Marino Ristorante

4.8
732 reviews
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Italian
Marino Ristorante is deeply rooted in the idea of doing all things the right way. Today the family owned restaurant, is giving its welcoming by Mario, Jr. and mom, Maria. The room is simple. A wall of glass, softened by out of door planters full of ficus, faces the famous Melrose Avenue. The soft colored walls, starched white linen cloths, the silver sugar caddy and votive holders and subdued oil paintings all come together to create its appeal. And then there is the food. Ciro, Mario and Sal were the first of the handful of chefs who are out daily in the early morning markets personally selecting the ingredients for the menu and seeking out the most interesting and pristine items for the specials. Placing yourselves in Mario’s hands for the tasting menus proves to be a wise decision. Also known for his knowledge of wines Mario will recommend the menu and wines to best meet your dining expectations. The Marino wine list has been repeatedly an award winner by Wine Spectator.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

On behalf of Marino Ristorante we will confirm reservation 36 hrs,
Tuesday 12 february in order to secure table.
Please see our special menu for Valentine's day

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As with every other experience at Marino’s, the service is impeccable and the food and ambiance match accordingly. Great spot!

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S
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. Small and personable. Great ambience. Good food.

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DD
New York Area
95 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Super-old school and fantastic. Mostly an older crowd, but I would think very welcoming of younger people. Three of us shared two pastas and each had an entree, then shared one dessert. What I tasted: tortelli with squash in a butter/sage sauce (good, classic), I forget what kind of pasta with rabbit white bolognese (fabulous, kind of funky, maybe a little anchovy?), a butterflied veal chop with spinach and shitakes (fantastic), ricotta cheesecake (very good, a tad sweet). Mario was so warm and welcoming. Wine list was excellent, and Mario did not push the most expensive when asked for advice. What we ended up with was great, and followed a long and engaging conversation about how and what to choose, wine-wise. Only small complaint: the veal chop was ordered medium rare/medium, came rare/medium rare, and when returned (with major grumpiness from Mario's backup guy: "This IS medium; whadda ya want, well done?") came back well done. Such an excellent piece of meat, it was fine, but that part of the service experience was not so great.

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RJ
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not your typical neighborhood Italian—gourmet food and great service.

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BC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really just a wonderful restaurant. Sal is an amazingly talented and creative chef and
Mario runs the place with precision and panache. Staff is extremely friendly and professional.
Love Marino's.

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G
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have only recently discovered this local gem. The food is wonderful! I'm glad we made course selections beyond what seemed like good combinations of ingredients. Our first appetizer was tuna tartar with fresh pear. We made a reservation to enjoy their last week of white truffles. The white truffle pasta was divine. The waiter made very good suggestions for wine and making our dinner complete. I believe his name is Danny.

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PM
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply amazing. The food, staff, ambiance all combine to create a true gem.

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FS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always top-notch, have been many times and never disappoints.

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MG
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They always get it right...food & service spot on & our table was ready on time. You always get a great meal at Marino’s & are made to feel so welcome.👍🏼👍🏼

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TZ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time visiting and I must say I was very impressed. I had the pappardelle bologenes, my friend had the salmon. Both were of very high quality and tasted great. The lovely environment and tentative friendly service was a great reminder that there is still some class and civility in this world. Fine dining that will impress any critic and their date. Highly recommend.

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Berlin
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply great! The best manager in LA.
It was a pleasure.

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ML
Los Angeles
85 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food---Owner Mario treats all guests like family. Service spot on.

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MC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

We have been going to the restaurant for many years so it was a surprise and a huge disappointment. We went for New Year's Eve. The menu said Halibut but they served Branzino. The gentlemen on the phone told me it would be sea bass. The fish was terrible. If I would have known before I would have not gone because my 14 year old does not eat that fish. She did not eat anything the whole night. None of the courses where very good. For a place I have been going to for over 20 years to be that bad is just sad.

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

We went there for New Year’s Eve dinner on their pre-fixe menu. I can’t say enough good thing me about our experience there. We always love dining there, the service is impeccable, the food is the best Italian food in all of Los Angeles, and to top things off, the owner, Mario is always stopping by your table to greet you and make sure you are content with your meal. The menu that night consisted of many delectable choices, so it was not just one you had to have. All of the selections were amazing. I know this because my boyfriend ordered the opposite of everything I did and we tasted one another’s dishes and everything could not have been better.

