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Mare Culinary Lounge

696 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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Ranked #24 of 150 Restaurants in Laguna Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Cleo St
Description: Upscale Modern Decor Italian from the Alessa and Cucina Alessa Chef Alesandro
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49 reviews from our community

85% Recommend
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English first
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Hidden inside the Holiday Inn, we might not have tried this restaurant if it was not for Trip Advisor. We weren't in the mood to fight the traffic, crowds, and parking, and since we felt like Italian food for dinner, this was an obvious choice. There is an indoor courtyard with hanging lights that made it seem like we were... More

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North Las Vegas, Nevada
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

My Dad, who is a definite "foodie", took us to dinner here and it was such an amazing experience! He ordered for us and opted to let the chef prepare a surprise, which was absolutely incredible! We loved the butternut squash ravioli with browned butter sauce, the perfect calamari, the ridiculously amazing, melt-in-your-mouth meatballs, and especially the pesto dipping sauce... More

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Newtown, PA
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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We stayed next door to this place at 14 West. We had some friends join us at Mare. I ordered 3 appetizers which were all excellent - Olive Fritte (must have!), Bruchetta, and Calamari. All of us remarked that it was the best fried calamari we'd had - very tasty and not greasy. Dinners were also good - Limoncello Infused... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
241 helpful votes 241 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We had the opportunity to dine at Mare multiple times over the course of the last couple of weeks. It's located on the Street level of the Holiday Inn express right on the PCH so I figured how good could it be? Every meal was delicious with great service and great attention to detail. The pasta dishes were wonderful as... More

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Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Wow! A friend told us about this restaurant and also said to not be put off that it is in a Holiday Inn. We were seated on the patio, which was lovely. Our service was top notch. We had risotto both the shrimp and the mushroom then shared. Both were excellent but agreed we liked the mushroom the best. Prices... More

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Rancho Mirage, California
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Looking for a place for dinner within walking distance of our hotel, we stumbled on Mare. We were a little skeptical when we got there as it is located in the "lobby/courtyard" of a Holiday Inn. But we're adventurous so we gave it a try. Great decision! Our waitress told us the restaurant had no connection to the hotel. They... More

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Phoenix, AZ
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I were greeted by a wonderful hostess and then seated in Jillian's section. Upon our request, she gave us some suggestions of a few things to try, so we took her advice and it was delicious!! I had Parmesan Tortellini, and my husband a Pollo al Forno. Jillian's smile and service, along with great food, and a... More

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Oceanside, California
Top Contributor
274 reviews 274 reviews
200 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

About 20 girls came here for a reservation at 8pm. Things didn't start out so well because although we had a reservation our table wasn't ready until closer to 9pm. Luckily after that the service was great. They did an amazing job taking care of our large table and hook us up on some items as well. I loved the... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Surprising little gem of a restaurant attached to the holiday inn. Service was very attentive and prompt. Beautiful flavors in all the dishes. The salsa verde dipping sauce was outstanding. Seafood linguini had just the right amount of spice and the chocolate soufflé cake was a lovely finish to the meal.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

I have been to Mare few times since they have opened , every time I experience the same thing, slow service but decent tasting food. we just went there for Mother's Day, they called us the night before and told us that they have overbooked for the time we were supposed to go and we may have to wait few... More

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