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Marino Ristorante

4.7
648 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
Marino Ristorante is deeply rooted in the idea of doing all things the right way. Today the family owned restaurant, is giving its welcoming by Mario, Jr. and mom, Maria. The room is simple. A wall of glass, softened by out of door planters full of ficus, faces the famous Melrose Avenue. The soft colored walls, starched white linen cloths, the silver sugar caddy and votive holders and subdued oil paintings all come together to create its appeal. And then there is the food. Ciro, Mario and Sal were the first of the handful of chefs who are out daily in the early morning markets personally selecting the ingredients for the menu and seeking out the most interesting and pristine items for the specials. Placing yourselves in Mario’s hands for the tasting menus proves to be a wise decision. Also known for his knowledge of wines Mario will recommend the menu and wines to best meet your dining expectations. The Marino wine list has been repeatedly an award winner by Wine Spectator.
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Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm -11:00pm
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Phone number
(323) 466-8812
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Salvatore Marino
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Catering
Mario Jr. will be happy to customize a menu to service you in large or small event setting to meet your expectations and work with your budget.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Wilcox
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Parking details
Please pull in drive way located on Melrose Avenue, where valet parking attendees will greet you.
Additional
Banquet, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

We can accommodate dinner parties up to 40 people in Marino's Private dining room. Our off site capacity is to meet your needs.

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What 648 People Are Saying
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4.7
service
4.6
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4.4
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

I was blown away by the service and the food here. This will now be a regular stop for us.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

AMAZING AS ALWAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
LOVE SAL (CHEF) & MARIO (OWNER) & DANIEL/ANDREA SERVERS.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Marino’s is always an absolute pleasure, the meals are prepared fresh and the staff is always pleasant and friendly.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

I like the owner and I feel at home and I like the food I like the fact it is a small restaurant and private

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Sweet staff and excellent dinner

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Love it .. finally a place we're you can talk with your friends and you don't have to scream at each other .. my boyfriend and i go very seldom out anymore you can't have conversations it's to noisy
plus were ever we go you have to stare at one ore multiple TVs ... food was fantastic ..this is my Favorit spot
Congratulation for being so different and keeping up old traditions
I will be back very soon
Thank you

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Marino's is good old fashioned, home made bliss. The featured specialties change daily for lunch and dinner, you can have a quiet conversation and the owner's Marion and Sal are just perfect hosts. And the food is terrific

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We had a wonderful time here! We came for my birthday and everything was perfect. The service, the food, the ambience, all top notch. We will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

It was my first time at Marino's and I truly had a wonderful experience! The dining room is lovely, charming, and romantic. The food is really delicious, probably the best Italian food I have had at a restaurant . They had e complete vegetarian tasting menu which was well thought-out and not just thrown together. The waiter recommended a great wine for our table. I am looking forward to going again!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The food and the service were terrific. They are always very open to special requests.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Great restaurant for a business or personal lunch or dinner. Friendly service, very good food quality.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

food was unreal. they made us wait 80 minutes after our original reservation time to sit, and then made us wait another 20 minutes after we had given our cards to process our check at the end. the food was a dream but the operations of the restaurant could have been much smoother

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Marino Ristorante is one of my favorite restaurants in the area. I have dined there 4 times now, because I just keep wanting to go back. I have taken my friends, dates, and parents there on multiple occasions and it always exceeds my expectations with fantastic, personable service. The owner is one of the sweetest people and truly cares about his customers experience. 10/10 would recommend:)

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

If you want the best Lasagna you have ever tasted, then you need to go to Marino's Hollywood. The pasta is like a cloud floating from the plate to your mouth with these wonderful tastes that pleasure your palate.
The warm restaurant and welcoming host(s) are so cordial and courteous, they make everything so easy, especially ordering from their regular menu or the superb tasting menu that varies from week to week.

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2.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Our reservation was for 5:30 pm (for three persons). An early Saturday eve dinner.
We got there exactly on time, the restaurant was pretty much empty, but the host insisted that we go through the kitchen into a room in the back that lacked decor and the ambiance was more like my grandmother's dining room. I told him i did not like the room, and he apologized and gave me an excuse that the other room would be too noisy, rather than telling me the truth.. they had overbooked! In an effort to be accommodating, we stayed on and ordered the food and ordered a high end wine. The wine list is wonderful and reasonable. I explained that one of our guests cannot tolerate salt, and asked the server to recommend dishes that the chef can make with no salt, or ensure that salt is not added (heart pumping issues with sodium, and an important issue). The veal with fungi dish that we ended up ordering was so salty that it is unimaginable. The two of us that can tolerate salt could not handle it, and the person that cannot tolerate salt could not touch the dish. Thankfully the appetizers and the pasta course were good, so that we did not leave the table starving.
All in all a poor dining experience. The ambiance that you see on the website is not what we got. The the first two courses were fine, but the main course could have been a great dish if they had not over salted. I will not return to this place... there are so many other wonderful restaurants in LA, and it is a shame.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

