About The Marisol
"Marisol" has become a landmark on the map of fine dining in North Carolina. We specialize in using the freshest seasonal foods prepared in creative ways. During our 15 years, we have garnered the respect of a faithful clientele as well as high marks from Triad critics.
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Saturday: 5:45pm - 9:30pm
$50 and over
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We feature Mike Evans on the piano Friday and Saturday nights.
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Marisol Ratings and Reviews
We were astounded by the flavors and qua ...
We were astounded by the flavors and quality of the food. The gnocchi in a sage brown butter with lobster chunks was just perfect as a appetizer - I could've eaten it as a main course. We also ordered the oysters - they were spicy - but not too much. I had the lamb - and it was so tender and perfectly cooked - I had some as leftovers two days later and it was still tender. My dining partner had the duck - wow! Neither of us really wanted to share - especially me - mine was better ;) We ordered one of the least expensive wines on the list and it was delicious. It is a bit pricey but if you want true gourmet in Greensboro - go there. I can't wait to go back.
We've been coming here since it's opening 17 years ago. Unfortunately the founding chef died a few years ago and there was a lot of concern about the future of this restaurant. I am pleased to say it has both survived and thrived and is at its full glory still. Original waitstaff are still the faces that greet you. There's great attention to detail. The menu is expansive and ever-changing. There were six set appetizers and eight special appetizers on the night we were there. I believe they were half a dozen dinner specials as well. We had a three course dinner over about two hours without being rushed. Highlights of this night included baked oysters, a veal Milanese as well as many other excellent courses. Still probably the best food in the Triad
Always inventive menu with fresh ingredi ...
Always inventive menu with fresh ingredients and amazing sauces...great cocktails and a super wine list, impeccably presented by the best servers in the area. Our favorite joint!!
The food and service is always outstandi ...
The food and service is always outstanding at Marisol's. We never go away disappointed. It's a small restaurant, so you really feel like family when you dine there. Our server, Heather, is incredibly knowledgable about the menu items, both food and wine, and she will never steer you in the wrong direction! My only complaint is that I wish there were more French varietals of wine on the menu.
I stayed at Grand Resort and hosted a cl ...
I stayed at Grand Resort and hosted a client dinner recently at Marisol and was pleasantly surprised at the menu diversity. For small place they offered a wide range of options all with great taste variations and solid presentation. Our group mixed it up and there was plenty of sharing around the table all to rave revues, might I add we are all in the Produce Business and not easily impressed. Overall it was a great experience and we will definitely go back if ever in the area!
Best Restaurant in the Triad
Whenever we want a creative, delicious meal in an inviting atmosphere with excellent service we head for the Marisol. The staff is always welcoming, Scott and Heather are attentive and helpful without hovering, and the food is fresh, local and inventive. We have immensely enjoyed every one of our visits and never hesitate to recommend it to anyone!
The Marisol is hands down the best restaurant in the Triad! The food, service, wine and atmosphere are all spectacular. I have traveled to most major cities in the US and several abroad, and I would put this culinary gem up against any 5 Star Restaurant that I have experienced. An evening at the Marisol is truly a dining experience!
Outstanding service and Excellent Food! Best in NC
Still excellent, but not as good
My husband and I have been coming to Marisol for the last 12 years. It's our special occasion place - in part because it's quite expensive, but mostly because on a special occasion you want to do something special and Marisol's food, service and ambiance have always been special. We dined for my birthday on March 19, 2016. While we were greeted like old friends and had wonderful service from Heather, our food was very good but not outstanding. I had the bass, which tasted less than fresh and really had nothing distinctive about its preparation. My husband had the trigger fish, which tasted fresher and had a light breading, but was still not spectacular. My duck confit appetizer was excellent, but rather a large portion for an appetizer, or first course. We shared the goat cheese salad and it was, as always, excellent. Finally, I had the clafouti for dessert. It was too hot, but that's the way those things are served at Marisol, so I wasn't surprised. I read another review that complained strongly about it, but I don't object to it as much. My hsband had chocolate mousse and it was very good. I guess I'll finish by saying we'll probably keep it as our special occasion restaurant at least for one mor time to see if we have a different experience.
