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The Marine Room, San Diego, CA

The Marine Room

4.6
4.6
6242 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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Booked 40 times today

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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Popular dishes

Menu

Appetizers

  • Signature Maine Lobster Bisque$22.00

    lobster claw, cheddar biscuit

    • Classic Caesar Salad$21.00

      baby romaine, spanish anchovy, grana padano

      • Beet Salad$23.00

        aged gorgonzola, prosciutto crisp, amaranth, lemon oil

        • Hamachi Crudo$26.00

          coconut agua chile, radish, shiso, rainbow tobiko

          • Pan Seared Wild Mushrooms$23.00

            black garlic, madeira, boschetto

            • Crab Cake$32.00

              salpicon salad, aji amaraillo dressing, piquillo sauce, avocado balm

              • Imperial Ossetra Caviar$120.00

                blinis, condiments

                Main Courses

                  Sustainable Local Seafood

                  • Local Bluefin Tuna$55.00

                    pickled ginger, fresno chiles, togarashi aioli

                    • Baja California Swordfish$46.00

                      potato puree, spring onion, shrimp, aji amarillo

                      • Shrimp and Scallops$65.00

                        corn relish, coconut basil foam, pork belly, black lemon zest

                        • Pan Seared Salmon and Manila Clams$57.00

                          pea puree, shaved carrots, saffron crème

                          • Whole Seabream$55.00

                            mediterranean pan sauce, cilantro pesto

                            • Alaskan Halibut$57.00

                              charred artichoke, mushroom quinoa, citron

                              Creekstone Farms

                              • Center Cut Filet Mignon$62.00

                                gorgonzola potato, bone marrow butter, melbec

                                • Cast Iron Strip Steak$85.00

                                  root vegetables, shallot aioli, piquillo

                                  • Berkshire Pork Chop$65.00

                                    szechuan glaze, radicchio, kohlrabi, seasonal squash

                                    Sides

                                    $16

                                    • Grilled Hearts of Palm

                                      aji verde and chimichurri

                                      • Pan Seared Wild Mushrooms

                                        black garlic, madeira, boschetto

                                        • Truffle Yuca Fries

                                          parmigiano reggiano

                                          • Buttered Asparagus

                                            smoked sea salt

                                            • Gorgonzola Potato Puree

                                              Last updated: May 4, 2022

                                              What 6,242 people are saying

                                              Overall ratings and reviews

                                              Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                              4.6
                                              4.6 based on recent ratings
                                              • 4.6Food
                                              • 4.6Service
                                              • 4.8Ambience
                                              • 4.1Value

                                              NoiseModerate

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                                              • San Diego

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                                              1. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Seattle

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined 1 day ago

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Perfect venue for the celebration of our son’s college graduation. The staff is professional, sophisticated but not pretentious. Our meals and service were exceptional.

                                              2. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                San Francisco

                                                1 review

                                                3.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined 1 day ago

                                                overall3food2service3ambience3

                                                The view is great,but the food is not deserve the money. I could say I pay for the view.

                                              3. BP

                                                BigPoppa

                                                Los Angeles

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined 1 day ago

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                If you are looking for a special place that you will always remember, this is it. Perfect for a romantic evening and ideal for a special occasion. Sunset and high tide are the ideal times for a window table-

                                              4. FH

                                                FloydH

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined 7 days ago

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Very beautiful. Food was delicious and everyone was very friendly and courteous.

                                              5. PC

                                                PatriciaC

                                                Chicago

                                                3 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined 7 days ago

                                                overall5food5service3ambience5

                                                How can you beat ocean front dining? Great menus, great companion (you’re on your own for that one-unless sitting at the bar;-) Great Pics for family! I would have loved music & dancing but hey- perhaps they will try again New Years Eve.

                                              6. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Las Vegas

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined 7 days ago

                                                overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                I made my reservation several weeks ago and requested an ocean view table. Arrived to our reservation and were seated to the back booth table instead. The table in front of us was disruptive camera noise and flashes. The place was crowed due to Mother’s Day and the noise level was kind of high for a nice restaurant. The server was ok, but forgot to give us the box of chocolate that was included in the meal. We had to go back and ask for it, after tipping and paying the bill. However, my daughter insisted that I should ask for it.

