La Marea

4.7
975 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
PLEASE NOTE THAT OUTDOOR SEATING IS NOT AVAILABLE THROUGH OPENTABLE.

Savor the authentic tastes of Italy when you dine at La Marea. Located on the shoreline of CT in Old Saybrook, our family owned Italian restaurant prepares northern and southern Italian cuisine using a mix of the finest imports from Italy as well as fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Gluten Free and Vegetarian options are available. Enjoy your dining experience in either our dining room or be sure to reserve a seat at our conversational hi-top tables or at the bar in our lounge.

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. See you soon!

Curbside Take-out available

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 975 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great mommy/daughter dinner the pasta and pizza is delish!

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jbp3
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal, superior service, and gentle ambience at one of our favorite restaurants.

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TStew
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was looking for a special place to take my wife out for Valentine's Day and found this little gem on 154 in Old Saybrook. Food, service and atmosphere were all great! Will definitely recommend to friends!

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DanielE
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic cuisine, great service. Very enjoyable experience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great atmosphere. Highly recommend!

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vipCash
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and great service. Always great to go local!

JM
vipJMA1
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most wonderful meal this past Saturday. We had the calamari which was the best calamari I have ever had. Very lightly seasoned and super tender squid, which they include the legs and not only rings, as well as a couple shrimp. Delicious! Tricolored salad which was a generous portion served with an outstanding dressing. Our entrees were the 1/2 chicken and the roasted halibut that came with potatoes and baby bok choy. We sat early at 5:30pm but by the time we left all the tables were filled. So happy to see that. Tough time for restaurants so treat yourself to a socially distanced dinner at La Marea.

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TamaB
New England
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is wonderful

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vipVimalaG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We recently dined here for our anniversary. La Marea has never disappointed! As a rule, we have not been dining

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vipJereR
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Juliana and her team are accomplished hosts in every manner. The food was sublime, Never rushed, we were served with care and a smile (even behind masks).
It is such a shame I have to wait till February to go back.

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ekfoodguy
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great job as always

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Stickermaker
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Marea is without question my favorite restaurant. Not just here on the shoreline but I mean overall favorite restaurant anywhere. Nino and Julianna have treated us like family since the first time we went there. They remember and ask for our family members. It is a personal effect that is not contrived. Now then, the food; The menu is amazing and the regular items, like the bolognese, could be the special on any given night. They change it up regularly but the quality is consistent. Obviously it is an Italian restaurant so there are several pasta related dishes. I literally have tried and loved them all. Sometimes the Pappardelle con Ragu or maybe the Fettuccine Funghi e Salsiccia. You can't go wrong. The staff is also consistent and that is always a very good sign. They too are personable and respectful. The barroom side with the hightop tables is our favorite but the dinning room with the fire place is also a very comfortable room to be in. They did a great job this summer setting up their outdoor dinning area and made it feel formal yet relaxed. In summary, it really shows that these people care about their restaurant, their food, their people and their customers. Go, you won't be disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pasta is perfectly cooked and delicious...very nice and clean restaurant and the service was excellent!!!

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Jmb296
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is top notch. I have never ever had a bad meal there.

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Dave
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delish foods but portions a bit small. Wonderful service.

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PESC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have never had a less than excellent experience, from the service to the mouth-watering food.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

As always, a very pleasant experience.

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PattyP
New England
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our daughter's 30th birthday with you. She was a happy girl! Wonderful and safe experience.

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SydneyW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in southeastern Connecticut

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vipDaveAgburyCT
New England
26 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were greeted by Nino the owner as we came in. He remembered when we had sat the last 2 times we had come from Glastonbury. Awesome table, amazing food, impeccable service and great value!

We had a margarita and martini to begin - both outstanding. Then we started with gluten free bread (the owner remembered our allergy) then we split pasta Bolognese. For the main courses we had the salmon (to die for) and a veal chop that was cooked to perfection! The Barolo was fantastic and we finished with gelatos.

We love La Marea and highly recommend it! We will return at least once a month going forward!

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vipAshleyG
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service!

