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Marina Cafe
Marina Cafe

Marina Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.marinacafe.com
  • Email: marinacafefl@gmail.com
  • Phone: (850) 837-7960
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steakhouse, Sushi
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, 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 (850) 837-7960
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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: 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
Experience Adult Contemporary Dining with breathtaking views of the Destin Harbor through a thirty foot window wall in the bar and waterfront dining room. Our extensive international wine collection compliments an eclectic menu of classic Creole, Mediterranean, Pan Asian and American cuisine in addition to gourmet brick oven pizza and sushi selections. Fresh local seafood and USDA prime steaks. Waterfront cocktail deck with sensational sunsets.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "I love Marina Cafe. Their food is classy, yet delicious, and never fails to impress me. Every time I'm in Destin, I eat at Marina Cafe at least once. My favorite entree is the Shrimp Creole, but the Grouper is delicious as well! The staff is always professional and courteous."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Great food, outstanding wine list, impeccable service. Its expensive, but for us it was worth every cent. Finally....a wine list made for people who appreciate proper matching of wine with great food! Some of the patrons were grossly underdressed (I know; its at the beach....but come on...cut off jeans!). We are very tough graders and this place gets an "A"."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Where should you eat when you are in Destin? Marina Cafe is a top 3! Great service, great bar with 1/2 price sushi before 7p! I'll be back!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "If in Destin and looking for gulf to table fish, go here! Amazing fresh fish dinners. Early bird special from 5-6 is a great deal."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "My wife had the Seared Tuna while I had the Salmon. The food was fair for taste while being a little on the dry side. Quality and taste were sub par for the price and I am not a cheap diner; I merely expect a certain level of quality and taste at this price point. Service was good and ambience was very nice. Destin, I find, has become very over priced for what you get."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Excellent food and atmosphere. Well worth the price. The view was wonderful! Our server Shannon was fantastic. Highly recommend the Red Fish."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Great place to dine. We have been several times and have always had a great meal with excellent service. I would recommend to everyone who visits the Destin area."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "This restaurant was recommended by a relative who had had dinner there years before. This same relative and his wife joined my wife and I there during our recent visit to Destin. It turned out to be a great place for our anniversary dinner - good food, great waiter, good view of the marina and great ambiance. We had a 5:30 PM reservation to take advantage of the 2 for 1 dinner and arrived just as the doors were opened so we beat the crowd. My wife and I had just arrived in Destin after driving all day from Sarasota, Florida and felt a little under dressed for such a nice place but the staff made us feel at ease and it turned out to be a great evening for all four of us."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "My wife and I came down to Destin from Maryland. I requested a romantic table to set the mood for a romantic evening considering us celebrating our honeymoon 7 years after our marriage. Our request was most certainly granted. It wasn't much work on behalf of staff because the setting to begin with is quite exquisite to begin with. Being from Maryland, seafood is not something myself or my wife is not accustomed to. That being said, this was the absolute best fish I've had in my life. I ordered the redfish (the item that has been on their menus the longest). This is a must go if you are in the Destin area!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Mariana Cafe has great food and is a quite place for a relaxing dinner."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We had a wonderful meal on our Spring Break trip to the beach. Our kids loved it and we capped out meal off with a piece of absolutely fantastic Coconut Cream Pie--so good it won over the coconut haters in the family!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I was entertaining senior management people from overseas. Each was impressed by the ambience, service and food. I would entertain there again."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "The service was exceptional, very personable and friendly. The portions were generous, and the food was delicious. The view of the harbor was great especially at sunset. I highly recommend the Marina Cafe."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "I had been here once before but it had been a very long time. The staff was extra nice and the food was excellent. I am pretty sure we ordered everything on the menu from an appetizer to dessert. Everything was good from beginning to end. There is a very long wine list and a Martini list that is worth the review if you are in to that type of stuff. We have to go back because there are so many good looking menu items that you can't try them all in one trip. We will definitely go back."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Marina Cafe is 5 star food & service in a comfortable atmosphere. We did the early bird special (buy one entree, get one free) & it was relaxed and enjoyable. We are are family of 6 and some of our teenage girls are picky so we don't often eat at places like this. We enjoyed amazingly fresh sushi rolls, 6 different entrees and 2 desserts. We were all thrilled with every bit of it although the red snapper is exceptional. We also enjoyed taking pictures out on the deck. Our pickiest eater said it was her favorite night of the entire vacation! The top notch staff were all warm & helpful! Marina Cafe was a wonderful treat for the whole family!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Whenever we're in town, we head over to Marina Cafe. We know we'll have a yummy dinner and a good wine selection."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Marina Café was a delight from the moment we walked in. The ambience is wonderful, romantic and candlelit. Our server, Dale, was a professional in every way. The food was delicious. I had the Portobello appetizer, which I thoroughly enjoyed and then the redfish entrée, which was amazing. I would have it again and again! The desserts that we sampled were all fantastic, which included the bread pudding and crème brulee."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We would not miss a chance to have a dinner at the Marina Cafe when we are in town. It is a very understated, but elegant place to have a great meal with a view of Destin harbor. The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly and can help you with meal and wine selections. The food is some of the best you will find in the area"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Lots of seafood options and other fare for those of us who don't do seafood. The server was very attentive and the chef was open to slight changes in the menu. Great deals on early seating."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I took my parents to Marina Café a couple of nights ago, while we were visiting Destin. They absolutely loved it! My Mom even asked for a picture of us at the restaurant, which she never does. We weren't very hungry, so had appetizers and a bottle of wine that we shared. All were excellent. What really stood out though, was the service. When we sat down, we realized we had a table that rocked. Before we could even ask someone to help, a manager noticed us rocking it and talking about it and came right over to fix it. Our waiter "Buddha" was very attentive without being intrusive. He even noticed my elderly parents struggling with seeing the menu and brought over a small flashlight to help them see better. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I went for a late dinner on a Saturday. We made reservations as I had never been there before and didn't know what to expect. The service was excellent, we were greeted immediatley upon walking through the door. I ordered the Lamb which was amazing, my girlfriend had to scallops which were also great. The Creme Brulle for desert was to die for."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Chris M. was one of the best waiters we've ever had. He went above and beyond our expectations and made our anniversary dinner exceptional!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Marina Cafe just continues to offer a quality dining experience at a reasonable price. Appetizers and entrees are of excellent quality and are well presented. In a world of seafood shacks this restaurant stands apart. Serving fresh fish and prime steaks everything is great. The redfish is very memorable as is the prime strip. Views of the harbor, white linen and seasoned servers round out a great dining experience."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The poor service and defensive, non-customer service oriented maiter'd spoil any affects their good meals would have. They are clearly understaffed in the bar area. And the female barmaid was down right rude and doesn't help the poor young bartender, who was clearly overloaded. The maiter'd was defensive when we, as locals, tried to supply constructive advise for improvement. Too bad, we came in at least twice a month and my husband has brought work dinners here. But not anymore. It is embarrassing and disappointing. They would prefer to cater to the tourists who are only interested in the BYGO dinner special before 6:00."
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "Although we come here often , this was a special night as we had our two granddaughters visiting. The staff couldn't have been nicer.....seating us by the window, waiter going out onto the deck to take a photo of the girls at sunset, chef making a special pasta dish for a finicky eater. The food is always the best. The experience could not have been better in any way!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Thought we would not find a superb fine dining restaurant in this fried food Mecca, but Marina Cafe was terrific! I enjoy eclectic combinations of ingredients blended together to make eating a pleasurable and exciting experience, and this restaurant fit the bill. Their martini menu was great too! Can have dinner conversation easily.."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I had been here before and had a wonderful experience. However, this time was just ok as even making early reservations our table was in an awkward spot near stairs that made is feel exposed and in the way. I had requested a special table as the night was to announce big news to visiting family. The waiter started out terrible, we waited for at least 15 min before he asked our order. We had to request him to tell us the specials, he never cleared the table until we stocked all the dishes and asked him to take them so we could eat out entrees without reaching over old plates. After our obvious disappointment the final desert course was much more attentitive. I would go again based on my first experience and the fact that the good."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We always enjoy going to Marina Café. We have been several times this winter. We enjoy it every time that we go. The food is delicious and the service is excellent!!"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "After we received a gift card for the Marina Cafe We decided to give it a try. We discovered a beautiful setting and excellent food. We had one of the best meals we've ever had in Destin."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "We went here for Valentine's Day, and I cannot say enough about the service! All staff were very friendly and detail oriented. The food was fantastic! I cannot remember our dishes - I think flounder and red fish? But whatever it was, the dishes were amazing, and the wine recommendations were also fantastic. The setting was very romantic, dimly-lit and overlooking the water. I would love to go back for a sunset dinner or afternoon brunch one day! Again, I cannot say enough about this place. Everything went above and beyond expectation!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We took advantage of the two for one deal from 5-6pm. Saw a gorgeous sunset and ate great food. I just wish the side salads were more reasonably priced. That would be my only suggestion."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Never disappointed. Always great food and service by Destin Harbor at twilight. Over the years we have taken family and friends and they all have been impressed."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Great food and has a wonderful scenic view. We had visitors from PA and suggested they try the Marina Café with us. We all loved our dinners. The Duck is the best in the area."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Every time I am in town I try to make a stop at the Marina Cafe! The food and service are top notch and the restaurant has a great view of the waterfront. Stop reading reviews and go!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Great food. Beautiful view!! Fantastic service by staff."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Amazing food! Great service. Every choice on the menu was a winner!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Decent spot, but pretty pricey for a slightly-above-average restaurant."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great time and excellent service....our waiter was outstanding."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Marina Café is a great place to commemorate anniversaries and Birthdays, as well as any other special occasion. We went on Valentine's Day and were very pleased with our evening there."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Reservations were made for this restaurant from reviews and suggestions from locals. We arrived for our 7 PM reservation to find a "line" of several ahead of us. Confusion ensued as there was no "line - just a "group" of those waiting. After a 15 minute wait, we were given a window table which was great! However, service was slow.. .very slow... Our entree came about 45 minutes after our appetizer. The food for 2 of us was not satisfactory at all! The "shrimp n grits" had no flavor. The scallops were without flavor. The pork chops were "OK" as well as the fish. All in all, we were not impressed with Marina Cafe... Don't think we will go back there - especially for a special occasion. Not a good experience..."
    Dined on 2/14/2014