mar'sel at Terranea Resort

4.6
964 reviews
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Set overlooking the Pacific Ocean with stunning views, mar’sel at Terranea offers the ideal location for an elegant dinner or relaxed late night bite. Located just south of Los Angeles on the verdant Palos Verdes peninsula, mar'sel (a play on the Spanish word for "sea" and the French word for "salt") offers a decidedly inventive twist on California cuisine. With a seasonally rotating fine dining menu that features locally-sourced ingredients (citrus and herbs from the resort's grounds, hand-ground chocolate, farm-fresh eggs), as well as playful takes on culinary favorites, mar'sel combines approachable luxury with a breathtaking setting perfect for every palate.

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The Infatuation
7.8

Very good resort food with an even better view in Palos Verdes.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
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SM
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! Loved the food and service. Gorgeous view!

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MQ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jeffrey was very attentive and made excellent suggestions

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

The food was disappointing. The filet mignon was good but slightly over cooked for the medium we requested. The side dishes were inedible. The Peruvian potatoes were undercooked and grainy, the sauce doing nothing to help them go down. The mushroom side dish was similarly a disappointment. The mushrooms (stems?) were hard and chewy. Neither side dish was flavorful at all. By the end of the dinner experience we had no interest in attempting a dessert and were just in a hurry to leave. The “birthday treat” was cold cookies thrown on a plate. Not the level of food prep we expected for my husband’s birthday dinner.

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OT
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous! Thank you for a memorable evening

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Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We have been many times and was very happy to see they are now offering Vegan choices. The staff is very attentive and the evening sunset was beautiful. Love Mar'sel, we will be back again!

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ES
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marsel at Terranea Resort is the absolute best ocean view dining experience you can ask for. Always amazing food and always excellent service! Our favorite restaurant!

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b
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

We really wanted to like Mar Sel. We were enjoying an awesome week ay Terranea Resort and wanted to treat our life long friends to a memorable dinner. Didn't happen. View was awesome and the wait staff attentive. After cocktails we ordered the scallops appetizer and the BBQ shrimp. $34 for the shrimp appetizer was excessive. We ordered two filets, the Branzino, and the Maine lobster dish. Both filets were very flavorful but over-cooked. Why can't chefs in a 5 star restaurant figure out "medium" never means medium well. The lobster was five rubbery bites of bland shellfish. The Branzino was the only premium dish. Cooked perfectly. The waiter agreed the lobster was under cooked and offered to remove it from the bill. Even after removing the $50 lobster dish, with tip the total approached $500 for the 4 of us. Based on some feedback from other members of our work group, our experience seemed the norm rather than the exception.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my sis in law there for dinner and we had a wonderful evening. Great views, had a bunny on the lawn in front of us keeping us company and the nicest server— Thank you Jeffrey! He was so gracious, helpful and so attentive.

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B
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service. Our server Jeffrey was outstanding.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent. The ambience was good. However, from a “value for money” point of view I would give it 4 stars.

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P
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Service was a little off but it is such a great place for brunch.

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St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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Phoenix
51 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great friendly staff

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San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We just celebrated our 43rd anniversary at this lovely restaurant. Had a beautiful meal. Our waiter Jeffrey couldn't have been better. He gave us good advice on the menu, and remembered our anniversary with a yummy dessert. He was excellent; along with his helper Horacio (hope I didn't misspell it). I had the salmon and my husband had the pork chop. Both delicious. We shared the mandarin orange salad to start. This is a very special restaurant. I would highly recommend it for a special occasion.

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j
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The service is superb, the food is sublime and the ambiance is a slice of heaven imported from the Mediterranean!
A lovely evening of fine dining and building memories to last a lifetime!

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PK
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service was excellent! Could not have been better!

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K
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

a bit salty food for sunday brunch. overall, awesome

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S
Anchorage
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch could not have been better! The location/scenery was beautiful. The delicious food and superior service makes it stand out compared to other restaurants. A shout out to Travis, and the other staff working today. Thank you for a terrific time.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

If it was haldf the price it would be a decent farm to table restaurant. There is nothing special about any of the dishes we had. The vegetable are just olive oil and sea salt. The branzino is fish without much added flavor. Even the pot de creme dessert they sais they’re “known” for was ok. It is very expensive for the quality of food. The atmospherbis noce though and our service was really the best part.

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JD
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at Mar’sel February 15 (we were guests at the resort) and they were still offering their valentines prix fixe. We were immediately disappointed because we’d had a horrible experience the night before at another restaurant (NOT at the Terranea resort). We decided to let it go and actually did the menu with the suggested wine pairings.

Ooooh myyyy goooood!!!!!

Well, first of all, our server Claudia was amazing. She was fun and knowledgeable and respectful of our time (we didn’t want to be rushed) and she was knowledgeable about the wines and the food she was delivering. The wine pairings were absolutely perfect for the dishes and we had wines I’d never think to try. Well, we took pictures of all those to buy again. This was without a doubt among the best meals I’ve ever had in my life. We ended our night with a scotch at the bar and had a nice time with Alex. You cannot go wrong with this place. Oh, and many chose not to do the menu and their meals looked amazing as well.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent tasting menu for Valentine’s Day.

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A
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One year anniversary

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GB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Food was terrible.

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G
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food tasted great. Service was excellent. Fairly expensive. We got to sit outside almost next to the ocean so the view was great. They were also very diligent with swapping around heat torches(?) to make sure everyone was warm enough.

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OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was best we ever had there...last time was maybe 8-10 yrs ago. This time food was extraordinary! From beginning to end!
Chris was our server: exemplary!!! Truly a meal to remember!!

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service

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P
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love this place!!! Watch the whales sail by while eating brunch on Sunday or enjoy a lovely dinner with friends and family. Food is outstanding. Pricey but worth it.

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CL
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

While the service was superb, we left after appetizers because they were nothing spectacular. We had the beer tartare and a yellowtail special. The beef tartare was okay and the yellowtail had so much “stuff” on it that it overwhelmed the flavor of the fish. For a renowned restaurant, I would expect the food to be amazing and was excited to try some unique flavors, but it was just “alright” and not worth it unfortunately. They also didn’t have the red snapper on the menu, even though it was on the online menu. My husband was planning to get that but was disappointed the menu wasn’t accurate.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the attention to details - welcoming, introductions, menu selection assistance, tasting bonus, delicious food and great wine choices. Calm and quiet outdoor dining area - warm heaters and delightful ambiance.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at Mar sel is always a special experience!

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FA
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I liked the restaurant very much. Service was excellent. Foods would be much better .

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Felt the service was poor. Couldn’t get our severs attention or other servers. Our came took care of whatever it was with no...gee that me fix that or sorry that happened.
Three of us have spent our birthdays there for at three years. On the way back to the car we discussed a change in venue...sad!

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SA
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was amazing. Our waiter Travis was pleasant patient and very efficient. The service he provided was excellent and I would recommend this restaurant to all of my family , friends, co-workers and church members. The view was spectacular and made celebrating my significant other's birthday just that much more special.

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c
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another night for the ages at Mar'Sel! This time, we came for New Year's eve dinner....a five-star, five-course extravaganza! Of course, our experience was on another level thanks to our favorite server, Jeffrey - who somehow manages to make ALL of his guests (and not just us!) feel like royalty from the second they step in through the door. From the Amuse-Bouche to the Baked Alaskan dessert - everything was truly magnificent. I think we have found a new tradition of ringing in the New Year with Jeffrey and the wonderful staff at Terrenea!

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JG
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

It was great

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C
Cleveland
13 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Exceptional food. Best meal we’ve had in 10 years!
Waiter team outstanding and attentive. Best steak - special with cheese atop my spouse ordered and a vegetarian dish( I’m NOT vegetarian nor do I often order vegetarian but waiter persuaded me to!)homemade extremely fresh pasta and vegetables I loooved so much. The BEST pasta I’ve ever had- and I’m Italian and have MADE pasta often! Can’t say enough about the food and dessert excellent as well -a fresh cookie dish with mouse like parfait!

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H
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful night at mar’sel. Jeffrey was our server and he was superb. The food was ok but the service made up for it. Everyone that stopped by our table was so friendly. The manager even called a cart for us so we didn’t have to walk to valet. We will be back very soon!

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LD
Denver
67 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An outstanding fine dining experience. The service was impeccable and every course was delicious, especially the fois gras on french toast. Being on a resort, the prices might be higher than comparable restaurants, but without many fine dining experiences in the area, it’s hard to compare. The views are beautiful as well. It is well worth a visit if you are looking for a higher end dining experience.

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DM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

As always excellent food but very spotty service. Great waiter and bar tender. Busboys and servers need some training. At this price point they all need to pay attention.

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and ambiance were phenomenal. The churros were awful. They would have been amazing if they didn’t put the sauce all of the churros. I am a naturalist and do not like sauce on my food. My mistake for not asking for the sauce on the side. Otherwise, solid experience. I will return.

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