Originally, I had made a reservation for 3, but my son had just had his wisdom teeth out about 10 days prior so they were nice enough to allow us to order him an entire menu to go. His reaction after eating the food we brought home to him was, “oh my gosh, the food was so delicious. Please thank them for letting you bring this home and apologize to them that I could not be there. This is one of the best dinners I’ve ever had!”

My heartfelt thanks go out to Mario, who went out of his way to make the evening special for all who dined there. In addition to the hospitality and meal being outstanding, the decor was beautiful as well. I absolutely love Marino’s Ristorante and can’t wait to go back. We have been dining here for years and this is my favorite place!!!

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AM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marino Ristorante is one of the finest Italian restaurants in Los Angeles. After going there for several decades, the quality of the food and the experience continues to be exceptional. Go here for delicious food and delightful ambiance.

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JB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excelente opción para comer buena comida italiana. El servicio es extraordinario ya que el dueño te atiende personalmente y realmente cuida su negocio y hace sentir a sus invitados como en casa.

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GF
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful
Always a go to spot for us

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M
Los Angeles
78 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went with our older children, lovely evening, wonderful from start to finish. Can't wait to return!

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MW
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere and fantastic food! The owner is amazing and friendly. Will certainly dine here as often as we can!

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GO
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anytime you go to Marino, you’re made to feel like family...
Not only only is the food sublime, the ambience conducive for conversation and the service is perfect.
In short, everything a fine dining experience should be...

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely adore this restaurant. I have been coming here for a few years and every time is better than the last. For this visit, I am particularly even more impressed with the staff and service at this restaurant. I brought in a card from my Uncle’s memorial service that has his favorite cocktail recipe on the back of a card with his picture and years of life on it. The server provided me options for the drink as some mixture items they did not carry. He carefully and thoughtfully constructed the drink and wanted me to taste before he left our table aide. The drink was excellent. After Laing my Uncle, being able to enjoy his favorite cocktail while enjoying dinner with a friend was very special for me.

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VB
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the black truffle pizza and it was one of the best pizzas that I have every tasted. It was simple, yet delicious. Everything that we tasted was outstanding - this is consistently one of the best Italian restaurants in LA. Everyone must try Marino’s at least once.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive service, long wine list, fine food. Everything you'd expect from an established family owned Italian restaurant.

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RD
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner - always good!!

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Japanese sushi with lemon it's amazing it's on the appetizer section.

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ML
Los Angeles
85 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and great wine selection!
Staff very attentive

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SG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great d school meets new Italian cooking
Warm & welcoming & Sal & Mario are the best Hosts

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RJ
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Not your typical Italian menu; a lot I’ve seen before, but also a lot I haven’t, and the preparation is always interesting.

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J
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Scallops ever, swordfish perfect and server knowledgeable, informative, friendly.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our experience at Marino’s. It really is about the little touches. I think they know how to go that extra mile to show you their application for your business. You can go anywhere to eat in Los Angeles. Especially for really good Italian food. The food was excellent, vibe, energy and of course the wine on point. Will definitely be going back.

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IR
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful and delicious!

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ML
Los Angeles
85 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was spot on
Waitstaff very attentive
Mario, the host, makes you feel like family
Wonderful place

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ER
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It is always nice to go to Marinos. The food is great the employees are alway friendly. They go out of their way to make sure you are happy.

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SF
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, wonderful service. We loved it! They made us feel very welcome and the true italians in the crowd were even impressed

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DW
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was not our first nor will it be our last visit to Marino's. Great atmosphere and even greater food. The vegetarian tasting menu is so flavorful and filling. One of our favorite places in LA!

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SG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Service was attentive and helpful. Owners were present and greeting many that seemed like regulars. Restaurant was quiet but not uncomfortable. Food was delicious and wine was nice. Great experience!

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OT
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food as always and amazing service. They have a lot of things not on the menu if you ask I’m sure they can make it for you or they have it!

Very great place to dine! Been 2x the last week

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BA
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an absolute wonderful time at Marino'a Restaurant last Saturday nite. We had a great table in front and our waiter could not have been any better. The food from the appetizers to the main course to the dessert were mind blowing. Cannot wait to go back. Last time there was probably 35 years or more on Cahuenga Blve I believe.

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DS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite Italian restaurant. Food and service is always 5-star. Linguini Vongole is to die for!

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ML
Los Angeles
85 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, great food——Very attentive, knowledgeable waitstaff!

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