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Unique La Jolla Restaurant Experience

August 27, 2012 | By | Reply More

The Marine Room has been a La Jolla landmark since 1941.

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

    Chef Bernard Guillas is known for his innovative cuisine.

 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.

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Category: dining with a view

About the Author ()

I live in La Jolla and I'm a travel writer, so in addition to enjoying my home town's great weather, beautiful surroundings, and range of cultural and recreational options, I also see La Jolla - and the rest of San Diego - as a travel destination. And what I see sometimes drives me batty. People vacation in La Jolla, but don't take advantage of everything our community offers, so I decided to start this blog and provide insider advice for out-of-towners. Hey. I figure if I can write insider tips about exotic destinations on Authentic Luxury Travel, I ought to be able to lead readers off the beaten path that starts just outside my front door. In the process, I'm having fun revisiting my favorite places and discovering some new ones. Travel writers are naturally snoopy, and this blog is my excuse to have a good ol' sticky beak around my home town. I hope you find it helpful. If you are coming to La Jolla or another area of San Diego and would like my help in planning your trip, please read "Need Help Planning Your Trip" and then email me at ehansen298@aol.com. Elizabeth Hansen

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