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Polaris Grill

4.7
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3114 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 3114 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SunnyJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Liked the cozy Nd comfortable restaurant and a very nice meal.

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vipintotrack
Columbus
126 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ordered chicken carbonara which was excellent. My friend ordered chicken Parmesan and it was equally good. Our server was top-notch, as usual. Polaris Grill is one of our absolute favorite restaurants. Oh, yes, and I ordered the 55 Salad that was superb, as usual!!

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JimF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are consistently outstanding. Great place for business lunch. a nice variety of food options. outstanding seafood.

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8885Buck
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience4

We ate outside, a little loud and cold, but certainly not the fault of the restaurant. We were having a birthday lunch, and the service wasn't as expected. Food was great, as always, and great host at the desk.

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Wally
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience2

We were seated promptly and our order came out in good time. Once we got our food, it went downhill. Our server never came by to ask how our meal was, didn't bring extra napkins for the ribs my husband ordered and we didn't get drink refills until after our dinner was done and our glasses were empty.

The overall feel of the restaurant is unfortunate. The main entrance doors are white and dirty/faded and didn't match the inside, which was better.

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MickR
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fish sandwich is amazing. It has just the right crispy batter and accompanyments.

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PhilR
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Since Polaris Grill is a familiar favorite of mine, I wanted to take a friend and his wife to a restaurant that does not disappoint. We enjoyed our food, service, selection, and value. I was impressed that many other guests were enjoying the restaurant’s the outside patio seating section.

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LisaD
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience2

Food was good. Too dark and just not a welcoming vibe

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vipBillJ
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience3

This is attended for the restaurant:
I always love going to Polaris Grill. The crock of bean & cheese soup was outstanding. My entree was the Walleye. Here was my problem....The piece of fish I was served was a shameful size for the amount it was priced at.
The dinner was delicious, yes but please I would have loved to have eaten Walleye that was more then a few bites.
Perhaps the kitchen was low on that menu item and skimmed. Needless to say, I was disappointed in the small portion I had been served.
Thanks for let me voice my opinion.

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vipTony
E. Tennessee
16 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Slow start; but Vanessa stepped in/up and things went well from there.

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clell
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and waitress was great. The ladies restroom was dirty.

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viplandislinda5317
Columbus
20 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Polaris Grill is one of my favorites. Food is always good, service is excellent, and a good value for the price.

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vipdreinker
Toledo
160 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a quality meal.

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thisistheplaceikeepgoing
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was the most personable young guy. Enjoyed his warmth and talkative spirit!!!

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DK16
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice outdoor atmosphere. Server was great. The food was great. Loved the Boston Cream Pie.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fabulous food.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Service attitude can always improve

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KLowery
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

My parents recently visited and all the seafood we had was delicious and fresh. We all thought the Haddock was amazing in particular. Service was top notch and they did a nice job of managing Covid details. Thank you to them for a great night out

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FionaG86
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

At first, we were a little disappointed to hear that the Napa Valley menu was not available. However, after the first bite of the shrimp and lobster ravioli, all disappointment disappeared! Our party of 6 was more than happy with all of the entrees ordered, as well as our drinks.

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DeborahK
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal outside on a warm night. The mushroom soup is truly delicious.

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SusanD
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love the Polaris Grill. The food is always delicious and the service is great! The only small issue was that we were seated near the door to the patio, and because it was a bit cool outside, whenever someone opened the door we felt the cool air, but it wasn't so bad that we wanted to move to another table. We'll definitely be back, of course.

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Mike
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked for a business dinner. Staff was great and the food was excellent.

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BelindaZ
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Bring your appetite. The food is wonderful, and you will not leave hungry .

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sped
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Outstanding server. We were not rushed in any way and she was very attentive. The presentation of the food was beautiful

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MegW
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Many meal options - we each had different selections all delicious. Service was terrific - highly reccomend!

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Annie
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

I had the salmon Oscar and it was flavorless. I honestly think they had forgotten the bernaise sauce... But I didn't think about that till after I left.

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TerriB
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Service was fantastic. Food was average a bit salty for each of our dishes.

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AIicia
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Polaris grill was above and beyond our expectations. We were celebrating our wedding anniversary. The atmosphere was relaxed and quite. Our server was very knowledgeable of the menu and answered all our questions. Our appetizer, Louisiana Gulf shrimp was unique, we enjoyed the different textures and flavors. My husband tried one of the specials. The bone out ribeye. He said cooked to perfection and the best steak he's ever had. I tried the salmon oscar. It was tender and decadant. The house 55 salad is a must. The dressing is delicious. For dessert we tried the vanilla creme brulee. Best I've ever had. We never felt rushed. We definitely be back!

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vipSunrise13
Columbus
25 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was delicious as always along with fantastic service.
55 salad is always a fav. This time I had it with grilled salmon. Delicious.
My husband loves the ribs. Always tender and great sauce!
We will be back for more special occasions.

BJ
BuckeyeJet
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Dinner was very good. Dessert (Boston Cream Pie) tasted as if it was still frozen

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vipTerryL
Columbus
29 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed Happy Hour appetizers in the bar. Appetizers are large enough to be a meal. Great service from Laura.

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vipJOSHUA
Columbus
202 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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WillO
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We needed a place to have a quick business lunch/meetings and preferred to be outside. The manager was very pleasant and accommodating up arrival. We had two separate meetings that we needed to take place, one earlier, one later after the first.

The location was perfect, the atmosphere was nice and our server was very attentive and good. He kept our soft drinks, waters and coffee full constantly and checked in on us often, which was great.

The food was not what we expected. It was subpar and was more on the level of TGI Fridays than an upscale establishment. I ordered the Walleye sandwich and the piece of Walleye was the size of a fish stick rather than a piece of fish for a sandwich.

Maybe it was just an off day, it was a Monday, so maybe they were down a person or recovering from a busy weekend. I was still disappointed non the less. Again, all the staff were very friendly and professional and our server was great. However, that being said, the food was lack luster and based off that I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, it was an excellent experience! We love their patio! You forget you are so close to a freeway!!

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JanetW
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks for your services on Lou's 91 birthday. It was a good crowd and they all enjoyed it, including great grand baby Noah ( all smiles to everyone and liked licking Mom & Dad's finger tasting). We will be back for the next big occasion as we all liked it at Polaris Grill.
THANK YOU (but Lou says 'Keep the dressing, I don't like any dressing, but my daughter loves it'.

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LaurenK
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great place for a special occasion. Good social distancing in place.

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Susan
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I called in advance to see if they had heaters on the patio. They did. Upon arrival and during dining we noticed that the heater by our table was not on and asked the waitress to have it turned on. She said it was on but she would let the manager know. It was not on. After 45 minutes the manager came out and tried to light it -it did not work as it was out of gas. Frustrating! We were there for an early dining time so they should have checked the heaters to make sure they worked. Our food was good but my fillet was cold.

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jenniferb
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints. We go every year for special occasions

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vipSallyS
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food was amazing!! Will definitely go back soon!!

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, excellent service and food. Polaris Grill honored our bonus certificate ( from purchase made last Christmas) , which we greatly appreciated. We celebrated 2 birthdays and an anniversary. Our party of six each had a variety of the items on the menu and each was prepared to our expectations. We’ve never been disappointed at Polaris Grill and we’ve chosen to eat there in numerous occasions.

FAQs

Polaris Grill offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (614) 431-5598.

Polaris Grill is rated 4.7 stars by 3114 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.