                                              7. BC

                                                BobC

                                                San Diego

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined 7 days ago

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Great service/meal/table. We totally enjoyed the dining experience.

                                              8. EM

                                                EddieM

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined 7 days ago

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                THIS IS A VERY NICE PLACE, BAUTIFULL VIEW, EXCELLENT SERVICE.

                                              9. SY

                                                SteveY

                                                San Diego

                                                2 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined 7 days ago

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                A very nice if pricey occasion - food, service, and view perfect!

                                              10. L

                                                Leslie

                                                1 review

                                                3.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined 7 days ago

                                                overall3food3service4ambience4

                                                We came for Mother's Day brunch. The window table was great and service was as expected. The first course was great overall. However, we had to wait for a very long time for out entrees and dessert. I want to be understanding as staffing is an issue these days. However, for $150 per person, I would have expected better. The lamb was underwhelming and decor for Mother's Day was lacking (not even flowers on the table). We are local, and love supporting local places. But unfortunately, with that experience we will not be returning.

                                              11. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                San Diego

                                                5 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                5 reviews

                                                Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                Top notch Service great seafood selection. The mushrooms were amazing.

                                              12. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                San Diego

                                                5 reviews

                                                vip
                                                4.0

                                                5 reviews

                                                Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                Place is unbeatable for view and ambiance. Food is good but doesnt blow you away.

                                              13. JB

                                                JamieB

                                                Tallahassee

                                                6 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                6 reviews

                                                Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                The Marine Room is amazing! The view through the large windows right on the water make you feel as if you are in the ocean. The food was divine! We had one of the most memorable experiences of our lives!

                                              14. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Denver

                                                1 review

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Another great time at one of our favorite restaurants! On this night there was a Pod of DOLPHINS so close and in front of windows!!! See photo of one jumping out of the water and diving back in. Food was delicious as always!

                                              15. ND

                                                NakiaD

                                                Washington DC

                                                8 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                8 reviews

                                                Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Awesome view and great service!

                                              16. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Portland

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                Beautiful setting. The food was good, not great. Service was excellent

                                              17. RM

                                                RobertM

                                                San Diego

                                                74 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                74 reviews

                                                Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Food, Service, Setting all outstanding, IF $$$$$ is of no concern. Candice, our server is exceptional. All food items (except for the weird "Heart of palm") very good and unique. But not an inexpensive night out, got to pay for the location. Had excellent Pork Chop, and Filet. With Caesar salad and very good lobster bisque. The Marine Room is a pleasant room, aptly named, sitting right on the beach, and, at high tide, waves crashing (safely) onto the windows. Reservations for high tide dining must be made weeks in advance, think times of full or new moon phases.

                                              18. MP

                                                MargaritaP

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 2, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                The surf and turf was fantastic. Steak was cooked perfectly medium.

                                                The Marine RoomResponded on May 2, 2022

                                                The Surf and Turf is one of our favorites. We are so glad you enjoyed your meal!

                                              19. VF

                                                VisitingFoodie

                                                Denver

                                                28 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                28 reviews

                                                Dined on May 2, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Birthday. Very special evening.

                                                The Marine RoomResponded on May 2, 2022

                                                Thank you for choosing to celebrate your Birthday with us! We hope you had a magical evening.

                                              20. TW

                                                TwoWheelsMovetheSoul

                                                Los Angeles

                                                15 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                15 reviews

                                                Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                The location and ambiance was incredible. The food was delicious and our view of the ocean was out-of-this-world. Parking is tricky - so, be prepared to valet.

                                                The Marine RoomResponded on May 2, 2022

                                                Thank you for dining with us! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed the view and the food.

                                              21. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                The Marine Room knocked my absolute socks off. This was my first fine dining experience and I keep dreaming about it since. My partner and I decided we wanted to enjoy a fabulous meal and experience for our anniversary and boy, did The Marine Room deliver. Jonathan our server was fantastic, orchestrated our appetizers to come out in a perfect sequence for both taste and temperature optimization; recommended off the menu appetizers he thought we’d recommend and we DID (steak tartare 11/10), the hamachi crudo was to DIE FOR. Our entrees were amazing - shrimp and scallops, the scallops were perfectly cooked and flavorful, my partners lobster was exquisite. The experience, view, ambience was amazing. Now to note, book a reservation if you’d like a window seat; but then again, every seat in the house a fantastic view. Can’t go wrong with The Marine Room for a celebration, date, ‘treat yourself’ meal or drink; their bar is amazing also. I’m already counting down the days until I return.

