About Polaris Grill

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.

1835 Polaris Parkway
Columbus, OH 43240
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American

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,

Cross Street:
I-71 and Polaris Parkway

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(614) 431-5598

Website:
http://www.polarisgrill.com/

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.

Parking Details:
Free on site parking in private lot in front of the restaurant.

Public Transit:
COTA bus stop within 50 yards of restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Jeff Burris

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.

Private Party Contact:
Cliff Madden: (614) 431-5598

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

Polaris Grill Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (47)
Good for a Date (47)
Special Occasion (47)
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Good for Birthdays (40)
Worth the Drive (34)
Business Meals (32)
Creative Cuisine (29)
Good for Groups (29)
Great for Lunch (29)
Casual (28)
Romantic (24)
Neighborhood Gem (24)
Comfort Food (21)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Cozy (21)
Great for Brunch (20)
Pre/post Theatre (18)
Sunday Lunch (18)
Notable Wine List (17)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Great for Outdoor Dining (16)
Bar Seating (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Authentic (11)
Healthy (11)
Fun (11)
Happy Hour (10)
Seasonal (10)
Tasting Menu (8)
Hot Spot (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Great Beer (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined 4 days ago

Great food and service

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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined 5 days ago

Great food and service

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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined 5 days ago

I ordered the Halibut with an orange sauce and Mud Pie for desert. It was fabulous. Our group all enjoyed their meals and our server was friendly and very attentive. We had a great birthday celebration.

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·Dined 6 days ago

Still one of the best bets in town for a great lunch or dinner. After living in Cbus nearly 40 years, Polaris Grill is the place I have eaten the most times.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Authentic, Romantic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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 (Toledo)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The service was friendly, courteous and efficient. Food value and flavor was outstanding with just the right amount of quantity. Easy to find for first-time customers. Would recommend to family, friends and business associates and likely will return.

Tags: Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Fun, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Excellent place for a business lunch. The quality of food and variety is very good and an upscale ambience. Good service too. Highly recommend for business lunch meetings.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The service was good, the food was OK...of course, the 55 salad is always incredible...but, the music was incredible. Their selection of music, that was consistently playing throughout brunch, was soothing and comforting. I felt like I was in another city or time period, where music culture is prominent. The music, alone, made me want to return soon!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great food and service

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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 5, 2018

CJ did a great job as a trainee!! As always we had the best food and best service.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We saw the rave reviews and we decided to try the restaurant. It may be that we were unlucky but our service was poor. We wondered whether the waiter would take our orders. Three tables were seated after us and he took orders and brought drinks and bread for all three and for one table refills. We never received bread and he finally took our order. We will never go to the restaurant again and we will tell all our friends about our negative experience.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The food was delicious and the service was efficient and friendly. As it was new year's eve and we had second seating, there was a wait to be seated but we went to the bar and passed the time with no problem. Would definitely recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Seasonal
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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Years Eve was good

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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Wait staff was excellent. However, two of the four meals were served cold and even though manager offered to replace, time to get second meals would have taken too long. Very disappointed for new year's. To be fair, manager did take one meal off of bill and we received two salad dressings.

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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Love this restaurant! Great service, and food. Always consistent!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Casual, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Groups
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I have been going to Polaris for years. It is nice, but not great. They are still baking potatoes in foil. I was there for New Years Eve, and I am pretty sure they upped the prices for the occasion. The food is good, but again, nothing great.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Beautiful design and layout, excellent and attentive service, expansive menu. Mostly American cuisine, well prepared and creative dishes.

