Mario's Italian Restaurant

★★★☆☆
  • 1298 Main St

    Dubuque, IA 52001

    Map & Directions
  • 563-556-9424

About Mario's Italian Restaurant

Hours
Mon-Sat 11am-11pm

Food

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Found Mario's online, and was expecting an upscale Italian restaurant. Well, the prices were certainly high enough...but the food was AWFUL. I ordered a T-bone with pasta, expecting some kind of Italian pasta sauce and peppers/onions, etc. What I got was an unseasoned, undercooked slab of meat (almost 1/2 fat and gristle) on a broken metal tray with a bowl of cold, overcooked spaghetti with red sauce that tasted just like Spaghetti-O's. Hardly "authentic Italian." My wife got some sort of veal, with the same nasty spaghetti on the side (not mixed like we were expecting). Neither one of us ate our food. Cost $38.55 for 2 entrees and 1 beer (no wine, appetizers, or desserts). Inside of the restaurant wasn't even close to upscale-had a huge bar with golf on TV, beer cases stacked in the dining room, only cheap American beers (nothing wrong with that, except that it was supposed to be upscale), old '60s-'70s decor with paper advertising placemats. My wife asked the waitress a question about the menu-and she didn't know the answer. She didn't offer any steak sauce-the part that was edible I had to eat with salt and pepper only. When we complained about the food, the waitress didn't know what to do, and after talking to other workers for 20 minutes eventually told us that since they had "cooked the food properly" we had to pay for it. When we left (after grudgingly paying almost $40 for food we didn't eat), she said "Try something else next time you come!" Umm, no. Upscale? No. Italian? No. Priced like an upscale Italian restaurant? Yes.

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★☆☆☆☆

Found Mario's online, and was expecting an upscale Italian restaurant. Well, the prices were certainly high enough...but the food was AWFUL. I ordered a T-bone with pasta, expecting some kind of Italian pasta sauce and peppers/onions, etc. What I got was an unseasoned, undercooked slab of meat (almost 1/2 fat and gristle) on a broken metal tray with a bowl of cold, overcooked spaghetti with red sauce that tasted just like Spaghetti-O's. Hardly "authentic Italian." My wife got some sort of veal, with the same nasty spaghetti on the side (not mixed like we were expecting). Neither one of us ate our food. Cost $38.55 for 2 entrees and 1 beer (no wine, appetizers, or desserts). Inside of the restaurant wasn't even close to upscale-had a huge bar with golf on TV, beer cases stacked in the dining room, only cheap American beers (nothing wrong with that, except that it was supposed to be upscale), old '60s-'70s decor with paper advertising placemats. My wife asked the waitress a question about the menu-and she didn't know the answer. She didn't offer any steak sauce-the part that was edible I had to eat with salt and pepper only. When we complained about the food, the waitress didn't know what to do, and after talking to other workers for 20 minutes eventually told us that since they had "cooked the food properly" we had to pay for it. When we left (after grudgingly paying almost $40 for food we didn't eat), she said "Try something else next time you come!" Umm, no. Upscale? No. Italian? No. Priced like an upscale Italian restaurant? Yes.

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LOVE this one! The pansaratti is excellent! This place is totally old school - hasn't been renovated in decades but it is one of those places that you always know you will get a fantastic meal! Can't go wrong with any of the pasta dishes. Good wine selection.
Only downfall - the lights are bright for dinner time AND the tables are very close together. They really pack you in there so be prepared for that. Otherwise - you will walk out stuffed and probably still have leftovers!

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LOVE this one! The pansaratti is excellent! This place is totally old school - hasn't been renovated in decades but it is one of those places that you always know you will get a fantastic meal! Can't go wrong with any of the pasta dishes. Good wine selection.
Only downfall - the lights are bright for dinner time AND the tables are very close together. They really pack you in there so be prepared for that. Otherwise - you will walk out stuffed and probably still have leftovers!

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Mario's is a popular Dubuque restaurant, a favorite with the locals. I personally find nothing exceptional about it except for the service, which is prompt and friendly. The menu focuses on traditional Italian fare.

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Mario's is a popular Dubuque restaurant, a favorite with the locals. I personally find nothing exceptional about it except for the service, which is prompt and friendly. The menu focuses on traditional Italian fare.

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