The Marine Room

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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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Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Gather with loved ones and enjoy a stress-free holiday with our exquisite a la carte menu. Choose from main courses including Double Barrel Ale Brined Turkey Breast, seasonal sides and desserts like Salted Caramel Cheesecake.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Enjoy a Christmas Eve celebration by the sea and feast on specials including our Norwegian Halibut and Northern Territory Wagyu Beef Ribeye.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate with our festive a la carte menu featuring Plugra Roasted Colorado Lamb Loin, Pistachio Crusted Main Lobster Tail and Fleur De Sel Crispy Skin Branzino.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Welcome in 2020 with a stunning view, live music, and an exquisite five-course tasting menu starting at 8:30pm. For an earlier celebration, try our three-course menu starting at 5:30pm.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 5668 People Are Saying
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DD
New York Area
107 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I think this was my 4th time here. The windows on the ocean remain amazing. But the smell from the kitchen leaks out into the dining room, and the food, while, very good, isn’t worth the price.

CB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Iconic area restaurant with well-trained staff demonstrates what they all should aspire to attain.

NE
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Presentation and service great, lobster was not very hot when served, only complaint!

AC
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful view. We arrive 15 mins. erly and they make us wiat until the hour we resered, eventhough the tables were empty. We asked for a champagne bottle and they leave it on the table ínsted than in ice.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We have eaten here several times and enjoy the views and the food is good. The service is excellent although getting a drink at the bar before we were seated took about 15 minutes and their were only two other couples waiting to get a drink.

As usual the meal was very good and service was good.

When we got the bill I was disappointed to see an unexplained 4% surcharge and the Caesar salad for two for $21 apparently is not a Caesar salad for two it is in fact a Caesar salad for one and if you want it for two people it’s twice as much or $42 for the salads.

Now I admit this was a delicious salad but for $42? I don’t go to Marine Room as a way to save money. I expect to spend a couple hundred dollars on food for two, I object to the unexplained “surcharge” and a salad that costs twice as much as the price listed on the menu.

I went to enjoy an anniversary, the views and have to a good meal, the nickel and diming of the customers really distracts from that. I will probably not return because I will feel the need to be on gaurd for what other way they will be trying to stretch the bill.

NA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful way to celebrate my daughters birthday. We have been numerous times and this time was excellent as expected. Caesar Salad made at table is lost art but still practiced here.

K
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, and views.

F
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice dinner 👍

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j
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice! Excellent food and service. Expensive but you get what you pay for!

AS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I went to The Marine Room for our anniversary. The views in all the pictures are spot on — some of the best on the coast. Dinner service starts at 5:30, and we arrived a little early. Guests were encouraged to wait by the bar, and would be seated according to arrival time. My wife got a champagne cocktail, and I got a peanut butter old fashion. Both were delicious. We were seated with an amazing view of the water. The restaurant lights the beach immediately in front of the windows, so even when the sun sets you can see the waves. The Marine Room has an outstanding wine list. If you're a wine buff, it's worth exploring. Monday nights are "lobster nights", and we ordered a prix fixe steak and lobster duo. Our first course was some of the best lobster bisque we've ever tasted. The main course was cooked perfectly. And the dessert trio was original and amazing. The restaurant is definitely on the pricey side, but we'll 100% be back for the right occasion.

The Marine Room
Responded 7 days ago

Hi Aaron, Thank you for visiting us on our Monday night, Lobster Night and taking the time to leave such an awesome review. We appreciate the kind words and I agree the view is like no other, especially with a nice cocktail from our bar! We hope we will see you in soon. Please reach out if can assist. Warm Regards, Carlos N

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N
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. Some of the best food and view my wife and I have ever had.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! Best birthday celebration ever!

TH
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & service. The scenery and people watching is wonderful.

S
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. The perfect location, at the sandy beach with the waves few feet away yet very quite.
Very romantic ambiance. The menu is amazing, and the food is amazing. Best of all, the service is absolutely first class. It was an evening to remember. I highly recommend it.

ES
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, wonder staff, exceptionally good food (hard to do in a sumptuous buffet.). With the price.

SE
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, staff, and surroundings. Had a great evening there and will be back!

OT
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! What a wonderful meal !!!!!

