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The Marine Room
The Marine Room
  • Address:
    2000 Spindrift Drive
    La Jolla, CA 92037
    Neighborhood:
    La Jolla / Golden Triangle
  • Cuisine:
    Global, International
    Price: $50 and over

The Marine Room Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.MarineRoom.com
  • Phone: (858) 459-7222
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner:

    Sunday to Thursday: 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
    Friday and Saturday: 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.


    Lounge:
    Daily: 4 p.m. to Close


    Happy Hour
    Sunday to Friday: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

    Featuring Appetizers from our lounge menu at $10 each.
    Select glasses of wine and well cocktails at $8 each.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International, Fusion / Eclectic, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Bernard Guillas
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: La Jolla Shores Drive
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available for a nominal fee. Street parking is also available.
A word from The Marine Room
For generations of San Diegans, the “Seahorse” symbol of The Marine Room has long stood for its dramatic on-the-surf location and award-winning cuisine by Executive Chef Bernard Guillas and Chef de Cuisine Ron Oliver. Considering this rare blend of culinary excellence, uncompromising service and beachfront setting, it’s no wonder The Marine Room has become a true San Diego landmark. Simply stated, this is fine dining at its finest. Opened in 1941, The Marine Room quickly became famous as pounding surf created dramatic displays against the restaurant's windows. For more than half a century, celebrities, world figures, residents, and visitors have made it a habit to enjoy the spectacular panoramic views of the Pacific and exceptional cuisine. We invite you to San Diego's premier dining destination and experience how each tide brings something new to The Marine Room. You’re not reserving a table – you’re joining a 70-year tradition. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "This was our last restaurant stop on our trip to SoCa... We have not been at The Marine Room for a few years... This time everything was excellent ! We enjoyed the scallops, lobster bisque and surf & turf.. Good deals on wine and dessert was also superb...! Definitely a great old classic ..!"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Made my reservation 2 months early for an 80th Birthday dinner for 2. Requested a window seat at 7 pm. We arrived 1 hour & 30 min early for bar drinks and appetizers with 3 others joining us for drinks before dinner. The restaurant was very warm and uncomfortable. I asked to be informed when a window seat was available when it got closer to 7pm. About 10 min later (~5:45pm) hostess said they were down to their last window table and sat all 5 of us behind the hostess stand next to the menu stack! Then informed us we could not get the bar menu/happy hour now that we were in the "Dining Room"! At about 7pm another party with a res came in and were sat at a window table no problem! Wait service was slow. Food was good, not special."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "If you can schedule your dinner at sunset and high tide, the view will be amazing. The food and service is great too."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Ordered the lobster tail, filet mignon, and scallops. Everything tasted amazing yet was pricey but that's what's to be expected of fancy restaurants like this. Had great service and an amazing ocean view and high tide. Would definitely recommend for special occasions!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "It is so unusual in San Diego to find a restaurant that endures for years. It is even harder to find one that improves year over year. The Marine Room does just that. The menu evolves to changing tastes and uses fresh seasonal ingredients in ways that delight and impress. High tide dinners are a must - the beauty of the waves combined with the quality of the food takes dining to another level."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We were visiting the area and the Marine Room was recommended by friends. The food and service were all first rate. The view was one step beyond amazing, it was unforgettable. We will visit every time we are in the San Diego area."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Of all the times we have eaten here, never experienced such slow service"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Fabulous and romantic, need to update the interior."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Wonderful food and service. The lobster bisque was truly a delight. Were celebrating an anniversary and were treated fabulously."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This experience was somewhat a disappointment. The wine pairing had less than a third of a glass of wine which for the price and the type of wines was unacceptable. Also, it was disappointing that patrons in beach attire with a baby carriage were allowed on a Saturday evening."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "A great all around experience at The Marine Room. Service was outstanding, food was delicious and beautifully presented. We timed our visit to be dining at sunset and the view of the ocean can't be beat. Highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Fantastic food, service, and location. The proximity to the ocean, along with a beautiful Californina sunset yielded lovely and peaceful visual delights. We never felt rushed and were encouraged to take our time with the dining experience. The wines recommended by our waiter were exceptional and the Spindrift Cobblestone Pie was indeed a treat to cap off a great evening."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Didn't expect perfection this side of Heaven, but now my family and I know it is indeed possible."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "It was so good! I am a vegetarian, no flesh, and found the salad, tofu dish, whipped truffle potatoes and desserts delicious!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This is the place for any special occasion. Wonderful food, great wait staff and amazing view! The scallops melted in my mouth & the desserts were wonderful! I enjoyed The Marine Room more than Mister A's. Not as uptight. I felt comfortable here & as though I belonged. I can't wait to return. This is now my special place :) Walk in, sit down and prepare to be pampered!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Great food and restaurant too bad a rotten kid was at the table next to us - not the restaurant's fault but quite disturbing"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I booked our reservation way in advance as we have previously when dining with Marine Room and Chef Bernard. Our reservation was for 9 PM and we arrived ten minutes earlier. This was to be my husband's Birthday dinner and we were both excited as we always are when dining with you. We waited over an hour and a half and still were not seated. We ended up ordering appetizers at the upper look over bar. This was NOT what I wanted for his Birthday and even that service was very slow. Suggestion: Either only allow those seated 1.5 hours or cut off the limit of reservations that you offer and schedule additional wait Staff. We didn't actually have any food until after 11:00 PM. We still love you Marine Room but this hurt. :("
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Everything from the hostess, bar tender, waitstaff, food and valet were professional and fun. They all made a great memory for my husband and I. The menu selection was more than enough with wonderful appetizer's and entree's. I had the scallops appetizer with the filet mignon. The entree included potatoes and the most incredible beets and carrots. My husband had the wedge salad with the Salmon entree and incredible vegetables and rice. The view of the ocean with the waves crashing up to the building was phenomenal."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Valet parking = Excellent. Seafood = Excellent. Ocean View = Excellent. Service = Good, if busy, don't expect exceptional service. Bussers more at the table taking plates then waiter checking on us. Had to ask for liquid refills repeatedly. Waiter was pleasant. If Vegetarian or Vegan, very little options for you."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "While the view is good, the evening was ruined by the worst service we have ever experienced in an upscale restaurant. Ten tables in this room, with 4 service people and a "room" manager. One would think one of them would check on us at least once. We had to stop the waiter to ask for water, a drink, desert, and the bill. We watch three of them reset two tables of four to a table of eight. It took three of them twenty minutes, while table next to us waited for their main course. Our advice is to go to McDonald's, get a burger, and sit on the beach. It will be a better experience."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Can't beat the view and surprisingly kid friendly if you have a child that is disciplined and will sit through a meal."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Gorgeous view and delicious food. The high tide dinner was an extra special experience."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "As always, great food with great service. Normally a great experience for high tide viewing, but not so with a larger group of 7 on our recent visit. The 7th person was sitting at the outside end of the table, which seemed more like we squeezed him in (and he seemed in the pathway of other diners and the staff). We asked for a larger table, with a better view, but were told we couldn't change tables. Disappointing since the restaurant was fairly open when we arrived at 6PM. The view was off to the side by the beach/hotel next door (not a prime view for the high tide experience, which is why we came). Tab $600 (with tip), for 7 diners (4 had 1 alcoholic beverage)."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "This restaurant was a great way to celebrate our anniversary, seems to be popular for special occasions.We were there July 8th, near high tide. Unique to watch the waves hit the windows in front of you. Food was delicious, great service, unique atmosphere with the waves... however, very basic and dated decor. Dont expect a trendy restaurant, however we are still glad to have experienced it."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "I proposed to my wife here. We come here every year on our anniversary. Very special!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I'm working temporarily in SD, and my wife came to visit for a mini-vacation. We're not food snobs, but we don't care to eat at the franchise establishments. I knew I wanted to take her someplace special, so when searching online for "4 star dining", The Marine Room popped up. I went to the website, checked it out, and could tell that this was going to be the place. Sumptuous looking appetizers, and an awesome elegant menu, with a beautiful ambience. The restaurant delivered the goods and more. My wife was thrilled!!! Although a little pricey for the blue-collar working guy, this was a special occasion for us, and we felt like were on our first date again. The staff was professional in the extreme, and we wanted for nothing!!! 