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Innovative dining with unforgettable views - The Marine Room, San Diego, CA
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The Marine Room

4.5
4.5
6714 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. 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 137 times today
Private dining

Private dining

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Californian, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (858) 459-7222

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Mike Minor

  • Catering

    With customizable private dining options, The Marine Room will enhance your event with a masterful menu utilizing the culinary flair of Executive Chef Mike Minor. From elegant three-course meals and tray-passed hors d'oeuvres to lavish buffets for lunch or dessert, The Marine Room is more than great dining; it is an experience to be remembered.

  • Private party facilities

    Our oceanfront event venue in La Jolla is an ideal location to host your next special event or celebration. Whether it is a business meeting, family milestone, wedding, or just a friendly get together, we strive to exceed all of your expectations.

  • Private party contact

    Catering Department: (888) 653-0630

  • Neighborhood

    La Jolla

  • Cross street

    La Jolla Shores Drive

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is available for a nominal fee. Street parking is also available.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Romantic

  • San Diego

    Romantic

  • San Diego

    Good for special occasions

  • San Diego

    Seafood

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great!
  2. GG

    GG49

    San Antonio

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Views were magnificent...food was superb and Jonathan was delightful in sharing the restaurant's rich history with us.
  3. L

    Leslie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful ocean waves rolling in under light, was only matched by exquisitely plated dinning. Service is five stars under the guidance and close attention to details by Chris, GM. Looking forward to my next celebration! S. Leslie Marhetti Marchetti MGMT & Fine Arts
  4. L

    Lefty

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Incredible seat and awesome specials mixed with a very nice overall meal.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely outstanding for her birthday!!
  6. LH

    LucyH

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience & would highly recommend, thank you Chris for a tasty experience!
  7. MM

    MaggieM

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great evening! Food and drinks excellent! Great views!
  8. DS

    DSAII

    San Diego

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Monica was amazing! This was a planned 'proposal' and wedding rehearsal dinner with our officiant and his wife. Monica made the night extraordinary and memorable. We always treasure our special nights at the Marine Room and this was no exception to our previous experiences. Thanks to the entire team for their service and commitment to excellence! A memory etched in our hearts and minds forever!
  9. ES

    EricS

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service from John and the team and the food was terrific.
  10. KM

    KevinM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    We visited the Marine Room for our 38th anniversary. We have been there before, always great food. The service seemed very slow, but food was very good. Our biggest issue is that the receptionist put us next to a table of 14 or 15 people who were incredibly loud. I would think since the Marine Room knew this was our anniversary that they would have put us in a quiet area, which there were tables available. We do not know if we will return there, this left a bad impression on us. Kevin and Terry Miller
  11. MM

    MichelleM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Expensive but excellent. Jonathan was amazing and very knowledgeable about wine, pairing and was very professional.
  12. A

    Amanda

    Memphis/West TN

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the highlight of our trip to San Diego. The view was phenomenal, the atmosphere was sophisticated and the food was delightful. The grilled hearts of palm were delectable with the surf and turf. We had the trio of sorbets for dessert and that was a beautiful finish to a meal for the memory books! The coconut sorbet paired perfectly with the delicate sweetness of the pear and the bitterness of the blood orange flavor. We will definitely be back next time we’re in town!
  13. RH

    RileyH

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    The worst service I’ve ever had in my life. Our server ignored us for the entire service, and we were left sitting waiting with empty plates for 45 minutes. He forgot our wine order and never came back to get us other drinks. For spending this much money I expected way more. A huge disappointment on my sisters birthday.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect in every way.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing from being greeted at the door through the end of our meal. The service and quality of all of the courses was top notch!
  16. AJ

    AJJarrett

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I booked our table for my wife’s birthday. The food was incredible, every recommendation from our waiter was a win. Such an amazing night!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Sea bass was dry, served in a boring manner as a square
  18. OA

    OliverAPax

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding views, food, and service. Definitely expensive. $$$$ four two…but totally worth it 👌
  19. 1

    1srfnsom

    San Diego

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    great location, and great atmosphere! Jonathan served us, and did an excellent job! the tuna cones were inventive and very tasty; right down to the "sugar cones". Their Lobster bisque is classically done, but with a nice house-made sweet corn bread accomanying it. The Ceasar is one of the best around with lots of garlic and lemon in the rich dressing, and topped with white anchovies. both entrees, the Sea Bream with Mediterranean pan sauce (pan stewed tomatoe, onion, olives, etc.) and the Pacific Sea Bass were delicious and great portions. finished off with a light lemon cake with house-made wildflower ice cream!
  20. SV

    ShayeV

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the pleasure of dining at The Marine Room for a birthday celebration. We were a party of 4. The attention received as guests was impressive. From the moment we entered the circle for valet parking, to our entry into the reception area, it was seamless. We arrived at the beginning of dinner service, so there were several patrons awaiting check-in & there was no lag at all in the process. We were seated almost immediately. We were greeted tableside right away by our OUTSTANDING server, Rick. The music was perfect for dining. The evening continued with libations, (the French 75 was golden!), unique appetizers & artfully presented entrees. Our server was so attentive & his menu descriptions were spot on. Our menu selections were presented quickly & plates were immediately cleared from the table after devouring each dish. We never had to ask for service from Rick, as he seemed to magically appear to insure that all was well with our table. Very Impressive! I must make mention that as a diner who drinks a lot of water during my meal, their water service was on-point! I never had to request a refill to my water glass. I know that’s trivial to some, but certainly not wasted on me. One last mention…. I heard the response “Of Course” to each request that we made from the staff. Overall, 5 STARS for Everything. Start to Finish.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very upscale, beautiful views amazing food
  22. BJ

    BeccaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    All around everything was amazing. The waiters knew the menu completely and gave good recommendations!
  23. j

    john

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Overall great Dinner. We were there for a birthday , and were treated with so much care! Crudo was beautiful. Would have liked more gnocchi, but the flavor was so rich, we were satisfied. Swordfish was so juicy! Filet was great. Only issue I had was with being charged so much for water! Didn't expect that. Oh.. and the complimentary chocolate was great the next day!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Muy buena la comida y os precios Muy bien lo único q fue q no me dieron la mesa que yo quería
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    We were not offered a second drinks. The bus girl dropped a utensil in my purse and almost spilled my main course on me. Despite requesting a window seat, we were put in the corner. If you are trying to have Ritz carlton prices then the service should match that.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing !! The customer service, the view, and oh my goodness the food was mouthwatering. We will definitely make this a date night once every few months amazing!
  27. WM

    WendyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were celebrating our 5 year anniversary and the food and service was outstanding.
  28. SK

    ScottK

    Minneapolis

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The view is unbeatable, though we were surprised by the highest quality food, impeccable service, and attention to detail. Thank you for a memorable evening!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a business dinner
  30. D

    Donfor

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There is no better!!
  31. m

    monami

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    very late respond and waiting so long to order and food come out late too noisy and feels like no hall service assign to our table not only busy looks like they do not know what to do
  32. S

    Sharah

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Lack of selection of food, very limit time, over price for food. Although the view and services are great
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    We did not receive a window seat despite having it in our special requests in my reservation made a week before, and asking multiple times at the restaurant. We kindly requested to be moved to a window seat as soon as one opens. During our dinner, though we had saw 3-5 window tables open up we were not moved as I noticed that our waitress seemed a bit scattered and we were not at the forefront of our waitress’ thoughts or on her service. Service did not stand out or differ from any other regular restaurant I have been to. We ordered the tomahawk and lobster, red wine, marine sparkler, champagne, and the gnocchi and spent $600 on everything in total. Quality was good but nothing special at that price point. I would recommend trying out the Marine Room as a regular restaurant but absolutely not for a special occasion.
  34. MM

    MichaelM

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing views with great food.service was prompt and courteous.Would definitely recommend.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall2food2service1ambience5
    While the view was beautiful and we were there for our anniversary, our table was by far the worse one in the place, placed where the waiters come out with the food and the bathrooms. I had requested one of the so many tables by the window, but ended up disappointed. Besides that, the cocktails were absolutely horrible, extremely strong in alcohol but no pleasant flavor at all. The food was decent, but then again, you're in San Diego, food here is amazing and that's the norm so decent isn't enough. I do not think I'd come back as I really didn't feel welcomed at all.
  36. NG

    NotGoingToDukesAgain

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    From my previous visits I remember the food to be very good however I felt disappointed this time. I enjoyed the octopus appetizer however everything else felt too salty. Service was above average however I feel there is room for improvement. For example, soup servings were brought without spoons and it took noticeable time to find someone to assist.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We had a reservation at 4:30 pm on Saturday and we’re greeted and seated promptly. Our server, greeted us and did a great job of describing the specials and answering every question we had about the menu items. Food and drinks were delivered promptly and everything was very good. The only drawback to our evening was having an energetic party of 8 seated very close to us after we had started our meal. Although out of the control of the servers, it caused the noise level to be such that it distracted from our meal and conversation. I would have liked for the host to let us know ahead of time as it would have made a difference on where we were seated. Not a huge deal but a little inconvenient. Overall, we had a very good time!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fantastic!
  39. D

    Dakini

    San Diego

    25 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    We have dined 4 times at Marine room since the new chef took over. Hoping each time the food would improve but to no avail. At the most it is disappointing to mediocre. And $500 for 2 and to have such mediocre food was beyond disappointing. For $500 tab there should have been some wow moments on food. There were none. They even had one sauce served on 2 different appetizers and same sauce on a overcooked unattractive sea bass entree. For many years we have been dining very often at Marine room since Bernard G. was chef and every meal was a exquisite gourmet experience. Now it looks like we will cross the Marine room of our list of great restaurants that was always at the top of our list. Frankly not sure if we would be back now other than for holiday dinner that might be hard to ruin. What a shame for a once great restaurant under former great chef Bernard had ti go downhill food wise. But great no more, good no more. We will look elsewhere for a great meal in the future. .
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    La vista increíble, atención de primera y la comida excelente

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

The Marine Room is rated 4.5 stars by 6714 OpenTable diners.

The Marine Room does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 137 times today
Google Map for The Marine Room

2000 Spindrift Drive, San Diego, CA 92037

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    La Jolla Shores Drive

  • Neighborhood

    La Jolla

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Californian, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is available for a nominal fee. Street parking is also available.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Mike Minor

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (858) 459-7222

  • Catering

    With customizable private dining options, The Marine Room will enhance your event with a masterful menu utilizing the culinary flair of Executive Chef Mike Minor. From elegant three-course meals and tray-passed hors d'oeuvres to lavish buffets for lunch or dessert, The Marine Room is more than great dining; it is an experience to be remembered.

  • Private party facilities

    Our oceanfront event venue in La Jolla is an ideal location to host your next special event or celebration. Whether it is a business meeting, family milestone, wedding, or just a friendly get together, we strive to exceed all of your expectations.

  • Private party contact

    Catering Department: (888) 653-0630

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