About Marina Kitchen - San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina

333 West Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Comfort Food, Californian, American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast - 6:30 am
Lunch - 11:30
Dinner - 5:00

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 699-8222

Website:
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-information/restaurant/sandt-san-diego

Parking Details:
Validation at the restaurant provides self parking at $8 for 3 hours

Executive Chef:
Aron Schwartz

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

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Encounter the new breed of restaurant designed to accommodate group clientele in an endless combination of configurations. Marina Kitchen delivers a unique dining experience, from a breakfast buffet to a "Williams Sonoma" like reception space, sunsets on our outdoor terrace to private dinner parties

Marina Kitchen - San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina Ratings and Reviews

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3.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.8

service

3.7

ambience

4

noise

Moderate

63% would recommend it to a friend

great for lunch (9)
good for groups (5)
scenic view (5)
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vibrant bar scene (4)
late-night find (3)
great for brunch (3)
hot spot (2)
notable wine list (2)
fit for foodies (2)
kid-friendly (2)
great for outdoor dining (1)
special occasion (1)
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service5

We picked this restaurant because it was ...

vip
Dined 4 days ago

We picked this restaurant because it was located in our hotel and the dress code was casual. We were very glad we did because everything from the service to the food was really good. The seafood was very fresh and they also have a nice selection of wine by the glass.

food3
ambience4
service3
value2

Not worth price.

Dined on April 17, 2016

For the price would expect much more gourmet and seafood options, food was cold, vegetables way overcooked need a pasta dish. For the price we could have went some place better downtown, but we were running late for an event and didn't want to leave hotel. Walk to Seasons 52 at Seaport for better quality food.

Tags: scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Nice restaurant and bar for food or drinks

vip
Dined on February 19, 2016

Great location if staying near the Convention Center or being there for an event. Nice location, vibe and the menu offers lots of options. I like the large bar as well if you're solo.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food4
ambience2
service5
value3

Nice place

Dined on January 18, 2016

The menu was not too small / extensive. Highly recommended the Chilled Seafood Platter as a starter. Plenty for 4 guests. Ask to sit in Julia's section. She's fun, sweet, great personality & made great app & entree recommendations. Enjoy !!

Tags: great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Jack

vip
Dined on January 16, 2016

Had breakfast, lunch & dinner at various times during our stay in San Diego. Service was always prompt & friendly and the food was spot on.

Tags: great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience3
service4
value4

Christmas brunch and dinner buffet were quite good

Dined on December 26, 2015

Brunch buffet was a bit pricey and there was no lower price, lighter fare option. The food was mostly quite good. One remarkable issue was with the short ribs hash. Rather than braising, stewing, or barbecueing the ribs the meat was diced and sautéed. It was quite tough and chewy. At dinner the dining room was just nuts. It was loud and crowded people were getting a little pushy. At one point my wife and I got up to go back to the buffet and returned to find our wine gone and somebody else sitting at our table. The other couple were quite gracious. Our waitress took care of us very quickly. I don't know if the hostesses were ever even aware of what had happened. I am very curious why someone cleared a table with two full glasses of wine, two full glasses of water, and no closed check there to indicate a completed transaction. Any, there were a few minor issues with food actually quite similar to the issue at breakfast but over all it was quite good and very reasonably priced. I don't know if they similar issues on nights with usual service. Also, this restaurant is right in the main lobby of the hotel so it has casual, bar type seating interspersed with dining type seating and they were using low, coffee table like seating as well as high, bar stool type seating for Christmas dinner. That seemed very out of place to me.

food2
ambience1
service1
value1

Over Priced and Under Served

Dined on December 26, 2015

For $52 each for the Christmas Buffet plus auto+auto gratuity at a Marriott I guess I expected too much. The Marina has no ambiance. Zero. The whole place seems like a horrible after thought. We had a reservation at 5:30 and were quickly seated. Our server was either over-worked or inattentive, as it took her 5 minutes to acknowledge us. She seemed confused why were sitting when we were there for the buffet, but we wanted to have a celebratory drink before we ate. She must have been an on-call banquet server who was a last resort on a busy holiday. She was at all engaging and hardly could force a smile. The food was okay. The very nice sized jumbo shrimp cocktail ( one per glass) were completely bland, even with their cocktail sauce. It would be nice if the carving station folks asked if what you wanted instead of just putting meat on your plate. I do not like well done prime rib. (Nor should anyone!) The highlight was the meat and cheese area and the salads. Very tasty choices. The sides were mediocre at best, with the scallop potatoes being the only star. And nothing remotely healthy in the desert section. It took forever to get another round of drinks, and even longer to get the check! Don't you want to turn your tables?

food3
ambience3
service3
value4

Xmas eve prix fix menu average.

Dined on December 25, 2015

Better dining experience with regular dinner menu not holiday fixed courses. Staff very professional and courteous, very lovely.

