Polaris Grill

4.6
2467 reviews
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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.
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate for Easter buffet. It was great. The only bad thing I could say is the waffle / French toast station need signs of what fixings one could add.

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OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter brunch with family

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D
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

Desserts were great! Easter buffet foods were terrible. Dry, not refreshed. Menu food may be better.

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d
Columbus
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice Easter brunch, salmon was delicious with an awesome presentation.

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RK
Columbus
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another awesome buffet! Front staff were so great and remembered that we prefer a table! Such a great restaurant.

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E
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Regular coffee (not specialty coffee) and hot tea should be included in brunch pricing.

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K
Columbus
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was delicious !! Good size portions for the price !!

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KC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Upon arriving we were warmly greeted by the host(s), quickly seated and the waiter came promptly to the table to take our beverage choices. The menu was well laid out with many choices, in addition, there were chef specials on a separate menu posted on the table. We both chose the Mixed Grill from the chef special menu as it incorporated a surf/turf fare. The dinner consisted of a small filet mignon, salmon, crab cake and mixed vegetables. Everything was cooked as ordered and it arrived quickly to the table. The dinner was good with exception of the crab cake, quite frankly this item should be removed from the
menu. Waiter was attentive and the prices a bit above par. Location was tucked in from the main road but exiting heading east was quick.

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D
Columbus
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server was very nice and attentive.

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SA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

I can't believe this restaurant has such a high rating. We were traveling and selected this restaurant based on the rating. The food is awful. The crabcakes have absolutely no crab in them. My daughter was sick all night after eating the walleye. The shrimp was mediocre. Because it was Good Friday, we asked for a substitution on the Platter for Two, which included chicken tenders. No additional shrimp or "crab"cakes were added to replace the chicken. The waiter never mentioned any specials. In addition, we also ordered the Pane de Grill - had the waiter told us this bread was also included in the Platter for Two, we wouldn't have ordered it. (it's stated on the menu, admittedly, we missed it, but I still feel the waiter should have mentioned it) I can't tell you enough, the food is soooo bad and this restaurant won a Diner's Choice award? I have no idea how - don't waste your money.

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JP
Columbus
19 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow!! Okay I am a food snob. I lived in LA for 12 years and work in the hospitality industry. Seriously fantastic experience and dinner. I didn't know what to expect our first time there but it exceeded our expectations! The Filet is cooked to perfection! I worked at Morton's for five years WAY before it was owned by Landry's and that Filet tasted just as good as old Morton's! Their house salad with the 55 dressing is delicious! I wish I could get that salad dressing recipe. Their wine list has some great selections and very fairly priced. Our server Penny (I hope I got her name right) was AMAZING! We loved her and she truly gave us a fabulous evening that we very much needed after a tough week. We will be back and will be bringing many friends & family here!

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TO
Columbus
23 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and food. A hidden gem.

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SS
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love this restaurant SOOOO much!!! The food is great.

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MB
Columbus
77 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Unfortunately, I cannot recall our server’s name. However, he was great! Offered to get us into the restaurant prior to the wind & rain, but we deferred (until the true wind gusts began!).

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WT
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent menu, lots of interesting choices. Service was top notch! Nice place for a family dinner or brunch.

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JO
Columbus
172 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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NE
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My wife and I made a late (pre-one hour) reservation, and I was surprised to find that there were three left, according to OpenTable. Upon arrival, the wait was roughly 15 minutes, since OT reportedly counts the outside tables, which were not actually available. We were offered a booth in the bar area, accepted with some misgivings. As it turned out, it was relatively fine, notwithstanding the damned TVs, which are difficult to ignore. The sound level was tolerable (we could talk without raising our voices). The service was good, but she was harried. The food, as always, I very much like. My wife almost always gets the crab cakes, and I got the fettuccine salmon white sauce; both of us got the 55 salad, as usual wonderful. Both entrees eventually made two meals.

Basically, Polaris Grill is among my favorite chow halls; but I would prefer the dining area. No TVs.

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AA
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Polaris Grill is our go to anniversary destination. Great food and outstanding service. We would definitely recommend Polaris Grill to anyone.

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TK
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been going for years. We were going out with friends and we realized we both wanted to go to Polaris as it is our favorite resturance.

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AD
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistently delicious food. Our poor waitress, Penny, was assigned three huge parties in the one room but handled it really well and still had fun with us. Ambience is always lovely!

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D
Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a good experience at this restaurant. The food was a bit on the pricey side, but was delicious. Had a variety of options for seafood. Our server was very nice and helpful and we didn't have a very long wait for our food to arrive. Only downside is, the server seemed to be in a hurry to clear our plates off the table. We went for dinner and it was not even close to the closing time.
We were a party of 4, and for our appetizers, we had the 'platter for two' and 'Fried Green Tomatoes & Shrimp Stack'. All the appetizers were so delicious!! Really liked the sauce in the tomato and shrimp stack.

For the entrees, we went with the Chicken and Tasso Ham Penne, Parmesan Encrusted Chicken, Fish and chips, Tomato Basil Chicken. The entrees tasted good and was filling as well.

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CH
Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. When the weather is nice, they have a beautiful patio for dining.

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SM
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We so enjoyed the "55" burger and salad dressing experience. The wait staff was awesome!

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BD
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waitperson,Vanessa, was great. The food was excellent. It was hard at times to hear companions at normal levels (seated in the main dining area).

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KI
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service as always!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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JC
Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was fantastic. They appeared short staffed. Our waitress was busy every moment, but it took an exceptionally long time for our meal.

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SM
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had another excellent meal and service at one of our favorite restaurants. We really enjoyed having Penny as our server.

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CG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Arranged for our group to sit in a corner booth since one in our group was hearing impaired. Service and food were great.

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s
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food not only being excellent was very pleasing to the eye!

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S
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We met with a friend from out of state. They seemed pleased with their dinner and we were happy to show them our favorite local restaurant.

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S
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The three of us ordered the burger-they were great! The server was quite quick and rushed. Some of the menu items were overpriced.

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CC
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food service and atmosphere!!
Love Polaris Grill

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GN
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and by saying “excellent”, it’s not even valid as the service was amazing.
We tried Calamari, New Orleans Shrimp and Spinach Artichoke and all three were fantastic appetizers.
The 55 salads were solid. I should order dressing on the side, but it wasn’t drenched and very good.
Some who ordered the Ribeye were more than pleased. Walleye was very good.
Even cheesecake was very good!
Just a really nice menu with lots of choices to offer anyone.

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V
Columbus
39 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Always special, ALWAYS delicious.

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FB
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Jacob was very attentive and responsive.

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DB
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very tasty. I had mushroom soup and prime rib sammy. I left satisfied and full. My wife had breakfast which she enjoyed. Server was attentive. Very nice brunch with friends.

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SB
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was referred to the Polaris Grill by a local hotel we were staying at. Reservation process was very easy. Our waiter was VERY knowledgable about the menu and the wines and gave great recommendations. Very nice mix if seafood,steak, and pastas to choose from. Our meals were prepared faster than expected. We were very impressed and will definitely go back again.

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B
Adelaide / SA
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite restaurant. It never disappoints us.

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TS
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice peaceful atmosphere- jazz and amazing brunch. Try the grand mimosa

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OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good experience. Try the Oregon Wild Mushroom Soup, Carpaccio starters. Also Fish and Chips were great. My wife had the beef Tournedos and was very pleased. I got the Louisiana Bread Pudding with Bourbon sauce for dessert. All amazing. Hail to the chef!

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