amazing experience overall.

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MM
Columbus
28 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and the service was even better. I always love going here, except for the insanely slippery floor (been like that for years and it's honestly rough if you're wearing heels).

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MR
Cleveland
13 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We always have at least one meal at Martini
Modern Italian when we stay in Columbus.

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Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They were so kind to me on my 21st birthday:), and even brought over a special desert. Couldn’t have asked for a better meal

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MP
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent. We had a fine server, Amy, who was helpful beyond expectations. The most difficult part of the experience was the noise level. We wanted to engage in conversation, which we did, but it was difficult to hear above the din of the room.

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Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a fun evening with great food and great service.

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K
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another excellent meal with excellent service. This restaurant is perfect for so many different occasions.

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London
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall a great evening! The food is fantastic the service was excellent and the Birthday dessert was the icing on the cake!!!

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MS
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 2ambience 3

We had a very disappointing experience at Martini's. We were in town for the weekend and were looking forward to a nice evening. We had been several times in the past when our son attended OSU. This time, the restaurant was a complete disappointment from start to finish. The hostess was less than welcoming, our waitress inattentive, and the food subpar. I ordered shrimp marinara, which had a few TINY shrimp in a bowl full of pasta with too much sauce. My son's salmon was overcooked and daughter's pasta soaked in cream sauce. The bar area was almost empty by 8 p.m. on a Friday night.

We chose Martini's because of the great food and lively atmosphere we enjoyed in years past. With all the other wonderful dining options in Columbus, I'm not sure this one will survive. We will not be back.

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JM
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Waiter (Gary) was very attentive and paid special attention to my onion allergy.
The food was served timely. It was very relaxing and enjoyable.

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BN
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met friends before a hockey game

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