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Marco's Italian Restaurant

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1825 E Vista Way, Vista, CA 92084-3314
760-758-1870
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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North Branch, Minnesota
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48 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016

We went on a Sunday night and it was very busy. The owners seem to know many people making me think that lots of locals eat here. The food was very good, but the service was adequate. Prices were moderate for a family of four.

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Thank Jennifer V
Dallas, Texas
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

Let me start by saying that the food here is very good. I lived in Italy for a time and this is only of the places that reflects the Italian food better than most places. It doesn't perfectly align with Italy Italian food but is really close. The garlic bread is really good as well as the salad with the... More 

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Vista, California
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

Went on a Wednesday night. Took about 10 minutes to be seated. Place was not super busy. Took another 5 minutes to get drink order. Slow service. Really bad acoustics, could hear the parents arguing with their daughter clearly, and the couple with the toddler made no attempt to quiet the child. The pizza was crunchy crust, and my wife's... More 

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Thank Joe V
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015 via mobile

Best homemade italian food in north county!!! This place is just like going to grandmas house for dinner. 40+ years in vista!!

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1 Thank Valerie H
Vista
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

When I first moved here, this place got rave reviews on Yelp, and one bad review which said, "I don't understand all these rave reviews; it tastes like Chef Boyardee." He was right. But if you like bland, Americanized Italian food, you may like this place. Better go another block down the street to Ciao's.

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Thank Laurie H
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I just moved to Vista and we were looking for authentic Italian food (I grew up in NJ.). This place totally blew us away! It doesn't look like much from the outside but a totally different look greets you when you walk inside. A small, authentic restaurant decorated with red checkered tablecloths, Chianti bottles hanging from the... More 

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Thank Vicki R
Longmont, Colorado
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57 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

We stumbled on Marco's when the restaurant we wanted to go to had a 45 minute wait. So glad we did. Even though we were a party of 8 we were seated almost immediately in the back room where they have tables for large groups. We loved the decor since it took me back to Italy. The Italian food was... More 

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Bonsall, California
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57 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

We love this place... have been eating here for over 18 years.... and in spite of that history... the best meal I've had here was my last visit. I almost always go for his special ... but last time I ordered the "Chef Special" off of the menu... It was a chicken in Lemon sauce with side of pasta... incredible.... More 

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Thank tpguess
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

This was, hands down, our family's favorite when lived in Vista (1979-1984). We could always count on the excellent quality of food & service. My personal favorite dish & the highlight of my dinner was their homemade Italian Cheesecake. I have never found an Italian Cheesecake even close in flavor or texture. Below I had to enter a visit date... More 

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Thank Buffi W
Vista, California
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This place is a classic. All Pasta is homemade, as well as all their sauces. It is a mom and pop kind of place. Worth the drive.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $20
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1825 E Vista Way, Vista, CA 92084-3314
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Vista
  • Phone Number: 760-758-1870

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?