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
147 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (116)special occasion (96)romantic (91)fit for foodies (77)notable wine list (53)great for outdoor dining (40)neighborhood gem (36)good for groups (32)hot spot (16)vibrant bar scene (15)kid-friendly (11)late-night find (8)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Touch of class
    BarryB
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We go to Destin FL about 3-4 times a year and Marina Café is always the first restaurant that we go to. The food is always superb, the service exceptional, and the scenery beautiful. It is unquestionably our favorite, and in the top three restaurants in Destin. Try the Red Fish and Grouper presentations- they are fabulous.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    As always, Walley made sure that everything was "Just Right".
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service
    trishabelle
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We are repeat patrons. Always good! Michael was the best...read our minds. It is always on our list of must eat there...and that is saying something because there are new places every time we are in town. They do seafood or beef proud. See you next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bill
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    With a table overlooking the water, marina and inlet, how could you go wrong if the food is good? And, it is. My particular favorite is the Andouille encrusted red fish. What a delightful dish! We liked the place so much that we went back another night of our vacation at the beach. Other dishes we tried were just as tasty. Try it, you won't be disappointed. It is not your typical tourist food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Penne pasta chicken dish
    CarolVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The best pasta dishwe've ever eaten!! (my wife shared hers with me). Please don't ever take off the menu. The favors melded together beautifully.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I have been to Marina Cafe a couple of times now and every time that we go we are never disappointed. The food is amazing! The service is outstanding! The drinks, people, ambiance, food, view, is WOW every time! Everyone there took care of us when celebrating my fiance's Birthday and made it even more of a special day! If you have never been to Marina Cafe, you need to!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • destinlady
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Great dining experience. Excellent food and excellent service provided by Shannon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unusually bad experience
    jeffp
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We've been here several times and had always enjoyed it. But this time out the service was not up to par. Very slow to be greeted and acknowledged. We had a reservation for 5:30 but were not seated until 5:45. Our server was very slow, didn't ask if we wanted drinks, forgot our appetizer, and generally seemed over tasked and distracted.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb
    Lynn
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    One of our Favorite Restaurants. We have frequented for years.Food and wine choices first class.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gem On The Harbor
    PandDCrestview
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    My wife and I have been going to Marina for years. Always a great dining experience and the staff always make you feel welcome (especially Wally). We will return again and again - our favorite spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gottaloveit
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Great food and service. Views are fantastic. I would highly recommend. Great for a romantic dinner
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice find!
    Pajim
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We have been to Destin many times but never knew about this excellent restaurant until friends recommended it. We are so glad we took them up on their recommendation. Everything was first class. We enjoyed the two-for-one special before 6:00.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • outside please
    ozzie
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Everything was great. It would have been better if the outside seating was open. The weather was perfect for outside dining.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marina Cafe Everytime...
    LonnieandLisa6
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    The two of us get to the Ft. Walton/Destin area three to four times a year. Marina Cafe is a must "Everytime". 5:00 happy hour with lots of fun at the bar. The bartenders are great! Early dinning and a menu that is exciting and unique. Although there are staples on the menu, there is always a rotation of seasonal dishes based on the time of year. Wally will see you to your table while carrying your cocktails from the bar and make sure you are treated as a special customer...Everytime...thanks Freddie(waiter), Wally, and Eric at the bar...the man makes a great Southern Comfort Old Fashion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of Destin's best!
