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Marsala's Restaurant

1 E. Frederick St., Walkersville, MD 21793·301-845-0999

Reviews (39)

Joy2serve

I must admit that a recent visit to Marsala's was a disappointment. The place had no cars in the parking lot. The interior was worn and had a layer of dust and there were boxes of stuff piled everywhere. Even though the restaurant was empty the food took sometime to receive. The chef prepared the wrong dish and forgot the appetizer we ordered. Wine selection was poor. They have a beautiful wine rack when you arrive in the restaurant, but not a single bottle is on it. It seemed as though nothing in the restaurant matched and was just thrown together with a make do with what we have kind of attitude. Food portions were decent but pricey and the flavor was overall good, but not superior. For the price of the food one would expect a more well maintained interior. The music was exceptional as they offered a variety of enjoyable opera artists as well as some of the old crooner's such as Sinatra, Bennett, Bocelli and the Italian tenors. The language coming from the kitchen was foul and I would have preferred that my children had not heard it. There is a smell of cigarette smoke about the premises. I doubt that I shall ever return to this once beautiful restaurant. When Marsala's first opened some 15 plus years ago it was a hopping place with a couple hours wait. You won't need that reservation these days!

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February 17, 2012

Anonymous

We just ate at Marsala's what a mistake! We should have had a clue with absolutely no one else there on a Saturday night. We thought we were ahead of the rush, wrong. One marginal waiter, extremely slow. My Caesar salad tasted like coleslaw and it was warm, pasta dishes were good. Do not take credit cards and then the brilliant waiter overcharged us. My advice find another Italian place in this area.

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August 13, 2011

lg

I would not say this is a good restaurant. We just went on a Saturday night and we were the only people there and yet it took an hour for us to receive our entrees. The salad and bread were good, but the entrees were only mediocre. The coffee and cannoli were not very good at all. The lone waitress was very nice and attentive, probably because she didn't have anything else to do. The atmosphere was cozy. I don't think we will be returning.

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October 17, 2009

Marc

I was just there for the first time last week: Feb 2011. Either the rest of you eat very little or they totally screwed up my meal. I had shrimp with pasta for $22. While it did taste pretty good there was hardly anthing on my plate. It litteraly could have fit on a coffee saucer. That is not an exageration. The waitress didn't know what was going on and later said she had just started. I'm willing to believe that I just had a bad experience in a good restaurant but at those prices I don't think I'm willing to give it another try.

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February 25, 2011

Brian

I have to disagree with the majority of the reviews here. The food is OK, and there are far better Italian restaurants in the Frderick area (Il Porto, Danielles, Macaroni Grill, etc.). The place itself is a little on the worn side and has a stale old cigarette odor. The portion prices and sizes are equivalent to those in any of the other italian eateries in the area but you can get better quality elsewhere for that $.

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January 23, 2011

Kelly

My boyfriend and I visited Marsalas a little while back and it was a pleasant surprise. When we walked in we first thought ugh oh this will be interesting. When we were sat and we received our bread we were floored...it was DELICIOUS! The food took a while but it was worth it. You can taste the fresh ingredients. We are going back tonight for my boyfriend's birthday and I can't wait. I would say everyone go but then again I love how quiet it is and crowds would ruin it!

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January 21, 2011

April

This is definately the most wonderful (and authentic) Italian food anywhere!! I love it! We've been there so many times and are never disappointed. You have to try it

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January 14, 2011

Kate

You MUST get the crab dip! It is to die for. The seafood angel hair is wonderful and full of lots of seafood. The Lobster Isnatania (sp?) is also wonderful! Great food for decent prices and large portions!

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September 10, 2009

Jessica

Authentic and delicious italian food. By far the best in the Frederick area. We've been here many times. I would have to agree that the service is lacking at times, however the food has always seemed to make up for it for us. Try the crab dip, you won't regret it.

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August 8, 2009

Dave

The Best Food Outsiden Of Italy.

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March 31, 2009

Barry

We are from NYC and were visiting friends and found the restaurant through the website We made a reservation for 8:30 on a Saturday night and arrived to find the place empty. We almost left but are happy we didn't. The menu is large and varied. We ordered starters, salads, veal, and pasta. It was all very good. The sauces are excellent and the portions are large. A few caveats, the service is friendly and willing but not professional, they serve only wine and beer and those selections are extremely limited and low end. I would advise bringing your own wine. Finally, the prices are very reasonable. We just could not believe that the place was not packed, in New York they would be lined up out the door.

