La Marea

4.8
682 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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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was perfect!

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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
1 review
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
31 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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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
27 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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BO
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was pricey but phenomenal!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always great _

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DC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, very accommodating.

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BS
New England
96 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal with great service. Very crowded but did not feel rushed at all. Food was very good.

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R
New England
37 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What can I say that I haven’t said before about this place? You simply must go and experience it yourself. Truly special on all fronts.

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LA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Marea is by far our favorite restaurant! Outstanding food, excellent service and a wonderful atmosphere. Love love love ❤️

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l
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time having dinner at the bar. Demetri (owner's son) was great. He anticipated all of our needs. The restaurant itself is elegant and well designed. See you when we return to Saybrook in the summer! Thanks Nino!

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ED
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hostess ensured our request for a booth

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JG
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite Italian restaurant on the Connecticut Shoreline!

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PJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, a wonderful meal in a beautiful surrounding. It continues to be the shining start on the shoreline for fabulous dinning.

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r
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Very attentive wait staff. Great night out celebrating our friend’s birthday.

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OT
London
55 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our second time here, and it's fine. Didn't have an amazing meal either time, with pastas quite plainly presented and garnished for the price. OK wine list, nothing to write home about. Very good service, though, which counts for a lot around here. Noise level is quite loud in the dining room at peak times, so perhaps aim for a high-top in the bar area for a quieter meal.

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HR
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner at La Marea is always excellent. You feel like a welcome member of the family, and the food is delicious.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

The service was poor. Wait staff dropped our plates and did not ask if we needed anything else. They delivered our food and we did not have silverware. There was a lack of attention to service. The food was very good which compensated for the poor service.

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JM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service is always top notch! I had the pasta special and it was melt in your mouth delicious!

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LB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Sublime pizza. Gnocchi was light as a pillow and the service was great but a bit hovering. A must destination on the shoreline.

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DM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there and the service and food were excellent. Food came a little quick after we ordered so suggest holding off on putting your order in if you’re not in a hurry.

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RO
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, totally enjoyable. Truly authentic, well crafted Italian cuisine.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very enjoyable dinner. Would recommend.

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n
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have now eaten at La Marea many times since it opened. It is like being in a European restaurant. The owner is so great...he came to our table with meal suggestions and later to see how we liked our meal. The manager, Hugo, is The staff is also fantastic! We love the food at La Marea. They take such care with the quality of the food and the presentation.

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CW
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is perfect for a romantic date or to dine with friends. The food on the regular menu is absolutely delicious and the specials are outstanding. If you have a food allergy, it will be accommodated. It can get very busy so best to make a reservation!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, great hosts, great service, great food.
I would recommend it as a must!

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