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The Marine Room


La Jolla

$$$$Perfect For:Date NightSpecial Occasions


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The oceanfront Marine Room has been a fine dining French restaurant since 1941, but in 2021, a new chef took over and really made this place a destination for sustainable seafood. The updated menu consists of finely executed surf and turf with unexpected elements that probably require some tweezer action, like hamachi crudo in coconut aguachile and wagyu with onion ash and sweet drop peppers. A year later, they added a cozy lounge with an exclusive menu of dry-aged bluefin carpaccio and lamb lollipops.

That lounge is great for a meal of light bites if you want something more casual than a full, multi-course white tablecloth dinner. But for longtime lovers and pals, the dining room is the place to go for an unparalleled sunset dinner—especially during King Tide season when the waves actually wash up against the restaurant’s windows.

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