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Marino Ristorante
Marino Ristorante

Marino Ristorante Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.marinorestaurant.net
  • Email: marinoristorante@yahoo.com
  • Phone: (323) 466-8812
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm -11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Salvatore Marino
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Mario Jr. will be happy to customize a menu to service you in large or small event setting to meet your expectations and work with your budget.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wilcox
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Please pull in drive way located on Melrose Avenue, where valet parking attendees will greet you.
A word from Marino Ristorante
Marino Ristorante is deeply rooted in the idea of doing all things the right way. Today the family owned restaurant, is giving its welcoming by Mario, Jr. and mom, Maria. The room is simple. A wall of glass, softened by out of door planters full of ficus, faces the famous Melrose Avenue. The soft colored walls, starched white linen cloths, the silver sugar caddy and votive holders and subdued oil paintings all come together to create its appeal. And then there is the food. Ciro, Mario and Sal were the first of the handful of chefs who are out daily in the early morning markets personally selecting the ingredients for the menu and seeking out the most interesting and pristine items for the specials. Placing yourselves in Mario’s hands for the tasting menus proves to be a wise decision. Also known for his knowledge of wines Mario will recommend the menu and wines to best meet your dining expectations. The Marino wine list has been repeatedly an award winner by Wine Spectator.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "Always great food and service ... Really make you feel like a valued cusromer"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Had an enjoyable dinner here the other night, which we have enjoyed this place in the past. It was worth the over an hour traffic to come here to eat. We had the 5 Course tasting menu. It is like a fun culinary package put together by the chef. We enjoyed the courses very much and our bottle of wine. Our server, Daniel I believe, was wonderful and attentive. The servers here are always very friendly and helpful. The manager is always so friendly and makes you feel very welcomed at Marino Ristorante. We will return again, one of our favorite places to eat."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "nice.....but like every other restaurant....a bit too noisy...."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Marino was an outstanding restaurant. We had left another restaurant due to their rudeness, and were able to get in at Marino. What a difference. The bar tender, manager, waiter were all friendly and responsive. The food was fabulous. I can't wait to go back"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Marino's is a fabulous, family run restaurant that has been in Los Angeles for over 30 years. The food (presentation and taste) was phenomenal. Patrick is an excellent waiter and Mario is the most charming owner/host I have ever come across. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for an amazing Italian food experience."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The food was ok but the staff was pretty attentive and provided good service."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "My husband ordered a shrimp and scallop pasta dish and asked for the mild version (they offered mild and spicy). It was so hot he couldn't eat it so we swiched entres. When the server asked how everything was, I told him it was really hot. He just schrgged his shoulders and walked away."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The food was delicious! Wine list is pretty extensive. They cook a traditional style italian food. We had a show to go to and they made sure we were out on time. The manager made sure the car was on the right side of the road to be able to drive to our show without too many maneuvers."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Every time I am in LA I go to Marino's for lunch. This was my first dinner and it was on the weekend. Very different vibe -- very crowded and vibrant! Food is consistently good. It's one of my favorite places to eat."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend out here for a Valentine's Dinner. First we were greeted by who I thought was the owner. The guy was a little creepy as he kept touching both me and my girlfriend for an extended period of time on the back. We got a weird vibe from the guy. Even with this Open Table reservation they put us in a bad spot. We were wedged between another couple and a family. There was no privacy whatsoever for our conversation. We could hear everything both tables were talking about. It made for an awkward dinner. Furthermore, I thought the food was overpriced; my Veal was rubber and they only gave me a tablespoon of mashed potatoes & 8 green beans. My girl said Ravioli was good. Cheesecake was not bad."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We arrived a half hour early but we were seated almost immediately. The staff is very gracious and our waiter Dan was extremely nice. We started with the baked clams which were very garlicky. We ordered the pasta special which was good and the black cod which was excellent. We had a show at Pantages and the host ensured we would be out in time and we were. It's quite convenient to the theatre."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Food and service both were excellent. I will definitely return."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Convenient to theatres along Santa Monica Blvd. Street parking is scarce and valet parking is $6 + tip."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I love the ambience, the food is outstanding and the Maitre d' makes you feel welcome as you walk through the door; very friendly and extremely nice. It truly is a wonderful place for a special occasion or just because you want great food!!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Marino Ristorante is just always reliable, delicious and perfect for any occasion. We just entertained some clients who were in from out of town and we couldn't have selected a better restaurant to take them to. The authentic Italian dishes are off the charts. One is only better than the next. The hospitality is so warm and inviting and the wine list offers the perfect pairing with anything on the menu. We have never had anything but a wonderful, friendly, memorable, delicious experience here. There is a reason that Marino's has has been a favorite "go to" spot among Hollywood Execs and long time native Angelenos. They always exceed expectation and so you always go back!!"
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Small and unassuming, Marino sits in a converted bungalow on a dark stretch of Melrose just west of Rossmore. Expect a nice touch of class... but not enough to make any guest feel out of place. Owner and host Mario, and his incredible wait staff will make you feel right at home To start, try the antipasto and grilled calamari--you'll crave them for the rest of your life. After that, suit yourself; I've simply never had a bad entree there. Dessert is not their strong suit, but there's rarely room for it anyway. Just go. Discover the menu in your own time. Marino will still be there long after the latest micro-gastronomic wonder has served it's last spoonful of foamed salmon with fennel crystals."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Extremely warm and attentive staff. Very nice wine list. On a busy night, even though we were only a party of two, we were seated in a comfortable booth for four as if we are celebrities. Food was very good. Pomodoro sauce is outstanding and Branzino cooked perfectly. We are visiting LA for a month and will return."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Marino Ristorante is still one of the top restaurants in L.A. It may not have the glitz or the star-power of other places that come and go, but the food and service are always consistent. We've been going there for more than two decades. Although no one will ever take the place of wonderful Mario Sr. who passed away, Mario Jr. has kept the restaurant the same, welcoming, comfortable place it has always been. A definite must!"
