mar'sel at Terranea Resort

4.8
1350 Reviews
$50 and over
Californian
Our team is dedicated to upholding and ensuring a safe and healthy environment. We are currently offering outdoor patio and indoor dining. Face masks are required when entering and exiting mar'sel, and while not seated at your table. For more information, please visit Terranea.com/updates.

Set overlooking the Pacific Ocean with stunning views, mar'sel offers the ideal location for an elegant dinner or seasonal Sunday brunch. Located just south of Los Angeles on the verdant Palos Verdes Peninsula, mar'sel (a play on the Spanish word for sea, mar and the French word for salt, sel) 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1350 people are saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Nick
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome dinner and service. Jeffery Breedlove is amazing .. Our highest recommendation. Thanks

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Niecee
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice ambiance, great food, attentive staff. We will definitely return. It is $$$, but great if you appreciate great food.

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BillB
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful anniversary dinner on Tuesday night. The food was extraordinary, we started with the scallop appetizer, my wife had the Seabass, I had the pasta with truffles. Chris and his team of severs was extremely attentive and professional.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive staff. Amazing views. Great experience.

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vipjoant
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience4

Understaffed made for a long
wait for absolutely everything we
ordered… Please hire so we can
enjoy once again

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ArtK
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

mar’sel is a world class dining experience.

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ClaireS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Mar'sel is a delightful restaurant. The food is phenomenal and the ambiance (overseeing the water in Palos Verdes) breathtaking.

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JonS
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent ‼️ food was very fresh.

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WendyYo
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the staff happy and friendly!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great along with the view and the food.

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Simone
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the best service I have ever received at a restaurant and it was superb!! The entire staff super accommodating and sweet!! Thanks again

KM
vipKathyM
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary and seeing our boys and Grandkids after a year and a half due to Covid. A beautiful evening and the food and service was excellent

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EricP
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a great place for Date Night, to bring out-of-town guests, or just to get away. We went just after sunset, so I can't speak for the view, but I'm sure it's amazing.

Servers are very knowledgeable and attentive. The prices are a bit higher than I think are worth it, but it is a special place, so just be prepared to spend about 40% more than you're used to.

In spite of this, I would still go back again, even if I need to wait for the next paycheck.

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AnnG
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Unfortunately, a table near us had a “service dog”. I have never experienced a true service dog that does not obey basic commands, and wanders around the tables, constantly whining for an hour! What a joke this guy played on the restaurant by putting a harness on his dog that says “service dog”! Fortunately, the ocean view and the food were wonderful, so while the whining dog was disruptive, it did not ruin dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Well, services were excellent.
Our food expectations are high.
I ordered king crab, my husband ordered ribeye and friends ordered lamb. Crab, not so juicy and sweet plus lost texture. Trumpet mushrooms, need to work, Ribeye could be far better. Too salty and meat selection wasn’t so great. Spinach wasn’t good at all, no appealing to enjoy, potatoes was too much sour cream so on. Lamb looked good but couldn’t tell taste.
I liked best was Terranea’s signature dessert Carmel.

I was thinking about having a birthday celebration but look for somewhere else.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time there and it was a pleasant experience with my date I loved the service and over all the food and the atmosphere was great amazing and pleasant experience

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vipDebB
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a fabulous evening with amazing service and even a dolphin show - such fun!

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KimP
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We went to this restaurant for our Anniversary and invited another couple to join us. We asked for inside- they put us outside. Unfortunately there were two large groups of families with kids and crying babies that ruined the ambience. We started with a nice French champagne, oysters and a cheese plate. All were very good. Then we asked to try a taste of two reds that are served by the glass but they said they said they were sold out of the merlot and that the Pinot was better suited for our meal anyway. They brought out a different vintage and instead of having us try it- they just poured it out. It was fine but I expected more sophisticated service. We had four different waiters and it was kind of annoying. The portions were very small and expensive. Overall, with tip for 4 we were at $600.
I would go again but I would refuse to sit with crying babies and when I request inside- it should have Ben honored.

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Pmill
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The 3-course brunch could not have been better. Excellent setting, excellent service, and excellent food made it the best brunch we have had in a while.

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vipjkl1
Los Angeles
125 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the second evening we had dinner at Mar’sel. It was as good as the first. Steven, our server agr, was excellent. Attentive and helpful. The food was fabulous. Pork and filet mignon were delicious and tender. Soup was tasty. Salad very good. Excellent wines by the glass. Distinctive cocktails.

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vippollyw
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marsel never disappoints. The food, the service, the view. Five stats!

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vipjkl1
Los Angeles
125 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was attentive. Food was wonderful and creative. Vegetable pasta was delicious. Halibut was also delicious. Excellent wines by the glass. Definitely going back.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jeffrey was outstanding he was attentive he checked on us he wished me a happy birthday he asked was there anything she could do to make this experience more memorable a awesome waiter in person and I love to see him smile with his eyes! I would come back just to help him be with us the customer service was wonderful for my birthday that I would not have to wait a whole year to come back smile

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance and service were incredible!

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vipdrose
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jefferey our waiter was amazing.
Food was delicious, atmosphere beautiful evening amazing thank you to all

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very lovely evening all around

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VilmaL
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food; fresh and tasty! Excellent service, beautiful views!

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Angie
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere, beautiful ocean view. I had the vegetarian pasta which was had homemade pasta and delicious vegetables. My husband had the filet mignon and it was perfectly cooked and seasoned. It was my birthday so they also brought us a delicious desert. Waiters and staff were very friendly and professional. I highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service from Benjamin.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Jeffrey was great! Delightful service!

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Anonymous
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience5

Very expensive and I ordered a $54 Surf and Turf. Three tiny shrimp and I ordered the steak medium rare, it came back well done. My guests had to eat without me and it threw off the meal.

Also, very high prices for very average food. Paying for the view.

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Zeena
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was great. Everyone was so sweet! Beautiful views.

Loved: biscuits, the chefs app, the wine although pricey, salad special

Good but not amazing: shrimp app, halibut, beef, chocolate dessert

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vipGregEats
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a fine brunch. My whole family enjoyed it very much.

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vipCristinaK
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So hard to find the restaurant. Not enough signs. Took us 15 minutes walking around in circles and nobody around to ask. Went to lobby n reception wasn’t any help. Entrance was hidden thru a pathway that wasn’t marked for the restaurant. Otherwise, it was a great dining experience. They could use more seafood items in their menu!

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SueY
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful early Mother’s Day celebration after a relaxing spa day. Our server Alex was very attentive and polite and made sure we had a truly wonderful experience. The patio was well heated and protected by the large glass panels making for a perfect evening out.

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MattS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic. You will not be disappointed whatsoever.

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LisaT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Food was nice, view was lovely, service was not so great--but I'm giving them some time to probably get brand new staff at this point of covid to get them up-to-speed.

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Willie66
Los Angeles
10 reviews