The Marine Room

4.7
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5870 Reviews
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$50 and over
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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.

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H
New Orleans
47 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and ambience. Would definitely return!

l
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience5

I had gone to the Marine Room to eat at the High Tide and it was really good. They have since changed it and now call it a breakfast instead of a brunch therefore it has a limited menu. The price has gone up and the food choices have gone down. The view was fantastic, but overall there was nothing memorable about the food. My eggs benedict was lukewarm. The sausages were good, but the bacon was overcooked. Since I am just speaking about the breakfast, I would not recommend it to a friend. I have had dinner at the restaurant and will return for that again, but will not do the breakfast again.

CS
Cancun
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for the High Tide Brunch. The setting was beautiful, the food was delicious, and the service was impeccable. It was fun watching the waves hit the glass in front of our table - make sure your reservation is at high tide to get the best experience.

JT
Milwaukee
47 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Place is historic & we were so pleased to be served by Hector- a 35 yr veteran at this restaurant 🙏

OT
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience5

An absolute disappointment from the moment we walked to the hostess. Our table (reservation via Open Table) took 10 befuddling minutes to set despite our reservation.

A member of our party had been to the venue before & had remembered it as a classy, high end, sophisticated brunch. It was very sad to experience the brunch we just endured.
The brunch offered was a buffet of generic food, over cooked, under seasoned, and not worthy of the location.

The service was an absolute low point. After the initial 10 minutes to be seated, the server reluctantly took our drink order. The drinks arrived some time after we finished at the buffet. Our server, Tyler(?) then disappeared and a rather nice woman checked in with us once. We would have loved another drink, which were a high point.

We were, however, treated to the sounds of a litany of feckless staff wandering about asking for a fork, while 4 of them reset a table at a spectacularly relaxed pace. (This was written by my husband with 30+ years in the industry.)

For a >$200 brunch, this was nowhere near the service, nor quality I would have expected.

t
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been coming to the Marine Room for years and have always had a wonderful experience. I think it is one of the very best restaurants in town. Bernard is so creative and the food is delicious. I love seeing the tide come in and out on the beach and all the activities, day or night.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing

B
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful buffet. Fresh. Delicious. Gorgeous King Tide.

C
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The High Tide breakfast is a favorite of ours when our landlocked relatives from back East visit. We had a small storm approaching during our meal which made the view spectacular. We also enjoyed watching a seal hunt for its breakfast just outside our window.
As for food, I enjoyed the berry agrumes ricotta blintz and chocolate swirl brioche French Toast. Others in my party enjoyed the truffle Eggs Benedict and the smoked salmon. The fresh orange juice was amazing as well as finishing the meal off with a slice of delicious hibiscus lemon tart.
Service was attentive and friendly. Our server noticed my daughter was not feeling well and had not eaten more than a few slices of fresh fruit. Without asking, her meal was not included on the final bill which was very much appreciated.
Thank you! We'll be back. Would love to catch a meal when the waves are crashing against the windows!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! This was our first time dining at The Marine Room and our expectations were exceeded. They definitely made the night special

TP
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food in a wonderful setting

CW
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lobster night was phenomenal! Definitely will be back.

R
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always

o
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, view is nice. Will definitely be coming back

JH
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Delicious food and great interaction with the server. Recommend this to anyone looking for a date, business meeting, or just a foodie wanting to treat themselves. Also if you’re expecting the waves to be at the window, check a tide map before booking a reservation.

A
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, as always. Reserved well in advanced and they honoured my request for a table by the window. Food was superb, although wish they had tried harder to accommodate my vegetarian wife. Will return here, as often as possible!

J
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent my duck was very well prepared the flavor was excellent and the atmosphere and view was excellent.

My wife’s scallops were great too.

OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Marine room is always on point. Never lets us down. We like to celebrate special events here because it is a perfect place for special events and fantastic memories. With the view to match.

MB
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tastes lived up to the spectacular presentation! Hostess and server were courteous, attentive, and professional without being stiff. Waves were too small to hit the glass even at high tide, which is much better for digestion 😆

MS
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ocean view delicious food very sophisticated with nice presentation thumbs up for the chefs.. friendly server we loved it we will definitely be back

d
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were early for reservation and given option to be seated. So being seated early we wanted to take our time so we could see the tide come in. Was no problem for our server. He timed every to our likening and we enjoyed a great post VD dinner. One of our favorites.

A
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience1

My husband and I went here for their Valentine's preset menu. While the food was good, the ambiance was not romantic in any capacity, though it was quiet it felt quite crowded, and felt anything BUT intimate.. This experience was nowhere near worth the $165 per person they charged. There are far better fine dining experiences that are deserving of such a hefty price tag. Extremely disappointed and very hesitant to ever revisit again.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tnks! My Wife and I had a excellent Dinner/evening

G
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still the most romantic restaurants in San Diego. The view is perfect and the food was as great as ever.

HS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything at Marine Room was perfect. The reservation was on time and seated us on schedule. Hostess was polite and friendly. The waiter explained the dishes to use also very polite. The food was good.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Our reservation was at 845 and was not seated until 930. Food was not warm and not worth the prix fixe menu price! You are really paying for the view!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Waited an extra ~20 minutes to be seated.
Soup came out almost cold.
Duck came out cold.
My wife waited ~30 minutes (which they comped-thank you).
Ambiance A+
Atmosphere A+
Views A+
I wish this place lived up to the hype. We were really excited to be able to try the prix fixe menu but unfortunately they seemed very busy, which causes service to lack and thus the experience to be far from expectation, especially with the price tag.

RM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience5

Totally disappointed. Trying to be a high end restaurant but doesn’t deliver. We had the valentine day fixed menu and the only good course was the salmon sashimi which they didn’t have to cook. Dinner cost 550 and would never go there again. Salad was week and wilted and the soup was very pungent. Lobster tails were under done. A Total bust.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Not much as changed in 30 years, same decor, carpet smells, very dated. Food wise, beautiful, presentation, but small portions and mediocre taste, severely overpriced even for a holiday prix fixe. Can’t think of a reason to return, sadly.

r
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took the Mrs. out to dinner for Valentine's day. Nice evening.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Dinner was amazing.

C
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was excellent. The view of La Jolla Cove was beautiful.... Amazing food and amazing service.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, great service, great location... very thoughtful wine list.

RG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal. The service was exceptional.

LU
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had another lovely experience at the Marine Room!! The food is always so delicious and the service impeccable! We often come here to celebrate special occasions!

EF
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was very helpful. The food was incredible, as was the wine.

OT
1 review