Spartina

4.5
429 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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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter brunch was superb! The chef is outstanding. I’ve been before for dinner and it was also excellent. Presentation, service and variety all 5 star. Highly recommend.

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O
San Francisco
70 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Continues to be my (and my adult kids') favorite LA restaurant. We live in the Bay Area and every time we hit LA (alone or together), we make a point of doing long, leisurely, tasty dinners at Spartina. Here's a restaurant that does it ALL wonderfully – every time, year after year. Much love from NorCal.

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AP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spartina is a neighborhood favorite! Their service is impeccable, the patio is lovely, and happy hour is legit.

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SK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live near by and eat at Spartina often. The service is great, food wonderful. A great place to take your pup!

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j
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Disappointing brunch experience. I was looking forward to this meal, having read good reviews of the restaurant, but brunch fell short. We ordered French Toast for the table, and that was enjoyed by everyone, but we were delayed in eating it as the server brought 3 plates for a table of 4 and then took way too long to bring the 4th plate--In fact, we had to ask for it. Entrees were hit and miss, especially when it came to how they were presented--the burger came with fries, whereas the breakfast sandwich, and the hot chicken sandwich were a la carte. There was absolutely nothing on the plate other than the sandwich. Very poor presentation. We decided that if we ever went back, we would order French toast and bacon, that's it. The patio is nice.

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LR
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My Nephew recommended Spartina to me and I was so pleased that he did. Our chicken dinner with dates
and honey was so delicious! Our server, I think her name was Jessica was so gracious and accommodating.
She recommended the dessert that was yummy. All in all we had a marvelous evening enjoying the well
prepared food. I am definitely returning to your restaurant.

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TJ
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this is a favorite place in LA. inventive menu, absolutely fantastic wait staff and management. just the best for neighborhood fine dining in a casual outdoor terrace in the heart of the Melrose area.

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J
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

It has pretty good reviews online. To be honest, the food was just fine. Not terrible, but nothing amazing. Service was a little slow, but friendly. Probably a good solid place for locals, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to come here.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Amazing service. Wonderful food. Spent over 2 hours dining and relaxing on the patio. Perfect for a date or a get together with friends. Then you can pop over to Melrose Umbrella Co. for a delicious night cap.

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S
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

You know what, it was OK. I can’t really say anything was a standout. We had 3 apps- Clarke St Bread, Octopus, and Cauliflower. And 2 entrees- Tortilloni with Short Rib, and the Carbonara. The tortilloni was a bit greasy and honestly I make a better Carbonara. Tiramisu was the dessert - kinda dry. Would comeback but need to change up the menu - been the same for a year.

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NH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This was my third time. First two times were perfect. Although I’ll say most times staff is super hands off and not around often. Love the vibe and decor. My first two visits the food was PERFECT. This third time one dish was good and one bad. I was on a date and neither of us liked it but I felt weird sending it back or complaining. It was the pepperoni pizza with honey and chili oil. An obvious try at NY style toppings but it was gross. It was the equivalent of a Tombstone pizza and the pepperonis had the exact same texture. The short rib pasta was DELISH. Can’t win them all. I’d go back but never get pizza.

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Decent food. Good vibe. Poor service.

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NK
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. The cocktails were alright. The staff was very hospitable and our waitress was awesome.

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JB
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was fantastic, ambience was great and the cost was reasonable for good food. Parking is a bit tricky but seems common in the area.

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YI
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Really delicious food in a lovely atmosphere.

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d
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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N
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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S
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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H
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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OT
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
49 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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A
Los Angeles
26 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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