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March 8, 2009

Julie

Hands down, the absolute BEST Italian food in Frederick.. Not only is the food authentic but the taste is out of this world. Very family friendly and very relaxed. The food is so delicious, I honestly question why they are not packed every night of the of the week. We'll be back and would highly recommend!

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November 23, 2008

Pam

The food is always first rate. The shrimp marinara is truly authentic Italian. Portions are generous, and you'll never be disappointed with carry out either. The crab dip is the best as well as the bread they serve with it. Would highly recommend the food.

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November 6, 2008

Anonymous

Pasta was over cooked, waiter didn't know if he was coming or going. We were brought salads twice and only half of our appetizer. My meal was incorrect twice. My wife's meal was pretty good, but not the giant potions others have mentioned.

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July 26, 2008

john p.

I saw Marsala`s notice in the Entertainment Book and thought it might be a good place to take my wife for her birthday. A workmate told me that he and his wife ate there and said that it was an outstanding restaurant. Wow, he was right! My crab and lobster preparation on top of my pasta was absolutely incredible and my wife really loved her stuffed shrimp, as well. She also commented how large the fried cucumber/mushroom appetizer was, which also was excellent. We just didn`t want our dining experience to end. With the Frank Sinatra and Pavarotti music playing it was a perfect experience. Note: they no longer participate with Entertainment Book (2008). But that`s ok; Marsala deserved every penny of my money and I didn`t mind paying it! It was worth the drive to the country from Rockville. john

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July 13, 2008

Jesus

Marsala's makes great Southern Italian/Sicilian cuisine that you won't believe. It's in Walkersville, it's small, and their bar isn't great by any means but: They give you fantastic portions Delicious food that you'll crave And their staff is beyond flattering. Best place in Frederick.

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May 9, 2008

Janis

I can, admittedly, be quite a fussy diner to please. I expect my food to be well prepared, served at the proper temperature, correctly seasoned, and worth the dollars I plunk down for it. Often, I am disheartened by the meals I order in restaurants. But, every now and then, I unearth a gem. A rare ruby in a sea of cubic zirconium. And I found my latest gem at Marsala’s in Walkersville. Oh, how my mouth waters just thinking of the magic owner/chef Emilio creates. Appetizers prepared to order - actually served hot enough that you have to let them cool for a few moments before you can begin to savor them! And the entrees – wow. From the classics to the eclectic, Emilio definitely knows what he’s doing. I have loved every single entrée I have had the pleasure of ordering at Marsala’s. Romano chicken sautéed to perfection, enrobed in a delicate crust and served over perfectly seasoned pasta, traditional lasagna so rich you want to stop eating but you can’t because it’s so delicious that you are physically unable to resist, eggplant parmesan made of thick slices turned velvety by his deft hand in the sauté pan. The only flaw in this little gem of a restaurant is the meager wine selection. I do like a nice glass of chardonnay or pinot noir with my meal. Alas, the wine choice here is abysmal. I wish he would open a nice bottle that would truly complement his amazing food. My only other concern is that often, we are the only diners there. Although I appreciate the individual service we get as the sole customers, I wish that more folks would venture beyond those ubiquitous cookie-cutter “dressing from a bottle” restaurants and come experience what good Italian really tastes like. We will all gain when we allow this diamond of a find to sparkle and enjoy the success it deserves.

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March 28, 2008

chris@eurotech

The very best italian food our family and friends has ever had. We go there quite often and will continue to go there!!!

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February 13, 2008

bill

the food. the service are outstanding

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November 29, 2007

Travis

The meal started great, good salad, great crab dip. Then the waiter tried to bring us a second salad insisting he hadn't yet (even though our appetizer and salad plates were on the table.) He offered to bring us more bread for our crab dip, but it never arrived. I ordered a Lobster dish that was offered with two sauces, Scampi and Diablo (red) sauce. I asked the waiter if the scampi sauce had wine in it and explained that I do not intake and alcohol. He said not a problem and would find out. He never returned so I figured there was no wine in the sauce or it wasn’t a problem to get it without. Our meal arrived, I received my wife’s and she received mine. No big deal, just switched them. The waiter looked puzzled at this. I then realized my lobster was covered in a red sauce. I asked him about the scampi sauce and it seemed this was the first time he had ever heard the word scampi. After a minute or two of puzzlement on his face he returned with a menu. I pointed at the dish I had ordered and said “with non-alcoholic scampi, remember?” Again the puzzled look crossed his face. So I started the conversation that we had at the start of the meal again, and a light bulb went off over his head then promptly burned out. He shrugged and said “I’ll see what I can do” and vanished into the kitchen. The plate he returned with was covered with over-cooked pasta scampi flavored dish water and very poor lump crab meat and I think possibly some lump lobster meat. Having ordered a lobster dish and not a seafood dish I figured there would have been a lobster tail or most of one on my plate.

