In the kitchen is Mario’s brother Sal, the chef who is out daily in the early morning markets personally selecting the ingredients for the seasonally changing menu and seeking out the most interesting and pristine items.
Placing yourselves in Mario’s hands for the tasting menus proves to be a wise decision. The Marino wine list has been repeatedly an award winner by Wine Spectator.
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Great great great!!
Blown away yet again. We had the tuna tartar in avocado, snapper crudo (wow!) , Cauliflower mushroom with pistachio ( yumm), Spaghetti vongole, Lobster fettuccine. Just amazing. Daniel (our server) was superb as always and cornelio (busboy) was great as well. Sal (chef & coowner) is amazing and Mario (downer and host) so hospitable. It's our second home!
Warm greeting, table I requested, excellent service amd delicious food. What more could one ask+
Never a bad meal at Marino. Mario and Sal both make you feel at home, and it's one of the few places with an outstanding vegetarian tasting menu.
Went with a friend who wears heating aids and he could hear without a problem. The wine list is fairly priced and nicely matches the food. The pastas are delicious and well portioned, and did I say with all tables and booths full, we could easily each other talk. This place is a find!!!
Everything was perfect. Probably the best NYE dinner I've enjoyed in years. The menu for the night was excellent. The service was the BEST as usual. I could not have been more pleased with the night.
Marino Ristorante turned out to be a real little gem. Everyone was so friendly and made me feel like I was part of the family and the food was delicious. I highly recommend it .
The Pizza Nero with fresh table grated Black Truffles was incredibly sublime. Watching the slices of truffles melt into the hot cheese is a true foodie experience.
There are too many reservations and it creates chaos. Martin was amazing but it is ridiculous to have one waiter serve that many courses and wine pairings to that many tables.
Once again Sal created a menu that was creative and delicious for Christmas Eve. Mario managed a large and demanding clientele with aplomb and warmth. The Waiters were all polite, efficient and totally accommodating.
Amazing Christmas menu with excellent wine pairing
Authentic Italian atmosphere and food. Server was cordial and attentive.
One of my favorite eateries! Mario was very helpful in guiding me through the menu! The wait staff were very attentive!
Always a great experience! Feel like one of the family, and the food is delicious.
Amazing restaurant. Every dish perfect. Highly recommend.
This restaurant is nice but the experience was a bit uneven. We arrived at 7. The waiter described a very interesting appetizer but a few minutes later we were told that it wasn't available any longer....this early in the evening? We had some trouble attracting attention for service. We had to order twice to get after dinner coffee. I think the waiter was a trainee, maybe that accounted for the lack of attention. The food was good and the ambiance was pleasant.
This is my favorite Italian. Family run at a very high level. The food is the very best.
Excellent food, service and ambience. I will return over and over again.
Best service and food! Love this place!
Excellent service and food -special. Needs a bit of a decor update but all else is wonderful!
This was a great experience. We dined early (5:30) on a Tuesday prior to the Pantages show. We were the first seating of the evening. A very warm welcome and early attentiveness. We both enjoyed a Cesar Salad, which was fresh and simple. One Lobster Fettuccine and one Pappardelle with Bolegnese . Outstanding! Freshly prepared pasta. The lobster was fresh and delicious and served in a tomato sauce (more bisque). Incredible flavor. Sampled the pappardelle with bolegnese and lost my mind. So rich and so hearty. True comfort. We finished of with the signature Ricotta Cheesecake. This was a great experience experience that welcomes a second seating.
You won’t find the Cauliflower Mushroom Anywhere else, if they happen to have it on menu .
Hollywood’s hidden classic upscale treasure.
What an outstanding dinner!! From start to finish, every aspect of our evening was incredible. Service was totally attentive—from the moment we were seated to the server to the busser—just seamless. Chef Sal Marino sent out an “amuse bouche” of tuna tartare with caviar and it was incredibly fresh and delicious. Caesar salad was the best; caprese was so tasty—the fresh mozzarella and those tomatoes were the best we’ve had; and then the stuffed zucchini blossoms were out of this world! For our entrees—mouth-watering lasagna “with seven layers of homemade sheets of spinach pasta,” a beautiful filet of branzino fish, and everyone’s favorite, gnocchi with truffles! Oh. My. Goodness!!! To end the evening, house-made desserts: Italian cheesecake, tiramisu and flourless chocolate cake—what I would say is a trifecta of perfection! Highly recommend this beautiful restaurant for a nice dinner or a special occasion. Call Mario Marino and he will take such good care if you!
Always excellent! Food is amazing, service is attentive and warm.
We have enjoyed meals at Marino's for many years, coming back for an elegant Italian meal in lovely surroundings. This past dinner was a disappointment because the restaurant was full and so noisy we could hardy have a conversation. My dinner companions and I left with ringing ears and a headache. I will not be coming back unless I am assured a booth away from the middle of the room.
Mario is the most gracious host! Great to see him again. We love Marino and will be going back soon!
I love Marino’s for every occasion! You just don’t get this quality of service anywhere anymore. Total class. And the food is excellent. In the top 10 in LA.
Had the most amazing cauliflower mushroom-a first and now a must!
A real neighborhood gem. Some of the best food in a city of great food but in an atmosphere that feels like being a guest in someone's home.
Marino's is AMAZING! The food is so flavorful and presented so beautifully. It is our favorite restaurant because of this and the service is always so great. You won't be disappointed.
Great contemporary Italian food. Super wine list with great Italian slections. Very friendly and Comfortable.
Marino is a terrific place for friends to share a meal over good food, wonderful and attentive service, in a relaxed atmosphere.
I took my wife there for her birthday. The food and service was excellent and it was a very quiet and intimate restaurant. I would have preferred more options at the bar beyond the wines, but the menu had a lot of choices including those for vegetarians. Great choice for an intimate evening with friends, family, and/or significant others.
Superb service and food. We were there for Tomato Menu on Wednesday. Turned out it was excellent. Original menu with superb variety of tomatoes. OMG..sooo good. Season is coming to an end..sad we didn't know about this sooner. The regular dining menu is also superb.
Great little Italian Restaraunt with a fantastic chef and very friendly and professional staff. I had the tasting menu and loved it. I highly recommend this place.
Luis is wonderful! He helped me make different delicious choices. ToniAnn is a delight! We look forward to seeing them again soon.
Food and environment are good, and the chef is friendly.
I love this excellent family run business. Great food and wine. Excellent service. Looking forward to many more meals there.
Most-excellent for any occasion. Really, you’ll never be anything other than completely comfortable, well -fed, and satisfied. Everyday dining to special occasions, it’s a wonderful place.
We had an amazing experience. Loved the food and the service was superb. I’m definitely coming back!