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“Lost a step”

Marcello's Wine Market Cafe
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Ranked #22 of 568 Restaurants in Lafayette
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Mandeville, LA
Level 5 Contributor
86 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Lost a step”
Reviewed October 5, 2013

While traveling in the Lafayette area every 4- 6 weeks, we try to visit some of the better restaurants in this area. In the past, Marcello's has never failed to impress and we usually cannot wait to return. However, this past week the meal was mediocre meal at best.

After being seated promptly, we were greeted by a waiter who reeked of smoke and basically was a walking ash tray. After receiving a few recommendations from Mr. Smokey, we opted for the Bresaola appetizer which was basically some thinly sliced cured meat served similar to Carpaccio (I wish it was). I would give this a 5 out of 10. We both opted for the Italian salad which was basically some greens with some Sysco institutional olive salad dumped on it.

Finally, we both tried fish dishes. The Fish Limone was actually pretty good but was swimming in bit too much of the Buerre Blanc sauce for my liking. The Salmon was over cooked and dry.

Maybe it was just an off night for the crew, but I think I will wait a while before trying this place again. Mr. Smokey needs to stand in the wind to "air our" after lighting up!

  • Visited October 2013
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Louisiana
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Always a Great Dining Experience”
Reviewed July 13, 2013

The food and service here are always above-average. The only drawback is that you cannot make reservations for a party of less than six people.

Visited July 2013
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1 Thank CharlesLouisiana
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Houston, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“i LOVE this place!”
Reviewed June 30, 2013

My favorite restaurant in Lafayette. I frequently travel there on business and Marcello's is always my first stop. The food is exquisite, the service is wonderful and I really enjoy the wine selection.

Visited June 2013
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Thank lhot234
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Sheridan, Wyoming
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“First Rate Italian Restaurant”
Reviewed June 8, 2013

Started with the tomato basil soup and it was superb. Nice nice caesar salad. Ordered the veal scallopini and it was very tasty. The wine list was extensive to compliment this great food. Easy to carry-on a conversation inside as it was not very noisy. Two thumbs up on this one.

  • Visited June 2013
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Oxford, MS
Level 5 Contributor
82 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Wine list with a difference”
Reviewed April 9, 2013

Good food (my lamb was excellent) and extensive wine selection. A neat touch is that you can browse the many racks of wine and make your personal selection to go with your meal, or get one of the staff to help you. Then you only pay the retail price for the bottle + $10, which makes it a lot cheaper than a bottle of wine in most restaurants. It's popular, so make a reservation for dinner.

Visited April 2013
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Thank J0Mark
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