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La Marea

4.8
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927 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
PLEASE NOTE THAT OUTDOOR SEATING IS NOT AVAILABLE THROUGH OPENTABLE.

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. See you soon!

Curbside Take-out available

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

Offers

Monday Bar Bites

Starting Jul 22, 2019·Mon 17:00-21:30

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

What 927 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.8
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.5
Value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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goldeneagle
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall2Food4Service3Ambience3

We ordered 2 pasta dishes and one glass of wine. The bill came to $65 without tax. The portions were on the smallish side, making it a rather less than good value. We were given a bread "basket" that consisted of 4 bite-sized pieces of very good Italian bread. Once again not much value for the price paid. The quality of the food was quite good, and the service acceptable. The dinners were served quickly, almost too quickly after we ordered them. My pasta dish was barely lukewarm, as if it had been made up before, and was sitting there in case a customer decided to order it. The restaurant claimed the dollop of cold cheese on top of the pasta was the cause. I did not accept that because the entire dish was tepid at best. The server replaced it with a steaming hot dish, which i enjoyed. This restaurant has good possibilities. But some thought should be given to more value for the prices they charge. We do intend to try it again before we make a final judgment.

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vipCharleneD
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So great to experience La Marea again! Thanks Juliana and staff!

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NadineG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So glad we could enjoy another wonderful meal at La Marea. We met friends from Niantic as this was a great half way point to meet. We ate inside since it was a bit too sunny outside. The atmosphere is a bit more sterile than I remember, clearly due to the protocols that are in place in Phase 2.
We started with the Grilled Calamari and Shrimp appetizer. Enough for two to share and cooked perfectly. Our friends split a Caesar salad with anchovies, which was divided in the kitchen.( Always a nice touch).Our Entrees were grilled scallops over Cannelini beans (excellent, perfectly grilled) , the Swordfish Special of the day, a very large portion that our friend could not finish and brought home, and Grilled Salmon with clams which was absolutely fresh and tasty. My husband had Fruita de Mare with homemade pasta. The red sauce was wonderful, light and flavorful.
For dessert we had to try to the Cannoli. Homemade, fresh and crunchy. With a bottle of red wine, dinner just doesn't get any better.

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Winegirl
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants on the shoreline! The food is outstanding, and so are the cocktails and wine list!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service is always great and so is the food. One of our favorite spots as La Marea never disappoints!

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vipHalK
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We chose La Marea to celebrate my wife’s birthday during a mid week getaway to old Saybrook, CT. This was one of the best dining experiences we have ever had. Certainly the best Italian food in CT! The owners were amazing and made us feel very welcomed. The service was off the charts. If you are looking for an amazing restaurant experience, look no further, La Marea will not disappoint. We will be back as soon as we can get back up there from where we live in southern CT.

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SageN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Took advantage of their Tuesday night pizza/beer or wine special for $20 and enjoyed every minute of it! We love the vibe of the bar area and the beautiful decor. Friendly service every time we dine. There was a nice quiet energy and almost every seat in the entire bar area was full. Great music playing in the background , happy hum of conversation, and perfect lighting made for a very nice little outing for my husband and 13 year old - who LOVES the bolognese. We always leave La Marea content and looking forward to the next time.

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LeslieH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

La Marea is such a happy place with a great vibe. The food is excellent and consistent. Always my first choice.

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vipDonnaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food and service. Nice family owned restaurant. One of our favorites!!

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TraceyP
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best Italian restaurant on the shoreline. The good is great the service is great! Great meal every single time

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place was AMAZING & the food was EVERYTHING!!!

Definitely recommend this restaurant!!!

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KenR
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a fabulous restaurant! Loved it all and will definitely go back!

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MaryBee
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As usual food was great, host was charming and server was attentive and friendly. Our favorite place.

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jhjr
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was outstanding, traditional dishes made special. The service was likewise outstanding with very attentive servers.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food with a wide variety of drink options. Staff is friendly, efficient and knowledgeable.

