La Scala Italian Bistro

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518 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian

A family owned Dublin icon that few people in the Columbus area have not had the pleasure of dining in whether it be in the classic dining room or in one of the beautiful banquet rooms. Known for delicious Italian food as well as an experienced wait and bar staff that provides stellar service that combines with the ambiance and decor to give guests a superior dining experience. The current owner, Willie Lalli, came from the same home town in Italy, Cerreto Di Vastogirardi as the original owner, Benny Ciotola, so the food is steeped in true Italian heritage. Over its illustrious history many celebrities such as Bob Hope, Danny Glover, Ahmad Rashad, Anthony Quinn, Tommy Lasorda, Bon Jovi as well as many of OSU’s coaches and players have enjoyed dining at LaScala. Come, enjoy and become part of our celebrated history! With live piano Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday , Friday and Saturday.
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CandiT
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Great first dining experience after quarantine was over.

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vipmpmenjoys
Columbus
47 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Restaurant , wonderful generous portions food. You will never leave hungry.

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vipCarmenP
Columbus
84 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Best buffet in town.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meatballs in Columbus. Excellent service, a team of people remove plates, deliver food and take care of every aspect of your meal. There was a piano player, the music was upbeat and added to the atmosphere.

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vipPaulo123
Cincinnati
19 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and I went here for dinner Saturday night and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. My parents used to go in the 70’s and I’d been a couple times in the 90’s. It’s been updated and the food is still terrific. I had pine nut encrusted grouper per our server’s recommendation and my daughter enjoyed Veal Milanese. Portions were generous allowing delicious leftovers for next day. We split a lava cake and it was delicious! The piano player was wonderful and atmosphere relaxing. Thanks for keeping this Dublin institution current and food superb.

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Billy
Columbus
29 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a birthday and send off for one of the family members who was going to boot camp on the following Monday. It was his choice to go here. Everything from the start was on point. The food was excellent and service was outstanding. This is a great gem and a great place to take family for any event. They have plenty of space to accommodate.

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JosephB
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Food was excellent. Comfortable atmosphere! Server disappointed us. He seemed in a rush to get our order .

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Fred
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent. We will definitely be back because of the extensive menu and great service. Live piano music helped Create the ambiance.

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ShannonM
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

One of our favorites to enjoy for a special function. Love the atmosphere. Service is always great.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious meal celebrating our son’s birthday. Everything was delicious, the server was on top of everything but not intrusive. This was our first time there, we will definitely be back.

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vipMandiF
Columbus
42 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and atmosphere. A classic.

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RaulP
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The restaurant advertised thru the Dispatch a 2/15 Valentines Soecisl at $60/person so Imade a reservation for me and my wife. When we got there, our server said the special was now $75/person. We were not served bread so I had to ask the waitress for that. She ordered a filet mignon medium but it came medium rare.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience2

It was freezing in the room! We were not put in regular area we had been at other visits. It was a large open room on other side- no ambience at all. It was so cold and restroom was even colder! My food was good but only like warm at best. Waited a long time for everything. Support wait staff was good, outlet waitress was flustered and slow. 3 other couples sat after us were done and left before us. Very loud couple behind us were like they were sitting on our table. Not the best Valentines meal - regretted our choice this year. Feb 15. 6:30 reservation Giffen.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good place to eat Great service Turn up the Heat it was freezing in your Dinning room My girl friend was freezing

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place for a date night

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food3service2ambience1

My fiancés face said it all. Cringe worthy experience. I made a reservation with the expectation of live music and a romantic ambiance. Instead we sat at a wobbly cheap card table amongst the masses. Ball room was stale, loud, uninviting and we were wedged in the corner as if we were being hidden. I went back to double check my reservation to see if I had missed any description of the “special” seating. There was no disclosure.

At first I thought my reaction was isolated, but as other couples filled the empty card tables similar wincing looks filled their faces.

La Scala, I expected much much better. I am sincerely disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great!

