Marino Ristorante

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$31 to $50
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Italian
Marino Ristorante is deeply rooted in the idea of doing all things the authentic Italian way. The family owned restaurant is giving its welcoming by Mario. The room is a blend of classic old school décor with soft colored walls, comfortable booths, and subdued oil paintings that all come together to create its appeal.
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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p
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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.

OT
Los Angeles
88 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

PA
Los Angeles
95 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time at Marino’s/good food good service what else could you want?

OT
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always incredible. Great service, ambiance, and food.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Brothers Mario & Sal are super friendly. The staff was also amazing! I can’t wait to go back.

MG
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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.

MR
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

JS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Food in LA. Superb service.

T
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best of pros in food and service. Always a wonderful and special
experience.

l
London
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb restaurant with excellent food and superior service

s
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, great seasonal menu...and a first class wine list.

S
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

GG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

JF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Italian cuisine and atmosphere. A truly delightful experience. The food is spectacular and the staff and owners treat you like family.

FA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

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...

OT
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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.

PW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marino never disappoints. It is a Los Angeles institution!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marino's Is one of my favorate resteraunts in L.A. The food and service are constantly wonderful.

T
Los Angeles
52 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

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.

SB
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great great great!!

OT
Los Angeles
88 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

d
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm greeting, table I requested, excellent service amd delicious food. What more could one ask+

RB
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

PG
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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!!!

KS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

MU
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 .

OT
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

DK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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.

BC
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Christmas menu with excellent wine pairing

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Italian atmosphere and food. Server was cordial and attentive.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite eateries! Mario was very helpful in guiding me through the menu! The wait staff were very attentive!

PM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience! Feel like one of the family, and the food is delicious.

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant. Every dish perfect. Highly recommend.

L
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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.

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite Italian. Family run at a very high level. The food is the very best.

IP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and ambience. I will return over and over again.