Cal Mare offers private dining for up to 24 guests. The lounge and bar area can host receptions for up to 100 guests. The restaurant is also available to reserve in its entirety.View Private Dining Details
Celebrate Father's Day at Cal Mare! The restaurant will be serving dinner on this special evening.
Sunday, June 17, 2018
Fantastic food, delicious drinks and great service! The menu seems intimidating but the combination of flavors offered is really something else!
Very disappointing. Really wanted to like this place, but the service killed it. To be fair, the food was solid, and it seemed like they were still in beta. The waiter didn’t check on us once during the meal. It also took him way too long to get the check. Hopefully they work out the kinks, but for now, they’re a FAIL.
From start to finish it was an amazing meal! Chef Joe Sastos is a genius and his food is amazing. Not only did we enjoy the best pizza dough of our lives, but also inspired pasta dishes that were unique and delicious. Everyone at our table agreed this is the best Italian restaurant we have been too. Would highly recommend and we will be back!
Not to the standards we experienced at Aqua or at the Bellaggio
Staff more interested in up selling
Could not wait to leave
Ruined our evening
First time at Cal Mare and it did not disappoint. We had a drink at the bar first, then sat down at our table and let our waiter just bring out all the favorites and we enjoyed. I can't wait to go back for the thing off the menu we missed, especially the caviar! Well done! Loved our night!
The food was fresh and well prepared. The service was delightful. We will definitely return for another great dinner!
Good not great. Very expensive.
Fantastic food, service and ambiance. Can’t wait to come back
Always a great meal.
Outstanding in every way Mark our server was amazing
Wow! What a surprise! This restaurant is amazing! We had the chicken and steak - both are beyond delicious. Mark was our server who was attentive, professional, helpful and delivered excellent service to my party. I highly recommend Cal Mare! I’ll be back.
Chef Joe Sasto made the chef's tasting menu an experience not to be missed. Every dish we had was a. beautiful balance of flavors. The service is impeccable
and the kitchen was on point.
The server seemed a little "short" with us.
The food while appetizing are incredibly tiny and overpriced. Ambiance is gorgeous.
Menu could use more selection overall. Plus it would be nice to have a few more vegan options, or to be able modify moor dishes to be vegan. The "mocktails" could use more flavor and variety. Overall, if you are just going mor for ambiance and are prepared to have small dishes, it's great. Is definitely recommend eating a little something beforehand. Nice, but not impressed. Id go back for ambiance with this in mind.
Food was excellent, with some unusual preparations. Lots of interesting Italian wines.
Good food and great staff. Beautiful interior
Food and beverage program were excellent. As with many places in LA even though the location seemed cheesy (1st floor of the Beverly Center) once you stepped inside it was awesome. Our server Ashley was world class.
Horrible restaurant with a sad, overpriced menu. Walked in for our reservation and walked right back out. Ugh.
You'll enjoy one of the best meals of your life here!
Great food. The crab uni pizza is one of the best pizza I ever had.
Service needs improving
My husband and I were celebrating a special occasion. We enjoyed the options chosen by the chef and were delighted with the selections that began arriving. Everything was crisp, fresh and delicious. The setting is colorful and clean. I would definitely recommend CalMare!
Exceptionally gracious and cheery staff. Oysters were fantastic, sommelier did a great job pairing for me — champagne (who knew? Of course with the oysters but I would not have guessed with the whole roasted turbot too). Very patient with my finicky daughter, who in the end loved her pizza. My only complaint is that the fish, at market price, cost me a whopping $100 and I didn’t know until the check came.
Food just is just under seasoned overal. Almost there, but not quite.
The best restaurant experience I’ve ever had! See my full review on yelp :)
The service and staff were super friendly and engaging. We got a special visit from executive chef Joe Sasto which was an awesome surprise. We did the 6 course tasting menu and loved everything we tried.
Well execute dishes with bright, fresh flavors. Amberjack crudo, mushroom ragu, squid ink tagliatelli were all excellent. The staff were well trained, each proficient in their role, courteous, and knowlegable. One of our favorite dining experiences during our trip to LA.
Food was very good; service was OK. Got noisier as the evening went on; they do have outside (covered) seating which we'll request providing the weather is cooperative.
