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Thu, 6/21
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mar'sel at Terranea Resort

4.6
792 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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  • Scenic View
  • Romantic
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Californian, Contemporary French / American, Farm-to-table
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm
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Phone number
(310) 265-2766
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Resort Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Andrew Vaughan
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Cross street
Palos Verdes Drive South
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.8

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

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 792 People Are Saying
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4.8
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5.0Dined a day ago

We had a wonderful 30th Anniversary dinner at Mar 'Sel. Diver Scallops appetizer out of this world. Nasturtium pasta dish & roasted Redfish were great, as was service. Awesome!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Our service was impeccable and the food so good we returned the next night for an encore. A fabulous place to celebrate 29 years!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

In my travels I have yet to visit France. I have tried French food for decades, in a lot of different places yet never liked it until coming to this restaurant. Thank you for making my dating and dining experience excellent. See you soon, again.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Birthday dinner. Great service. Very good food. Pricey.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

This is one of the regions most beautiful outdoor restaurants. Food, beverage and service were outstanding and this is a must destination for your next special occasion.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

$$, Drop dead great view from outdoor Patio, they have plenty of heaters. Service was exceptional, very attentive teamed staff. Food is "very" creative, food prep is artistic quality and great taste over quantity. Highly recommend if this is your style.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Fantastic menu, location and flavors. Service was impeccable. Mar sel never disappoints

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Unbelievable dining experience for a date night out with my girlfriend. A super quiet and intimate environment to have a great bottle of wine, excellent food, and unbelievable service!

Great thanks to service staff of Felix and Aaron for great service for dinner, Elliot as a bartender made some amazing drinks and great conversation, Celeste the hostess getting us a great outside table, Jerry the manager checking in on our experience, and Zach the sommelier decanting our wine at the bar.

Will return for many more times ahead for nights out!

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

A perfect place to look at the ocean and enjoy "la dolce vita". Food is outstanding. Service impeccable.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Words can’t do the magic of this place any justice. I’ve traveled all over the world and have been fortunate enough to eat at nice places and this seriously takes place in the top 2. So much of their food is harvested right there at the resort and I was fortunate enough to catch the chef outside gathering fresh ingredients from their garden outside earlier in the day. The setting is very intimate. Since it was our first visit we chose the outside seats but inside is just as pleasant. The food melts in your mouth!!! But this place is so much more than what you put in your belly. It really is as much of an experience as you would like it to be. Servers are very knowledgeable about their menu and incredibly kind. If you go i highly recommend asking if Claudia and Aaron are working. I can’t rave about them enough.

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4.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Such a great location and the food was spectacular!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Enjoyed a birthday Sunday brunch at the Mar'sel at Terranea Resort. Can't beat the view! The staff was friendly, professional and accommodating from start to finish. I booked through Open Table with a note that we were celebrating a birthday. Upon our arrival my friend got a Birthday greeting. As we were leaving, the hostess agreed to take some photos of the three of us. She treated the request as though she was taking photos of her own family. Each item on the brunch menu was very unique with ingredients from their garden. We ordered three different dishes and desert. Each dish had a beautiful presentation and oh so delicious! I love my avocado toast. This had to be one of the best I have ever had. It was on a thick slice of a dense homemade rye bread with pickled roots placed on top of the avocado. The three of us shared a very rich decedent desert. It was presented on a plate with a birthday message written in chocolate for our friend. It was a bit pricey but well worth the food, view and the overall experience. If you are looking for a unique experience in the South Bay, I would recommend Mar'sel.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Amazing food. Amazing service. Pricey but totally worth it.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Second time eating here in the past month and had a much better food experience than the first. From a service standpoint, every wait staff is friendly and courteous from the initial hostess to the guy refilling your drinks and I've had better service here than at Michelin star restaurants. On this morning, the weather was a little overcast which was nice since it wasn't too hot but still nice enough to eat outside and overlooking the ocean. From a food standpoint, after the disappointment of the smoked wagyu play on eggs benedict the first time around, I ordered the fried chicken hangover plate and the chicken was moist and the breading was crunchy and well seasoned and you got 3 huge pieces with your order along with a simple but tasty kim chee arugula salad (literally kim chee mixed in with arugula, but it was nice). The pastry sampler was also good (not great), but the spinach prosciutto pop up stood out in the sampler and something I would want to eat over and over again. My wife ordered the lobster salad and I kid you not, there was no skimping on the amount of lobster. I almost thought there was more lobster than greens. The french press coffee was excellent and the cappuccino was also great. Only disappointment was the lack of dessert options and lack of a free dessert for her birthday as they did with my birthday a month ago but we should never expect to get things for free I guess.

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1.0Dined on May 19, 2018

The valet situation is very poor. The service was below par. Our server was aloof and rather
inattentive. We had to ask for bread. The drinks and food are way overpriced. Won’t be back

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

This is a stunningly beautiful venue. Wonderful service, nice atmosphere (especially outdoors), and great hiking trails after eating. However, the food was probably three times more than its value. I was surprised that they could charge $100 for a meal with few options, only three courses, no alcohol, and relatively average items. We keep using this meal as a benchmark for other restaurants. The food was a little above what we would have received at Denny's but way below virtually any specialty restaurant. Disappointed.

I would go back for the view. Maybe for drinks, but the price of the food far exceeds the flavor or ingredients.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Cuisine is a bit heavy handed and over priced. Not much of a value for sure. The setting, however is magnificent. Best to stick to drinks and skip the meal.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

LOVED the cliffside and ocean view, coupled with the faint relaxing music, gourmet food and genuinely enjoyable waiter, Alex. You could tell he loves what he does. Can't wait to come back.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

We are quite a distance from Mar' Sel but it was worth the drive. The terrace overlooking the ocean and cliffs is a beautiful place to dine. Both the food and the service were excellent. We toured the Terranea resort afterward.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

What a great place. So perfect for a fine dining experience. Zach (wine expert) and Claudia (our server) were awesome and took great care of us!

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Victoria Rose Holcomb loved this restaurant so so so so so so much.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Delisiously lavish and fresh. Locally sourced, unique dishes that satisfy both your desire for rich indulgence and freshness! We had the filet mignon and a lobster burrata pappardelle for entrees, oysters and grilled octopus for appetizers and ‘bananas & coffee’ for dessert. Everything was divine. The view was unparalleled and the service was nothing short of stellar.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

This restaurant never disappoints. I brought my wife to celebrate her birthday. We started with the Scallops and Morels on Toast. The scallops were the most tender I’ve ever had. The Morels were delightful. Our server, Jeffrey, was very helpful. With his counsel, my wife ordered the special Filet and Scallops, I ordered the Pork Tomahawk and our son, the Wagyu Short ribs. My wife and I were very pleased with our meals. My son’s short rib plate was not very filling for him. There were only four cubes of beef. They were very tasty, but it didn’t fill him up. We also tried the roasted carrots.
My son and I ordered desserts. He had the Chocolate Chiboust and I, the Bananas and Coffee. They brought my wife a Chocolate Mousse birthday plate that was very nice.
What more can I say; the service was impeccable. Everyone is friendly, knowledgeable and helpful and the food is delightful.

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Very disappointed with food - over cooked octopus with oily two types of bread on the same plate, very strange food combinations (lobster, burrata, pasta and raisins) , not complimentary at all. Overpriced for the quality of food.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

AMAZING! The food, service and ambiance were top-notch. Our server was super attentive and very kind. Can't wait to go back!

Tip: Ask for a patio seat.

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2.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Wait years to get there, I am a foodie, the chicken was the best choice, everything else was not. The service and people were great, crab had no taste, salads were blah dressing and tomhawk pork was warm not hot. Spent $400 on wine, great wine selection, $500 on food, was not worth it, go to Nelson’s to eat, go here for the drinks and desserts.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

We had been to Terranea before, but not to mar'sel. It was my wife's birthday and had a great visit. The service was outstanding. We were never out of water or wine. Our waiter's recommendations were perfect. We shared the fennel soup which was almost a meal in itself. My wife had the steak special which was a Holstein skirt steak. Flavorful and filling. I had the tomahawk pork chop. Both too much to eat in one sitting. Great job and reasonably priced for the view, service and food. Thanks.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Beautiful location, great service, good food. Romantic as well.

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4.0Dined on April 16, 2018

The meal was fantastic and worth the price - creative menu, everything sounded delicious and it was hard to decide. All courses we're beautifully presented with flavorful and fresh ingredients.

