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
273 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (255)special occasion (223)romantic (206)fit for foodies (104)notable wine list (84)neighborhood gem (56)good for groups (37)great for brunch (31)great for lunch (18)hot spot (17)late-night find (10)vibrant bar scene (8)kid-friendly (7)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Great Food and Great Service
    newcastle
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My fiance and I went for our last anniversary as a couple. The view was really nice, sun was going down over the ocean and not too loud in the restaurant. We ordered the Lobster bisque, and neither of us liked it (first time trying it, so not sure what it is supposed to taste like), and our server noticed that we left a lot in there. Without asking us, he brought us a salad because he wanted to make sure we enjoyed our meal. Something like that makes the experience even better. She had steak and I had salmon, both great choices. The butter was the most delicious butter I have ever tasted. Had a hint of lemon or something, and it spread perfectly over the bread.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • On the Water
    eatout
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We were a group of 7 including 2 children and we had a perfect and relaxed evening dining at the Marine Room. There's not only a view of the water, but you almost feel like you're floating on the water. Our waiter was very helpful and discreet, keeping glasses filled, orders taken, food delivered, spilled water dried up without fanfare. Food delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • the very best place for making
    delighted6
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    the very best place for making people feel more than special
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kjmorgan
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The Marine Room remains the go to place for special events. In our case, it was celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. The view of the ocean is breathtaking. Service is generally excellent. The food was great. Be prepared, it is quite pricey. But for a super special time, I heartily recommend it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We went here a few days ago for a birthday. The place is nice and the service is attentive. The quality of the product is very high and the chef is inventive and daring. We had a complimentary surprise dessert for my husband, which was a delicate unexpected attention. Unfortunately we live in France and won't have the opportunity to visit again, but I highly recommend the place. Come at 7 PM if you don't want to miss the sunset (what we did!)
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • excellent food
    mrs4by
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I have never had anything less than a wonderful meal, but very very pricey. Great view watching people frolic in the waves and other diners are usually quite friendly. Great for casual all the way up to very fancy fit in to the ambiance. Waiters are a touch formal, but we did receive excellent service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service even exceeds the view
    gpinkerton
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Found the Marine Room based on a suggestion for our visit to San Diego. We came for the sunset over the Pacific, but would return for the excellent food and service. The crab cake and salmon were exceptional. Our server, Hector, who had 30 years on the job, was engaging, enjoyable, and made the whole experience something to remember.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marine Room
    Jordan
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great food, good service, great ambiance. Only issues are: its a bit hot and stuffy inside (need more air conditioning). Also my wife thinks they gave her caffeinated coffee with dessert vs. decaf. Otherwise it was a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Made our anniversary amazing!!
    Supa
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The view is spectacular! The food is so yummy and the service was perfect. You could not be dissappear by this place :)
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful evening
    paleodiners
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We went to the Marine Room for our anniversary last week. The evening was perfect. Great service, beautiful setting and most important, incredible food. Everything on our plates was fabulous. True, it's pricey, but well worth every penny. My husband had the shortribs and prawns, which were almost painfully delicious. I had the filet mignon, prepared exactly as I asked. I don't recall having ever had a better meal. The Marine Room will be our go-to for future anniversaries.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner before a Proposal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I made a reservation with a request for a secluded table against the window, and let them know that I planned to propose to my then girlfriend on the beach after dinner. The table was perfect, and the staff was incredibly attentive while giving us plenty of space to enjoy our time alone. Every employee I interacted with was cordial, professional, and genuine. The food was incredible. We enjoyed the forest mushroom casserole, the pistachio-crusted lamb rack, and the free range veal tenderloin, all of which I can't recommend highly enough! It was certainly a more expensive dinner, but it is a very classy place with an incredible view. I plan on returning here for more special occasions, or just a romantic night out.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dress code?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    It had been a while since we had been to the Marine Room so we booked for our wedding anniversary for fun and got all dressed up. Other than the staff, we were way over dressed. I realize it is La Jolla in the summer time and tourists will wear whatever, but baseball caps, shorts and flip-flops? Young children in the main dining area? Very disappointing.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great
    anniversary0807
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    from the food to the service the marine room was exceptional!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb
    Panda
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Superb view, great food, amazing desserts. Perfect for celebration, and if timed right you get to see the ocean in daylight+sunset and then the waves hitting the restaurant windows, experience enhanced by the outdoor and indoor lighting.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Special Night
    Timo
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Great place for a romantic dinner. Five star taste and presentation. Quality beef and fish cooked to perfection. Air temp inside could have been dropped a few degrees. Had to ask for extra bread two times. I would recommend this restaurant for a full experience knowing quality comes with a price but not over the top.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful place
    Beto8a
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    food was delicious, viea is amazing, my better half and I went for our 1yr anniversary here and I must say it was perfect!!! the view of the ocean waves crashing against the windows, the food was amazing we had the chefs special the filet mignion and the lobster tail amazing i highly recommend, for dessert we split this coffee, ice cream cake with a caramel topping which was phenomenal. my only grip was out waiter seemed to be rushing us and wasn't real friendly at first till it was dessert time. but other then that everything was great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sash
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    It is always a pleasure to dine at the Marine Room. All of my requests were filled to the max.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Birthday!
    Tucson
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We enjoyed a great evening Sat. We discovered The Marine Room 30 years ago when we were in LaJolla for our honeymoon. We live in Tucson, AZ and had been back once or twice when visiting the area. My husband turned 60 on Sat. and I thought what a special dinner the Marine Room would be to celebrate. We invited Tucson friends and the 4 of us spent a 3 hour special evening. Waiter was Danny and he was great. Special dessert came at end which we shared and enjoyed. We all enjoyed our meals and wine. View was spectacular!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always superb
    StevoskiVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The Marine Room is always a great place for any occasion. The food is top quality and presentation beautiful. Everything as always was above and beyond and it was high tide dinner night with the waves splashing onto to glass windows. A gorgeous sunset and a wonderful meal. everything you would expect at this institution of find dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • service bad
    dinex
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    very disappointed in service level (e.g., water refills, offer for more wine, slow order taking, food delivery, and bill presentation0, not what we expected for a a $330+ dining experience
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Landmark Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The Marine Room is a very special restaurant, with gorgeous gourmet food, top-notch service and ambience out the wazoo. I envy those of you that live in San Diego county that have such a gem in your backyard. Plan ahead, book an early table and celebrate your next special occasion at The Marine Room...our experience there was a dinner we will never, ever, ever forget. Heaven.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food
    tandl
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Food was well prepared and done in a timely manner -- and delicious! Proposed to my girlfriend here at sunset and it was wonderful. One must save up for this dining experience because it is costly, but worth it for a once in a blue moon experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    This is a lovely spot, but a bit stuffy...literally and figuratively. The view of the water is amazing, but because the room is right on the water's edge, the windows are sealed...and at sunset, the room is very, very bright and a bit hot. One could feel a bit claustrophobic! The food overall was very good, although the caesar salad was way, way too garlicky---and the table-side preparation was a non-event, as it took place across the room. And the salads arrived while we were still eating our appetizer course. Finally, skip having a gin and tonic. The tonic is a really unpleasant, poorly blended gun version which spoiled the flavor of the gin.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • mixed review at the Marine Room
    Glen
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Diverse menu; good specials, but needed to ask for the Lobster special menu I found on the web site - it was not offered. Great waiter. The food came very slowly and one dinner went back as it was served cold. The lobster appeared to have sat a while too and was not really hot, but was not sent back. Big delay in getting the dessert order in; big delay in getting our bill - had to ask for it. It's possible the restaurant was highly understaffed during our visit. The management should be embarrassed that the service and food delivery times were not commensurate with the restaurants reputation or premium pricing.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Spectacular, as always
    KyleJT
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The booth in the back, on the window, is THE place to dine in San Diego.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    screwyladyVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food, the wines, the wait staff and the awesome view of the sunset over the Pacific ocean is more than one person could ask for!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best experience
    Docsorders
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Everything was excellent. Food was out of this world with very unique preparations. Kimberly was one of the best servers ever had. No cons at all. Must try if have the chance. Be sure to request table on water in reservation
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    eat2much
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    With a restaurant perched right on the beach, you know that the views are going to be spectacular and the food will probably be good. The true gems are the ones where the food is world-class to go along with the views. The service and the atmosphere were great, and the entire evening, at which we were celebrating our anniversary, was an evening we will long remember. Love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    overpricedVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Service is always amazing. We live nearby, and this has always been a favorite default of ours. They are always great about letting us sit on our preferred side.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Go for the view. Food and service is lacking. We dined on Ahi, lobster and halibut. All were disappointing.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent for a couple's dinner
    Hauk
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Valet service was very friendly and reasonable at $5. We had requested a table by the windows which wasn't honored (I understand it's not guaranteed, but a couple left their table 15 min after we sat down, the hostess could've just told us a table is available shortly if we wanted to wait). Service was a little slow initially, we wanted a long time to get to order appetizers, etc. We didn't get the impression that he was very knowledgeable, but still overall pretty good, very friendly, especially towards the second part of the dinner. We ordered the caesar salad, but it wasn't very good, way too much dressing and room-temperature (I prefer salads to be a little chilled, seems fresher). The mushroom casserole and main courses were amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Last/Best
    betova
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    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 ..!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dissapointing 80th birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I ordered a cocktail I had never tried before. When the waiter asked how it was I told him honestly that, while It wasn't bad, it wasn't to my taste. He immediately offered to replace it with another choice. I decided to finish it to see if it got better, which it did. But I was very impressed at his immediate, unsolicited offer to replace the drink.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet