The Marine Room

4.5
5085 reviews
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For generations of San Diegans, the “Seahorse” symbol of The Marine Room has long stood for its dramatic on-the-surf location and award-winning cuisine by Executive Chef Bernard Guillas 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. Simply stated, this is fine dining at its finest. 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 premier dining destination and experience how each tide brings something new to The Marine Room. You’re not reserving a table – you’re joining a 75-year tradition.
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Join us for a 4-course dinner at San Diego's most romantic restaurant. Choose from entrees including Wild Honey Kalbi Glazed Cobia, Plugra Agrume Butter Basted Lobster Tail, and Coffee Wattleseed Roasted Mary's Farm Duck. $165 per person.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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CH
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 5 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great anniversary dinner for me and my wife. The food was delicious, the staff and location was perfect.

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JE
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waterfront dining at its best. Incredible food along with a beautiful view.

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DP
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

My husband’s steak came 20 minutes after we were served (our small, cold lobster) and it was “butterflied”! Supposed to be a thick juicy filet Mignon and looked like a well done hamburger. We have always loved the Marine room... the view, the service and the food but I’m in no hurry to go back again

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l
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to The Marine Room. Exceed expectations in every way. Thoroughly enjoyed the evening, the food, the wine and the service. We enjoyed having a table by the window, however I don’t think there is a bad table in the place. Beautiful view no matter where you were seated. The food was amazing and the service impeccable to say the least.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went for restaurant week and food was excellent. Yes a little pricey but to be expected and it was a special occasion. They gave us a window table as requested. Overall great food and view.

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JA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly professional staff service, good food, beautiful view

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D
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great venue, brunch was good. (Slightly overpriced for the quality)

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RJ
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went to the high tide breakfast on the 21st. Everything was very good and despite the crowd we were see it fairly quickly with reservations. Bob

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LF
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came for SD restaurant week and had a wonderful experience. The venue is beautiful with views of the ocean waves. Went with a group of 8 people and the service and food was great.

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OT
Portland
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great special occasion! I was exactly what we were expecting, another beautiful Sunday.

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FK
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High tide breakfast was great as usual. Service was excellent

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N
San Diego
44 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had brunch on my birthday at high tide. The waves were splashing full force against the windows, it was spectacular!

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J
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food (buffet style), service was phenomenal, my coffee and orange juice were never half empty, an the waves crashing on the windows made for a birthday celebration my wife will remember for years.

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AS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! The food was incredible! Not large portions, but I still felt full and satisfied, and the quality was through the roof. Not to mention the fact that the ocean is right there...Don't worry; the din of the ocean is well suppressed by the walls and windows of this establishment. I took my wife on a special date and we were incredibly pleased.

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E
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

The ambiance of the Marine Room is wonderful, beautifully set tables, polite servers, and the amazing view of the ocean from every table. The food has usually been very good, but tonight did not stand up to it's previous reputation. My husband and I both ordered steaks. Mine was tough and my husband's was grisally. I didn't notice truffle being an ingredient with the potatoes on the menu, but in asking the waitress she told me it was, but called a name I wasn't familiar with. I do not like truffle oil, and it was on all of my food. The waitress apologized while I tried to get the truffle flavor off of everything on my plate.

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MM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Paying for the atmosphere. Food mediocre and service was slow...

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FL
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The picture windows with a view of the ocean waves was a nice, however, our table was on the other side and not near the window even though we requested it on the reservation. The food presentation was beautiful and I was very impressed. The quality and taste of the food was average. Unfortunately our server was so busy with 2 other larger table, so we were forgotten. Also, I was disappointed that I wasn’t finished with my dessert, however, my plate was cleared while I was in the bathroom. I let the server know my disappointed and he apologized and brought 2 pieces of salted chocolate. For the price and service I wouldn’t recommend it.

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JB
Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting and great food. Seafood selection and preparation was awesome.

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LA
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a business dinner and everyone of my guests were happy and delighted with the taste and presentation. My only suggestion would be to have that pistachio bread that came with the soup as your main table bread since it is not too filling but very delicious. I took a bite since it did not come with my Cesar salad and I forgot to ask for it but I will next time. Thank you.

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DM
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife took me here for my birthday. Backing up, we had a reservation there for our anniversary in September but, when we arrived, the restaurant was closed due to an issue in the kitchen. I got a call a day or two later apologizing and offering a guaranteed window seat and some other perks on our next visit. They were true to their word. We had a beautiful seat on the window and had a fabulous meal. We shared the Caesar salad for two and each had the diver's scallops. Both were excellent. Our server did a very good job and was very engaging. The noise level was low and we enjoy a wonderfully relaxing meal with the opportunity for great conversation. We'll be back.

