La Marea

4.8
1166 Reviews
$31 to $50
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. 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 1166 people are saying
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vipMary7629
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding , never disappoints

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shaleighr
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is fantastic! Going back again soon!

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KathleenB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was delicious as always. Had the lamb special it was great. Pizza is also one of our favorites. Can’t go wrong with all the salads they are all delicious. The eggplant appetizer is incredible.

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vipTamaB
New England
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff and food was 5 star. We highly recommend ibis restaurant!

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vipDDonn
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner at La Marea tonight. It always feels so welcoming to be there.Thank you!

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vipSharonT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined on New Year’s Eve. The food was amazing. I have a gluten allergy and they went above and beyond for me. They offered gluten free bread, pasta and dessert. My meal exceeded my expectations.

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vipScottM
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an extraordinarily well-managed Italian-style fine dining restaurant with great apps, salads, entrees, terrific Neapolitan pizza and desserts made on premise and at moderate prices.
We sat at a reserved bar seat on New Year’s Eve at opening and were warmly engaged by the front of the house and bartender Tony (filling in for Mark). The staff are disciplined and highly interactive with patrons and among themselves—a number of whom are family. LaMeara has an incredible buzz and energy. Watching the very hands-on owner and chef Nino in the kitchen from our seat at the bar was spellbinding.

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vipTamaB
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and our waiter gave us great suggestions. Everyone there is very friendly. 10/10 experience… try the spicy margarita. It won’t disappoint!

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vipBadtothebone
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal our waitress was fantastic the service was quick friendly and how can you beat that?

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Redhds
New England
11 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience and fireside meal. Francesca was a friendly, helpful and attentive server. Our meals - rabbit with pasta, and shrimp with asparagus and pasta were served by the owner and delicious. Excellent customer focus from this well trained staff. The dining room was safely spaced out and pleasantly quiet enough for meaningful conversation. Holiday decorations added a nice tasteful touch. We will return when traveling through the area again.

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MIchaelM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, excellent staff and an awesome atmosphere.

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JanofCT
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This place was unassuming from the outside but wonderful on the inside. The staff was very attentive, accommodating and friendly. The food was wonderful, all homemade, flavorful and beautifully prepared and presented. The cocktails were great too. Just a slight sticker shock from the tab, but we both felt it was worth it for the food alone.

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DLML
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was EXCELLENT and our sever Tony is AWESOME!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Marea makes a special occasion even more special! Juliana and Nino are passionate about their business and it shows in all they do. Amazing staff, too!

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DLML
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious. Tony was one of the best servers we have ever had.
Can’t wait to go back!

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AnneT
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive service, well-prepared dishes, and warm atmosphere.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place , great food, great service!

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David
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server, Denise, was very knowledgeable and made some suggestions that really enhanced our dining experience. All three of our selected entrees were well prepared and delicious!

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AsianItalian
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating two events (birthday and retirement) and trusted a good friend’s referral to have it a La Marea. It did not disappoint. The calamari was lightly battered and fried to perfection. The fried artichoke appetizer was excellent - although the portion size was a bit small (we needed up ordering another order so all of us can sample it). The dishes ordered were tasty, well prepared. We were given complimentary homemade Irish creme for our celebrations. We will return.

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DianeA
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding. The wait staff was very attentive. Will definitely go back.

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Colleenh
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice atmosphere, great service, food was very good

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vipLisamlp
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

3rd wedding Anniversary dinner and concert

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NMERR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply one of the very best restaurants in the area!

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Stickermaker
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for my wife. La Merea is a special place and perfect for our celebration

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kbisson24
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was AMAZING! We were very pleased with everything. I wish I could get out more because I would go to La Marea every time!! We had The meatball appetizer and it was to die for and the calamari with the lemon aioli was crazy good! Our dinners were above and beyond. Then when we were too full but couldn’t resist dessert we split the chocolate Pot de crème and it was delicious!!

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vipMary7629
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fantastic meal ! Wait staff are very friendly and welcoming and knowledgeable about the menu and specials . One of our favorite spots .

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What more can you say but outstanding! By far the best restaurant on the Ct shoreline! Nino and his team knock it out of the park everytime. If you a fabulous meal with great atmosphere along with getting treated like family this place is for you!

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FoodieK
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved sitting in the bar area and beautiful fireplace within view as well. Nice atmosphere and nice people working there.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food! Nice wines and a thoroughly enjoyable experience

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vipPackard40
New England
53 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is so inviting. Food fabulous. Nino and his wife care about their customers and makes sure they visit every table. The staff is friendly and wonderful. Atmosphere inviting. I love this restaurant. Best in this area.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous restaurant. The food is exceptional and the service is awesome!

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vipEssexLocal
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

No masks. No plexi. Crowded seating. A bit too laissez faire for my covid comfort level.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent as always. Nino is the best host and insures that everyone feels welcome!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food- consistent quality and great service- had Karen for waitress

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StacyL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating my dad’s birthday. The ambiance was wonderful with the fireplace going and holiday decorations lit up. All of our appetizers, dinners, and desserts were delicious and we will definitely visit again! The wait staff was very attentive and made the overall experience perfect!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!

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InSearchOfYummy
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is not a bad choice on the entire menu. Tonight's Osso Buco special with safron risotto was delicious.

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BobB
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything was fine with the exception of the scallop and pasta dish my sister had. We are of Italian decent and make homemade pasta and enjoy pasta on a regular basis. Although we enjoy al dente pasta this particular serving was very undercooked. In hindsight my sister should have sent it back but she said she would cook the leftovers more when she reheats.

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vipDDonn
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual a terrific dinner at La Marea. Nino and staff are always so welcoming and the food never disappoints. An Old Saybrook gem.

FAQs

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

La Marea is rated 4.8 stars by 1166 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.