Cal Mare

4.5
247 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
  • Fit for Foodies
Cal Mare is an homage to classic craveable Italian cuisine with a flair for the dramatic brought to life by Chefs Adam Sobel and Michael Mina. Located on the ground floor of the fully remodeled and reimagined Beverly Center in Los Angeles, the restaurant sits at the epicenter of flavor where pizza is love and pasta is life.

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AB
Los Angeles
54 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

The restaurant wasn’t busy since it was a Monday night and yet the service was super slow. Drinks and Food took forever. The chopped salad was so salty we couldn’t eat it. The pasta dishes were small and didn’t taste very good. Sorry but I won’t be returning.

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MF
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Capitan Nick made our party of 6 feel as though we were food critics for The Inspiration or Michelin. The service was extraordinaire, with the Chef surprising us with a couple of complimentary tasty morsels, which we devoured. Wonderful experience in every aspect. Our servers were super professional and personal. And pizza over which our server drizzled stirred poached egg! Ha! Who ever thought of such an indulgent combination... we ate it all! Enjoy!

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US
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We had such a great night! While not a light dinner, everything was surprisingly good. You can tell it's a Mina operation - very friendly, interesting menu and they execute really well! GO!

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SF
New York Area
168 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and I enjoyed our pasta dishes- a spaghetti with crab and a rigatoni with pork. The sweet berries they had for dessert were a fabulous end to the dinner. Our server was very well informed about the wine and menu items. We wish we lived here so we could return.

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CS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service. They do great birthdays. Everything was delicious.

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s
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I think they have the very best food the entire city and the best service

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M
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Cal Mare is consistently very good in every respect. The spacious decor evokes scenes of Italy and the friendly staff always makes you feel welcome. The drink menu is creative and you'd be hard pressed to find anything on the menu that isn't consistently excellent. My particular favorite appetizers include the Yellowfin Tuna Crudo, which has all the flavor of a dish you'd expect at a fancy Michelin-starred restaurant, as well as the Saffron Arancini. The Brick-Pressed Chicken is also superb. In my opinion, the only thing that seems like a bit of a missed opportunity is the bread, which is thinly sliced and rather flavorless. It's also paired with a very light olive oil, which doesn't add much flavor either. In all, it's a great spot for a casual, but tasty dinner with friends in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere.

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 5

Manager was great but waiter was rude and lazy.

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H
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I enjoyed the food. But the pizza is a little bit salty than the last time I ate it. There are only two dessert menus for lunch. I hope the dessert menu will be more varied.
The person in charge was kind, but there were some mistakes.

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JM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always an exceptional experience. Outstanding food and service. Top notch restaurant in the middle of happening area. Have been for both Happy Hour and Dinner on several occasions. Definitely a must try for anyone looking for a fantastic restaurant with great atmosphere.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

Extremely slow service on Saturday nights.

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IR
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Interesting menu - grilled octopus a must as well as the arancini. The pressed chicken was sensational and the house made ice cream was delicious. Service is terrific.

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L
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of our favs.
Top shelf for all dinning criteria.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the best Italian restaurants in LA, compared to Bestia I probably put it behind it.

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D
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Surprised by how not busy this place is on Friday night.... Its a cute place, warm and inviting. Pleasant maitre'D greeted us and showed us a table.
The food is very good, little gem lettuce was presented beautifully, pizza is amazing. We also ordered rustic chicken, the taste is excellent, just surprised bow small is the plate they used to present. Dont get me wrong, there is a full order on the plate, just the plating looks more like a starter.
Our server was warm and friendly and the plates were constantly changed for a different course. I haven't seen this kind of service for a while, when some other places you can't even get a server's attention for crying out loud.
Overall this is a great place with good food and lovely drinking list even we didn't ordered any drinks. I think their disadvantage is that they are situated in a mall, but this is not your typical mall restaurant.