Tags: great for brunch, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5

We had the Sunday morning brunch buffet ...

vip
Dined on November 29, 2015

We had the Sunday morning brunch buffet with omelette cooked to your specification and the usual array of pancakes, bacon, breads, etc. all very good and I especially loved the biscuits and gravy combo

food1
ambience1
service1

The "high end" menu that was served to u ...

vip
Dined on November 22, 2015

The "high end" menu that was served to us by a server who wearing a T shirt & her first sentence in her greet to the table was "hi, do you need more time"?? I was about to ask what came on the $75.00 seafood appetizer but after that greet I felt like I was at the airport! The service lacked!!

food3
ambience3
service3

After dining at any number of really gre ...

vip
Dined on November 16, 2015

After dining at any number of really great restaurants in San Diego, the food at this restaurant was really just average...not great and not bad...just average. The portions were very large. Pretty typical hotel food. Just an okay experience. The view of the pool was a big plus.

food2
ambience3
service3

Unremarkable food and service

Dined on November 7, 2015

Six people at business dinner. Waiter had trouble taking orders in an efficient way. Cold seafood platter (oyster, mussels, clams, shrimp, lobster) was not very tasty but nicely presented. Sea bass came pretty much on its own, again, little taste. White whine was left on table without bringing cooler. Bread only upon request in a quantity appropriate for 2 with 6 sitting at table. Spent about 100$ per person including 2 bottles of wine. Staff was friendly.

Tags: scenic view
food4
ambience4
service3

Nice location

Dined on October 26, 2015

I ate at this restaurant three days in a row, so I had the opportunity to taste several entries. The salads are great, particularly the "tuna salad" - which really is not what people might think: the tuna is sushi-grade, seared, and excellent. Good portions, one salad is plenty for lunch (or dinner, for that matter). The place is loud, but passable - the maitre d' was actually not very hospitable, and just waived to an open table, hardly looking at us. Tried to eat outside, but it had been booked for a "private" event, so no luck.

Tags: good for groups, great for lunch
food2
ambience4
service2

The place was just ok. The food was ok.. ...

vip
Dined on September 20, 2015

The place was just ok. The food was ok..nothing special.

food4
ambience4
service4

Great Views and Food

Dined on September 11, 2015

Food was great along with the views of the harbor. Our waiter was really nice and attentive.

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience4
service4

unexpected menu in a hotel restaurant

vip
Dined on September 6, 2015

We dined on the patio and enjoyed the view of the marina. Our food was good. The veggies were especially delicious. The entrees were good but not first in class. Love that the food is locally sourced.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, scenic view
food3
ambience5
service1

Service was bad and menu limited.

vip
Dined on August 17, 2015

Arrived at 12:30 and only a few tables occupied. No host present. Had to ask waiter to seat us. Seem to have plenty of staff but multiple tables having to request service. Seemed like a lot of managers just standing around. Menu had few choices. Very disappointed!

food5
ambience4
service5

Excellent Food

Dined on August 17, 2015

We have been to this restaurant several times. Each and every time people moan when they taste the food!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups
food4
ambience3
service3

Good Buffet

Dined on July 5, 2015

We ate at the Marina Kitchen on the 4th of July. They had a buffet that night which had a lot of standard family BBQ offerings. It was very tasty!!

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups
food4
ambience4
service5

great

Dined on May 25, 2015

server (sam) was knowledgeable , attentive, and pleasant.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food4
ambience3
service2

Enjoyed the hotel and the restaurant

Dined on May 5, 2015

We ate at the Marina kitchen a few times during our stay at the Marriott Marquis. The food was good and the views were amazing. The breakfast buffet was very good, but hard to navigate. It was very crowded, which is to be expected during a conference of 10,000 people. During our sit-down lunch with colleagues, we had a difficult time locating our server when we needed refills or something else. I also noticed that one of my colleagues asked for something when the food was delivered and the waitress never returned with it. Being a server myself, I know that it gets busy and overwhelming at times, but it would have been nice to have a little more staff on during the busy event so that tables didn't feel neglected. Overall, I had a good experience at the restaurant and the hotel as a whole.

Tags: great for lunch, scenic view
food4
ambience4
service5

New hot spot for dining at the Marriott.

vip
Dined on April 27, 2015

My compliments to all the staff. They could not have been nicer to make the dinner/evening a memorable one. To Claude and Stephen the chef - they were all very accommodating. Thank you.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food2
ambience2
service1

There was a rock/ pebble in my hash brow ...

vip
Dined on April 12, 2015

There was a rock/ pebble in my hash browns. They never brought me my tomatoe juice, my husband had to go get it at the bar! Took our server 25 minutes to acknowledge us. Awful service!!! Will never go back.

food4
ambience4
service4

Overall experience was very good and bre ...

Dined on April 9, 2015

Overall experience was very good and breakfast was very good.

Tags: great for brunch
food5
ambience4
service3

Crab cakes are to die for!

Dined on April 8, 2015

Great location (inside Marriott Marquis) with upscale bar, location for groups, and great food. Had the crab cakes (appetizer and then as a crab benedict in the morning). Flatbread was tasty too! Our service was a bit slow, but there was a conference happening at the convention next door so it was busy. Also had mushroom soup paired with green salad and half a french dip....good value. Great find!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5

Food, service and wine.

Dined on April 4, 2015

The food was some of the best we had that weekend. The service was outstanding very friendly and always asked how we were doing. They looked out for best of our kids as they recommended and loved the donut deserts and the soufflé. Also we had the best crab cakes and short ribs dinner I think we ever had and the truffle mac n cheese was awesome. Also the wine list was very appealing with a nice selection to choose from. The pairing wine we had was very good and went well with the dinners. It was our first time at the Hotel and we are looking forward to returning in the summer with the kids again and enjoying the the hotel and the food.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4

Business Lunch

Dined on March 24, 2015

We had a very nice business lunch for 10 at Marina Kitchen. The service and food were very good!

Tags: good for groups, great for lunch
food4
ambience4
service5

Good overall

Dined on March 21, 2015

Quiet during lunch on Saturday 1245pm. Waitress was excellent. Food was good. I had the fish and chip; both were good. My wife had cioppino and was good also.

food4
ambience4
service4

Came in for a quick early dinner on a "j ...

vip
Dined on February 9, 2015

Came in for a quick early dinner on a "jet lag" day. Excellent service from the bar. Pretty good menu available before dinner is served. Had a MK Burger, very good. Great happy hour prices.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food3
ambience3
service2

okay place near the convention ctr

vip
Dined on December 5, 2014

The food was good--B-plus. Fish well prepared. Odd to serve it however with no accompaniments whatsoever. The service needs improvement, We were pretty neglected and the waiter had no attention span.

Tags: good for groups, scenic view
food5
ambience4
service5

Efficient and friendly

Dined on November 22, 2014

We had a conference group meeting early on Saturday. Service was excellent. Food prompt and we'll presented. It was a perfect breakfast meeting. Trestle tables with benches might not be the most comfortable for a long meal. But overall, excellent

Tags: great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
food4
ambience4
service4

Business Breakfast

Dined on November 4, 2014

Nice spot for early business breakfast next door to the convention center.

Tags: good for groups, scenic view
food1
ambience3
service1

Don't eat at the Marina Kitchen

vip
Dined on October 26, 2014

There is only a few words to say about the Marina Kitchen 1. Food - I have had better dinners at Coco's Restaurant 2. Service - There were only about ten people in the restaurant,we saw our waitress to take the order and drop off the check.

food3
ambience4
service5

Excellent dinner

vip
Dined on October 14, 2014

This place has a great ambience and good food. Portions are smallish but delicious. Bread Pudding is DIVINE!!! Great beer selection.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5

Amazing!

Dined on October 3, 2014

I had a group of guys in town that wanted the best meal of their life in San Diego...so I brought them to Marina Kitchen! They are still talking about how wonderful the night was! They loved the oysters, seared ahi, and potato chip appetizers. For the entrees, the short rib pasta and fish special was a huge hit. We also had Josh, the Sommelier, help us pair our food with wine which topped off the experience. Lastly, the makers mark milkshakes and bread pudding to finish off the meal made this night UNFORGETTABLE! Thank you!

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4

Great Find

Dined on September 29, 2014

The food was delicious, well priced, great, I will go again

Tags: fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience4
service3

Nice

vip
Dined on September 2, 2014

We had a nice evening with friends. A little surprised that it was very quiet for a holiday weekend. Food was good, but not spectacular. Service was a bit spotty. The server did not know the menu well and there was a bar T trainee (on a holiday weekend)...

Tags: scenic view
food4
ambience3
service4

Best Breakfast during Comic-Con

vip
Dined on July 25, 2014

Marina Kitchen is a restaurant inside the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego. + Great breakfast buffet with fresh omelets and more + Good service, coffee and juice always full + Scenic views of the marina

Tags: great for brunch
food2
ambience3
service5

Buffet only! Ran out of main dish.

Dined on July 5, 2014

We made reservations for the 4th of July, and nowhere did they mention that the only option available would be a limited buffet of picnic food. And, they ran out of the main meat item. We were promised that it was being subsituted with prime rib, but the prime rib was not made available after a 45 minute wait. As a result, we missed the beginning of the fireworks show. We were very disappointed.

food4
ambience3
service4

Business lunch

Dined on June 23, 2014

Marina provided a pleasant location for an important two person business lunch linked to a major convention at the adjacent convention center.

Tags: great for lunch

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