La Marea

4.7
762 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
A Family Run, Authentic Italian restaurant in Old Saybrook, CT. We offer Northern and Southern Italian cuisine. Important: when making a reservation through OpenTable there is an option to make a reservation at a high top table in the bar area or standard table which is in the dining room. If the high top option does not pop up as an option for you then that means that there are NO High Top tables available at those times. If you would like to reserve bar seats please leave us a note or call us. We do reserve bar seats and highly recommend reservations. See you soon!

Special Offers

Monday Bar Bites

Enjoy $8 Bar Bites and House Martinis, Margaritas and Manhattans for $8 each on Monday Nights! ** 2 Drink max per person and drinks mixed with house liquor. Tax and tip not included

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 22 July 2019

Ends: 23 July 2118

Availability: Mon 17:00-21:30

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous food. Appropriate portion sizes, not too much and enough to feel well satisfied, with room for dessert. Spectacular wine list. Service was attentive without being intrusive.

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New York Area
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great service. It’s always a special place to go!

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DL
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our first time dining at La Marea. The entire experience was outstanding. The food was delicious and the portions just right. We even ordered the dessert special of panna cotta. Again so delicious and just the right portion. Our server Lacey, was also outstanding. She was friendly and knowledgeable with the sweetest personality. La Marea has the perfect formula for a wonderful dining experience!

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent food, excellent service! A wonderful dining experience. I would definitely recommend to anyone.

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MG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is spectacular as are the drinks. It's a little pricey so I only go for special dinners.

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b
New England
34 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Restaurant was busy but we were seated on time and service was prompt. Food was fantastic, especially entrees. Grilled Octopus appetizer was tasty but a bit chewy. Specials were out of this world- Bronzino with lemon butter and a pasta dish with swordfish chunks and olives. Desserts were also tremendous. pots de creme and gelato both wonderful. Overall great meal.

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BI
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The hosts, Nino and Giuliana, are the best . My guests and I always feel welcomed at La Marea

Bill Carpiniello

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New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic meal! The eggplant appetizer was excellent as were the two main courses that my dinner partner and I shared. Also ordered a specialty cocktail which was very tasty. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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TS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service is always excellent. Plenty of good options on the wine list. Fun vibe, especially at the high top tables in the bar. We go there
every week during the summer...

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JM
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The best. Real deal. Without exaggeration, best meal in ten years. Hugo was a skilled waiter

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

Great service, delicious food, great night out. April was terrific.

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RC
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another great night for food and service. Delicious dinner, Hugo suggested a great wine, Lacey was a great server. La Marea gets better and better.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really tasty and great service!

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i
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

La Marea has been one of our favorites since it opened. Food and service were both exceptional!

I'm afraid that it may be slipping a bit because the food the past few times was just mediocre, not up to the previous standard. We've noticed this decline over the last four visits, portions were smaller and not prepared with a lot of care it seems. For example...Each visit we asked for extra garlic on our appetizer and sometimes even on the dinner itself. Each time we asked but we never received...Each time our waiter or waitress got it but somehow the kitchen never got the message. Now you would think that would be an easy thing for an Italian restaurant to add garlic but apparently you would be wrong. We'll try again but our frequency of visits will be somewhat less. Last Wednesday night, formerly a very busy night, the place was almost empty so it seems we are not alone in our observations.
Needs some management attention ASAP.

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KD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food! Rivals NYC Italian specialty restaurants. Delicious seafood pasta and perfectly crisp Pinot Grigio. Would definitely recommend!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous authentic Italian food, excellent wines; bar and high top tables are the most fun area of this local gem. try to get there when it's not crowded--really wonderful!!

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M
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always a truly delightful evening with delicious choices and wonderful hosts! Excellant service and ambiance made this a lovely celebration.

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RF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food was excellent and cooked perfectly. Desserts were phenomenal. Atmosphere is so nice there.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great place!

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HA
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience. They were very nice about us having a baby. The appetizers and desert were great and the main courses pretty good. It was a lovely experience.

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K
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Italian restaurant! Love the food, ambiance, service wine list.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The veal Milanese was fantastic. Also our waiter recommended an excellent wine.

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B
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As usual.....La Marea delivered! Delicious food and a lively crew!

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

Awesome food great atmosphere and exceptional service.
This is our go to spot and have never had a bad meal.

Thank you Nino & Julianna!

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

Excellent dinner with friends.
Food, wine and service were excellent.
Would recommend this restaurant to everyone.
Did I mention, they make their own fresh pasta?

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N
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome as usual👌🏾

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

We live this place!

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JP
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We dined on a Wednesday evening at 6 pm. We both had the same entree, the Tagliolini al Limone con Aragosta. The combination of homemade pasta and generous chunks of lobster served in a lemony cream sauce was delicious. The service was stellar.

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S
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious! We all had something different and all were delighted with our choices.

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R
New England
42 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Apparently you cant request or reserve a particular table using the Open Table app. Bummer, I really like the on-line convenience vs having to call. Although we did have a reservation, the two top was next to rest rooms. They could not offer an alternative. Regardless, this remains one of favorite restaurants and we were not disappointed. Loved our server and our meals: soft shell crab app, salmon special and veal chop dinner. Yum yum!!

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KS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We really enjoyed our visit to La Marea. The hello, Newman was a delightful cocktail. The salmon, steak, and risotto were cooked to perfection but the winner was the cheesecake with us!

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JJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was excellent and the noise was good with only a few tables however the busier it got the dining are was very loud.

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DM
Indiana
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We tried to get into this restaurant without success in the past. Made it this time around and it exceeded all expectations. The house wines are great; best eggplant appetizer I've ever eaten (and I love eggplant). Main courses including bolognese was fabulous and yes, brick oven pizza was awesome. I'm embarrassed to write about pizza at a fine restaurant yet the dough was the best I've eaten as well. I can't say enough about this place. It was rated #1 by TripAdvisor for region and I endorse that rating. Enjoy!

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R
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had the grilled octopus....to die for! Owner went table to table greeting her customers. Nice touch. Her cheese cake is out of this world.

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MF
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Wine list waaaay too full of Italian options with not a single domestic wine on the list.

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MB
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious and varied menu, pleasant evening atmosphere, and excellent service.

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R
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Anniversary of our first date.

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RR
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service! Our first visit- we’ll be back!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great great food. Best Italian on the CT shoreline.

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FF
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

As was the case with the other two times I went to La Marea, the food and service were excellent and the prices were fine, given how good the food and service were. My only complaint is the noise level when the restaurant gets relatively crowded. There appears to be nothing to muffle the noise of people, who seem to be speaking normally, not shouting. Not sure if there is a fix for the noise level.
Besides that, I'm very pleased and shall return.

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