amazing chef preparing food...
amazing chef preparing food... and friendly service. we'll be back!
4/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Loved the stuffed fried olives
Loved the stuffed fried olives and appreciated the very good service.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, nice ambience
My wife and I had a nice anniversary dinner at Mare. We were very impressed with the food. I had the seafood linguine, my wife had their lemoncini infused pasta with lobster. Both very good! We sat outdoors in their courtyard, which is part of the pool area of the Holiday Inn--was a nice evening to be outside but a little odd having people entering their hotel rooms looking down at us and our meal from the level above.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Hard to find if you don't
Hard to find if you don't know is located at the Holiday Inn hotel.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Loved our waiter Luigi. Hes
Loved our waiter Luigi. Hes very accommodating and knows great detailsof the menu making it easy to order.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Pasta Ever
Mare's pasta is incredible! My wife had eggplant infused and mine was spinach infused with lamb shoulder ragu sauce. Always perfectly al dente.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Parking was easy in parking lot. Reservation was on time. Feels nice and plush inside. Outdoor patio is cute and quaint. No beach view but still get some sun out there. Food was delish. Can't complain!
We were a party of 6 for Mother's Day brunch. Mom was happy. :)
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Italy meets Laguna Beach
A lovely evening overall. We felt like we were back in Italy. From the quality of the food and wine to the friendliness of the staff, this restaurant matches the best you can find in Italy.
5/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Italian Food with Outdoor Patio
First, don't let the "holiday Inn sign" run you off. Party of 4, 2 hungry teen boys. Hostesses friendly. Pleasantly surprised when escorted through the restaurant (pretty typical on one side and other a modern bar) to a very nice outdoor courtyard. Complimentary French bread and pesto sauce to start. Had a generous order of fried calamari that came with a two sauces. A traditional marinara and a spicy chipolte. Cooked beautifully and nicely seasoned. Next two fettuccine Alfredos one with salmon and one with chicken. Salmon cooked perfectly. Fettuccine was okay. Lamb ragu on pasta like grandma made - I'd order again. Steak medium-rare, tender & cooked to perfection. Attentive service. Pricing reasonable.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had the lemon-lobster pasta, special sea bass, fried burrata, and a couple of delicious salads. Everything tasted great!
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really Excellent Food
We thought the food was excellent with sauces flavorful, fish fresh, and the lamb tasty. I was impressed with the sauce used on the clams and also the freshest cheese on the tartar plate. Prices were very fair too.
We definitely want to go back.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Aside from not being able to understand the waiter with a heavy italian accent, the food was FANTASTIC! I was so hungry and food took so long (like almost an hour) that I was becoming a little mad and less hungry. I thought by then the food would not taste as good because I wasn't in that great of a mood anymore. However, when the food did arrive, all 3 of us was really happy with what we ordered. The filet mignon with the cherry sauce was absolutely amazing! The lobster ravioli was yummy also. Would definitely go back.
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
I like this place- however the service was poor and the waiter tried to charge me an extra 60 dollars for things I did not order. Not good- not sure it was a mistake because I saw the waiter check the bill before he placed it on my table. The Mamma Mia App was very good as was the Burrata. Very nice atmosphere and the cortyard is great. Would go back but check your bill!!!
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food, wine, and service!
This was my third time eating at mare....Its become one of my favorite places! Luigi is very attentive, full of wonderful recommendations for food and wine, and very personable. Must dos: stuffed orange peppers, sea bass carpaccio, meatballs, and the butternut squash ravioli. Soooo good! Have yet to find something here that I haven't been impressed with. I love this place for lunch...it's quiet and intimate. Gets a little loud on weekend nights after 8 but its a fun scene if you can handle the noise (or go for an earlier dinner). Highly recommend!!
6/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
The best Italian restaurant
The best Italian restaurant in Orange County.
The owner/Chef knows hot to treat his guests.
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food and very interesting
Excellent food and very interesting ambiance. Modern decor that is very comfortable. Food portions were generous.
Caesar salad good but lettuce served at room temperature and it would have been better cold.
Chef was going around to the tables which was very nice and friendly.
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
A surprising gem!
It's easy to underestimate this restaurant because it's in a Holiday Inn. However, the food is fantastic. We especially like the carpaccio and calamari (on happy hour menu) and the mushroom pizza and pasta dishes.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
amazing lemoncello infused pasta!
