Marino Ristorante

4.8
947 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was great

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vipDeniseT
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best outdoor dining experience, they have fixed up the parking lot into a very nice space. Great food and service as always.

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MargaretC
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable!

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vipHowardG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and very friendly people. We are definitely going back.

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viprinni
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service consistently excellent

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vipDeniseT
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marino has always been our go-to for both everyday dining and special occasions but especially during the pandemic. The service is impeccable and they have been open as much as possible given the lock down orders. The “patio” is charming and spacious. Very fresh, seasonal Italian specials and old stand-bys. Mario is a gracious host and Chef Sal’s food is better than ever.

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vipGiorgioD
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The new outdoor setup under the string lit olive tree is relaxing and romantic. This family owned restaurant is a favorite of mine. Great for date night or a casual get together with good friends.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FANTASTIC!!! Mario and Chef Marino just do it right.

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BRIANH
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous, particularly in these Covid times. Great protocols, even better chow.

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GEAiken
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great to see them so busy and the service and the food was excellent !! Can’t wait until the idiot Newsome gets recalled so all these excellent restaurants like Marino can open fully and do what they know how to do best ... Beautiful food and wonderful service !!

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vipDeniseT
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Better than ever. Mario, Sal and the whole team have stepped up their game during the pandemic. We have a lot of choices in the neighborhood for wonderful Italian food and this is our favorite. The specials are farm to table seasonally selected, and the old stand-byes still great. The “patio” (parking lot) dining is spacious and pretty.

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vipFoodfitforyou
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Help support this local gem. Food is truly Italian and wonderful.

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StephanieG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and I can’t believe it. What a gem and they did such a good job making the back lot comfortable and cute. Nice ambiance with light, heat lamps, sunshades and dinner music. Will be going back soon.
The food was amazing so that’s reason enough to go back

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AnnaMik
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and best service. 10/10 would recommend!

LH
LHtv
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and wine are very good. They've done a nice job of converting their back parking lot into an outside dining area.

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JuanP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and great atmosphere. Will be back.

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vipDeniseT
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best dining experience available presently anywhere in the city. Large outdoor dining space with socially distanced tables, exceptional food and service. Tonight we had the caprese salad, cassonetti with white truffles, and chicken parmigiana. All was outstanding.

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vipandya
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best italan meal in Los Angeles and one of my five best anywhere outside of Italy.Sal and Mario are world class operators of a top flight restaurant that is a real gem and one not to be missed.

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MarilynA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience5

The outdoor patio was lovely. The waiters were nice. The menu was good. Our appetizers were quite tasty - a unique Mushroom Salad, and order of Brussels Sprouts. Our main issue was with the main courses. The Veal Funghi sauce was delicious and the vegetables were good -- however, the veal was very tough and not tender at all. Worse, was the Fettuccine with Scallops and Shrimp. The scallops, shrimp and sauce were fine, but the fettuccine was totally under-cooked and hard! It wasn't just al dente, it was actually too hard to chew. I would've have sent it back, but my boyfriend was embarrassed and didn't want to make a fuss. I was shocked though, that a fine Italian restaurant would serve pasta that was not cooked enough to eat! It was hard. The other problem was that the wait to get the food was very long. After the bread was delivered, we waited a really long time to get our food. I wish my ratings could have been higher - it's a nice restaurant, but we were disappointed with the long wait and mostly by the too tough veal and too hard fettuccine. We ended up taking them home in doggie bags, figuring we could re-cook the pasta. We never ate the veal. Sadly, I wish it could have been better, as it is a lovely restaurant with a nice outdoor environment.

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vipNoahC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classy contemporary Italian - not a "red sauce" joint as Yelp suggests

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LindaG
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic! Highly recommend the stuffed squash blossoms.

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vipIanW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No one knows Italian seafood like Chef Sal! The menu always includes the best seasonal ingredients, executed beautifully and with great service. Thoughtfully curated, reasonably priced wine list as well. The outdoor dining space they have set up due to COVID is quiet, graced by a 100-year-old olive tree, and nicer than most.

