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About The Marine Room

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 Chef de Cuisine Ron Oliver. 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 70-year tradition.

2000 Spindrift Drive
San Diego, CA 92037
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Global, International, Fusion / Eclectic, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Dinner:

Sunday to Thursday: 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.


Lounge:
Daily: 4 p.m. to Close


Happy Hour
Sunday to Friday: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Featuring Appetizers from our lounge menu at $13 each.
Select glasses of wine and well cocktails at $9 each.

Cross Street:
La Jolla Shores Drive

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(858) 459-7222

Website:
http://www.marineroom.com/

Parking Details:
Valet parking is available for a nominal fee. Street parking is also available.

Executive Chef:
Bernard Guillas

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Treat family and friends to a Christmas Eve celebration by the sea. Enjoy specials including our Spindrift Trilogy, Open Ocean Barramundi and Nebraska Imperial Kobe Beef New York. Cheers to the holiday with a glass of wine or our new Cranberry Ginger Mule cocktail.

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

Celebrate the season and enjoy a special à la carte menu featuring Winter Sweet Corn Blancmange, Pink Guava Ginger Glazed Wild Prawns, Lemon Verbena Scented Maine Lobster Tail, Center Cut Black Angus Filet Mignon and more.

Private Dining

Enjoy a sense of intimacy and highly personal service during your next event at The Marine Room. Weddings, celebrations, business—all are handled with equal aplomb. In all respects, be it culinary or service, we strive to exceed an iconic reputation that has been 70 years in the making.

The Marine Room Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (159)
Waterfront (148)
Romantic (144)
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Special Occasion (137)
Good for Anniversaries (119)
Good for a Date (109)
Good for Birthdays (73)
Worth the Drive (73)
Creative Cuisine (70)
Fit for Foodies (58)
Notable Wine List (53)
Quiet Conversation (49)
Neighborhood Gem (39)
Business Meals (33)
People Watching (30)
Good for Groups (28)
Cozy (27)
Authentic (26)
Bar Seating (25)
Handcrafted Cocktails (23)
Healthy (23)
Local Ingredients (21)
Fun (19)
Sunday Lunch (18)
Great for Brunch (15)
Hot Spot (13)
Great for Lunch (13)
Seasonal (13)
Tasting Menu (10)
Happy Hour (9)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Comfort Food (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Casual (3)
Organic (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

Very pleased with our overall experience. Even though we didn’t get seated right by the window as requested, there really is a good view of the water from any table. Our meals (salmon and chicken) were excellent, as was the service. Would definitely return again.

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We have been eating at the Marine Room for decades. It is always a special and delicious meal.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Amazing food. Impeccable service. This is our second visit to the Marine Room. It’s worth the splurge!!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

A perennial favorite. You can always count on a good meal in a beautiful setting. While the service was good, I was surprised that the dish was not described as it was presented. The dishes are generally more complex than steak and lobster and as a consequence, It would have been nice to be told what the dish consisted of as it as presented. Otherwise, the plate is dropped off with nothing more than a bon appetite. If a question arises about a particular item, you have to wait until the server checks back with you. This is a service provided by the majority of fine restaurants and The Marine Room could certainly benefit from this as well.

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Scenic View
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Love the place and I recommend it to everyone to go there and especially their service was amazing and the food was really really good I totally recommend it for any romantic equations

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Healthy, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Great atmosphere and service. The food was good but not over the top as it should be for the prices.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 6, 2017

The view is the selling feature. However it’s one component of 3 when I️ evaluate a restaurant. We were seated quickly but then the long long waits began. Drink order (both order and delivery) took an excessively long time. Tableside Cesar salad was outstanding. We ordered steak entree and lobster tail (each 59 I️ think) tail was good. Steak while cooked properly was just an ok cut and overwhelmed my dark gravy sauce. Coffee and Jameson brought but Jameson had off taste. Dessset was frozen rock hard solid and we had to ask several times whether it was coming. $700 bill + tip. Just not worth it

Tags: Waterfront
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 (New England)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Everything was perfect. The polenta was the best ever!

