The Marine Room

4.8
6091 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 6091 people are saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipBillie
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I did my reservation 3 weeks in advance for
Sunday at 7:30 so we could watch the sunset… I was there on time and we where not seated until 8:00 pm … of course we didn’t saw the sunset … I’m fine waiting 15 min but 30 is a little to be x

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Food was great, service was horrendous. Upon early arrival we were asked to return closer to our reservation time, which we did. But we were finally seated about 45 minutes late. There were a handful of available tables for most of our wait. After being seated, we waited patiently, and only after we waved over our waiter were our orders taken, about another 45 minutes after seating. The waiter was unapologetic, empty water & wine glasses left to sit, and overall we had a bad experience although throughout the meal we were quite overly courteous.
Food and entree presentation were 4-5 stars (lobster bisque, mushrooms, Crab cakes, seared tuna). Would we return? No.

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Nick
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

waiting time were a little bit long but only because they wanted to get me better table

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KimW
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was superb, food was excellent and the view is unparalleled.

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vipAmyG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The view and service were wonderful. The daily special appetizers were very good, the entree's were incredibly average. Overall, very disappointing.

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NancyH
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent celebration of Daryl’s 90th birthday.

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LauraA
Denver
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best view from a restaurant ever! Service was perfect, which was a very nice treat in these post pandemic times. Our waiter had worked there for 18 years and was the perfect combination of attentiveness, friendliness and professionalism. The young man who brought the water and bread, etc was the same. The food was excellent, and much less traditional than I expected. Excellent preparation and presentation. The whole thing was a memorable experience.

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JohnM
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I dined early evening midweek when It was overcast at the beach. It was perfect as we had a wondeful location at the window without the sun glaring in, yet a beautiful oean view. The tide came during sunset and as it darkened outside it was if we were dining on the ocean. Our server, Rick, was wonderful and of course the meal was outstanding. This was a Birthday celebration and certainly met all our expectations. As usual, The Marine Room delivered an Outstanding experience.

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Loves2eat
Portland
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Probably the best ambience of nearly any restaurant. Service was great. And the food was great. The quality of the food was exceptional. Although, serving size of the main course was rather skimpy. Did I mention the view of the ocean with waves breaking at the window at our table was awesome?

I highly recommend for treating that special someone to an unforgettable evening dinner.

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vipSteveR
Phoenix
26 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, small portions. I had the Swordfish and it wasn't as good as I have had at other places, but the plate was beautiful and the service was great. Lobster Bisque was fantastic and their famous dessert, was spectacular.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance and planning a return visit very soon. Delicious food, great service. Love love love…..

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vipTimB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an iconic La Jolla restaurant. So nice to be right on the water. The food and service are great too!

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vipGreta
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful in every way! Maybe the best restaurant meal ever.

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NancyS
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As usual, the food was fabulous and the ambiance perfect. We had the crabcake and scallop appetizers. The crabcake is a marine room favorite for us-a lot of crab (not filler), a beautiful little “salad” on top. Don’t know if it was the sauce or the salad that had a little kick in it, but it was perfect. The scallops were melt-in-your-mouth. They keep the bread and butter flowing and I try to resist but it’s so good. My husband had filet mignon and I had ahi. Every dish is a work of art but they outdid themselves with the ahi. The presentation was gorgeous and the flavor matched. Perfectly seared. My husband loved his filet mignon. We always have the Meyer lemon tart for dessert. It’s tart and sweet. Since I still had red wine to drink, I asked for a couple extra dark chocolate sticks. The perfect finish to our wonderful dinner.
Service is always impeccable here but it was off just a little tonight. Meal service was fine and ultra-professional but plates sat too long at the end and we had to ask twice for the bill. Not a big issue but that is unusual for the MR. High tide provided us with awesome entertainment. I highly recommend the Marine Room. It never disappoints.

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DeanneG
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined at high tide and it was terrific!! Presentation of our entrees was magnificent.