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JD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely amazing! From the service to the food to the ambience! Highly, highly recommend! The octopus was outstanding. I’d go again just to have it!!! We’ll definitely be back.

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n
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had an amazing evening last Saturday. I can’t say enough great things about the restaurant, the food and especially the service. All were exceptional.
Each course was better than the next and we loved everything we ordered. We did it family style so we were able to share and taste many dishes that night.
I would highly recommend a visit to this restaurant. You won’t be disappointed

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KC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was spectacular, the decor is lovely and the staff is so friendly and helpful! Our server, Ashley was amazing and always one step ahead of what we needed. I will be back many times.

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CB
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were celebrating birthdays and this was a fun place to go! Great food, fun drink menu, and beautiful decor!
The service was phenomenal as well. If you use valet parking they will also validate your parking. Bon Appetito!

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Made the Birthday celebration extra special and a lovely handwritten note, thank you!!

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B
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Ashley is the greatest server!!

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d
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Food and service was amazing

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F
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

I was expecting more from Chef Mina. The entire experience was completely ordinary, given how amazed I’ve been in San Francisco.

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BC
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Tasty Mediterranean cuisine predominantly seafood based, creative flavor combinations, good wine choices that are not the usual standards. The service was attentive and unintrusive. Our request to turn the loud music down was followed, so the place was less noisy than average. Altogether a very pleasant experience, will come back!

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PJ
Dallas
52 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fun vibe and energy. Upbeat but not loud. Pasta was amazing and had some unique touches. Attentive and helpful service.

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JS
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Food was original creative and most importantly delicious! Their pizzas were amazing as were their appetizers!

Service although kind and gracious was frustratingly slow.

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G
Los Angeles
301 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were warmly greeted and offered a lovely booth. Jordan was our server who was outstanding. The busboy filled our water glasses as needed without having to ask. We had meatballs, baby lettuce salad, lasagna and branzino fish. Each course individually served per our request. Everything was absolutely delicious. It is a beautiful restaurant and everything was perfect

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

They went above and beyond. Food was excellent!

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JD
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Fabulous food, decor was stunning. Cocktails very yummy

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Highly recommend for anniversaries! The made us a card signed by the whole staff and could not have been any nicer🎉🎊

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PD
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was amazing!!! We enjoyed every last bite!!! Also tried an Italian Gin & Tonic...it was VERY smooth!!!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in LA

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing meal and atmosphere! Love this place!

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OT
Los Angeles
61 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I would give Cal Mare 10 stars if that was possible! My friend and I went there for an event in October and enjoyed food at the bar with other friends and it was all so delicious. We then went back in February to celebrate our belated birthdays and wow, they just blew us away! We arrived to find a lovely birthday card for each of us on the table which was signed by the entire staff. They gave us a complimentary glass of champaign to start off the celebration. We ordered so much food and were just amazed at the beautiful presentations and incredible flavors!! Our waiter Nicholas was excellent and so attentive to us. The General Manager Robert came out to say hello and happy birthdays to us. I had met him during our first visit as well and he is always so sweet and kind. We saw friends at the bar who said they go often and raved of the wonderful, long happy hour. The restaurant is a magnificent addition to the newly remodeled Beverly Center. There's a new entrance where you just pull up to the valet in front of the restaurant. Prices are good, service is excellent, food is absolutely delicious and the restaurant is gorgeous - I highly recommend you go!

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M
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Food came out wrong. Was not worth eating once it managed to arrive. With so many great places to go in the area this place needs to do a lot better.

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CC
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance and the impeccable service. The grilled octopus was over seasoned and overwhelmed by the sauce. Also the lobster pasta sauce could have used a more delicate sauce instead of a strong red sauce.

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VG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was great!

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D
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Valentine’s Day

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M
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It's a nice place to take someone out for a cute date or just catching up. Also the food is amazing and taste real good. Special occasion high end type of vibe. For sure recommend.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service!

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