Columbus >Food & Dining > Carrabba's
8460 Lyra Dr., Columbus, OH | Directions 4324040.140955 -82.973294
An open kitchen churns out wood-fired pizzas and fresh-made pastas at this casual Sicilian-American chain..
Decorated with family photos of founders Damian Mandola and Johnny Carrabba, the open dining rooms pack groups of friends and extended families into four- and six-person tables and booths; smaller parties or couples can grab stools at the open kitchen's adjoining bar to watch chefs make dinner. The traditional southern Italian menu offers grill specialties like steak Marsala and fire-roasted chicken breast with sun-dried tomatoes; pasta dishes include fettuccine Alfredo and garlic-sauteed shrimp with linguine.
Good food at a great price.
My husband and I went to Carrabba?s for my birthday dinner last night. We had pre-picked the restaurant, but did not call ahead. Once we got there we were told that it would be a 35-45min wait (on a Saturday night). We waited in a very packed and uncomfortable waiting area for just about 45 min, this turned out to be the only not pleasant part of our experience.
Once we were seated our waiter told us about the menu and took or order. He then placed very light and tasty bread and an olive oil and herb mixture (that was great!) on the table for us to eat. Our dinner came VERY quickly, which was amazing based on how busy the restaurant was. I had chicken/cheese/spinach ravioli with a tomato cream sauce. It was wonderful. My husband had lasagna, which he enjoyed very much. Both of the portions were big enough to take home leftovers. Overall we had a very nice experience at a good price.
We call Polaris and surrounds "Mindyland" because it reminds us of someone we knew that the area fits well.
You won't see us there again, food was decent but you have to draw the line somewhere. In redemption, our experience was better at same in Florida. Go Gators.
One of my favorites!. I've been here numerous times and when someone is craving Italian food, this is the first place I think of. I'd really recommend the Calamari (Ask for both sauces on the side) and the Mussels as appetizers (Forget the name of it, sorry). The dishes are all great and portions are just right. I personally get the Pork Chop Marsala, which is a "Daily Special". I really can't say you can go wrong though, I've had/tasted a lot of their dishes and never thought any less of it. It's nice enough as a special occasion and casual enough as just a night out.
Best Italian restaurant chain. Always pleased with the quality of the food coming from this restaurant chain concept. Most of the dishes are made-from-scratch in the handsome gourmet-like kitchen(s). Good helpful and enthusiastic people (trained and willing) as well. Wine list is affordable. A bit tough to find in the Polaris south complex (past Max & Erma's). Often crowded, but well worth the wait -- can sit at the kitchen counters (tight seating but fun to observe the food prep & bustle).
Amazing Service Amazing Food. I recently dined at Carrabba's to celebrate my fiance's birthday. Right away, upon entering the restaurant, the interior surprised me. Above the booths hang grape vines and there is an open kitchen which makes the store feel more united. The menu is a little complicated, but our server, Kristen knew the menu and ingredients inside and out. I was torn between a signature dish and classic Italian, but with her help, I made the perfect choice. I ordered the Pollo Rosa Maria with fettuccini alfredo and an italian salad and my fiance got the Filet Marsala with mash potatoes and zucchini with the spicy chicken soup. It was the most amazing meal I have ever had. For dessert, (what seemed like) the entire staff sang an italian song and brought a compimentary sundae. Service is remarkable and the food superb.
Just go there!. I'm from AZ, Carrabbas was the best Italian out there. I moved to Columbus in 2001, realized the closest Carrabbas was in Cincinnati, sob! I even drove to Cincinnati just to eat there. I was excited when I saw the Polaris location coming soon. The food is top notch, everything ordered has been great. Large portions as well. The Filet Fiorentine is the best steak I have ever had! The filet is the most expensive menu item at $21.00 which is not bad considering the quality and it's size, about 9 oz. The mussels and calamari are also great, huge portions easily enough for 4. Service is top notch and the ambience is comforting. Only con is no reservations, plan on waiting 45 minutes - 1 hour to get seated weekends but well worth the wait. I'm telling you, you will not be disappointed, just go there, see for yourself.
Fantastic!!!. It never ceases to amaze me. Most restaurants might have a good server or two. A couple of really good dishes. But this one takes the cake! Every time i have been there the servers have been fantastic! The food, no matter what i have tried has been fantastic as well. Be prepared to walk away full or walk away with doggie bags.
Italian Excellence. Even though packed on the weekend is well worth the wait once you taste the food. From the basic italian Lasagne to the exquisite Chicken Marsala, this food is top notch.There are not many locations who offer true service, however this is one of them. The servers take the time needed to make you feel special and even on the busiest night you have someone from the kitchen inquiring if the food was to your liking. On busy nights, I have even seen the servers, inquiring if those patrons waiting would like anything from the bar.(yes they come to you, you don't have to stand at the bar) Now that is true old style service.I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone.
Good Food = Good Times. I've been here twice - both times with a large group of people. The food and service are outstanding and apparently, I'm not the only one that thinks so because this place is always packed and therefore a little noisy. But, the food and great service make up for it. To me it's one step above the Macaroni Grill and a half a step below Bravo. I recommend making reservations ahead of time. When you go, be sure to order an Apple Martini - it's the best!!
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