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“Early days, mixed bag”

Marino's Bay restaurant
Ranked #137 of 455 Restaurants in Lincoln
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Lincoln, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Early days, mixed bag”
Reviewed 2 May 2014

Went midweek with hubby, we've always liked visiting Burton Waters and read that a new Italian restaurant had opened. They've changed the layout from when it was the Deli Bistro - now has a small bar area, redecorated, seems a bit bigger? It's not a quiet romantic sort of place, too bright for that, but had a nice lively atmosphere when we went.
Staff are really friendly and attentive, it's very early days so still learning the ropes a bit, but they seem to 'fit' this place and looks like they'll be quite an asset.
Very nice location, has tables outside in a sheltered terrace which should be a really nice place for a meal or drink when the weather's good.
What let's this place down though is the food. We thought this would be a more individual, authentic, home - cooking sort of place, something in keeping with the unique, somewhat special location. It's nothing like that. Instead, it's a bog standard pizza/pasta/boil in bag joint. The bruschetta wasn't on crisp crusty ciabatta as expected, it just doesn't work on soft bread. The fillet steak strips were a big letdown - really poor quality meat hard to tell if it was beef, chewy, many strips were actually gristly, saved only by the sauce which tasted like most boil in bag efforts. Frozen Mcdonald style fries, handful of mixed salad leaves. You get the idea. Expected delicious hand/home made pasta in an Italian restaurant, but the penne just tasted like the dry stuff you eat at home.
It's very early days though and I suspect this place will be able to get the food side of things improved. Otherwise I don't see us going here for an Italian meal, there are so many better alternatives around.

  • Visited April 2014
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English first
Lincoln, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
346 reviews
201 restaurant reviews
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“Promising new restaurant at Burton Waters”
Reviewed 28 April 2014

Six of us tried this new restaurant on its opening night (Friday 25 April) and enjoyed a lovely evening.The varied menu offered steak, duck, chicken, lamb and fish dishes, vegetarian options, and lots of pasta and pizza choices as well as Marino's specialities. Despite being the trial run, and very busy, everything was well organised and seemed to run smoothly, and all the staff were friendly and efficient. We all enjoyed our food - my favourite was the bruschetta starter; my friends said the poached salmon was gorgeous, and the tortelloni delicious, and everyone was impressed by Marino's pancake! There was a lovely, buzzy, atmosphere all evening, and we're all looking forward to going again very soon.

  • Visited April 2014
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