mar'sel at Terranea Resort

4.6
934 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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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at Mar sel is always a special experience!

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FA
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 12, 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
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 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 January 1, 2019
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
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

It was great

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C
Cleveland
13 reviews
Dined on December 30, 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
17 reviews
Dined on December 29, 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
65 reviews
Dined on December 29, 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
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 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
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 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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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

It was Christmas fixed menu.
Tasty bat pricey

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JM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very expensive for an average meal, we had higher expectations.

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HB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 1service 4ambience 3

Although the ambience was nice and my family enjoyed dressing up and a pleasant dining experience, the main course was a joke!! At $140 per plate, you would think the portion of meat would be bigger than 3 bites. We were told "Wagu" steak is a delicacy, and hard to come by, but not that the chef was rationing servings to ensure availability for the next day, Christmas.
Apparently, many others complained as well............not the way to run a 5 star restaurant. We will not do any holiday dinners at Mar'sel in the future...............very embarrassing for the waiter, as well.

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CL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Unfortunately there was a prefix menu which was not advised upon making a reservation. The prefix menu was very very limited and selection options were very poor. We were able to order off of an à la cart menu however also extremely limited and had half the items from the prefix menu which was already very limited choice. we made reservations at Terranea so we could have a special evening, I will start by saying the ambience was wonderful however the food was anything but. We ordered vegetables à la cart and I must say that the food tasted like we were in a senior cytisine home, it had zero flavor and was not cooked properly. Terranea you must do better especially for fine dining it was anything but

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BC
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 3

We expected something special and for one of the most expensive meals we’ve ever had at $400 for two, The food was prepared OK, but not great. My wife and I shared the beef tartar, a small crab claw salad, 3 - 4 oz steak main course with 2 asparagus spears and less than 3 oz lobster accompanied by one long piece of pappardelle and garnish with 2 desserts. It was a holiday Prix Fixe menu and it was anything but special. They should be ashamed.

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Z
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall Marsel is outstanding. The site might be the best in California. Food and service was great. Price is my only gripe, VERY expensive.

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TS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Dining on the patio Great location . Service was excellent . Very high priced with a limited menue.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, and beautiful views

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DW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience at mar'sel was, as always, great. We are locals and have been here for many special occasions, and for good reasons: the food, setting and service are consistently great. Our server, Jeffrey, recognized us from our previous visits, which is impressive on its own - but was engaging, friendly and highly knowledgeable about the food and wine as usual. The food was fantastic - as we've experienced here before, the portion sizes don't look huge, but we find ourselves feeling almost satisfied before the main course even comes out, which just means we have tasty leftovers.

One final note, if anyone from mar'sel ends up reading this: please, consider bringing back the "Down-Low Burger." It was the best burger I'd ever had.

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PO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is the perfect romantic date night spot. They have incredible cocktails and wines, the cheese and charcuterie boards are to die for, and the service is impeccable. We always have a wonderful time and leave wanting to come right back for our next date night or special occasion.

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ES
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mar’sel at Terranea Resort is our favorite restaurant! The service here is superb! Food is always delicious! Ocean view dining at its best in Southern California!

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Amarillo
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was fabulous and the service was superb. The menu items were different and very flavorful. Best Sunday Brunch in the Los Angeles area.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our new favorite upscale dining establishment!

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Minneapolis
29 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

The service started off good and went downhill from there.
A portion of the meat entree was served cold (refrigerator cold) having never been heated.
They graciously managed it, but a good indication of there desire to pull money from the pockets of their captive guests rather than deliver to the standard they set for themselves.
OVERPRICED!

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JM
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Old school fine dining with a modern flair

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch spot with amazing views of the coast. The service is always fantastic. The food is amazing! The sea salt biscuit is a must have!

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KC
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. I was there with my Dad & boyfriend for brunch and had a great eggs benedict...and you must order their side of bacon - a tasty slab of amazingly juicy, tender pork.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great dinner here. View is amazing but the best thing was the service by our waiter Jeffrey and the Cheese Selection. Ordered the cheese selection thinking it would be a tiny few bites of an appetizer and it was amazing, completely filled us up, however when the pork chop came out it looked so good I had no choice but to eat it as well. It was so moist and perfect. Jeffrey then gave us a complimentary small desert that was tasty too. Would definitely recommend and return as well.

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MH
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
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 on November 18, 2018
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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Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food here and the location is amazing

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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
20 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
6 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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