We always dine here twice when in town , great food and service !!
Scott is truly great waiter. He always makes our dining experience special. I had the duck confitt starter, the fried goat cheese salad and the rack of lamb. All was unbelievably good. Scott's recommended wine was perfectly paired to all of the above. Couldn't have been better.
Excellent! If only it were closer to Lake Jeanett
We loved it! Food delicious! A drive from North Greensboro but worth it!
Not cheap, but well worth it
We went to the Marisol to celebrate my 54th birthday. My wife had a shrimp bruschetta for appetizer, Filet Mignon entrée, and Clafoutis for dessert. I began with a Lemon drop Martini, followed by Foie gras on French toast appetizer, fried goat cheese salad, and roast duck with strawberry coulis entrée. The wine was a bottle of Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir (2014). I followed the waiter's recommendation and had the key lime mousse for dessert, accompanied by a glass of Dolce dessert wine and a couple of double espressos (my wife had a cappuccino). Everything was delicious, the waiter was very friendly and attentive. We will definitely be back, although the price (about $260 for this meal) means that it will remain a "special occasions" restaurant for us. The portion sizes were not huge, but I was quite happy with this. I ended the meal feeling satisfied but not over-full. I had come to experience a variety of great-tasting food, and I certainly got what I came for. The next time we come, I intend to try one of the entrees from the "verbal" menu (which changes every night, apparently). It pays to book early. We booked our table for 6:00P on a Friday night, and were the only ones there when we arrived. About an hour later, the restaurant was full, and by the sounds of things there were quite a few regulars. In summary, great food, great (and friendly) service. They've been around for 19 years: here's to another 19!
Our food was excellent. We both had the salmon which was prepared perfectly with a very delicate sauce. The wine list was ample. We felt a little rushed through our meal, would have liked a little more time to enjoy our wine between courses, but otherwise our evening was superb!
Unimpressed by Triad's most upscale restaurant
I have now been three times and have not had Marisol hit it out of the park yet. With entrees in the high $30 range, I was certainly hoping to be wowed by the cuisine. Not terrible but not OMG worthy either. In my three trips, ive had fishy tasting fish, greasy duck and unspectacular pork dishes. I will say the appetizers are delicious, especially their homemade sausages. Deserts are nice too. But the core entree leaves much to be desired for the price. Our server was outstanding and remembered us from prior visits on this most recent experience. Very knowledgeable about the dishes. He and been there for years and and it show. Really nice. If I went back again I would eat apps and have drinks in the bar. Nice atmosphere in there.
Marisol Dining Experience
It is a 5 Star restaurant. One of the best in Greensboro,NC. We dined on Feb. 13,2016. Everything from cocktails,appetizers, entrees to desserts was fantastic. The oysters are amazing! The wait staff was excellent!
Exceptional attention to culinary detail from appetizer through desert . Excellent wine list as well. My new favorite when in Greensboro
Creative chef, personal wait staff, my go-to for Special occasion
My wife and I have been dining at Marisol ever since it opened about 18 years ago. In our opinion the food is the best in Greensboro/High Point and nothing else comes close. Both the food and the service are always outstanding, and frequent updates to the menu present an exciting variety of choices. There's always something new. Also, the wine list is excellent and very well thought out. For a couple, expect to spend $200 and up, depending upon your choice of wine and cocktails. If that's a little steep for everyday dining, try it for special occasions. You'll be glad you did.
I had heard that this was top restaurant in NC. The menu was compelling, but ultimately the dishes were bland and failed to meet expectations. The market seafood catch was overcooked and dry; sad. While the wait staff service was exceptional, the host did not want to the be there that night which accordingly affected the dining experience - creating a rushed experience. Good wine selection, but ultimately the restaurant was akin to one located at a nice hotel seeking to offend none - the restaurant did not meet or exceed expectations. The restaurant is resting on its laurels by playing down to its broader local competition and not its peer group across the state and country, disappointing.
