Polaris Grill

4.5
2201 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Good for Anniversaries
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 2201 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Service was fast and friendly. Went for brunch and food was ahhhh-maxing! Have gone here for dinner too and it never disappoints!

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Great food, great service. One of my favorite restaurants in Cbus! Consistently good each visit! 55 salad is my favorite. Best prime rib in town.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Absolutely fabulous!!! Stopped for lunch while traveling, and the food and service was impeccable!!! Such a great stop. Added to our favorites, and will return again. The outdoor setting was lovely!!!

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1.0Dined 3 days ago

Our server was amazing. And he was the high point of our experience. We were seated on the patio--just outside the french doors. We were so close to the door, my husband was hit in the back every single time the doors were opened. We couldn't move the table because they are placed so close together, there is nowhere to move the table. All of the tables are uncomfortably close to one another. We were sharing the patio with a family with toddlers who destroyed the patio planters and pulled off covers to electrical outlets. Not once did a manager come out to address the situation. It was our son's birthday--which was noted at the time of the reservation. I wanted it to be a special evening. Our dinners were pitiful. I ordered the tomato basil chicken. Absolutely tasteless. The zuchini risotto sounded so good, it was gummy and unseasoned. The steamed vegetables were not seasoned. My son's girlfriend never commented on her parmesan crusted chicken, which leads me to think it was less than impressive as well. My husband and son both had the prime rib. The cuts were extremely fatty, unseasoned, and very tough. My son said he was starting to think they were served large slabs of roast beef instead of prime rib. The au jus was so watered down, no taste remained. I do not mind paying money for good food. I do not enjoy paying good money for sub par food. All our of dinners were disappointing. This was our first time having dinner here and will be our last time. There are so many amazing choices in this area, we expected a great experience. Reviews led me to think it would be great. I am sure Polaris Grill was amazing in it's day; sadly it would seem it's day has passed. One last observation. The insides of the doors leading out to the patio as well as in and out of the facility were filthy. Caked dirt from weeks/months of not being cleaned. You just don't expect to see this in fine dining locations.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Food was excellent as always! But our waitress was very unfriendly! No smiles, no chatting. The only time she smiled was when she handed us the bill. Will come back often, as usual but she will not be our waitress.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Haven't been here in over 10 years. I was a little leery when we parked, the parking lot is not in great condition and the outside needs updating. I was relieved when we walked in as it was lovely. We had made reservations for a Tuesday night, but it was not crowded at all. We were catching up with friends we hadn't seen in a while and the server was great at being attentive but giving us plenty of time to visit. I got the 55 salad which is a leftover from the 55 on the Boulevard Restaurant we loved a long time ago. It's still a great salad. I had the crab cakes which were mostly crab yeah, they gave me 3 crab cakes with asparagus perfectly done and delicious mashed potatoes. I took some home for lunch the next day. I had the Cosmopolitan as a matter of fact I had two. It was a lovely evening and I will go back sooner than later.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Best walleye in town...from transplanted Tucsonians!

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

We enjoyed the food, the service, the fair food prices. I have already recommended it to other people.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Great food and service.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Great food and service

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Very good with great service

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

The 55 salad and the 6-cheese ravioli was AMAZING! Definitely a must try!

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4.0Dined on August 10, 2018

The 55 salad and the mushroom bisque are legendary!

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Although the location's website states that it is a business casual environment, it appears you can come quite a bit more casually. I booked this restaurant believing it to be a little bit nicer than the multitude of chain restaurants in the area for my anniversary. Unfortunately, while the food and service were quite good, the overall experience did not rate any different to me that any of the other chains I could have gone to.

The staff was so nice and helpful. We were received quickly and our server was quite pleasant, attentive and very helpful. The food was delicious and the presentation was nice. We very much enjoyed our meal. However, in the end, I did not leave having felt that the location was any more special than the surrounding restaurants, but a bit more expensive. For special occasions, there are definitely a few nicer places around, but for good food and service, this place absolutely did great!

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Great food and service

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

The food was delicious and the service by Laura was outstanding. Dining on their patio was fantastic!

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

The servings were huge. Come hungry or share a meal if you eat like most people. Or plan to take food home. The kid's options were a cut above most places.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Fantastic server and food!

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Our waiter was attentive but not overbearing. Our outing was a reunion with a 1st grade classmate from 70 years ago. We appreciated the attention & privacy.

Hopefully you will continue to add more vegetarian options

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3.0Dined on August 4, 2018

We have been to Polaris many times and enjoy sitting on the patio. That changed Saturday night. A guitar playing singer performed the entire 1 1/2 hour we were there with 4 friends. The music was so Loud that speaking was not possible. We have never heard music that loud.

