Marino Ristorante

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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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C
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service
Incredible cuisine.

You won’t find the Cauliflower Mushroom Anywhere else, if they happen to have it on menu .


Hollywood’s hidden classic upscale treasure.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

KM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always excellent! Food is amazing, service is attentive and warm.

TS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

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.

F
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Mario is the most gracious host! Great to see him again. We love Marino and will be going back soon!

T
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the most amazing cauliflower mushroom-a first and now a must!

D
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

DW
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

BC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Great contemporary Italian food. Super wine list with great Italian slections. Very friendly and Comfortable.

SF
Los Angeles
126 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Marino is a terrific place for friends to share a meal over good food, wonderful and attentive service, in a relaxed atmosphere.

LE
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

D
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

JB
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

LB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Luis is wonderful! He helped me make different delicious choices. ToniAnn is a delight! We look forward to seeing them again soon.

C
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and environment are good, and the chef is friendly.

PC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this excellent family run business. Great food and wine. Excellent service. Looking forward to many more meals there.

a
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

A
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing experience. Loved the food and the service was superb. I’m definitely coming back!

OT
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place

S
Los Angeles
244 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Chef Sal's famous and incomparable TOMATO WEDNESDAY. Sal grows his own tomatoes in his backyard. Three kinds of Gazpacho, 2 crudos, 2 cooked seafood dishes, steak and pasta--- all tomato themed and based. INCREDIBLE. And... regular menu generally includes some of the same offerings or very similar ones.

You'll love Marino's from the moment you enter to a wonderfully warm welcome to when you get your car from the careful and courteous valet.

GM
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner all around. Service was among the best I’ve ever experienced. Food was sublime - try the truffle gnocchi or lobster pasta, you won’t regret it!

MC
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marino's is a lovely, quiet, elegant restaurant with excellent food.

OT
Key West
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was just amazing !!!

OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorites in LA

DB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go as often as we can afford it. Just wonderful. Calamari terrific (both fried and grilled), branzino perfect.

S
Los Angeles
245 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to TOMATO WEDNESDAY at Marino's ( only held during the summer months) to enjoy Chef Sal's wonderful "Tomato" menu (all the types of tomatoes-20 varieties- come from Sal's own garden.
This is our second TW of the season and it was again outstanding and a great value as well. The restaurant was full of diners excitedly eating their meals. 3 different types of Gazpacho, several crudos as well as cooked fish starters/appetizers. Mains were also so delicious. We had the linguine and scallops.

The warm welcome when entering Marino's, the great food, the outstanding service and even the terrific service by the valet make going to Marino's for Tomato Wednesday or ANY other time a most wonderful evening.

2
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the perfect meal and service!

OT
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite neighborhood gem!

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Beautiful setting. Great food . I highly recommend this restaurant

D
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a group of eight for business lunch. Management was very accommodating and service, food and ambiance very all good.

J
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoying the beautifully crafted and presented food here is always a pleasure. Quiet surroundings and grown-up, sophisticated food that relies on excellent quality and unpretentious selections make this our go-to restaurant when we’re not feeling experimental.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience1

It was so hot inside, the AC wasn’t wo well.

OT
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always excellent ! Always something new to try /this week cauliflower mushroom ! Had never heard of it /was delicious . Able to easily carry on a conversation . Definitely a favorite restaurant.

JD
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite place to dine when we hit the west coast.

CZ
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Small cozy but wonderful people, yummy food and friendly service.

C
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

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..

MR
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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.

RL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.