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La Marea

4.8
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946 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
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • 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
What 946 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.8
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.4
Value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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finediner
New England
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful as always! Even with the extra COVID precautions in place, the experience was delightful.

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BarbaraL
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

We started with hot and dirty martinis which were great! Our two salads were just okay. My sword fish was tasty but overpriced. The linguini side was very small. The peppers on the fish were undercooked. My husbands seafood fettuccini was marginal. The white sauce was average and the portion was small. We finished with carrot cake which was tasty. Overall I think the food was just average and overpriced because of the small portions and uninteresting sauces.

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JenM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My husband and I absolutely love this restaurant. The food is top notch and the atmosphere is perfect for our date nights. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu, it's all delicious.

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MariaT
New England
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had often times passed by La Marea but because it was always so packed, we could never get in!! And of course, it was last minute so no reservations. We recently passed by again & because of Covid & it was early Sunday afternoon we were able to get in. What an excellent experience. The owner is Italian, as my husband, & he was funny, informative about meal selection, & just so friendly. The food was excellent- I had the mouth watering salmon & my husband a seafood pasta. Desserts - not a huge selection but the two we had were heavenly. Needless to say, we have been there since with always the same reception from the owner, his wife & staff! Food quality is superb. We highly recommend La Marea to everyone who enjoys good cooking & service.

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vipBigMac
New England
44 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Authentic Italian food. All Italian wine list - Awesome!. Nice range of wines at reasonable prices.
Service was perfect. Sat inside but there were lots of outside Wuhan Flu tables for those feeling the need to social distance.

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LisaPR
New England
11 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Wish we saw the note that Open Table was inside dining only. Lovely job outside with lights— although appeared bright—but still would have preferred to be outside on such a beautiful weather night. My meal was great. Thank you for my husbands bday candle/writing—nice touch!

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Cberry2
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nino, Julianna and staff always strive to bring an exciting, delicious dining experience. From hand tossed wood fired pizza to fresh pasta dishes everyone will find a meal to enjoy. There is a substantial wine list and full bar to add to the dining experience.
Come to La Marea and enjoy!

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CharlesC
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hands down the best restaurant (of any kind) within 30 miles of Essex, CT. Their bolognese is stuff of legends and would put it up against any other. Tremendous experience every time!

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LeslieS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, delicious food, excellent service in a lovely environment. One of our favorites!

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philh
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My family had dinner at La Marea this week. The food was delicious as usual. I especially enjoyed the pasta special with its in house made sausage. The service was excellent. Our waitress was very attentive,informative and friendly. Never disappointed when dining here. Nino visits his customers and pays attention to detail. He wants everyone to be happy and satisfied with their dining experience!

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vipMykidsmom
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The menu, although limited, was extensive with something for everyone. We sat inside, but the outdoor tent area is extremely welcoming and inviting. They have it all decorated with flowers, and torch lights. It makes you almost forget for a little while that we are being forced to eat outside during these crazy times.
The waitstaff was all friendly, courteous, and attentive. My husband had the linguini and clams, which he said was one of best he ever had. He also loved the eggplant appetizer which he purposely wanted to go there to get. I had lobster and pasta, which was like eating lobster bisque with pasta. . Delish. The caesar salad was light, not weighted down with lots of dressing and had a nice lemon flavor to it. It was a great meal, in a great place, with great service. How could we go wrong?

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Klee
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

The food was very delicious. Under the coronavirus limitations, the restaurant did a great job with compliance and we really enjoyed our meals!

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vipJohnR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nino and Juliana never fail to amaze us with his creations. Always top notch

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MichelleV
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very friendly staff. Food and service was amazing. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Everything was absolutely delicious!!! My only “complaint” was small portions.

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JudithW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience1

We made a reservation on open table. It was for inside the restaurant. They did not give us a choice when we made the reservation . Choices were limited. The food had very little flavor. The waiter was newish and didnt know the menu
Expensive and not worth the money

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is always fabulous. Nino makes you feel right at home it is so gracious when greeting you. The mud on the menu is the grilled calamari and shrimp and pork chop two of my favorites. Look forward to going back this weekend.

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Mweed720
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience2

It was very expensive for what it was. The Caesar salad barely had any flavor or dressing on it. And since it took forever to get we didn’t even bother asking for more dressing because we figured we’d never get it. The calamari was chewy and gross. The lobster pasta was amazing and I was happy that they had gluten free pasta. The owner came around to every table but ours which I thought was odd. But we were the youngest people in there by about 20 years. Our money is as green and good as theirs.

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TheFoodGuy
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing restaurant! The staff are wonderful. The owners come by to greet everyone and make you feel as if you are the most important person in the place! The food is absolutely delicious. Pasta and pizza are especially excellent. I’ve been to Italy numerous times and the food at La Marea is just as good as if you were dining in Florence, Sicily, or Naples.

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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
25 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
3 reviews
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
6 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.

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 946 OpenTable diners.

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