The Marine Room

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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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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

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B
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a special place for a special date or event! The food and ambiance are truly excellent. The service is attentive, but not smothering. I'm still getting calls from my party to tell me how much they enjoyed the evening.

FD
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, lovely experience all the way around.

OT
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food is excellent with exactly the right portions. Prices have risen somewhat from our last visit. The 4% surcharge to offset their wage increase is insulting. I reduced our usual 25% tip to 20%. Sorry staff.

O
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Waiters were very nice! Food was great. Amazing views.

NY
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By no stretch of the imagination would I be considered a foodie. However, I experienced flavors at The Marine Room that I had never encountered. And the service rendered by Edgar was supreme!

We dined at the restaurant to celebrate my wife's birthday. The price is a bit too steep for us to consider going for anything but a special occasion, but if you want to be guaranteed a wonderful special occasion, make sure the The Marine Room is on your agenda!

EV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Thanksgiving

C
New England
52 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food in a gorgeous setting.

LP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular ocean view. Delicious entrees. Great service. This was our first time at the Marine Room. It was Thanksgiving. We were seated promptly. Everything was wonderful, and we enjoyed it immensely.

OT
Las Vegas
19 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving dinner, so the reservation was about 20 minutes behind schedule. But our server provided the wine on the house. Very nice gesture.

KR
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The only negative thing I had to say was that it took a while to be seated for our reservation but my boyfriend wanted to make sure we received a window table, which we did. I didn’t really like how the bar was so low but we were standing, not sitting. The food and service was incredible. Expensive, but so worth it. Will go back again when we can afford it!

a
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Not the same as last Thanksgiving. We had a 4PM reservation and arrived at 3:45 PM. We had requested a window table and were advised that it could not be guaranteed which we understood at the onset. One couple was in front of us at the check-in. This couple had a 4:30 reservation and after some discussion, they were seated at the one and only available window table for 2. When we advised the hostess that we had a 4PM reservation and that we should have been given that table, this was no longer an option. Our table was fine, however, the server appeared to be condescending after we advised her of our displeasure which continued throughout our meal. The server stated that she would advise her manager, but nothing was ever said again about our issue..........not a word......so we decided to just let it go...The food was just OK. Not sure we will be back anytime soon...

F
Jacksonville
64 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Thanksgiving dinner...

d
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I don't know where to begin. If management would like to contact me, I would share my experience.

OT
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Thanksgiving lunch and the food, the service and ambiance could not have been more perfect.
What a way to enjoy a day which can usually feel rushed and not always memorable. the Marine Room will go on our list of places to enjoy a special meal

DF
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best Thankgiving turkey dinner in my life (sorry, Mom). Excess quantity was replaced by innovative tastes and flavor combinations not experienced before.

MD
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good food price high then they add a surcharge should just put in price of food

C
Los Angeles
56 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spent Thanksgiving at The Marine Room. Knew it would be expensive. It was. The view, awesome. But unlike many coastal restaurants, the food here is awesome. Lobster bisque soup and lettuce leaves, incredible! Entree; filet mignon and the osso bucco, both tender and tasty. Dessert was pumpkin torte, just fantastic. I will have to start saving for my next trip and it will be worth it again.

H
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always loved the Marine Room. The food was absolutely marvelous. Aaron was like a typical French waiter. Elegant, serious and knowledgeable.
The view worth’s a million $$

P
San Diego
57 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group of six were served excellent cuisine with superb service. The adjacent beach /surf view was lovely.

AT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for special occasions, great ambiance specially when it's high tide when the water is by the window. The food was great, the lobster and steak are cooked perfect and has good portions. The desserts are amazing. Our waiter was great, he memorized the menu like he's the chef, very impressive. All in all, we had a great dinner and we will definitely put this place on our recommended list in San Diego.

SA
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! We enjoyed every bit of this experience. Too notch dining and waiting. Bathrooms look a bit dated - that’s my only gripe : )

OT
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! Great food, awesome service and a gorgeous view!

HW
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Salad was not properly washed & had sand. Tried to compensate by offering a desert for us to share. While a nice gesture & everything else was great, nothing is ever going to make up for the feeling of your teeth hitting small rocks in your mouth. Disappointing, especially based on their high prices. They need to do much better & reduce prices.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a date night with hubby just to celebrate us.

KS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and ambiance were wonderful! We had a beautiful table right by the water. It was a lovely, memorable evening.

H
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to the Marine Room for over 40 years and it is a wonderful experience every time!

RP
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The service in the bar was not adequate for the number of clientele present. Patrons in sweatshirts and tennis shoes was disappointing to see.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall1food2service3ambience1

Very disappointing. This restaurant need a complete update. It seems that they are still in the 80’s.

l
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn't have been better and was the perfect way to celebrate our friend's 70th birthday. First, we had the best table in the house and it was high tide when we sat down. Our server was personable, attentive and knowledgeable. Every course was not only a work of art, but so delicious. We all raved about the flavor of the vanilla butternut squash soup and the appetizer of mushrooms in a little crock was outstanding. The surprise dessert for the birthday girl was a wonderful sampler of the items on the menu and looked beautiful. My husband and I have dined at the Marine Room many, many times and were so glad our visiting friend from the east coast was able to enjoy the experience.

RT
Oklahoma City
31 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first visit to your restaurant and it was totally worth the trip. I live in the Temecula Valley and drove down south for a dinner date and we will definitely return. It was just amazing from the moment you walk into the lobby area and the views take your breath away. The food & service was top notch and we couldn’t of been happier.

GA
Mexico City
11 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Aniversary

DD
New York Area
107 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
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 on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

NE
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

AC
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
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 on November 16, 2019
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 on November 15, 2019
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 on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, and views.

F
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
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!

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