Combine a celebrated chef with a venerable seaside dining room, add impeccable service and an unfussy, elegant setting and you’ll come close to imagining this quintessential ultimate dining experience. The restaurant’s been drawing crowds since 1941, thanks to its location at the tide line in La Jolla Shores and the fierce waves that sometimes crash right against well-fortified windows. Executive Chef Bernard Guillas has become a San Diego culinary superstar since he took over the restaurant in 1994, active in all food-themed culinary events and fundraisers. His imaginative menus rely on local produce, the chef’s Brittany heritage, and his worldwide travels. Never timid with ingredients, he’ll put Gouda and cherries with beef carpaccio, quinoa and absinthe infusion with halibut, and hazelnut in lobster bisque. Reserve a window table during sunset for ultimate romance, or wait awhile and watch spotlights highlight the foaming waves against the dark sky. Low on cash? Sample the scene and cuisine at the lounge while nibbling on braised pork cheeks or shrimp and Andouille lollipops. Valet parking available.
San Diego› Restaurant
The Marine Room
2000 Spindrift Dr, La Jolla
Our Rating Neighborhood La Jolla Hours Sun-Thurs 5:30-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 5:30-10PM Phone 866/644-2351 Prices Main courses $26–43 Cuisine Type French/Eclectic Web site The Marine Room Other Reservations recommended, especially weekends