Spartina

4.7
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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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OT
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Four of us sat on the patio. We let them know we were celebrating a birthday, twice, but no mention was ever made. A little slow on the flip flop with getting the outdoor heater going (also asked multiple times) and also drink orders and refills. Service wasn’t terrible, but not good or great either. (This was not a busy for a Friday night with vacant tables around us.) The avocado appetizer was okay, but nothing special. Two of us enjoyed the arrabiata pasta...it was flavorful and just rich enough, though teetered on almost too salty. Sitting on the patio is quite noisy and lively with traffic and sirens.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great a quick which isn’t a normal combination. Good cocktails and great service. Marg pizza was beautiful and delicious. Carbonara is something to try on every visit.

CW
London
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great ambience as always

KA
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant never fails to impress. The ambiance inside and out is terrific. The thoughtful design of the interior space is a great bonus to the dining experience. The service is always too notch. They seem to really value an informed staff. The spaghetti pie is amazing. The ricotta with rye bread is delicious. The pepperoni pizza is a highlight and I don’t even like pepperoni pizza because it’s the topping choice a child would make. The drinks are really well put together. I can’t remember the cocktail I had but it includes an herbaceous liqueur that’s really nice. Monday night all night happy hour was great to try out and we will definitely be back for that. Overall the experience was as fantastic as usual.

CK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dinner at Spartina. Loved sitting outside on a warm night. I had the fish - it was superb. Would definitely recommend!

BL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Both the food and cocktail program were wonderful. Service needs A LOT of help. Finished plates went uncleared for too long, server left us between dinner and wanting to order dessert for 15+ minutes. We had to ask another server for dessert menus.
Would love to come back for that amazing caesar salad, pasta and wine — but will be sitting at the bar.

b
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is very authentic Italian - try any pizza or pasta (the carbonara is fabulous!).
Service was excellent, friendly, attentive.
Not overpriced either.
Highly recommend

H
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very solid brunch menu. I would like to sample some of the house made pastas from the dinner menu.

ES
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Sat on their beautiful patio and the 4 of us enjoyed great priced happy hour cocktails (Negroni and Aperol Spritz), we shared several dishes including a delicious sloppy Joe, a very good Margherita Pizza, a pork rag pasta, a pasta with shrimp and cream sauce, and butternut squash in a brown butter sauce. The best dish of the night though, was the short rib stuffed ravioli, wow! We did not need them, but noticed the patio dies have heaters, and the inside was very nice. I definitely recommend.

M
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Nice outdoor patio, below average service, the food was not good.

CD
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and staff are excellent. The food is tasty and the staff are kind and attentive. Parking can be tough and the location is both in the middle of everything on Melrose and in the middle of everything on Melrose so be in the mood for the grand theater of life in Los Angeles.

A
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Food was pretty good. The patio was very nice. Overall experience wasn’t blow away but it was really nice for a chill evening. The patio has medium height walls, planters and lights that seclude the restaurant from the streets of Melrose. Had an early dinner which was nice and fairly quiet. The happy hour menu was good too.

G
London
63 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent as always! We love Spartina! Delish! Delish! Delish!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Everything was great, just one detail, a couple of us ordered the same dish, but all the portions size were different really inconsistent.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great - but a bit loud.

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience5

Food was terrible. I judge a restaurant by whether I would come back and eat there and I definitely wouldn’t. Just seems like they’re missing the mark. Odd flavors. Also service was hit or miss. One person serving our drinks was efficient but the lady who took our order and brought our bill was slow and seemed like she was strung out on drugs.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best pastas in town

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my dad’s 70th birthday with two little grandkids in tow. Staff could not have been more pleasant and helpful and accommodating. The food was excellent, their patio is beautiful and we all had a lovely dinner celebrating.

PR
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food is always amazing there! The staff is really friendly and professional.
My only recommendation would be music in the patio outside. It will really add to the ambiance.

s
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On this first ever visit to Spartina, I was so pleasantly surprised. I loved the beautiful plants all around that create a peaceful outdoor ambiance even on a busy road. Happy hour prices were great and food portions were large and good for sharing. The waiter was knowledgeable and personable. I certainly plan to return.

JC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10-year friendiversary-one of our favorite spots. Keep it up!

TG
Los Angeles
62 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always great. I love the Pepperoni and Honey pizza! One of the few restaurants on Melrose you can sit outside. Service is always good and its a great neighborhood spot.

M
Salt Lake City
85 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Historically the food was and has been good. I tried the chicken parmigiana and the sauce on the pasta was like water, the chicken was not pounded, it was just a big lump of chicken and there was no real taste. Sorry...ZERO on this one.

J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come here often and it’s always great food, great drinks , and great service. Spartina never disappoints !

h
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

kudos
Great local spot, really solid cooking, makes you feel very comfortable.

MH
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant in Los Angeles - if I could eat here every night, I would. I love the food - the freshness and flavors of the pasta dishes, the delicious pizzas, the exquisite vegetable dishes and unique salads, and the wonderful deserts. I cannot recommend it more highly!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Poor service. Waiters and waitress looked like they hate their lives.

BW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and server was very professional. Will definitely go back.

M
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and phenomenal service. Consistently excellent.

A
Orange County
52 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Food wasn’t hot but all else was good.

JB
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere at Spartina takes you miles away from LA if you dine outside. The staff is friendly and engaged. The food very interesting and one of my favorite casual LA places. The Chef, Steven Kalt, is a terrific craftsman and a great gentleman. Take the time to meet him and Freddie, who runs the front of the house.

d
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Pistachio pesto was fantastic, as were the squash blossoms.

g
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite neighborhood spott

G
London
63 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love the food and the atmosphere and the service at chef/owner Steven’s fabulous restaurant. The drinks are also great and the appetizers and entrees are all fantastic. Check out Monday night when happy hour is all evening. Beautiful outdoor patio as well.

K
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I consider SPARTINA a go-to for unique italian food here in Los Angeles. I grew up in Boston and it's always tough to find delicious and authentic Italian cuisine with a twist. We love this place.

g
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining al fresco is alway great at Spartina.
The food and service were lovely.
The Calabrian Chicken Sandwich was awesome - the perfect blend of sweet, spice and crunchy fried chicken. This is our local date nite spot just down the street. We’ll be back.

MM
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Rude hostess! Ruined the experience. Asked for outside dining, as we made the reservation through Open Table two days before the date we arrived - she said she had reservations for those tables - which was not an option when we reserved. Then put us in a nice corner table, only to send the other hostess back over to move us one table over - not as nice a table (not as romantic) saying it was a mistake AFTER we had already been seated. That corner table was reserved, too, the other hostess had been told by the one out front. We ate for an hour or so - no one EVER took the corner table we were moved off of. Very rude and made my wife feel like a second class patron. We will not be returning.

SP
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall, pleased with experience at Spartina. Portion sizes are on the small end for the cost, but everything was tasty and our service was superb.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing!!! She made it great oh and the food

W
Los Angeles
67 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Really great place. I highly recommend the farinata, faro salad and roasted chicken. Yum!! Our only complaint was that as chardonnay drinkers we had to pay $20 a glass which is pretty outrageous. I think a less pricey option in addition to the one they have on their menu would be great.