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RichardG
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had a great dinner.

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ChristianS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant. Loved the live piano. Will be back

MB
MattB
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

We made a reservation at La Scala for Valentines Day. First time here and we were expecting rich and tasty Italian cuisine with a warm atmosphere. Our server was great and the bread was lovely. We thought we were in for a great dinner. They opened up their banquet space for the holiday and the overall service was fantastic. When our food came, we discovered a few corners may have been cut to accommodate the busy holiday schedule. We both ordered some variety of the fettuccine Alfredo. Both dishes were fine but nothing spectacular. We ordered tiramisu which was good but not great. We may need to give La Scala another try, just not on a holiday.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Terrible food

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phylliss
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience1

We were put in an overflow room for Valentines day which was fine but it was very cold in there.
No apologies or attempts to help were made.
All the couples were complaining.

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AnnB
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I deducted a star for my cold mashed potatoes, although my grouper was piping hot and excellent. The rest of our experience was 5 stars.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best mashed potatoes ever!

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CyndiT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Scala's has always been where our family goes for special birthdays. This year, I turned 60 and my family took me here to celebrate. Although it was difficult without my father (he passed 8 years ago), the pianist made it special because we knew dad would have loved the music as much as we did. My friends then took me on my birthday for brunch and it was so yummy! Best birthday ever and we've all decided we're not waiting for another birthday to return. The food, service and ambiance is unmatched! LOVE La Scala!

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

There was a rowdy family behind my girlfriend at the bar that ruined the mood. Maybe don’t have a bar

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OldVMer
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Very noisy. Waitress needed to check back sooner. Even though we'd discussed doneness of my steak ahead of time she didn't check on it after delivering it. Took 10 minutes before she was back and I could send it back for a little more time on the grill. Drinks languished too long without refills. Ordered chocolate lava cake and got served the chocolate flourless cake instead. Credit, she did take that off the bill. Food was fair, but not rave worthy.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was surprised how fast our food was ready. Everyone loved their dinners. Great place for a large party! We had 10 people and La Scala excels at serving a large group.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was on my anniversary. The ambience was perfect

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vipLarryG
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Poor service, had to ask for things more than once

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Michelle
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We ate dinner here for restaurant week 2020. The portions were great size. We got the calamari app, the sauce that came with it was really good. We also got the Pasta Di Mare and it was delicious! The cheesecake and cannoli were also great! Would def go back and recommend to friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Everyone loved their appetizers, entrees, and desserts. We’ll be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Long time since I have been there....forgot how delicious it is and great ambience!

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Kris
Columbus
14 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I loved the Calamari, Chicken Marsala and Tiramisu for the Restaurant week price of $30. The food was delicious and ambience very nice. The extra Antipasto and bruschetta were not my favorites. The bruschetta was tasty, but more like little french bread pizzas. The Antipasto just left me wanting something else. I still would recommend the restaurant for many gathers.

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SusanW
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a great meal. It was restaurant week and we all chose one of their set menu meals. All were superb.

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ChristinaS
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Eric was excellent and very attentive to us. We sat in the small nook just inside the entrance which was lovely and gave our group a lot of privacy.

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dublinfoodie
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Nice dinner. Great service as it was very attentive. It was cold - due to hard surfaces everywhere.

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yearn2eat
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Most everything was great. We loved the food. The service was wonderful. The only complaint we have is the live music. The acoustics are terrible & the amplifier was turned so high that we left with headaches! The musician was loud & not very good.

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Vonstein
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Comfortable, relaxing dinner music(live piano), excellent service and delicious food. Good portions. We’ll go back again.

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MorganP
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The customer service as well as the wine specials were great, but the restaurant itself needs major remodeling and the Cajun pasta I had was lacking in flavor.

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La Scala Italian Bistro does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. La Scala Italian Bistro also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (614) 889-9431.

La Scala Italian Bistro is rated 4.5 stars by 518 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.