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

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About mar'sel at Terranea Resort

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.

100 Terranea Way
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Californian, Contemporary French / American, Filipino

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Cross Street:
Palos Verdes Drive South

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(310) 265-2766

Website:
http://www.terranea.com/marsel/

Executive Chef:
Chef Andrew Vaughan

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

mar'sel at Terranea Resort Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.6

ambience

4.8

value

3.8

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Quiet

85% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Anniversaries (24)
Romantic (22)
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Good for a Date (22)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Local Ingredients (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Notable Wine List (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Great for Brunch (8)
Business Meals (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Fun (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Casual (4)
Cozy (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Organic (4)
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Healthy (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Seasonal (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

Delicious food with an excellent, knowledgeable and friendly waiter named Felix. It was a wonderful experience, and we went back a few nights later because the meal was so delicious (waygu short rib pasta, filet mignon, white truffle pasta was the special appetizer for the day).

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

Food and service were awesome

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·Dined on November 15, 2017

We were celebrating a wedding anniversary and staying in a casita. Unfortunately, my husband ordered the short ribs and they literally came as 4 pieces the size of bouillon cubes on his plate. To charge $46 on this is an insult to common sense. The food was tasty but no value with the portion to price.

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 13, 2017

We had our niece visiting from San Fran and took her and our son to diner at the restaurant. We all had a wonderful evening. Service was excellent, food outstanding (we had the salmon, diver scallops, pasta dish, otopus, crab salad). The only thing I wish we did was come earlier so we could take in the beautiful views.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Beautiful view especially at night. You can see the ships leaving the Los Angeles Harbor. Food was interesting and tasty.

Tags: Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

A wonderful find within the huge resort complex. Top, most sophisticated dining spot at Terranea. A bit hard to find but well worth the walk from the main area of the hotel. Beautiful view, creative menu, very attentive service. An oasis from the buffet lines and more casual restaurants at the resort.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Been here many times and always very pleased and will be back again for sure

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Michael and Marco made the evening with their amazing service! I never leave here disappointed and will continue to return.

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·Dined on November 2, 2017

The service was great but the food wasn't good at all. Not just for the price, but objectively. The only food item that was good was the seafood platter. The steak was extremely salty and chewy. Mushrooms were salty. Bolognese was on the salty.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Marsel never disappoints us. They are consistantly excellent. A bit expensive but well worth the money.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Still ideal for a special occasions due to the ambiance. Food is nice but nothing memorable as it once was. I can recall dishes from years past that were simply amazing. One of those dishes was the Octopus which is still on the menu although altered. It was nice but nothing special.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Absolute perfection! If I lived in the area, I'd go every day. We were a large group (family) and we all loved our food! Worth every penny. The duck confit is beyond amazing! The view: breathtaking. Romantic setting. Thank you!

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (London)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Better than Kincaid's earlier in the day in that they recognised the birthday. However, despite asking for 24 hours notice of any food issues, which we gave them, we again had to raise that one of us is gluten intolerant, and the menu was the menu ... in the time, there was certainly plenty of opportunity to make an effort on things like the post meal truffles. They were, we were sadly informed, only suitable for one of us. This is a high end restaurant by their own thinking, and certainly is based on the prices. Not good enough.

As to the food, we did enjoy the mains in particular, and once we had finished a birthday plate of sorbets was brought out - we just wonder when they read the additional information on our booking request ...

As a general point, we have been very disappointed that the restaurants in this resort, which is a go to destination and very desirable, make so little effort for gf meals/options.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Perfection! The fish was the best that I have ever had. Service was impeccable.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Organic
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Beautiful views. Ask for table on patio so you can enjoy ocean and sunset. Excellent food, service, and wine list.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 21, 2017

