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The Marine Room, San Diego, CA

The Marine Room

4.7
4.7
6412 Reviews
$50 and over
Seafood
For generations of San Diegans, the “Seahorse” symbol of The Marine Room has long stood for its dramatic on-the-surf location and California coastal cuisine by Executive Chef Mike Minor and his team. Considering this rare blend of culinary excellence, uncompromising service and beachfront setting, it’s no wonder The Marine Room has become a true San Diego landmark. Opened in 1941, The Marine Room quickly became famous as pounding surf created dramatic displays against the restaurant's windows. For more than half a century, celebrities, world figures, residents, and visitors have made it a habit to enjoy the spectacular panoramic views of the Pacific and exceptional cuisine. We invite you to San Diego's iconic dining destination and experience how each tide brings something new to The Marine Room. You’re not reserving a table – you’re joining a 80-year tradition.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 38 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Californian, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (858) 459-7222

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Mike Minor

  • Catering

    With customizable private dining options, The Marine Room will enhance your event with a masterful menu utilizing the culinary flair of Executive Chef Mike Minor. From elegant three-course meals and tray-passed hors d'oeuvres to lavish buffets for lunch or dessert, The Marine Room is more than great dining; it is an experience to be remembered.

  • Private party facilities

    Our oceanfront event venue in La Jolla is an ideal location to host your next special event or celebration. Whether it is a business meeting, family milestone, wedding, or just a friendly get together, we strive to exceed all of your expectations.

  • Private party contact

    Amii Cambaliza: (888) 653-0630

  • Neighborhood

    La Jolla

  • Cross street

    La Jolla Shores Drive

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is available for a nominal fee. Street parking is also available.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 6,412 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Seafood

  • San Diego

    Seafood

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  1. SL

    SL2401

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    Food and service weren't on par with the price tag. View was gorgeous, and clearly that's all your paying for.
  2. DB

    DeannaB

    Tucson

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our anniversary and they made everything super special!
  3. A

    Annette

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    High Tide dinner and birthday
  4. SB

    SherryB

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an amazing experience. The combination of the high tide with waves splashing against our window, the amazing, colorful sunset in the background, excellent service by everyone at the restaurant and a wonderful gourmet meal. I can't wait to book it again next year.
  5. RB

    RobynB

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is gourmet dining at very high level. Servers matched the meal. And because it was a high tide dinner, the already beautiful ocean views were dramatic.
  6. j

    judyfoody

    Orange County

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    a very special Special Occasion restaurant. memorable, tasty, guest of homor will always remember it!
  7. MB

    MimiB

    Austin

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    I was very disappointed in the service this time. Although we love this venue we were not happy with the service. This was the second time we waited way too long to be served. We literally waited 1 hour to get our drinks ordered, and another waiter (not ours) came and took our order. The food is outstanding as usual, but we are questioning whether or not to come back next visit to La Jolla.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    View amazing. Good average. Overpriced.
  9. MB

    MishaBisha

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We had a wonderful dinner here with my parents. The view was incredible, food was unique and delicious, and service was top notch. We had to ask for water a few times, but plates were promptly cleared. Great special occasion restaurant.
  10. MS

    MSBH

    Atlanta

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Food was far below expectations for “high end” restaurant. Five of the six proteins were overcooked. Food was generally too salty for our preferences and for the experience, overpriced. Service was friendly although lacking knowledge of the menu and felt rushed during interactions. Would recommend skipping.
  11. LH

    LeeH

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our servers, Stefano and Irma were outstanding. The food was great as always. You can't beat the location and scenery too!
  12. EH

    ErinH

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated my husbands parents 50th anniversary with a group of 7. The location and views speak for themselves. The service did not disappoint. Our server was at tentative, and genuinely friendly. The food was outstanding, most specifically the octopus, beef tartare, lobster bisque and gnocchi. We dined for 3 hours and were not rushed. Our tab with cocktails, and wine was pretty steep but given that the quality of the restaurant, service and food was on par it was worth it for such a special occasion.
  13. s

    shrimpboat

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome views and some of the best food la jolla has to offer
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good food, great environment, fabulous sea view
  15. c

    christineg

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific. Impeccable service and glorious food A must when in La Jolla
  16. S

    Sun3

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food3service1ambience5
    Horrible service. Food mediocre for the price, but has a nice view
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    20 year anniversary

    The Marine RoomResponded 6 days agoWe hope you had an amazing celebration. Happy 20 years!

  18. MH

    MaryH

    Orange County

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful view right on the water. Delicious dinner and a perfect martini.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    It was a nice experience but the halibut was underwhelming
  20. B

    Beth

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dinner! Fantastic food and service. Had excellent recommendations for food, wine and dessert. The view with fantastic view just made it a perfect evening for my birthday dinner. Thank you for a wonderful evening!
  21. MS

    MicheleS

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you for another wonderful dinner. We come every year for our anniversary and it never disappoints. The staff is wonderful and the food is excellent. Of course the view right on the ocean can’t be beat.
  22. RA

    RALPHS

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very foodie wonderful restaurant Candice B and Tyler made it special

    The Marine RoomResponded 6 days agoThank you for taking the time to leave us this positive feedback. We will pass your kind comments on to Candice and Tyler. We look forwarding to welcoming you back soon.

  23. SL

    SuzetteL

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    On vacation in Coronado. Favorite restaurant and meal!!! Service was incredible. John was our server. Amazing! It will be hard to ever bear this experience.

    The Marine RoomResponded 6 days agoSuzette, we are so happy we could be a special part of your vacation. Please come visit us again soon.

