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Excellent food and gives you that welcome home feeling.
Friendly neighborhood atmosphere with an upscale ambience. The food is fresh, with seasonal options and delicious. The halibut and spring salad were both amazing and my husband enjoyed the lamb ragu pasta special. Good wine selection too.
My wife and I have enjoyed Marino's many time. This time we brought friends who all said they would return!
Love this restaurant and the family that runs it. It's always like dining with friends
I've been a fan of Marino for 25+ years; well everybody has a bad day once in a while. This was the first time ever they've disappointed. Two of us has the lamb special, the lamb was fatty and simply didn't taste that good. Two had the lobster and pasta dish and both said it was hard to find much in the way of lobster.
Especially disappointing since once again we had guests in from out of town and I had bragged about what a great place it is!
Best Italian food in LA
Always love the food and service!
I have traveled everywhere and Sal is on top of my list. Marino is a complete package! Anyone looking for a gastronomy experience, Marino is a must try. Your get real food there!
Perfect. Everything we had was phenomenal. We will be back, lovely to have an old-school restaurant still around with great service and great food! * five stars.
Pasta was fantastic, old school 50’s ambience and incredible service!
The owner took a lot of time getting to know my wife and me. We’ll def be back!
WOW WOW WOW. Sal outdoes himself again. We had his signature seasonal burrata and pea Salad, razor clam appetizer (to die for), ravioli in tomato sauce. Followed by spaghetti vongole, shrimp tagliatelle with fresh tomato, fish special. Everything was truly exceptional. Andrea, Daniel, Toniya, Mario, Cornelius make dining there a true pleasure. Thank you Sal& everyone.
Service was great!
The restaurant is amazing for the dinners with friends family, couples ,the food is really good and fresh and really tasty and good quality the ambience it’s really nice everybody so kind and the service is perfect
Great seasonal ingredients list. Fantastic pairing with the well composed wine list. From traditional appetizers to family recipes for desserts, impeccable meals graced our table
We loved it. The food was yummy, the waiter fun and very Italian (from Amalfi) and it's a great old-fashioned room
My favorite old school Italian restaurant in Los Angeles. The ambiance is great, the service always impeccable and the FOOD! Last night, as a starter, we had some delicious grilled Santa Barbara prawns that were so good, we ate the shells. I'm not kidding. They were like potato chips! We didn't see a pasta on the menu that seemed light enough for us, so they whipped up a special Marinara sauce that was not on the menu. Simple, light and perfect. We had the Branzino, baked in a salt "shell". Fabulous. No one other than them does it that well outside of Italy. The whole meal was complemented by a Barolo wine the waiter recommended that was the perfect accompaniment to the meal. We topped it off with their famous Tira mi su, so light and fluffy..the best in town! All in all, the perfect meal. I come here whenever I want to treat myself or friends.
Food and service were amazing. My husband and I had our first date at Marino, we got married here and come back every year to celebrate.
Superb dinner with friends.
Marino's is one of our favorite restaurants! The food is always delicious and the wait staff are very attentive. The room is quiet so you can enjoy a pleasant conversation with your tablemates. I highly recommend this restaurant to all my friends and not just for special occasions.
Way too expensive for the small portions you’re given
If this was our first time there we would not return. The evening was not up to their previous standards and they knew it as we were repeatedly told by the staff. I would still recommend the restaurant as our previous experience was a very enjoyable evening and a delicious meal.
My first time at Marino was extremely pleasant. Wonderful, accommodating wait staff and lovely ambiance. However, the food itself was a bit secondary to its other attributes, though we only had big salads so didn't have a wide swath to judge!
Sal is my favorite Italian chef period. The constant innovation with the freshest seasonal ingredients is much needed in these types of fine establishments so we don't get bored dining out. Knowledge & attentive service is A+.
Marino's is the "go-to" restaurant for entertaining, business or just a small family gathering. They are warm, welcoming and the food is just great.
This is the best Italian restaurant in LA. It’s vey much an old school, family run establishment with delicious classic dishes and wonderful atmosphere. The co-owner, Mario Marino, who inherited this place with his brother Sal from their father, was a terrific host. I spent a wonderful evening here with friends and will make it a point to come on all my LA trips.
