La Marea

4.8
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912 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 912 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

P
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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.

JP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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.

BS
New England
105 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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!

f
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.

TS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always, wonderful service, outstanding atmosphere.

S
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.

n
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Excellent staff. Fast service.

YM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Valentine Day

WW
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.

E
New York Area
41 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.

m
New York Area
24 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

JM
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.

DB
New York Area
31 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!

JM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

FH
New England
32 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

OT
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.

OT
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!!

P
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

MF
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great food and service every time we go.

SH
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.

L
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you it was a spectacular night

OT
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!

m
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the bar area at La Marea. Wonderful place to have dinner

m
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were greeted by Hugo who was very personable and attentive. Our server Veronica was fantastic. Anticipated our every need. Food was out of this world and hot in temperature. We are going back soon. Magical!!

SR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place...wonderful service from Emily.

RO
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We love La Marea and regularly recommend it to friends. Great food, service and ambience. I would suggest the following: Higher, firmer & more comfortable seats at the tables and an expansion of the menu to include additional traditional Italian menu items and pizzas. These changes might attract "regulars" to come more often and others to opt for a less expensive experience.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It’s a bit loud but we like the food the people and the ambiance! It’s good food and

JR
New England
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

A
New York Area
7 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
3 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
47 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.