Wow...i cannot believe what a delicious lunch i enjoyed last week...from the perfectly prepared sea bass to the lemoncello pasta which had a "kick" to it..on inquiry..the chef uses a sicilian pepper ...i truly wanted to come back the next day and have the same lunch again! I was a bit put off by the Holiday Inn location...don't be..you will enter into a great ambience, outdoor area...has a cool vibe...and our waiter from Rome was great!
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mare stayed true to prior
Mare stayed true to prior reviews. Exceptional food and great service.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
I very rarely give an 'outstanding' for service because I believe only the top restaurants in the world truly perform outstanding service. But, when the chef comes out to your table and offers to send over a series of appetizers that are on the house, that is great service!! We loved the food and will definitely come back.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Homemade pasta & super antipasti
Our family of 5, ages 13 to 55, ordered 5 different entrees from ribeye to pasts, and all were delicious. For an appetizer we enjoyed the antipasti plate where we selected 3 excellent cheeses and 3 delicious meats! The bolognese sauce was delicious, pasta done perfectly. We ate outdoors in the courtyard--nice wine list--good service--very busy Friday night.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is one of our favorite restaurants on laguna Beach. Often overlooked, this is one gem of a restaurant with authentic Italian food and a very friendly and experienced wait staff. You will not leave disappointed.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous food and service.
Fabulous food and service. Very good with accommodating large parties. Lamb chops were the best!
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great All Around Experience
Started off the night with a nice plate of salumi and cheese and a very nice affordable cabernet (Avalon), followed by an Arugula type salad and the ravioli squash appetizer. Then ordered more pasta. Everything we ate was very good and our waitress was fantastic. The crowd is energetic and it made the whole dining experience fulfilling. Our table was near the bar. The DJ was great. People were dancing and having a fun time. But if youb want a quieter table, they have too, and a nice patio area. Great place!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent fresh food. Fresh
Excellent fresh food. Fresh fish and pasta were great!
Good price point
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Surprising gem in the Holiday Inn!
Chef Alessandro (Alessa on Forest in Laguna Beach) provides a great second location in a surprising spot - the Holiday Inn on S. Coast Highway. At Mare, his newest restaurant, Alessandro makes seafood specials and presents some of the favorite homemade pasta from his menu. The somewhat off-putting entrance doesn't do service to the kitschy, euro-disco decor, the charming patio area in the courtyard of the Holiday Inn, and the amazing food and attentive, personal service of Mare Don't miss the burrata and prosciutto, any lamb special (osso bucco or chops), the sea bass and the homemade pastas. You wont be sorry.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
allesandro did it again
incredible food.....the "octopus carpaccio" is unique and a "best ever."
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
My favorite restaurant in the OC
Fresh produce, great service, excellent menu, overall AWESOME! Love this place and recommend it to everyone,
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Risotto ever!
What a surprise. We lived the food and service was good. Being in the Holiday Inn we didn't think it would be such a great restaurant. We hear it is the happening night bar scene after 10:00 pm.
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
And while very tasty and lovely....THE PRICES ARE MODERATE AND REASONABLE....
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this restaurant!
We frequent Mare Culinary Lounge since reading a review in the Orange Country Register about a year ago. It is situated in Laguna Beach in the Holiday Inn and has a beautiful and romantic courtyard in the back for dining as well as a modern interior. The bar features a big screen with soothing scenes continuously playing. The food never disappoints and if you are lucky enough to meet Alessandro, chef/owner, he always remembers you and usually can be seen making the rounds out in the restaurant. His recommendations are always top-notch!
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Molte Bene - delicious food! We held a mini-family reunion at this lovely restaurant. Great location, not too far off the main drag in Laguna Beach, but far enough away that you can actually easily park and enter this restaurant. Our waiter and the service staff were attentive, informative, and lovely. The restaurant was very full, yet the service flowed. One of the chefs came out to check on us, and ask how the food was (Delicious, of course, we answered!). True Italian food - homemade pastas, delicious fish, and appetizers that I am still dreaming about! Good cocktails, and a nice wine list, too. We'll definitely be back!!!!
