Spartina

4.7
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501 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Spartina specializes in seasonal, market driven Cal-Italian fare. Spartina accepts reservations for large parties in both our chic, industrial meets mid-century modern dining room and our large patio. We feature a comfortable bar with food served out of an open kitchen. Please call to reserve for parties of 9 or more.
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San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is very authentic Italian - try any pizza or pasta (the carbonara is fabulous!).
Service was excellent, friendly, attentive.
Not overpriced either.
Highly recommend

H
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very solid brunch menu. I would like to sample some of the house made pastas from the dinner menu.

ES
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Sat on their beautiful patio and the 4 of us enjoyed great priced happy hour cocktails (Negroni and Aperol Spritz), we shared several dishes including a delicious sloppy Joe, a very good Margherita Pizza, a pork rag pasta, a pasta with shrimp and cream sauce, and butternut squash in a brown butter sauce. The best dish of the night though, was the short rib stuffed ravioli, wow! We did not need them, but noticed the patio dies have heaters, and the inside was very nice. I definitely recommend.

M
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Nice outdoor patio, below average service, the food was not good.

CD
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and staff are excellent. The food is tasty and the staff are kind and attentive. Parking can be tough and the location is both in the middle of everything on Melrose and in the middle of everything on Melrose so be in the mood for the grand theater of life in Los Angeles.

A
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was pretty good. The patio was very nice. Overall experience wasn’t blow away but it was really nice for a chill evening. The patio has medium height walls, planters and lights that seclude the restaurant from the streets of Melrose. Had an early dinner which was nice and fairly quiet. The happy hour menu was good too.

G
London
63 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent as always! We love Spartina! Delish! Delish! Delish!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Everything was great, just one detail, a couple of us ordered the same dish, but all the portions size were different really inconsistent.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great - but a bit loud.

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 5

Food was terrible. I judge a restaurant by whether I would come back and eat there and I definitely wouldn’t. Just seems like they’re missing the mark. Odd flavors. Also service was hit or miss. One person serving our drinks was efficient but the lady who took our order and brought our bill was slow and seemed like she was strung out on drugs.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best pastas in town

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my dad’s 70th birthday with two little grandkids in tow. Staff could not have been more pleasant and helpful and accommodating. The food was excellent, their patio is beautiful and we all had a lovely dinner celebrating.

PR
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is always amazing there! The staff is really friendly and professional.
My only recommendation would be music in the patio outside. It will really add to the ambiance.

s
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On this first ever visit to Spartina, I was so pleasantly surprised. I loved the beautiful plants all around that create a peaceful outdoor ambiance even on a busy road. Happy hour prices were great and food portions were large and good for sharing. The waiter was knowledgeable and personable. I certainly plan to return.

JC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

10-year friendiversary-one of our favorite spots. Keep it up!

TG
Los Angeles
62 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always great. I love the Pepperoni and Honey pizza! One of the few restaurants on Melrose you can sit outside. Service is always good and its a great neighborhood spot.

M
Salt Lake City
85 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Historically the food was and has been good. I tried the chicken parmigiana and the sauce on the pasta was like water, the chicken was not pounded, it was just a big lump of chicken and there was no real taste. Sorry...ZERO on this one.

J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come here often and it’s always great food, great drinks , and great service. Spartina never disappoints !

h
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

kudos
Great local spot, really solid cooking, makes you feel very comfortable.

MH
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in Los Angeles - if I could eat here every night, I would. I love the food - the freshness and flavors of the pasta dishes, the delicious pizzas, the exquisite vegetable dishes and unique salads, and the wonderful deserts. I cannot recommend it more highly!

OT
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Poor service. Waiters and waitress looked like they hate their lives.

BW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and server was very professional. Will definitely go back.

M
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and phenomenal service. Consistently excellent.

A
Orange County
50 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Food wasn’t hot but all else was good.

JB
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere at Spartina takes you miles away from LA if you dine outside. The staff is friendly and engaged. The food very interesting and one of my favorite casual LA places. The Chef, Steven Kalt, is a terrific craftsman and a great gentleman. Take the time to meet him and Freddie, who runs the front of the house.

d
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Pistachio pesto was fantastic, as were the squash blossoms.

g
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite neighborhood spott

G
London
63 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love the food and the atmosphere and the service at chef/owner Steven’s fabulous restaurant. The drinks are also great and the appetizers and entrees are all fantastic. Check out Monday night when happy hour is all evening. Beautiful outdoor patio as well.

K
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I consider SPARTINA a go-to for unique italian food here in Los Angeles. I grew up in Boston and it's always tough to find delicious and authentic Italian cuisine with a twist. We love this place.

g
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining al fresco is alway great at Spartina.
The food and service were lovely.
The Calabrian Chicken Sandwich was awesome - the perfect blend of sweet, spice and crunchy fried chicken. This is our local date nite spot just down the street. We’ll be back.

MM
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Rude hostess! Ruined the experience. Asked for outside dining, as we made the reservation through Open Table two days before the date we arrived - she said she had reservations for those tables - which was not an option when we reserved. Then put us in a nice corner table, only to send the other hostess back over to move us one table over - not as nice a table (not as romantic) saying it was a mistake AFTER we had already been seated. That corner table was reserved, too, the other hostess had been told by the one out front. We ate for an hour or so - no one EVER took the corner table we were moved off of. Very rude and made my wife feel like a second class patron. We will not be returning.

SP
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall, pleased with experience at Spartina. Portion sizes are on the small end for the cost, but everything was tasty and our service was superb.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was amazing!!! She made it great oh and the food

W
Los Angeles
67 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Really great place. I highly recommend the farinata, faro salad and roasted chicken. Yum!! Our only complaint was that as chardonnay drinkers we had to pay $20 a glass which is pretty outrageous. I think a less pricey option in addition to the one they have on their menu would be great.

LH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Spartina. From the service to the ambiance and the food, our experience was amazing and we will definitely be back.

G
London
63 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic meal with wonderful service and sitting outside only added to our beautiful evening.
All of the appetizers - and we had many - were delicious as well as the entrées. Especially recommend the grilled avocado, chickpea pie type thing and the pastors. Also had wonderful drinks.

RP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

I wanted to like Spartina - the outdoor patio is very nice, but the food, service, and value is so off the mark. The happy hour menu looked great, but came up so short. The best part was the pizza and even that was disappointing. The worst part was the arugula salad - it was barely dressed, we were pretty much eating dry arugula. The pasta was fine, but nothing to write home about. The meatballs were lukewarm... Our server was cold and unattentive. And to top it all off, as we were walking out, we spotted two cockroaches running through the patio area. Needless to say, we won't be back.

JA
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I was super excited to come back here for my birthday but the food was not nearly as good as I remembered from
a business meal here last year. The broccoli we ordered was way over seasoned and lemon-ed to the point of being sour and inedible. My boyfriend’s pizza was bland and the wine I wanted was out of stock. Then the tiramisu was frozen in the middle? and watery. Ah this was really a bummer, and it was supposed to be a special occasion. No one was rude and the place is beautiful, but the food was a real let down.

PS
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was exceptional. We always enjoy dinner at Spartina. Still a wonderful experience.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really love spartina— it is the perfect upscale casual dining experience. They have an amazing amount of starters all of which are excellent. I only eat their proteins which are also excellent. The one thing I wish is that they would add either more proteins to menu or have more specials including proteins. I have never tried their pizza or pasta. But I’m sure they are excellent, too. Overall I love to go here and sit on the patio to have a cocktail and a glass of wine with dinner. Excellent dining experience.

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