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 neighborhood gem with a rich Hollywood history. Very friendly owners and managers who will make you feel at home. The food is classic Italian with some flare, and my favorite dish is the pollo vesuvio. We prefer weekdays when it's quieter, but even on the weekends it remains a great choice.
Just when you thought it could not get any better Sal surprises you with scrumptious delicious mind blowing food. Wow!
Mario's/Toniya's hospitality is unmatched, and Andrea is amazing! The new young busboy from Ischia is also great!
Absolutely amazing restaurant and Marino and his brother the chef are the BOMB!!
Can’t wait to go back to LA to eat here again.
It has been a number of years since we have frequented Marino's and what a great evening. Let's make it real simple, we were comfortable, had very attentive service and fabulous food. I am not sure why we have stayed away so long, but what a wonderful reunion. One might interpret the menu as reminiscent of old fashioned heavy Italian dishes, but they are much more modern, lighter and so enjoyable. Even better though, the room seemed noisy, but we were still easily able to converse without shouting or saying WHAT? In addition to the wonderful food the wine list is one of the more impressive lists in Los Angeles. Mario does a great job of making everyone feel at home and he works the room ensuring that everyone is enjoying their food; how special is that. You are made to feel appreciated for coming. Chef Sal has done a wonderful job of bridging the classic and modern in putting together a terrific menu. No sense reviewing each dish, but we enjoyed everything we ordered and what was supposed to be cold and what was supposed to be hot were served appropriately. We will return and it will be in the very near future.
Always a great time at Marino’s/good food good service what else could you want?
Always incredible. Great service, ambiance, and food.
Wonderful experience. Brothers Mario & Sal are super friendly. The staff was also amazing! I can’t wait to go back.
We had a wonderful prix fixe Valentine’s Day dinner with wine pairing. The ambiance is both warm and elegant. The service was attentive and the courses were well timed. The menu is well thought out and executed. I can’t speak highly enough of the food. This was one of the top ten dining experiences of my life.
Valentine’s Day dinner. Food was amazingly good. Service was good, a little slow but not terrible. Ambience was great besides the wall in the roof.
Consistently one of the best Italian restaurants in LA for years. Ambience, service and great food, it's a welcoming environment, Sal and Mario make you feel like family always. Also, if you are a wine enthusiast, they have a deep wine list and a great appreciation and understanding, they will find the right bottle for you at whatever price point is comfortable. If you are celebrating something, they have the bottle that will make it a memorable evening.
Best Food in LA. Superb service.
Best of pros in food and service. Always a wonderful and special
Superb restaurant with excellent food and superior service
Wonderful service, great seasonal menu...and a first class wine list.
It was a birthday dinner. We all loved our food -- esp the lasagna, the pureed soup, the chocolate flour-less cake and the vegetable appetizer.
The delicacy and depth of flavors were extraordinary! The mushroom salad wowed us. The fresh Caesar salad proved why it is a classic. The flavors of the tender Osso Buco verged on a Umami character. Our guests vowed to return with their family and friends.
Authentic Italian cuisine and atmosphere. A truly delightful experience. The food is spectacular and the staff and owners treat you like family.
Poor starters; good mains. Terrible service. Parties in the private room get all the service and the kitchen focus. Main dining room left to fend for itself. 30 minutes for the [prep-work-done] hor d'oeuvres. Same thing on previous visit. Will not go back...
the waiter took forever to take our order and there was NO ONE in the place. Then he messed up my order 3 times....overall, not worth it. Only positive was it was quiet. Because no one was in there. You guys need an overhaul if you want to stay in business.
Marino never disappoints. It is a Los Angeles institution!
Marino's Is one of my favorate resteraunts in L.A. The food and service are constantly wonderful.
My husband and I had our dinner there last Saturday. I was very disappointed in the experience. I have not been to this restaurant in some time, so I didn't have a clear memory of the food. My husband ordered chicken parmesan which he really enjoyed, On the other hand, I ordered a veal chop. Not only was it super expensive (more than $70), but the flavor was very lackluster. It came with no sauce, neither was I asked whether I would like a sauce. Needless to say, I was disappointed and will not return.
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.