Marino Ristorante

4.8
743 reviews
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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.
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Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite old school Italian restaurant in Los Angeles. The ambiance is great, the service always impeccable and the FOOD! Last night, as a starter, we had some delicious grilled Santa Barbara prawns that were so good, we ate the shells. I'm not kidding. They were like potato chips! We didn't see a pasta on the menu that seemed light enough for us, so they whipped up a special Marinara sauce that was not on the menu. Simple, light and perfect. We had the Branzino, baked in a salt "shell". Fabulous. No one other than them does it that well outside of Italy. The whole meal was complemented by a Barolo wine the waiter recommended that was the perfect accompaniment to the meal. We topped it off with their famous Tira mi su, so light and fluffy..the best in town! All in all, the perfect meal. I come here whenever I want to treat myself or friends.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were amazing. My husband and I had our first date at Marino, we got married here and come back every year to celebrate.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb dinner with friends.

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MC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marino's is one of our favorite restaurants! The food is always delicious and the wait staff are very attentive. The room is quiet so you can enjoy a pleasant conversation with your tablemates. I highly recommend this restaurant to all my friends and not just for special occasions.

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JB
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Way too expensive for the small portions you’re given

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L
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

If this was our first time there we would not return. The evening was not up to their previous standards and they knew it as we were repeatedly told by the staff. I would still recommend the restaurant as our previous experience was a very enjoyable evening and a delicious meal.

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DF
Los Angeles
206 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My first time at Marino was extremely pleasant. Wonderful, accommodating wait staff and lovely ambiance. However, the food itself was a bit secondary to its other attributes, though we only had big salads so didn't have a wide swath to judge!

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o
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sal is my favorite Italian chef period. The constant innovation with the freshest seasonal ingredients is much needed in these types of fine establishments so we don't get bored dining out. Knowledge & attentive service is A+.

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L
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marino's is the "go-to" restaurant for entertaining, business or just a small family gathering. They are warm, welcoming and the food is just great.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best Italian restaurant in LA. It’s vey much an old school, family run establishment with delicious classic dishes and wonderful atmosphere. The co-owner, Mario Marino, who inherited this place with his brother Sal from their father, was a terrific host. I spent a wonderful evening here with friends and will make it a point to come on all my LA trips.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
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 on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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DD
New York Area
97 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
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 on January 16, 2019
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 on January 16, 2019
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 on January 16, 2019
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
San Francisco
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
80 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
5 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
4 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
10 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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