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What's Taking So Long for Marlin & Ono in Sherman Oaks to Reopen?

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The Italian seafood spot closed suddenly for repairs earlier this month.

Marlin and Ono Grille, Sherman Oaks
Marlin and Ono Grille, Sherman Oaks
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Something seems to be going on with Marlin & Ono in Sherman Oaks, the fish-focused Mexican restaurant on Ventura Boulevard that’s only been open about six months. Though there were big plans for the initial rollout, of late the place has been buttoned up tight, and calls to the restaurant now go straight to voicemail. Tipsters say it's been at least 10 days since the restaurant was open, and strolling past last night the only thing one might see is a handwritten sign indicating some 'utility repair'.

Multiple emails and phone calls to the restaurant over the past week have yielded nothing, but driving by last night there certainly doesn’t seem to be much going on. The patio is cleaned out but there's still furniture and equipment inside, though it doesn't look like much has been happening in the way of repairs.

There’s also still a valid OpenTable account for Marlin & Ono (you can make a reservation now), but all social media channels are defunct and no voicemails are being returned.

If indeed closed, it would mark a swift and sad end to a Sherman Oaks option that saw itself initially as an upscale option meant to revive the casual neighborhood. Chef Martin Coleman and team first took over the defunct Señor Fred’s space back in 2014.

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Marlin & Ono

, Los Angeles, CA (818) 849-5585