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“Great local hang out” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Mario's Italian Cafe

Mario's Italian Cafe
49-906 Jefferson St., La Quinta, CA 92236
(760) 777-4055
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Ranked #81 of 106 Restaurants in La Quinta
Cuisines: Italian
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Indio, California
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9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Great local hang out”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2012

We are regulars here. One of our favorite places for my wife and I to go for a relaxing dinner after work.We almost always sit on the patio. Their portions are big, so we split a meal. they are always friendly and staff is always attentive, even w/ they are at their busiest. I've been to other italian restaurants that charge a lot more and gave less and didn't taste any better. It's just a fun place to dine

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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CA
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68 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
“Lively, friendly, popular but after the salads it went downhill”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2012

Crowded, popular and one of a group of restaurants. We were lucky to get a table quickly, being two and arriving early. The place is really popular. Service was friendly and good. The salads were fantastic, crisp and fresh. And then there was the rest of the meal. The red sauce had an anemic flavor for my husband's pasta. People next to us complained about the scampi and the husband left much of his pasta with meat sauce. Wine was reasonable in cost and the menu offered choices that seemed appealing. We did not take home the proverbial doggie bag. Marios works well for groups and families but go early. Price is reasonable but we found the taste to be less than expected. There is outdoor seating and maybe it would be less noisey but this is a family restaurant. in a strip mall.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“exists in spite of itself”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

This is a local franchise operation that specializes in cheap so-called Italian food. "Italian" as it drowns everything in some non-descriptive "red sauce."

It's a noisy hangout with kids screaming and, outside, folks dining with their dogs?

The Mario's on Hwy 111 east of Jefferson...serving the same cheap food is a better bet if you MUST go! But cheap it is and if you are on a strict no frills budget don't expect a "chef" to prepare your food. It's thrown together by cooks who must work part-time at Coco's.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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