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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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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

3.9

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Quiet

88% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (20)
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Scenic View (19)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Great for Outdoor Dining (14)
Good for a Date (13)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Cozy (11)
Notable Wine List (10)
Worth the Drive (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Tasting Menu (6)
Authentic (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Good for Groups (3)
Business Meals (2)
Organic (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Casual (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Healthy (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

Very overrated, as usual. Inconsistent kitchen, ridiculous prices for the food served. Service is generally decent and waiter knowledgeable but some big gaps between tasting courses, no flow.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent food and service — but hotel prices — meaning very expensive. Great views of the ocean.

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vip
 (Toledo)·Dined 5 days ago

This is a fabulous place. Ocean view, creative menu, great wine list, spectacular service, innovative drinks and yummy desserts. We come to Terranea once a year, and this is a must-go place. One of the best anywhere.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 7 days ago

This was our first time and we will definitely be back! The outdoor seating is right on the water and the views are amazing! We went in February, so it did get cold as the night went on, and they brought me a blanket! The waitress described everything to a "T" and the night was just perfect. Very quiet and everything tasted phenomenal!

Tags: Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Waterfront, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Absolutely wonderful experience. Beautiful ambience and atmosphere. Delicious food - we had the snow crab salad, orichette bolognese and brazino. All recommended by our very attentive waiter Jeffrey. Great for a special occasion.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Absolutely beautiful ocean view, cosy seating, great food and fabulous service. Very expensive but well worth it for special occasions.

Tags: Scenic View, Healthy, Organic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Awesome. Food was great and the scenery is amazing.

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vip
·Dined on February 3, 2018

We were celebrating a birthday and the setting was perfect. The food was amazing and the service superb. We had a lovely dinner complete with almost a full moon!

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Excellent service and management, farm to table cuisine, very well done, original dishes and fine wines to pair with the food. The very best table at Terranea's resort.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Organic, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on January 31, 2018

There is no better place to relax with a friend, have good food, great service and watch the full moon rise over the sea.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Good service food very mediocre. Salad not fresh fish overdone pasta dry and no flavor

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Excellent food and service overall but the costs are high. Self-parking was $10.00 and prices are high for this 5 star restaurant. Our dinner for two came to $261.00

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Well, I just got engaged at this great restaurant. I must compliment the service wait staff as they were outstanding! The food was on a higher level of quality and taste. The wine list, perfect! I will likely come here every year for my engagement anniversary now. I'm sure I will come more often on other occasions as well. Very happy I choose this place for a very special night.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Omaha)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Romantic dinner at mar'sel at at the beautiful Terranea Resort. Reception was a host of smiles and greetings through the lovely entrance with prompt seating outdoors overlooking the Pacific Ocean. This is at the top of my list for romantic restaurants, perfect for quiet, fine dining either inside the lushly appointed dining room or outside under the stars. The service was as you expect a fine dining restaurant, top-notch, very professional staff. We were seated outdoors, and the staff was quick to position heat lamps perfectly to mute the chill without affecting our view. The menu was small but with so many tempting choices it was hard to settle; there is also a tasting menu. We chose the cheese plate, sunchoke bisque, and grilled Spanish octopus paired with a nice bottle of wine. The staff brought us a chef's tasting spoon (yummy grit cake) and some of the best, most unique biscuits I've seen, paired with fresh butter and sea salt. The five cheeses were all very good and very well balanced; the cheese plate also included a nice section of breads, fruits, nuts, etc. The bisque was rich and filling. The octopus was a special highlight, perfectly prepared blackened octopus on a bed of greens, chickpeas, and ink-infused naan. Fairly expensive meal but deservedly so. Reservations highly suggested. Suggest smart dress. I highly recommend this restaurant, especially for romance.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 23, 2018

The food was excellent. I had fish and my wife had the fillet mignon. We also ordered vegetables were given homemade bread. I have never been a fan of brussels sprouts but they cooked brussels sprouts in a way that was tasty. The service was outstanding. We had two waiters available to us at various times throughout the meal. They were informative and eager to please. Great views of the ocean.

Tags: Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 20, 2018

It's good but not great. You'll pay Michelin star prices for non-Michelin star food. The food is prepared well and high quality but it lacks any real creativity. For example, the amuse-bouche was a version of salty shredded chicken with mayo. Something most any aspiring amateur cook could think up. It was good - but not great! Another example: mild blue cheese and cheddar cheese on the cheese plate, enjoyable but something you could probably get at Trader Joes. Wait staff is excellent, wine selection is notable and cocktails were creative. Solid place to take a date but if you're a foodie looking to be wowed, look elsewhere.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 20, 2018

