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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PW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marino never disappoints. It is a Los Angeles institution!

T
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great great great!!

OT
Los Angeles
87 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
26 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.

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

Best service and food! Love this place!

T
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and food -special. Needs a bit of a decor update but all else is wonderful!

GB
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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.

C
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
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 on November 12, 2019
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
38 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
24 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
6 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.