Marisol again rises to the occasion!
On a Friday the restaurant started quietly but got busy by the time our meal was over. We had appetizers and entrees that can't easily be found locally. Service as always was wonderful and we felt unique. They had our wine of choice. Portions were just right. Not inexpensive, but quality that stands alone in our area.
The food and service at The Marisol is a ...
The food and service at The Marisol is always excellent. This is one of my favorite restaurants.
Excellent menu. Wait staff was very attentive. Food was wonderful. Loved the scene and being able to see the kitchen at its best.
Been coming to Marisol for many years. The food is always phenomenal. Not a drinker so I cannot attest to the wine list, but I'm sure it's just as impressive. It's upscale, yet casual. I'm from Virginia, but mom lives in Greensboro. We always make a point to visit while I'm in town. The service is great. Home baked focaccia bread is really, really good. They always seem to have my favorites on the menu in some form....this visit had the fois gras appetizer with mini waffles and apple jelly type sauce and lamb chops in a cherry sauce. Mom had a heirloom tomato tart for appetizer which was great and a roulade of flounder with crab. Restaurant in a small strip mall type building and the road has been under construction quite a bit for at least a year, but it is worth getting there.
Food and service were outstanding.
Very friendly and knowledgeable staff, food recommendations for us were spot on. Had 4 starter plates and then split an entree, which worked out well. Located in a storefront, but interior decor helps you forget about that. Nice spacing between tables allowed my wife and I be part of the room, but still have private conversations. Food was unique and flavorful, nicely presented and served at a good pace. Would highly recommend Marisol for any special occasion.
Exceptional Food AND Service
My husband and I were in town for a conference and decided on this restaurant for our first night. It was so exceptional that we returned again two nights later. Scott was our server and without a doubt is the most knowledgeable, professional, and hospitable server we have ever had. The menu choices were so appealing that we ended up trying several small plates and then split one entree. The homemade sausage was absolutely delectable and I'm not a huge sausage fan, but the way it was described, I just had to try it and it did not disappoint! It is one of the best things I have ever tasted. So many choices here between the menu and their daily specials and every dish is expertly crafted and prepared. It is pricey but the overall experience with the food and expert service from Scott made it so worth it. We eat all over the country and this restaurant is at the top of our list of restaurants to return to. Who knew one would exist in in Greensboro?
Not a good value this visit.......
I came expecting an awesome experience, but left disappointed. We were seated at probably the worst table in the restaurant. A very small two person table at the kitchen door. The hostess, assistant server or whatever her responsibilities were, was not very professional at her duties, almost rude sometimes when serving bread, filling water glasses or removing plates and silverware. The waiter was very knowledgeable and helpful with the menu, but tended to be a little scarce at times. The food was good, but not an excellent value for the price. Again, I have received rave reviews from friends who have dine here in the past, but I found Marisol to be mediocre at best for the money I spent this evening.
The food was excellent. Service great. ...
The food was excellent. Service great. We will come back again
We had the best double pork chop ever. Tomato pie was a good appetizer. One of the best restaurants I have eaten at in North Carolina.
Attention to detail missing
Marisol is slipping. Still charging premium prices, but not delivering a premium price dining experience. We were served an overcooked , almost dry salmon entree. We also tried the flounder. Nothing special there. We ordered an apple crumb dessert. Tasted good but served scalding hot with a small scoop of ice creme on top. By the time it cooled enough to eat, the ice creme melted and the whole thing was soupy. The waiter was excellent, the bus-lady seemed like she wished she were somewhere else.
Not worth your money
Followed recommendations but found out that the place is unremarkable and the food just above average. Not worth the price.
After being told by several people we trust that Marisol is the best restaurant in Greensboro, my wife and I went for our 17th anniversary. We both agreed that it was the best meal we've had in the three years we've lived here. We decided it should become an anniversary tradition. It's definitely a special occasion place as the prices are on the high side, but we got what we paid for. The food was out of sight. It has a very comfortable atmosphere and could be a frequent option if you're willing. The service was excellent - kind, smart, knowledgeable and fun. Looking forward to next time!
