Food was mostly good. Somehow the Chef left the salt caked Bronzino with too much salt. Otherwise it was a delightful evening.
Very charming restaurant, always a pleasure to come even though it is not the most convenient from where we live. Thanks to all the staff.
You always feel at home...if home had the finest cooking and the friendliest service!
First class service. Exceptional food.
The food and ambiance is of a type expected for an upscale Old World Italian Restaurant. It was decided to order wine off of the menu. An Amorone was ordered to be decanted at the beginning of the evening without issue. A second wine was ordered to open immediately, but it did not happen, no wine for 20-30 minutes...they did not have the ordered wine...no big deal but we are sitting there with no wine, just a few appetizers for too long. Why? I don't know. The people were attentive but not wanting to deliver bad news? They have a tremendous wine list, if out of something then tell the customer. Would we go again? Yes, but there is a but...not at the top of our list for now.
Absolutely incredible food, service and ambience. Would highly recommend the Branzino prepared tableside.
From the greeting at the door, to the comfortable booth, the attention by the staff, and the delicious authentic Italian food, we had a wonderful experience! I judge Italian restaurants by the Linguine Vongole and my husband compares Italian restaurants by the Branzino and we both agree that this is the best in the city, maybe anywhere outside of Italy.
The service was incredible. They were friendly and authentic. They were speedy with the food. The food was AMAZING. It’s my new favorite Italian restaurant by far.
Marvelous as always!!
Excellent Italian food in an intimate setting. Family owned and operated for many years. Attention to detail is phenomenal and traditional dishes soar. Always delicious fresh seafood and wonderful pasta. Worth a special trip.
A real neighborhood gem with wonderful ambiance, top notch traditional Italian fare as well as modern and fresh dishes based on seasonal offerings. Service is impeccable.
Totally authentic Italian delicious food! Great atmosphere - Owners make sure to come by and check on guests. Super dedicated and friendly. Highly recommend.
I thoroughly enjoyed dining at this restaurant. When I arrived, they did not have a table for me right away, even though I had made a reservation. Eventually, they did find something for me, and the rest of the evening went well! The food was great, and the service was very considerate. Highly recommended!
Excellent food and gives you that welcome home feeling.
Friendly neighborhood atmosphere with an upscale ambience. The food is fresh, with seasonal options and delicious. The halibut and spring salad were both amazing and my husband enjoyed the lamb ragu pasta special. Good wine selection too.
My wife and I have enjoyed Marino's many time. This time we brought friends who all said they would return!
Love this restaurant and the family that runs it. It's always like dining with friends
I've been a fan of Marino for 25+ years; well everybody has a bad day once in a while. This was the first time ever they've disappointed. Two of us has the lamb special, the lamb was fatty and simply didn't taste that good. Two had the lobster and pasta dish and both said it was hard to find much in the way of lobster.
Especially disappointing since once again we had guests in from out of town and I had bragged about what a great place it is!
Best Italian food in LA
Always love the food and service!
I have traveled everywhere and Sal is on top of my list. Marino is a complete package! Anyone looking for a gastronomy experience, Marino is a must try. Your get real food there!
Perfect. Everything we had was phenomenal. We will be back, lovely to have an old-school restaurant still around with great service and great food! * five stars.
Pasta was fantastic, old school 50’s ambience and incredible service!
The owner took a lot of time getting to know my wife and me. We’ll def be back!
WOW WOW WOW. Sal outdoes himself again. We had his signature seasonal burrata and pea Salad, razor clam appetizer (to die for), ravioli in tomato sauce. Followed by spaghetti vongole, shrimp tagliatelle with fresh tomato, fish special. Everything was truly exceptional. Andrea, Daniel, Toniya, Mario, Cornelius make dining there a true pleasure. Thank you Sal& everyone.
Service was great!
The restaurant is amazing for the dinners with friends family, couples ,the food is really good and fresh and really tasty and good quality the ambience it’s really nice everybody so kind and the service is perfect
Great seasonal ingredients list. Fantastic pairing with the well composed wine list. From traditional appetizers to family recipes for desserts, impeccable meals graced our table
We loved it. The food was yummy, the waiter fun and very Italian (from Amalfi) and it's a great old-fashioned room
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.
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.
Marino Ristorante is Very Cozy & Romantic and the Food is Delicious ! The service was also great. I will be recommending this restaurant to my friends and I will be back !
Superb dinner with friends.
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.
Way too expensive for the small portions you’re given
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.
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!
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+.
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.
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.