The Marine Room

4.8
6036 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 6036 people are saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Fzc8ff3
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning ocean views and sunset was great 😚

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Starybaby
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a milestone birthday for my mom. From the moment we arrived, everyone wished her a happy birthday. Our table had an unobstructed view of the water, and later, the waves crashing against the windows. The service was impeccable and the food and presentation were perfect,

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JeffM
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great time and would recommend it to a friend.

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OmarH
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A+ Service, excellent food, staff and ambiance, amazing scenery. Must visit

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow just wow. Amazing experience. Definitely recommend. High tide sunset. Worth the planning

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SteveB
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Except for the glorious SoCal sunset that evaded us (June gloom at its best tonight), we couldn’t have asked for anything better to celebrate our 38th anniversary. We were seated at the booth next to the windows for a breathtaking view. From Michael the pleasant valet, to Edgar our incredibly attentive server who never made us feel rushed, to Sébastien the manager - all made our special occasion memorable. The chef’s beautifully presented dishes were delicious! We had the scallop appetizer, lobster and sea bass dinners, lavender lemon cake and cappuccino cobblestone pie for desserts. Everything perfectly cooked. It was a romantic and wonderful evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience1

There was a dress code which we didn’t know about and was all almost impossible to find on the website or the app. totally fine with dress codes but they insisted on seating us anyway after telling us we weren’t dressed properly after a day at the beach and sea world and it was SO uncomfortable. Why mention it if you were going to seat us anyway?

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KeithM
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat with a beautiful ocean view. You can ask to sit by the window but it seemed like you could see the view from anywhere in the dining area. Food was delicious!

JB
vipJudyB
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the restaurant, food and service are outstanding.
The interior ambiance is getting dated though. Would be nice to see upgrade in the interior.

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vipDebraS
Tucson
13 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing food. Great service and such a lovely surprise, they brought out a birthday dessert for my daughter.

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Jose
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Marine Room was very nice. My wife and I were seated right by the window within seconds of arriving! Fresh Tupperware was brought out for each course of the meal, as appropriate. The staff were attentive and frequently, but never intrusive. Finally, the desert was presented in recognition to my wife and I’s anniversary; which we did not mention when we came in. I had only mentioned that detail while making the reservation!

We were very pleased with our experience!

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vipDonnaP
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

View beyond words. Food presentation was artful and beautiful

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GregJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jonathan and Sumner were very helpful and great service

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Outstanding food and atmosphere right on the Ocean, the views are AMAZING! Celebrate our 8th Anniversary

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vipOpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

I was the host of a 10 person group, we are in our mid 30s and dressed business casual. and to start the evening off they told me that they could fit us at one table, but then split us up upon seeing us.. two folks in party that were a little more casual and the manager came up to is and told me that they would serve me, but next time we would be refused service. The wait staff was curt and dismissive, one of my guests was vegan and had to ask several times, what vegan safe options there was. Food was great but it took three hours to get it, we were offered no refills on our drinks and were stereotyped from the getgo. The waitress would not split our bill, so we divided by cards. One of my guests was charged twice.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food and views!

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vipRICHARDA
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our third year anniversary here. It couldn't have been a better choice. The entire staff here made our night special. Our dinners (filet & lobster) were perfectly cooked, along with a beautiful presentation. Our water and wine glasses never had to be asked for and not once did we ever feel rushed...service was excellent. Thank you for making our night out a memorable experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place was amazing and the service was first class !!

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Heather
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience5

I’m pretty sure my lamb chops were previously frozen, not fresh, and the meat was tough. The chicken dish my partner had was an odd preparation, not good. The lobster and streak my daughters had was pretty good, maybe that’s what they do best, seafood and steak??? Bottom line, it was WAY over priced for quality of the food!!!!! From what I can tell you’re paying for the view. The view at sunset was beautiful!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dinner at the restaurant the food was extraordinary

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baseerak
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I recommend coming here at least once. what a wonderful place. and the food matched the excitement of the ocean.