When we first walked into the restaurant, I was a little unsure. The dining area is small and intimate, the furnishings are more casual/rustic than I had anticipated for a "fine dining experience," however the food and service definitely allayed any concerns I had about whether Marisol deserved all the praise it has received so far. I would have to say that among the finer restaurants we have been to around the area, this one was definitely a notch above. Our server was friendly but professional, we felt right at ease. The food was delicious - fresh and imaginative. There were combinations of flavor a I hadn't experienced before, but after our first course, I knew it was all going to be very good. I would definitely recommend Marisol to anyone for a wonderful dining experience!
The food was good, but not extradinary.
Not bad, but over priced for an average meal. They were nice enough, but the service was slow. All in all, a good meal, but over priced for what you get.
This was my first time there and the food was great. The chef even prepared a special vegan dinner for my daughter. I had the filet and it was tasty and perfectly prepared. We wife had salmon and loved it as well. The service staff was very knowledgeable and helpful.
My wife and I visited Marisol on our anniversary. This is the 10th year in a row that we have chosen to have dinner here on our special night. We have never been disappointed. In addition to the usual wonderful offerings on the menu, there were 5 appetizer specials and 5 entree specials. They all sounded wonderful, so the choice was difficult. We chose two of the specials for apps: soft shell crab, cooked beautifully, crunchy, soft and sweet. The roasted oysters with blue cheese, bacon and jalapeno was a symphony of salt, smoke and heat. I had six, should have gotten the 12! My wife had the crispy duck, which she always gets, with good reason: IT IS AMAZING! I had a perfectly cooked and seasoned veal chop, one of the best I've ever eaten. We shared a cream cheese pie for dessert, which was a very interesting and delicious alternative to traditional cheesecake. As always, the service was perfect. Not good, perfect. Scott greeted us warmly as old friends, was extremely attentive but never intrusive. Outstanding service can add so much to a meal, and Scott absolutely nailed it (he always does, I think we have had him as a waiter 9/10 times). He also is a first class somm, has a great palate and does a wonderful job recommending pairings for the food. If you are in the Piedmont Triad, do not miss this place. It is by far the finest dining experience in the area.
Another great experience
Excellent in all respects. Our second visit in less than a month. This time, our guest was my son who is a private cook and a real foodie. The best recommendation I can give is that he was impressed. I know we will be back, and he will be as well, though he lives in western Forsyth County. Food choices superb, all wonderfully finished. Taste matches presentation. Ambiance permits easy conversation with table guests. Service attentive, informed and clearly intent on fostering a fine dining experience. Highest recommendation is richly deserved.
Every time I am in Greensboro, I head for MARISOL because I have found that this is the only dining restaurant in Greensboro that truly understands real food. The chef is one of my favorite creative chefs in the US. I don't even live in Grteensboro, but always find a way to get back to the best kept secret in the entire Midatlantic/South region. If you are a gastromonic snob like me, GO TO MARISOL.
Met my high expectations
Please note: I almost never give 5 stars. Reading all of the superlative reviews, I was a bit nervous to take on this place. The level of service is high, but not cloying. There is a pre-printed menu for the signature dishes that are permanent offerings, but then there is a significant additional verbal menu that the staff shares with you. Every course was delicious. My Texan husband, who is a beef lover, said the cut of steak he had was just about the best ever, and this is a supreme compliment. I tried the duck, which is a signature dish, and it was perfectly prepared. We were quite full at dessert time, so we split a creme brulee, and we have a checklist of qualities that we use to cross-compare this favorite dessert. Marisol delivered a perfect dessert. So all in all, the price is high, but they do deliver, which in the end, is all one can ask.
Food was great, service was fantastic.
We will definitely return to The Marisol the next time we are looking for a fine dining experience. The food was excellent, but the service was what made the experience so enjoyable.
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