The Marine Room

4.6
6165 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.

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 6165 people are saying
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Nick
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable sunset view. Service second to none. Food was outstanding.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing views and unique experience!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect romantic dining experience. Great food, service and views. Couldn’t ask for more. Very special occasion for all of us!

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vipMaryC
Pittsburgh
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorites!! Will be back!!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jonathan and the team were fantastic. It is my favorite restaurant in San Diego. I look forward to dining with The Marine Room next month.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always.

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SheilaR
Tahoe
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Ahi cones and hamachi appetizers were tasty and fresh. All of the entrees at our table were exceptional. Bone in filet, lamb, swordfish and halibut cooked to perfection and great flavors from complimenting accompaniments. Service was very good and the ocean view stunning.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Birthday celebration.

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carolineg
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Overall it was a great experienced . Delicious food. waiter who took our order was great . Except the person who collect our used plates and change our utensils not so great . Been so many different places in fine dine in restaurants such as Japan . Europe. Canada . but this was just ok . But food was great

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JulesJ
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a wonderful ambiance! Will definitely visit again for the excellent food! So kind and gracious for every request. Will make it a part of our regular travel plans annually.

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LesleyO
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Did not care for the music. Mellow music would be better

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vipFoodie
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and you can not beat the view!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner and service.
Good recommendations from the waiter.
Preparation, taste and presentation of the food were second to none!
Joyful experience!
Thanks!

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AdrianM
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The Marine Room was somewhere that we always wanted to try and, because of the cost, we waited until our anniversary to go. The experience overall was really good. The service was excellent. The food was also very good, but the selection was limited. If you have a picky eater in your party, you might not want to go. One of us loves all food and thought everything was 5 stars. The other only ate the filet mignon, which was also excellent. Pretty much all the food had some form of mushroom or truffle on it, which limits it for anyone with food sensitivities. The chef did swap the truffle potatoes for crispy polenta (which was appreciated) but then went on to serve the filet mignon with two mushrooms on the plate. The lavender lemon cake and the chocolate lava cake were both excellent and a great way to end the night. If you want a very good fine dining experience with a beautiful view and upper class food, you will definitely want to try The Marine Room.

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vipOpenTable Diner
St. Louis
9 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, service exceptional. A great experience.

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RonR
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience5

Lobster bisque still good but bread with it was forgettable.
Food was quite good and large portions.
$45 corkage is most I have ever been charged.

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DerekJ
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional setting, accompanied by exceptional cuisine. Great wine at surprisingly (for a restaurant) reasonable prices. Impeccable service by very knowledgeable and competent staff. It doesn't get much better.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was somehow reticent during our visit but we still enjoyed good atmosphere and the view of beaches/waves.

Valet parking was smooth.

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vipMondo
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice restaurant, beautiful ocean view, service was alright. Food was tasty, nothing to brag about. Overall great however nothing amazing.

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Ryan
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has been our favorite restaurant for the last four years. From the valet, hostess, to wait staff, everyone is the absolute soul of professionalism. The blonde hostess lady (didn't get her name) greeted us warmly with a smile as we came down the stairs, engaging my lady in light banter as she walked us to our table. Our server Rob greeted us within a minute after we sat and he timed every course perfectly throughout the night, never interrupting us but still making sure we were looked after. Soft spoken Sumner appeared out of nowhere to fill our water and to clear our table just in time.

The food... my word. We ordered their version of High Tide Tiki (at Rob's suggestion) and a vodka martini, followed by a beet salad and crab cake, to start the night off. The drinks were perfect; HT Tiki wasn't syrupy at all as many fruit- infused drinks tend to be and my martini was just the right blend of vodka with a splash of vermouth. Our main course was salmon and swordfish. As always, my girl took the nibble of my swordfish, after which she promptly stole it and replace it with the salmon. Of course, I didn't mind it at all, especially since they're both cooked to perfection - soft and tender fish ensconced in a very slightly crunchy shell and perfectly moist.

I highly, highly recommend The Marine Room.

p.s. The view of the wind- swept beach side is stunning... but you already knew that.

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LeaS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ambiance, service, and food were very good. A wonderful dinner for our 22nd anniversary. We will definitely go again soon.