Tags: Healthy, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Casual, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great food and service

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

We chose Polaris Grill for our anniversary dinner. Portions are larger than other similar type restaurants. Food and martinis were fantastic. Took home cheesecake because we couldn’t eat it all. My husband ate over half of the dessert and he normally eats just a bite! Got a free “55” dressing because it was a special occasion. Service was excellent! We will return for sure.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Seasonal
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 30, 2017

I found Polaris Grill to be quite adequate. There were aspects of our menu choices that were iffy but overall it was quite nice. Not sure the price was indicative of what we got but dining in Columbus is like that. Would I eat there again? Perhaps if someone we wanted to meet wished to eat there but I don't think I would seek it out.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Up charge for any side substitute and they were not very good. All the meats and fish however where excellent and the server was amazing.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Food was delicious. Service was excellent. For some reason, though we were seated at a corner table next to server's computer station next to the exit. It was very cold. We mentioned it to our server who said she would suggest that the heat be turned up. Unfortunately, our dining experience was greatly diminished by the need to wear a sweater and winter coat.We could see at least 5 other empty tables that were in warmer areas of the space. Disappointed.

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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great food and service

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Good food but a little bland for my taste. Service was very good. I ordered the crab cakes.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Food is excellent, but we won't order drinks from the bar the next time. The drinks were small, and you could not taste the liquor.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Halibut was outstanding. Our waitress Heidi was attentive without being overbearing. Nice ambiance, will definitely return.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 27, 2017

I have always enjoyed our meals at Polaris Grill. I have been many times and have taken all my friends there to celebrate their birthdays. My family has attended the Easter Buffet several times. I tell everyone that it is the place for the best steak in town !

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We had a fantastic dinner. We were celebrating my boyfriend’s birthday. We both ordered the surf and turf, and it was amazing! Our server, Heidi was fantastic, and we can’t wait to return for another visit.

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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Polaris Grill is one of the best experiences for a reasonable cost in town. They are consistent in their food and service. They have unique cocktails and an ever changing seasons menu. We will always go back.

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Food was great! Service was also great. A bit pricey but we ordered drinks and appetizer so we expected a larger bill. No complaints

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We had a very attentive waitress. Food was great. Spare ribs and Sea bass were perfect. Great Vodka gimlet.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 22, 2017

One of our go to places, we come up here regularly. Always recommended.

Tags: Authentic, Happy Hour, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Thanks again for yet another great pre-Christmas meal.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Great food and service

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·Dined on December 22, 2017

The table was ready and waiting for us when we arrived. Our waitress was prompt and friendly. Everyone in the party said their food was delicious. Low lights and candles made for a charming ambiance for the end of a busy day.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Cozy
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 20, 2017

WAS OUR 59TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY. SHARED WITH TWO FRIENDS. WE ALL WERE VERY HAPPY WITH THE FOOD, OUR SERVER AND THE ENTIRE EVENING. YOU RUN A GOOD SHOW.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 18, 2017

My wife's steak wasn't prepared as ordered. To much pink. We were surprised when my wife received the house salad as a birthday gift. We thought that she might receive a free desert.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Romantic
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 18, 2017

The Polaris Grill is centrally located for a group of my friends, so we like to get together there for lunch. Food is always good. Service is always good. Prices are reasonable. A consistent, reliable
choice.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fun, Quick Bite, Casual, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Sunday Lunch
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Food was outstanding. Table was a cramped booth. Ambience was close to Mimi's Cafe or Bill Knapp's - not great. Server not great. Felt rushed. Brought bread at same time as entrees. Until that time didn't realize bread came with meal. For the price and quality of the food, they may want to consider renovations and more training for the staff.

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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great food and service

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Held a family brunch for holidays. Some of the group are finicky foodies. Polaris Grill accommodated our needs for a table of 14 for brunch. The place had a low noise level perfect for table talk across the span of the long table. Our waitress was a rock star by reviewing multiple menu questions, special requests for gluten free changes, and stopping by at the right times to make sure everything was smooth. The brunch menu has several great choices including bananas foster French toast, crab cake Benedicts, and tasty omelets. Although the brunch menu had great variety, the lunch menu is also offered. The food came out hot and fresh. The shift manager also came by to make sure everyone was pleased. She seemed sincere about the visit instead of a mandatory check the box stop. We may this a family tradition as I felt we received a great value of food vs price.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Gluten Free Options
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