Spartina

4.7
348 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Spartina specializes in seasonal, market driven Cal-Italian fare. Spartina accepts reservations for large parties in both our chic, industrial meets mid-century modern dining room and our large patio. We feature a comfortable bar with food served out of an open kitchen. Please call to reserve for parties of 9 or more.
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Delivery or takeout
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Californian, Grill
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday; 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm; Friday 5:30 pm-11:00 pm, Saturday; 5:30 pm to 11:00 pm, Sunday 5:30 pm- 9:00 pm

Saturday and Sunday Brunch 11 -3pm

Happy Hour Everyday from 5:30 - 7pm
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Phone number
(323) 782-1023
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Stephen Kalt
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Gardner
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine

Private Dining

Full restaurant buy outs as well as patio or dining room events available.

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What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8

With Spartina, Melrose finally got what it always needed. A neighborhood pasta joint that never takes itself too seriously.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 348 People Are Saying
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New England
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always Great!

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EN
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff at Spartina make you feel like home. The aesthetic is beautiful, and the food is DELICIOUS. Always excited for an opportunity to go back.

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LO
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Decent food. Bad service. Expensive for what it is.

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KE
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great reception and service from the moment we arrived.
Noise level very acceptable ( we were on the patio).
Highly recommend anytime of day.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is always amazing

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TG
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very nice neighborhood gem. Food is always good. The burger on the happy hour menu is great. Just needs some fries with it.

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g
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious. Flat out delicious everything.

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A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The service was a little slow, but the food was quite good for the price. They have happy hour every day. The patio view was beautiful but the noise from the street was pretty loud and it got a bit buggy by the bushes. Overall, I'd recommend asking for seats closer to the front doors, or eat inside if it's hot.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spartina is my favorite LA restaurant. A quick glance at the menu might fool you into thinking this is just high end Italian. But every dish has dimensions. The pepperoni pizza with honey and chili oil is a perfect example. You think you know what you’re getting, but the first bite tells you this is thoughtful creative cuisine. The grilled octopus appetizer, something I would never order, is amazing - a tender delivery of the essence of the grill. Totally unexpected. Everything is good. Let your waiter recommend something and prepare for a wonderful surprise. Also, go off menu for a cocktail and order the white lion.

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AB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed our date night here. Unfortunately our dinner was slightly delayed due to the fact that I told the server I was gluten-free and she did not put in my meal as gf. Glad I asked to double check or I would have been very sad later. We had to walk really fast to our next reservation since it was delayed. Other than that, the food was excellent and we will probably go back sometime.

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CH
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Do not go! None of the food was very good. Complimentary beans were dry, pizza was dry, Carbonara was some of the worst prepared Carbonara I've ever had. It would have been better at your local pizza joint. Wait staff not knowledgable about wines. The only nice part was the host. If our meal was any indication, prices should be cut in half or the restaurant needs to go! It's a mediocre corner pizza place masquerading as fine dining..... Tsk tsk.

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Portland
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server was fantastic and the host was so much fun! The food was absolutely delicious!

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RM
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant ever! This will always be my go to spot!

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YV
Thailand
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent experience; food - service - ambiance all tip notch. Highly recommended!

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GR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

service, food and atmosphere was outstanding. great for sharing small plates. patio is beautiful

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The service is pretty bad here. Waiter came by twice in 1.5 hrs and straight up ignored us when we tried to make eye contact. I live super close, and like some of the dishes, but I’ve officially had too many incidents of bad service to go back.

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EG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

The ambiance was great. The food was mediocre. The service was absolutely awful. I’ve been twice. I thought the same after the first trip but really wanted to give it a second chance. I can say now with confidence I will not go back.

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F
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything! From the bread to the squash blossoms and sugarsnap peas to that carbonara!!! “Roll me over lay down and do it again!!!!”

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SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love eating here when we visit LA. The ambiance is wonderful, particularly sitting outside amidst the olive trees. The food is also interesting and delicious, with an Italian theme. Steve is ever-present to ensure that the food is fresh and inventive, and that things flow well. The service is relaxed, but attentive and Freddy always takes good care of us.