My wife and I enjoyed a two night stay at Terranea as a Christmas present to one another and we enjoyed a very good meal at Mar'sel on our second night. Unfortunately, it was very chilly and windy that night so we were unable to sit outside and despite our request, unable to sit at a window table. However, there really aren't any bad seats in the restaurant and we were still able to enjoy a very nice view.
The service (Micheal and Enrique) was exceptional. Helpful, suggestive but allowing sufficient time and space without making us feel rushed. The food was very, very good. Our scallop appetizer was divine. My wagyu shortribs were very good and my wife's bolognese was also very good. We didn't have room for desert but the desert choices also looked really, really good. The ingredients were all fresh, the food was prepared to perfection and the prices were reasonable relative to what other restaurants with similar views and/or quality would charge. My only quasi-complaint (and this is a stretch) is that the beer choices were lacking, IMO. My wife loves wine, I do not, but the wine choices were great. Beer, on the other hand, was much more limited. With the explosion in craft beer, I would expect and like to see more beer choices provided. But that's a stretch as I'm sure most diners at restaurants of this ilk are more focused on wine.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 20, 2018

This is my second experience and I would definitely recommend Mar'sel's
Great food, wines and champagnes.
Very nice patio area with a beautiful view of the ocean suited for dining outdoors when the weather makes it posible

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Incredible setting, incredible food, incredible service! Highly recommend for a romantic evening.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Exception service! Outstanding dishes that will make your mouth sing! Gorgeous atmosphere! Beautiful location!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 10, 2018

I have been wanting to dine here for months and finally made it a point to. First off, it is a very elegant and sexy spot - great for a romantic evening. The service was excellent; Christopher is awesome! The food was delicious, but the menu leaves a bit to be desired. The sides are lacking BIG time! I enjoyed the Diver scallops with polenta - simply heavenly! I also had the Filet Mignon and it was truly to die for, but again, the lack of a decent choice of sides put a bit of a damper on my dining experience here. Overall, I enjoyed my visit and will definitely come again!

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Outstanding food and experience. Farm to table done really well!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 6, 2018

It was excellent!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Very nice restaurant. We started our meal with a drink at the bar where we met our waiter for the evening. We were then shown to our table where we started with the Bbq shrimp, which was like bring in New Orleans. They also brought us fresh made English muffins. My wife had the tomahawk pork chop and I had the filet mignon and scallops. We also ordered the salted roasted carrots. All of the dishes were very very good, but the pork chop was our favorite. We ended the meal with the caramel pudding and sugar cookies. We were able to meet the chef and he even showed us the kitchen. Very nice staff and great food. We will definitely return.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Was there for NYE festivities. 5 course tasting menu. Brought out second course before first so left with two plates on table at same time. Service was below average for a $285 pp tasting menu dinner and wine pairing.
Was behind band but it was too loud. Music was nice but too loud, couldnt hear date at times
Meal not coursed out timely. Food arrived too quickly or we would wait Earlier seating staying and blew horns and were drunk loud while we were trying to start our dinner.
9 pm reservation. Seated at 9:20

Tags: Waterfront, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Extremely overpriced (25% higher than Manhattan) & extremely slow service from the kitchen. Our entrees took an hour to be served.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Disappointing food, exorbitant prices, very slow service. A special occasion disaster.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 21, 2017

This restaurant is excellent but quite costly. Don't anticipate being fed promptly.

Staff is well trained and very professional.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 15, 2017

We came here for my birthday and it was AMAZING! The food was perfect and the service was fantastic! I highly recommend it! The homemade English muffins, the freshness of the salad, the sunchoke bisque, the bolognese and the filet were outstanding! Don’t forget dessert! Oh, and a fantastic wine list! We will be back!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 11, 2017

I had a great time. Te fireplace was inviting. Service very good. We appreciated the birthday dessert for the honoree. It was special and memorable.
Thank you, Linda

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 10, 2017

I was looking for a nice place to have dinner with an old friend somewhere between OC & LAX and after long research settled on Mar'sel. I was a bit apprehensive because there are quite a few negative reviews on Yelp & Google, but I'm happy to report that I enjoyed my visit. The food was good and service was excellent, so no complaints. It is an expensive place, and I guess people tend to have unrealistic expectations. As long as you don't expect something extraordinary, you will not be disappointed.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Hard to find the restaurant in the dark. We got lost, had to ask directions, but still could not find the entrance. Signs and lighting was poor. Entered through the dining room off the cart path. Food and service was AMAZING. We will be back since we know how to get there now!!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great ocean and garden view at night . We lucked out since it was the biggest moon of the year too.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The place has beautiful views. The service is excellent. Food ok.expensive.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great ambiance, fantastic service, and amazing food. One of my favorite places.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Had a wonderful time! The outdoor dining is lovely with the ocean and moonlight in the background . My husband and I loved the food (try the carrots) and the service was top notch!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Although our waiter new the menu very well we weren’t happy with the food. The salad had very little dressing, the lamb was a very small portion for the price. The pasta on the lobster dish was clumped together. The salmon was good. The crab salad you couldn’t taste the crab and couldn’t taste the dressing. No flavor.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Cozy
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 24, 2017

A fine dining experience .Some say it's overpriced but I say you get what you pay for.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Better for brunch than dinner. Been a coupe times it go d just not great

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 16, 2017

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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