Marina Cafe
Marina Cafe

Marina Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.marinacafe.com/
  • Phone: 8508377960x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

    Don’t miss Happy Hour Monday - Friday in the bar area or out on the waterfront cocktail deck from 5-7pm featuring half-price drinks, sushi and select appetizer menu. You can also come in for our nightly Early Dining Special from 5-6pm, where you can Buy 1 Entrée and Get 1 Entrée, of equal or lesser value, Free. Join us on Mondays & Tuesdays and enjoy our wine bottles at half-price (not available during early dining)!
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Seafood, Steakhouse
  • Dress Code: Resort Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Marina Cafe, an award-winning restaurant located on the Destin Harbor, is renowned for its sensational food and attentive service. Experience contemporary dining and breathtaking sunsets over the harbor through a thirty-foot window wall in the bar and water front dining room. Waterfront cocktail deck with sensational sunset views.
  • Private Party Contact: Judy Altilio 8508377960x
  • Special Events: Early Dining: 5-6pm (excluding holidays)
    Available in Dining Room
    Buy 1 Entree Get 1 Entree Free (excluding prime steaks and rack of lamb)



    Happy Hour in Bar or out on the cocktail deck: Monday - Friday, 5-7pm
    1/2 Price Drinks & Sushi



    Wednesday Martini Madness- $6



    Thursday Ladies Night- $2 Drinks

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Marina Cafe
At Marina Café, it is all about sensational food, attentive service and breathtaking Destin Harbor views. Our award-winning restaurants popularity is evident on any night when Destin’s loyal patrons fill the bar to the brim for happy hour and enjoy the scenery from the thirty-foot window wall.

The candlelit dining room envelops you in warm colors, high ceilings and large picture windows overlooking the Destin Harbor. Relax and enjoy our extensive wine collection with over 100 wines that perfectly complement the wonderfully progressive cuisine. With fresh daily seafood selections, prime steaks, pastas, sushi and wood-fired pizzas there is something for everyone at Marina Café.