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RC
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The view from the restaurant was amazing. The food was very good, the portions were a little light. We dined for our anniversary and enjoyed the quiet atmosphere.

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JC
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our 3rd time celebrating our anniversary dinner. They set us up with a perfect window table. Acknowledged our anniversary made us feel special. Our waiter was great along with our dinner.

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H
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great location. Fantastic ocean view. Excellent service. Nice wine list. Ok food.

The appetizer was not impressive. The dinner entree was good but nothing exceptional. Dessert was good but nothing I would crave and return for. So, for about $100 a head (including alcohol), I can find better.

This place really is known for their location and view. It really is fantastic. Very impressive. Unfortunately, this is not enough for me.

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was top notch. Everything from the ambience to the service to the food. Exactly what you’d expect at that price point. Excellent.

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PG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

I would not recommend this restaurant. I sent the cocktail back: it tasted like straight alcohol. The dessert was plain. The main course and the appetizer were good, the salad had too much dressing. The room was gloomy, and the whole place is overrated. There are better restaurants in La Jolla

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AL
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service..The best waiter ever..I think his name is phillip...We highly recommend him waiting on you..The view is awesome and the food is scrumptious.

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

$19 per person Caesar salad that was mediocre at best. I ordered the chef seafood special for $54 that had one scallop, 1 shrimp and brandozzine fish that was horrible. I would not go back. Sad thing is, I had lunch at the Crack Shack, had a salad that was about $12 and it was way better. I understand that you’re paying for the view, but it’s not worth it.

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S
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

We have eaten here many times over the course of 30 years and enjoyed the food. This time was a disappointment. Some wasn't under their control. We always have their halibut or salmon, both of which were listed on their website.
We were told they couldn't get the halibut, due tothe government shutdown keeping it from coming in from Norway. That made sense to us, so we ordered the salmon. It was presented nicely, but the red sauce accompanying it wasn't a good pairing to us. Salmon was just tasteless. They gave us a dessert for my birthday which was ok and very nice of them. Jonathan's service very good, but bus boys didn't refill waters until after several requests. Such a disappointing event. And, count on it costing 30% more than 2 years ago. We hope it isn't becoming a tourist trap. View was magnificent.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Food was ok, but not with the high prices

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VK
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

Very offended that they stuck us 2 tables back from window when I made the bday reservation for my 93-yr old, hard of hearing dad. I requested one of the 2 window tables & was told that one was for a proposal & the other for a food critic, which obviously wasn't true. Will not return.

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J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For our 50th anniversary, we were looking for a restaurant that not only had excellent food, but was classy as well. Where we could dress up and not look out of place. The Marine Room fit the bill perfectly. The food was top notch and the presentation was outstanding. And the server was appropriately attentive. This is not the place for casual dining or to "eat it and beat it". But it's just the place for special occasions.

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G
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super, as always, food service and ambiance all outstanding

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CH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

The view was spectacular. We had the high tide breakfast buffet. The food was just okay, but not worth $58 a person.

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OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High tide breakfast food was great the view fantastic and the service was superb. The Marine Room has been a favorite for years and for years to come I’m sure

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Houston
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely tasting menu and beautiful ambience for New Years!

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G
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Unfortunately it missed the mark for us this visit. We sat at the bar while we were waiting for our table and experienced a bartender that had no personality. When he brought us our drinks he made no eye contact and as we thanked him he just walked away without saying a word.

My ribeye special was odd in that it was barely 1/2 inch thick. Never have I seen a steak in a high end restaurant cut so thin! While it was very good I just couldn't get past how oddly thin it was.

Always a great view and our waiter was outstanding, but at this price point they need to be close to 100% on everything and sadly this was not the case. Not sure if we will go back because I don't go out for fine food just because the view is nice.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My beautiful date loved the view and her steak. She especially enjoyed the dirty martinis

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VC
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We celebrated our 30 years of love. We had the seared Ahi and The Elk. Both were outstanding, we split them. Then we shared the dessert sampler. Just wonderful.

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Tahoe
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Room was cold.

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JK
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my husband’s retirement with our son, daughter-in-law, 15-month grandson, and dear friend. Food snd service were lovely, and they were very accommodating for the baby.

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