mar'sel at Terranea Resort

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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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JH
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pricey and amazing
I would come back again
Got the black truffle pairing with wine
It was amazing as was the view and service my wife and I had a great time!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Celebrated my wife's birthday, the service rep Jeff cared great service.
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BP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Two top tables are too big for couples to have an intimate dinner experience. Poor service. Finished our bottle of wine and our waiter never asked if we wanted anything else to drink. Brussels sprout salad didn’t contain any Brussel sprouts. That should have been written in the description. Food was very average. Not the high end experience we were hoping for. Next time, we’d stick to the sushi restaurant on site.,

HF
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Menu is outstanding. Everything cooked properly, no oversalting, well seasoned. The cheese board is an excellent appetozer for two-four, wild fennel soup delicious, enflish muffins TO DIE FOR

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time with family! Thank you!

RG
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, delicious food, and great service.

T
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

NEW YEAR'S EVE WAS OUTSTANDING!!! MAR'SEL NEVER DISAPPOINTS!!! THE MENU WAS PHENOMENAL!! CHEF ANDREW ENJOYS WHAT HE DOES, AND DOES IT WELL!!! OUR SERVER, JEFFREY IS A VERY SPECIAL PERSON, AND DOES ALL HE CAN TO PLEASE HIS GUESTS AND MAKES YOU FEEL VERY SPECIAL!!! THE ENTIRE STAFF IS ALWAYS VERY WELCOMING!! THANK YOU FOR MAKING THE EVENING VERY SPECIAL!!! SEE YOU AGAIN SOON!!

DM
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome dinner with outstanding service. Unfortunately the split patio and dining room seating makes for a very chilly dining room on a cold winter night. Guests were wearing coats and asking to be moved from tables near the doors, yet we still had to ask the staff to close the doors. Easy to fix and please train your staff to recognize it.

Great cocktails, food and service will have us coming back.

HL
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time and celebrating anniversary, so we were hoping for something pretty "wow" special. And the mar'sel team knocked it out of the park! First, shout out to Mother Nature...the ocean side setting is absolutely stunning. Book a time to enjoy the sunset and be prepared to love this location. Follow that up with absolutely on-point service -- professional, helpful, non-intrusive. Then there's the food. First rate. I don't normally recommend hotel restaurants to foodies, but this place operates at that level. Every detail is carefully thought through, providing us was a lovely, seasonal, chef-driven dining experience. (And we're pretty picky!) Great place to spring a wedding proposal, celebrate Granny's 90th and/or mark other major milestone events in a local Angeleno's life.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday brunch was fantastic! The oatmeal frittata was unique and delicious as was the crab and burratta toast. Our server Claudia was amazing - nice, thoughtful and attentive. The view was wonderful as expected

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday fun

S
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Over the past 10 years, we have enjoyed many family special occasions at mar'sel. A few days before Christmas, a family member had passed away, so we were very much looking forward to having a nice, quiet dinner at mar'sel, one of our favorite restaurants. Unfortunately, our experience on Christmas was a bit disappointing.

First off, let me say that the food is outstanding. No question. The service was generally excellent, though we did feel a bit rushed at first, which was surprising given our past experiences.

What made the experience disappointing was related to the hotel's new parking policy, not the restaurant, but it still impacted our overall experience. The new hotel parking policy makes valeting your car the only reasonable option. (In the past, we would have self-parked in the lot adjacent to the restaurant.) Given that it was pouring rain, we took the shuttle from the valet area to the restaurant. But when we were done with dinner, we were told that it was going to take 40 minutes to get a shuttle back to the valet! So, we walked to the car in the pouring rain rather than waiting for 40 mins for the shuttle. We were offered no umbrella and no alternatives. We were soaked.

Suggestion: Put a valet outpost at the top of the walkway to mar'sel on evenings when you anticipate a capacity crowd and/or inclement weather. That is the level of service we have grown to expect from Terranea.

