The Marine Room

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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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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente todo, inmejorable el servicio.
Una vista preciosa del mar

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DM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a fabulous local for a dinner date! Everything was fabulous! Food was beautiful and delicious..can’t beat the view! 😍

SO
Denver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The view was incredible, the service was friendly and not haughty, and the food was really good. A nice mix on the menu and decent portions - you won't leave hungry. It's really expensive, but for a special occasion, it ticks all the boxes.

A
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It's a lovely place to ocean watch. However, we were a table of three and although there were plenty of other tables, we were placed next to a table of 16. This absolutely ruined the ambiance for us. Everything seemed slightly faded in the light. The napkins were not thoroughly starched, and the furniture looked every so slightly tired before dark.

OT
Cancun
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cambiar la alfombra por piso de madera u otro, para que no huela a humedad

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing resturant... !!Everybody should go at least once!!

BI
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was just here a week ago and back with friends to enjoy another great meal and beautiful ocean views and lovely sunset.

LH
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We came for a special occasion dinner and the host staff accommodated an excellent table with a phenomenal view. The food was excellent and the drinks paired perfectly with our meal selections. The only downside was that our server was not particularly good in communicating what menu options could be modified or were available for dietary restrictions. We have frequented many San Diego restaurants and generally modifications are a simple request, but this was not the case with our server.

WT
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Michael was our wonderful waiter!

PM
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Though we've lived in SD for over 40 years, we had not been here before. My husband wanted to surprise me for our 51st Wedding Anniversary. What a great surprise!!!. We arrived just prior to sunset and enjoyed the water and the sky immensely. The service and the food were fantastic. We have decided NOT to wait another 51 years to return! Thank you!! Too bad you didn't have the white port I was looking forward to...but what was suggested was very good.

OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was amazing. View is incredible. Service is great. The restaurant really needs to be updated, could use a complete remodel.

ML
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food as always. This was for a birthday. They forgot the Birthday part.

EN
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very well trained staff make this place run efficiently. Crowded but surprisingly low level of noise. The food was very good as well.

JC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I never take photos of my food but every single dish that came out was insta worthy! The service, food, and ambiance exceeded my expectations and I will definitely be going back.

KK
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Remarkable dining experience! My wife had a fabulous had a romantic evening with fantastic food, great view and brilliant service.

LA
Canberra / ACT
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can be for any occasion
Though we did not get a table by the window , Mr Domitrois can by to apologize

Michelin quality good
Will go again and again

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great. Great food great experience. Low tide but still beautiful

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience !

BI
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What is there to say about such a beautiful place. Great views of the ocean. A very peaceful and quiet setting to truly enjoy the wonderful meals they prepare

MB
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always - they never fail to disappoint and this has definitely become our favorite restaurant in San Diego.

SS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner at The Marine Room was delicious! Our server, Ryan was great and the view was amazing!

NI
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place with a gorgeous view! Food is over the top! Really worth it

OT
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing experience! Service was great! Food was amazing! Will definitely be coming back.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our 1st year anniversary together, food, ambiance, and staff we all excellent. We had a great time and will definitely be back.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

They were an hour late seating us past our reservation

T
London
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Went there for a birthday celebration. No mention of it when we checked in , but most fine restaurants ( not sure this is one anymore) sometimes wait until dessert and then bring out something with a candle in it. So I waited. I know the Marine Room does this now as we had a bday party of 20 (seated in the center of the restaurant, standing up and mingling loudly ruining everyone else’s dinner experience) and he got a cake and candle unlike us. Not one guy with a jacket either... I booked well in advance for a window but missed out on that as well even though we arrived 20 minutes early. So, I will talk with my wallet and skip this place going forward. It’s very sad for me as I have been going to this place since the early 1990’s. Avoid this place as it seems it’s all about the dollar these days. The great food and class is an idea if yesteryear here.

BH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's a wonderful restaurant with quality food and top notch service. 10/10

T
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolutely amazing experience. The service, the food and the view. Just perfect.

R
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We arrived early four our 6:30 reservation - we were in the area longer than expected and didn’t have time to head back to the hotel. The dining room didn’t open until 5:30 so we sat in the lounge with an excellent view and enjoyed drinks and appetizers until just after 5:30. I had requested a window table online as it was our anniversary and the hostess was happy to accommodate and put us at what I believe was one of the nicest tables in the restaurant. All drinks and food were very good to excellent, but it was the service we received that made the experience beyond exceptional.

