La Marea

4.8
704 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
A Family Run, Authentic Italian restaurant in Old Saybrook, CT. We offer Northern and Southern Italian cuisine. Important: when making a reservation through OpenTable there is an option to make a reservation at a high top table in the bar area or standard table which is in the dining room. If the high top option does not pop up as an option for you then that means that there are NO High Top tables available at those times. If you would like to reserve bar seats please leave us a note or call us. We do reserve bar seats and highly recommend reservations. See you soon!
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P
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant! Great service and great food. Definitely going to return soon.

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ES
New England
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was very good. We were sat promptly. Unfortunately the service was a bit off. Had to ask multiple times for things such as more water and bread.

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KA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service while waiting for our table by the hostesses. All if our entrees were superb, with the wine list accompanying it point on.

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PS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ordered pasta special and 2 additional pasta entrees. The fresh pasta was superb.
The spinach crepes were outstanding and a pleasant surprise.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was delightful and delicious

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RR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love eating there La Marea.
Adriana & Neno make everyone feel right at home.

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B
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent! Innovative and delicious. And the staff is engaging. 👏👏👏

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

For the first time La Marea disappointed us by not being it's usual perfect place to eat

My wife had veal scaloppini that was over cooked, dried out and had absolutely nothing on it, no sauce, no mushrooms, no wine, no garlic, no flavor, definitely not Italian. - It was more like a bad wiener schnitzel but very disappointing. She could only eat a small part of it and it went home to the dog. I had the swordfish special which was a piece of fish right off the restaurant supply truck - Not selected fresh from a fish market as you would expect in a great restaurant. Accompanying it was good sautéed asparagus but also some plain mashed potatoes, again no gravy, sauce, or even butter. All told a very mediocre meal both for a top-of-the-menu $34/plate.
Coulda been just an off night so we will give it another try before deciding but I really don't want to see this place lose the great food of the past visits. Management needs attention!

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GG
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My main course, a special was very good but the appetizer of grilled calamari was very chewy. Would not recoomend that appetizer.

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C
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous xx

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really delicious food, beautiful space, friendly service. It was a great meal!

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JK
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very Good. Food was tasty, atmosphere was good and sevice tremendous.

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JP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Relaxed. Pleasant. Nice environment. No rush. Reasonable wait time for water, drinks, food...It is just comfortable with no major issues happening. You can even hear to have a conversation. And the food was good, very good.

You'll like it.

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MR
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was amazing and reasonably priced. You'd pay double for food that quality in NYC. A hidden gem.

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RC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service as usual. Food was delicious, the specials were great.

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M
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I am still talking about the nine calamari rings for $13.00

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PS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for the Pizza Night special. Thin Crust house special was very good.

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J
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love going here! The food is consistently delicious, the specials are creative and yummy.

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L
New York Area
125 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

SO happy to have returned to a fabulous meal! Pizza was great, pastas were perfect. Lovely hosts, terrific service (Emily) and a great vibe in the bar area.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal.

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MB
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So glad we discovered this beautiful resteraunt . Great atmosphere , food and our server was awesome . Give it a try you will not be sorry !

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great service!!! One of the best restaurants in the area. Highly, highly recommended!

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LF
New England
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

love the high top seats in the bar area and that my name is on my reserved table. Food is great and the service was responsive and friendly

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L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was perfect!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It is clean and quiet . Food was good

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SG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal. The food was delicious and the wait staff were outstanding!

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DG
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful. The waiter attentive. The food was so tasty and fresh. I would recommend this restaurant to all and I do not say that often.

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Y
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious. Fresh food and quality. Great service. Will go back again soon. Wonderful meal.

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DR
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious! As always food,service,atmosphere just Excellent! Would highly recommend to everyone!!

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JA
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

2 of us went for lunch. I ordered skirt steak and she had a fish special. Each was about $19. Portions were very small. I do realize it was lunch, but we both left there hungry. More veg's would have been appropriate for the cost if meat/fish must be portioned. There really wasn't enough food.
On a positive note, the waitress was very attentive.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I ever had. The Maiale con Peperoni is a winner. The whole staff was wonderful and attentive.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All 4 of us had the pork chop, at Nino’s suggestion...it was superb! Our friends truly enjoyed LaMarea and I’m sure they will become regular customers as well!

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CY
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Keith, was absolutely amazing! He made us feel comfortable and relaxed, and made excellent suggestions. The atmosphere was warm and inviting, and we appreciated the owner stopping by to make sure we were having a great experience. We will be going back soon!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great meal great specials! Staff really enhances the experience. Attentive and knowledgeable on menu. We have been many times and enjoy each meal.

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M
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and service! Food was delicious!

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KB
New England
32 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant never disappoints. The food is phenomenal. Authentic, inventive Italian cuisine. The service is exceptional, we love this restaurant. Every time we are in CT we set aside a nite to dine at LaMarea. And each time, we marvel at the consistent outcome. Delicious, gracious, and fun. Highly recommend.

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k
New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The staff was attentive, accommodating, and very friendly. The noise level was much quieter than we expected and the food was wonderful.

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KB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was the perfect dining experience! The restaurant is lovely and the food exceptional. It feels fine to be casually dressed as the atmosphere is relaxed and comfortable. Our wait staff was very attentive, but not overly so, and we had a lot of nice exchanges. We loved the pasta with clams and the lasagna and we enjoyed every last bite of the cheesecake, a dessert worth eating!

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M
New England
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very quiet at lunchtime. Had two antipasti, Calamari and eggplant Parmesan were exceptional. Service is always exceptional. You can’t go wrong with any of their desserts.

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B
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Marea is consistanlty fabulous. Aside from absolutely delicious food, the staff is so engaging and the service is wonderful. GO!

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