As with every other experience at Marino’s, the service is impeccable and the food and ambiance match accordingly. Great spot!
We love this place. Small and personable. Great ambience. Good food.
Super-old school and fantastic. Mostly an older crowd, but I would think very welcoming of younger people. Three of us shared two pastas and each had an entree, then shared one dessert. What I tasted: tortelli with squash in a butter/sage sauce (good, classic), I forget what kind of pasta with rabbit white bolognese (fabulous, kind of funky, maybe a little anchovy?), a butterflied veal chop with spinach and shitakes (fantastic), ricotta cheesecake (very good, a tad sweet). Mario was so warm and welcoming. Wine list was excellent, and Mario did not push the most expensive when asked for advice. What we ended up with was great, and followed a long and engaging conversation about how and what to choose, wine-wise. Only small complaint: the veal chop was ordered medium rare/medium, came rare/medium rare, and when returned (with major grumpiness from Mario's backup guy: "This IS medium; whadda ya want, well done?") came back well done. Such an excellent piece of meat, it was fine, but that part of the service experience was not so great.
Not your typical neighborhood Italian—gourmet food and great service.
Really just a wonderful restaurant. Sal is an amazingly talented and creative chef and
Mario runs the place with precision and panache. Staff is extremely friendly and professional.
We have only recently discovered this local gem. The food is wonderful! I'm glad we made course selections beyond what seemed like good combinations of ingredients. Our first appetizer was tuna tartar with fresh pear. We made a reservation to enjoy their last week of white truffles. The white truffle pasta was divine. The waiter made very good suggestions for wine and making our dinner complete. I believe his name is Danny.
Simply amazing. The food, staff, ambiance all combine to create a true gem.
Always top-notch, have been many times and never disappoints.
They always get it right...food & service spot on & our table was ready on time. You always get a great meal at Marino’s & are made to feel so welcome.👍🏼👍🏼
My first time visiting and I must say I was very impressed. I had the pappardelle bologenes, my friend had the salmon. Both were of very high quality and tasted great. The lovely environment and tentative friendly service was a great reminder that there is still some class and civility in this world. Fine dining that will impress any critic and their date. Highly recommend.
Simply great! The best manager in LA.
It was a pleasure.
Wonderful food---Owner Mario treats all guests like family. Service spot on.
We have been going to the restaurant for many years so it was a surprise and a huge disappointment. We went for New Year's Eve. The menu said Halibut but they served Branzino. The gentlemen on the phone told me it would be sea bass. The fish was terrible. If I would have known before I would have not gone because my 14 year old does not eat that fish. She did not eat anything the whole night. None of the courses where very good. For a place I have been going to for over 20 years to be that bad is just sad.
We went there for New Year’s Eve dinner on their pre-fixe menu. I can’t say enough good thing me about our experience there. We always love dining there, the service is impeccable, the food is the best Italian food in all of Los Angeles, and to top things off, the owner, Mario is always stopping by your table to greet you and make sure you are content with your meal. The menu that night consisted of many delectable choices, so it was not just one you had to have. All of the selections were amazing. I know this because my boyfriend ordered the opposite of everything I did and we tasted one another’s dishes and everything could not have been better.
Originally, I had made a reservation for 3, but my son had just had his wisdom teeth out about 10 days prior so they were nice enough to allow us to order him an entire menu to go. His reaction after eating the food we brought home to him was, “oh my gosh, the food was so delicious. Please thank them for letting you bring this home and apologize to them that I could not be there. This is one of the best dinners I’ve ever had!”
My heartfelt thanks go out to Mario, who went out of his way to make the evening special for all who dined there. In addition to the hospitality and meal being outstanding, the decor was beautiful as well. I absolutely love Marino’s Ristorante and can’t wait to go back. We have been dining here for years and this is my favorite place!!!
Marino Ristorante is one of the finest Italian restaurants in Los Angeles. After going there for several decades, the quality of the food and the experience continues to be exceptional. Go here for delicious food and delightful ambiance.