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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.
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
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
Palos Verdes Drive South
$50 and over
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Chef Andrew Vaughan
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
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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. : (
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