What Insiders Are Saying
With Spartina, Melrose finally got what it always needed. A neighborhood pasta joint that never takes itself too seriously.
We had a fantastic meal with wonderful service and sitting outside only added to our beautiful evening.
All of the appetizers - and we had many - were delicious as well as the entrées. Especially recommend the grilled avocado, chickpea pie type thing and the pastors. Also had wonderful drinks.
I wanted to like Spartina - the outdoor patio is very nice, but the food, service, and value is so off the mark. The happy hour menu looked great, but came up so short. The best part was the pizza and even that was disappointing. The worst part was the arugula salad - it was barely dressed, we were pretty much eating dry arugula. The pasta was fine, but nothing to write home about. The meatballs were lukewarm... Our server was cold and unattentive. And to top it all off, as we were walking out, we spotted two cockroaches running through the patio area. Needless to say, we won't be back.
I was super excited to come back here for my birthday but the food was not nearly as good as I remembered from
a business meal here last year. The broccoli we ordered was way over seasoned and lemon-ed to the point of being sour and inedible. My boyfriend’s pizza was bland and the wine I wanted was out of stock. Then the tiramisu was frozen in the middle? and watery. Ah this was really a bummer, and it was supposed to be a special occasion. No one was rude and the place is beautiful, but the food was a real let down.
The food and service was exceptional. We always enjoy dinner at Spartina. Still a wonderful experience.
I really love spartina— it is the perfect upscale casual dining experience. They have an amazing amount of starters all of which are excellent. I only eat their proteins which are also excellent. The one thing I wish is that they would add either more proteins to menu or have more specials including proteins. I have never tried their pizza or pasta. But I’m sure they are excellent, too. Overall I love to go here and sit on the patio to have a cocktail and a glass of wine with dinner. Excellent dining experience.
This is our neighborhood spot and we always like taking outta town visitors. All the Food was great as usual. Had a small misstep on getting our complete order. Two of our dishes arrived and we asked - a couple times - about the 3rd dish. It finally arrived after everyone else was finished. We had it boxed to go. Hopefully this was a onetime hiccup. Don’t want to have to find another local neighborhood spot.
I have dined here on a few occasions considering how close Spartina is to where I live. I like the menu a lot and probably prefer their dinner to brunch. I find the food good but not spectacular. I like the ambiance especially their outdoor space.
Service however is never consistent and not the best. On this occassion the hostess was also being used for other duties so it took a few minutes to get seated although there was ample space available.
Initially there were no glasses for water and then only I was served even though the table setting was for 2 and I expressed that as well. A couple more snafus, being served appetizers (bombolini and fries) to share but having no plates. Going to get the plates ourselves then having the server pick up our plates even though we were using them. Delay in cocktails due to service being overextended.... etc.
Food arrived in a timely manner and as I said was good. I had the beef belly hash and my date had the chicken salad. I enjoyed my drink when it arrived but felt less relaxed due to the initial snafus.
The bartender needs to make a basic Bloody Mary better. The price on the Burrata starter dish was a bit high for such a small portion. The price for the fresh squeezed orange juice was way too high for the size glass in cane in. Overall, the service was good and the food delicious.
I love Spartina, especially on a Friday night and it did not disappoint. I liked seeing some new things on the menu, since I have had most of the items already. It was delicious and our server was fantastic.
Wonderful reunion experience with old college friends!
When you can't get into Jon & Vinny's or don't feel like trying to get in to Jon & Vinny's, this is the place. Plus, most of their menu is 1/2 price (including wine) between 5:30-7, and all day Monday) which is insane.
The service was not great...at one point, my friend got up from the table to ask another waiter for salt and pepper. We had two different servers during the course of our meal and neither were very attentive. It wasn’t the servers’ fault though, they were understaffed and the servers had too much real estate to cover.
The meal was expensive and it was tasty but not exceptional, by any means.
I love this place. Service was a little slow the last time, but the food and ambience are always excellent. Definitely will go back. Haven’t checked out the happy hour yet, but have heard great things!
Great food, mediocre service on this visit. Maybe understaffed.
Love Spartina. Their dinner is great but honestly a favorite of my group for brunch. Never a wait, easy to get a reservation, cool ambiance and reasonable prices. I usually hate going out for brunch but if it’s Spartina I’m always game!
Great food. A bit of a slow service
Phenomenal Food. Wine was amazing. The decor and ambiance is really very affable and low key. Every course was an exceptional experience
Happy hour all evening on Mondays is a great deal. Short rib pasta was best dish.
My wife and I went here for our anniversary. It's a nice restaurant with attentive staff. Here's the rundown on the food. We had the Chickpea Farinata off the Happy Hour menu. It was the dullest dish of the night. It was just cumin-flavored dough. The avocado was nice but added little. Then we had their famous Romanesco Cauliflower. That was really good though it could have used a few more raisins and perhaps a bit more salty anchovy. For main dishes, I had the Bucatini Carbonara which was good but could have been great if they had cooked the pasta a little longer. I love al dente but I couldn't even twirl this on my fork it was so stiff! My wife had the Trenette with Octopus and Bone Marrow. Her only complaint was she wished the pieces of octopus were bigger. We don't usually do dessert but the choices rose above the usual chocolate lava cake and such so we went with it. My wife had the Affogato espresso and vanilla gelato and I had the Walnut Pie which was so buttery and good.
Birthday brunch and our waitress was fun! If only I could recall her name :(
Spartina is a wonderful neighborhood gem. It’s Italian with the chefs own twist on many pastas and pizza dishes. There are many places around LA like this but they don’t succeed because the chefs are simply not as talented. The flavors are unique but still familiar and wonderful. My dad who is a pretty conservative eater was in town and even he couldn’t deny the outstanding flavor of the Rigatoni with shrimp. I had the skirt steak which was perfectly charred and seasoned. Do yourself a favor though and sit outside if you can. Inside is very pretty but tables are too close and it’s very loud due to open kitchen. Outside there are heat lamps and it’s peaceful.
Great good, great space. Pastas as very good.
Amazing food and service! And the Aperol Spritz was so good!! Highly recommend the burrata ravioli!
Great time! Food was delicious and service was wonderful!
Waitress was not knowledgeable of the food items on the menu.
Spartina has a great menu
the service is attentive
The wine list is very nice
It was a great experience
Perfect place for meetings. Great service and delicious food
Casual atmosphere plus cravable flavors is a winning combination for me. We tried three pastas. One was excellent and the other two were close-your-eyes spectacular. Quite rich, but creative, unique, and just plain delicious.
Lovely atmosphere and delicious food. Service was impeccable
Delicious, homemade Italian food! The bread with ricotta and honey was amazing. The pasta was really amazing. We ate outside in a beautiful garden with plenty of heat lamps. We will return!
Always amazing food and service!
This was the second time we went to brunch at Spartina. It is not very far from our oldest' apartment. We first found it when one of the owners competed against Bobby Flay on TV. The brunch is amazing! One of the owners came out and visited again. They sent us extra sweets because of a birthday. The outside is a wonderful place to eat brunch. Our oldest went to the Monday all day happy hour with her beau. We have made it a regular occasion whenever in L.A. What a great place for the next day, morning, etc.
Amazing food and beyond great service! They gave my pregnant wife a free dessert. Made the date night perfect! Will be back again soon!
EXCELLENT PASTA DISHES! We tried two of the pasta dishes along with salads and appetizers. The flavor, presentation, and creativity was awesome in each!
Good food, friendly staff
The staff and the food here always make it a really nice experience.
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.
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.
Spartina is a neighborhood favorite! Their service is impeccable, the patio is lovely, and happy hour is legit.