Excellent service. Our server was very attentive. Food quality is fabulous! Love all the dishes especially the Brazino
Outstanding food wonderful service the entire staff was exceptional
This is a great way to expand your horizons past either traditional Italian or traditional California seafood cuisine. The appetizers, primi piatti and main courses are all just unusual enough that you might feel a little bit lost looking at the menu but everything from the sand dab appetizer to the whole fish split amongst your party is creative, very flavorful and beautifully presented. Lobster thin crust pizza with a dollop of cool burrata? Sure, why not? Wine list very unique, although I’m not really a fan of having the sommelier open and taste at his own station away from the table. I would definitely request a booth to be able to see all of the LA action which is always a great show. We would definitely return and try any number of dishes we have not really seen on any other menu.
Bartender was super rude but waitress was awesome. Food was good nothing excellent.
Slow Service, pretentious staff, bland food (can't believe it would actually be possible to remove the flavor of some of the ingredients in the different dishes). If you like being overcharged for poor, arrogant service and small, unflavourful, food portions, then this is the place for you!
Start to finish excellence! Zeppole with prosciutto, caramelized onion, and honey to go along with fresh mozzarella a must. House made pastas, pizzas and fresh fish amazing! Definitely going back to try the meats next time!
My husband and I had an absolutely fabulous meal at Cal Mare. For dinner we started with the Braised Baby Octopus, which was perfectly cooked, and we also shared the Yellow Fin Tuna crudo which was so delicious. My husband then had for his main course the Egg Yolk Bucatini which he adored and I had the Tagliatelle al Nero which I could have every day for dinner if I could. What was the most surprising was the simple but outstanding dessert of Harry's Berries with the 25 year old balsalmic. It was the perfect ending to a perfect meal!
Amazing food! Amazing service and Joe Sasto to boot!
We loved our first dinner at Cal Mare. Food is spectacular and service is outstanding from the
Bartenders to wait staff. The setting is lovely. Foodies will enjoy a dinner here.
Waited too long for appetizer which took +50mins and then another 30mins for the main! The kitchen had real issues. If they continue to make diners wait an hour for food, they will be out of business!
We were in Los Angeles for a conference and decided to take in a great meal our first night on site. Cal Mare rolled out a perfect "red carpet" for the four of us. We started with several snacks. The Squash Chips were just the right balance of creamy and crunchy--the ricotta cheese makes the dish. The Stuffed Peppers were divine, warm, and filled with seasoned meat and cheese. The favorite, however, was the Potato Focaccia Pinwheel. This savory "cinnamon roll" was covered with decadent Parmigiana Fonduta. Couldn't get enough. Then, to top all of it, we enjoyed Mozzarella and Caviar. Although we settled for the cheaper Trout Roe to save $, it was still a party in our mouths and totally worth the splurge. For entrees, we had a Margherita Pizza, NY Strip, and a Whole Branzino fish. The pizza was okay--nothing extraordinary--but the steak and fish were prepared perfectly. We also had the Brussels Sprouts, which were really delicious with garlic and butter overtones and nicely roasted, and the Crispy Smashed Potatoes--yum! The whole evening was narrated by the excellent Metro who gave us useful recommendations and activated our palettes before we ever took a bite. We wanted to take him home with us!
Having eaten at several Michael Mina restaurants, we had high expectations for this restaurant. We were very disappointed on every level. Because of construction, you enter the restaurant from a parking garage, however, that entrance seemed oddly appropriate for this restaurant's ambiance, or more correctly, total lack thereof. Picture a strip mall family Mexican restaurant with phony bougainvillea hanging from the ceiling. Keep in mind that it's suppose to be Italian.
The wait staff acted like they couldn't wait for their shift to be over. Absolutely no personality. We ordered 2 entrees and a side dish. My dinner was served. About 3 minutes later, our side dish was served. After about 3-4 more minutes we had to ask for our other entree which came about 5 minutes later. By that time, my entree had cooled off. My dish was oxtail bucatini but the oxtail meat was almost non-existent.
We are accustomed to paying this price range but certainly not for the lack of atmosphere, service personality/responsiveness and unimaginative food found at this restaurant. Perhaps the food and service can be improved but the ambiance is simply and wholly non-existent.
In summary - don't bother with this restaurant. Michael Mina - not up to your standards. Too bad for you - too bad for us.
Disappointing. Slow service, overpriced dishes and wine. Food was just ok, nothing I will remember the next day.