The Marine Room

4.8
5990 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 5990 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will return! Dinner with the ocean waves coming in ever farther is an experience not to be missed!

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susanp
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous place to celebrate a nice ce family moment on vacation

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MarkO
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was good except we requested a window seat and did not get one.

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AndreaE
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Marine Room was the perfect place for Mother’s Day dinner!!! The view was spectacular, the food was truly art and so delicious, and the service was impeccable!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated Mother’s Day at the Marine Room with my college best friends and their families. They were very impressed with over- all service, food and ambiance. My husband and I were very happy that The Marine room provided an excellent way for us to remember our special occasion. Our server Javier was very professional and everything he recommended ( such excellent description as well of the entrees) were on point. We truly enjoyed our brunch with such outstanding service and food.
Will always support the Marine room!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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LarisaS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time dinner here. The beautiful sunset and waves hitting the restaurant windows created the amazing atmosphere! The food was fantastic and we really enjoyed it. We highly recommend this restaurant to those who are looking for outstanding food, place, and service!

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vipHeidiM
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beautiful restaurant great food.
Had asked for a window seat and told them it was a
Birthday. No window seat no birthday recognition.

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CarolR
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I was disappointed of course that I didn't get the window seat that I had requested for my 83rd birthday. Perhaps I would have had better luck had my birthday not fallen on the Saturday night before Mother's Day.

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kellySDnative
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful ocean front table. Waiter was professional - attentive and knowledgeable but not intrusive or hovering. My halibut was excellent and beautifully presented. Lobster was quite good.

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MatthewL
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most amazing restaurant of all time. Wouldn’t change a thing!!

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alysonc
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a gem! Showcases San Diego at it’s best. The service is phenomenal.

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KentG
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All 4 in party loved their fish meals (Halibut, Seabass, Ahi). It think it was the best seared Ahi I have eaten (I have had it many places).

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TonyM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view and atmosphere, service was perfect and the food rocked!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good experience excellent service

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CharleneH
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Mother’s Day dinner was sensational. The Marine Room has been my favorite restaurant for years. I am never disappointed! Lobster there is the best. The service is excellent.

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vipCarolM
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is definitely a special occasion dinner location. The food is beautifully presented and consistently delicious. The view as lovely as the meal. Worth the expense if you’re looking for the perfect dinner.

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EEEEEEEEEEEEEE
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

I made reservations a week in advance and requested a window, I was seated at the worst table in the house near the exit door with essentially a view of the service room and the beach. It was upsetting. If it weren't for the amazing food I would been much more upset. My partner asked the waitress at the end of the dinner how to actually get a good table in the restaurant and she suggested everything I had done, make a reservation and request a window, or offer to wait longer for a better table. She then offered complimentary champagne and moved us to a better table which I appreciated.

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ShannonK
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, outstanding views and exceptional food!

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KristenA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant, service, food and location A+++

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Debi
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were excellent. My husband and I like a variety of small plates, and we were able to order several appetizers and sides that fully satisfied us. We would love the Marine Room to offer a special tasting menu as a special event.

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BradW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really impressed with the Marine Room since re-opening. Amazing service and really incredible food!! It was lively and a really great night. I have been discouraged by some fine dining restaurants since the pandemic with service but the Marine Room was well staffed and I can’t wait to return!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great restaurant!

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ChristineW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this restaurant to celebrate my husbands birthday very romantic I would recommend the booth seating (has view of sun setting). Loved the food and service was great!

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LusineA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always ❤
Food was fantastic.
Service was great.
And the environment was extraordinary.
Loved the special as well desserts

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Lizzie
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Marine room.

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TonyM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service

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KelvinM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Laurent is a skilled, knowledgeable, attentive sommelier. Service personnel smooth, unobtrusive, and timely; the meal courses flowed without time pressure and enabled us to savor the experience. Maryland crab cake was a visual feast and presentation with the only disappointment being in bland meat flavor. However, Overall, the Marine Room is 5 Star, In the league of Club 33 - Disneyland, and Icebergs, Bondi Beach, Australia. We look forward to our next visit.

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CandyW
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is awesome, I cannot wait to go again. The service, food and atmosphere is amazing. Everyone was so polite and kind, from the beginning to end. We had a great experience and I highly recommend this place. I am excited to go back.

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Jeff
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed an incredible dining experience at The Marine Room in La Jolla. Everyone was friendly and helpful, the food was to die for, and the views and ambience left me wanting more.

Our meal began with the signature Maine lobster bisque (salpicon, enokitake, meyer lemon cream, pistachio financier). The flavor was exquisite. My date then had the fleur de sel crispy skin branzino (bacon dust, fennel purée, crab meat, huckleberries, tangerine absinthe) and I had the center cut filet and lobster tail special (surf and turf). The presentation of both dishes was inspired and artistic and the filet was one of the finest, most flavorful cuts of meat I've ever experienced.

We were prepared to end our meal with the creme brûlée, but unfortunately they were out. It was already getting late, so we skipped dessert, took a few final moments to soak in the view, and then departed.

Our server was awesome: professional, attentive, and knowledgeable. The brand new GM also paid us a visit and was warm and welcoming.

This was my first indoor meal at a restaurant in 14+ months since Covid and it was exceptional in every way; highly recommended for birthdays, anniversaries, or a special date night. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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vipTraceyH
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding and the food was amazing! Highly recommend, we have been here once before and will come again soon. The view was absolutely beautiful too.

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vipAllanB
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Incredible time with my wife. Caviar was excellent, steak and lobster incredible! Well with the money. View is unbeatable!!!

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AllisonD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, location is phenomenal and service was exceptional!

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vipfreespirit
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely evening!

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Virginia
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've missed dinning out during the COVID shut down. So the Marine Room was the perfect place to go and celebrate our sons birthday with the family, with it opening the week before. The food was outstanding and the presentation amazing! The staff was top notch and we all felt very comfortable with indoor dinning. Highly recommend.

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vipNadoBob
San Diego
93 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I have been to the Marine Room several times over the past few years and they have never disappointed. This time was no exception! This time they gave us table on the north side near the LJ Beach and Tennis Club. We had a clear view all the way to Scripps pier with sun setting. Over our shoulder if we turned the table was the La Jolla coast line and more wave action. I enjoyed both views.

We both started with a cocktails that was generous served along with fresh baked bread. The bar tender was right on. I would highly suggest the Mushroom appetizer for a starter which can be easily shared by two. Everything on the menu is delicious but we are fish eaters so we opted for the swordfish that was cooked to perfection. Finally for desert we had a raspberry tart that was excellent but didn’t match the high standard of the rest of the meal.

Be assured we will be back!

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vipJohnE
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are so happy that the Marine Room is back open again. It has not lost any of its great food and service. As always, it is a pleasure to dine at the Marine Room.

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vipdavidn
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Outstanding food and ambiance 45 minutes late for a confirmed reservation.

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VincentL
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My wife and I have been here several times in the past. This was our first visit since re-opening. Everything went very well and was pleased with check-in, service, food was great. location of our table was good. We watched small bit of the sun setting between clouds, nice. My wife had the special Ribeye - that is the best she has ever had she stated and I had the Alaskan Halibut which has always been one of my favorites. Really nice place, I love that fact that it is not too quiet , but not too noisy as well, I think the high ceiling helps to some degree with that too. Will be back for sure and great re-opening!

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KateM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was phenomenal. The view was phenomenal. We saw dolphins. Yes I’m going again.

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The Marine Room is rated 4.8 stars by 5990 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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