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The Marine Room, San Diego, CA

The Marine Room

4.7
4.7
6303 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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Private dining

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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 6,303 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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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

    Best Ambiance

  • San Diego

    Seafood

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  1. B

    Brad993

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Amazing staff. No rushing. Accommodated special requests.

  2. KR

    KeithR

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The perfect way to celebrate our anniversary. A dinner we will always remember!

  3. AS

    AngieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good place for special occasions as it is fine dining atmosphere but food quality wasn't fine dining quality unfortunately. I was hopeful for more flavor to the food. The lobster bisque was Devine however the shrimp and scallops dish I had was very bland. The scallops were pan seared with zero season on them so it was all texture with no taste. The shrimp had some seasoning on them but still pretty bland. Some butter and garlic, even salt and pepper would have gone a long way. The side dishes had more flavor and were enjoyable for the most part. The atmosphere however was very enjoyable and you really can't beat the view but unfortunately that is mostly what you are paying for is the sunset views during dinner. If they can get the taste quality of the food to match the view you experience during dinner I would rate this place much higher.

  4. BB

    BenB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food3service2ambience1

    Even though it was our special occasion (1 year anniversary) and we were all dressed up to have a romantic dinner watching the sunset on the ocean we weren’t seated at the window table that I had requested. Instead some regular folks who came in after us in street clothes not celebrating a wedding anniversary and also not wearing business casual got the table we wanted. It was a real bummer since the whole trip was planned around this restaurant.

  5. JC

    JohaneC

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food was super delicious , the drinks were good and the view is amazing

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loitering people in front of the beach directly within our view was inappropriate

  7. DA

    DavidA

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Celebrated my birthday, beautiful place to celebrate an anniversary or birthday.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Unbeatable view and the food was good, all tho it seemed like dining in a outdated country club ballroom

  9. AW

    AleshaneeW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The atmosphere was amazing! Loved the food too! The bluefin tuna was cooked to perfection!

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Waiter was very knowledgeable and informative.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service, view and great food!!!!

  12. NM

    NadineM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    The entire experience was incredible. Food was delicious

  13. DH

    DonnaH

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This dining experience exceeded all expectations!! Javier is the most excellent server- handsome, charming , and had the best recommendations for our anniversary dinner. The atmosphere, food, service- everything was perfect. Infallibly polite and professional!!!

  14. JS

    JasonS

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was delicious and the atmosphere was very nice. Enjoyed being so close to the ocean waves.

  15. J

    Jason

    Tampa

    18 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3

    Slow and poor service. Food good quality with good views but poor service not worth the return trip.

  16. R

    Rochelle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    Prices were not the same as posted on web site. waiter not very attentive once more people came to dine, ceasar salad was not pre[pared at the table as they used to do, and web site still states that it is prepared at table. great views. I have been going to the marine room for years, of course only for special occasions. I will continue to dine there on occasion.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    The high tide experience is incomparable - remarkably delicious cuisine with a spectacular view of waves crashing onto the windows while the sound level accommodates easy communication. The only downside is the very high price, but well worth it.

  18. TF

    TimothyF

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We wanted to celebrate my oldest daughters 22nd birthday in a unique way and The Marine Room staff made it happen. They not only gave us a window seat but the best table in the house for the King Tide dinner. The service was impeccable and the food was the best meal we have ever enjoyed dining out. I highly recommend The Marine Room!!!

  19. CS

    ChrisS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Both my fiancé and I had a great time. One of the best meals we ever had. The view was great. Will definitely recommend and go back when we get a chance. The bartenders and waitstaff were courteous and made excellent recommendations. Enjoyed that this was a quite place and not crowded. One suggestion (and not a deal breaker), with the small amount of customers on the low tide nights, bring in a jazz band to give the restaurant that extra touch.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    What a show!

  21. VD

    VondaD

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful experience for the 5:45 pm seating of one of their High Tide dinner dates. (The later seating gets better views of the high tide.) Great food and the service was top notch. The views of the ocean are fantastic and we even got to witness a handful of the high tide waves hitting the tall windows of the dining room. Great way to celebrate our brother-in-law and sister’s 25th Wedding Anniversary. Thank you Marine Room!

  22. RF

    RoyaF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food5service1ambience5

    Food came almost an hour after we placed our order and waiter was nowhere to be found through out our dinner.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3

    We did the high tide dinner to celebrate my college graduation and were extremely disappointed with the experience. Separate batches of crab and vegetable wontons were mixed up, and a vegetable one ended up mixed into our table’s plate. This would have been fine, but when we brought it to our waiter’s attention we were presented with yet another vegetable one. On our third try, we finally received our correct crab replacement. While not a big deal to us aside from being a minor annoyance, this mix-up poses a huge health and safety risk to those who follow plant-based diets or have shellfish allergies. Additionally, when asked if we wanted sparkling or still water we were not informed that the still would cost $9/bottle. We also never asked for refills on our water, so we ended up spending $18 on that alone. We have been here multiple times over the past few years, as this is our go-to spot for celebrations, and have never been charged for this. Our service was also quite awkward, and we weren’t given the special occasions dessert as we have been in the past. When a party member inquired about it, they said they only consider birthdays and anniversaries to be special occasions…despite numerous comments congratulating me from the staff, and the fact that a college graduation is a much more important event than something that happens once every year. While the food was incredible, these service issues soured the experience for us hugely.

  24. j

    judith

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous high tide dinner experience for everyone in our family. Highly recommend it.

  25. YY

    YumYumGirl

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was very good. Our server was incredibly nice and thoughtful. Food was excellent and view spectacular! Overall nice experience.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Graduation and birthday

  27. KM

    KateM

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Marine room helped my friend and i celebrate our birthdays in style. We got a window table, it was high tide, beautiful sunset, and saw sea lions swimming around. The staff was so attentive, and we had a wonderful relaxing dinner.

  28. JM

    JerryM

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We hadn’t been to the Marine Room in 12 years ! Still amazing . The service the bartender the food over the top . A perfect dinner a perfect location. A must when in the San Diego area .

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    Food was okay, scenery was amazing, service was divine. You paid for the service more so than the quality of the food

  30. AM

    AlanM

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food. Great views. Stefano did a marvelous job taking care of us as did his assistant. Always a memorable evening.

  31. b

    bosscab

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful atmosphere, service was excellent and food delicious.

  32. ES

    EugeneS

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of our favorite places to celebrate those special occasions. Terrific combination of great food, friendly and personal service, and amazing ambience. The Marine Room never disappoints!

  33. j

    jazz

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    We had excellent entrees and a wonderful view and ambience. The whole sea bream was wonderfully prepared. One of the best fish entrees we have ever had. Cocktails were just OK. Our one complaint was that we did not expect to be charged for bottled water. Javier asked if we wanted still or carbonated water and we just asked for regular water. We were surprised to find that we had been charged $9 for bottled water that we did not order.

  34. MB

    MichaelB

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    60tg wedding anniversary

  35. S

    Skibabette

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and fantastic service from the valet, the hostess, the bartender, and the server. Highly recommend!

  36. CL

    ClaireL

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The atmosphere and food is incredible. Very expensive but worth it for a special occasion.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding experience

  38. BE

    BobE

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely great food and terrific views and service.

  39. B

    Britt

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Such a lovely dinging experience! Our waiter Jonathan was very kind and attentive. Because we dined on the night of our anniversary, we were surprised with a yummy cheesecake dessert. Would highly recommend!

  40. MP

    MaxP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely amazing, can’t wait to come back and enjoy

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 6303 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.

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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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