Polaris Grill

4.6
2243 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 2243 People Are Saying
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VV
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

I ordered the fish and chips and the chicken tenders for an app. The fries were dripping with grease as were the tenders and the fish was nothing more than 4 fish sticks. I could have gotten better food at a county fair!

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J
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I met a friend for brunch on Sunday. It’s the first time I’ve been there for brunch. The selections were great and the meal I chose was very good. Service was very good also

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NZ
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a large group. They were very accommodating, server did a wonderful job and the menu had something for everyone.

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JP
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have had dinner many times at Polaris Grille. The food has never disappointed and the ambiance is relaxed. The staff are always welcoming and friendly and give efficient service.

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JO
Columbus
164 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.

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SD
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Polaris Grill is consistently reliable for great food and good service. We took out of town guests because of this!

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LA
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been coming to Polaris Grill for over a decade and have never had a bad meal.

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G
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience at The Polaris Grille. Our first time at your excellent restaurant. Great food, nice atmosphere, very attentive and knowledgeable server. Charming outside garden. We will definitely return!!

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TV
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

Every other time I have been here the noise level was low, unfortunately this time we were set by a table full of drunk people that were very loud. Im ok wiith people enjoying themselves but theses people were loud enough that I couldnt hear my dinner guest speak at a normal level.

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KG
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the food! Had trouble picking , there was so much good food to choose from. Not your typical menu items... better!

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J
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Super good service staff are there and quick serve with professional attendants.

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S
Columbus
28 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We love eating in the bar area. Always great service...good seasonal menus!

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B
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and service were very good. Booths uncomfortable. Ladies room needs renovation

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CY
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Polaris Grill is a favorite of mine. I love their food . I always have excellent service whenever I am there.

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OB
Cleveland
16 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual an excellent lunch option in the Polaris area. Wait staff, host, everyone was extremely friendly and helpful. I come here every time I visit the Columbus area. Best customer service. Wonderful atmosphere. Food is definitely 5 stars. I have never had a bad experience at this restaurant. I’ve visited several in the area, but I always come back here.

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SW
Tampa
50 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We entertained a friend for dinner at Polaris Grill. The food and service were outstanding. Our friend ordered a steak that was perfectly prepared. My husband always likes to order walleye at Polaris Grill because it is difficult to find at other restaurants and it is wonderful at Polaris Grill. Another entre that was ordered was the orange horseradish crusted halibuts which is a special entre to order at the restaurant. All of us enjoyed the 55 house salad. To end the meal, apple crisp was served warm with ice cream. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner.

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JO
Columbus
165 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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OT
Cleveland
16 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love the Polaris Grill

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J
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food were both excellent. We have also been to happy hour and love that also. Many choices to select from and large portions.

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DK
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A lovely meal for my 65th birthday 👍❤️Vegan and vegetarian guests had no trouble finding a delicious entree. My husbands strip steak perfect and my sautéed walleye amazing!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food great service and ambiance. But very loud

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AD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our first time there and was very impressed. Two of us had the Lobster and Shrimp Ravioli which was outstanding. The one who had the crab cakes only ate one of the two and when I asked her how her lunch was, she replied 'not good'. Unfortunately she did not mention it sooner. We will return!

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CW
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and food! We always
enjoy both the seasonal menus and the traditional 55 salad. Happy Hour is amazing! Wine prices are reasonable.

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JO
Columbus
165 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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GG
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Polaris Grill came highly recommended. We were meeting a long-time friend, who was driving over an hour to join us. The ambiance was quite nice and the server was attentive but the food was ‘eh. Firstly, I’ll clarify...mine was delicious! I ordered the signature 55 house salad and a bowl of the corn chowder with crab. My friend, however, ordered the walleye sandwich (known to usually be excellent in this area) and French fries. The sandwich bun was just a basic burger bun and so large, it overpowered the flavor of the fish and the French fries came out undercooked and nearly cold. My friend mentioned it to the server and she said “oh, I’m so sorry, let me take care of that”. Now, normally, you would assume that meant she would ask the kitchen for a new order of fries. Instead, she went back to get a clean plate so she could scoop the undercooked fries off my friends plate🙄 so they could throw them back in the fryer. Several minutes later, the re-cooked fries were brought back, definitely done....nearly burnt, in fact, and soaked in grease because they were recooked.😐 Very disappointing, for this caliber of restaurant, especially.

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MM
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This restaurant has been around a long time in a somewhat hidden spot off Polaris, and there's a reason for that. This is a consistently good place to dine - whether for a business lunch or a date night. The pane de grille has become one of my favorite appetizers, and Aztec chowder is always exceptional. AFter these 2 courses and taking home over half of my delicious spicy penne, I was only disappointed that I had no room for any dessert. I'm looking forward to the switch to the fall menu soon.

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JO
Columbus
165 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.

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O
West Virginia
15 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, nice atmosphere and superb waitstaff. Wonderful suggestions as we had not been then before. Was helpful, friendly and my salad was delicious and the salmon cooked perfectly. Will definitely be back.

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DS
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Penny in the bar area. She is always right on top of everything.

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MB
Columbus
74 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, as always. The pane de grille was phenomenal!

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8
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Girls gathering.
Our server, Justin, was great.
The food was very good.
The patio lovely.
Hot, though. Need more fans!

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OT
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner; nice menu for everyone in our group!

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SG
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The service was very professional yet friendly. The food was very good, and when we had to send the steak back (It was medium instead of medium rare, the correction was handled efficiently and with good humor

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TS
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Food. Excellent Service. The place to go for a special night out.

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R
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Staff seemed overwhelmed by large, noisy tables. Not restaurant’s fault. Much nicer when not so busy.

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SB
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Hands-down one of my favorite restaurants in the city of Columbus. In my last few visits however things have been sporadic. After inattentive service my last few visits I was pleasantly surprised to have a great waiter when we attended this last Saturday. But for the first time ever the food was subpar. I’ve always been a huge fan of the grilled salmon Oscar but Saturday’s came with cold vegetables and the fish fillet broken into pieces and smaller than I recall. I sent the vegetables back and the refire arrived just as I was finishing the rest of my plate so that wasn’t fun. Based on my waiters reaction, I wasn’t the nights first food challenge.

Typically I would rate this four stars but have dropped it to three stars giving my most recent experiences. Here’s to hoping focus is re-established before we lose this gem.

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KW
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

The patio seating was beautiful. The burger I ordered was overcooked and tasteless. The ambiance of the patio...it was a very nice day, as well...made up for it. I will return, but won't order a burger.

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J
Columbus
41 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

CONSISTENTLY EXCELLENT FOOD AND SERVICE! This is and has been my family's favorite restaurant for over 30 years! My husband and I always took his dealers and business friends to this restaurant and we always used it for birthdays and anniversaries and when we had semi-large family groups. Love, love, love this restaurant and Cliff also. The wait staff has been there for many years and that is always a great sign of a truly wonderful restaurant!

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JO
Columbus
165 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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i
Columbus
101 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was outstanding. He suggested the special of the day which my friend ordered and really enjoyed. I ordered salmon shiitake fettuccine and it was excellent. Polaris Grill continues to be one of my favorite restaurants!!!

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