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.
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.
Great food and great ambience as always
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.
Had a great dinner at Spartina. Loved sitting outside on a warm night. I had the fish - it was superb. Would definitely recommend!
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.
The food is very authentic Italian - try any pizza or pasta (the carbonara is fabulous!).
Service was excellent, friendly, attentive.
Not overpriced either.
Very solid brunch menu. I would like to sample some of the house made pastas from the dinner menu.
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.
Nice outdoor patio, below average service, the food was not good.
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.
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.
Excellent as always! We love Spartina! Delish! Delish! Delish!
Everything was great, just one detail, a couple of us ordered the same dish, but all the portions size were different really inconsistent.
Great - but a bit loud.
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.
Best pastas in town
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.
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.
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.
10-year friendiversary-one of our favorite spots. Keep it up!
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.
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.
We come here often and it’s always great food, great drinks , and great service. Spartina never disappoints !
Great local spot, really solid cooking, makes you feel very comfortable.
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!
Poor service. Waiters and waitress looked like they hate their lives.
Great food and server was very professional. Will definitely go back.
Outstanding food and phenomenal service. Consistently excellent.
Food wasn’t hot but all else was good.
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.
Pistachio pesto was fantastic, as were the squash blossoms.
Our favorite neighborhood spott
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our server was amazing!!! She made it great oh and the food
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.