This was my second time here, one of the best places for an evening with friends, or a special occasion.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Food was average at best. Way over rated. for the prices. I don't mind paying these prices at all if the food is in the wow category. But it wasn't here. Friendly service and there was a large party that was drunk loud. But like I said only bothersome at these prices.
Not a large menu.
Need more variety on deserts well.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Our Second visit to Mar'sel, first time for Sunday Brunch. Outstanding service, beautiful view, quiet setting, great food. It is not buffet, i.e. you order off the menu, with great choices. Can't wait to go back for brunch!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Scenic View
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

dinner was rushed, entree's were brought out before appetizers were finished necessitating us to stack the app tray and bread dishes to make space for the entrees. Numerous requests for wine refills went unserved, water glasses were not refilled. Truly disappointing, perhaps the staff needs additional training.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 12, 2017

keep the coors light beer...and jack daniels..the server was pushing wine...as of course the elite and semi-elite drink..but it became semi-annoying instead.
we have lived in pve for 30 years..eat out often with our family..and enjoy the view..from our house.. and marcels.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 12, 2017

I love Terranea and Mar Sel has been excellent in the past. This is the second meal in a row that was a big disappointment .
Gotten very expensive and food just not that good. Service not good this time either.... something is wrong?

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 9, 2017

A disappointment for the special occasion. The service was terrible and they forgot the reason we were there. The staff need to be trained properly and not thrust into service before they learn how to conduct efficiently linen and silver service to an educated public.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great place for romantic date

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Seafood buffet is a special occasion treat.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 2, 2017

The food was amazing, the view is unmatched, and our server Chris was impeccable.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 2, 2017

Our waitress was professional and courteous, and went over the specials for that evening! She was calm and always smiling.....

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Business Meals, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 1, 2017

What an amazing meal, great service and spectacular views.

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

The location, food, service and atmosphere was suberb! I came with a few friends from the east coast and our evening was simply wonderful!

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Scenic View, Organic, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Romantic, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Absolutely outstanding, my husband had a great Bday!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Went there for my sister birthday brunch. The food was great service was great overall we all enjoyed the day

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The wait staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. The food was amazing and the scenery is spectacular.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on September 19, 2017

They served fried pork bellies in both of my wife's dishes. I tried one and almost had to excuse myself because it was completely inedible. Marsel is one of the only 5 star restaurants in the South Bay so why they are serving fried pork bellies in anything doesn't make sense to me. Additionally, my fois gras was only halfway cooked which as a dissapointment. Steve was our waiter and he was terrific.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2017

We had came to this restaurant before about 2 years ago on our anniversary so we decided to go back for dinner since we stayed at the resort. The ambiance is great along with the service but the food isn't so great. We ordered filet mignon and have had way better options in the past at other restaurants for less price than here. $59 for filet mignon, I expect a little more than great and it was average or below average, kinda dry. No sides provided so be sure to order sides, we asked the server about sides and how the mushroom pepper one is he said great, well it wasn't we should have went with potatoes since you can't really go wrong with that. We won't be back

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·Dined on September 17, 2017

I've been here recently for Sunday Brunch. The view is beautiful, and the staff are lovely. Our server Henry was very attentive . But I also have had dinner here too, and I had the same opinion. The food is just fine. Nothing too imaginative: just safe. I also felt that if the food was a bit better the price would be warranted.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Key West)·Dined on September 17, 2017

The food was excellent, great wine list, and lovely setting. The best part of all, however, was the superb, knowledgable service provided by our server, Claudia--a sheer delight!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

THE NITE WAS PERFECT, WE CAME TO MARSEL EXACTLY A YEAR AGO FOR A WEDDING ANNIVERSAY WHICH WE FEEL THE FOOD WAS NOT THAT GOOD. WE DECIDED TO GIVE MARSEL ANOTHER CHANCE AND WE ARE GLAD WE DID. THE WAITER AND HIS HELPERS WERE VERY FRIENDLY AND INFORMATIVE.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Afternoon Coffee, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 15, 2017

The food was average tasting and not worth the price. So many other options available outside the resort.

Tags: Scenic View
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Food and service was excellent. View was amazing.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Brunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 10, 2017

The experience is without equal. The staff was professional and courious with service to match. Alicia the somilier was the last piece to make this a wonderful 11th Anniversary. Thank you

Tags: Waterfront, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 9, 2017

A beautiful location - but unfortunately the food and service did not meet the expectations of our past experiences there.

Also on our reservation I noted that it was our anniversary - and nothing was done at the restaurant to acknowledge our special event. : (

Tags: Scenic View
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