Marina Cafe

★★★☆☆
Waterfront dining with harbor views inside and out. Creative dishes in a festive contemporary atmosphere.
  • 154 Mansion Ave

    Staten Island, NY 10308

    Cross street: at Hillside Terr.

    Map & Directions
  • 718-967-3077

About Marina Cafe

Hours
Mon-Thu, noon-10pm; Fri-Sat, noon-11pm; Sun, 1pm-9pm

Food

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Parents were visiting and we were going to go to Francesca's but I had heard so many great things about Marina Cafe that I made reservations there instead. The maitre d and wait staff were pleasant and accomodating but the food was a "D".

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★★★★★

Parents were visiting and we were going to go to Francesca's but I had heard so many great things about Marina Cafe that I made reservations there instead. The maitre d and wait staff were pleasant and accomodating but the food was a "D".

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I attended a birthday party there on 10/20/10. The tables were setup in a ??U?? shape so that the servers used the inner space to deliver food and drinks to people seated both in the inner and outer part of the ??U.?? If you were on the inner part of the ??U??, as I was, you had servers leaning on your shoulders to deliver to both sides of the table.....a bad setup.

A tall, shaven- head server in back of me wound up slamming me in the back of the head with his elbow. I felt like someone punched me in the back of the head. Wound up with a headache and the back of my head was sore for several days.

Although the food was good, I won??t go back to that facility. If you want a pleasant experience, I suggest you find another place.

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★☆☆☆☆

I attended a birthday party there on 10/20/10. The tables were setup in a ??U?? shape so that the servers used the inner space to deliver food and drinks to people seated both in the inner and outer part of the ??U.?? If you were on the inner part of the ??U??, as I was, you had servers leaning on your shoulders to deliver to both sides of the table.....a bad setup.

A tall, shaven- head server in back of me wound up slamming me in the back of the head with his elbow. I felt like someone punched me in the back of the head. Wound up with a headache and the back of my head was sore for several days.

Although the food was good, I won??t go back to that facility. If you want a pleasant experience, I suggest you find another place.

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I attended a birthday party there on 10/20/10. The tables were setup in a U shape so that the servers used the inner space to deliver food and drinks to people seated both in the inner and outer part of the U. If you were on the inner

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★★★★★

I attended a birthday party there on 10/20/10. The tables were setup in a U shape so that the servers used the inner space to deliver food and drinks to people seated both in the inner and outer part of the U. If you were on the inner

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HELLS KITCHEN ON A BAD NIGHT. I had a 7:30 reservation. I finally was seated at 7:40. Our drink order was taken at 7:50, The waiter returned at 8:07 for our meal order. I asked for the prixe fix, but it had ended at 8:00, We ordered our meal and waited. Our appetizers came out 15 min. later, Marginal at best the Lobster bisque was horrible it tasted like campbell tomatoe soup with heavy cream,,,and no lobster to be found, 30 minutes passed with no main course,,,40 min....1 hour later we left with no meal and a $51 bill for substandard appetizers and 3 soft drinks, NOT WORTH IT.

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★☆☆☆☆

HELLS KITCHEN ON A BAD NIGHT. I had a 7:30 reservation. I finally was seated at 7:40. Our drink order was taken at 7:50, The waiter returned at 8:07 for our meal order. I asked for the prixe fix, but it had ended at 8:00, We ordered our meal and waited. Our appetizers came out 15 min. later, Marginal at best the Lobster bisque was horrible it tasted like campbell tomatoe soup with heavy cream,,,and no lobster to be found, 30 minutes passed with no main course,,,40 min....1 hour later we left with no meal and a $51 bill for substandard appetizers and 3 soft drinks, NOT WORTH IT.

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This place is awesome. Ive been comingb here since i was a kid in Brooklyn. Now that we live on the island, we try to eat here at least once a month.

When the Dockside Tiki bar is open, I'm there almost every night.

Great Food, Great Service and outrageous views.

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★★★★★

This place is awesome. Ive been comingb here since i was a kid in Brooklyn. Now that we live on the island, we try to eat here at least once a month.

When the Dockside Tiki bar is open, I'm there almost every night.

Great Food, Great Service and outrageous views.

Pros: Everything is fresh

Cons: Dockside is only opean in summer

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Marina is beautiful and it is a great place to dine! I recommend the seafood fra diavolo and zuppa di mussels. Really beautiful place to go to, especially in the summer, when you can dine outside!

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★★★★☆

Marina is beautiful and it is a great place to dine! I recommend the seafood fra diavolo and zuppa di mussels. Really beautiful place to go to, especially in the summer, when you can dine outside!

