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“simplicity and excellence”
Review of Marinella

Marinella
Ranked #169 of 816 Restaurants in Beirut
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Good for: Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Description: http://www.timeoutbeirut.com/restaurants/listing/2317/marinella.html
Beirut, Lebanon
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23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“simplicity and excellence”
Reviewed 16 February 2014 via mobile

We go there very often and ive never seen such a consistancy in beirut. The food timing, temperature, freshness, taste have never been but excellent. The place is neat and minimalistic and never pretentious(eventhough i always find very influencial ppl,designers producers embassadors..). Very welcoming and friendly atmosphere, sophie(owner and chef) is constently checking everything. She doesn't open at night giving all her effort and energy for this excellent lunch experience!

Visited February 2014
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  • English first
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  • Italian first
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English first
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117 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“consistent”
Reviewed 12 November 2013

I have tried this restaurant twice and by all standards it was fine. Linguine aux langoustine is an excellent pasta dish. Gnocchi both al limone and tomato good. the dishes with mushrooms (cepes) were not that good, seems mushrooms may not be rinsed or dried enough. Their dried red pepper is EXCELLENT, unlike many other places where you are warned about how hot it is and it's NOT, this one comes with a punch!
Decor is very nice and simple. Service courteous and satisfactory.

  • Visited November 2013
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1 Thank homezgr8t
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Beirut
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3 restaurant reviews
“Disappointed”
Reviewed 3 September 2013

I was invited to Marinella with some friends, to try the real Italian taste. Not even close to.
Fatty meals. The old fashion cuisine. Thinking as the more you add fat the more taste better.
Overpriced for quality and service.

  • Visited May 2013
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Beirut
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217 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Good, but not THAT good”
Reviewed 15 September 2012

I had been wanting to try Marinella for some time, having heard so much about it from friends and acquaintances, praising the quality of the dishes as some of the best in town. I was somehow disappointed when I lunched there two weeks ago. The food is good indeed, but not THAT good, and the quality actually varies with the dishes. While the starters (bruschetta and salad) were above average, the langoustine linguini was rather disappointing, with no langoustine flavour except in the two segments of langoustine added on top. My friends' risotto was good but a bit too salty. The apple crumble in the end was a disappointment. The atmosphere though is fun, loud, busy. All in all, a fun place to go to (for lunch only, since the place only opens for lunch) but don't expect something exceptional

  • Visited September 2012
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great Everything”
Reviewed 12 September 2012

Wow wow wow

A friend recommended Marinella’s and it did not disappoint.

It’s easy to get to. The setup is bright. The service is excellent. The food is exceptional.

To start we had the green salad which was very crisp and fresh. I heard that the spaghetti alla limone was good but it sounded like it was an acquired taste. I asked the waiter if we could get a taster with our salad and he kindly obliged. It’s definitely not an acquired taste and I would recommend it as a main dish.

I had the linguine with langoustine which was delicious. A friend had the rigatoni alla vodka which was also good. The penne arrabiata was bland but that's the only disappointment.

For dessert I had the apple crumble which was the perfect ending to a really really really yummy meal.

  • Visited September 2012
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