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VictoriaH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was very good. They take your temperature before seating you.
The ambiance was very nice with tables spaced far apart. They needed to provide more outdoor heaters so all the patrons stay warm while dining at night. The music stopped after a while and came back on, but otherwise was nice. The food was excellent, but didn’t come out hot. Maybe because it was chilly outside and it cooling off on the way to table. I would go back for the chicken Parmesan and split it. It was enough for two people and excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Marino’s did an amazing job adjusting to dining alfresco. Well lit, great ambiance, and the food is always a hit

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BRIANH
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service, food and hygiene in these trying times. A+

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EriktheRed
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Surprisingly romantic outdoor set-up with outstanding food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best dinner experience I’ve had in LA since moving here. The food was top quality and the service was exceptional. Mario and Sal both went above and beyond to make sure we had a great date night dinner.

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MarkH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I truly believe that the cuisine and passion at Marino is unmatched in Los Angeles. If you go let Sal cook for you and you will have a truly memorable evening. Thank you Sal & Mario

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vipRivka
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We felt totally safe in the outside dining area they have set up. Tables are 6 ft. apart, and the whole space is large and comfortable. All the wait staff and support staff wore masks and some also wore shields.

They have faux grass that the tables are on with white tablecloths, and twinkle lights strung above and in the large oak tree than hangs over. This was the nicest dining experience we have had since COVID began.

The food was fantastic. Everything, from the Caesar salad to the Vongole was delicious.
Mario and Sal have done an amazing job coping with our current situation. I highly commend them for creating such a safe and beautiful space outside. We will definitely be going back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding amazing meal. The owners came out and made sure we were very well taken care of. One of the best dinning experiences of my life.

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vipAlexParraRivera
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food was good. We loved dining outside but I think to really block the cars from Melrose and to give your guest a better experience you need to have some jazz playing out back. It was dead silent which made it sad. Also there were no blue cheese olives for the martinis which are a hot commodity for your martinis. We live nearby and will be back. Hopefully next time you will have some music playing.

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vipDavidW
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time eating out since covid started. Marino's has done an awesome job of transforming their parking lot into a safe yet stylish dining area. The tables are all spaced far apart and temperatures were checked before we were seated. We felt very safe there. And as always, service and food were amazing! We love this restaurant!

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vipJoshR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food in LA!!! Mario and Sal are top notch!!! Always great food, great wine and dinning experience.

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vipPaulaB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and service and, in this time of Covid, we much appreciated the lovely patio dining that Sal and his team have created behind the restaurant. Everything was perfect, and very respectful of distance, etc. Will definitely go back again very soon.

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vipLloyd
Los Angeles
166 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have done a great job of converting the parking lot into a very nice ambiance. The food was excellent as was the service.

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viprossclarke
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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KathleenM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always wonderful. Even with the constants of a pandemic it was a wonderful dining experience!

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JamesT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marino has been a dining sensation since it opened and it still has it - delicious food, excellent service, a lovely "temporary" al fresco dining room and, of course, one of the friendliest and welcoming restaurant owner's, Mario. Dining at Marino is always an unforgettable and relaxing dining experience as you feel like you are the only ones in the room and yet there is all this wonderful energy from the other diners and staff.

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LarryLosFeliz
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Their back patio is lovely under a spreading olive tree laced with small lamps. Careful spacing. All wait staff with masks.

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vipDiana11111
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food here is spectacular. I wish the portions were bigger just because they are SO good. They moved the restaurant to the back parking lot and put up fake grass and tea lights. It was very nice and quiet but the intimacy and ambiance of the original restaurant did not carry over at all. It was a little disappointing . The vibe was more casual and didn’t feel very upscale . service was amazing as always. And expensive as always. I look forward to coming back here when the restaurant resumes business indoors .

FAQs

Marino Ristorante does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Marino Ristorante also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (323) 466-8812.

Marino Ristorante is rated 4.8 stars by 947 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.