La Marea

4.8
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882 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 882 People Are Saying
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JR
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great spot to take that special person for a delicious birthday dinner.

A
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Our first time visiting. Food was outstanding. Great food and drink menu. Would go again for sure.

SM
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went for lunch and it was nice and quiet. Our waitress was great - very friendly staff and the food was fabulous!

F
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

I mixed things up a little this time by ordering the veal, I normally do one of there homemade pastas
This is my go to spot when I'm in town, reminds me of home, NY.

The veal was excellent as is there wine selection. I highly recommend it

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is fresh and delicious! The service was superb

BT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It’s like dining on the Amalfi coast! The food is authentically southern Italian and the service is attentive and gracious.

DP
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Really liked that La Marea had a regular menu on NY eve. Nice to have full menu and not feel like your being rushed out the door. Eggplant and pork chop were excellent. Scallops were underwhelming. Deserts and service excellent as always. Owners always make you feel welcome and your patronage appreciated.

R
New England
45 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Never disappoints!

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CY
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding place to eat and service is top notch!!

DN
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was excellent, service was prompt and friendly.

OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nino and Julianna are excellent owner-operators and every dinner here is a fantastic occasion. The open kitchen dining experience and amazing drinks/food selection are reasons we keep coming back after 3 years! Great for a Friday night dinner with your family, date, meal with a friend, or a special occasion. Menu changes seasonally and I have only loved every item I have ordered. Fantastic service is always guaranteed.

JW
New England
14 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

This is a fine dining experience with top notch service and quality cuisine. I am impressed by the whole experience.

D
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious, but the portions were small for the prices. Out waitress, Veronica, was very sweet and attentive.

W
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always delicious - the bar bites on Wed eve, especially sitting at the bar where you can reserve a seat are great, drinks and wine always fun and service at bar or tables is very good - the fireplace in dining room is comfy and the whole team works to make a lovely evening dining experience.
I am gluten-free and have always found pizza, pasta, bar bites, other dishes when I go to be readily available and very good.
La Marea is one of our favorites.

FF
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Food is overall good. Portions tend to be on the smaller size, so the value is questionable. The caesar salad was probably the worst CS I’ve ever had. Not only could I individually count the leaves of lettuce on the skimpy plate, there was absolutely no flavor. We brought our concerns to the waitstaff and they did credit the salad off the bill. Wine selection and quality is good. It’s one of the better restaurants in the shoreline area, but it’s not New York or Boston quality or value.

DD
Key West
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Got back to town right at busy dinner time 7pm Friday night ...didn’t really think we would get in for dinner. Fortunately we were able to get get two bar seats and had a great meal

F
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Pasta specials always fantastic . I'm told by people who dine with me that the fish, pizza and meat dishes are excellent as well. I never make it passed the pasta. It's that good

OT
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server Tatianice(sp) was legendary. Food was perfect, great night.

k
New England
45 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Never fails—every meal here is a delight. The food is spectacular, and the service and ambiance is wonderful. One of our favorite restaurants. Never had anything less than a fantastic experience here.

CW
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best tuna sandwich I have ever eaten!

F
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Family owned and run makes all the difference! Great Food Great Service

KS
New England
14 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thanksgiving Eve- who wants to cook? Grabbed a high top in the bar for 5:30. It was quick bites Wednesday with specially priced cocktails. As usual all was great. I had the Salmon special which was perfectly cooked and delicious and my husband had the short ribs also delicious. And of course dessert. Pot de Creme snd House recipe cheesecake. Outstanding

S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

This was my first bad meal after many good ones. I hope it was an off night.

E
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great dinner here. Specials are always very creative and fresh. Clearly one of the best restaurants not only in the area but in CT for sure.

K
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Celebrated my husband’s 40th birthday here. He did not know where we were going and was pleased in the end. Food was very flavorful and portions generous. We are in the bar at a booth/high top table and enjoyed our evening. It was neat to be able to watch the kitchen staff. The Butternut squash soup was delicious and I got the last bowl of it. Gnocchi was also light and pillowy with plenty of sausage. Calamari appetizer was good but portion slightly smaller than we expected. Service was friendly and checking in on us constantly. Our waitress had a trainee with her so it was nice that restaurant wasn’t too loud or busy so she could get the practice. Smells that were around us reminded me of my grandmother’s house.

LH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Consistently wonderful food, great atmosphere, and we always feel welcome. Everyone takes such good care of us every time we are here. My favorite restaurant and first choice every time the "where should we go" discussion starts.

MG
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

The cocktails are inventive and delicious. From the fabulous bread to the scrumptious dessert, this truly is an explosion of wonderful flavors. I have never been in a restaurant without pepper/salt on the tables and they earn it.

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

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

q
San Francisco
66 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food and service

BM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
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
32 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
18 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."