Spartina

4.6
401 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
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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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CK
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance and the service was really nice.

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C
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 7, 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 22, 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 16, 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 9, 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 January 1, 2019
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 18, 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 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pasta in a beautiful setting

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RR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 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 9, 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 8, 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 18, 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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n
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Spartina several times now and the food and service have been top notch every single time (something even the best restaurants struggle with). The bartenders use fresh fruit juices in their cocktails and the pastas are made by hand at the restaurant. Huge selection of small plates with so many great and tasty options, including many vegetable dishes. Perfect place for a casual, but super delicious meal. Highly recommended!

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L
Nashville
16 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to L.A. to visit our oldest and see a college football game. Spartina was on our "try list" from watching the chef on a Food Network show. It was fantastic! The people were wonderful. We were greeted by the host-partner in the restaurant. We were seated outside with space from other diners in a comfortable setting. The food was well thought out and delicious. The romana (salmon, grilled polenta, hollandaise and two soft boiled eggs) was amazing! It was also offered two different ways instead of the salmon. The beef belly hash, so simple, so good. I had asked about two different breakfast entrees. I ordered one and surprisingly the other was brought to the table, gratis. The server respected our privacy but stayed enough to listen. The partner came out and gave his time and attention as only an interested owner would do. Yes, there are bottomless mimosas, because the bartender served our table. I was driving and drank iced tea so this review is 100%.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 5

When booking on open table, the app specifies which seating is available for your reservation (outdoor, standard, bar) and then you choose which you want. When checking in at the restaurant, I was told that they don't guarantee your choice. I booked standard on a cold night and was told only outdoor was available. It's the old bait and switch. Definitely would not have gone had I known this.

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JT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for first date, even comped a dish I ordered mistakenly because my date didn't eat pork. Great food and vibe.

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GB
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Loves the food. The octopus was probably the best thing on the menu and the hardest one to pull off.
Place is loud , but worthy

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DT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My 2nd time here. Great food and friendly service. The tables are a little too close to each other for my taste.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The burrata ravioli was amazing I’ll be returning

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NR
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was very delicious, service was good and the drinks were very well made. I loved the ambience and the whole experience was fun. I am glad we went on a monday for the pasta specials, it can add up.

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G
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s my favorite local restaurant! Food & service GREAT!

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JR
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was okay. There were out of a few key brunch ingredients the day we visited.

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AB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The food was good, but definitely not worth the high prices. Service was very slow, despite the restaurant being almost empty.

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun low key yet high quality food!!

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f
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food in a great seating!

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