La Marea

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924 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 924 People Are Saying
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W
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants on the shoreline! The food is outstanding, and so are the cocktails and wine list!

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is always great and so is the food. One of our favorite spots as La Marea never disappoints!

HK
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose La Marea to celebrate my wife’s birthday during a mid week getaway to old Saybrook, CT. This was one of the best dining experiences we have ever had. Certainly the best Italian food in CT! The owners were amazing and made us feel very welcomed. The service was off the charts. If you are looking for an amazing restaurant experience, look no further, La Marea will not disappoint. We will be back as soon as we can get back up there from where we live in southern CT.

SN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took advantage of their Tuesday night pizza/beer or wine special for $20 and enjoyed every minute of it! We love the vibe of the bar area and the beautiful decor. Friendly service every time we dine. There was a nice quiet energy and almost every seat in the entire bar area was full. Great music playing in the background , happy hum of conversation, and perfect lighting made for a very nice little outing for my husband and 13 year old - who LOVES the bolognese. We always leave La Marea content and looking forward to the next time.

LH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Marea is such a happy place with a great vibe. The food is excellent and consistent. Always my first choice.

DS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service. Nice family owned restaurant. One of our favorites!!

TP
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Italian restaurant on the shoreline. The good is great the service is great! Great meal every single time

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was AMAZING & the food was EVERYTHING!!!

Definitely recommend this restaurant!!!

KR
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fabulous restaurant! Loved it all and will definitely go back!

MB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual food was great, host was charming and server was attentive and friendly. Our favorite place.

j
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was outstanding, traditional dishes made special. The service was likewise outstanding with very attentive servers.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food with a wide variety of drink options. Staff is friendly, efficient and knowledgeable.

P
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very creative and extensive cocktail menu. Bar scene before dinner was lively and cozy w fireplaces. Main dining room was also very nice w fireplace and despite a packed room the noise level was reasonable enough to have a conversation among our table of 5. Nice selection from the menu of standard Italian dishes. Service was very attentive. Overall a great experience that I would not hesitate to recommend or repeat.

JP
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Service was excellent. Food was delicious, although the mushroom crepe not as much. Always seem to get into interesting discussions with other diners, although acoustics make it nearly impossible to conduct a conversation.

BS
New England
108 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful night at La Marea. The ambiance, food, drinks and of course the service were all five stars. The food here is the best in the Saybrook area and the service is as good as the food. A lot of people working yet you are never rushed. Very well orchestrated staff!

f
New England
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful as always, it is one of our favorite places for special occasions. It never disappoints.

TS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always, wonderful service, outstanding atmosphere.

S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overall it was excellent. We will definitely go back and will bring our town guests.

n
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Excellent staff. Fast service.

YM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Valentine Day

WW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Proportions were ridiculously small. One member of our table ordered rigatoni with marinara sauce ($22). There weren’t a dozen noodles in the bowl. When we brought it up they said we should have asked for more.

OU
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always great dinner at La Marea. Lobster Ravioli special and Double Cut Port Chop were GREAT. Great service and homemade desserts were off the charts.

m
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love La Marea we like to sit either at the high top tables or the bar.
Excellent food and a great local place

JM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I took my wife for Valentines dinner after getting a notification from Open Table that La Marea was one of the top ten restaurants in Connecticut.

The people rating this restaurant must be easy graders!

It is a decent restaurant, but far from top 10 in the state. Two within a few miles, Livs Oyster Bar and the Bee &Thistle, are significantly better.

The service was excellent, the atmosphere is unimpressive. The food was very good, but not outstanding.

DB
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

La Marea was a very pleasant surprise. My wife and I spent the night at the spa in Old Saybrook and looked to head off site to have our Valentine's Dinner. The staff at La Marea was terrific from the time we walked thru the door until we headed back to the car. Our Sever, Karen, was spot on and well seasoned. We ordered a reasonably priced bottle Amarone to enjoy with dinner and after tasting , Karen offered to decant it. A nice touch. We ordered all of our food to split, the meatball appetizer was delicious, properly cooked and seasoned to perfection. I ordered Veal Ossobuco and requested it to be served over Rigatoni, again perfect, tender and tastey. My wife ordered a pasta that too was just right. To finish it all off I ordered the homemade cheesecake, WOW!!! Best dessert I've had in a very long time. If you are in the neighborhood this is a place not to be missed!

JM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was great, service attentive and the space is both modern and warm. Highly recommend!

FH
New England
32 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service at reasonable prices. Please sure to make reservations.

OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal (pork chop), something I never order at a restaurant. Absolutely fantastic.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and loved being near the fireplace! Was a great place to go for a birthday dinner! The Bolognese was amazing!!

L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday but honestly we go for date night every week just love the food, the people and the staff

P
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I never get to visit enough, I live in Hartford and meet a girlfriend from Old Saybrook there. From the moment I walk in I am salivating, it is quiet, elegant, beautiful and the food-AWESOME.
Pamela

MF
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was exceptional good quality. Flavors were exceptional And laid out on the palate perfectly.

OT
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great food and service every time we go.

SH
New England
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is as well prepared as the staff. The food is savory and beautifully plated. Can't wait to go back.

L
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never have I been disappointed with the food, the service or the staff.

MR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you it was a spectacular night

OT
New England
32 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dining room is the prettiest anywhere and love the fireplace!
The food and cocktails are always superb; our favorite go to restaurant.
They make you feel like a member of the family!

m
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the bar area at La Marea. Wonderful place to have dinner

m
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were greeted by Hugo who was very personable and attentive. Our server Veronica was fantastic. Anticipated our every need. Food was out of this world and hot in temperature. We are going back soon. Magical!!

SR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place...wonderful service from Emily.