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“Delicious but rushed” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Marica

Marica
5301 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618
510-985-8388
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Ranked #61 of 1,064 restaurants in Oakland
Cuisines: Seafood, Californian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
San Francisco, California
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187 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 66 cities Reviews in 66 cities
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
“Delicious but rushed”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

Excellent seafood - mussels appetizer was perfect and the Lobster was best I've ever had, Chopped Salad was heavenly, as was the chocolate souffle (heavier and more like a warm molten cake). The only thing was that we were rushed...the moment the fork hit the plate they came to take it away. Several times I had to let the wait staff know that I was not finished. Drinks and 3 course dinner was rushed and only took 1 hour. A surprising bargain - ll this, plus drinks and wine for two for ~$130.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Danville, California
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Very pleasant and consistent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

We go to Marica every couple of months. They have great fish, usually three different kinds, plenty of other selections, and nice wines in large glasses. They are one of those places where if you can't decide what wine you want they'll give you tastes. Service is informal but very pleasant. I've never had anything that wasn't delicious. Two downsides: it is small and popular so it's loud, and you definitely need a reservation. Tonight I had the hot fudge sundae, and I don't remember having one as good since Blum's closed in Union Square back in the late 60s or early 70s. They give a discount for cash.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Houston, Texas
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40 reviews 40 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Memorable experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

Dined here late on Fathers Day with friends from Houston. Felt lucky to get a last minute reservation. Ordered our wine at the bar, but table came up shortly. The N.Z. sav. blanc was delicious. And reasonable. Most of us ordered the rack of lamb and loved it. This is a small place, so if there is a large group in the middle, expect the noise level to be high. Don't miss the chocolate souffle. Efficient, friendly service. A place you'll want to come back to.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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California
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35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“excellent fish and value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

Christopher is the chef/owner here and the restaurant is essentially family-run. He is excellent with fish in general; the restaurant also serves meat dishes. In addition, they have a regular Happy Hour with inexpensive drinks and allow you to bring your own wine for a smal corkage fee. But the place is not large, so be sure to reserve.

  • Visited August 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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San Francisco, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Lovely atmosphere and friendly staff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

Marica serves good food (with an emphasis on fish and seafood, but I usually have the steak) in a cozy and pleasant atmosphere. Their staff is consistently friendly and attentive, and they were responsive to requests to customize a dish.

It's a great place to go on a date or with friends to talk. I *love* that it's quiet enough to have a leisurely conversation. I'm a regular by now.

What keeps it from being a five-star rating is:
1. they consistently serve well-done steaks when I request them medium.
2. they don't have an espresso machine.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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