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Grace
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, breath taking ocean view, great service. One of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to in my life!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a 5 star night. It starts with the ocean view at high tide and is only enhanced by the fine dining, service and friendly atmosphere. It was a spectacular 36th anniversary experience.

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Rebecca
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone there was very personal and kind. I am not the type of person to spend $100 for a meal. So this was a big deal for me. No body looked down their nose at me. I liked that. The food was presented beautifully. To be honest, I have never seen white asparagus before. I do prefer the green asparagus. The halibut was perfect. The chief should be proud. It was nice that everyone was excited to watch the waves hit the windows. Some people were taking video of the ocean. It was so nice to walk into the restaurant and smell that salt air of the ocean.

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vipAndreP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat

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JoyI
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The restaurant did not disappoint. The food, service and ambience was amazing.

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vipMary
San Diego
113 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are so happy to see The Marine Room open once again and they have re-opened with the same elegance that we expect. The prices are high but consider the famous chef and the wonderful view. Last night the tide was in and the waves were splashing up against the sea wall. When the surf is higher, we have seen it splash high against the windows for a spectacular experience. But, whether the surf is high or not, the food and service are impeccable.

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Drbeaz
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Marine room was recommended to us by friends who live in San Diego. They suggested we go at high tide and we booked dinner for that time frame and saved it for the last night of our vacation. It was mesmerizing to watch the waves come so close that the windows were sprayed. Our waiter, John, was very personable and knowledgeable about the wines and food preparation. What I liked most was that he did not rush us through our drinks or dinner. This is a fine dining restaurant with lovely table settings, ambiance and lovely seafood preparations. It is expensive, but you get what you pay for.

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DavidS
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view, food and service were wonderful. Our server, Hector, made our anniversary dinner a special experience.

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PeterA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view and good food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating a successful year with our financial planner

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HarryW
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I was disappointed with our seating. Made our reservation almost as soon as they reopened. Would have thought we would have rated a better table. We were put in a booth In the corner. I have been to the restaurant 5 times over the years and this was the worst seating. Unfortunate as this was our anniversary.

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vipAneH
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We picked the restaurant because of the location. The views were amazing. Service was great. The food was overpriced for the quality however.

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SCMPC
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

THE VIEW IS A GIVEN AND THE FOOD WAS OUTSTANDING. HOWEVER, THE HIGHLIGHT WSA THE SERVICE FROM JAVIER P. AND IRMA. PROBABLY THE BEST WE HAVE HAD ANYWHERE. WARM, COMFORTABLE AND PROFESSIONAL. THE PEOPLE REALLY MADE THE DIFFERENCE. A DEFINITE 5+ STAR EXPERIENCE.

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vipDineWell
San Diego
44 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience5

I was shocked at the end of the meal to discover an unsuspected 5% surcharge on my bill. If it was on the menu it was not obvioius. As this restaurant is newly reopened, there is no excuse for deceptive menu pricing. Every business in the USA has increased costs for all kinds of reasons including ever-increasing government regulations. Inflation results. But, that is no reason to "invent" a new tax which simply goes to the restaurant's profits. Feel free to raise prices to whatever you need, that is fine, but do not sign on to the trend to institutionalize another layer of taxation/fees like in Europe with a "bread charge," "water charge," etc. Just pay your employees whatever is a legal fair wage; pay your suppliers to get fresh ingreadients; and set your menu prices accordingly. I would not have selected this restaurant if I had known you had fallen for this new scheme.

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vipAnji
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! Great service, great view, delicious cuisine! We had the caviar, lobster bisque, sea bass, lamb chops, and the lemon cake for dessert and everything was prepared to perfection. I will definitely return when I visit San Diego again.

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EvelynH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The welcome was exceptional. Big hats off to Sébastien that gives each customer a personal welcome.

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Basil
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

40th anniversary for friends.

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WayneL
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great food and atmosphere, one of our favorite restaurants. I don’t agree with the surcharge for increased employee compensation. I reduced our tip by that amount.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks for taking the time to pass the birthday prompt on from opentable. Was a surprise for my friend. Nice touch.

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The Marine Room is rated 4.8 stars by 6036 OpenTable diners.

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