The Marine Room

4.7
6109 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 6109 people are saying
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vipkathy
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was delicious but chef changed the Order a little by not putting blue cheese on plate for the filet as described on the menu

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vipBaysidebabe
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience superb food not just a view restaurant

Truly exceptional

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kalter19
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for the ambiance, but the staff and food were just as amazing! Monica was our server, and she was so kind, professional, and helpful. The food was delicious, we had two appetizers and two main courses and ate every last bite! While it was a special occasion for us, and out of our normal price range, we so enjoyed ourselves and it was worth every penny.

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KwajKeith
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High tide, great food. Fun

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MonicaS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the view was spectacular. One person in our party was vegan and the chef made a special appetizer and main dish that was wonderful.

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SherW
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experiences I, and my guests, have ever had in the San Diego area. I compare it to my #1 dining experience in Paris, very high praise for The Marine Room, flavor, presentation and service, supreme.

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IgorM
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food quality, preparation and presentation were superb!
Service is good also.

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vipValeber
Miami
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place for celebration, amazing view, delicious food and service was perfect.

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CherylS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing experience. The service was friendly and hospitable. The atmosphere was inviting, comfortable and high tide was an experience. The food was the stand out above everything.

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PaulB
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Came here to celebrate Wedd.ing Anniversary. Some of the best food we ever had and the service was top notch. Would highly recommend

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SandyC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was excellent, the food was delicious. We had been to the Marine Room before and the view is always stunning. We were there to celebrate my husband’s retirement and the Marine Room made it extra special. We will be coming back soon!

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vipLauraOhio
Columbus
19 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a special meal with my family to celebrate my husband’s 40th birthday. We loved every part of it. Great service, beautiful views and delicious food.

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MarkD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valet, seating, view, service and food was excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just perfect!!!

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RonE
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed every aspect of our 55 Wedding Anniversary dinner. The cocktails were fantastic, right thru the dessert. Server was excellent. See even brought Chef Mike to visit with us. Will definitely return to the Marine Room.

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Foodie
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and you cannot beat the view. You definitely pay for what you get.

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KathrynH
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a favorite place to go eat! The service the food the atmosphere the view all wonderful!!

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vipmoofish32
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience3

The food was amazing, presentation was on point and the quality was top notch.

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Niko
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The scallops were seared just right. The salmon and lobster were cooked to perfection. The creme brûlée was very flavorful. But the best part? The tuna tartare cones! We will be coming back again!

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RoxanneZ
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible. One of the few places that are worth the price. Skip the steak though, but definitely get the truffle pomme frites!

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Tiffanywignall
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The marine room experience was delightful. We had a fantastic meal with exemplary views and service. The prices reflect the quality fairly. It was truly a pleasure to dine and we hope to return if we visit San Diego in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a wonderful time, food and service were outstanding!!
First visit, family all enjoyed it. Hostess greeted us and told my son Happy Birthday wish really impressed him.
My only “complaint” was the table we sat, and the view away from the ocean was the kitchen area with a red Exit sign. I think our table is the only one that had that view, my luck it was where we sat. My family all enjoyed the view of the water, my view was of the kitchen which wasn’t good. Other item is the lighting right behind us was a single flood light facing down which was much brighter than the other lamps in the room. We asked to have the brightness turned down and was told unfortunately they couldn’t. Again, not a big deal but the mood lighting was definitively not the best for our table, given the lighting in other parts of the restaurant.

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AlanB
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We were seated next to a group that was rather loud and unplseant.
Also, our drinks orders took too long
and our waiter acknowledged that it was his fault.
On the whole it was a good night despite the above.

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KarinaH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

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vipJillM
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view was amazing, as well as the food and service.

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JessB
Sacramento
13 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Marine Room was everything you’d expect in a fine dining establishment- staff was warm welcoming and on point with timely service. Sunset views did not disappoint
Great date night experience

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MichelleS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and delicious food. Great place for a special occasion!

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Brenna
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect in every way.

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Atu5
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! We had a great time!

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JamesB
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very steep corkage fee. Also there was a 5% surcharge. No idea what that was for. Food was great.

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vipscottsdaledelicious
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every year while visiting La Jolla for the month of September, we have a girls high school get-together. Two from East Coast and one from Utah. Last year no one came to visit and the Marine Room was closed. 2021 everyone returned and we had our usual excellent dinner and celebrated the fact that we are all together again. We've been dining at the Marine Room for 30+ years and can honestly say we never complained and the food and service is consistently excellent. Try to make your reservation around sunset as the view from almost every table guarantees you'll see the beauty of the sun setting over the Pacific.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jonathan… Jonathan… Jonathan… how can I thank you enough for making our dining experience OVER THE TOP?!!!?? The beauty of the restaurant and the food are superb, nonetheless your genuine, polite and friendly nature accompanied by your strong attention to detail made our special occasion memorable. Oh and that mustache!! Very handsome!! 😁Sumner, thank you for being RIGHT ON TIME and paying attention to the details. Our dining experience would not have been complete without you. Additionally, thank you Dan (bartender) for suggesting a wonderful Barbera that went fabulous with our meal. It was so good that we ordered a second bottle (just FYI 😃). Thank you Brian for having our car right out front and waiting for us! We appreciate all that you do. The whole experience from start to finish was phenomenal. Even God showed up and blessed us with thunder, lightening and gorgeous ocean tides. We cannot wait to return! Thank you again!!

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SanjanaR
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to celebrate a birthday and the service and ambience was really good. The food was delicious and we had a wonderful experience!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service was inattentive and not up to par. Food was prepared fairly well but not up the standards for cost. Hostesses standing around doing nothing and are not friendly. View is the best part of this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here to celebrate my boyfriends birthday for a sunset dinner. HIGHLY RECOMMEND! Food is delicious (pricey, but WORTH IT!). The swordfish was incredible!! My boyfriend got the filet, and it practically melted in his mouth. 10/10, will come here again:)

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vipKarenW
New Orleans
21 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. The ocean view was beautiful!

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vipBenbob
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a terrific time last night at the Marine room. Wrote a for

Review, but somehow it did not post. Went with a group of 4, and we very much enjoyed the truffles mushroom appetizer which was plentiful and tasty. We did the hearts of palm side dishes and appetizer and it was very interestingly spiced and very tasty, but the portion was small. The Caesar salad was excellent with terrific anchovy/garlic-based dressing with Spanish anchovies. Only problem is it is the most expensive Caesar I have had a $22. The watermelon and heirloom tomato salad was also excellent. For main courses we had the salmon, shrimp and scallops, halibut. Sammons always good, but the nicely broiled fish crispy on the top and had a delicious and subtle coconut flavor. Shrimp were large and succulent and perfectly done as were the scallops. The halibut was good with a very interesting spices. For dessert we had the special ice cream pie, a fancy version of mild pie which fed 4 of us. Service was excellent with a lovely waitress although I was a little surprised when we were offered Perrier or sparkling water and not offered free filtered tap water. The busboy, Hunter, was a delight. We asked for the Chef to come out and he kindly did so as we wanted to tell him what a terrific meal we had.
I eat out a lot, am knowledgeable about food, and must admit I did not have high expectations. I am pleased to say that overall the dining experience was terrific. I attribute much of that to their new chef, Chef Alex who is quite young but very experienced and took over just a few weeks ago with a new menu.
On the downside, the prices are very high. It is a great place when somebody else is paying or for special occasion.
We had 1 of the coveted window tables overlooking the beach. The view was spectacular. Once it was dark we had a very unexpected lightening and thunderstorm which provided an amazing show.
All in all it was a memorable night.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for a honeymoon dinner. Food was excellent, served quickly and good temperature. Dessert was delectable and not too filling. View was amazing the entire night. Servers were friendly and attentive but did not harass us by coming too often.

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GretchenB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Presentation of the food and quality were off the charts. Outstanding!

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vipRinSB
Central Coast
53 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband took me here to celebrate a big birthday. I was blown away by the location (we had a seat for two right by the window overlooking the beach and got to see the sunset. Service was perfect - not too much or too little. And everyone was quite personable. The food was what we expected it to be - perfectly cooked and superb flavors. I had the lamb and don’t recall if I’ve ever had a more tasty rack of lamb. My husband started with the lobster bisque - it too had such a wonderful flavor I’d be happy to have that, a slice of bread and a nice glass of wine! Truly a superb dinner and experience.

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The Marine Room is rated 4.7 stars by 6109 OpenTable diners.

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