    Ronr
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Marina's is one of our favorite dining spots in Destin. Friendly staff, food is excellent, and harbor view is outstanding. The Red Fish is a specialty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    food4us
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We had reservations for an early dinner and stopped at the bar for a cocktail. The bartender and the drinks were very good. We were seated promptly at our designated time and ordered and pan roasted grouper and waygu beef flank steak. The grouper was really over peppered and we mentioned it to the waiter and she said that the chef was new.....ooops! Not so good for a $33 dinner! Although the garnishes were good, I doubt that we will go back there for the food!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great place
    grinn
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Every time we're in Destin, Marina Cafe is our prime destination for dinner. We dine there at least 3 time out of a week vacation stay. The food is great, service is usually good and friendly. It's not an inexpensive place but their early dinner special (2 for 1 entrees) is very nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • handymanfu
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Planning to return and try other items. The two for one pricing from 5 to 7 pm made it affordable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Recovery
    Robert
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I made a reservation for my anniversary dinner with a request for a window table. When we arrived they seated a party in front of us (walk-ins) at at the last available window table. To their credit I think they realized their mistake as some quick rearranging was done and within just a couple of minutes we were seated at the window. The view of the harbor is reason alone to eat here but the food was quite good. My wife had the redfish and it was excellent. I had the grouper and it was well prepared but I was a little disappointed in the portion of fish served. (I was a bit envious of my wife's large portion of redfish.) Service was attentive and pleasant and we thoroughly enjoyed our evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible Dining Experience
    Patmo
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The wife and I are making dinner at Marina Cafe an annual treat! For the second year in a row we've been truly amazed at the chef's preparations and the service. We chose both the crab cakes and panko crusted eggplant with lump crab meat as appetizers, followed by the house specialty the andouille encrusted redfish. Each dish just bursts with flavor. Absolutely the best fish entree I've ever put in my mouth! We ended with the coconut cream pie with caramel drizzle. It was the essential perfect dessert to an incredible meal. Our waiter Bryce was informative and courteous, and just the perfect amount of attention. Do not miss this restaurant if you're in the Destin area, it would be a major mistake. We will be back next year!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    TonyDanzig
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Marina cafe is always absolutely delicious! If I have a special occasion going on or want to take a date on a nice dinner this place is always my first choice!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We went to Marina Cafe Tuesday night and could not have been more pleased. The red fish was the BEST fish entree I have ever had. Our server Jeff did a great job. Nice happy hour prior to dinner. It was so nice to look over the beautiful harbor as we dined. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Truly great service ranked by 2 restaurant managers and 1 6 yr old. Pricey but great early bird and beautiful views. Best service we had and we ate out every night and a few times for lunch. We will return every time we visit the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Place to eat in Destin Florida
    Peter
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Marina Café knows how to prepare your fish, crab, chicken and even duck. It's noted by locals is one of the best places in town to eat and they're absolutely right. I've ever eaten better red snapper. And the cream Brulé is to die for. Go early and get the two-for-one special for a tryout and you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • menu
    Elna
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Nothing on the menu appealed to either of us. Too many exotic items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Annual treat
    Terry
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We have vacationed near Destin for many years. No trip to the beach is complete without a visit to The Marina Cafe!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jody
    Jody
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Visited later in the evening in the slightly off-season, so probably one-third of the tables occupied. Everyone was very friendly & cordial!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Carol
    Carol
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The Marina Café was a wonderful find on our first trip to Destin. I saw their ad in Life's a Beach for the early dining special, and being on a fixed income, decided to try it. It is my favorite restaurant in Destin, and we eat there at least once a week when we are in Destin. We take our son when he is available, and he bought us a very generous gift certificate for Christmas knowing it is my favorite. Wally and the staff are extremely attentive to everyone's needs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice
    CisforcookieVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We enjoyed dinner at Marina Cafe. Everyone working there were very nice. The food and drinks were very good. We only wish the outdoor seating area was open - apparently it will be open next season due to repairs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gem at Destin Harbor
    BobandBeck
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We were warmly greeted by Wally Wehbe, the manager. After a brief wait, he led us to the best table on the second dining level - overlooking the harbor. My husband had the spicy red fish - best dinner in the restaurant. I had the duck in Bourbon sauce. Dinners were outstanding! Only out done by the manager and our water, Bryce Masuda! The lovely ambience and exceptional service make the Marina Bay a 5 star!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gorgeous view, excellent experience
    K8inDestin
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I come to Destin once a year but this was my first visit to Marina Cafe. It definitely won't be my last. I was greeted by a warm and friendly gentleman. My waiter, Chris was very attentive and gave excellent recommendations on the menu. I had one of their signature dishes and it was awesome. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eat here!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We had an amazing meal and lovely time at Marina Cafe. We were late for our reservation time due to traffic. The staff was very gracious about it and seated us quickly at a wonderful table at the window. With the bread, they had the most wonderful EVO with many ingredients added in. I could have eaten that all night but I'm glad I didn't because the food was simply fabulous. My husband and I shared the portabello mushroom small plate. The mushroom was delicious and so soft, like butter in your mouth. Amazing! Try the double pork chop with mac and cheese. The flavors are complex but beautifully paired. Simply delicious! Creme brulee was perfect ending. Wonderful service, knowledgable waitstaff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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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
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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.
  • exceptional food and service
    deestysh
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed the high quality food and personalized service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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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  • 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.
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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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.