The Marine Room in La Jolla, California

The Marine Room in La Jolla, California—Fine dining at its finest

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If you come to San Diego and want to eat at one of the finest restaurants around, which means that you have a little money to spend, so to speak, try The Marine Room. If you have to ask how much it costs, then you can’t afford it. I went there once, back in 2000, and there were no prices on the menu. I suspect it’s still that way.

What makes The Marine Room unique is not the quality of the food, which is A+ first rate 10 out of 10 magnifico, it’s the location. It’s at the beach. Sure, there are lots of nice restaurants at the beach, but The Marine Room not only is AT the beach, it’s actually ON the beach, and one of the nicest beaches in San Diego County.

The Marine Room in La Jolla, California

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It’s called fine dining at its finest.

When I went, I wasn’t paying. My brother-in-law from Slidell, Louisiana, was in town, along with my sister (his wife, of course), my brother, and my oldest niece and nephew. Mr. Brother-in-law—we’ll call him Jimmy since that’s his name—wanted lobster, shrimp, and crab, but not just any lobster, shrimp, and crab. He wanted the best lobster, shrimp, and crab that San Diego could offer. I told him about The Marine Room, but I also told him the cost. He offered to pay for everyone if my Jim and I would take them there. We did. We had the buffet, and Jimmy ate like there was no tomorrow. I have heard that they don’t have a buffet anymore; I blame that on Jimmy.

Being on the beach, though, isn’t the coolest thing about The Marine Room. The coolest thing is that you can eat there during high tide, and during the highest of the high tides, the waves crash into the windows, sometimes completely covering the windows and splashing up onto the roof. I have only seen high tide from above because high tides are in high demand, which means you have to book your high tide meal about a year in advance. I have heard that prices are a little higher during high tides, too.

The Marine Room opened on May 29, 1941, and quickly became the talk of the County because of the location and the tides. Here are two videos of high tide meals:

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

I’m not sure I could sit there and calmly eat a meal with waves crashing against the windows like that. What if the windows break? In fact, they did break one time. Back in 1982. Originally the windows were single-pane glass, so they were boarded up during the winter storms. In 1948, the single-pane glass was replaced with ¾-inch tempered glass, allowing The Marine Room to stay open year-round. However, the El Niño winter of 1982 brought a major series of storms to San Diego. Waves forced their way through the windows and flooded The Marine Room. It took nine months to rebuild.

Obviously, with a great location, unique dining, and unparalleled food, The Marine Room has won many awards throughout the years, including having just been named one of AAA’s Four-Diamond Restaurants. Some of the other awards include:

  • Best Special Occasion Restaurant
  • Diners’ Choice Award Winner: Open Table
  • Best Romantic Restaurant
  • Best Restaurant with a View
  • Top 100 Scenic View Restaurants in the United States: Open Table
  • Best of San Diego
  • Most Scenic View Restaurant in the United States: Open Table

La Jolla Shores & The Marine Room

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The Marine Room in La Jolla, California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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