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vipJereR
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

La Marea has always been one of my very favorite restaurants.
I must say Wednesday night was off. I have only returned after being on the other coast most of the year. But I’m going to check and see if perhaps there’s a new chef. Still in all, I’m going to attribute to Covid ennui.

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ScottG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great food. Had date night with wifey and had a great time.

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PatC
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Food lacked flavor- too expensive for what it was. It was my birthday & nothing special about the experience.

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vipDaleG
Naples
58 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal from cocktails to entree. Always a warm, inviting ambience with attentive service!

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finediner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always! Even with the extra COVID precautions in place, the experience was delightful.

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BarbaraL
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We started with hot and dirty martinis which were great! Our two salads were just okay. My sword fish was tasty but overpriced. The linguini side was very small. The peppers on the fish were undercooked. My husbands seafood fettuccini was marginal. The white sauce was average and the portion was small. We finished with carrot cake which was tasty. Overall I think the food was just average and overpriced because of the small portions and uninteresting sauces.

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JenM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I absolutely love this restaurant. The food is top notch and the atmosphere is perfect for our date nights. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu, it's all delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Exceptional, our new Favorite Restaurant 5 Stars ⭐️ food amazing, high quality.
Service excellent.

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MariaT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had often times passed by La Marea but because it was always so packed, we could never get in!! And of course, it was last minute so no reservations. We recently passed by again & because of Covid & it was early Sunday afternoon we were able to get in. What an excellent experience. The owner is Italian, as my husband, & he was funny, informative about meal selection, & just so friendly. The food was excellent- I had the mouth watering salmon & my husband a seafood pasta. Desserts - not a huge selection but the two we had were heavenly. Needless to say, we have been there since with always the same reception from the owner, his wife & staff! Food quality is superb. We highly recommend La Marea to everyone who enjoys good cooking & service.

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vipBigMac
New England
44 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Italian food. All Italian wine list - Awesome!. Nice range of wines at reasonable prices.
Service was perfect. Sat inside but there were lots of outside Wuhan Flu tables for those feeling the need to social distance.

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LisaPR
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Wish we saw the note that Open Table was inside dining only. Lovely job outside with lights— although appeared bright—but still would have preferred to be outside on such a beautiful weather night. My meal was great. Thank you for my husbands bday candle/writing—nice touch!

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Cberry2
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nino, Julianna and staff always strive to bring an exciting, delicious dining experience. From hand tossed wood fired pizza to fresh pasta dishes everyone will find a meal to enjoy. There is a substantial wine list and full bar to add to the dining experience.
Come to La Marea and enjoy!

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CharlesC
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down the best restaurant (of any kind) within 30 miles of Essex, CT. Their bolognese is stuff of legends and would put it up against any other. Tremendous experience every time!

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LeslieS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, delicious food, excellent service in a lovely environment. One of our favorites!

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philh
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family had dinner at La Marea this week. The food was delicious as usual. I especially enjoyed the pasta special with its in house made sausage. The service was excellent. Our waitress was very attentive,informative and friendly. Never disappointed when dining here. Nino visits his customers and pays attention to detail. He wants everyone to be happy and satisfied with their dining experience!

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vipMykidsmom
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu, although limited, was extensive with something for everyone. We sat inside, but the outdoor tent area is extremely welcoming and inviting. They have it all decorated with flowers, and torch lights. It makes you almost forget for a little while that we are being forced to eat outside during these crazy times.
The waitstaff was all friendly, courteous, and attentive. My husband had the linguini and clams, which he said was one of best he ever had. He also loved the eggplant appetizer which he purposely wanted to go there to get. I had lobster and pasta, which was like eating lobster bisque with pasta. . Delish. The caesar salad was light, not weighted down with lots of dressing and had a nice lemon flavor to it. It was a great meal, in a great place, with great service. How could we go wrong?

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Klee
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The food was very delicious. Under the coronavirus limitations, the restaurant did a great job with compliance and we really enjoyed our meals!

JR
vipJohnR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nino and Juliana never fail to amaze us with his creations. Always top notch

FAQs

La Marea offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (860) 391-8614.

La Marea is rated 4.7 stars by 975 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.