La Marea

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838 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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. We do reserve bar seats and highly recommend reservations. See you soon!

Take-out available

Specials

Wednesday Night Bar Bites

Enjoy $8 Bar Bites and pair them with our House Martinis, Margaritas and Manhattans for $8, too ! ** 2 drink maximum per person and drinks mixed with house liquor. Tax and Tip not included.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 28, 2019

Ends: August 29, 2118

Availability: Wed 5:00PM-9:30PM

20% Off Bottles of Wine Thursdays

Enjoy 20% off any one of our Amazing Bottles of Wine on Our Fantastic Wine List to pair with our Delicious Food! * does not include tax and gratuity

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: July 30, 2019

Ends: July 31, 2118

Availability: Thu 5:00PM-9:15PM

Pizza Night Tuesdays!

Enjoy a glass of house red or white wine** or any beer on tap or bottle and one of our Amazing Wood Fired Pizzas for $20!! Excludes any house Premium wines. Tax and Gratuity not included.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: July 23, 2019

Ends: July 24, 2118

Availability: Tue 5:00PM-9:30PM

Monday Bar Bites

Enjoy $8 Bar Bites and House Martinis, Margaritas and Manhattans for $8 each on Monday Nights! ** 2 Drink max per person and drinks mixed with house liquor. Tax and tip not included

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: July 22, 2019

Ends: July 23, 2118

Availability: Mon 5:00PM-9:30PM

What 838 People Are Saying
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New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just love this restaurant!

OL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Marea is one of our favorite restaurants to visit. We went there for my birthday dinner and it was amazing. The pizza and pasta with lobster were absolutely fantastic! We love La Marea!

T
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food!

RR
New England
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing!

BO
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration
Excellent food- great service

LD
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We reserved seating at the bar. Brad was amazing. The food was wonderful & full of flavor. We enjoyed the atmosphere. We definitely would visit again our next trip

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every bite on everyone’s dish seemed to elicit words of praise or sounds of delight;”mmm this is so good, try this...” There was a lot of sharing always followed by a compliment , like “that’s delicious! How do they get so much flavor in there.” Great food, great service!

M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice dining room. Had a lovely evening

B
New England
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and delicious food!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food paired with tasty drinks from apps to dessert!

SM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and great customer service!

I
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alway warm and friendly staff great food

R
New England
44 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place! Service, food, drinks are all outstanding. The owners always make you feel special.

P
Washington DC
206 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time in Old Saybrook. Picked restaurant from Open Table reviews. Loved the place. Great service. Absolutely fabulous fish. Amazing puttanesca sauce. Perfectly sautéed mushrooms. Excellent pasta. Perfect creme brûlée. Wonderful wine. Five stars.

W
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Extensive wine menu

TS
New England
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing evening celebrating my sisters birthday. Menu had something for everyone and the wine list was outstanding. Service was over and the top

L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great experience, went for here for dinner and had a wonderful time. Food was phenomenal, and so was the wine. Waitress recommended a great wine for us to drink.

B
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So consistently delicious.....great vibe! A definite must!

r
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

wonderful food and wine... lovely wait staff and front host

MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food and outstanding service! Best Italian food in the area. Enticing list of specials: several great seafood dishes made it hard to choose just one. The kitchen handles meat and vegetables perfectly. The waitstaff were very pleasant and attentive. On the downside, the tables are a bit close together, and the lively acoustics make conversation difficult when the dining room is near capacity. I gave it 5 stars because this really is one of the best restaurants in the lower Connecticut River valley, and we find ourselves going back time and again for family occasions.

MB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was outstanding - everything from the appetizers to the dessert. The only reason service received 4 stars instead of 5 is a result of the staff being a little too eager to clear our plates. I understand with as busy as the restaurant is on a Saturday night that it is important to keep tables moving; however, on more than one occasion, the staff cleared, or attempted to clear, our table's plates without asking us if we were finished, and we weren't. Overall, though, we had a wonderful experience and will definitely return.

DS
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very lively place. The place was packed and for good reason. From the cocktails to the coffee everything was perfect.

TC
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haven’t been in a while but it was even better than I remembered.

DD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience tonight! Delicious vongole and eggplant parmesan.Attentive staff and warm,comfortable atmosphere.

b
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The appetizers and desserts were phenomenal.
The service was wonderful,
But I was not impressed with the food pasta portions were very small,
My husband had a steak and it was on the tough side.

LC
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My husband and I ate at La Marea after visiting on a trip. Wow, how lucky for us to have found this jewel. The owners come to your table to thank you for coming. Now for the food. YUM! I had the special peach salad, and eggplant Parmigiana perfectly prepared. My husband had the Veal Milanese and loved it. We enjoyed desert the olive oil cake prepared in house. DELICIOUS! Can’t wait to go back.

F
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not my first time here. I've eaten by myself as well as larger groups 8+. The food is consistently excellent. Fresh pasta and fish are always on the specials. Pizzas are not to be missed. To too it off they have an excellent wine list

F
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best of the Best

JS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Beautiful decor, delicious food. Will definitely return and recommend.

D
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Juliana and Nino are wonderful hosts and the food is outstanding!

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

Perfect dining experience to celebrate our 56th anniversary. Quodos to all invilved

Q
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really it’s the same old really what’s not to love best food ever

RO
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were impeccable. Only preference would have been for a more comfortable chair.

N
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place

K
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

La Marea...while the portion sizes were adequate and the food was generally good (we each had the scollopini, no sauce but topped with greens and a lemon wedge). Our appetizer order of calamari arrived too quickly from the time we ordered, making us think it had been pre-prepared. Served with 2 sauces but not seasoned. Our server while polite lacked emotion and the support staff had a tendency to hover. The decor was nice but the chairs are too low to be comfortable. Would we recommend....probably not as there are other area restaurants as good if not better at more reasonable prices.

m
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to La Marea after a local concert. The food as well as the service were exceptional. We love this local gem of a restaurant.

T
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is our third occasion eating at La Marea. The eggplant appetizer is phenomenal-I haven't had eggplant so well prepared since my days in the Bronx eating at my friends' homes. The drinks are also well prepared. All pasta dishes are made with extremely fresh ingredients. I would highly recommend.

k
New England
38 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is ALWAYS impeccable. Delicious and beautifully presented, food that makes you want to come again the next day! The service is great, the owners are so wonderful and take such pride in their restaurant, which comes thru in every level of the experience. The vibe is fun, the attention to detail so obvious, and again, the food is beyond compare. A true gem.

MR
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a fabulous meal at La Marea. We were staying on our boat at Saybrook Point and decided to try this. It was well worth the trip! Real authentic Italian, homemade noodles! I asked for a primavera and Kieth had them cook it up special for me. The coconut cake was the perfect ending. It was by far our best meal of our one week boat trip! If you are in the area, I suggest you try it!

MH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was great. Too many others walking around trying to take plates that were not finished. Expensive like ALL small restaurants.

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