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Marina Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
165 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (133)special occasion (108)romantic (97)fit for foodies (64)notable wine list (56)great for outdoor dining (51)good for groups (37)neighborhood gem (31)hot spot (20)vibrant bar scene (17)kid-friendly (14)late-night find (10)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • It's been years...
    SecondWindVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We moved away years ago but were in the area again recently, so we thought we'd visit again. We had an amazing dinner. All six of us got a different appetizer/small plate and entree and they were all fabulous. The view overlooking Destin harbor at sunset was a great backdrop for our dinner. Will definitely go back if we are in the area again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Orleans Excellence in Destin
    bobbyv
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We enjoyed a memorable dinner here which include delicious and well prepared food served with careful attention. We also enjoyed the atmosphere enhanced by the scene overlooking Destin Harbour.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The food was absolutely delicious! The best filet I have ever eaten, and I've had many in my time. The service was less than desirable. Our drinks were always empty or we were waiting on something almost the entire time. I wouldn't rave about the desserts either. However, the quality of the entrees were well worth the price and visit! Yum!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great every time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Every time I need a romantic ambiance and I'm in Destin FL I will always go to Marina Cafe. Wally the Manager is great
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unorganized
    RegularGuyRunner
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food is good, service and overall experience, mediocre. Went on a Friday night when you think they would expect a crowd. They were overwhelmed and underperformed for their prices. Food made the experience ok, but unlikely I would go back. Waiter was friendly, but he said they just didn't expect the crowd. Really? Friday night and your unprepared for a crowd. I'll spend my money where they have adequate staff to serve the customers that show up.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The view is lovely, the early dining feature is a marketing genius of an idea, presentation of the food is beautiful and the service by Matthew hit just the right balance of attentive and pleasant but not hovering. Grouper was delicious and coconut cream pie among the best I've had.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional
    Trooperk501
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    From the moment we entered the front doors until we exited the staff was super friendly and the chef was exceptional. Variety in the menu and the flavors in the food did not disappoint. Definitely a spot to visit again and again!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed
    MisterK
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Celebrated our wedding anniversary on Wednesday evening. Food, service and friendly atmosphere made it a truly enjoyable night. Felt like we were at Cheers, where everyone knows your name. Will continue to return, especially now that tourist season is ebbing.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best dinner in Destin
    Colla686
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I would highly recommend Marina Cafe to anyone looking for a delicious dinner. It is a little more on the expensive side but if you get there between 5&6 you get buy one entree get another FREE. That's right, free. It ended up being our favorite place and we had a great waiter, Frank was his name. I got the salmon dish and my father got andouille crusted red fish. Both dishes were the best fish dishes I have ever had. Great flavors and very creative with the sides and spices they mixed together. Go there if your looking for amazing food!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Experience
    Ronda32
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I really enjoyed my birthday dinner...just wish they gave a little more food for the price!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great all around
    Amanda
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Great food, great service, great view! We had a wonderful experience at marina cafe and would highly recommend to anyone looking for a great meal in destin, fl.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful meal!
    DrShrink
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We ate at the Marina Cafe on Sunday, August 10, 2014, after arriving in the area from Atlanta on the previous Tuesday. It was by far the best meal of the trip and overall the best dining we have ever had the pleasure to enjoy in the Destin/Fort Walton Beach area. Two thumbs up for food and service. Lydia was our server and she was outstanding in every regard. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A definite sensory overload
    beachdiner
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    So my girlfriend and I visited the Marina Cafe this past Sunday, and all I can say is this restaurant is on my Top 5 list. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the food and at his suggestions, I had the Redfish with its sublime cayenne butter and chive remoulade and she had the scallops with the parm/thyme broth. From the stupendous cocktails to the excellent wine to the delicious meal to the absolutely sinful bread pudding dessert, it was definitely our BEST two hours in Destin out of a 4 day trip. I've already recommended this place to may of my friends who will be visiting the Destin area, and I will definitely be back on future trips of my own.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Restaurant
    Scott
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had our anniversary dinner at Marina Cafe and loved it. We would have prefered to have eaten outside; however, they were doing some minor deck work so ate inside. What can I say, the service was good and the food was outstanding. Cost was to be expected from a more upscale venue and worth every penny. I highly recommend Marina Cafe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well worth it!
    Foodies
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Wonderful service, great view of Destin Bay, and the food was spectacular! Well worth the high price of fine dining and we will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PIPER
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Love this place. Frequent whenever we are in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not so hot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Experienced traveler and foodie. This restaurant sat us immediately when we arrived, at the requested round table right next to the bathrooms and server station. Very disappointing. Server was perfect with a yes answer to every request, much appreciated. Appetizer and salads were ok, but main dishes were red fish which was dry and nondescript, scallops cooked well but nothing spectacular, sushi was horrendous, slathered with BBQ sauce...unidentifiable sushi truly swimming in yes BBQ sauce. Not the worst, but certainly not what other reviews led us to believe. For 300$ I really suggest a 30-a restaurant over marina cafe.
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  • Great good and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had a wonderful meal overlooking the water. The redfish was amazing and the service exceptional. We will definitely be back next time we visit Destin!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dependable
    Innkeeper
