La Marea

4.8
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854 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Savor the authentic tastes of Italy when you dine at La Marea. Located on the shoreline of CT in Old Saybrook, our family owned Italian restaurant prepares northern and southern Italian cuisine using a mix of the finest imports from Italy as well as fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Gluten Free and Vegetarian options are available. Enjoy your dining experience in either our dining room or be sure to reserve a seat at our conversational hi-top tables or at the bar in our lounge.

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!

Take-out available

Special Offers

Wednesday Night Bar Bites

Enjoy $8 Bar Bites and pair them with our House Martinis, Margaritas and Manhattans for $8, too ! ** 2 drink maximum per person and drinks mixed with house liquor. Tax and Tip not included.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 28 August 2019

Ends: 29 August 2118

Availability: Wed 17:00-21:30

20% Off Bottles of Wine Thursdays

Enjoy 20% off any one of our Amazing Bottles of Wine on Our Fantastic Wine List to pair with our Delicious Food! * does not include tax and gratuity

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 30 July 2019

Ends: 31 July 2118

Availability: Thu 17:00-21:15

Pizza Night Tuesdays!

Enjoy a glass of house red or white wine** or any beer on tap or bottle and one of our Amazing Wood Fired Pizzas for $20!! Excludes any house Premium wines. Tax and Gratuity not included.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 23 July 2019

Ends: 24 July 2118

Availability: Tue 17:00-21:30

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

What 854 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great dining experience as always! Great food, great drinks and wonderful service!

q
San Francisco
63 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food and service

BM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent specials to compliment the menu...food is always great and original!

HD
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday dinner with the family. Best Italian around!

DS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had a great dinner at La Marea last night! Second visit with friends. Service was excellent. Food was perfection. Two of us enjoyed the salad special with thinly sliced roasted pears. Beet salad and Caesar salads were great too. Two of us had the butternut squash ravioli with brown butter sauce...perfection! The gnocchi and pasta with bolognese meat sauce were delicious too! Fireplace made the dinner feel cozy.

l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Love the pizza--hot, right out of the oven and cooked just perfectly! Very attentive waitress, and as always a very enjoyable place to get together with friends. La Marea is always our first choice, and we were disappointed when not open during the summer!

W
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We were there on a Wednesday, a date on which bar bites were offered. The two we had were excellent, and a bargain at $8 each. The two regular dishes were also very good: the pear salad and the night's special of ravioli.

m
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We loved the menu as well as the light bites. The waiter was awesome. Great spot before the Kate

SC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was outstanding as always. Wine List is spectacular. Signature cocktails creative and seasonally appropriate. Service was attentive without being intrusive. The noise level is moderate except for the rowdy table just behind us, which can't really be helped.

RC
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service....always! From owners Juliana and Nino to staff like Hugo, April, Keith and many more, we always feel welcome and valued. Pizza, pasta, seafood...it’s all delicious.

PB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service were outstanding! It was a bit noisy but that was okay because everything was so great.

C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Our group enjoyed our dinner the dishes were freshly prepared and to end we enjoyed delicious desserts

RO
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

La Marea was terrific as usual. It's a very lovely respite after a long week and a great place to take your wife on a "date."

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Had lunch here a few days ago. I really enjoyed the food. Had the gnocchi with mushrooms. Light puffs of delicious potato gnocchi. Tried a small pizza as well. Very good. I would definitely go there again when I’m up in the Shoreline area of CT. Waitress was great and gave me another glass of wine because we waited a few minutes longer than usual. I think people who have so many issues with wait staff or feeling snubbed probably deserve that treatment. Try being decent to people and they’ll be decent back.

L
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful fresh, homemade pasta and original dessert offerings.

RA
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Scallops were disappointing, only 3, risotto had very little vegetables

MS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

As usual dinner was wonderful. Our server was excellent but it unfortunately was her las night there. She is off to Perdue her career in finance. The only complaint is that it is difficult to hear the conversation when the dining room is crowded. I much prefer the bar. But that would not stop me from coming back.

P
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just love this restaurant!

OL
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

La Marea is one of our favorite restaurants to visit. We went there for my birthday dinner and it was amazing. The pizza and pasta with lobster were absolutely fantastic! We love La Marea!

T
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food!

RR
New England
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing!

BO
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday celebration
Excellent food- great service

LD
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We reserved seating at the bar. Brad was amazing. The food was wonderful & full of flavor. We enjoyed the atmosphere. We definitely would visit again our next trip

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every bite on everyone’s dish seemed to elicit words of praise or sounds of delight;”mmm this is so good, try this...” There was a lot of sharing always followed by a compliment , like “that’s delicious! How do they get so much flavor in there.” Great food, great service!

M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice dining room. Had a lovely evening

B
New England
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food!!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food paired with tasty drinks from apps to dessert!

SM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good food and great customer service!

I
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Alway warm and friendly staff great food

R
New England
44 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this place! Service, food, drinks are all outstanding. The owners always make you feel special.

P
Miami
209 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time in Old Saybrook. Picked restaurant from Open Table reviews. Loved the place. Great service. Absolutely fabulous fish. Amazing puttanesca sauce. Perfectly sautéed mushrooms. Excellent pasta. Perfect creme brûlée. Wonderful wine. Five stars.

W
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Extensive wine menu

TS
New England
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an amazing evening celebrating my sisters birthday. Menu had something for everyone and the wine list was outstanding. Service was over and the top

L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great experience, went for here for dinner and had a wonderful time. Food was phenomenal, and so was the wine. Waitress recommended a great wine for us to drink.

B
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So consistently delicious.....great vibe! A definite must!

r
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

wonderful food and wine... lovely wait staff and front host

MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Wonderful food and outstanding service! Best Italian food in the area. Enticing list of specials: several great seafood dishes made it hard to choose just one. The kitchen handles meat and vegetables perfectly. The waitstaff were very pleasant and attentive. On the downside, the tables are a bit close together, and the lively acoustics make conversation difficult when the dining room is near capacity. I gave it 5 stars because this really is one of the best restaurants in the lower Connecticut River valley, and we find ourselves going back time and again for family occasions.

MB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The food was outstanding - everything from the appetizers to the dessert. The only reason service received 4 stars instead of 5 is a result of the staff being a little too eager to clear our plates. I understand with as busy as the restaurant is on a Saturday night that it is important to keep tables moving; however, on more than one occasion, the staff cleared, or attempted to clear, our table's plates without asking us if we were finished, and we weren't. Overall, though, we had a wonderful experience and will definitely return.

DS
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very lively place. The place was packed and for good reason. From the cocktails to the coffee everything was perfect.

TC
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Haven’t been in a while but it was even better than I remembered.