  24. P

    Pvfoodie

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved it! Our server was wonderful!
  25. 2

    2withfriends

    San Diego

    148 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    148 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Drinks superbly made and wonderful taste. Wine list very good. Salad fresh and large! Dinner meal all fantastic except truffle yuca fries.
  26. F

    Freddie

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The only complaint we have is that the music was not at all suitable for the surroundings and the ambiance of the restaurant.
  27. KD

    KevinD

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    The staff was very nice and the food was great. As a 250lb guy I was disappointed in ordering the Ribeye ($120) as 4 small slices of meat and no side at all left me hungry. I had expressed a window table for our anniversary and it didn't happen. Very unfortunate.
  28. O

    Overpriced

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding on all levels. Truly a unique dining experience
  29. M

    Mikem

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Service was very good from the valet to the waiter. Spot on. Prices were up considerably and the portions were smaller than my last trip. 62 dollars for a very small filet or 199 for a tomahawk is too much. Halibut my wife had was dry. Love the location and don't mind paying higher prices but I want to leave feeling full and I was not. None of us were.

    The Marine RoomResponded 6 days agoMikem, thank you for your honest feedback. We always strive to deliver an excellent experience and apologize that yours fell short. We will review your comments among the team so that we can make improvements.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A truly memorable dinner and location. As close to the sea as you will ever be.
  31. RD

    RDU2LAX

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience5
    Outstanding staff and the food was good, but at a price that will make your eyes water.
  32. k

    kcgssd

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    High tide dinner with window seats at 7pm in July, what could be better than watching seals, snorkelers and scuba divers as they frolicking in the sea as waves crashing against the window, while dining on an excellent cuisine Australian wagyu beef tartar, shrimp, scallops, and grilled mushrooms with a rib eye filet surrounded by baby yellow squash, zucchini and with a demi-glaze and beet puree smeared on the dish with flair while drinking signature cocktails, and a beautiful 2004 Sangiovese Brunello wine, and a birthday flight of chocolate mousse.
  33. KA

    KATHYM

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The views are absolutely breath-taking & the ambiance is very romantic. The menu is somewhat limited in options. Seafood forward (which is not unexpected in a restaurant called the Marine Room)--but very limited in "Turf"options. The desserts are truly decadent.
  34. JB

    JBbeachanniver

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing experience from beginning to end! Can’t beat the view, service and delicious food!
  35. LY

    LisaY

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Outstanding view and incredible service. Javier was amazing. But you pay for the view. We didn't know we had to pay for the still water that came in a liter bottle and cost $9. The food was very good but overpriced as the portions were small. But we had a great experience and enjoyed our special anniversary outing.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Food quality doesn’t justify the price. Low staff makes for a mediocre experience. Beautiful views though.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    Great view. Center cut filet & Beechwood Salmon fabulous. Jonathan the server was slow & lacked engagement; we waited too long. We sat at our table for 6 minutes before he greeted us & he walked by us twice. We had to ask Irma for the server. I ordered the grilled hearts of palm as my side dish & it did not arrive until 3/4 into eating my entrée. Jonathan did comp off the side dish. The service at the Taco Stand in Encinitas was much better! Best service & conversations with genuine smiles was the Valet Team of Sarah & the cool Asian dude! They ROCKED.
  38. EB

    EB17

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    If you do not show up very business like suited up and in heels you are judged right away and get very mediocre service. I did wear a pretty formal dress and flats while my husband wore a nice simple polo. We had reservations and requested a window seat, we were told yes when we made the reservation but upon arrival were sat away even though table next to us was window and free. When asked to be sat there instead they said it was reserved. Table remained empty until we were about to pay. Couple who sat there said they got lucky with no reservation to be given a window table. I ordered a Filet Mignon medium rare and was brought out a thin way past well done tenderloin. When brought to their attention they seemed very annoyed and on edge that we were aware of the difference with type of stake and cooking of it. When sent back and received again it was a whole different presentation. We traveled 2 hours to try this place because it was highly recommended and sadly not sure if we would give it another shot anytime soon. We were expecting a nice little date away from kids with great views and service. Sadly we felt judged and service was slow and judgmental, food was tasteful once done correctly. In place of the dish they had to redo they did offer me a lobster Bisque, but unfortunately I’m allergic to lobster so it didn’t compensate me anything. Husband enjoyed it.

    The Marine RoomResponded 6 days agoThank you for taking the time to leave us this constructive feedback. We are always looking to learn and improve and this will help us do so. We hope to make everyone feel special and celebrated, and I sincerely apologize that this was not your experience. We would love to welcome you back in the future so that we can give you an amazing dining experience.

  39. AW

    AWG49

    San Diego

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time there. Great experience, fantastic restaurant. A big thank you to Eliza (hostess) and Rick (server). Made our evening very pleasant. A definite must return.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a triple birthday celebration for July and it was absolutely wonderful experience great food very good service!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

The Marine Room is rated 4.7 stars by 6412 OpenTable diners.

The Marine Room does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 38 times today
Google Map for The Marine Room

2000 Spindrift Drive, San Diego, CA 92037

Additional information

  • Cross street

    La Jolla Shores Drive

  • Neighborhood

    La Jolla

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Californian, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is available for a nominal fee. Street parking is also available.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Mike Minor

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (858) 459-7222

  • Catering

    With customizable private dining options, The Marine Room will enhance your event with a masterful menu utilizing the culinary flair of Executive Chef Mike Minor. From elegant three-course meals and tray-passed hors d'oeuvres to lavish buffets for lunch or dessert, The Marine Room is more than great dining; it is an experience to be remembered.

  • Private party facilities

    Our oceanfront event venue in La Jolla is an ideal location to host your next special event or celebration. Whether it is a business meeting, family milestone, wedding, or just a friendly get together, we strive to exceed all of your expectations.

  • Private party contact

    Amii Cambaliza: (888) 653-0630

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