La Marea

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743 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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!
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great place!

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K
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
41 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
11 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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MA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went to celebrate a milestone. Food was excellent and so was the service. The food was cooked to perfection.

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JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food and service. One of the top restaurants in the area. Highly recommended.

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LT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

ALways a wonderful delicious meal!!! I try a different meal every visit

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m
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

La Mera was wonderful. They have updated the offerings at the bar with a few of our favorites cocktails which was nice to see. The special pizza was incredible as was desert.
We had a wonderful time and will go back very soon.

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KB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

La Marea is our favorite restaurant. The food is always a gustatory delight. From the minute you arrive you feel at home. The menu is small enough to read everything through carefully yet large enough to pique your interest with the variety. The plating is beautiful, just enhancing the lovely flavors. Even though we know it's probably a big "No No" we always have to ask for salt. We always mix a bit of salt and sometimes pepper with our olive oil to dip our bread. I always to back to the fettuccine with bolognese sauce....heavenly.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We enjoyed dinner at the bar. Great attentive service!

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RO
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Consistently excellent. Five star Italian cuisine.

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

Love La Marea! Not only is the food fantastic and the atmosphere fun and energetic, but Juliana and Nino make the experience even so much better. They have hired and trained great staff and shows. They are the heart and soul of the whole operation.

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GB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I'm a vegetarian but their gnocci is to die for. Excellent in every regard!

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DG
Naples
50 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service. Cocktails were great and all meals were superb!

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DD
New England
14 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very nice Family Night Special (Wednesday)!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Small portions for the price. Frozen pizza tastes better than theirs

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BM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We needed to find a place for an early dinner on our way to a show at Mohegan Sun. Picked La Marea based on the menu and Open Table reviews. It was excellent. The grilled octopus appetizer was wonderful and the scallops and shrimp entree was also delicious (as recommended by our server) The service was very attentive without being intrusive or rushed. Wish this one was a lot closer to home.

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C
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

The food was incredible - the waitress was overloaded - had an elderly woman that comes for dinner and is ready to order - I thought we made that obvious to our waitress but she didn’t catch on. The owner was incredible- very attentive -

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C
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We have dined here previously and the food is consistently very good, so we’ll keep going back.

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w
Hamburg Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food. Everyone is treated like family. A really happy place.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It's been a while sense visiting, the food was great and the service was as well.

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N
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Very good food and service. Small portions. Needs to be more food.

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P
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love this restaurant! Great service and great food. Definitely going to return soon.

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