The Marine Room

4.8
6041 Reviews
$50 and over
Global, International
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 6041 people are saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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forrestb
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a Father's Day celebration and all five of us enjoyed a wonderful dinner in a beautiful and relaxing atmosphere. The Marine Room has been very consistent with the quality of service and deliciously prepared food over the years and it certainly did not disappoint in this occasion. Everyone loved their selected entrees which consisted of caviar, rack of lamb, fillet mignon, mushroom risotto and lobster tail. We did not realized until later that dinner went on for more than three hours. Thank you for a lovely and memorable evening. We shall return soon.

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marcr
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipTell
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite spot for Anniversaries and Birthdays. The waves splashing the windows and view of the ocean is amazing. The Chef's here never fail to create amazingly delicious beautifully presented entrées that taste as amazing as they look.

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vipjason
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

For our anniversary,we made reservation and mentioned would like to have the end corner table which we had done in previous years. Our reservation was 5:00pm, as we arrived, we were told that table's for 3 or 4 people. Well, at least we still had choice to sit by the window. But then that end corner table was given to a couple arrived half hour later, who are white. Hopefully, their judgement on who site where was not based on people's skin color. The service was good, food was decent

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome like always

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Ginger
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time and super meal. First time to eat inside since Covid began and where else but The Marine Room! Had a lovely table and service was perfect. Lobster and salmon cooked to perfection.

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Frank
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service!!! Would definitely go back with friends

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MarcieM
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We only considered the Marine Room when planning our anniversary dinner. We love the atmosphere, the casual elegance, the amazing service -- and, of course, the scrumptious food. We were greeted with a "Happy Anniversary" welcome ... and treated with a lovely dessert to top off the meal. We always recommend the Marine Room for special occasions; it never disappoints.

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SteveF
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

World class service, world class food. Unique dishes and an unbeatable location…view for lasting memories.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Without a doubt, one of the best restaurants ever. Everything is perfect from the food, service and ambiance. We’ll be back soon!

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NewYorkVisitor
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Overall we had a good experience, though I was treated very rudely by an older guy with an indecipherable French accent who seemed upset that I was talking to my wife in the public space outside the powder room before she went in to touch up. He never apologized. Everyone else was kind to us. Except for the black sticky rice mound that had started to go bad, all the other food was of a top quality with a good presentation. The dessert selection was so-so and not particularly outstanding. Oddly the side-dished were removed from the hard-copy menu but a few were still listed (and available) on the on-line menu. At $15 for a scoop of mashed potatoes, it's understandable why side dishes proved to be unpopular. Sadly the wine list lacked a gewurztraminer. We spent roughly $135 per person, including drinks, appetizers, main course, desserts, and tip for our special occasion.

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AniaM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything was spectacular. The bread alone did not live up to the rest of the menu.

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DanaW
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service in a beautiful setting.

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ArielC
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out dinner was exquisitely executed and we thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience. Thank you to to the entire staff. We’ll be back.

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TerriL
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my husband’s 75th birthday with our dear friends. Loved the whole evening.

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Fzc8ff3
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning ocean views and sunset was great 😚

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Starybaby
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a milestone birthday for my mom. From the moment we arrived, everyone wished her a happy birthday. Our table had an unobstructed view of the water, and later, the waves crashing against the windows. The service was impeccable and the food and presentation were perfect,

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JeffM
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great time and would recommend it to a friend.

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OmarH
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A+ Service, excellent food, staff and ambiance, amazing scenery. Must visit

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow just wow. Amazing experience. Definitely recommend. High tide sunset. Worth the planning

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SteveB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Except for the glorious SoCal sunset that evaded us (June gloom at its best tonight), we couldn’t have asked for anything better to celebrate our 38th anniversary. We were seated at the booth next to the windows for a breathtaking view. From Michael the pleasant valet, to Edgar our incredibly attentive server who never made us feel rushed, to Sébastien the manager - all made our special occasion memorable. The chef’s beautifully presented dishes were delicious! We had the scallop appetizer, lobster and sea bass dinners, lavender lemon cake and cappuccino cobblestone pie for desserts. Everything perfectly cooked. It was a romantic and wonderful evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience1

There was a dress code which we didn’t know about and was all almost impossible to find on the website or the app. totally fine with dress codes but they insisted on seating us anyway after telling us we weren’t dressed properly after a day at the beach and sea world and it was SO uncomfortable. Why mention it if you were going to seat us anyway?

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KeithM
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat with a beautiful ocean view. You can ask to sit by the window but it seemed like you could see the view from anywhere in the dining area. Food was delicious!

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vipJudyB
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the restaurant, food and service are outstanding.
The interior ambiance is getting dated though. Would be nice to see upgrade in the interior.

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vipDebraS
Tucson
13 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing food. Great service and such a lovely surprise, they brought out a birthday dessert for my daughter.

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Jose
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Marine Room was very nice. My wife and I were seated right by the window within seconds of arriving! Fresh Tupperware was brought out for each course of the meal, as appropriate. The staff were attentive and frequently, but never intrusive. Finally, the desert was presented in recognition to my wife and I’s anniversary; which we did not mention when we came in. I had only mentioned that detail while making the reservation!

We were very pleased with our experience!

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vipDonnaP
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

View beyond words. Food presentation was artful and beautiful

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GregJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jonathan and Sumner were very helpful and great service

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Outstanding food and atmosphere right on the Ocean, the views are AMAZING! Celebrate our 8th Anniversary

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vipOpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

I was the host of a 10 person group, we are in our mid 30s and dressed business casual. and to start the evening off they told me that they could fit us at one table, but then split us up upon seeing us.. two folks in party that were a little more casual and the manager came up to is and told me that they would serve me, but next time we would be refused service. The wait staff was curt and dismissive, one of my guests was vegan and had to ask several times, what vegan safe options there was. Food was great but it took three hours to get it, we were offered no refills on our drinks and were stereotyped from the getgo. The waitress would not split our bill, so we divided by cards. One of my guests was charged twice.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food and views!

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vipRICHARDA
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our third year anniversary here. It couldn't have been a better choice. The entire staff here made our night special. Our dinners (filet & lobster) were perfectly cooked, along with a beautiful presentation. Our water and wine glasses never had to be asked for and not once did we ever feel rushed...service was excellent. Thank you for making our night out a memorable experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place was amazing and the service was first class !!

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Heather
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience5

I’m pretty sure my lamb chops were previously frozen, not fresh, and the meat was tough. The chicken dish my partner had was an odd preparation, not good. The lobster and streak my daughters had was pretty good, maybe that’s what they do best, seafood and steak??? Bottom line, it was WAY over priced for quality of the food!!!!! From what I can tell you’re paying for the view. The view at sunset was beautiful!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dinner at the restaurant the food was extraordinary

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baseerak
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I recommend coming here at least once. what a wonderful place. and the food matched the excitement of the ocean.

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Grace
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, breath taking ocean view, great service. One of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to in my life!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a 5 star night. It starts with the ocean view at high tide and is only enhanced by the fine dining, service and friendly atmosphere. It was a spectacular 36th anniversary experience.

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Rebecca
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone there was very personal and kind. I am not the type of person to spend $100 for a meal. So this was a big deal for me. No body looked down their nose at me. I liked that. The food was presented beautifully. To be honest, I have never seen white asparagus before. I do prefer the green asparagus. The halibut was perfect. The chief should be proud. It was nice that everyone was excited to watch the waves hit the windows. Some people were taking video of the ocean. It was so nice to walk into the restaurant and smell that salt air of the ocean.

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vipAndreP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat

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The Marine Room is rated 4.8 stars by 6041 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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