La Marea

4.7
631 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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RS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food and service! This is a gem of a restaurant.

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N
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a relaxing escape!

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

Heard through a friend that reservations are necessary, so made a reservation through Open Table. Very easy. Told them it was our anniversary, and they were very welcoming and accommodating. Requested a private table and they seated us in a quiet corner by the fireplace, it was lovely. They gave us a special anniversary dessert! Best gnocchi I’ve ever had. Most extensive wine list in the area, in my opinion. Our waiter was wonderful. Highly recommend and will be back!

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LH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistently good. Love having dinner at La Marea.

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

We went with friends for a celebration dinner and everything we had was excellent and beautiful to look at. We all enjoyed ourselves very much. The rack of lamb was beyond good and cooked perfect!

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Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The entire front line staff were excellent, attentive, and cheerful. Atmosphere was nice, the fireplace is a nice touch, especially in January. Food was well presented and tasty. It was slightly high priced. I would go again and recommend this restaurant to others.

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

First time here. Would highly recommend this restaurant. Fantastic menu and great food. Service was above average. Owner personally checked on us. We will definitely return.

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P
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Marea is consistently excellent. Pleasant atmosphere, reliable and professional staff ; ownership that obviously cares about what goes on the plate.

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F
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Marea is our go to restaurant. Special occasion or not, we love it there!

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LA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Marea is our favorite restaurant. We know we will always have the most delicious food and best experience.

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OS
New England
54 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nothing like a fine meal with family and friends at La Marea, such was the case last night. Tastefully decorated for the season with warm greetings from Nino, Juliana, Francesca and the staff we know so well. Everything was so delicious. The veal came apart with just a fork, the pork I tasted was amazing. All our meals came out after we had plenty of time to enjoy our apps and wine, there is no rushing such a fine meal with excellent service. This was even better than last year which was exceptional. Yes, this is the best Italian food on the shoreline, reasonable prices for the fare and wonderful choices in the menu and wine list. This is how they operate year round, you have got to go, and you will be rewarded!

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TS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visit La Marea often. Food, service, atmosphere, are always excellent. The owners are very personally involved and are part of the experience....

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OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely the most fantastic Italian food and restaurant on the shoreline! Nino and Julianna (the owners) personally welcome everyone to the restaurant. Will bring anyone here for any occasion!

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SF
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure, Nino and Julianna are very sincere and gracious. Big fan

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JT
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Staff was unattentive and could not be bothered to wait on us. I was very disappointed.

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LF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was fast and friendly. The food is so good, I can't imagine not going there all the time. Why take the chance on a restaurant that isn't good all the time?

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BJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cant say enough about the quality and presentation of the food

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DS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a very nice dinner in the cozy dining room. Loved the fireplace.

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s
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the ambiance and the food!

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GB
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were absolutely delighted with our entrees and the creme brulee was to DIE for.

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KB
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is just fabulous. Inventive, creative, DELICIOUS. The guanciale first course is To Die For...never had even a marginal meal from this kitchen, it's ALWAYS over the top delicious. The service is top notch, the bartender is great. Can't say enough about the consistently positive experiences at La Marea.

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B
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding meal and delightful staff. Nino does an amazing job with this gem of a restaurant!

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KP
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server Alex was precise and personable. Loved his service and care. He saw an imperfection in my wife's martini and insisted he take it back and replace, though she was okay with it. The bus staff was pleasant and always attending without overwhelming us. The meals were exactly as described, came out fresh and caringly displayed. This place has simple decor, is clean, the bathrooms are tasteful and clean as well. A great experience.

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D
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. Very cozy and relaxing atmosphere in the bar area. Perfect place for a leisurely luncheon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and service as always

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KB
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal experience. The food was absolutely amazing. The service is always completely on target. Not too intrusive but very attentive and knowledgeable. Just the best meal ever, time after time. And the atmosphere is lovely. A winner!

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H
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant. The food is great and the service gracious and fun.

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TR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the meal was outstanding. La Marea never disappoints!

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AA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Creative choices at reasonable prices. Something for everyone

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SW
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I had eaten at La Marea several times when they first opened but haven't been back for about a year. They have worked out the kinks in service and now provide excellent service and attention to detail. And the food has never been better. Bravo!

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CM
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was fantastic! Looking forward to going back

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W
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable dining experience. This was our third to date. The owners know their stuff and it's apparent in the menu selections. I do wish there was more variety in the main dishes - especially with fish. Otherwise, great place to relax and enjoy as a couple, family or to bring guests. Bravi!

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DM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Can't say enough about the pomegranate martini! I had two! Obviously Saturday night, which I usually avoid if possible, is a rushed affair when a good restaurant is packed. This place has a pizza oven in plain view which made the restaurant extremely hot despite the cold outside. The arugula salad was quite good and I had Atlantic Char and my guest had the Rolled Beef --the char was adequate but the beef was very tasty; mashed potatoes a little dry and stiff. I wish restaurants offered butter instead of just olive oil for their bread. April, our server, was extremely attentive and friendly and all the good things you want in a server. I hope to go back to try more items on their new menu. Definitely recommend!

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OS
New England
54 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the fall menu but had the pasta special w cauliflower. Fantastic. Autumnal salad was delicious.

Best Italian food on the shoreline, you have to go!

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MJ
New England
13 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Lovely to look at, interior was decorated beautifully. Waiter was very cordial. But... TINY portions compared to other restaurants of its caliber. Very disappointing. Food overpriced for what you received. Large party there that night who were totally out of control with their noise. Disrupted other guests.
Unpleasant night all the way around.

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MA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food as usual sadly the only drawback was the noise which was extremely loud

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B
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a beautiful dining experience. Intimate, romantic and lovely. The wait staff were the best of the best. A "big city" fine dining experience, exceptional service. The food was 5 star and the presentation beautiful. We would highly recommend this traditional Italian fare restaurant and we plan to return again.

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OS
New England
54 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new fall menu is fantastic, lots of great new dishes to enjoy.

You have to go!

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RM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Italian food. Worth the drive. Highly recommended

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SM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Pro: First time at La Marea. Food was excellent. Had Fettucini Bolanese and Polpo sliced thin.
Con:. Dining room was really crowded with tables so close together you could talk to the person at the next table. At first we were seated at a table that was next a busy walkway with people walking by constantly. I requested that we be moved and they were very accommodating. We were moved across the room which was better but not perfect. Still crowded and noisy. While sitting there, we noticed 4 other tables requested to be moved. That tells you a lot!! The dining room is too jam packed with tables making our dining experience more than uncomfortable. That being said, I'm not sure I'd go back.

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