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About Marino Ristorante

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.

6001 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm -11:00pm

Cross Street:
Wilcox

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(323) 466-8812

Website:
http://www.marinorestaurant.net/

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.

Parking Details:
Please pull in drive way located on Melrose Avenue, where valet parking attendees will greet you.

Executive Chef:
Salvatore Marino

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.

Marino Ristorante Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (12)
Good for a Date (12)
Romantic (11)
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Cozy (9)
Special Occasion (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Business Meals (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Fun (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Seasonal (3)
Good for Groups (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

Fantastic service and food

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Authentic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent food and service.never disappoints us.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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.......

Tags: Romantic, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orange County)·Dined 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.

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 2017

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

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Cozy, Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Organic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Highly recommended!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Lovely meal in a cozy restaurant.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

This restaurant is a gem! The owner, Chef and entire staff make you feel like a guest in their home. The food is so fresh and amazingly tasty. Truly authentic Italian cuisine using the flavors of each season. It’s nice for a romantic date, a dinner with couples and friends, and they even have a separate room for private parties. We have gone to this restaurant for all occasions. The Chef, is extremely creative with fresh seasonal tastes that burst in your mouth. Try it once, and you too will be back again and again!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Organic, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly, Cozy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Honestly this is the best Italian food I’ve had in LA. Can’t go wrong...enjoy!

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The burrata and pear salad was indescribably transcendent. The cod poached in butternut squash puree was sublime. You have to know what to order. I've never felt so welcomed as I did by Mario the owner. Our waiter Maladin couldn't have been more attentive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Had a wonderful meal. We arrived early but were seated almost right away. The staff are attentive and truly seem to love where they work. Everything was perfect, will definitely go back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 21, 2017

First time dining at this restaurant so we were looking forward to it so much! However, we felt very rushed during the whole night. The waiter made us to order everything at once since kitchen is busy... We were going to order appetizer first then think about entrees.. they couldn't accommodate that. Also, didn't allow us to taste the wine instead just brought the bottle of wine and opened it.. what if we didn't like the wine?
Plus, the server never asked how we would like to have our steaks cooked.
It was just a not a pleasant dining experience.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Our family have been to Marino's on multiple occasions - just regular dinner out and special occasions like birthdays and New Year's Eve - and it never fails to be excellent. Monday's excursion was for my mother's 94 birthday, and they treated her nicely, and made it just a really special night out, and that doesn't even take into account the excellent food, presentation, and overall ambiance. I would recommend Marino's to anyone who likes a great italian meal,

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 7, 2017

AMAZING FOOD!
The food is very tasty but really lite and not heavy. Extremely friendly owners and staffs. Recommended this resturante 200%.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Paleo Friendly, Tasting Menu
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The food was creative and vert yummy. The service was fabulous!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Authentic Northern Italian with a clear love for the cuisine and the ingredients...

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 29, 2017

This was our first visit, and we will definitely be back! A great neighborhood gem! Delicious black cod, and homemade pasta.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Marino Restaurant was recommended to us by dear friends. The ambiance and food are excellent. It is our restaurant of choice when heading downtown LA for music, dance and theatre performances. The service is outstanding and the wine list is beyond compare.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Romantic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Authentic, People Watching
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Marino Restaurant is by far the best Italian food you can experience in the Los Angeles area. Classy and upscale, yet cute and romantic. Family owned. Exquisite meal choices to leave your taste buds begging for more. And even better than the incredibly food is the people who work there. Any night we go to Marino's we are treated special, as if we too were family. Now that's Italian!!!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 22, 2017

I'm had the gnocchi with shrimp and it was amazing. Also, the crudo and grilled octopus specials were delicious. What really makes this restaurant is Mario. He goes above and beyond to make sure everything is perfect. I would definitely go again.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Outstanding ! So happy we found this gem!
Lovely evening quiet and delicious! Will def return!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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