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun and Tasty
Food was great. Service great. A fun place for a Saturday night date night with friends. The chef came out to say hello, which was nice. Only drawback is it is very loud. It is hard to carry on a conversation.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hotel restaurants have a well
Hotel restaurants have a well deserved reputation for being overpriced and boring. Mare is the exception that proves the rule. The ambience is OK, but the food is exceptional, authentic regional Italian. The service (Luigi) is fun, knowledgable, and professional. You are seated promptly. Weekends the place is packed and loud (in a fun way). The owner (Alessandro) is the key; he is friendly and enthusiastic in his welcome and his recommendations. We go all the time now.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love This Place
Had dinner here last Saturday. My husband and I walked by this place a bunch of times. Because it's attached to a Holiday Inn, we never went in. But then friends told us "Give it a try. It's really good". And it was. The chef goes about the restaurant greeting his guests. He'll make food recommendations or tell you about the specials. On this particular day, I didn't have an entree; just appetizer's. The "Mamma Mia" is meatballs with a side of fried cheese. Heavenly. The meatballs are delicous. The sauce they come in has a mild but spicy kick which really makes it. We also had the olive fritte which is olives stuffed with fontina cheese. Delicious.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
I made the mistake of judging
I made the mistake of judging a book by its cover walking to teh Ralphs next door. Mare is absolutley the real deal when it comes to good Italian food. The menu is extensive and has something for everyone. If you are a foodie you will enjoy this restaurant.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Friends Begged Us to Eat Here AGAIN
Introduced friends to Mare a few months ago and they loved it! Begged us to go back again. We don't need much begging as it is one of our favorite restaurants. Service is fantastic as is the food. Hard to find anything negative to say about this place. Had my 60th party here back in March and have been back about 3 times since.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Unique Italian with a twist
Mare is another feather in the Alessio family cap. Everything is consistently delicious. The food is top quality and fresh ingredients throughout. The signature lobster pasta with a lemoncello sauce is woth every calorie!!
8/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
It's all about the journey!
This is our 2nd visit, the first last Feb for my wifes birthday and this time for our wedding anniversary. The restaurant is located in a Best Western Hotel but don't let that dissuade you. This time we sat outside in the courtyard and it had the aura of an old georgia plantation. To our surprise it was more quiet than when we sat inside last Feb. If you're into the food experience this is the place to go. The food is outstanding and they're more than willing and capable to recommend the wine to complement.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of my favorites. The food
One of my favorites. The food is interesting; authentic Italian with incredible flavors.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
packed in like sardines.
had a very good time with very good food and service, but the patio is too crowded. they need to take out a table or two. it's so packed you can barely get in & out of the patio area. this also makes it way too noisy. its difficult to have a normal conversation with the people at your table. the service staff is good but they don't have any room to move around and service the tables.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
off the charts FABO
We drive an hour once a month to eat here...I think that's all the review needed.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing food and service. Was a little skeptical when we arrived and saw it in a Holiday inn, but glad we went. It was my wife's birthday and she had an amazing time!
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
The restaurant in the Holiday Inn . . . not a very promising start. It is all uphill from there. Mare has a fun, Euro vibe. It has the feel of something on Capri. The food is genuinely interesting, fresh, and original. Servers are friendly and knowledgeable. The owner is hands-on and very fun. Highly recommended.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a gem of a restaurant with excellent food. Love coming here
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
I keep coming back
The chef at this place is fantastic, I can't wait to go there again.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were seated promptly, had
We were seated promptly, had very good service and even a table side visit from the chef/owner. The food was delicious and reasonably priced. The evening concluded with a complimentary dessert of oreo cookie gelato. We were staying in the adjacent hotel and found no need to dine anywhere else.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
A Must Try!
Don't let the fact that this restaurant is in a Holiday Inn prevent you from trying it. Overall, we had a great dining experience for dinner. I would recommend eating in the bar or in their outdoor dining area. The dining room inside seemed too loud to enjoy dinner. The food was fantastic and creative. You could spend an evening just sampling their starters! There are many other dishes on the menu I'd like to try and we will likely go back soon.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was my third time at Mare, and every time I have come away thinking how exceptional the experience was! The food is wonderful - I had the House Mixed Green Salad to start which has hearts of palm, shaved parmesan and just enough other veggies to make this a perfect starter with a fabulous vinaigrette. For my entree, I had the best gluten-free penne I've ever had - with a lamb ragout that was fabulous! The penne, probably rice pasta, was cooked perfectly al dente and had just enough of the lamb sauce to get a good bit in each bite. The portion was huge so I took half of it home and it was just as good the next day for lunch! I was too full for dessert this time, but you can be sure I will back many times. This is my new favorite in L.B.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
I thought it was a really
I thought it was a really good restaurent. The food was very good, the service was good and it was very convenient to the hotel where we were staying which was the Pacific Edge Hotel. I highly recommend the place.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM