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

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.marineroom.com/
  • Phone: 8584597222x
  • 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: Seafood, Fusion / Eclectic, Global, International
  • 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
The Marine Room reviews from OpenTable diners
304 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (276)special occasion (250)romantic (227)fit for foodies (130)notable wine list (105)neighborhood gem (65)good for groups (46)great for brunch (24)hot spot (21)great for lunch (18)late-night find (12)kid-friendly (9)vibrant bar scene (5)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Sunsets from here are unbeatable. And the atmosphere effective, wide open and feels just perfect.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and beautiful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We really enjoyed celebrating our anniversary at the Marine Room. The food was delicious, the service was great and the view was fabulous. The San Diego Restaurant Week menu was great, we both opted for the entree upgrades to filet and lobster.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Five-star Experience
    eeeema
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We have been to the Marine Room a few times before and it's always been very good. This past experience was above and beyond, perfect in every way. We were seated promptly at a prime table with ocean views. Our waitress was very knowledgeable about both the dinner and wine menus. Every dish was spectacular in both presentation and taste. Our salad had a goat cheese brulee that was incredibly rich and creamy. The chocolate truffles at the end were sublime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The best caesar salad I ever had, and the service was perfect. Wonderful evening as usual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All That Glitters..
    smooch
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The Marine Room has a stellar reputation for their chef and food and rightly so. When fine dining and paying for it, you expect impeccable service. This was not the case here. Waiter was harried and preoccupied. Food runners and busboys were careless and there was a total lack of attention to detail by all of the table personnel. There are other choices for fine dining where you will receive the service you are paying for. The food was very well prepared and lives up to its reputation. The hostess was welcoming with good eye contact and a warm smile. The table was ready for us upon our arrival. After that, besides the gorgeous view, the service was lacking.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A good time was had by all...
    greatspot
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I have been to your restaurant many times and each time it exceeds my expectations. The only reason for the very good food remark is that our Caesar Salad was overdressed. We informed the staff, and fresh salad arrived...we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jschoice
    jschoice
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Beautiful interior and waterfront view of Pacific Ocean. Food was and has always been fantastic. From the salads, filet mignon and Ahi to the must try chocolate pyramid dessert. One of San Diego/La Jolla's best if not the best dining experience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Elegant Marine Room
    JoyceVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Celebrated a 70th birthday with a group of women. We dined on a Monday night for "lobster night". The food was phenomenal (lobster bisque, lobster tail with pistachio cream sauce, and a trio of desserts) as was the sunset view. When the sun sets the outside lights go on, shining on the waves as they crash into the windows. You feel as if you are on a boat. There is no place in San Diego that is this close to the waves. Our waiter, Zac, was very attentive and we were able to sit long after our meal was finished without feeling rushed. The Marine Room is a very special restaurant and we all would give it five stars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect!
    Stench
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    If you designed the perfect setting, with unbelievable food, and superb service, the Marine Room is the place. Add on the waves crashing against the windows to add to the perfection, this is the place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great views & excellent food
    BudW
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    a traditional restaurant that manages to stay current. The food is always very good and the service flawless. This time was no exception; we went for their "high tide" dinner and had a top notch experience
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • amazing
    Tony32
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The view caught me from the moment we entered. The bar was a great place to sit and sip while waiting for our reserved time. We were sat at our table by the window. Such an amazing view of the waves crashing together and against the building at high tide. The ambiance was relaxing and intimate. The food was spectacular. My only issue would be the parking situation, but valet is available. Thank you for a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A special place to be!
    Slowfoodfan
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The Marine Room is a long standing favorite of ours for special occassions. This time, we went there for my husband's birthday. It was perfekt: high tide, the sunset, and the perfekt table (as requested) right by the window. We had champagne, a great dinner, the full attention of the wait staff and personal recommendations of the somelleir for the wine we chose to accompany our meal. I especially like the "slow" service which means to me that there is enough time between courses to enjoy what we were eating and to savor the memory of it before the next course. Besides, I want to enjoy the environment, appreciate the ambiance and have dinner with conversation. No hurry here!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A satisfied guest
    maestro
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    A spectacular experience all the way around: food, service, view, etc. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Booked high tide dinner for special Anniversery dinner. Window table was perfect, view was amazing, food exceeded expectations and service on par with a 5 star rating. Will definitely return
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dr Eric White
    Eric
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was a wonderful experience. We went there for our birthday celebration and we would trated like a king and queen. The service was perfect and the food was out of this world. I would highly recommend it for everyone and anyone
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience.
    ilikefood
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Reserved a table 30 minutes before noted high tide peak time. An amazing view, amazing food, and amazing service. Seemed like we were one of a few relatively your tables (we're early 20s), but that didn't matter. No main AC system, so the room got a bit hot, probably from the food and a packed room of people, but other than the slight warmer feeling, everything else was great. Would recommend.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not returning
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The room was nice but HOT. The service was poor. Timing of dishes totally off. Too much dressing on Caesar salad. Waiter did not upsell or offer a second glass of wine, just took my empty glass without asking or acknowledging me. Glasses not refilled promptly. The loster bisque tasted like butternut squash soup with very little lobster. Took over 15 minutes to get a waiter to table after seating then another ten to get a menu. Did not offer refill of bread or butter. Too many people, not enough well trained staff. Huge disappointment.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Without parallel
    DougVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Every time I visit San Diego, I book dinner at the Marine Room. This visit was fully up to their normal excellence, including the challenging situation of the air conditioning being out of service. Regardless of being fairly warm, the experience was still exceptional. The entire Marine Room team deserves accolades for staying the course and providing an exceptional experience in the midst of a very challenging work situation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • High Tide Dinner
    bigmattVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    No complaints about the basics, food, wine, service, et al, HOWEVER, the nite we were there the air conditioning was not functioning and it was uncomfortably warm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely summer evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Wonderful view and fabulous food. Restaurant is was very accommodating to our group.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible views
    CaliforniamomVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We ate here years ago and remembered how spectacular he views were, seated at a table by the window with the waves literally crashing up against the glass. I requested a table by the window, bringing guests from out of town. I was told they wouldn't guarantee that, but would try. We were seated at a table three rows from the window, very disappointing. The hostess told me that the round table by the window was requested by someone else. The restaurant is unimpressive otherwise. Good food, not fabulous and There is a musty smell in the room. Next time, I would have a drink in the bar by the window for the view, and go have dinner elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WhitemiceVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    This classic restaurant has obviously been grandfathered by the California Coastal Commission since no one is now allowed to build such a place right on the beach, with high-tide waves crashing on the windows. Sunset here is magical, just like being on a cruise. The menu is limited, but has a good representation of various dishes. The server was accommodating to my shrimp allergy by substituting a larger portion of another ingredient in the dish and was flexible on sides for my eating companion. We enjoyed the ambiance and the food with a nice bottle of wine. Though the wine list is rather imposing, the restaurant is very proud of its wines, not wanting to release them for less than 2.5-3 times retail. Quite a bit steeper than usual.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A 5 star except how seating handled
    GandB
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I had requested a window seat, but the hostess said none would be available for an hour. We were offered several options, which we appreciated, and took one of the options. Although I understand that a request can not always be accommodated, there was one window table that remained empty the entire night. It was totally inappropriate to tell us there was no window available when there actually was. Everything else was outstanding.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome
    Frequentdiner
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My dad (age 88) and his long time friends, who live in La Jolla, have had so many memorable dinners at the Marine Room since the early 1940's. We live in Glendale (Los Angeles area) but my husband and I take my dad to the Marine Room every Labor Day weekend after visiting the Del Mar Racetrack. The food and service is outstanding. My parents have traveled the world including multiple cruises. My dad always says this is his favorite restaurant in the entire world. I haven't been to Europe, Australia, or on a cruise, but I have been to the top restaurants in L.A. (since I live here), as well as San Francisco and Chicago. The Marine Room is definitely wonderful and I hope to take my dad there next Labor Day weekend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ocean view is just the beginning!
    facet
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    With it's location not just on the beach, but in the crashing surf - the view through the windows into the water provides outstanding ambiance for a nice dinner. Food prepared just so and presented as artwork by wait staff who are clearly professionals - well beyond the usual fly-by-night service typical of even the nicest southern California restaurants. Couldn't have been happier with the choice for a birthday dinner. Outstanding.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Marine room
    Luvtoeat
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great locale, good and so romantic with amazing ocean/ beach view! Will return for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, terrible experience
    DaveinCali
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Food was amazing (except for the Lobster Bisque, which had no lobster). Service was terrible. We were ignored, left with no food, water, or drinks. Ended up walking across the restaurant to tap the waiter and get our check. We won't be returning.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Surprisingly, I never felt special
    EatHere
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    It's a nice restaurant and the food was good to great but given the amount of money, I just didn't feel special or that it was all worth it. We ordered a bottle of champagne, the sommelier poured it into the wrong glass (but I was okay with that). She never returned to see how we enjoyed the wine or to suggest something for our meal. The servers were plentiful but we didn't feel they were concerned at all for our dining experience. And then suddenly it hit me: the place is really just a tourist trap, "let's get 'em in, and get 'em out" seems to be the predominate feel here. And when family parties with three or four children are all over the dining room, you know it's nothing special anymore.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jacque
    Jacque
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This was one of the best meals I have ever had in a restaurant. The service was outstanding. I would recommend this restaurant to my friends and co-worker when they travel to the San Diego area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Restaurant
    cam87
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The service was excellent from the valet to getting out reservation. All of the employees were available to help and we never had an empty glass. A truly great dining experience which is great for the special occasions anyone is trying to celebrate.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magical meal
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This was my second dining experience at the Marine Room and both we're exceptional. The setting is stunning, the service pitch perfect and the food sublime. We were there for a special occasion which was made all the more so by the Marine Room experience. I'm already looking forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Elegant
    Noisey
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    In my opinion, elegance in a restaurant consists of great food, great service and great surroundings. The Marine Room consistently delivers all three. Looking out over the Pacific is always relaxing. Service is always polite, attentive and unpretentious. The food always stimulates my appetite and satisfies my desire for flavors that are out of the ordinary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous dinner, dessert & sunset!
    datenight
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Being new to the area, we were lucky to have picked such a great spot for celebrating a birthday! The view is stunning, food was divine, and dessert was phenomenal too! We completely enjoyed our evening and will be doing this again! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our anniversary dinner...
    jpler
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We always try to pick upscale, recommended places for our anniversaries. We don't live in the area, but decided to make the drive and it was well worth it. The food was delicious. We asked to be seated near a window to watch the sunset...although we did have to ask that the blinds be lowered so that we weren't blinded! It was lovely and we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated
    image10
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    On Monday night we had a reservation for 7pm. The restaurant was not overcrowded. We were not seated until 7:30. We were told that diners were lingering and not leaving when finished. Another group next to us had 7:30 reservations and were seated before us. There was a lobster special which could include wine for an extra fee. The wine portion with the special was a taste only, not a regular pour. We thought that the food was overly pretentious and the flavours not well combined to enhance one another. The view, right on the beach, was spectacular. Too bad the food wasn't on a par. We will not go there again, nor will we recommend it to others.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service and Flavors
    Dissapointed
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    At first our server was attentive. Then as the restaurant began to fill up we seemed to be forgotten. The bread served warm, but I would have liked to have softer butter which would have been easier to spread. The best part of my meal was the lobster bisque...exquisite. The rest of the meal was not. I had the pistachio lobster, and the lobster was completely overpowered by the taste of the pistachios which should have been used sparingly. Lobster has a delicate flavor and it is easy to take away from that. Absinthe does not belong with lobster; again another overpowering flavor. The accompaniments were okay. I had the trio dessert which I enjoyed. The coffee was bitter. Overall, not a place I would recommend.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Puts the Special in celebration
    Sammmom
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This is our go to for lovely never disappoint special evenings. Took out of town guests. Doesn't require a tie or jacket but you definitely dress for the occasion and enjoy it. We chose the lobster night menu and thoroughly enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My wife and I went to the Marine room to celebrate our seventh wedding anniversary. The food was excellent, the service was outstanding and we had a great time. I mentioned when I called to make the reservation why we were coming. A special dessert was served. I had no idea that this was happening. The dessert was amazing.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • long wait
    meho
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The location was very pretty but we didn't get to enjoy the view much since it was late at night. The food took about an hour which is way too long! The crab cake was delicious and my veal was okay...but the sides that came with the veal was delicious! The server did comp is a dessert that was not bad either, but not great. The place is worth a visit...just make sure you have a lot of time!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Waitress
    AceOne
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food was excellent and the view is spectacular, but the outstanding waitress made everything better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate