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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
- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Waiting staff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Nino and Juliana never fail to amaze us with his creations. Always top notch
Very friendly staff. Food and service was amazing. We will be back.
Everything was absolutely delicious!!! My only “complaint” was small portions.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
So great to experience La Marea again! Thanks Juliana and staff!
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.
One of my favorite restaurants on the shoreline! The food is outstanding, and so are the cocktails and wine list!
The service is always great and so is the food. One of our favorite spots as La Marea never disappoints!
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.
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.
La Marea is such a happy place with a great vibe. The food is excellent and consistent. Always my first choice.
Good food and service. Nice family owned restaurant. One of our favorites!!
The best Italian restaurant on the shoreline. The good is great the service is great! Great meal every single time
This place was AMAZING & the food was EVERYTHING!!!
Definitely recommend this restaurant!!!
What a fabulous restaurant! Loved it all and will definitely go back!
As usual food was great, host was charming and server was attentive and friendly. Our favorite place.
The food was outstanding, traditional dishes made special. The service was likewise outstanding with very attentive servers.
Fantastic food with a wide variety of drink options. Staff is friendly, efficient and knowledgeable.
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.
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.
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!
Wonderful as always, it is one of our favorite places for special occasions. It never disappoints.
Great food as always, wonderful service, outstanding atmosphere.
Overall it was excellent. We will definitely go back and will bring our town guests.
Great food. Excellent staff. Fast service.
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.
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.
We love La Marea we like to sit either at the high top tables or the bar.
Excellent food and a great local place
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.
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!
The food was great, service attentive and the space is both modern and warm. Highly recommend!
Great food and service at reasonable prices. Please sure to make reservations.
We had a great meal (pork chop), something I never order at a restaurant. Absolutely fantastic.
Great food and loved being near the fireplace! Was a great place to go for a birthday dinner! The Bolognese was amazing!!
My birthday but honestly we go for date night every week just love the food, the people and the staff
La Marea offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (860) 391-8614.
La Marea is rated 4.8 stars by 934 OpenTable diners.
You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.