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Our table was right up against the window the picture window! The view of the Pacific Ocean is undeniably the best! It is absolutely gorgeous! The food was amazing! Each dish had so many flavors and so many things going on with each dish it was just a festival! The presentation of each meal was just like a piece of art it was almost way too pretty to eat! Our server Bryan was amazing friendly and gauging efficient professional polite! The Marine Room is definitely 5 stars the prices are higher but it is a very lovely venue and the location is amazing the view is just breathtaking and the meals literally are a piece of art from the chef

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

For the money (and reputation) I expected more. Nothing special about the food at all. It was like going to any hotel buffet. The restaurant interior needs to be updated and the restroom was messy. The view of course is spectacular. For such a great building it was a shame that the experience didn't match the location. Most of the staff seemed depressed. My valet complained about lack of tips… It was a strange and disappointing visit. I had really been looking forward to my b-day brunch. It wasn't a disaster, apart from the view, there was nothing memorable. Will not return. Would not recommend.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We went for the high tide breakfast and it was delightful. Excellent buffet and great service. We'll be back

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Maybe one of the best views in San Diego at night. Good food, service, very classy place

Tags: Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Waterfront, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Spectacular views and spectacular food. Save room for dessert!

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, People Watching, Good for a Date, Scenic View
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Excellent!!!!
Great place. Delicious food and excellent service. Diego R. was above and beyond. Thanks for always make our celebrations here unforgettable.

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

The staff wasn't very friendly. The food was really just average for the high cost. The view is awesome but not worth it for the food, price or staff.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food and service were great. Unfortunately our table was right next to a large room where there was a private party taking place. There was only a curtain separating our table from the party. The party was loud and raucous and spoiled what otherwise would have been a very fine meal and evening. Management promised to handle the situation but produced no results. It is a fine restaurant but I would recommend checking before you go to make sure you are not seated next to the private party area. For the prices charged there is no reason to subject dining customers to that kind of noise level.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

My wife and I chose the Marine room at sunset to celebrate our anniversary. The restaurant was very cute, service was excellent, and food was amazing. The sunset was beautiful as it set behind La Jolla Cove.

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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Lobster Night. Lobster was the slimy, plumped-up with preservatives type. If you want an excellent, huge, fresh lobster tail for half the price, Fish House Vera Cruz, San Marcos. Marine Room service was quite indifferent, very unfriendly, almost non-existent. View makes it all worthwhile...?

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 30, 2017

My husband and I went to the Marine room for our anniversary dinner. The view of the ocean is spectacular, and the food is absolutely amazing. I had the lobster bisque and ahi tuna, both of which were incredible! We will definitely be back!!

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 (Ottawa)·Dined on October 30, 2017

We went to celebrate a birthday and had two children with us 8 and 10. Although the restaurant looked like it may not accommodate children it was in fact great with them, very understanding and willing to get any food or combination we asked for.
A truly gtreat place for everyone

Tags: Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Service was absolutely disastrous. First of all, the host/hostess was not around when we first arrived at the restaurant and nobody asked us why we were at the restaurant as we were walking around the restaurant looking for the host/hostess. Waiter was nowhere to be seen after food was brought to the table. Even when we wanted to pay at the end, we had to go find someone to bring us the bill. This was a very disappointing experience for us both. We could have easily left with no gratuity.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Excellent on all levels -- delicious, creative food, wonderful wines and superb service. Never disappoints.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Top 2 Restsurants in San Diego County service ambience food

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Paleo Friendly, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Romantic, Authentic
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Phenomenal experience! Would recommend and go back in a heartbeat! Setting is spectacular but course after course continued to amaze my husband and me. Staff was very attentive, accommodating and helpful. Don't miss this one.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2017

You pay for the view here. Food very expensive, small portions, very average. Great service.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Excellent meal. Good selection of entrees. Elk was prepared well

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 24, 2017

I don't get why this place is so popular. The decor is lack luster and not much personality. On top of a $300 bill, they charged us to park the car. They had seasonal drinks but waitress was unaware of what they were. We had a great window seat and liked that the people dining dressed properly.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 24, 2017

A La Jolla fixture for fine dining and a great ocean view. A bit pricy, great wine list, and worth it for a special evening.