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Marsh
San Diego
32 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect evening. We went the day after Christmas and had the best meal in a relaxed, mellow setting. Our server Rob and his assistant Sumner were just fantastic, as was the food. We went all out with crab cakes, salmon tartare cones, Caesar salad, Baja swordfish, and the two-pound lobster. All of it delicious and decadent. Finished with a ginger/chocolate dacquoise that was pretty decadent in itself. Add the magnificent view and you simply couldn't have a better dining experience. We wondered how things might be with the new executive chef in charge and found that the quality could not be higher. Really impressed in every possible way.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The team led by Sebastian set us up with a wonderful 5 seat table to celebrate my parents’ anniversary!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
23 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Dinner. Great food, great atmosphere, great service! Fantastic Southern California experience!

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vipdivadimoda
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful ocean view with wonderful ambiance. Food looks like art on a plate and tastes delicious. 5 star service.

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KatchenM
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Javier was perfect in every way. Attentive, but not intrusive. Friendly, but not too much. Like I said....perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Dinner

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Crab cake was overcooked and overpriced. Cappuccino pie was overpriced hula pie .Service and setting were lovely.

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Skylar
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The restaurant is located on great location in La Jolla Shores. That’s about it.
The restaurant really charge you for a view that you can’t see in the dark anyway.
The service is awful and the food isn’t much better.
I don’t recommend this restaurant.

The Marine Room
Responded on December 27, 2021

Hi Skylar: We were very sorry to read about your disappointing experience at the Marine Room. Our goal is to provide outstanding food and service to all of our guests, so we regret that we failed to accomplish our goal with you. We would be grateful if you would provide any specific details regarding your experience so we can learn from it and improve. My direct line is 858 551-4669. Sincerely, Craig Jacobs

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MichaelK
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience5

The valet was a delight and the busser was attentive ... beyond that, it was not the exemplary dining experience we'd grown to expect at The Marine Room.
Most disturbing was the haughty attitude of the staff. The hostess brusquely told my husband to remove his had, when a gentle point towards his head or even a *please* would have sufficed. Our server was the most taciturn waiter I've ever encountered. We felt ignored and invisible compared to the attention he gave his other tables. After cocktails, I would have loved a glass of wine with my meal, but he never returned to ask. He neglected to inquire if everything was to our liking until we were nearly finished with our meal. From the moment we were seated, he made us feel as if we were taking up valuable space meant for others.

At least our busser wished us a warm Merry Christmas and Feliz Navidad as we prepared to leave.

The Marine Room
Responded on January 3, 2022

Hi Michael: Thank you for the helpful feedback regarding your recent dining experience at the Marine Room. Our goal is to provide outstanding food and service to all of our guests and we clearly fell short in your case. We have passed along your comments to our staff and will be sure to learn from your observations. We would be grateful for another chance. If you would be willing to try the Marine Room again Please contact me directly at 858 551-4669. Sincerely, Craig Jacobs

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AnnM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service. Christmas caroling was a great touch

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MargeD
Palm Springs
13 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We have dined at the Marine Room several times over the years and were disappointed with the food this time. The meal was ok but nothing special as it has been in the past. My husband had the prime rib and it was a very thin cut of meat. Did not meet our expectations.

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Kyle
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great views, great service, great food, great atmosphere. A little pricey on the wine selections, but the food was well priced for the quality and experience. Good place for a date or special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it…very unique!

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JimK
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, presented well. And the view of the ocean is unmatched!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful experience from the moment we drove up to the door! EVERY employee was welcoming and friendly! The food was outstanding as we expected so could not have a better experience than what we had! Congratulations to the entire team at the Marine Room!

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Greg
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

They gave is the queen table

Servers attentive, warm, enjoyed our brief conversations

Food outstanding

Even had the car ready for us when we walked out

They gave us a 5 star experience to celebrate our 43rd with

Expensive but worth it!

Will come back again

Greg

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KimberlyK
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Terrible! So disappointed and our bill was $800 for 4 people. It was freezing and uncomfortable and the food was cold.

The Marine Room
Responded on December 21, 2021

Hi Kimberly: Please accept our sincere apologies for your recent experience at the Marine Room. We were faced with some unusual challenges that evening that compromised our performance and regret that you and your guests were adversely effected. If you would be willing to give us another chance, please feel free to contact me. Sincerely, Craig Jacobs

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Kurt
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner to celebrate our 46th Wedding Anniversary. First time we've been since Bernard had retired. Even though menu has changed, everything was delicious.

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The Marine Room is rated 4.6 stars by 6165 OpenTable diners.

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