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“We are Italian and we really liked this place!”

Marcello Ristorante
Ranked #11 of 214 Restaurants in Thousand Oaks
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Ventura, California
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111 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“We are Italian and we really liked this place!”
Reviewed May 13, 2012

We received a gift certificate for this place,but we did not use it for a year because we cook the best Italian food AT HOME! No seriously...we had a fantastic lunch here.The olive oil is fresh,the Italian bread is awesome,the fried calamari was perfect! My husband had wild fettuccini with leeks and potabello mushrooms....it was a little oily,but very good...I had the salmon that was cooked perfectly...We I'll go back again ....and it in our neighborhood!!!

  • Visited May 2012
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English first
Thousand Oaks, California
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66 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“One of my favorite Conejo Valley restaurants”
Reviewed April 23, 2012

I've been to Marcello's many times and have never been disappointed. Classic northern Italian cuisine, prepared exceptionally well. Don't let the strip mall location put you off - this is a gem of a restaurant - white linens, professional waiters, reasonable prices.

Visited July 2011
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Los Angeles
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95 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“A Taste of Italy in Thousand Oaks”
Reviewed March 10, 2012

My husband and I went to Marcello's with another couple and had a very good meal overall. There is a warm and cozy atmosphere in this restaurant. The staff is very friendly and helpful but a bit slow, specially on a busy night. The portions were good and the main courses were very good overall. We had the fish and avocado appetizer special and we were not impressed with it, fish was a bit dry and over-blackened, and the portion was small. For the main course we had the penne pasta with chicken livers which was just perfect, the light cream sauce was very tasty and the pasta was cooked just right. Also, we ordered the mussels, clams, and seasonal fish in a white wine sauce and this was just out of this world! the sauce was absolutely fabulous specially with their warm crusty bread to dip in. My husband ordered the roasted chicken with mushrooms and berries but was disappointed with this dish; the chicken was dried and the sauce was not enough to help with the dryness, the flavors were just not quite as prominent as with the other dishes. We would recommend going and staying with the more traditional Italian dishes and I think you will not be disappointed. There will be a second visit for us very soon to try other traditional dishes that sounded tempting.

  • Visited March 2012
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Southern California
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366 reviews
266 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
“Service Unattentive, Sauces Lack Flavor”
Reviewed December 26, 2011

Service is just poor unless you happen to be a regular at this dining establishment. We had to ask for everything, water, parmesan cheese and we had to ask more than once. The staff is just not very attentive--and forgetful. Pasta sauces lack flavor. There are much better Italian restaurants in Thousand Oaks. This place has been around for a long time, yet we are unimpressed.

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“Real Italian food, you may even sing. If...”
Reviewed August 21, 2010

Real Italian food, you may even sing. If you eat here you'll remember falling in love.

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