Marino Ristorante

4.8
792 reviews
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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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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Old School Italian with an uncomfortable banquette to sit on.. seems like you could be transported to a neighborhood restaurant in New Jersey in the 70’s .. could be overlooked or even a plus if the food were outstanding which it is not.. over cooked Rapini.. and boring pasta dish with various mushrooms .. appetizers that were small .. a desert that came out of a box.. you would just need to eat spaghetti vongole here and hope it was good.. the restaurant is trying to be more complex with its offerings.. and it fails,.. meh..

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MR
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I adore this restaurant. But more importantly, I enjoy the staff. Tonight, Mario and Danny made our evening absolutely decadent. Always welcoming, knowledgeable of the menu and wine pairings, and jovial with a sense of family-esque authenticity. I will always be back and cannot heap enough praise on Marino. You guys know how to do fine dining with pure class and charm.

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OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Went here as a group of 6. We had reservations and showed up on time and still had to wait 10 minutes to get seated even though the restaurant was quite empty.

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RL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marino is one of my favorite restaurants. The food is exceptional featuring genuine Italian dishes seasoned to perfection. The service is simply professional. Waiters actually care about what you are eating and drinking. Everyone is friendly and welcoming. The ambience is homey and comfortable. Mario, the owner, is always there which is a sign that he cares about the customer and the food he is feeding them. Simply great.

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W
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with friends to celebrate my retirement and had, as usual, a fantastic meal- burrata and peach salad and the halibut on a bed of polenta and asparagus . It was perfectly cooked and beautifully presented . A friend had the crudo and the pizza with black truffle. Delicious! We finished the meal with the Tiramisù , very light and also delicious. Once again, another fabulous meal at my favorite Italian restaurant in Los Angeles. I always feel so welcomed by Mario and Sal is my # 1 chef in LA. Couldn’t think of a better place to celebrate.

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WI
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Filet Mignon Sinatra was the best ever. The veal scallopini was also quite good. The service could not have been better!

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PM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply amazing!

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S
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb lunch! Sal is the most underrated chef in Los Angeles. Mario is a great host with an excellent wait staff!!! Wondeful ambiance!

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F
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great family restaurant with very good food. Prices are reasonable.

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d
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

what a treasure to have here in LA!! there are dishes at Marino's that set the bar... their Linguini with Clams is THE BEST anywhere .... the Caesar Salad is pretty perfect.... actually tried the Eggplant Parm for the first time and was blown away by how great it was.. very exciting wine list ...... then there is the service.... Mario always makes you feel like family ...truly the most amazing hospitality you will find anywhere.....LOVE LOVE and more LOVE

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just like the best Italian restaurants in NYC. The Italian Cheesecake beats NYC’s Ferrara’s by a long shot!

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SP
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very friendly staff. They were fantastic, especially the manager who insisted on holding our loud little mess maker while we finished our meals. Very awesome! That alone gave us a great deal of peace of mind to whole establishment. I recommend this place 100%.

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OT
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A+ outstanding meal! One of the best steaks I’ve ever had in my life! Service was great as well! Can’t wait to return!

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M
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sals food is not only delicious but you feel amazing after you eat. The way farm to table should be.

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S
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great, always consistent. The food is old-school genuine Italian. They always use what’s in season for their specials which I really appreciate.

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RS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite place in LA. The perfect mix of atmosphere, wonderful food and amazing staff. I’d eat there every night if I could.

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IR
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marvelous as always, the staff and owners are warm and welcoming and the food is outstanding no matter what is ordered. Sal Marino is an innovative chef with interesting and delicious specials as well as executing the classic dishes on the menu superbly.

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SC
Los Angeles
65 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my best finds in Los Angeles. I found the restaurant about three months ago and I've been there five times. The food is fantastic. The wait staff bend over backwards for you. Management is wonderful.

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S
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was mostly good. Somehow the Chef left the salt caked Bronzino with too much salt. Otherwise it was a delightful evening.

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M
Los Angeles
82 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very charming restaurant, always a pleasure to come even though it is not the most convenient from where we live. Thanks to all the staff.

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JC
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You always feel at home...if home had the finest cooking and the friendliest service!

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RS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First class service. Exceptional food.

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IR
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always sensational!!!

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L
Nashville
18 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food and ambiance is of a type expected for an upscale Old World Italian Restaurant. It was decided to order wine off of the menu. An Amorone was ordered to be decanted at the beginning of the evening without issue. A second wine was ordered to open immediately, but it did not happen, no wine for 20-30 minutes...they did not have the ordered wine...no big deal but we are sitting there with no wine, just a few appetizers for too long. Why? I don't know. The people were attentive but not wanting to deliver bad news? They have a tremendous wine list, if out of something then tell the customer. Would we go again? Yes, but there is a but...not at the top of our list for now.

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SM
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely incredible food, service and ambience. Would highly recommend the Branzino prepared tableside.

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H
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the greeting at the door, to the comfortable booth, the attention by the staff, and the delicious authentic Italian food, we had a wonderful experience! I judge Italian restaurants by the Linguine Vongole and my husband compares Italian restaurants by the Branzino and we both agree that this is the best in the city, maybe anywhere outside of Italy.

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TW
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was incredible. They were friendly and authentic. They were speedy with the food. The food was AMAZING. It’s my new favorite Italian restaurant by far.

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J
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Food is amazing. Service is on point. Everything about Marino's is spot on.

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IR
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marvelous as always!!

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DC
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Italian food in an intimate setting. Family owned and operated for many years. Attention to detail is phenomenal and traditional dishes soar. Always delicious fresh seafood and wonderful pasta. Worth a special trip.

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R
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A real neighborhood gem with wonderful ambiance, top notch traditional Italian fare as well as modern and fresh dishes based on seasonal offerings. Service is impeccable.

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PR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Totally authentic Italian delicious food! Great atmosphere - Owners make sure to come by and check on guests. Super dedicated and friendly. Highly recommend.

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BO
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I thoroughly enjoyed dining at this restaurant. When I arrived, they did not have a table for me right away, even though I had made a reservation. Eventually, they did find something for me, and the rest of the evening went well! The food was great, and the service was very considerate. Highly recommended!

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NM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and gives you that welcome home feeling.

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DT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly neighborhood atmosphere with an upscale ambience. The food is fresh, with seasonal options and delicious. The halibut and spring salad were both amazing and my husband enjoyed the lamb ragu pasta special. Good wine selection too.

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DW
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have enjoyed Marino's many time. This time we brought friends who all said they would return!

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BC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant and the family that runs it. It's always like dining with friends

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TM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

I've been a fan of Marino for 25+ years; well everybody has a bad day once in a while. This was the first time ever they've disappointed. Two of us has the lamb special, the lamb was fatty and simply didn't taste that good. Two had the lobster and pasta dish and both said it was hard to find much in the way of lobster.
Especially disappointing since once again we had guests in from out of town and I had bragged about what a great place it is!

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M
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian food in LA

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love the food and service!

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