We will never return if that is going to be the entertainment from on. Can’t imagine what management was thinking.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

One of our local favorites. We have always enjoyed the food, atmosphere, and service. Will be back soon! The Mix Grill meal is incredible!!

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Good food and great service. We had a lot of fine times with our friends and enjoyed the food and great service. The atmosphere is great and very comfortable seating. Everyone is always very friendly.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

I have mixed feelings on this restaurant. I took my wife and 2 teenage children here for lunch. We showed up with our reservation on the books, but had to wait on an obviously inconsiderate woman to check with the manager about bringing her dog (which she called her child) into the restaurant to eat with her. After the 10-minute wait, her group was taken back. I think (hope) they were offered outdoor seating, but I'm not sure. I then took the opportunity to teach my children not to be so inconsiderate and stupid. We were off to a rough start, but the restaurant can't be held accountable for stupid customers.

We were taken back to a nice table that was elegantly prepared for us, as all of the other tables appeared to be. We were greeted after a few minutes by our waitress, who appeared to be working very hard. We were there 15-20 minutes before we were served our drinks. When we were finally asked for our order, we asked for some appetizers and a few more minutes to finalize the decisions on lunch. (Personally, I prefer the appetizers to come out several minutes before the main course.)

When the appetizers arrived, we had been there a little over an hour. (To the defense of the servers, I think there were only 2 of them, and it seemed as though the greeter was also helping the servers take care of tables.)

Everything did take a turn for the better, once the food started coming out. With the exception of my filet mignon being served medium rare, rather than medium well, everyone was very happy with the taste of their food, including the appetizers. The food was exquisite.

The quality of the food saved what seemed like an understaffing problem, and thus complicates my review. I would highly recommend the food here, but you may be rolling the dice on the service.

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2018

The four of us ate on the patio and enjoyed it very much. Two of us had the berry salad and ribs (both delicious) and the other menu choices were grilled chicken breasts (good) and pasta with vegetables (not that good - lots of pasta with few veggies and little sauce). For dessert we shared the excellent pineapple upside cake. Service was a bit slow but our server was super busy.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

The waitress was very attentive. The patio is beautiful and very nicely landscaped. It was a beautiful night

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2018

I go here (with friends) 4 days in a row when I’m in town for a business trip every year I’m in town. 3 of the 4 days was perfect. The 4th day we had a cranky waiter. Laura, Penny and Danielle are our favorite people/servers! Great food!

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Went to celebrate a birthday and had a fantastic time. Service was exceptional and the food was delicious.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Great food and service

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2.0Dined on July 28, 2018

How can you ruin pasta with veggies. Calamari was just tiny chunks. This place is horrible but servers are nice.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Haven't been for over a year.....great experience. Food was fantastic!

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3.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Discovered a hair baked in our bread. Waitress tried to pass it off as an herb ~ we do know the difference. Initially, there was no apology but she did offer more bread...we declined. Eventually, she did apologize. Our bill was $75, we left a $10 tip. We generally leave 20-25% for excellence service all around. I waited tables in my younger years, it's hard work and we try to always appreciate the effort regardless. We have always enjoyed our dinners at Polaris Grille but unfortunately tonight's experience was disappointing. We do not plan to return.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

We have our meal on the patio, it was a great patio, one of the better one in Columbus area.

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2018

More time is needed between courses. We were still eating our salads when the entrees were served. This has been our go to restaurant for many years and we’ve always enjoyed the food and service

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Great food and service

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Great experience! We were seated promptly, greated by our server immediately and the meal courses came at an appropriate pace. Enjoyed our dinner!!!

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Excellent prime rib! The restaurant week menu was a good value. Excellent service!

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Came in for the lamb chops during restaurant week but ended up with our favorite the lamb chops. Absolutely heaven. Great restaurant with wonderful service!

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4.0Dined on July 25, 2018

We were not happy that the menu for Restaurant Week on their website was NOT CORRECT. I have been there many times starting back when the 3 course meal was $25 and have taken numerous friends and family. One of our favorites is the 6oz. petite filet which was advertised, but not available.
I enjoyed the tournedos filets that I ordered very much. However the prime rib my friend ordered was too tough to cut and chew. She asked for the parm. chicken as it is also one of our favorites. That meal was much better as usual, but made her take some home as she had eaten salad and potato while waiting and watching me eat my dinner. We will return and hope for a better experience.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Wonderful meal. Aztec Soup is a must and hearty favorite. Key lime pie recommended by my waiter...pure bliss!

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

Great food, great service. Exceptional value for the money.

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