The food is so fresh and good. We love eating here.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Went for Valentine’s Day. Food was delicious, for both of us. Early reservation so was only a few couples when we got seated. Staff was very attentive. Value wise on the higher end of options for Valentine’s Day so if not a special date night probably can do better elsewhere.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Fantastic service and food

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Our first time here and the entire staff made us feel so welcome like we have been regulars for years! Food is excellent, had the vegetarian tasting menu and it was great! Will be coming back again vey soon!

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

I simply love this place.
It’s my favorite and one of the best Italian restaurants in Los Angeles.
Food is exceptional and always prepared with the freshest ingredients. The service is exemplary as well as there wines selections.
I would recommend this restaurant for a great lunch or evening out with friends or business associates.

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3.0Dined on February 7, 2018

We love the food here and service is always attentive without being intrusive. It's just too noisy to carry on conversations which makes it difficult to enjoy everything. We were also seated in a table in the middle of the dining room which had the wait staff occasionally bumping the back of our chairs as they passed through to other tables which is not pleasant but for the food we would return over and over again.

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

This is one of our favorite restaurants in LA; the fish is always the freshest around and Sal Marino is a master chef and prepares it beautifully. Mario,his brother, is a great host! Be sure and ask for their off menu pizza bread. Their business lunch at $25 is a great bargain.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent food and service.never disappoints us.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

Wonderful spot with a truly charismatic host and chef that make you feel right at home. Friendly but unobtrusive waiters and bussers. And truly spectacular food, ranging from California Italian with tomatoes from Chef Sal's garden to wonderfully hearty lasagna. Love this spot!

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

We love this restaurant. Every dish we have ordered has been a big hit with our family.
The owner, staff and chef remember us every time we are there and they are super
accommodating to our children (ages 7 and 2). It's a must for all who love Italian food.

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2.0Dined on January 15, 2018

The place is very old and tired with filthy carpet. I asked for grilled chicken on my salad which they gladly added. The chicken was horrible and I put it in a separate dish and didn't eat it. The waiter clearly saw me doing that because there was only one other person eating alone in the restaurant and the waiter was just watching us with his hands behind his back. He never came over to ask why I put the chicken aside and am not eating it even though I asked for it. He clearly knew I didn't like it but kept it quite. I left hungry and had a $60 bill!

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5.0Dined on January 8, 2018

We have known the Marino family and their restaurant for many many years.....each time we visit the restaurant it exceeds our expectations.......

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

I brought my 16 year old for a ‘fancy’ dinner after the theatre. It was perfect. Cozy, warm with incredible service. The food was delicious. Made for a very special night.

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Wonderful experience, the Seven Fishes Feast for Xmas should not be missed

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Chef Sal Marino is a real genius! The restaurant is wonderful and perfect for special occasions.

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2017

What a fantastic meal! Mario made us feel like old friends and again, the food was absolutely fantastic! Can't wait to go again.

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4.0Dined on December 15, 2017

An upper West side neighborhood vibe. NIce atmosphere. Full bar although not a destination for only drinks. We were there for almost 2.5 hours with great service and no feeling of being rushed even though the place was packed. Wife and I were there for the first time and really enjoyed our evening. Great food. Fantastic service as stated. We'll be back.

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4.0Dined on December 13, 2017

The food at Marino was outstanding. We went for dinner before a show at the Pantages and it was also our 20th Annniversary. Despite putting the information about our anniversary in our reservation on Open Table the owner and staff did not acknowledge this. That was definitely disappointing, but the staff was attentive and we were extremely pleased with our appetizers and main dishes.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

My favorite restaurant in LA. Hands down.
Always great food and Sal’s surprise touches.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Mario alone makes the visit worth it, but it doesn’t hurt that the food, service, and atmosphere are all superb.

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

AMAZING!!! As always, Marino’s restaurant serving outstanding cuisine paired with a family welcome.

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5.0Dined on November 21, 2017

Amazing as always. Excellent front of the house staff and the kitchen produces lovely dishes. One feels so welcome at this lovely establishment.

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5.0Dined on November 8, 2017

Highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Lovely meal in a cozy restaurant.

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

This is the finest Italian restaurant in the area, bar none. Exceptional service - friendly, warm and professional - and extraordinary food. Sal is a remarkably gifted chef and Mario the perfect host. No pretensions, all soul.

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