DaMarino NYC

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Da Marino Restaurant is a uniquely sophisticated dining experience unlike any other in New York City. Just a few blocks from Times Square and located in the heart of theatrical shows, Da Marino welcomes all diners into a sweet escape that provides all the amenities of Italy for a day away from the ordinary.

The luxurious experience features exciting live music as well as fresh Italian food prepared with the love and wealth of knowledge that Chef Pasquale has gained from studying the art of Italian cuisine in Calabria, Italy. Chef Pasquale only uses the best ingredients to create this masterful cuisine. Our melt-in-your-mouth mozzarella comes from Naples, our tomatoes are picked from the finest vines of Italy and our bread and pasta are mad in-house.

We welcome you and hope you will come join us.
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BM
New England
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

BAD choice for dinner before a show!! When we walked in for our 6:30 reservation, a shouting match was going on between the maitre-d and a customer who had been waiting over an hour for his reserved table. There was nowhere to sit, as the restaurant was packed with frustrated patrons waiting for their reserved tables. Everyone was sharing stories about how this restaurant is known for over-committing and it certainly lived up to that reputation. In the end, we were seated at 7:00 after standing in the over-crowded bar area for 30 minutes. On the positive side, I was served a very generous pour of complimentary red wine for the wait, and ordered a second glass at the table which was such a huge pour I couldn't finish it. In the end the food was delicious, but I would never go again due to the experience and the fact that there are wonderful restaurants on every block in that area with much better service.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Fun unique atmosphere. Incredibly warm host and staff. Not cheap but well worth every penny - a great NYC experience and we hope to go back soon. Maybe the friendliest staff ever.

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New York Area
409 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience..great food..lovely ambiance. Excellent red snapper livornese...we all enjoyed our dinner.. will be back.

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F
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was real southern Italian, one of the best I have had in NYC. Very small place so seating is near other tables and noise level was high but if you’re a Nee Yorker you know how to deal with it.

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JH
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, good food and cozy. The host is friendly and actually checks in with you during the meal. Our server immediately asked if we had theater tickets and recommended dishes that could be served quickly. She kept an eye on the time for us and had the check to the table just when we needed it. She also recommended a really lovely wine. All around a great dinner experience.

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was delicious. Our server John was very attentive without being overbearing. My only complaint was the bald man in glasses who kept staring at my companion and I as if he was rushing us to leave. The food was delicious and I would definitely dine there when in NY again.

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DS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

This had the potential to be an excellent restaurant but they were rushing us and the owner was a bit snippy when we requested a quieter table. Wouldn't go back.

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CA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a fun place !! Easter eggs for the kids filled with candy and stuffed bunny . Great service !!!

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SD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We had a 6pm reservation at Da Marino on 49th st. We arrived at 6pm for our pre theater dinner. We waited for 20 minutes and still were not seated. We Left the restaurant and got a table right away next door at Serafina. I called DaMarino from there to cancel my reservation. Especially in the theater district when time is critical, this is unacceptable.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed with service or food.

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K
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Seated at a table next to the kitchen. A pet peeve of mine. Food was ok. Service was fair. When I asked for things I received but service was not proactive. Will not return.

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MS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was really great and the decor was cozy. The place clearly caters to broadway show goers but I would definitely dine there for a regular night out. Live piano music was a real cherry on top.

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A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Had really high hopes for this restaurant considering how many stars they had received. However we waited an extended amount of time for our waitress to even come and see us at our table. The food was mediocre. And I didn't find that the restaurant lived up to its hype.

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g
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food and Service was excellent. The problem is that it is too cramped. We were hit by the waiters and waitresses every time they walked by.

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FC
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat pre or post show.

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N
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really loved this place and will be back!

The food was great, service great, but more so the warm and friendly atmosphere the second you walk in, immediately puts you in a great mood! There was a female pianist/vocalist who made our night so much fun. (Saturday night) The manager was attentive and personable! So many restaurants in NYC, and we’ve been to many, but DaMarino is a both a wonderful dining experience, and a place where you will feel at home and leave smiling.

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M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Food, service, and ambiance was good. However, the organization from the staff wasn't. We showed up right on time for our reservation and had to wait for some time before being seated. That wouldn't have been too big of a deal (after all it was a Saturday night in Manhattan close to Times Square), but while we showed up on time, other parties who were 30-45 minutes late showing up for their reservations were given preference over us. The folks handling the reservations and seating order were very unorganized and at times weren't even sure whether they had already seated some parties or not. While the line of folks who were waiting to be seated piled up, the person in charge was busy chatting with guests who were already seated instead of making sure everything was running smoothly up front.

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SR
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

We arrived 15 minutes earlier than our reservation. Very loud and crowded. Matre D' was flusterd and not friendly. People lined up waiting for their reservations around the cute bar. Was like a cattle call. When it was our time to be seated Matre D' said he was still seating the earlier reservations making ours later. Had theatre tickets so thought we would be late. Went next door to Serafina's and had food and great drinks there. It is important to have dinner reservations before and after theatre. I planned accordingly, Da Marino needs to manage their seatings better. Nice basement style restaurant. Would try again when not going to the theatre.

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BW
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Although the space is "tight", the location as well as quality of food make this restaurant an excellent choice in the Theater District in NYC.

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious; wait staff excellent; piano and music fun; watch out for your reservations! they try and tell you that you didn't get there for the time you reserved.

