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The Marine Room

4.7
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5929 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.

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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 5929 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.8
ambience
4.2
value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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EatsaLot
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First time going to the Marine room. My wife has been wanting to go there for years and I took her there to celebrate her birthday. The Marine room didn’t disappoint, it was a great experience and the food was excellent. The only bad thing was that, because of Covid-19 the waiter could not touch our phones to take a photo of both of us, but would highly recommend this restaurant.

The Marine Room
Responded on July 8, 2020

Thank you so much for your positive comments. We appreciate you and your wife spending the special occasion with us. We hope to see you again very soon. All the best, Matthew Caponi Restaurant Manager Marine Room

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We were excited to come as our initial experience two years ago was amazing! Not the case this time!

We were excited to get a table on the glass so we could see the amazing view of the ocean! However, the dining experience was less than desirable!

We each started with lobster bisque, which was excellent! I ordered the Maine lobster tail and the other dinner was halibut. They were pricey items and when delivered to the table, they told us the plates were hot to be careful. My lobster was barely warm and the halibut was cold. When mentioned to the server that the fish was not prepared the way we were accustom to (prepared in a 1500° oven and being served on a sizzling plate), the server mentioned that’s the way it was prepared. We knew better because that was in fact not the case. The halibut was cold and dry and appeared to have been sitting under a heat lamp.

This is not the experience we would’ve expected for a $250 tab.

The Marine Room
Responded on July 8, 2020

Hello- I am very sorry to hear about your negative experience. We strive to provide excellent service and delicious cuisine, however, it appears we did not succeed on your previous visit. Please give us another chance to make it up to you by visiting again. If you decide to do so, please contact me directly and I will set up the reservation for you and assure you have a much more memorable experience. All the best, Matthew Caponi Restaurant Manager Marine Room 858-459-7222

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Kosmo
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our annual wedding anniversary celebrated at your restaurant was fantastic as usual.
Thank you!

The Marine Room
Responded on July 8, 2020

We are so happy you joined us for your anniversary dinner. Hope to see you again for your next special occasion! Best regards, Matthew Caponi Restaurant Manager Marine Room

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MP123
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a truly exceptional experience celebrating my fathers 60th birthday. The service was attentive, but not overbearing. The food was just as exquisite as the view! Which as you can see is hard to top! All around, would recommend for a special occasion or much needed change of aquatic scenery.

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vipMefsr
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a special treat for us to visit and enjoy, Thank you.

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vipVanessaP
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful experience especially at high tide. The wait staff did everything possible to give us a comfortable, enjoyable dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

I think almost everyone would agree that their 1st expression of this place specifically the window view is "WOW"
Sadly, that was all there is to it. The main course was nothing short but mediocre.
The elk meat that was served on our table was overly cooked and the vegetables was undercooked. Their dessert however, specifically the pot pie and lemon cake is what we really enjoyed. Drink selections are very limited compared to other restaurants around the area. Their staff are not really going to do extra or put in more effort to give you a decent service; honestly i've had better service at Denny's. But this might be because of the pandemic.
Bottomline is, you're just paying for the view.

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vipJennifer
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal with unparalleled atmosphere! Look forward to our next dining experience here.

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vipcalidiner
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The surf and turf was delicious; service was wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice anniversary dinner, waiter Johnathan was very cordial and sent a special anniversary desert our way. Thanks for the memories.

The Marine Room
Responded on July 8, 2020

I will be sure to tell Johnathan that you enjoyed his service. Thank you for the positive remarks and we hope to see you again soon. Matthew Caponi Restaurant Manager Marine Room

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LaurenA
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very beautiful memorable experience. Our steak was over cooked but still flavorful. Very nice memory for my husbands 40th birthday

The Marine Room
Responded on July 8, 2020

Hello Lauren, Thank you and we appreciate your feedback. I am happy you had a memorable experience but sorry that your steak was overcooked. Please visit us again and we will try to make everything perfect! Hope to see you soon, Matthew Caponi Restaurant Manager Marine Room

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tellitlikeitis
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always.

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Scaps
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food. Probably the best ahi I've ever had. And the experience of being up against the sea was a unique view that made for a very memorable experience. Would highly recommend.

