Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Marine Room High Tide Brunch

During a few short months every year, The Marine Room offers its High Tide brunch. We went once a few years back and was amazed by the view.

The Marine Room has always had the best dining view in San Diego in my opinion. Its floor to ceiling windows and proximity to the water provides its diners with a breathtaking view of the ocean from anywhere in the restaurant. It’s even lit up at night so that you can still enjoy the view after the sun sets.

During High Tides, this view is even better, as the water actually crashes up against the windows. On this visit, the waves weren’t as high as our first visit. I remember our first visit, the water level was already quite above the bottom of the windows and continued to rise as we dined. While it wasn’t as high this time around, the view is still pretty amazing. While you can enjoy the view from anywhere in the restaurant, definitely request a table next to the window to truly have the best experience.

The brunch is a buffet spread. Our last visit, mimosas were complimentary, but that perk is no longer included. Juice and coffee were included though.

The buffet items are spread throughout the restaurant. Full menu can be found here.

One of the things I liked was the different plates you could choose from to use. They had round plates, wavy plates, rectangle plates, etc.

Eggs Benedict, chicken sausage, mushroom frittata, Charcuterie, Saffron Tabouleh, Almond Raisin Cinnamon French Toast

Eggs Benedict, Blueberry Cheese Blintz, Yukon Potato Casserole, smoked salmon, apple smoked bacon, charcuterie

Omelet station

There was an omelet station. I filled mine with bell peppers, shrimp, sausage, mushrooms and cheese.

There was an assortment of pastries and FH decided he wanted to try almost all of them.

Chocolate chip muffin, croissant, pastry, French toast.

The French toast was actually part of the hot food section and was the only thing enjoyable on this plate. I was surprised by how bad the assorted pastries were. None of them tasted good. They tasted store bought and old. The croissant was quite hard to eat and the muffin didn’t taste fresh baked at all.

The desserts consisted of an assortment of little cakes, sugar cookies topped with candied ginger, strawberries, cranberry loaf cake. I liked the mango cake the best.


Overall, we loved the view but found the food just alright and a little underwhelming. We had pretty much felt this way a few years ago when we dined for High Tides brunch. The food definitely doesn’t have the same quality as their dinner experience.

The Marine Room
2000 Spindrift Drive
La Jolla, California 92037
(866) 644.2351
http://www.marineroom.com/home
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11 Responses to “Marine Room High Tide Brunch”

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    Tina — February 21, 2012 @ 6:18 am

    That’s a mighty tasty looking breakfast! Too bad it underwhelmed you :( I hate when foods look good but are just “meh”…

    • Kirbie replied: — February 21st, 2012 @ 11:05 am

      Agreed. The spread looked beautiful but nothing was really worth wanting seconds of.

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    caninecologne — February 21, 2012 @ 7:14 am

    the little cakes look quite pretty. too bad about those dry pasries though. i didn’t realize they had a brunch here. it’s been years since bert and i have gone here. i remember going here for the 1st time for our prom!

    you’re right about eating there at high tide – a very cool experience!

    • Kirbie replied: — February 21st, 2012 @ 11:06 am

      I think they only serve brunch here on special occasions like Mother’s Day, Easter, and some weekends during High tides.

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    Faye — February 21, 2012 @ 10:10 am

    I couldn’t agree more w/ you about the quality of the food. I went many years ago – treated two friends to their Sunday buffet. The food was just completely unmemorable and ‘meh’. Yes, the view was nice but it doesn’t justify the outrageous brunch price the charge (in my opinion). And I remember the pastries and desserts ALL tasting like they had been pre-purchased from an outside vendor.

    How much is the brunch now? Is there parking ? Gosh – it’s been forever since I’ve been there!

    • Kirbie replied: — February 21st, 2012 @ 11:08 am

      Brunch was $32 per person. Valet parking is $5, but I always just find parking up the road. Yes, the prices are too high I think for just okay food. And I couldn’t believe the quality of the pastries.

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    Faye — February 21, 2012 @ 10:12 am

    That’s strange – I just checked your link to their menu and it said $32/pp? I remember it being way more than that many years ago? Maybe it’s b/c they no longer have the mimosas?

    • Kirbie replied: — February 21st, 2012 @ 11:09 am

      Hmm, when I went about 3 years ago, I think we paid $30 or 35 per person and that included mimosas. So I dont think the price has changed.

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    Texas Battle — February 22, 2012 @ 10:36 pm

    Maybe because they cater toward the elderly who’ve lost their sense of taste. the times I went for dinner weren’t very memorable either. Mediocre and uninspiring, menu doesn’t change very much either.

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    Carol — February 23, 2012 @ 9:29 pm

    Yeah, that’s exactly how I remembered the food at Marine Room. I always felt this place was over-rated. The Mister has been boycotting this place for over a decade since the last family celebration dinner here. Horrible service with a rude waiter with an even ruder manager, and the food was mediocre at best.

    • Kirbie replied: — February 24th, 2012 @ 12:33 am

      Boo. Yeah I haven’t eaten here in years. I really love the view but found the food just okay. I hadn’t blogged about it before so I thought I’d give it another shot.

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