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There are good days and bad days in every restaurant .I dont care what anyone says. Ive been to the best and the worst. You can ,however accurately judge a place only after several dinning experiences in that establishment. 1 out of 10, I give it a 10 for decor an 8 for food and a 7 for service and its a very busy place they must be doing something wright. In my book of judging these old timers have the catch of the day.

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★★★★☆

There are good days and bad days in every restaurant .I dont care what anyone says. Ive been to the best and the worst. You can ,however accurately judge a place only after several dinning experiences in that establishment. 1 out of 10, I give it a 10 for decor an 8 for food and a 7 for service and its a very busy place they must be doing something wright. In my book of judging these old timers have the catch of the day.

Pros: fresh seafood and very beautiful interior

Cons: a bit slow on service

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Filet Mignon medallions encrusted in fat. Disgusting. Overcooked Red Snapper with a texture of hay. I honestly can't belive people eat here. Mussels were chewy. We walked out with $128 bill and headed for Trattoria Romana. This is one of the worst places we have EVER eaten.

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★☆☆☆☆

Filet Mignon medallions encrusted in fat. Disgusting. Overcooked Red Snapper with a texture of hay. I honestly can't belive people eat here. Mussels were chewy. We walked out with $128 bill and headed for Trattoria Romana. This is one of the worst places we have EVER eaten.

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The Marina Cafe has a water front view making it a great dining experience. The food is excellent and very affordable and the staff is always accomodating and friendly.

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★★★★★

The Marina Cafe has a water front view making it a great dining experience. The food is excellent and very affordable and the staff is always accomodating and friendly.

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On a recent weekend afternoon, I took my family and our neighbor for a drink and light meal.
With open air dining and in between main dining hours, we decided for simple combination of appetizers and alcoholic drinks. We were surprised by the look of the waiter and her repeated hints that we did not order a main entree despite the fact that we had each order appetizers to share and drinks. This open space cafe have a limited menu and the entree options did not entice us.

Within 20 minutes of our "experience" a waiter grab two of our unfinished appetizer then asked "you are done with this right?" After we said no, another waiter came 15 minutes later grumbling and said "are you done with these" while lifting the food away. So we said no again. On the third attempt within that same hour, two of the waiters said loudly to his friend with blatant hint to me that he wants us out. "They just want to enjoy the cool air and not wanting anything else." .. and again grabbing my unfinished plate.

Giving the benefit of the doubt of any biased treatment, the food is well below bar food standard. The calamari presentation and quality was well below average. An $11 baked quiche-like appetizer presented on four shells was rudimentary. I've had much better treatment and quality of food at an Irish bars than this establishment.

Having traveled around the U.S., especially small town U.S.A., I have never expect such a treatment and banal food quality in my own neighborhood.

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★☆☆☆☆

On a recent weekend afternoon, I took my family and our neighbor for a drink and light meal.
With open air dining and in between main dining hours, we decided for simple combination of appetizers and alcoholic drinks. We were surprised by the look of the waiter and her repeated hints that we did not order a main entree despite the fact that we had each order appetizers to share and drinks. This open space cafe have a limited menu and the entree options did not entice us.

Within 20 minutes of our "experience" a waiter grab two of our unfinished appetizer then asked "you are done with this right?" After we said no, another waiter came 15 minutes later grumbling and said "are you done with these" while lifting the food away. So we said no again. On the third attempt within that same hour, two of the waiters said loudly to his friend with blatant hint to me that he wants us out. "They just want to enjoy the cool air and not wanting anything else." .. and again grabbing my unfinished plate.

Giving the benefit of the doubt of any biased treatment, the food is well below bar food standard. The calamari presentation and quality was well below average. An $11 baked quiche-like appetizer presented on four shells was rudimentary. I've had much better treatment and quality of food at an Irish bars than this establishment.

Having traveled around the U.S., especially small town U.S.A., I have never expect such a treatment and banal food quality in my own neighborhood.

Pros: The view

Cons: Poor service and non-family friendly

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I went to Marina Cafe few times and the food was very delicious. The view of the Marina is great. If possible, ask for a windown table. The interior is nice, the waitstaff is very friendly and helpful. The previous revews are right regarding the dockside. They do have different menu for the outdoor cafe.

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★★★★★

I went to Marina Cafe few times and the food was very delicious. The view of the Marina is great. If possible, ask for a windown table. The interior is nice, the waitstaff is very friendly and helpful. The previous revews are right regarding the dockside. They do have different menu for the outdoor cafe.

Pros: Food, and the view

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Great place,great food,great service.
Had many of parties there and always a great experience
Love the Tiki Bar in the summer time wished they could have it all year round.