                                              22. RW

                                                RuoshuiW

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Really good experience for our birthday night!! I’ll recommend this restaurant to my friends!!

                                              23. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                outstanding experience. an awesome place to go for dinner!!

                                              24. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Hawaii

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Always spectacular

                                              25. KB

                                                KarenB

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                Amazing view, delicious food, excellent service! It is pricey but a great special occasion restaurant!

                                              26. AS

                                                AngelaS

                                                San Diego

                                                6 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                6 reviews

                                                Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                This place is spectacular! The food is delicious, the service is outstanding and the view is breathtaking. We tried the swordfish, the filet mignon and the pork chops. All dishes were cooked to perfect and were just the right amount of food.

                                              27. P

                                                Peter

                                                San Diego

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                Fine dining practically on the water during the sun setting hours. Amazing food and experience.

                                              28. CM

                                                CMCG

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 28, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Wow! Excellent food, great service and phenomenal views! Such a relaxing dining experience.

                                              29. PC

                                                PatrickC

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 28, 2022

                                                overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                Overall, good food, great location and view. Our group was enjoying a drink before dinner and I felt I was being rushed to our table before we sat down to eat, that was annoying.

                                              30. KC

                                                KCMOGAL

                                                Kansas City

                                                25 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                25 reviews

                                                Dined on April 25, 2022

                                                overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                Outstanding meal with an amazing view, complete with a sunset no earthly mortal could paint. The food was beyond delicious. I recommend the Cesar salad, the yucca fries and the shrimp and scallop entree. Worth every penny for a special occasion.

                                              31. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                1 review

                                                3.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 25, 2022

                                                overall3food3service3ambience5

                                                Overpriced and mixed results on our two meals

                                              32. PS

                                                PaulS

                                                San Diego

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 25, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Exceptional Anniversary experience! Friendly staff and fantastic food and drink selections.

                                              33. SJ

                                                SylvainJ

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                Nice family diner. We did not took starters. Main plates (tuna, swordfish, filet mignon, porkshop) were very well prepared and savourous, but unfortunately sides not at same level (truffle yuka fries... but no truffle aroma, gorfonzola patatoes puree... but no gorgonzola flavour). Dessert was very good. Bill incl tax and tip 600$ for 5p. For this level of price we would have expected more details (various breds...) and no error on sides. In conclusion our best (and most expensive) diner for a while but too expensive considering some weaknesses.

                                              34. RL

                                                RobL

                                                Orange County

                                                1 review

                                                vip
                                                3.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                overall3food3service3ambience4

                                                Beautiful room, but average service and menu needs updating.

                                              35. KD

                                                KDA84

                                                Atlanta

                                                6 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                6 reviews

                                                Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Wonderful way to celebrate anniversary and birthday!

                                              36. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Detroit

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Our server, Monica, was UHMAZING! Everyone was wonderful. Pleasant, polite and presentable. The chef, himself, introduced himself. They treated my friend and I like queens and the food presentation was on point. Thank you! We had an unforgettable experience. I’ll definitely be back!

                                              37. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                San Diego

                                                5 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                5 reviews

                                                Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Amazing server from start to finish. Views were fantastic, really no bad seats there! And food was excellent.

                                              38. BR

                                                BritanyR

                                                1 review

                                                3.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                overall3food3service3ambience4

                                                The food was mediocre at best. Service could have been better. Server forgot to put in our drinks until we were done with our food.

                                              39. JR

                                                JavierR

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                First time there. Excellent food, Monica and Diego were excellent as well as the rest of the staff. Will definitely go back :)

                                              40. SW

                                                ShariW

                                                Cleveland

                                                15 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                15 reviews

                                                Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                It was amazing to watch the sunset over the ocean view. Great food.

                                              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 4.6 stars by 6242 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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                                              Booked 40 times today
                                              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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