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November 14, 2007

Harris

We ate there based upon the comments from here. All I can say is read them all, then go. The food was outstanding and the portions were definetly on the large size. The staff was very friendly and we enjoyed the atmosphere. It is a quiet, small restaurant that has now become our favorite Italian spot in one trip. Go, you will not be dissapointed.

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September 21, 2007

Mike

The tomato basil soup is amazing! All 4 of our meals were wonderful. The place is in need of major refurbishing, so don't go for the ambiance. Still, this could be one of the best Italian meals you'll have in the DC metro!

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July 25, 2007

Janis

Absolutely, positively, without a doubt, THE best Italian food in the area. His attention to quality and perfect seasoning puts all the other local Italian restaurants to shame! Every single thing we have eaten there has been prepared fresh and beautifully. Why there aren't lines out the door is beyond me. It's shocking that anyone would go to Olive Garden when there's Marsala's so close by. Delicious!

I wish he would offer a better wine selection. The chardonnay and pinot grigio are not anywhere near the same quality as the food.

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June 18, 2007

Patrick

Oh my goodness! Just got back. What a great little place! A cozy Italian atmosphere with phenomenal cooking! The portions are generous! I always disliked going to Italian restaurants with skimpy portions and high prices. This is not like that at all! I am stuffed. The Eggplant Parmigiana was spectacular and I am definitely making that my Italian restaurant home for the Frederick area! I can't wait to go back and dine with some wine!

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May 13, 2007

Anonymous

I can not believe the quality of this food. The portions are huge, but you will eat every bite because it's so delicious. The authenticity of the Italian food - in Walkersville, no less- is a phenomenon not to be missed!! This is the real deal, a restaurant with character and incredibly prepared food every time.

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April 8, 2007

Rick

Outstanding! I thought the best Italian food was in northern New Jersey/New York area. But we had it here all along. Exceptional Sicilian food. You could make a meal on the appetizers alone. The hot crab dip is an absolute must. The bruschetta was made on the spot with fresh tomatoes, cillantro and excellent bread; not pre-made or jar. The family loved all of our entries, all made by Marsala himself. We've told others, and they agreed. We're going back real soon!

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March 9, 2007

Dave

wonderful food and service!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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February 12, 2007

Greg

Excellent Food! Go for lunch! They have a great steak and cheese sub!

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February 11, 2007

ferretlover

Food was pretty good; however the portions were definitely too much. It would have been better is the portions were smaller and the prices were lower. Other than that, I would recommend this restaurant to my friends.

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January 22, 2007

Ben

Great food, would especially reccomend the cheese ravioli in lobster sauce.

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January 13, 2007

David

By far the best priced and highest quality Italian restaraunt in Frederick. The service is good and the atmosphere is ambient.

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November 13, 2006

Basie

Not the most extravagant, fancy atmosphere, but a homey, family feel and very, very good food. Huge portions, very tasty.

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November 7, 2006

CC

I've eaten at Marsala's twice now. The food has been incredible both times. The service was a little lacking the 2nd time as the waitress told us she preferred the tip in cash since if we put it on our credit card she would not get the tip at the end of the evening. The owner/manager needs to revisit that decision. The waitstaff should not have to suffer if the customer puts a tip on a credit card, which most people do anyways. Any bank surcharges borne on the merchant should come off overhead, not out of the pocket of your staff. I don't blame the waitress for making that request of us but it leaves a blemish on the management and takes away from the otherwise positive experience we have enjoyed.

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November 6, 2006

Kim

Wonderful food and service. Calamari is the best anywhere.

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May 16, 2006

Cathy

Absolutely the best Italian restaurant in the Frederick are! The food is always excellent and the portions are very generous. Hat's off to Emilio and his wonderful staff!

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November 4, 2005

Ken

Best Scilian/Southern Italian cooking I've had outside of Palermo or Boston's North End. The quality is only matched by the service and price, all exceptional.

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October 17, 2005

Cyndi

Marsala's is an excellent, traditional Italian restaurant. Everything we've eaten there has been delicious and perfectly prepared and presented. Highly recommended!

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February 2, 2005

Sean

If you like Italin food, this is some of the best you will ever try.

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September 29, 2004

louie

Best italian i've ever had.

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