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The Marine Room

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4476 reviews
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$50 and over
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Global, International
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  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Global, International, Fusion / Eclectic, Seafood
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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.
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Phone number
(858) 459-7222
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Bernard Guillas
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
La Jolla Shores Drive
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Parking details
Valet parking is available for a nominal fee. Street parking is also available.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Had an amazing night with my bffs celebrating our birthdays. Our server Bryan was great and very friendly. Went to this restaurant years ago with a lot of people and had a blast.

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3.0Dined 7 days ago

We have always enjoyed a wonderful experience at The Marine Room. This time the food and service were a bit dissappointing. We did appreciate the fulfillment of our request for a window table and our out of town guests were enchanted with the location.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Expensive but worth every penny. Reserve in advance and request a table near the beach-front window. Absolutely amazing food no matter where you sit, but the view adds even more to the meal. Loved it.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Ryan was a fantastic server and helped to make the evening a great experience

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Excellent food. A little pricey and service was a little slow for our group even though it was small since there were several other large groups. Watching the sunset over the ocean was worth it!

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3.0Dined on April 11, 2018

I know you always can’t get what you want however, we asked for a window seat when I made the reservations and was willing to wait as we were early to the restaurant .

The host hurried us to a seat after we told them we were willing to wait until our reservation 20 minutes from then to get a better view.

In a rush to fill seats, we were placed in a tiny corner with very limited views of the ocean.

I thought I preplanned well by calling ahead requested a nice table and even willing to wait.

The meal itself was crafted as if it were a Illprepared grand finalie, all over the place, not making sense and extremely expensive. Would not recommend !

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

We enjoyed absolutely everything. From the view, to the service.. and ultimately The Plates!!
5 star restaurant. Absolutely make time for it!

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Great spot. We loved it and we dressed up because it was preferred. Then people came in in jeans and shorts and there appeared to be no bar too low.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The Best of the Best. Every detail is taken care of. There is not a server that is not top shelf

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Excellent service, great food and of course you cannot beat the view.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We have been dining at the Marine Room for 40 years. No trip to La Jolla is complete without dinner there. Great food, service and ambiance.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Surprised how good the food was. And beautifully presented.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Last day of vacation was a special, memorable experience.

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1.0Dined on April 5, 2018

The main course was way overpriced and the portions were so small that you were hungry asking for more bread which wasn’t even warm.
Then the oversized mud pie comes out which was larger then all entrees put together. What a joke, have gone here for 30 years and now I’m done forever.....

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Had a fantastic meal with top notch service at Marine Room as usual. Love the view and inventive dishes!

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

I made reservations 2 days prior to going there . Valarie called to get confirmations. I gave her specific instructions . It was my boyfriends birthday. It was our first time there . I wanted a window seat. Not a center seat n away from noise . We got there eon time . The Asian person at the front desk (Ross ) greeted us . For a few minutes they said nothing . Then I was told that they are looking for a table for me . 🤔 few minutes later he took us to the room to the right and offered us an aisle seat. I told him that I made it clear in my reservation that I wanted a window seat not a aisle seat n away from noise . The Asian guy told me that the reservation does not guarantee what we want . Tables are a first come first serve basis. I was like I talked to Valarie and gave special instructions . It’s a bday celebration. I don’t want to me in center aisle. That guy was rude and was like it’s just a request and they dint have to adhere to it . Tables are given at a first come first serve basis. I wasn’t sure why in the world would ppl make reservations then. Then he offers us another table on the other side which is even darker . After a few debates n argument we settle for the table on the right . We settled in. Even though the mood was ruined . After we get our champagne poured in , Ross comes and offers us the table right behind the check in desk. He states that the reservation got cancelled last minute for that. I was furious inside coz just few ministers ago he told us that they don’t hold tables . So who in the world was he holding that table for ???? 😡😡😡 we took the table n moved. But it was a terrible start. Thanks to our waiter John from Hawaii who lightened the mood and made it worth it . He was great. Personable n sweet.
Idk if I will return. I was very disappointed after all the hard work I did in trying to get a perfect table, make sure I gave good instructions n made clear it was a special event for us. That’s why people make reservations .

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Jenn was our waiter and she was amazing. Loved the food and the view. Wish this place had some live nice piano or guitar music - it would be so perfect. Thanks for a great anniversary.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

This was an Easter meal with out of town guests. It was a buffet. We were seated and left alone for 15 minutes. Wait staff walked by us without acknowledging us to the point where we almost left. Finally a staff person let us know we could serve ourselves from the buffet. The food was quite good with interesting variety. However, the staff did not clear the plates. We had to put our plates on other tables to have space. We will NEVER return for a buffet here again and we were most disappointed in the experience.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We had a very nice and elegant Easter dinner here at the Marine Room. They have such a great buffet with a variety of different mouthwatering dishes. Everything was fresh from the prime rib to the desserts. Throw in that beautiful Pacific Ocean view to top it off. I’m a fan.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The Marine Room is our new Easter tradition. Great food, beautiful location and view, has a homey feel. Very nice!