3
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experience was so awesome. Actually we were alittle early, and our table was ready and waiting. Appetizers and entres were very good. It gets dark early now so not too much of a view but we enjoyed the waves regardless. Jonathon was our matradee. He was very knowledgable about any questions we might have had. Made our experience a great one. We will be definitely be back. Tks

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best dining experience I’ve had hands down. Food. Service. Everything. It made the night incredibly special and I would recommend to anyone

JS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Marine Room is a magical place to have dinner. We went at Sunset, had a superb view. Our food was absolutely amazing. Center cut fillet and Maine lobster was TO DIE FOR. I would highly recommend them, but make sure you have a fat wallet. They are very expensive, but in my opinion, worth every penny.

OT
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Food was amazing, this was our second time there. We arrived 20 minutes before our reservation to wait for a window table. The hostess told us it would be about 45 minutes, which was no issue. We sat at the bar and enjoyed the view, but then 45 minutes came and we weren’t seated. Then an hour, ultimately we were sitting there for an hour and a half before receiving a window seat. The area we were placed was very loud next to a large party, and our server forgot about us, coming over every half hour or so. Thankfully the bussers were helping, but overall it was an unpleasant experience between the hostess and server. The first time we went we had an amazing somm and the dining experience was magical. I think to get extra attention you need a bigger party, otherwise it felt like set and forget.

D
Minneapolis
40 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From being greeted Friends by Maitre d’ Dimitrius to the Impeccable service by Jimmy, it’s a “Sure Return” !

AM
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing view, right by the ocean. Excellent service and food presentation.

KW
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal, spectacular view, service was great.

MM
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my husband’s birthday last Monday and had an amazing time. Every Monday they have lobster specials. For $98 , my daughter and I shared the Maine lobster and Filet Mignon - very tender and so good. It also included a salad or lobster bisque . Definitely get the bisque , it was the best I ever had . Had lots of lobster chunks if it. The trio dessert was included and was so good - sherbet , raspberry pic and creme brûlée’s. Kaylen was our waiter and he was very informative and attentive. Thanks for the great service.
Of course the Marine Room is very expensive but it’s so well worth it on special occasions considering the great view and service .

M
San Diego
68 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent special occasion restaurant with an outstanding ocean view. Great food.

YH
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

I am disappointed with the table I have received the last times I have been their for the hide tide meals. Each time, they are not able to place us at the south end of the restaurant. The positions of the tables are ok, not worth the money I am spending if I can never ever get a good table at that restaurant.

CJ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall1food4service4ambience5

sadly, the marine room has decided to make a childish political statement, by imposing a surcharge on the bill.

while i know that imposing a surcharge means i don't have to tip, it still bothers me that restaurants do this, instead of pricing their food according to what your total costs are (like any other business).

as much as i enjoy sitting at the window, i know i won't be coming back so long as this surcharge nonsense lasts.

LH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! The service and food are always Impeccable!

EC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service was great! Buffet food was a tad bit cold.

MB
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best lobster dish I’ve ever had. Incredible service and great atmosphere. We went here after I proposed to my fiancé and it was a great call! Also, the Old PB Fashioned was outstanding.

ND
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The Marine Room was delicious, we had a Waygu Steak special and the Bronzino. I have several food allergies and most were accommodated. I would always love to see some more gluten-free options when dining out, especially at a restaurant of this caliber (gluten-free bread options, etc.). The service was excellent, the views are amazing and the ambiance follows suit. Would highly recommend and will likely be visiting again during our next trip to La Jolla

BB
Phoenix
43 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated right on time at a terrific ocean-view table tucked in a corner. This was a positive and negative only in that we were all looking forward to the table side Caesar Salad preparation which was conducted two tables over which was kind of a bummer. Otherwise the service was terrific and we enjoyed every minute from our cocktails at the bar to dinner and dessert!

AM
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing ! Arrived to watch sunset...the huge windows gave a beautiful scene. Wait staff was very attentive & friendly. Food was beautiful to look at and tasted amazing. Had a wonderful dinner, and were surprised with a complimentary dessert to celebrate our anniversary. We will defiantly go back again.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience and amazing food!

JD
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lived up to my expectations. Great environment, food, good service.

a
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Waves were a spectacular

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

high tide brunch at Marine Room is a fall/winter must do

D
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go every year, so much fun … hoping to go again in December :)
Thank you for making our celebration First Class!

J
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was attentive, helpful and very gracious to me and my party which included young children. Valet parking was excellent. Could not have asked for a better time.
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