T
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

MAR'SEL NEVER DISAPPOINTS AND CHRISTMAS EVE WAS FANTASTIC!!! THE MENU WAS OUTSTANDING!! OUR USUAL SERVER, JEFFREY, WAS NOT AVAILABLE, HOWEVER, OUR SERVER, CLAUDIA, MADE US FEEL VERY SPECIAL.!!! WE WERE NOT DISAPPOINTED!! THE ENTIRE STAFF IS ALWAYS WELCOMING!! THANK YOU FOR MAKING THE EVENING TERRIFIC!! SEE YOU AGAIN SOON!!

B
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went here for Christmas Eve diner. The service was out standing and what I would have expected for a restaurant at this level. The fact that there was a vegan tasting menu with vegan wine pairings puts it up there. The price and the quality of the food did not match. I have eaten at places where the price was a little more but it was a 7 course and the chef came out and gave personal attention. That is what the food was lacking is just a little more execution and Percussion. If I paid 80 a person it would have been worth it, not the 125-155 it left a little to be desired. I’m on the fence if I where to return.

JY
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

We were very disappointed in our meal. Service was great. Interior/ambience felt very dated.

Started great. Cheese plate and fresh breads were really good.

Entrees were overly complex. I had Lobster pasta with Barrata and Uni (which sounds great) - but it also had goose berries + other raisin/fruit elements + some other veggie/herb. My wife had scallops (normally her favorite) and she too found the accompaniments in the dish confusing and superfluous.

Note: Side vegetable dishes are GIANT. This could be good if you're with a larger party. Or a little wasteful if you're a couple wanting to try a few things. Just a heads up!

RW
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The service and the taste of the food was below average for the price of the meal. While sitting outside, our heater failed twice and we had to find our waiter to relight it. They finally switched it out but not before our meal was finished.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

mar’sel is one of our favorite places to celebrate special occasions! Not only do we get to enjoy a beautiful view, but we are also always treated to the best service. In particular, Jeffrey goes above and beyond to make sure we have a wonderful and memorable dining experience. On our last visit, Eddie also provided amazing service as well. We are so happy to have found a place like mar’sel!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique and delicious food

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IM
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals of my life! Seriously! My husband and I had oysters and the cote de boeuf. It was outstanding! Can't say enough about this place. Made my birthday magical. Thank you!

JR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we walked in it was a very friendly, warm, and classy experience . It was our 9th anniversary and has been our tradition to go to Mar’sel’s to celebrate. We’ve missed the last 2 years but super happy to have come back.
The soup we had was amazing as was the 3 different fresh breads we started with and the roasted bone in short rib for 2 with shishitos, boniato yams, and mushrooms was all a great experience.
The service really eas the icing on the cake. Jeffrey and Ornacio had the perfect touch. They were super helpful and always made us comfortable even though we were out of our league. We’re broke but it was nice on our anniversary to feel like millionaires. Oh yes, their pudding they served us as congratulations on our anniversary was another taste adventure, so good!!

CW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I dined at Mar'sel for our Anniversary celebration. Not only is the location superb with a scenic view of the coast at sunset but the restaurant setting itself was delightful starting with champagne on the patio sitting fireside. Our waiter was charming and attentive bringing us a blanket to share and when ready, guided us to our indoor table where we sat by the cozy fireside. The bartender mixed our favorite cocktail, perfect manhattans and it was the best we ever experienced! We can only rave about the delicious appetizers and entree. We ordered the sumptuous filet mignon and lamb served exactly to our taste - a large portion, savory flavors and cooked just right. We ended the meal with their Anniversary dessert and cookies. Needless to say, at the end of our meal we were all smiles and more than content!

SW
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great farm to table experience. We received excellent service and would definitely recommend to family and friends.

S
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent venue. Perfect for the Holiday. Great staff. Very dedicated to make great memories. Thank you.

SK
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for special occasions or for an intimate date.Can be expensive but worth the price.Take a stroll after dinner around the Terranea property.

OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything and everyone was perfect. The waitstaff is generous, knowledgeable, and attentive. We could not have asked for a better experience.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My mom and I came in for our Thanksgiving this year . We always request and hope to get our favorite server Jeffery. It’s been a few years since we first had the luck to get him as our server and ever since we just can’t do without ! He is not only a professional at what he does but he has a special touch that you can only get with him . We are beyond pleased with our time at Mar’sel for Thanksgiving and all the other times we come . Jeffrey is the icing on the cake . He is everything and more and keeps us very happy customers . Also would like to add that Cole was a awesome new addition to your staff . He was friendly and quick to help with any of needs and also does it all with a smile and awesome attitude!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great service , great food , I would recommend it to anyone who wants something interesting

EL
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Excellent view. Filet Mignon was phenomenal as well as the Calamata Bolognese.

M
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A huge thank you to Jeffrey for another fabulous night at Mar' Sel! It was my husband's birthday, so I surprised him with dinner at his favorite restaurant (and I got to enjoy my favorite entree - the White Truffle Pasta which is only offered in the late fall). Jeffrey made sure that our experience was five-star all the way. No detail was forgotten. He remembered our favorite drinks (and just how we like them down to the size of the ice cubes). He remembered how much I love the Wild Fennel Soup but suggested the Terrenea Heirloom Tomato Salad instead for what was an unseasonably warm summer-like evening in November. It was to die for! My husband had the Roasted Lamb Porterhouse Chops - which he raved about for the rest of the evening. It is so nice to be able to go to a restaurant where you KNOW the service will be impeccable and they will do everything in their power to make you feel special. Jeffrey is able to create such a special experience through his warm and kind Southern hospitality! Thank you! We will see you again on New Year's Eve!

JS
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The BEST. Anywhere. Gorgeous setting, warm and courteous service, fabulous food.

K
Baja California
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very great place to go

KS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Jeffrey gave great service however the quality of the food was nowhere near what is should have been for the prices. My filet was overcooked. My husband's New York steak had too much unchewable silver skin and the ends were overcooked. We had dinner at Catalina Kitchen on the property the following evening which was half the price, the food was delicious and the meal overall was much more enjoyable.

JK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Just a quick review about our dining experience and Jeffrey, our server at Mar'Sel restaurant at the Terranea. He really made our experience a great one. Jeffrey was so friendly and knowledgeable about the menu (particularly having worked at the restaurant for so many years!) His suggestions were wonderful, and he really made our 10 year wedding anniversary dinner feel special. He even brought us a delicious dessert at the end of our meal. The setting at Mar'Sel is so lovely, overlooking the ocean, and I would highly recommend the restaurant and the experience for a special occasion or a special dinner. Look forward to the next time!

SC
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great from start to finish. Ate outside w view of the resort at night. Nice resort lighting. Split the bone-in ribeye for two & a bottle of a Napa red. Great service! A must go!

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was excellent.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated getting married this past weekend! Our server Jeffrey took care of us and made sure to celebrate our special day by congratulating us with a yummy chocolate dessert! His service was outstanding and he gave us his personal number to contact him the next time we are back in town. Thank you Jeffrey!

JN
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

We had good service but that’s about all that was good about this dining experience. The food was bland and extremely overpriced for the quality. We are happy to spend money for fine dining, but this meal was not worth it. If you are staying at Terrenea save yourself some money and eat at Nelson’s gastropub, which has better food for a better price.

P
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best atmosphere for a date night with great ocean view. Amazing pumpkin dish prepared at our table. The taste was enhanced by the hint of salt from the seaweed butter (coming from someone that does not like seaweed) and a burst of sweetness from the pomegranate seeds. It was so yummy. Everyone should order this!!!!

N
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. Thanks

OK
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The atmosphere and service were excellent! Our server Michael was amazing and so was Enrique. We had an early reservation for 5.45 PM so not too busy at the time.

The available selection of food was very good, the taste and presentation were okay.

I found the pricing on the beverages way too expensive. You get a glass of champagne at any good restaurant in London, one of the most expensive cities in the world in one of the best restaurants (Rosewood Hotel, Edition London, Mondrian London) for $ 20.00 incl. tax and here you pay for a Piper Heidsieck $ 25.00 plus tax and tips. Not good at all!

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