Do yourself a favor and make reservations today for one of this week’s High Tide Dinners at the Marine Room on La Jolla Shores Beach. San Diego’s favorite coastal community has many good restaurants, but only one can offer the thrill of watching waves splashing on huge picture windows during a high tide.
The Marine Room opened in 1941 and quickly became famous as the place where pounding surf created dramatic displays against the restaurant’s windows. In 1942, the waves broke one of the windows, so they were reinforced, but many locals – including me – remember when it happened again in 1982 during a particularly high tide.
Instead of being bad for business, the broken glass on the nightly news just called attention to this unique La Jolla restaurant experience. Now many savvy visitors plan their San Diego trips to coincide with high tide dinners and breakfasts offered by the Marine Room.
Next High Tide Dinners
If this sounds like fun, pick up the phone right now and make a reservation for August 28, 29, or 30. Yes. That’s tomorrow, Wednesday, and Thursday of this week. (tel. 877-791-8057 or 858-459-7222). Dinner is served from 5:30pm, but the high tides are as follows:
Aug. 28 (7:46pm)
Aug. 29 (8:31pm)
August 30 (9:12pm)
In addition to a memorable view, Executive Chef Bernard Guillas and Chef de Cuisine Ron Oliver will cater to your palate: Here are some of the entrees on the menu:
- Local Day Boat Bass 34
almond, tatoi, kabocha, honshimeji, fava beans, vya vermouth
- Alaskan Halibut 39
red walnut, venere rice, tomato confit, chorizo, saffron xo sauce
- King Salmon 33
brioche, dill pollen, red quinoa, fennel, maltese orange infusion
- Maine Lobster Tail 39
corn carrot risotto, linguiça, green papaya, absinthe butter
- Sonoma Jidori Chicken 28
cashew dukkah, bulgur, yellow wax beans, thyme kumquat jus
- Organic Tofu Hot Pot 26
kalbi, coconut brown rice, spaghetti squash, watercress miso broth
- Center Cut Angus Filet Mignon 42
torpedo onion potato pie, quince chutney, valdeon blue, garnacha reduction
- Free Range Veal Tenderloin 38
truffle corn torte, apple beignet, maitake, elysium black muscat
- Cervena Elk Loin 37
wattleseed, boniato, tart cherry jam, cacao nib port gastrique
- Country Meadow Rack of Lamb 42
pistachio, aged gouda polenta, mission fig compote, oregano amaro essence
If you can’t get to the Marine Room this week, keep in mind that the restaurant is participating in San Diego Restaurant Week from Sunday, September 16 through Friday, September 21, 2012. They will be offering three-course dinners for $40 per person – but, sadly, no high tide drama.
Category: dining with a view