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a
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Went on a Sunday night, so it was unusually quite and decidedly not busy. Had a lovely quiet evening dining out with partner. Food was excellent, cocktails were great, service was very good, and pricing was passable. For as quiet as the place was, service wasn’t exceptionally attentive, but I don’t need to be waited on hand and foot so totally acceptable. The food was incredible, however, the pricing didn’t seem to be as competitive to match the quality.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was mediocre. Server had an off putting energy to her and seemed annoyed the whole time.

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AG
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and unique food. Very friendly and professional service. Looking forward to my next visit.

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C
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an incredible find! The chef lets his pizza dough rise for 3 to 4 days which greatly embellishes the flavor. I thought the pizza Bianca was better than Pizzeria Mozza and I'm a huge Nancy Silverton fan! And the walnut pie ... addicting – perfect balance of sweet and crunchy, gooey and decadent. We will be back! Service and atmosphere matched the food, and everything is well underpriced! I almost don't want to write a review like this because it will make it harder to get a table in the future!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fantastic. Everything was amazing.

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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 4

Everything was actually pretty good, but the air conditioner was off, we asked three times to turn it on and they said it was on and obviously it wasn’t, it was not until we were about to leave, (we were the only people inside) that they turned it on.
It was really bad.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The only concern we had was when we asked our waiter what was good he told us they served handmade pastas and stuff in a very annoyed voice. Kind of like we were supposed to know what was good haha. and it was our first time there and it kind of made us feel stupid.

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DZ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Consistently delicious and great service, Spartina is a local favorite of ours. The staff is incredibly knowledgeable and the food never disappoints.

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Palm Springs
11 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always perfect carbonara

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P
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Food and ambience was great. The young female hostess should be fired. The service was INCREDIBLY slow. I approached our waitress to ask what had happened to my drink, which I'd ordered 15 minutes previous. The hostess cut in and told me in a highly condescending tone that they were going out of their way to serve my party at 10pm and made it very clear the restaurant was DOING US A FAVOR. There were 12 of us. We spent over $500.00 on
after-theatre food and drink, and might have spent more but the service was SO SLOW and RUDE. If they get rid of that self-entitled 20 year-old at the door however, it could be a place you'd want to call home.

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The menu looked fantastic, but our pasta wasn’t good. It tasted precooked and stale. The black and white garlic pasta was bland. The beef cheek ragu tasted like beef stroganoff. On the bright side, our bartender/server was lovely, and the wine was delicious. I don’t think we will be back.

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KM
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First things first, ambiance is a big deal for me and this place is great. The patio is romantic and lovely and provides good people watching for some tables. I ordered the Pear of Aces cocktail and it was delicious! Sweet but not overwhelming. I had 2. As an appetizer we kept it simple and had the burrata with tomatoes. So good. It’s a dish with few ingredients but the flavors were really bold. And for my entree I ordered the spaghettini with black and white garlic and I am still thinking about how good it was! 3 days later. An overall wonderful dinner. I will definitely be back.

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GB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spartina is a wonderful upscale/causal Italian restaurant serving delicious food. The vibe is fantastic for all people and occasions (business, friends, a date...). Highly recommend as a crowd pleaser. Pizzas were light and flavorful, and pastas perfectly al dente.

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RG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spartina has it all. Great location. Cool, inviting room. Inspired cuisine. Fresh, delicious ingredients. Friendly service. I can't recommend it enough.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service and food

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MG
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Average food, mediocre service. Shame because I live locally and wanted to like it. Won't be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Good food, but we had terrible service. I would not recommend unless you feel like being treated like a second class citizen. We clearly weren’t hip enough for this place.

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TG
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very nice neighborhood restaurant. Prices are a little high. But a very good place to eat

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Miami
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food

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s
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to have a wonderful meal with family & friends.

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KN
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly service, always attentive while not being pushy or hovering. The pasta is amazing. The tortellini was a favorite among our group. I enjoyed the carbonara very much.

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