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vipkhirahara
Orange County
49 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the first time I brought my girlfriend here and she loved the dining experience. We were seated at the best table in the place - in the north corner, and she was amazed at the ocean waves hitting the windows (came at a high tide during sunset). The food was simply awesome as usual and the service was perfect - even tipped the hostess afterwards for seating us at such a great table. Thank you - we’ll be back.

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BrianL
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sublime. Worth every penny and then some.

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KellyS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is absolutely amazing. Beautiful culinary art with amazing view of the Pacific Ocean, sunset, and waves crashing right in front of your eyes. Our waiter was Michael C, he was extremely knowledgeable, gentleman, and a overall great person. We loved having him as our wait or and can’t wait to go back to The Marine Room to eat and see Michael again!

The Marine Room
Responded on July 8, 2020

Hi Kelly- I am so happy that you enjoyed your experience!! Michael will be so happy to hear that you enjoyed his service. I will be sure to relay the message. Next time you return, let us know that you would like to request Michael as your server and we will do our best to make it happen! All the best, Matthew Caponi Restaurant Manager Marine Room

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Doug
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first high tide dinner experience was awesome!

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vipjason
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For someone who loves a view of the ocean it’s impossible to get any closer or more spectacular than the Marine room. This is exquisite fine dining cuisine, with truly amazing service. I would come back simply for the elk entrée let alone all the other top-notch attributes of the Marine room.
We will be back for sure! The gentleman who took care of us was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Can’t thank you enough.

The Marine Room
Responded on July 8, 2020

Hello Jason- Thank you so much for your positive comments. I will be sure to let the service staff know how much you appreciated them. I am happy to hear you will be back. We hope to see you soon. Best regards, Matthew Caponi Restaurant Manager Marine Room

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vipDrLynne
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have not dined out anywhere since the COVID lockdown on March 13. When I got the email that The Marine Room was open for indoor dining, I went. Not only was I greeted with patrons and staff wearing masks, but the tide grew higher as I gazed out into the glorious Pacific wondering if dining in San Diego would ever be safe again? Until it is, I will continue only going to The Marine Room where the food is gorgeous to look at and even better to eat.

The Marine Room
Responded on July 8, 2020

Hello Lynne!! It was so nice having you as our guest last week! And I am honored that your only dining experience throughout this whole lockdown was the Marine Room. But since we are closed once again for a few weeks, I challenge you to cook something form Chef Bernard's cookbook that I gave you and send me some photos. :) Hope to see you again as soon as we are reopened! Matthew Caponi Restaurant Manager Marine Room

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sallyp
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ryan our waiter knew everything about the menu and he was able to explain all our questions about the ingredients. The halibut was the best I have ever had as were my husband's lamb chops for him.The ocean entertained us with the high waves crashing on the windows. The noise level was low, perfect for us who have hearing issues. It was a perfect place for dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Javier was our wonderful server for the evening. Everyone on staff created a safe and relaxing dining experience. We are so happy the Marine Room has reopened.

The Marine Room
Responded on July 8, 2020

We appreciate your feedback and your kind words. I will be sure to pass on the kudos to Javier. We hope to see you again on our next reopening. All the best, Matthew Caponi Restaurant Manager Marine Room

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ToniE
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a lovely time at the Marine Room! Food is amazing, staff couldn't be more accommodating and the setting is beautiful! Best place in San Diego to celebrate an occasion!

The Marine Room
Responded on July 8, 2020

Thank you so much for spending your special occasion with us! I will be sure to pass on the positive comments to our staff. We hope to see you for your next special occasion. Matthew Caponi Restaurant Manager Marine Room

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GeorgeA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

All food was excellent. Lobster Bisque average at best.

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EvanP
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. Definitely will be coming back.

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vipCadenaL
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and a beautiful to die for view. We had the best seat in the house! Thank you for making the evening amazing!

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kats
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fab!
great ocean view with impeccable service and a lovely interior

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was their first day open since the state closed them in March.
Since the tables were far apart as required by social distancing the dining experience seemed more intimate and enjoyable.

