Edit ModuleShow Tags

Inside the Icon: The Marine Room

The La Jolla waterfront restaurant has a history that spans bulletproof windows, El Niño flooding, and one very bold sea lion


Published:

Visit the Icon

2000 Spindrift Drive,
La Jolla

themarineroom

Open Sesame

San Diego’s famed Kellogg family purchased the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club in 1935, back when it was called the La Jolla Beach & Yacht Club. Frederick William Kellogg then expanded the property by opening The Marine Room in May 1941 and later, The La Jolla Shores Hotel and Shores Restaurant in 1970. The family still owns the property, and son William J. Kellogg, who serves as current LJBTC president, has been with the company since 1979. He visits The Marine Room almost every day.

 

Growing Panes

During the restaurant’s first winter, strong waves smashed the windows. Brackets and boards were a temporary solution, but they hid the restaurant’s marquee attraction: its view. The windows were replaced with bulletproof glass in 1941.

 

Extreme Makeover

In its early days, the restaurant didn’t have air-conditioning. Instead, the space had a retractable roof so patrons could dine under the stars—and cool off. In 1982, an El Niño storm flooded the restaurant, resulting in a nine-month fortification process so the building could hold up against seawater and wave damage.

 

Sea Lion's Den

The restaurant’s oceanfront location means a front-row seat to all sorts of wildlife, including dolphins, leopard sharks, and the occasional migrating whale. But last February, one sea lion pup got up close and personal when she made her way through a back door and into a window booth seat. SeaWorld rescue specialists nursed her back to health and released her into the ocean two months later, but not before naming her—what else—Marina.

 

Epic Feasts

The Marine Room is known for opulent dining events, including Easter and Mother’s Day brunches, but it’s the High Tide Breakfast Buffet (October through March) and High Tide Dinners (April through September), when guests can feel the ocean splash against the windows, that draw the most crowds.

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Related Stories

National Conflict Resolution Center's Peacemaker Awards Dinner Raises More Than $1 Million

Plus La Jolla Playhouse's annual Gala and the Globe Guilders Celebrating Couture each a glamorous success

This Historic Kensington Home Has a Colorful Attitude

How a real estate-savvy couple redesigned their abode to the eclectic max

Shop like a Tastemaker with the Owner of Native Poppy

On the heels of expanding her beloved floral shop, Natalie Gill divulges what's in her shopping cart
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. Vote Now for San Diego's Best Restaurants 2019
    From pho to fries, you can choose San Diego's best eats and drinks in 99 categories
  2. Puesto's Next Top Taco
    Submit your best taco recipe for the chance to win a grand prize
  3. Restaurants Are Dying; Here’s the Solution
    It’s simple math, but the state of California refuses to allow it
  4. The Best Soup Dumplings in San Diego
    My hunt for the best xiao long bao in the city unearthed two surprising winners
  5. 21 Ultimate Road Trip Itineraries from San Diego
    These getaways will take you through California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and Mexico
  6. Best of North County 2019
    Our annual roundup of what's up-and-coming and full-on buzzy above the 56
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Promotions

Puesto's Next Top Taco

Submit your best taco recipe for the chance to win a grand prize

Not Your Grandma's Orthotics

New year, new – shoe? Staying on your feet for long hours at a time just got a whole lot more comfortable with Wiivv’s BASE custom insoles
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module
Edit Module

Connect With Us:

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Sponsored

Whale Watching Report from Hornblower for March 27 – April 2

Whale watchers get their fill of gray whales, dolphins, and more

AquaVie: 10 Reasons Why It’s Your Secret to Mother’s Day Gift Success

There are plenty of reasons why AquaVie makes for the perfect gift
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags