Marino Ristorante
Marino Ristorante

Marino Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.marinorestaurant.net/
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Marino Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
37 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (27)special occasion (22)romantic (20)fit for foodies (18)great for lunch (10)notable wine list (10)good for groups (9)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (2)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Dining Elegance
    mdtdesign
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great food not found anywhere else in the city, served in a elegant atmosphere makes for a great dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AmaryllisVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The three-course lunch specials offer great value, and I consider it a bonus that the main course portions are a bit smaller than when ordered a la carte. Don't get me wrong, it's still plenty of food, but better for the budget AND for the waistline. For my appetizer this time I got Lentil Soup by mistake instead of Salad, but I kept it... and I LOVED it. My two fave pasta dishes are the Ravioli Di Spinaci Al Pomodoro, and the Fettuccini Ai Funghi.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful dinner except...
    greatneck
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I took off 1 star only because of our welcome from Marino's wife. When we arrived, she was not charming like her husband and sons. In our history of going there, (which is a number of years back), the welcome was always a class A, warm experience, like you were part of their family or an old friend coming into their home. When we entered last night, the mom was grumpy. She showed us to a table. We asked if we could have a booth instead. She mumbled something we could not understand which made us think we had caused a problem. She made us stand there for a while before showing us to a booth. It was very awkward and distinctly unwelcoming. Our server Michael took good care of us and the food was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AmaryllisVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    As a regular, I've always found the service to be the highlight here -- smooth, classy, and personable. The atmosphere is quite refined yet completely unpretentious; and the food is first rate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The real taste of Italia
    MasriOmani
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    If you wanna go and have food in Italy you should just visit this place, it is awesome. Real great food, I loved their black pasta and the kids really liked their Octopus salad despite being their first time to try it but they loved it. The staff was very friendly and welcoming, if I'm in LA again I will for sure go there again. Just the perfect restaurant with the great food that is hard to find these days.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • TERRIBLE
    GMGMVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Restaurant is by far no longer what it once was. Total rip-off, flavorless. The sausage appetizer was 90% tomato sauce and peppers and maybe two spoonfuls of crumbled sausage for $16. The veal parmigiana was tasteless, and the salmon bland. Too bad. This was once a great place. Service is still very nice though. But felt like a total rip-off.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Can't wait to go back.
    TimC
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Drove past Marino's 10,000 times and finally made a reservation to celebrate 10th anniversary. Should have gone in years ago -- didn't know what we were missing. Won't wait until the next anniversary to go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Past its prime
    Tbone1
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Had reservations for 3 at 7:30 with 2 teenagers. Had to sit at the small bar for 30 minutes before seating. Once seated, we waited for over an hour for our food. People who were seated after us, received their food before us. Bread and water for 45 minutes was not fun with 2 teenagers. The veal chops were overcooked and the lobster thermador was very mediocre. The waiter said it was Maine lobster. It wasn't!. The maître D sort of apologized saying "everyone came in at once". I thought that's why reservations were taken. For the price, the service was poor and the food mediocre. I visited this restaurant 20 years ago. Its past its prime.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    good service. Mario was great. Thank you so much. Atmosphere was romantic and very classy. Will return.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Italian restaurant for Italy lovers
    Michelle
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Perfect service. Perfect meal. Staff recommendations were terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Had a very enjoyable, civilized lunch. Great lentil soup and delicious "Aubrey" entree salad. Service could not have been better.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alex
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Mario is the best host ever. Thank you for a wonderful dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Abbodanza!
    fishwine
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Always reliable dinner/lunch destination...food impeccable...staff warm and efficient.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A special family gathering
    Jmes
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Outstanding service, wine and food. The atmosphere was that of one of the quaint restaurants that are all but disappearing in Little Italy in New York City. As east coast transplants we enjoy this type of restaurant. They trake pride in the service as soon as you walk in the door and are greeted by the maitre d'. The waiter was outstanding, explaining the specials. The variety of food was great to choose from.Not only will we back, we will recommend to others. Thanks for the great culinary experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    A very nice surprisingly. Long time operation had a very casual but earnest feel. Service was great and the food was very good.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AmaryllisVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Mmmmm that Ravioli Di Spinaci! And that Fettucini Ai Funghi! And everything else that I've ever had there!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MARINO IS THE BEST!!
    JPBJTM
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    WE HAVE BEEN DINING AT MARION SINCE IT OPENED AND ARE TREATED AS PART OF THE FAMILY. IT IS SO NICE TO DINE IN A FINE L.A. RESTAURANT THAT IS INTIMATE AND QUIET. MARIO AND HIS STAFF TREAT AND SERVE ALL WITH ELEGANCE. IF YOU'VE NEVER BEEN, THIS RESTAURANT IS A MUST!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • An amazing meal
    JohndredVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Marinos has got to be hands down one the finest places to dine in Los Angeles. The service is flawless right down to the busboys; the food arrives hot and beautifully prepared, the ambiance is fun, lively and welcoming and all of this, very detail, is due to Mario. If there is one man in this city who has complete command of every detail between the kitchen and the front door it is he. And that is what makes Marinos so good. Prepare to be spoiled!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was absolutely wonderful.
    belleflower
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    We are looking forward to returning. This was a great experience. It was a special night for us and this helped to make our evening even more special.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 341 reviews are from the Marino Ristorante reviews archive.
  • Owner was sweet, server sucked.
    Bigeater
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The owner was great, charming, and super talkative, if I did come back the owner would probably be the only reason. The only thig that I had a problem with was out server, who seemed to ignore us even though we were one of the only tables in the restaurant. The owner kind of made up for what the server lacked. The food was actually pretty good, despite my lamb chops coming out medium well when I asked for midrare. Still juicy though, so I wasn't too worried. The server didn't bother to check on us again until our meals were done, and only then it was to halfheartedly ask if we wanted dessert "or whatever."
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Must visit
    Theatersnobs
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    The whole staff was friendly and attentive. The foot was delicious and exceptionally well presented. Unfortunately we were rushed to another commitment or we could have stayed for another hour! Give yourself time to enjoy!! Thanks Marino's we had a nice time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite italian restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Have dined many, many times at this my favorite italian restaurant in West and regular HWood. All of L.A. really. That about says it all.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our favorite places
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We are repeat customers and Marino's never disappoints. We love the excellent menu and the warm but professional service. This is a family run restaurant and it shows in their attention to detail. It's always a pleasure to eat here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • molte bene
    allenVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    always a pleasure,reliable, on time seating,great food,delightful service,fair prices and excellent wines. Mario maitre D always a friendkly greeting aand remebers seating preferences. One of my most reliable favoorites.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    As always just a marvelous restaurant with fabulous food and a warm and welcoming feeling. The Marino family knows how to run a restaurant and makes all customers feel special. The food is marvelous especially the veal dishes and they make an exceptional caesar salad table side with lots of anchovies if requested. Their baked clams oreganata are sensational as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food Dleicious / good service
    NanaVIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    We went for the lamb chops and although they are not a lunch menu item, Mario indulged us. Our waiter was wonderful.
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  • Italian dinner
    Tann2VIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Always great food and service ... Really make you feel like a valued cusromer
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had an enjoyable dinner here
    reviewVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice.....but like every other
    goodfoodluvVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    nice.....but like every other restaurant....a bit too noisy....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience
    Scof1VIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food, service and ambience
    Schenk5100
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too spicy for me
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    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.
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  • Solid Find
    ReviewmanVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was ok but the staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    The food was ok but the staff was pretty attentive and provided good service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, Good Service
    forthegoodofall
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    AdventurousVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Food and service both were excellent. I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We arrived a half hour early
    Aimster23
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not Impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
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  • Location
    Giovanni
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Convenient to theatres along Santa Monica Blvd. Street parking is scarce and valet parking is $6 + tip.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food.
    Foodie
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.