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The food was good, but their Easter Brunch layout is really tight and crowded. A better layout should be planned for future buffets. The view is amazing.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Lovely Easter Brunch buffet, food selection was great and tasted amazing; the service was impeccable. Will definitely return.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

La mesa del buffet muy apretada y muy poca opcion de comida sana. El lugar necesita una remodelacion,...muy caro para lo que fue

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We celebrated my Birthday at Marine Room. Our window table was fabulous as well as the food. My husband enjoyed this elk and I had ahi which was excellent. Wait staff is outstanding, attention to detail. Romantic restaurant, priceless view, and delicious food. And my B.D. dessert was fantastic, loved presentation of food.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

This is now a favorite restaurant in the San Diego/LaJolla area. Ambience, service, cuisine, wine list, quiet, comfortable and lovely view of the waves illuminated at night. First class.

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1.0Dined on March 31, 2018

This was my second time here and my experience was significantly different from the last. We requested a table by the windows for a special occasion; this request was not met. There were families giving their small children cough medicine at the table, completely interrupting the ambiance of the marine room. Others were also extremely underdressed, despite the clear dress code online. It took ten minutes for us to receive water/menus and another fifteen minutes to get any sort of service. We weren’t even sure who our waiter was as several people were intermittently servicing us. No one really took the time to really explain the menu or make any suggestions. Overall was very disappointed that my experience was subpar for the amount of money we spent.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

It was a special birthday that was noted on open table. This was the second open table notation that didn’t get recognized by the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

I made a reservation for 6:30 to time it up with the beautiful California sunset. The view was incredible. We choose to try the tasting menu. Not bad, def a lot of food for the price but it wasn't as impressive as I'd hoped. Ambiance was also too formal for my liking. But great one time experience. Wish we would have come at high tide to see the waves crashing against the building. Our waiter Jon was a pleasure.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Amazing dinner. Really accommodating to our young children at our early reservation. Amazing view.

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Went for husband's birthday. Wait staff the importance of the visit. WAY OVERPRICED for what we received. Suggested that the sourdough bread slice be heated in microwave for 15 to 20 seconds instead of being served cold. Butter with Hawaiian sea salt--GORGEOUS! Presentation A plus! Both salads served wear WORKS OF ART!!! Filet wonderfus--would have made a more beautiful one if chef had uses blue potatoes instead of white. Taro chip clever--Dessert---raspberry coulis was worth the whole visit. Sadly, the overpriced menu made us sad--we could and SHOULD HAVE prepared the meal ourselves. Along with taxis, this $500.00 will NEVER occur again--be very rich when you go there one Montrachet was priced at almost $1500.00--picnic at the beach in front of the place instead!!!

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

It was amazing place with beautiful scenery and the waves hitting the wall is just surreal. Had my wife’s birthday and she loved it.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Anniversary dinner with impeccable service and a zillion dollar view.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

We come to vacation in La Jolla about once a year if not more and the Marine Room is always on the reservation list. Beautiful location, great Service and excellent food. I made Opentable reservations for a party of 4 at 7:30 on a Wednesday night, requesting waterfront viewing table. Upon arrival, we were greeted and seated exactly where I requested.

We ordered cocktails while perusing the menu. Appetizers ordered was the Maine Diver Scallop and Hudson Valley Foie and Nebraska Prime New York Beef Carpaccio. Entrees were the Macadamia Blue Crab Cake, Sea Salt Crispy Skin Branzino and Sea Scallops with Shrimp. All the dishes, beautifully presented and cooked to perfection and tasted amazing. To top off the meal, we were presented with a delicious Lemon Tart for our Anniversary celebration to-boot!

Thank you for the enjoyable evening as always!

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Wonderful! Food was delicious and wine was amazing.

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3.0Dined on March 19, 2018

The service was too slow. We had to wait 15-20 min for everything! Including the bread & the check. We had to finally ask for the bread . Not that busy on a Sun nite & plenty of staff,just not a priority. Why not ?? Dirty empty plates left in front of us x 20 min. Food was good & attractive. Also valet should be free when you spend that much for dinner!

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2018

The view was spectacular and the service was great! However, the food was bland, bland, bland! For the price I had higher hopes- honestly though the tuna was blah the chicken absolutely flavorless and dry. Such a shame. The 90’s called too- they want their plate decor back.

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2018

A greeting or being acknowledged upon arrival would have been nice.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The food was excellent at the marine room. They have very authentic French cuisine. Very well thought out dished that inspire you as a foodie and are very delicious. Congrats to the chefs here. I will return asap.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

It was awesome ... wonderful atmosphere and food was a real treat ! Went with my daughter for a special supper and it didn’t disappoint in any way ... highly recommend

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Excellent service...Rick was professional...the food was exceptional...ambiance for special occasions

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