5 STARS!!!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Was hoping to make this restaurant our go to place for date night as we live in La Jolla but our dinner just wasn't impressive. After we finished our appetizer it took about 30-40 min to get the main course and my lobster wasn't cooked properly. We had to ask to have our drinks refilled which seemed really odd for a place where waiters are wearing suits. The dessert was fabulous and our view for the fireworks but overall the hubby wasn't impressed..."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We had a great table by a Window where we enjoy the amazing sunset"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We have been coming here for special occasions and have always loved everything about the Marine Room- except this. Children. Not just multiple kids after bedtime, but loud, screaming children whose parents were more concerned with drinking then consideration of others. This is NOT a kid friendly restaurant! Please, get a babysitter if you can't keep your two years olds quiet. We were very disappointed that no one made any attempt to lower the noise level and make it pleasant for the other patrons. Had it not been for this, everything else was perfect. It was enough to spoil a romantic evening."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I dined at the Marine Room as a special treat for my wife as it was her birthday. The location with the beach and sea view as well as the dining experience was par excellent. The menu had many great choices along with a very superb wine list. The service and the friendliness of the staff made the entire experience most memorable. My wife told me afterward that she wants to come here again and again. This restaurant is one of those that once you have experienced it; you will never forget it and look forward to coming back."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Very good food, excellent service. But a bit overpriced. Excellent view of the ocean - close up!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The Marine Room never disappoints. From the stunning view of the ocean, to the incredible service, to the divine dining and presentation, you can always expect a fabulous dining experience!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • " We paid $250 (including tip) for an appetizer, one salad, one bisque, a bottle of wine and dessert. For those prices - service better be phenomenal! It wasn't. We weren't seated at a table with a view even though my reservation requested one. They told me I couldn't request tables. When I got there a table on the window was "reserved." That confused me - why can they reserve it, but not me? It was strange. I'd go back because the view was incredible, and the food just as good. Just be aware of strange hostesses that don't know how to provide quality service."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Food was well-prepared and the presentation was very nice. Service was excellent. Awesome view of the Pacific. Somewhat pricey but well worth it for a special occasion."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Went during an advertised high tide dining experience: did not disappoint. The view was spectacular and the tide and weather cooperated. The food was on the rich side and the service was impeccable. Especially liked the diver scallops and the lobster bisque, but the crab cake was bready and disappointing. Only real negative was that we were celebrating my wife's birthday, which was noted on the Internet reservation. Several other parties received token birthday cakes, but we did not. They seemed a bit disorganized, so back up any request with a phone call on the day of your reservation to increase your chances. Would go back again, but the place is a bit off the beaten path, and parking there is a bear."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Was recommended here by a friend. The food was terrific and the staff attentive and helpful. They even gave a surprise dessert because we there celebrating our 20th anniversary. And mother nature provided no end to entertainment with sunset over the water and high tide coming in."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We went for our anniversary. Had no idea what a special place we had found. Feels like you are dining in the ocean."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "EVERYTHING WAS JUST PERFECT WE ENJOYED EVERY MINUTE OF OUR DINNER"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Me and my husband was celebrating our anniversary and so I was told if you let them know they will put in an area with the best view. We we're put In the back with wall post blocking most of our view. I felt seating was a big part of the restaurant experience. The restaurant was very romantics, the food was fabulous, and our server was very attentive and even gave us extra dessert for celebrating our special day there, but I wish they would have place us closer toward the window where the wave come crashing in especially after I have made a reservation and told them we were celebrating something special."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "I've been eating here on special occasions since my Senior Prom in 1963. I've never been disappointed or let down whether it be food or service. Of course the scenic view is spectacular, but the overall experience keeps pace. Please, never change.....!!!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014