Spartina

4.6
414 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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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.
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Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

I have been here for brunch before and really enjoyed my time. This time, however, was a little less enjoyable. To start off, we sat at a table for about 10 minutes before anyone greeted us with water or took our beverage orders. My beverage came out in a timely manner, however my friend, who ordered the Aperol bottomless, took almost 15 minutes before her drink hit the table. We ordered some starters before our third person arrived. They arrived in a timely manner as well. However, when we ordered entrees, when our third guest arrived, we noticed it was over 25 minutes since we ordered and we still hadn't recieced our food. A new server approached our table, and said our server left for the day and she was taking over. We informed her that our food is taking a while. She immediately looked into it, and found out that our original server forgot to put the order in. The mamanegment team took care of the food and did their best to rectify the situation. I appreciate the genuine concern for our experience, and the help the management/server did to make the brunch better. I would still go back, because the food is fantastic, and it may have been an off day for our original server.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I was excited to make reservations but wasn’t impressed at all. Our waiter didn’t check in once and they gave us the wrong pasta we ordered for 1 plate. Not worth the money at all.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Absolutely delicious and a great atmosphere. Highly recommended.

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St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

They forgot to put our food order in for about an hour but we were drinking bottomless mimosas so it worked out :)
The food was solid brunch food. Servers were nice and kept our drinks full.

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had dinner with my nephew. The service and foods are very very nice. The ambiance is so good too. I would love to go back when we come to LA area! Thank you!!!

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B
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal in a very nice dining room, and the staff was very welcoming. We're looking forward to returning soon!

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a great experience. The maître d was so welcoming and made our morning a little brighter. The servers were knowledgeable and accommodating. The never let our mimosas dry up. The food was amazing and they had the best orange juice in town.
10/10 would recommend

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G
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful, low key, delicious neighborhood fave!

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AI
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I've ever had! Amazing food! Great music playing in the background. Super friendly staff. The spaghettini pasta dish is literally to die for.

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TG
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is fantastic. The Monday all night Happy Hour food menu is such a great value. The outside seating was so nice on a cool night with the lights and heaters on. Overall I strongly suggest.

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MM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It’s a nice place with a good outdoor area but they have no gluten free or dairy free options.

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KG
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been coming here for quite a while now and ALWAYS have a most delicious meal and the nicest wait staff.

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Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

This was our first time here. Overall, the food was good but not particularly memorable. However, the appetizers were outstanding! The octopus salad and polenta with Gorgonzola were both delicious. The service started out well but as the restaurant got busier, the service got very slow. They may just have been short-handed that day but our dinner lasted MUCH longer than expected. I would say that it is a nice restaurant with pleasant though unremarkable staff and food. But I think the appetizers were good enough that I may consider trying it again.

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CK
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place, came 2x in one week! Would recommend the pork ragu, we got it 3 times!

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Loved it. Great atmosphere, delicious food and excellent service.

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

Great ambiance and the service was really nice.

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C
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal and service - imaginative menu, delicious food, beautiful space, highly recommend!

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VM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Service was sort of rude. Granted, we went on Valentine's, so they were serving a lot of people, but our guy clearly didn't want to be there and I felt like he was rolling his eyes at us the entire time. We asked if they had any bread, which isn't that crazy a request at an Italian restaurant, but he made it seem like we asked for his first born. He eventually scrounged up some thick-cut toasted slices, told us not to advertise that he did to other tables, and charged us $6 for it. Whatever. Food was greasy but fine.

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JS
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best happy hour I’ve found in LA. Delicious pizza and house wine.

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K
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Went for a brunch for a birthday and thought the food was excellent and prepared well. Just thought the place was a bit too noisy for us and the crowd was a younger hip crowd. We are an older hip crowd.

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c
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Weekends noisy beyond belief...eat I side to avoid exhaust fumes from street
Motorcycles particularly disgusting
Melrose now nearly as trashy as Hollywood Blvd.

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E
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Service wasn't great here, but there were only two people serving at lunch on a Sunday and they struggled to keep up. Extensive brunch menu but of the 10 or so dishes we had between the group I would only recommend a few of the apps - the sprouts/burrata dish being the pick of them. Bottomless mimosas were heavy on the juice and we had to hunt down our server for refills. On balance, dont regret trying it - but there are so many better places for brunch in the area.

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GW
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is FANTASTIC. The staff is WONDERFUL. Outdoor seating is lovely. Indoor seating is great. BUT WHY DOES THE MUSIC HAVE TO BE SO FREAKIN' LOUD. We had Sunday brunch, 11:30, and by the end of our meal we had to yell to hear each other. The space is loud on its own, when filled with people. I don't need shrieking songstresses and techno din drowning me in noise.

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JD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined at Spartina for happy hour and dinner Monday night with my girlfriend. Drinks, Pizza, and Dessert all very good. Service was spectacular. Manager came over to check on us within ten minutes of sitting down since we were seated outside and it was slightly cold outside. He held a conversation with us, gave us travel tips since we were new to the area, and made us feel incredibly welcome. Very grateful for his hospitality. Will recommened to anyone and everyone. Go Pats.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Our server wasn’t very attentive and the food, while being good, wasn’t anything that special for the price. We ordered one of the Benedict’s, a pasta, pizza and the beef hash. We also ordered the broccolini as an appetizer and that was the best tasting dish, hands down.

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DB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing! Ladies night dinner before heading out for some cocktails nearby. We had pizza as an app and each tried a different pasta dish all were amazing! The staff was super attentive with refills coming quickly and amazing affogato to end the the great meal. Will definitely be back and would recommend to anyone!

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PS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience, great crowd, and a good Bottomless Mimosa (or Aperol) deal for $21!

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KS
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a birthday brunch, just two of us, and had the most wonderful experience. The staff was so genuinely friendly and great with suggestions. Not to mention every dish we ordered was right on the money with flavor and uniqueness.

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MA
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was great! Food was delicious...what more could one want?

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BS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Very good Sunday brunch. Extremely slow service, albeit friendly. Perhaps just understaffed.

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

They did ask us to move to a smaller adjacent table so they could seat a large party for NY’s Eve. A little inconvenient.
They could have offered free dessert or something.

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b
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Only one server was working outside and the patio was packed. The hostess wasn’t really helping her at all. Drinks and food took forever and a day. Their computer systems to close out separate checks doesn’t work so while the mimosas were good, place was cute I don’t think I would go there again

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was generally good. Trenette was too soft and not al dente. Service weird because we had 2 servers coming to our table?

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pasta in a beautiful setting

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RR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Solid, solid spot. Awesome food - always a pleasure to dine there.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place I’m never disappointed. All the food is amazing. Take my money!!!

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B
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service. Food was excellent if a little pricey but staff from top to bottom was attentive and service was fast. Will be back again.

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ES
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Second time dining at Spartina and it's a great place with lots of character. Staff is friendly and attentive. Food was outstanding. Try the Carbonara.

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BF
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Ambience was wonderful and staff was friendly. Not sure if it was an off day in the kitchen, but I had to send my eggs back three times and finally gave up, after repeatedly asking for my eggs to be fried hard, and receiving them back over easy.

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L
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been to Spartina a few times and the food is always top notch and reasonably priced! It’s one of the best Italian restaurants in Los Angeles in my view.

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