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“Great food at good prices” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Marica

Marica
5301 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618
510-985-8388
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Ranked #59 of 1,134 Restaurants in Oakland
Cuisines: Californian, Seafood
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Singapore, Singapore
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Great food at good prices”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

The restaurant was packed and we were made waiting for more than half an hour though we had arrived on time for our reservation. Service recovery took the form of a free plate of tasty mussels. The food was good both in taste and value. Go there for a good meal but be prepared for noise and crowdedness.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Seafood and Service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

Ok, it was our anniversary, so we were ready to have a special meal, and we weren't disappointed at all! Contemporary atmosphere, great service and terrific food. Of the seven dishes we ordered and split (4 appetizers, 1 salad, 1 entree, 1 dessert), all were really good, and a couple were truly excellent. The "chopped calamari" was probably the best we've ever had, perfectly and uniquely seasoned and flash fried (lightly); and the chocolate souffle w/ vanilla bean ice cream dessert (which had to be ordered at the beginning of the meal), was outstandingly light and delicious - and I usually don't order chocolate. Also enjoyed the caesar salad (fully dressed but not over the top); the oysters on half shell; lobster bisque; sashimi layered over mango, crispy won-ton and avocado; and the mahi-mahi entree, cooked perfectly. But I did say "Seafood and Service," and the servers were knowledgeable and personable, and teamed up to cover all of our needs without hovering. We also had a single house specialty cocktail, well mixed without skimping on the alcohol. This meal was definitely in our top ten over the last few years! While this was our first time eating there, we'll be heading back to Marica, and bringing our friends.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Los Altos, California
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83 reviews 83 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Hopeless food.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

It should have been a clue to me that there were plenty of tables available. But we needed to have dinner and went in. Husband ordered the salmon which came with the most horrible arugula pesto sauce -- green tasteless mush poured all over his potatoes and fish. Yuck! His "chopped" salad was mushy and just avocado and romaine lettuce "food processed" together. I love salads and tried to eat it but it was awful.

I ordered mussels and they were pretty good, broth could have had more flavorings but the mussels quality was very good. I had the beet salad and it was pretty decent. Stay away from the pesto and chopped salad. It was the worst meal we had during our visit to the area. Would never try going there again.

They seem to emphasize mixed drinks to maybe that's what one should focus on there.

Visited May 2013
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Oakland, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Cozy atmosphere, delicious food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

Even though this place is tiny, they usually have reservations available if you call ahead. They have a good cocktail list and delicious seafood. On our first visit, we enjoyed a complimentary appetizer and dessert! Staff is very friendly!

Visited January 2013
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Tampa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Service you will not believe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Welcoming is the description when we walked thru the door. Promptly seated even without a reservation, we arrived early enough for a discounted price fix menu serving a fish specialty. The lobster bisque was the best I ever had! Main meal had some of best prepared asparagus. Topping it off with pannacota was special! Drinks were ample and water was always refilled promptly! We will go again!!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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