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SR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My daughter and I visited after a broadway show at 5:15 pm last Saturday 4/13/19.. We were seated right away, had a 5:30 reservation. The food was excellent and service was great. It is very loud in there, which we didn't mind, but some may not. It is also very tight and you are very close to the tables next to you. We met a lovely woman and her granddaughter at the table next to us & we chatted while waiting for our meal. I did notice there were many people waiting to be seated so I'm happy we got in when we did! All in all in was a good experience and we will go back. The food was fresh and delicious. The only negative was the family that were sitting on the other side of us, were complaining about the pasta noodles being "ziti" not "rigatoni" and the father was so rude to the waitress. Its hard to ignore when you are that close.

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very crowded, great food, music and we finally got the game of Thrones style table! We’ve been coming here for years . Hands down the best Italian in the Times Square area! We will be back.

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B
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

We ordered a pasta dish that came drenched in sauce as if it was a soup. Also the plate had clumps of pasta. No quality control. We sent it back and our waitress took it off the bill, but the manager never came over to apologize. The noise level was as loud as a college bar. Very cheesy piano player who ended up walking around singing with maracas. Not at all what we expected.

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LL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Good theatre district location. Service is good, food variety and taste good, though disappointed in some aspects from an Italian perspective. Bread was just so-so, Pasta Fagioli did not have sufficient beans, and portions were small for the price.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply great
Like being in Sicily ! Greatest pasta with vodka sauce
& shrimp scampi!
Yum yum yum

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Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience!

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SS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was another hit in my book. Every month my parents and I go out to a show and dinner and I am usually the one to find the place. I found this on Open Table, and since we are huge Italian fans and its a lent Friday (aka: no meat) I knew we would all find meals to suit us.

We all had very different pasta dishes that filled us up without making us feel overly full. I will say, I usually can't finish a plate of anything, anywhere, no matter how good, but I was nearly licking my plate clean here. That is saying something.

We has the tiramisu for dessert and again I could've licked the plate clean.

Highly recommend this place.

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A
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

This was a good pre-theatre location but more costly than it should have been. The salads were ordinary but the main courses were good. Dessert was not to our liking. The service was good.

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N
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Have been here several times. Never disappoints. Highly recommend for dinner or lunch. Very accessible to theaters.

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Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Twice now worst experience of the year! Had a reservation at 6 and got there at 6 and restaurant was full. Line out the door and people screaming at each other. We had to walk our because we were going to a Broadway Play. They blamed the whole thing on Open Table

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and dinner ! Loved the ambiance and entertainment... was an overall wonderful time!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Reservation wasn’t honored. Manager wasn’t nice. They served free champagne to ALL the people (& there were plenty) whose reservations weren’t honored. The champagne was awful ..... I’m pretty sure it was sparkling cider. That restaurant is also definitely a fire trap. Wonder who they pay off to pack is that many people. Worst restaurant experience. Save your money and your time

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SM
Key West
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Maybe I would recommend it to a friend...the Open Table is a joke! Trying to get to where you "check in" is the same as not making a reservation because it's first come first serve. The bartender was awesome and efficient and the big pours of wine saved the day!

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m
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our wait staff was great. The Manager even came over and sang Happy Birthday to my wife. We go out a lot and this was a fun night. I'm looking forward to our return.

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HG
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

My Open Table reservation was 5:30 pm, table for 4, special occasion. We arrived at 5:35 pm and had to wait to be seated at 6:15.. Normally I would understand and just let it go but the reservation person who was also the phone operator and I guess the host complained to everyone waiting that the reason things are backed up is because of Open Table... Seems Open Table always overbooks the resturant because they want to get the $2 they get when you reserve a table through them..I and others heard it stated many times and in many different ways... If you are unhappy with Open Table don’t use them. Complaining to customers wont resolve the issue

Also it was a Saturday night and the only pasta available was Spaghetti... Two of the dishes on the menu were not available. Another kick in the butt is the price of desserts.. Could someone please explain to me why a single slice of chocolate cake is $16.95? or why 3 mini canolies are the same $16.95? - Skip the dessert Juniors Cheesecake resturant is 1/2 a block away

Regarding the food, I have tasted much better. Nothing at all done for my special occasion, wonder why they even ask.

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HP
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Food was excellent and service good but the noise was so overwhelming that it seriously interfered with our enjoyment. We had to shout to each other to be heard.

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CK
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was great however, when we went to leave, the place was packed! When I say packed, I mean dangerously packed. We could not even get out without hitting someone or someone touching us as we left. People were lined up on both sides and we had to squeeze in between them. Fire hazard????

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MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a large party of 11 and they were very accommodating. We ate early before the show to avoid the busy rush and timing was perfect. Our waiter Andy was great and funny. The carafe of wine was very generous with 5 glasses. The pasta portion was a perfect size. Would come again

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NC
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant! Everything about it makes for a great experience and dinner out.

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CB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

The Maitre d' - Tom - the most charming, helpful, reassuring, solicitous, humorous, delightful head-of-house;

Claudio - wish I had a restaurant so I could figure out a way to steal him and make him my staff trainer - polite, solicitous, gracious, knowledgeable, service-oriented professional, made everyone he served (not just our table) feel taken care of in a prompt, courteous, soothing manner.

Aaron - The Piano Man - will someone get that guy his Very Own Bar? (He's THAT good.)

Food was large portions, well-made but nothing special, classic 1950's type Italian restaurant fare, basic basket of slightly stale, white, mass-produced Italian bread . Good wine list, strong drinks. They probably get more traffic than the food or menu warrant simply because of their proximity to theaters - but the staff (except the bar keep - she's a bit unfriendly, but maybe she was having a bad night or she's one of those cold-until-she-knows-you types) - the staff really is exceptional and would be considered superlative at any location.

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