La Marea

4.8
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866 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 866 People Are Saying
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DD
Key West
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
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
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

k
New England
42 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
36 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

KS
New England
13 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.

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
65 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
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
5 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