Polaris Grill

4.6
2298 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Our mission is to treat our customers as if they were guests in our homes. We want you to have a great meal in a comfortable environment served by our friendly and knowledgeable staff. We appreciate your patronage and hope you return to visit us often.
Guests from across the globe come for our Famous "55" salad, Wild mushroom bisque, and Aztec Chowder but leave raving about the fresh seafood and delicious steaks. Owned and operated by local restaurateurs Cliff Madden and Darren Greene, the Polaris Grill delivers the best dining experience in North Columbus. Serving lunch Monday through Sunday, a sensational brunch on Saturday and Sunday, and dinner nightly the owners use their 50+ years combined restaurant experience to transform the Polaris Grill into a Columbus dining destination.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm; Brunch: Saturday 11:00am-4:00pm, Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm,
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Phone number
(614) 431-5598
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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
Jeff Burris
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Private party facilities
The private North Star room provides the perfect atmosphere for a rehearsal dinner or bridal shower or an excellent facility for corporate dinner meetings. Our North Star Room will hold private parties of up to 50 people. Available breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday through Sunday.
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Private party contact
Cliff Madden: (614) 431-5598
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Catering
Let us bring the Polaris Grill to your home or office or enjoy the spacious rooms of the Quest Conference and business center while enjoying Polaris Grill cuisine through our catering service. Please see our menu at www.polarisgrill.com or call to book your event at 614-431-5598. Our catering director is Chris Munoz.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
I-71 and Polaris Parkway
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Parking details
Free on site parking in private lot in front of the restaurant.
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Public transit
COTA bus stop within 50 yards of restaurant.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2298 People Are Saying
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L
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Have eaten at the Polaris Grille many times and the food and service have always been excellent! The menu selections are awesome. They make you feel like a valued and appreciated customer which is not often found in the dining industry.

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K
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the Birthday treat. Two of 3 guests had the trio special- highly satisfied

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JO
Columbus
168 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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N
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, great service

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BM
Cleveland
21 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

My seat was repaired with duct tape, so not a great first impression. The salads and soup were very good. Nice service.

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SS
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We will continue to go back...great food and experience all they way around! It is worth the value!

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JR
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

To add to my previous review:

Our server wasn't the best which was very surprising for Polaris Grill. Eaten there many times before without any concerns. Man at front hostess stand wearing donut jammy pants not professional or friendly for the hundreds of dollars spent there for a professional holiday lunch at this caliber of restaurant. Server was stand offish and not welcoming. Had to ask for water twice. She recommended appetizer of chicken quesadillas if cut in smaller slices and she served them whole for our group. We ordered four other appetizers too. Knives are not sharp at this restaurant. Everyone was having problems cutting everything! It was a holiday late lunch for a group of 9. The restaurant was not busy so not sure what was her issue. Food was excellent except fish and chips. I was embarrassed that my employee received very over cooked dry food and she doesn’t like tartar sauce that maybe could have saved the meal. She barely ate it. I just read other reviews mentioning this same issue with the fish and chips. For the price, maybe a chef review of this menu item should be considered. I may return but not with a large group again. I was embarrassed to host a group here.

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K
Cleveland
30 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We have visited many times and decided to return because the food is always delicious. The hostess was not the friendliest and seemed a little annoyed with having to seat me but...whatever! Our food was very good. I had the seasonal halibut and enjoyed it. We will def be returning!

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M
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was lukewarm when served.

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OB
Cleveland
23 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful dining experience at the Polaris Grill. Easy to get to and parking is a snap!

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LB
Columbus
22 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

It's all about what you choose from the, menu, and tonight I chose wrong. I ordered the fish and chips, and to say the least it wasn't very good, and it wasn't worth the price I paid. The menu leads you to believe the fish are white meat fillets deep fried. At best they tasted like an average frozen fish stick from the grocery store. Others in our group enjoyed their meals, but none of us thought the meals tonight were outstanding.

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DJ
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The restaurant was pleasant. I think they need to recover their seating. I realize the restaurant has been around for a while, I think it is time for a redo. The food is still good, but the place just looks old.

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6
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

Our food wasn’t warm and our waitress wasn’t very attentive. It took forever and she never came back to check on us.

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TS
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service. Can be pricey, but there are less expensive menu items also.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Holiday dinner with sister

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was outstanding. We were sat right away, our food came out quickly and my drink was never even half empty!

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B
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Our family visited Polaris Grill for my mother-in-law's birthday. It was very good. The food was terrific and the service was very good for our party of ten.

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service by Megan

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SS
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We have been going to Polaris Grill for 15 years, and you can count on a fine meal with friendly service. We like the fact that they offer seasonal specialties, but always have their core products available.

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J
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were celebrating two birthdays. Had a very enjoyable evening.

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j
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great. we had guests from out of state, and they insisted we go back to Polaris again.

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M
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

We felt very rushed from the very beginning. We got our salads and within 3 to 5 min. our food came out. We love the food but that was not the best service.

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

TJ was terrific as our server. Accommodated our request to share two meals and it was wonderful. Great evening!

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H
Columbus
20 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful 55 salad. Great menu with lots of choices. Good service. Friendly staff and managers

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D
Columbus
68 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Were had a wonderful experience with our dinner at Polaris Grill last Friday evening. Our server was very personable and charming. She was very attentive for working with a large group. She also had three other large group tables in the same area and none of the tables lacked attention. I only wish I could remember her name.

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VL
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I drove 80 miles to have dinner with my mother. I’ve been dinning there for over 10 years.

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Columbus
56 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group was there to celebrate a special occasion, and we received our usual wonderful treatment from the staff from the moment we checked in until they said goodbye when we left a couple of hours later. We loved the seasonal menu items. I had the dried-cherry pork chops and was amazed at the size of the two chops--each was over an inch thick! Needless to say, I'm enjoying leftovers at home. We look forward to our next return to Polaris Grill.

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MD
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Staff was not very attentive and somewhat rude. Restaurant was very busy and loud. We waited a half an hour for bread, after waiting a while to get greeted by waitress. Food came out cold. Won’t be back soon.

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CS
Columbus
36 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have our favorite menu items here. It was excellent as usual The service was perfect. Very enjoyable meal!

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L
Columbus
15 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This is a fine, mid-range restaurant. Main dishes were fine, but sides — especially vegetables — were very pedestrian.

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LB
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious! Everything tasted great and the service was awesome!

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JO
Columbus
169 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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LN
Columbus
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for dinner with a colleague on a Tuesday evening. Excellent food, nice ambiance and great service. When in the Polaris area, I will return.

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

Always excellent service and food.

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DM
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Danielle was extraordinary. This is one of my favorite restaurants, anyway, but Danielle made our evening exceptional. We went with my 80+ yr old parents and almost always have issues with them complaining, etc. Danielle honed in on my mom and catered to her every need immediately. We have been to dinner with my parents countless times and this was, by far, the very best experience we have had to date! I 100% credit our waitress for that. She should be recognized for outstanding service!

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

Excellent food and service. Reservations were complete and they did not rush us. Great experience!!!

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PP
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

While we’ve eaten here and enjoyed dinner several times while in Columbus, we came for brunch this past Sunday for the first time. It was a post-wedding celebration.
I really felt my waffles were very heavy, but the weirdest thing was that the Benedicts had no English muffins. My husband thought that was strange, but we didn’t say anything. I guess we should have. Big disappointment!

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JO
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whole family brunch.

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MJ
Columbus
20 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner for a girlfriend! Food was excellent as were drinks and wine selection. Love this place.

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

The dining was great and the service was efficient

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