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 ... More
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.
My fiance and I went in to have dinner to check it out as a possible location for a large dinner party. Location, location, location! The view is the best in town with the Cove and the California cliffs lit up by the sunset! Since many of our guests will be East Coaster's and from out of the country (France & Japan), we thought the Marine Room would be a natural choice to spotlight the wonders of the San Diego coast and fusion cuisine. Although the sunset was beautiful, whew, it sure was hot in there! I don't think the aircon is able to go the extra mile in the humidity of summer, but the view was worth it! It did cool down after sunset. The decor, not super trendy, a little dated, perfect for a mixed ages event (my parents and grandparents will love it), but aren't you there for the view & food? What decor? The food was excellent, except the bread offering was so very average. Good bartender, cute little individual martini shaker! Although the food and beverage service was somewhat subdued? jaded? (welcome to fine dining folks!), it was very professional, and well paced, a tad bit rushed even? But definately not slow. Our service team was attentive and intuitive. In fact the back server even was quick to offer dessert in the bar at the end of our service, since I wanted to get a better view of the water (we were in a booth). I was delighted with the relocation and had a prime view of the waves lit up by spot lights in a more romantic setting. All in all, a must do experience, but leave your expectations at the door! With a view like that, they aren't exactly clamoring for customers right?! Relax and enjoy all that they do, do right!
It is hard to decide on what is the highlight of a meal at The Marine Room. The food is excellent, the view breathtaking, and the service impecable (but not overly attentive). It is a great treat that we in San Diego are lucky to have in our own backyard.
East coast couple on vacation in San Deigo stumbled upon this wonderous place last month and we are still talking about it - and the oysters. Cuisine will appeal to all palletes, and the view ist just breathtaking.
The only thing the Marine Room has going for it these days is a beach view. Lucky for us, there are better restaurants with a beach view.
The trouble with the Marine Room is their management's arrogance and how that attitude carries through the rest of the staff. Due to mediocre recipes and chefs, the food is only worth about half of what they charge. Three major changes are needed to coax me back. Change management, upgrade the recipes and menu, and hire a new world class chef who can deliver extraordinary quality.
Beautiful location but sub par food. The steak was overcooked and the prawn appetizer lacked in-depth flavor. Dessert was original but not tasty; sauces on the dessert plate were not complimentary. The wine list was overpriced based on what was being offered. Recommended for ambience and drinks but not food.
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