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“Best pick on College (so far..)” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Marica

Marica
5301 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618
510-985-8388
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Ranked #58 of 1,067 restaurants in Oakland
Cuisines: Seafood, Californian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Denver, Colorado, USA
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96 reviews 96 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Best pick on College (so far..)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

As out-of-towners with many choices for a few good eateries on the famous College Ave, we had the lucky draw of Marica. Fun, eclectic, and vibrant, Marica will wow you with their friendliness and delicious food. A hip, younger crowd and excellent lighting in their funky dining room are great combos for a super-fun date night. Their pours are generous and the sea bass was to die for. Absolutely incredible. My wife had the rock fish and it was all so good that we swapped plates half way through (I never do this). Truly a little gem of a place and very well-run.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Oakland, California
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96 reviews 96 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
“We had a truly mediocre experience”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012 via mobile

I am surprised by the reviews of Marica. Perhaps we got unlucky, but I will say that our food was mediocre, at best, and the service was inattentive and disinterested.

The starters were the highlights. The lobster bisque was good, and the mussels were tasty, although there were very few for the cost. Perhaps 9-10 mussels. The calamari starter was fair, and the Caesar salad OK. The mussels were brought several minutes after the other starters, without explanation. This would become a theme.

The main courses were unbelievably average. The lamb salad was the best of the four, althought the salad was mostly middle pieces of the lettuce head, rather than the leafy parts, which is not the way to serve a nice salad. The cannelloni was fine, if unremarkable. The salmon and rock cod, however, we're both tasteless. Each came with a pesto sauce on the side that was absolutely without flavor. Only the presence of some avocado on the side of the cod gave this fish any flavor at all. The cod and salmon, of course, came appreciably after the other main courses.

My wife had ordered a tasting menu, which included dessert. The dessert came much later, and the waitress plopped down her dessert with some amazingly tasteless, icy sorbet. The waiters never asked if anybody wanted to order dessert otherwise (having asked my wife her dessert preference when she ordered from the tasting menu.).

The waiters also took some plates before everyone everyone was done (a pet peeve), and removed our silverware after the appetizers without replacement. We ate with salad forks and no knives. No one asked if we wanted other or more drinks.

Then the bill came. It showed a different price for cash than credit, without explanation. We had a gift certificate, but they told us that was "credit" and we had to use the credit price although we were paying the difference in cash.

Overall, I am stunned that this restaurant gets such good reviews. Does good, tasty food matter? How about service? We had neither.

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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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Danville, California
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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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