Marino Ristorante

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820 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Marino Ristorante is deeply rooted in the idea of doing all things the authentic Italian way. The family owned restaurant is giving its welcoming by Mario. The room is a blend of classic old school décor with soft colored walls, comfortable booths, and subdued oil paintings that all come together to create its appeal.
In the kitchen is Mario’s brother Sal, the chef who is out daily in the early morning markets personally selecting the ingredients for the seasonally changing menu and seeking out the most interesting and pristine items.
Placing yourselves in Mario’s hands for the tasting menus proves to be a wise decision. The Marino wine list has been repeatedly an award winner by Wine Spectator.

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DW
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Marino's is AMAZING! The food is so flavorful and presented so beautifully. It is our favorite restaurant because of this and the service is always so great. You won't be disappointed.

BC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Great contemporary Italian food. Super wine list with great Italian slections. Very friendly and Comfortable.

SF
Los Angeles
125 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Marino is a terrific place for friends to share a meal over good food, wonderful and attentive service, in a relaxed atmosphere.

LE
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I took my wife there for her birthday. The food and service was excellent and it was a very quiet and intimate restaurant. I would have preferred more options at the bar beyond the wines, but the menu had a lot of choices including those for vegetarians. Great choice for an intimate evening with friends, family, and/or significant others.

D
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Superb service and food. We were there for Tomato Menu on Wednesday. Turned out it was excellent. Original menu with superb variety of tomatoes. OMG..sooo good. Season is coming to an end..sad we didn't know about this sooner. The regular dining menu is also superb.

JB
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great little Italian Restaraunt with a fantastic chef and very friendly and professional staff. I had the tasting menu and loved it. I highly recommend this place.

LB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Luis is wonderful! He helped me make different delicious choices. ToniAnn is a delight! We look forward to seeing them again soon.

C
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food and environment are good, and the chef is friendly.

PC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love this excellent family run business. Great food and wine. Excellent service. Looking forward to many more meals there.

a
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Most-excellent for any occasion. Really, you’ll never be anything other than completely comfortable, well -fed, and satisfied. Everyday dining to special occasions, it’s a wonderful place.

A
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had an amazing experience. Loved the food and the service was superb. I’m definitely coming back!

OT
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place

S
Los Angeles
244 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went for Chef Sal's famous and incomparable TOMATO WEDNESDAY. Sal grows his own tomatoes in his backyard. Three kinds of Gazpacho, 2 crudos, 2 cooked seafood dishes, steak and pasta--- all tomato themed and based. INCREDIBLE. And... regular menu generally includes some of the same offerings or very similar ones.

You'll love Marino's from the moment you enter to a wonderfully warm welcome to when you get your car from the careful and courteous valet.

GM
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great dinner all around. Service was among the best I’ve ever experienced. Food was sublime - try the truffle gnocchi or lobster pasta, you won’t regret it!

MC
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Marino's is a lovely, quiet, elegant restaurant with excellent food.

OT
Key West
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service and food was just amazing !!!

OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of my favorites in LA

DB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We go as often as we can afford it. Just wonderful. Calamari terrific (both fried and grilled), branzino perfect.

S
Los Angeles
245 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went to TOMATO WEDNESDAY at Marino's ( only held during the summer months) to enjoy Chef Sal's wonderful "Tomato" menu (all the types of tomatoes-20 varieties- come from Sal's own garden.
This is our second TW of the season and it was again outstanding and a great value as well. The restaurant was full of diners excitedly eating their meals. 3 different types of Gazpacho, several crudos as well as cooked fish starters/appetizers. Mains were also so delicious. We had the linguine and scallops.

The warm welcome when entering Marino's, the great food, the outstanding service and even the terrific service by the valet make going to Marino's for Tomato Wednesday or ANY other time a most wonderful evening.

2
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always the perfect meal and service!

OT
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our favorite neighborhood gem!

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food. Beautiful setting. Great food . I highly recommend this restaurant

D
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Had a group of eight for business lunch. Management was very accommodating and service, food and ambiance very all good.

J
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Enjoying the beautifully crafted and presented food here is always a pleasure. Quiet surroundings and grown-up, sophisticated food that relies on excellent quality and unpretentious selections make this our go-to restaurant when we’re not feeling experimental.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 1

It was so hot inside, the AC wasn’t wo well.

OT
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always excellent ! Always something new to try /this week cauliflower mushroom ! Had never heard of it /was delicious . Able to easily carry on a conversation . Definitely a favorite restaurant.

JD
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Favorite place to dine when we hit the west coast.

CZ
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Small cozy but wonderful people, yummy food and friendly service.

C
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 3

Old School Italian with an uncomfortable banquette to sit on.. seems like you could be transported to a neighborhood restaurant in New Jersey in the 70’s .. could be overlooked or even a plus if the food were outstanding which it is not.. over cooked Rapini.. and boring pasta dish with various mushrooms .. appetizers that were small .. a desert that came out of a box.. you would just need to eat spaghetti vongole here and hope it was good.. the restaurant is trying to be more complex with its offerings.. and it fails,.. meh..

MR
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I adore this restaurant. But more importantly, I enjoy the staff. Tonight, Mario and Danny made our evening absolutely decadent. Always welcoming, knowledgeable of the menu and wine pairings, and jovial with a sense of family-esque authenticity. I will always be back and cannot heap enough praise on Marino. You guys know how to do fine dining with pure class and charm.

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Went here as a group of 6. We had reservations and showed up on time and still had to wait 10 minutes to get seated even though the restaurant was quite empty.

RL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Marino is one of my favorite restaurants. The food is exceptional featuring genuine Italian dishes seasoned to perfection. The service is simply professional. Waiters actually care about what you are eating and drinking. Everyone is friendly and welcoming. The ambience is homey and comfortable. Mario, the owner, is always there which is a sign that he cares about the customer and the food he is feeding them. Simply great.

W
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went with friends to celebrate my retirement and had, as usual, a fantastic meal- burrata and peach salad and the halibut on a bed of polenta and asparagus . It was perfectly cooked and beautifully presented . A friend had the crudo and the pizza with black truffle. Delicious! We finished the meal with the Tiramisù , very light and also delicious. Once again, another fabulous meal at my favorite Italian restaurant in Los Angeles. I always feel so welcomed by Mario and Sal is my # 1 chef in LA. Couldn’t think of a better place to celebrate.

WI
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The Filet Mignon Sinatra was the best ever. The veal scallopini was also quite good. The service could not have been better!

PM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Simply amazing!

S
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Superb lunch! Sal is the most underrated chef in Los Angeles. Mario is a great host with an excellent wait staff!!! Wondeful ambiance!

F
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Great family restaurant with very good food. Prices are reasonable.

d
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

what a treasure to have here in LA!! there are dishes at Marino's that set the bar... their Linguini with Clams is THE BEST anywhere .... the Caesar Salad is pretty perfect.... actually tried the Eggplant Parm for the first time and was blown away by how great it was.. very exciting wine list ...... then there is the service.... Mario always makes you feel like family ...truly the most amazing hospitality you will find anywhere.....LOVE LOVE and more LOVE

OT
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Just like the best Italian restaurants in NYC. The Italian Cheesecake beats NYC’s Ferrara’s by a long shot!

SP
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Very friendly staff. They were fantastic, especially the manager who insisted on holding our loud little mess maker while we finished our meals. Very awesome! That alone gave us a great deal of peace of mind to whole establishment. I recommend this place 100%.

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