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Little over priced. I am anxious to see what the new chef does. He has a good reputation.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paid reviews?
    Never
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I visited this restaurant based on reviews. It seemed like a place to enjoy. Food was bland, seemed frozen not fresh, and service was not accept ional. It said 5 stars, but available tables and no one waiting to fine is not 5 star.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Get the Redfish
    RxEric
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The waiter suggest the Redfish because it is what they are famous for. We were not disappointed, loved every bite.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Gem
    ltstpf
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We went here on our last night at Destin and we really liked everything about the restaurant. We all loved the red fish. Our waiter was very attentive and knowledge about the wines and the dishes. It will definitely be on our "must do" restaurant list next year!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Good food, service okay, waiters always seem to have a little attitude. It seems everytime we go, there is a list of things that aren't available with an excuse as to why. Ex...no pizza and sushi, b/c our sushi chef went home, and we need all hands on deck for a wedding we are having"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great restaurant
    Marina
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Our dinner was excellent. Go between 5-6 pm for the early bird special
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pmc
    PMmc
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We were celebrating three birthdays and it was wonderful! We were all late due to traffic, but they kept our table by the window overlooking the harbor for 30 min. Our server was attentive, the food was fantastic, and we enjoyed every moment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service and food were wonderful!
    Delighteddiner
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Michael was an excellent server. His recommendations were delicious. The crab meat with eggplant appetizer and redfish dnner were scrumptious. Be sure not to skip the coconut pie!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must-dine
    TXgal
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Marina Cafe is one of the best restaurants in Destin. It has been in business for years, and there are good reasons why. The view from the outdoor patio is beautiful, the food is phenomenal, and the service is excellent. I had the seared ahi tuna entree and it was delicious! I grew up in this area, and we come to visit my mom at least once or twice a year. This is a must-dine for anyone visiting, or a great meal for a local when you're looking for a nice place out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal in Destin, FL
    StevePBG
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    This restaurant has it all. Great view, beautifully decorated, excellent meal, professional service and a nice wine list. Moderately expensive but worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Great food & service. Very efficient. Been dining here for 17 years. Gets better each year. Family beach trip is not complete without dining at MC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our 1st yr anniversary here and we loved it! The staff was very professional & nice,the inside was so clean and well kept. The only down side was that my braised short ribs lacked flavor & there was more fat than meat,however my husband's shrimp was fantastic, will definitely go back
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner
    Dancer
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    I was somewhat disappointed in the menu.....our grouper cheeks appetizers(ordered 2) were small. Two in our party had the redfish and they said it was good. I had the grouper which was ok...lukewarm and a couple of bones. One had some kind of pasta dish with seafood maybe and the sauce was awful. I cannot remember what the last dish was. We all shared the raspberry sorbet which was delicious. Wine was good....gin and tonic had to be sent back for another....flat tonic I think or awful gin? Atmosphere was mediocre. Had a reservation and still had to wait. We were having a family beach reunion in Miramar and decided to try this restaurant.....probably should have found another one.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Alfred
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Food was great! Service slow. 40 minutes before even a drink! Will go back though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Redfish Yummy!!!
    MarknMiramar
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We have dined at Marina Café several times and have had a outstanding experience each time. The Redfish is my favorite fish dish in Destin. We live here and frequent many restaurants. They have a 2 for 1 on dinner entrees from 5-6 which makes the dining experience even better. All tables have outstanding views of the gorgeous Destin harbor. Check out the happy hour each day from 5-7. Great drink and appetizer deals.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but.....
    Charl
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Food and service was good but I ordered Redfish and what I got was not Redfish. It had a good flavor and great set up but I have caught and cleaned and cooked a lot of Redfish, this was NOT Redfish. Actually thought it was chicken. Never seen a Redfish that had a tendon in it. I was told it was farm raised Redfish. Never heard of that.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful experience
    Kiwi
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Expensive but worth every penny. This is not a tank top and shorts kinds place. Excellent customer service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!!
    LuvthisplaceVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Another great meal!!!! Grouper meals were fantastic and Andy helped choose our Ramey Chardonnay which was excellent. Another great meal at marina cafe!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love Marina Cafe
    picky
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Been coming here for years. Not a chain restaurant .. Wally the manager is the nicest person. And cares. You must try it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marina Dinning
    Sea28
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    My girlfriend and I have been to Marina Café quit a few times and every time we love it even more. We sat at the perfect table overlooking the Destin harbor. We ordered a bunch of small plates and enjoyed each and everyone. Our server was awesome, have had Brice once before and he is a great guy. We will be back can't wait.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience
    maowente
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    The service, food and price were excellent!! Would make this a must dine when in Destin, FL.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bad, upapologetic service
    matt
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    8:30 reservation, didn't get seated till 9. No offer for a free drink, app., desert, etc. Not even an apology. It was suggested that we have a drink at the bar while we waited. Martinis are $5 every Wednesday. We ordered two martinis and were told, after they were made, they didn't qualify for the special. Thanks for the heads up. Instead, the drinks were WAY OVERPRICED. Someone else in our group ordered a martini and the bartender acted like he didn't know it was $5 martini night. Bartender was clueless (or worse), to say the least. Waiter was pleasant and attentive. He made suggestions on the menu and was generally very good. Food was good, waiter was good, but the "front" of the house was a joke. Wouldn't go back as a result.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate