mar'sel at Terranea Resort

4.7
905 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Californian, Contemporary French / American, Farm-to-table
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm
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Phone number
(855) 781-6158
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Resort Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Andrew Vaughan
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Cross street
Palos Verdes Drive South
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

There is plenty to be thankful for at mar’sel! Enjoy a prix fixe gourmet menu of Thanksgiving classics. Caviar & truffles are available tableside upon request with specialty wine selections for the holidays. Thursday, November 22, 2018 | 11am – 8:30pm Adults: $140 | Children 5-10: $65

Thursday, November 22, 2018

What Insiders Are Saying

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.
What 905 People Are Saying
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MH
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Compared to their cost, the food quality was mediocre - basically doesn't have much flavor. Since the location is very pretty, I would recommend visiting there during daylight to enjoy the ocean view. Location is excellent.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing. The food and service is great and the Ambiance is out of this world. Great place to take a date.

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food here and the location is amazing

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful staff delicious food

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JA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my 1 year wedding anniversary at Mar’sel. Food, scenery and service was amazing! Highly recommended it!

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BH
Los Angeles
72 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal & ambiance.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent everything!! Can’t beat that view amd food!

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E
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best romantic spots in Southern California. The customer service was impeccable! Food was delicious and the view is remarkable.

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CS
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent! Nice to find a restaurant that cares about their food.

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JD
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We live a few miles from the Terranea Resort and for special occasions, we like Mar'sel. The food is wonderful, a little pricey but worth it. The menu is varied with interesting choices you don't always see. The service is always impeccable. The ambiance is beautiful since you sit right on a cliff overlooking the ocean. Both day and night time you can't beat the views.

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c
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful night at our favorite restaurant Mar'sel with our favorite server Jeffrey! Jeffrey goes out of his way to make all of his guests feel like they are the most special people in the entire restaurant - and he certainly did that with us last night. The service was simply impeccable. We wanted for nothing!

What made it even better is we came during the time of year that they run specials featuring their rare (and seasonal) white truffles. In addition to a mouth-watering tasting menu featuring white truffles, they also run a white truffle pasta special prepared table-side that is probably the single best dish I have ever had in my entire life! The only bad part of our evening is that it eventually had to end. The entire night was magical, from our table overlooking the ocean under a moonlit sky, to Jeffrey and his team's attentiveness to us, to the delicious food and drink. I simply cannot recommend Mar'sel enough! Thank you - we will definitely be back soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire staff was amazing! We had such a great time. Definitely a memorable experience! Views were out of this world!

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P
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Five Star Restaurant! Wonderful views of the ocean. Off to the side of the Terranea Resort so it is quite. Great service. Cocktails made to perfection.

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F
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Weeknight and restaurant was pretty busy. Meal was well prepared and delicious. Prices are high so service could be a little more attentive.

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DM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food, attentive amd personable staff, amazing ocean view, perfect day.

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HT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 5

We went to Mar' sel's for brunch on Sunday 10/7/18. The food was HORRIBLE! We had the lobster salad & Quiche for brunch and it was so bad we couldn't eat it. Our server had to take it back. We also had scrambled eggs & Eggs Benedict, which were so/so but we were starving so ate it but if we weren't so hungry we would have sent it back also. The service was so slow. There were not many people there yet it took them 1 1/2 hours to bring out our food. The only thing nice about the Mar'sel was the view which was spectacular.

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AN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Joey our server was outstanding! Super intelligent, attentive and friendly! I really enjoyed the evening the only disappointment was the cost and quantity. The delicious filet came out with what looked like corn flakes on top which were supposed to be our potatoes. For a $60 steak you would hope for a veggie and small starch. I was surprised, but still a beautiful evening and amazing service!

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Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and service, but price point is a little silly for some items. We had three awesome glasses of wine, loved the Flowers Pinot. Scallops (3) are awesome...complex and packing a nice punch with the truffle sauce and tomato purée. Short rib entree was very flavorful and delicious, just get a side with it. I had lamb shank which was very good, but harissa sauce felt restrained, please let it loose! Creme de pot dessert was great end to the meal.

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OT
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Our dinner at Mar Sel was a huge disappointment. Interestingly, my branzino and my husband's pork chop were both cooked perfectly, but the sides that came with were just not edible. My brussel sprouts had beautiful brown grill marks on them, but they were raw and HARD. When I attempted to cut into one, it flew off my plate! The rice side was mushy and sweet and a poor match with branzino. My husband's side dishes were a bowl of dried baked croutons which we couldn't break out of their bowl except with our hands, and a coleslaw that was drenched in mayonnaise and mustard. Prices were very high- really, a $250 short rib for two people? The tables had one candle in the center - how about some flowers or greenery? Especially when the outdoor path - lonnnnggg though it was from the Hotel- was so beautifully landscaped. I don't know, there's a lot of potential in the kitchen, but they are trying too hard to make fancy sides that just don't work with their perfectly cooked and high quality protein.

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j
Los Angeles
73 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tasting menu was fabulous. Everything was creative and delicious. The wine pairings were very interesting and went well with the food. The service was excellent. We will definitely return.

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GF
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I dined at mar'sel on September 28th to celebrate our 38th wedding anniversary. The setting was spectacular, we sat on the patio, especially when the moon rose over the Palos Verdes Peninsula and illuminated the ocean in front of us. Our server, Felix was very attentive, and professional, while also being warm and welcoming. We ordered an appetizer and salad to share, two entrees and the restaurant comped our dessert since we were celebrating a special occasion. All the food was perfectly prepared and each course was presented at just the right pace. It was a true 5 star dining experience which I would recommend to anyone and definitely plan to dine there again.

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DD
21 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food in a beautiful setting. Unique menu offerings and good service. Really lovely dinner.

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GS
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always very good - great menu with a very fresh edge

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, food, ambiance. Will be back!

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AC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic in every way imaginable. Delicious food with spectacular service. Our server Cenobio and assistant Henry were top-notch professional, courteous and super nice.

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ES
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marsel at the Terranea Resort, is our all time favorite restaurant!! The best beautiful ocean view and always excellent service! The food is amazing!

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SW
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Restaraunt!!!! One of the best in the world, and we travel quite a bit!!! Great food, service, and ambience. Always on the top of our go to list!!! Our guests from South Africa were knocked out!!! Love it!!!

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LF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Underwhelming. Our servers were really nice, but scarce. Food was ok

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H
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing dinner last night. Jeffrey was our server and he did an amazing job. I can see he cares about mar'sel and the plates that are put down in front of you. Kitchen staff it was perfect! We had the Cheese Board to start which was delicious and for dinner we enjoyed the Branzino (Sea Bass) and Scallops. The Scallops were some of the best I've ever had. We will be coming back soon and asking for Jeffrey! The full moon was amazing too. Thanks for a wonderful evening.

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DD
Atlanta
64 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 5

We Booked A Reservation For Our Wedding Anniversary and Were Seated At A Terrific Table Outside On The Patio -- Facing The Ocean. Everything Went Wrong After That! A Group Of 3 Drunk Men, We Observed In The Bar Area, Were Seated 1 Table Away From Our Table and Proceeded To Ruin The Evening For Us and All That Were Seated Outside and Near Them.

The 3 Drunks Proceeded To Yell At Each Other and Swore and Cursed Non-Stop. Especially Disturbing Were The Misogynistic Loud Comments, About Current Wives, Ex-Wives and Common Law Girl Friends!
We Told Our Server Twice and The Management Did Nothing, To Correct The Loud, Vulgar and Abusive Comments. Obviously, The 3 Drunk Men Should Not Have Been Seated In The Dining Area and Should Not Have Been Allowed To Order Additional Alcoholic Drinks

Further, Our Server Was Very Poor and We Constantly Had To Ask Him For Basics, Like Drink Orders and Food Orders Requests.

Too Bad, Since The Food Was Very Good and The Patio Setting Was Outstanding!

At The End Of The Dinner, We Complained Directly To The 'Manager' On Duty' and Then Left.
Since It Was An Especially Poor Experience, We Complained To The Manager On Duty At the Terranea Resort, Too.

I Did Receive A Telephone Call From The Mar'sel General Manager, The Next Day, Who Did Apologize For The Multiple Terrible Service Issues.

My Goal Is To Tell 1,000 Potential Customers Not To Eat At Mar'sel

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TM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

The service was not as attentive as I thought it would be for the price we paid. The server seemed busy or just not worried about us. I got the lamb special and it was good but very salty. It looked like a huge pile of meat but underneath, much of it was bone.

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AW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience. Terranea has been a favorite destination. Loved this restaurant. The staff went beyond the call and made a special day even better.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious, service was good. Would have been 5 stars but staff began clearing the outdoor seating area while we were enjoying our main course. We were seated outside. It was a bit disruptive & ruined our ambience. Beware if you intend to book reservations for 9:30pm, you’ll likely feel rushed as we did.

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EB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

for the price, i was expecting all amazing food. i had the nasturtium pasta (only veggie option for main.) it was heavy, not that good. the veggies ontop were not done right. it had no flavor. the flowers weren't even visible, and the whole point was supposed to be that there were flowers in the pasta. if you're going to do handmade pasta for 30$ it better be amazing, and this was not. my husband seemed to like his better (lamb something) but still, i don't think he loved it. also the decor was kind of old people fuddy duddy. servers did a great job. i just think this is more a restaurant for the 60 plus set.

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DP
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!! Our servers, Claudia and Aaron, were outstanding. Claudia made sure she informed us of the specials and made perfect recommendations for dinner. My wine glass was NEVER empty and the breads kept coming, Aaron was on top of it. The food was superb! My favorite was the scallop ceviche! It just melted in my mouth!!! We also ordered the diver scallops, sooooo delicious. Our entree was filet Mignon and it was cooked to perfection. At the end of the evening both Claudia and Aaron made sure we were set to leave and even offered to call us a golf cart back to our room.
If you ever have the opportunity to go to Mar’sel, request a table outside and make sure you sit in Claudia’s section!

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DP
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Excellent service in a beautiful setting; however, the food itself is lacking in taste.

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AF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the food and the service. The view is wonderful. Would definitely eat here again in the near future.

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G
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 1

Celebrating my beautiful friend’s engagement!!

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GT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an awesome restaurant. Overall experience is outstanding with an excellent service and exceptional food. Kudos!

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around good food, service and wine selection!

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