La Jolla learns to Cook, Wine and Dine from Chefs at the Marine Room

This week, I attended a cooking demonstration and 3-course dinner plated and created by the famous chefs of the Marine Room. The landmark restaurant sits on La Jolla’s sandy beach, inviting the tides to lick its windows. Wednesday night had a dramatic backdrop of storm clouds behind a group of almost 50 guests seated and swirling complimentary glasses of Sauvignon Blanc.


I was able to talk with Chef Bernard Guillas before the demonstration. Like an artist, he described the canvas (a white plate) he and Chef Ron Oliver would be painting (filling with food). The meal’s theme was “Hunting Games” celebrating the hunting season and the season of comfort food. The appropriately named sommelier, Lisa Redwine, worked with Guillas to hand-pick a selection of red wines to pair with each course.

It was not a hands-on cooking class, but the chefs threw out a wealth of information. Every person in the room could watch the chefs slice, saute and spice the food easily in the angled mirrors on the ceiling. Like a well-rehearsed comedy act, they interacted with the audience well, playing up their contrasting personalities. Charismatic Chef Bernard bantered and winked while the soft-spoken Chef Ron quipped back with dry humor.

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The Marine Room | Fine Dining in La Jolla

La Jolla Blue Book presents our latest “Quiet on the Set” video featuring The Marine Room.

Located in La Jolla at one of the most scenic spots in the world, The Marine Room restaurant is a favorite among San Diego visitors and residents. An award-winning machine, it is without a doubt one of the best restaurants in San Diego.

San Diegans have enjoyed the tradition of fine dining with one of the best beachfront views at The Marine Room for more than 70 years. This La Jolla landmark has become synonymous with fine dining and elegant ambiance. As the Pacific Ocean waves splash up to the floor-length windows, diners are treated to award-winning cuisine in an atmosphere to be remembered

Experience award-winning cuisine by Executive Chef Bernard Guillas and Chef de Cuisine Ron Oliver. Executive Chef Bernard began his formal training in 1978 with legendary Georges Paineau at Le Bretagne Restaurant in Questembert, France. Chef Guillas promotes sustainability and uses ingredients when they are at their peek. Chef de Cuisine Ron Oliver, an equally supporter of organic foods and sustainable agriculture, serves up creative dishes by utilizing unique ingredients from around the world such as lemon myrtle oil from Australia, annatto seed from South America and sour plum from China.

The Marine Room hosts many events year round, from weddings to their famous high tide dining. Experience a high tide dinner available May through August for dramatic surf crashing onto their floor-to-ceiling windows. Relax at the end of the day with drinks and gourmet small plates in the lounge during their happy hour Sunday through Friday 4 to 6pm. The Marine Room is open seven days a week, reservations are highly recommended, and valet parking is also available. For more information about special events or private dining please visit their website.

For more information visit The Marine Room or contact them at,

2000 Spindrift Dr
La Jolla, CA 92037

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