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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Fabulous server and great food! Cannot get a more scenic view.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Romantic
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

I made a reservation 3 weeks up front to ask for a window table and they gave us the worst table in the house i think, in the middle of the hall way, not cozy at all.
When i then pointed out to the staff that there was a table available by the window, they said guests are waiting for that table and never anyone sat down. Very disappointing on their service regarding the tables and it was a special occasion dinner which i said when i made the reservation. Will not go back there.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Food was a huge letdown. The chefs specials were nothing special. In fact the Halibut was reeking of oil fumes killing the taste and the dish completely. The food presentation was also nothing to write home about — it just looked like a bunch of random vegetables thrown about on the plate.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 23, 2017

We had a delightful time with long-time friends visiting from Washington DC who wanted to take us out to dinner. We needed a quiet atmosphere, and, of course an excellent view of the ocean. The quality of the food, the flavors the presentation were all superb. I won't wait for so long to come back. Ann

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Disappointed. Good view and food but not good enough to make up for its shortcomings in service. There are PLENTY of wonderful fine dining restaurants with AMAZING service, will not return/recommend.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 23, 2017

We were having dinner with another couple and requested a window table if possible. We were seating directly behind the host station and it was quite distracting and noisy with people walking back and forth when other patrons arrived. The sauce on my Mary's chicken entree was so bitter that I left it although the remainder of the plate was great. My husband's swordfish was OK and he loves most all fish. All in all an OK meal and ambiance from a place that is normally fabulous.

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 23, 2017

The entire experience was fabulous. Jim took very good care of us (and my mother-in-law), and adopted our pace about ordering and service. The food was out of this world. We'll be back with our sons, and also just as a couple. Thanks again.
Dale

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

We had a lovely dinner at The Marine Room! The food was exquisite and the service was outstanding. I would definitely love to come back for a high tide brunch!

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Romantic, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Organic, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

My favorite restaurant in San Diego incredible view right on the beach with lights on the water. I know it was voted one of most romantic restaurants in America

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The Marine Room can boast a spectacular sunset dining experience. Wait staff are knowledgeable and friendly. My husband and I opted for the table side Caesar salad preparation which was the best I have ever had, and a generous portion. I had the lobster tail, which was delicious. My husband greatly enjoyed his halibut. We were provided with a sweet ending to our anniversary celebration with a nice dessert.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I really wanted to like this restaurant. It was on my wish list to dine here for a few months and it was very disappointing. Here's why:
1. I requested a window table TWICE, then after waiting 20 minutes to be seated (with a reservation), we were taken to a non-window table. Was told we couldn't request it...then why wasn't I told that the two other times I requested it when I arrived? Not to mention took several minutes to even find my reservation.
2. My friend's salmon dish was brought to the table with the thermometer still in it.
3. I ordered a side of fingerling potatoes, it was forgotten when my main dish arrived. So had to request it again.
4. We ordered coffee with cream. Coffee arrived without cream and we had to wait 15 minutes to finally receive it. Coffee was cold by then.
5. Restroom was full of flies! Seemed to be due to an orchid in the room.
6. Had a small black insect crawling on our table. By then, we were so ready to go!

We paid over $150 for a bland meal with terrible service.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 21, 2017

An absolutely exquisite choice for my one year anniversary with my love. The service was admirable and the food was too good to be true. Definitely saving this spot for the next special occasion.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Fun, Worth the Drive
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