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Phochlo
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Very creative and extensive cocktail menu. Bar scene before dinner was lively and cozy w fireplaces. Main dining room was also very nice w fireplace and despite a packed room the noise level was reasonable enough to have a conversation among our table of 5. Nice selection from the menu of standard Italian dishes. Service was very attentive. Overall a great experience that I would not hesitate to recommend or repeat.

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JorgeP
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Service was excellent. Food was delicious, although the mushroom crepe not as much. Always seem to get into interesting discussions with other diners, although acoustics make it nearly impossible to conduct a conversation.

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vipBoSox
New England
108 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful night at La Marea. The ambiance, food, drinks and of course the service were all five stars. The food here is the best in the Saybrook area and the service is as good as the food. A lot of people working yet you are never rushed. Very well orchestrated staff!

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finediner
New England
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Wonderful as always, it is one of our favorite places for special occasions. It never disappoints.

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ThomasS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food as always, wonderful service, outstanding atmosphere.

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Suzette
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Overall it was excellent. We will definitely go back and will bring our town guests.

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nancyc
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Excellent staff. Fast service.

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YannM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Valentine Day

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WendyW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Proportions were ridiculously small. One member of our table ordered rigatoni with marinara sauce ($22). There weren’t a dozen noodles in the bowl. When we brought it up they said we should have asked for more.

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vipOUTSTANDING
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always great dinner at La Marea. Lobster Ravioli special and Double Cut Port Chop were GREAT. Great service and homemade desserts were off the charts.

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vipmcfarlin
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love La Marea we like to sit either at the high top tables or the bar.
Excellent food and a great local place

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JamesM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

I took my wife for Valentines dinner after getting a notification from Open Table that La Marea was one of the top ten restaurants in Connecticut.

The people rating this restaurant must be easy graders!

It is a decent restaurant, but far from top 10 in the state. Two within a few miles, Livs Oyster Bar and the Bee &Thistle, are significantly better.

The service was excellent, the atmosphere is unimpressive. The food was very good, but not outstanding.

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vipDanBoot
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

La Marea was a very pleasant surprise. My wife and I spent the night at the spa in Old Saybrook and looked to head off site to have our Valentine's Dinner. The staff at La Marea was terrific from the time we walked thru the door until we headed back to the car. Our Sever, Karen, was spot on and well seasoned. We ordered a reasonably priced bottle Amarone to enjoy with dinner and after tasting , Karen offered to decant it. A nice touch. We ordered all of our food to split, the meatball appetizer was delicious, properly cooked and seasoned to perfection. I ordered Veal Ossobuco and requested it to be served over Rigatoni, again perfect, tender and tastey. My wife ordered a pasta that too was just right. To finish it all off I ordered the homemade cheesecake, WOW!!! Best dessert I've had in a very long time. If you are in the neighborhood this is a place not to be missed!

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JulietteM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The food was great, service attentive and the space is both modern and warm. Highly recommend!

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FrankH
New England
32 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and service at reasonable prices. Please sure to make reservations.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great meal (pork chop), something I never order at a restaurant. Absolutely fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and loved being near the fireplace! Was a great place to go for a birthday dinner! The Bolognese was amazing!!

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Lovefood
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My birthday but honestly we go for date night every week just love the food, the people and the staff

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Pamela
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I never get to visit enough, I live in Hartford and meet a girlfriend from Old Saybrook there. From the moment I walk in I am salivating, it is quiet, elegant, beautiful and the food-AWESOME.
Pamela

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MarkF
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was exceptional good quality. Flavors were exceptional And laid out on the palate perfectly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Consistently great food and service every time we go.

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SkipH
New England
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is as well prepared as the staff. The food is savory and beautifully plated. Can't wait to go back.

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Lovefood
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Never have I been disappointed with the food, the service or the staff.

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MarkR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thank you it was a spectacular night

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
32 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The dining room is the prettiest anywhere and love the fireplace!
The food and cocktails are always superb; our favorite go to restaurant.
They make you feel like a member of the family!

FAQs

La Marea offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (860) 391-8614.

La Marea is rated 4.8 stars by 927 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.