The Passion of Our Chefs, The Freshness of the FoodLet the culinary artistry of Executive Chef Bernard Guillas and his team take you on a global journey that will excite the senses. This 25-year collaboration of gastronomic excellence brings exotic influences rooted in the French classics to each of their seasonal offerings, and menus as dramatic and memorable as the restaurant's oceanfront setting. Along with a team of seasoned tastemakers, these famed San Diego chefs have been pleasantly critiqued for their cutting-edge techniques, self-expression, and world-class devotion to fresh seafood, hand-picked local ingredients, and award-winning desserts. Their elevated spin on global ingredients served in an elegant art presentation makes the Marine Room's cuisine second to none.
Executive Chef Bernard GuillasMaître Cuisiniers de France and award-winning chef Bernard Guillas joined La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Inc. as Executive Chef for The Marine Room in June 1994. Guillas is also responsible for directing the resort's other two restaurants, including The Shores Restaurant and catering operations for the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club and La Jolla Shores Hotel. Right at home in La Jolla, Guillas' affinity for the coastal lifestyle reminded him of his home in Brittany. Classically trained in French cuisine, Guillas oversees all menus and special events on property.
Chef de Cuisine Thomas ConnollyChef Thomas Connolly has brought his extensive experience and passion to The Marine Room's culinary team as Chef de Cuisine in October, 2018. Originally from Boston, his culinary training began while he was in high school, working in a busy seafood house. Even while cleaning pots, pans and scrubbing the hot fryers, Tom began to hear the call of a lifelong career in the kitchen.
Director of Food and Beverage Matt CaponiMatt Caponi brings with him a high level of professionalism and expertise as he celebrates 11 years with the Marine Room team. He oversees food and beverage for both The Marine Room and La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club with nearly 20 years of experience. Caponi's passion for the restaurant industry grew while he worked as a bartender and server at many restaurants throughout his schooling. Matt has completed and passed his Level 1 certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers and plans to one day take the Certified Sommelier exam.
Restaurant Manager Travis LeGrandTravis spent the early part of his career with Fleming's Steakhouse, opening restaurants around the country. He moved to San Diego to become the Wine Director at The Oceanaire Seafood Room. Since then he has helped open several restaurants, including Burlap, Herringbone and Waypoint Public. With his love for the ocean, Travis has found a perfect home at The Marine Room.
Event Coordinator Amii CambalizaAmii has been producing special occasions in the Hospitality Industry since 1999. Her passion for people, creativity, and attention to detail make her an ideal partner to help plan your next event at The Marine Room!
Maitre D' Dimitrios PapadopoulosFor more than 17 years Dimitrios "Dimi" Papadopoulos' has been an essential component of The Marine Room experience, bringing a warm and inviting demeanor to elegant dining. Papadopoulos has dedicated his life to providing superior customer service and has worked all over the world including Athens, Paris, and New York. Dimi was recognized by his peers in June 2013 when he was awarded the Gold Medallion for Front of House Excellence by the California Restaurant Association San Diego County chapter. To many regular guests, Dimi is like family.