On the other hand, parking was confusing and customer service from various people around the resort wasn't great. They needed more signage for parking and to find the restaurant. Valet didn't tell us where the restaurant was, so we had to backtrack quite a distance. The valet also forgot to mention their station would be closed in an hour, so we had to wander to find the main valet at the hotel entrance. Just a couple simple things that should've been stated on our arrival.

Food, wine, and dining experience was excellent, but the hotel didn't live up to its five star reputation.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Celebtated a very close friend’s birthday. I wanted to show that they were valued in my eyes by
treating them to an over-the-top dining experience.
I expected to pay more, so the bill was not a shock.
What a relaxing birthday celebration! My friend felt very special, valued and loved on this birthday celebration.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

We enjoyed a lovely evening watching the sunset set as dolphins frolicked in the ocean! Just doesn’t get any better!! Our meal was beyond amazing and our server Jeffery was the best, I’ve requested to have him the next time we dine.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

The atmosphere & view are amazing. What a wonderful setting for a meal with my family. Our server, Joey, was great. The food was delicious. My lobster was scrumptious & so creatively presented. The wine was a very nice Stag's Leap chardonnay. Our daughter enjoyed one of the new seasonal cocktails that the bartender very willingly let her modify to her own taste. Great night. Highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

First and foremost, the service and view of the ocean were unbelievable and that alone would make coming to eat at mar'sel worthwhile. Parking is free if you can find a spot which is a plus and the outdoor seating overlooking the water and PV coastline with a nice umbrella shade was perfect for Sunday brunch. Our service from the hostess to the superb waiters was better than what we had received from other Michelin star rated restaurants in the past and really made the meal. As for food, the grilled lobster salad was good and had nice pieces of lobster and a great dressing. The rosemary hashbrown was also delicious and had great rosemary flavor and crunch, but the $9 price point for a hashbrown was outrageous. Most disappointing was the wagyu brisket benedict. Poached eggs and olive oil basted grilled bread were fine, and the grilled shishito peppers were also ok although they had no point of being a part of the dish. The star of the show unfortunately was dry and tough like beef jerky and was one step away from being sent back to the kitchen. For dessert, the sea salt chocolate ganache pot de creme was ok and even refreshing on the warm morning, but once again not worth the price point which I understand is inflated for the location, view and ambiance, but still hard to fathom. All in all, mar'sel was a great place to brunch at and would definitely come back again, but would not come back expecting Michelin quality food, just Michelin quality service and ambiance.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The ambiance is great for couples and the food is amazing!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Loud when we arrived and dissipated (thank god) as we dined. My food an my husbands was ok - mine to salty and I love salt! His was rosemary - in your face! Our third person said their food was very good but she thought the croutons on the crab salad was off-putting because it’s a mixed message that it could be crab shell!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Our dinner was incredible. The food was exceptionally prepared and service was better than great. For our table of six guests we had two servers who were most attentive and extremely pleasant. The highlight of our dinner was the beautiful personality of Claudia. She explained the dishes thoroughly with hints as to make the best bite of each preparation. We highly recommend this restaurant and the lovely setting of Terranea.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Service was spot on. Great progression of meal. I requested oyster course first, and course of fois gras between apps and entree and all handled perfectly. Accommodated me in bringing a special wine (checked ahead and made sure it wasn’t on their current wine menu). Corkage fee might be little steep. Always beautiful setting.

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3.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Service and ambience was exceptional. We were given a table with a spectacular view of the ocean. Even though it was chilly that evening and we were sitting outside, there were heat lamps and blankets provided. Our expectations for the meal were high given the chef and the quality of the resort. Both my husband and I had the “Forbes for Four” which was the pre fixed offered and I had it along with the wine pairing. The food looked beautiful however the taste was not great. The ribeye was very rare vs medium rare and extremely over sauced. Which unfortunately was true of most of the dishes. The amuse bouche and the desert were both good. But overall for the price, we were disappointed by the level of the meal. Sadly as a result, I would not recommend this restaurant for dining. But the wonderful view and service make it a good option for a glass of wine or cocktail to watch the sunset.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Food was extremely delicious and beautifully presented on the plate. Loved every mouthful!

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