As always the view of the ocean is unsurpassed.

It’s certainly the place to go for special occasions.

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Rossy
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A true San Diego celebratory experience !! Great attention to detail ! Food interesting and delicious !!!

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vipRezG
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A bit outdated and old looking. Not a cozy environment that one expects from such a highly priced restaurant. Views are great.

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vipA2Review
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most beautiful place to watch a sunset.

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CharlesS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome location, service, food, wine selection. We will be back.

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vipJordanW
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time eating at The Marine Room and I was not disappointed. We were celebrating an anniversary and the restaurant was a great venue for that special occasion. We had reservations on the earlier side to ensure a window / water front table. I would recommend booking on the earlier side if you want a table with a great view and next to the window which is within steps of the ocean. Overall the view was excellent, one of the top 5 best restaurants with a view in San Diego.

The wait staff were very attentive, knowledge and professional. The menu was smaller compared to larger restaurants but they offered options that should allow for any palate. They have daily seasonal options for variety. Each dining option was unique with flavor, presentation, and character. Our favorite appetizer was the crab cake. I would order that again and again. In fact I liked it so much I would encourage the restaurant to consider an entree option. The entree options we chose, the branzino (Mediterranean Sea Bass) and the scallops were exceptional. I would rate them 5/5 stars! They treated us to a nice complimentary desert for our anniversary. They must have read the remarks in open table. Very nice touch!

Overall we had a great time and will be back again. The cost is on the high side but the value is good considering the quality, venue and service.

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vipCMMSD
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s great that in the middle of the COVID 19 crisis you can get an awesome meal with a fantastic view!
And the tables are really spaced out which means that you can relax a little and enjoy the experience at its fullest.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
56 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Each time we visit the San Diego area we make sure that we visit the Marine Room. Not only does the location provide an interesting view of the ocean but the food and service are outstanding. We have always had a very relaxed, dinner with no time pressure with very knowledgeable servers and food that is always superbly prepared and presented. We highly recommend the Marine Room.

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Eddie
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Any opportunity to go to the Marine Room is a must. Their service staff is very attentive and friendly. The ambiance in the rooms is a comfortable setting and the view is up and close with the Pacific !
Our appetizers, steaks and seafood were superior.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best brunch we ever had! Best food, beautiful experience, and fantastic service. You should go to the next high tide brunch!

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vipKiki
San Diego
39 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Go for the view - not the food (for brunch anyway.) We went to the high tide brunch and the view was stunning! There are only a few options compared to most brunches in San Diego. Omlettes and blintzes are the best items. Those sitting around us were all from out of town so was a classic LJ place to eat.
Had a nice time but don't need to go back. One and done.

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vipJoAnnW
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating a 70th birthday and a 40th anniversary

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MaryH
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Went to High tide brunch on Sunday 03-08-20 The view was great with ocean splashing against windows. We had a reservation and when I arrived I asked for window seating and was told to go ahead and sit at table and they'd let me know if a window seat opens. That never happened. The staff seemed very unhappy and they were curt when asked for anything. I pointed out a dirty glass that was at next table upon resetting table and was told that it was ok someone would catch it when they did their final walk-through! No one ever switched out the glass even when next party was seated. Gross!
The food was good but not excellent, unfortunately. I've had much better.

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Mamaof2Boys
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my elderly mother and two children (ages 10 and 15) to the high tide breakfast. The staff was attentive, the food was delicious and the ambiance was wonderful. Oh, and you can't beat that view!
And a big shout out to the friendly car valets. My special needs 10-year old is fascinated by anything that moves (cars, trucks, etc). He loved watching the valets work and learning about their jobs. They were engaging and very kind to him as he watched them work!

The Marine Room
Responded on March 11, 2020

Hi, We are so happy you and your family had such a great experience with us during High Tide breakfast this past weekend. I will definitely definitely pass along the kind words to the team and especially to our valets. Thanks again and hope to see you all in again soon. (Maybe they can treat you in for our upcoming Mother's Day Brunch :) Warm Regards, The Marine Room Team

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The Marine Room is rated 4.7 stars by 5929 OpenTable diners.

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