The Marine Room

4.5
5068 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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Portland
7 reviews
Dined 4 hours ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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J
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined 6 hours 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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FL
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 2 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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RC
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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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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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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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PR
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The marine room has outstanding food and service. Definitely a great choice for celebrations. If you are a seafood lover this is one of the best seafood restaurants in San Diego.

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FL
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to the Marine Room for Rob’s birthday. Service is always exceptional and the seafood can’t be beat. We’re ready to go again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for Christmas Dinner and had the last seating of the night. It was perfect. The food was delicious. The drinks were refreshing. The service was top notch. The atmosphere was wonderful for a intimate dinner with family.

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Jackson Hole
14 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

We made reservations 6 weeks in advance for Christmas evening, showed up 10 minutes prior to reservation time, andcwaited over an hour to be seated. The place had overbooked big time and it was awful.

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San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marine Room always does a great job on Big Holidays!

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BW
San Diego
81 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Though we had a reservation, we had a long (about 1/2 hour) wait for our table for their special Christmas day dinner. However, after we were seated we found the menu imaginative, the service good. We enjoyed the day.

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BK
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

Unfortunately, and as a La Jollan myself, disappointing; food was mediocre at best ~ in flavor, and all else considered, over priced. Scene/setting is amazing, which is the reason we visited for Christmas. That said, I would not recommend it. Rather, take a beach walk and then pick other fine-dining restaurant. Barbara & Tom Swapp

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas dinner, 5th year running. I guess it’s become a tradition for us.

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SD
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely stunning place to spend Christmas day with friends. Food was imaginative and the Chef took great care along with our waiter in assuring we had a perfect meal. One of my guests is GF and her choices were impeccably prepared.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, excellent food, terrific waiter. Can’t do better than perfect!

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SL
Wilmington
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for Christmas midday. We were lucky to time it to see waves splashing against the windows at high tide. It is a unique location. Great food and service. A special place for a Christmas meal or any special occasion.

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F
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 5

I was expecting an outstanding meal for the price I paid. Who every was cooking seemed to form a great deal of the food on the plate with little cups. Just because it was little cup formed doesn't mean it was high end. One example, my plate had creamy sauce with a raspberry vinegar band - what is that? Horrible!!! These two taste profiles should not be mixed. This is a high end restaurant want to be. If you want good food go somewhere else.!

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas!

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful xmas eve here with my family! A perfect night by the sea with delicious sea food

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BB
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful cuisine, service and views. This was our twenty-fourth " birthday" visit, in addition to multiple "high tide" breakfasts and anniversaries. The food is unsurpassed consistent and expertly prepared. I love the lobster bisque and the lobster and steak entree. This time we had the "share the love" selection for dessert, and it was marvelous. We will be back.

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R
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Best Caesar Salad and Lobster Bisque, but my halibut was lacking flavor. It was cooked perfectly, though. Desserts were incredible. Amazing service!

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s
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

My hubby proposed to me here and we decided to celebrate our 10 years anniversary here. It's a very lovely place, service was good we went on a Sunday night it was very busy took awhile to get bread and water but not bad for being busy. Food was fantastic, this is an upscale dining restaurant for what we paid it wasnt too bad. My only criticism is that the seating is way to close to others I can hear everyone's business without even trying. Highly recommend for special occasion when it's not too busy

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