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "Went here with my parents. Everything was perfect. The owner was extremely nice and gave us the best table in the house. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who likes amazing Italian food and wine."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "From the moment you walk in the door and are Greeted you start to realize your in for a special Evening. The Staff and Food are Excellent.. I look forward to returning Very soon..."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "Marino is always fantastic in every regard. Wonderful food and service. Mario is the best host too!"
    Dined on 11/26/2013
  • "All the staff from the manager to waiters paid attention to detail from the time we came in and left. The food was also great!"
    Dined on 11/26/2013
  • "Marino Ristorante is a great restaurant. Wonderful food, and nice people. Next time I am in the area I will definitely come back."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Mario was extremely friendly and concerned about our dining experience. He made sure we received the table we wanted and stopped by the table several times during the evening to make sure everything was great. The food was fresh, made to order, and served hot. The portions were very generous. The risotto with mushrooms was fantastic as was the fresh pasta with seafood."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "One of the best dining experiences Los Angeles has to offer. Consistent wonderful food. The specials are worth waiting for, always wonderful."
    Dined on 10/29/2013
  • "They made you feel like family. They knew who I was even though it was my first time there and they always addressed me by my name. I was there for a first time date, we sat in a booth at the back of the restraunt. I ordered the ravioli it was very good and not overly huge. He ordered the risotto which also was very good. We wanted to try the Carmel gelato but they had ran out of it which was the only disappointment of the evening. I would definitely recommend this restraunt for a date night, it's a very nice and quiet restraunt where you can get to know your date better."
    Dined on 10/29/2013
  • "Food excellent. We were disappointed in the service which was slow. We had ask several times for more bread, We had to wait for the waiter to take our order and the first course took awhile to come. And yet they appeared to have several waiters hangiing around. We have been coming to Marino's on and off for many years. This was the first time we had this experience."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "Had my first experience at Marino, took a couple friends for a birthday. Nice relaxing ambience, felt very taken care of. Had Halibut as my main entree which was done to perfection. But you have to leave room for the Tiramisu or you'll never forgive yourself :-) Some deserts are worth the calories."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Super tasty food, as good as it gets ! And, the service was amazing as well !!!"
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "The title speaks for itself! We always love dining at this restaurant! Consistent & continued hospitality, wonderful ambiance, service, personal attention, and last but not least........the food, wine list, the food (oops, did I say that twice?) Best restaurant in L.A. hands down! GEM GEM GEM GEM. If you don't go here, see a good Psychiatrist and they'll write you a prescription to come here-I Swear!"
    Dined on 9/20/2013
  • "We had an important meeting and needed everything to go right. They gave us the private dining room so we could talk and not be interrupted. The service and the food.... outstanding. The owner, Mario is a great guy too...very accommodating."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "But I missed out on the Osso buco....the Risotto Funghi more than made up for it. The Insalata Marino, a Caprese appetizer that wasn't on the menu, my wife's Gamberi Polsillipo, and the entire staff and atmosphere are without flaws. I highly recommend Marino's."
    Dined on 9/14/2013
  • "You can always count on a warm reception when you walk through the door. Food is always spectacular. We try to get here 3-4 times a year."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "Marino's is a decent restaurant with nice ambiance, but it is getting a 4.5 to 5 star rating on OpenTable. Really? It's a nice neighborhood restaurant, but it's not worth a journey. We had a nice first (tomatoes, burrata and prosciutto), a good 2nd (pasta tricolore - chef's choice - nicely al dente) and a near disastrous Main (Shrimp nearly drowned in a heavy tomato sauce.) It's not that this dish was poorly prepared, it was poorly thought out from its inception. At best they get 3 stars."
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "Warm welcome started the evening and we were delighted with the food and service."
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "!My wife and I dined here before a show at the Pantages. The staff was very considerate and ensured we were served quickly so we wouldnt be late. The food was excellent and the ambience was perfect for a little getaway date night!"
    Dined on 10/4/2013
  • "Everytime we come to Marino's it feels like we are in Italy. The food is so authentic, the raviloi for instance tender little pillows of deliciousness. The entire meal is wonderful and such a pleasure to know it will be delicious. The owner greets you at the door. He is so friendly, but not overbearing at all. The wine list offers a lot of great wines, again a real delight."
    Dined on 9/30/2013
  • "We had an early dinner reservation due to a concert the same evening....so we were the only ones at 5 pm...made it like it was open just for us...so it was quieter than normal. Not a real large restaurant. Service was good as you would expect if we were the only customers... Parking is can be tough. Again we were lucky since we were early. Food was very good...we ordered specials for the evening and were not disappointed. I came to realize I had been here before...maybe 10 years earlier...they had remodeled approx. one year ago according to our waiter. Mario the owner did stop by and introduced himself.... All staff was very friendly.....go if you get the chance....."
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "They have been open for 30 years and it shows. AMAZING food and service. Will for sure go back!!"
    Dined on 9/13/2013
  • "With respect to the food, service, decor, ambience -- totally a class act!"
    Dined on 9/4/2013