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vipPaulS
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dinners in a long time. Service was excellent and the view to die for.

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vipToddS
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

High Tide Dinner. Menu selection was excellent. Food quality was excellent. Waiter was a corpse, wore a mask the whole time, whispered, disappeared for large blocks of time. Had to pour our own wine, request bread, extra butter. Bill was $400+, service was worth $2.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant. Always go when i am in San Diego. Spectacular setting

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vipPtownLover
Palm Springs
32 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful dining room with stunning views of the sunset and ocean waves, crashing against the windows when it is high tide. The food and service were very good, although due to labor shortages and supply issues, I believe, it is a somewhat limited menu. Nevertheless, it is a perfect place to go especially if you are celebrating a special occasion. Be sure to reserve early and be prepared to wait if you absolutely must have a table by one of their many windows. There really isn't a bad table in the restaurant. The bar is very nice as well, and a nice place to have a cocktail while waiting to be seated. Their "Ultimate Dirty Martini" was perfect!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my wife to the Marine Room for our 9th anniversary. Everything hands down was the best. I consider myself to be an extremely judgmental individual when it comes to “pay for what you should get” wow. This places lives up to that. Our tab was easily over $200 but the atmosphere and wait staff was amazing. Well worth the price. Extremely high value for the overall experience. The manager even came out to wish us a happy anniversary.

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vipSueF
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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periwinkle
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for delicious food and great view. Will have too back for actual high tide.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Honestly the best way to describe it was “meh” it’s a tourist spot. Ingredients for dishes are good...Locals know better. That’s all I will say. Must try if you are a tourist

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MichaelC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and wonderful spot to take a date. Amazing service and food. Very pricey though so be prepared to spend at minimum a couple hundred dollars for two people.

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vipJonB
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Its been awhile since being back , but worth the wait ! Food was the best I had in San Diego for the last 10 years. I guess the Marine room has a relatively new chef. Menu was excellent . Service the best , and a motivated staff. Go there, bit pricy but value for money.😁

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Kumgirl
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The View,service and atmosphere was quite spectacular. The seafood was cooked to perfection; highly recommend the scallops. Kudos to the Chef that made my birthday celebration fantastic and memorable.
The food was delicious and presented beautifully. Thanks again for a wonderful dinner experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the view and the food was spectacular!

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Jessie
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely final dinner on a trip celebrating our anniversary here this week. The view of the ocean is incredible, the food is delicious and portioned correctly for rich foods. The staff was wonderful. We look forward to coming back someday on another visit to La Jolla!

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vipMelindaY
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Marine Room feels like an old 1950s restaurant with a lovely ambience and amazing views of the ocean. This is a great place to go on special occasions, providing you are not on a budget. Service tends to be very slow--I assume this is because they want you to be able to linger over dinner. So, if you have some one in your party who does not enjoy a 2.5-3 hour meal, keep that in mind. If you are some one who loves to linger and visit for hours, this is a great place for you!

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BrettB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous, very expensive, but, not an issue when the food and service is superb!!

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vipPeterP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic dinner - Chef Sebastian Lode is fabulous.

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JennyP
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Service, food, and view were outstanding. The only thing I would have changed was to lower the AC, we were sweating at our table. But other than that, it was perfect!

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VictorO
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Had a great time and the view was amazing

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vipxnyyorkr
Orange County
49 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The hype of The Marine Room is the location and high tide is the best possible scenario!
The tide was not very high, so the ambiance/view did not live up to the hype! That being said, the view was very nice.
The staff was attentive and the food and drinks were good.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really a great experience. Great food great views. Loved it.

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ScottB
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been going to the Marine Room for 15 years and this was absolutely the very best. When asked what changed we learned they hired a new chef, Mike, who has managed to add something truly special.

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FidelR
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, love the dinner and the view, next will get a window table.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Best view in all of San Diego!

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The Marine Room is rated 4.8 stars by 6091 OpenTable diners.

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