5
★★★★★

Great place,great food,great service.
Had many of parties there and always a great experience
Love the Tiki Bar in the summer time wished they could have it all year round.

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The outside area (DOCKSIDE) is great but the food STINKS. We ordered Ceasar salads with shrimp. We waited 25 minutes for our food (the place was empty) and the shrimp were cold as in "shrimp cocktail". Tasted terrible. My friend sent her's back and asked for grilled shrimp. The waitress had a bad attitude. When we got the bill, we saw that one of the salads was $15 and the other was $20! They had added $5 to the bill because the shrimp were grilled. $20 for a mediocre Ceasar salad with shrimp! Overall, THE FOOD IS BELOW AVERAGE AND OVER PRICED. The BAD ATTITUDE of some of the waitresses leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth. There are better and friendlier places on the island.

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★☆☆☆☆

The outside area (DOCKSIDE) is great but the food STINKS. We ordered Ceasar salads with shrimp. We waited 25 minutes for our food (the place was empty) and the shrimp were cold as in "shrimp cocktail". Tasted terrible. My friend sent her's back and asked for grilled shrimp. The waitress had a bad attitude. When we got the bill, we saw that one of the salads was $15 and the other was $20! They had added $5 to the bill because the shrimp were grilled. $20 for a mediocre Ceasar salad with shrimp! Overall, THE FOOD IS BELOW AVERAGE AND OVER PRICED. The BAD ATTITUDE of some of the waitresses leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth. There are better and friendlier places on the island.

Pros: Nice outside seating area

Cons: Limited menu, Mediocre overpriced food, Poor service

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I went for dinner on a Saturday night (7pm) with two girlfriends and it felt a bit like they were serving an early bird special. This restaurant definitely pulls in an older crowd. There is a dockside restaurant, which is separate and seems very different. There were happy hour signs and picnic-like tables set up when we took a peek at the dockside section.

The hostess inside the restaurant was very helpful and showed us to a table right near the window with a great view of the marina. We weren't sure what to eat so the waiter helped and his recommendations were very good. Two of us had the sole stuffed with crabmeat, which was delicious. One of us had the sea bass and asked for it well done... but it wasn't well done. The banana dessert was absolutely delicious.

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★★☆☆☆

I went for dinner on a Saturday night (7pm) with two girlfriends and it felt a bit like they were serving an early bird special. This restaurant definitely pulls in an older crowd. There is a dockside restaurant, which is separate and seems very different. There were happy hour signs and picnic-like tables set up when we took a peek at the dockside section.

The hostess inside the restaurant was very helpful and showed us to a table right near the window with a great view of the marina. We weren't sure what to eat so the waiter helped and his recommendations were very good. Two of us had the sole stuffed with crabmeat, which was delicious. One of us had the sea bass and asked for it well done... but it wasn't well done. The banana dessert was absolutely delicious.

Pros: great views

Cons: crowded parking lot

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This place has it all, at least the restaurant portion. It has a great atmosphere overlooking the waterof the great Kills harbor. My husband made me a surprise birthday party here and the food was delicious. I did however go to a catered affair in the catering hall portion of the place and I did not like the food at all. I thought it was very cheap looking. They do offer different catering packages though so maybe this was a cheap one.

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★★★★☆

This place has it all, at least the restaurant portion. It has a great atmosphere overlooking the waterof the great Kills harbor. My husband made me a surprise birthday party here and the food was delicious. I did however go to a catered affair in the catering hall portion of the place and I did not like the food at all. I thought it was very cheap looking. They do offer different catering packages though so maybe this was a cheap one.

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We love visiting this long time restaurant right on the water overlooking the bay for their deft touch with all sorts of seafoods and their simple preparation which lets you enjoy the pure taste of the fish. Great place for dates and families but expect to spend a little more than you like since so much of the food is great youll want to over order.

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★★★★☆

We love visiting this long time restaurant right on the water overlooking the bay for their deft touch with all sorts of seafoods and their simple preparation which lets you enjoy the pure taste of the fish. Great place for dates and families but expect to spend a little more than you like since so much of the food is great youll want to over order.

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Everything is good. Not great, but good. No complaints, reasonably priced.

I go for luch frequently and usually order Land&Sea - filet mignon & stuffed shrimp. When I stray from that, the other food is good too.

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★★★★☆

Everything is good. Not great, but good. No complaints, reasonably priced.

I go for luch frequently and usually order Land&Sea - filet mignon & stuffed shrimp. When I stray from that, the other food is good too.

Pros: great for large group

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