I had been there over 15 years ago and had promised my husband I would take him - so glad we made it - better late than never - and our teenaged boys loved it too! From the view of the beach to the time the waves lapped at our window and the lights lit the surf was just an an incredible show. I understand why so many folks coming in were wanting a seat by the window with a view, but I don’t think there is a poor view anywhere.

The Marine Room
Responded on September 2, 2019

Thank you for the kind review. And yes the view here is one of a kind, we're lucky to see it daily! I will pass onto our team the kind words on the service received. We strive for thoughtful service, as well as warm hospitality and the view just seals the deal. Thanks again and we will see you in hopefully sooner than another 15 years :) Warms Regards, Marine Room Team

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SR
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent food, spectacular view, personable service

CC
Los Angeles
95 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

6:45 pm on a Wednesday, we arrived and were seated in the south dining room. It was very cold and I asked the hostess to turn the AC warmer. A woman at the table next to us overheard my request and added her request as well, stating this was her second request. We were assured the temperature would be raised shortly. After we ordered wine and our server returned to take our dinner order, it was shortly after 7:15 and the room was still freezing. I again asked our server to adjust the temperature and he said our request had been relayed to the manager. At 7:30, 3/4 hour after we originally requested the temperature be raised, nothing had changed and everyone at our table and around us were complaining. I left the table to find the manager. I wanted to leave at that point; but the group was hungry and my daughter had gone back to our room and brought everyone jackets and sweaters, so we bundled up and stayed. Good part, our Caesar salads were crisp, though the dressing was sharper and spicier than one would expect from an original recipe. By 7:45, one hour later, the temperature had finally been adjusted properly. The entrees arrived, my wife had the Ahi tuna plate and felt it was one of the best ever. My daughter and her husband ordered the Halibut plate and were disappointed as both filets were over cooked and dry. My Veal Plate was beautifully prepared, perfectly medium, juicy and a large portion consisting of 2 overlapping filets. The top filet was covered with a potato pancake with Parmesan Cheese which was so salty to be inedible. The filets had crunchy salt crystals on top, which I scraped off. Desserts were fabulous; but for the priciest restaurant in town, this was an unacceptable experience.

J
San Francisco
116 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 49th wedding anniversary at the Marine Room. Our evening was perfect in every way! We were seated at a window table from where we could watch the tide come in and the sun set. Our waiter was attentive and helpful. The food was excellent — all our favorites, even
including soft shelled crab! To complete our lovely meal and celebration, our waiter brought us a wonderful sweet treat complete with candle. It was a suburb experience!

SH
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

I sent a note to the Marine Room, which is not something I do very often. We live in California which has pretty strict rules about provision for the handicapped. When we got there we discovered a very long stairway to a lower level restaurant. We were sent to the back where there were ramps going back and forth, ending in a service area. Then into the actual portion of the restaurant where our table was.

So getting to the restaurant and back was unpleasant. The food:

Crab Cake appetizer, very good
Filet, not as pictured. Actually pretty small
The Lobster, very small and tough
Plating included several kinds of vegetables, one or two each portion
Dessert, Creme Brûlé, good

AM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 4ambience 2

Planned an anniversary vacation from Colorado AROUND our reservation at The Marine Room. It’s been 15 years since I’ve been there and I wanted to surprise my husband. I requested a table in a specific area 2 months ago when I made the reservation. The table we ended up with was a booth facing the other diners and not the table/window seat as requested. Spoke to management who said they would try to move us but never came back to do so. Not even an apology which is rude and extremely disrespectful. I had to choke back the tears of my disappointment. I will NEVER recommend this place to friends or family traveling to LaJolla. The Management needs to be retrained in customer service and take lessons from Monarch Beach Resort which is the epitome of excellence in the service industry.

DO
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Marine Room is a fantastic restaurant for anytime. The views, ambiance, service, and food are all excellent. It is on the expensive side, but well worth the experience especially during high tide or special occasions.

LG
San Diego
80 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Lobster Night and High Tide Dinner = what a treat! We had a window table, watched the sunset and the waves and enjoyed the amazing dinner. It doesn't get much better than this!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hector took excellent care of every aspect of our 58th Anniversary dinner. Very outgoing, caring, and perfect for us.
Food was beautifully presented and amazingly delicious.

Many thanks for a mist memorable evening.

DL
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious food, fantastic service, spectacular view - decor needs a little modernization but highly recommend

A
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They made a special day even more special for my fiancée and I. Amazing food and views!

GH
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Can't beat the view, and the staff are well trained and professional.

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