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
162 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (130)special occasion (105)romantic (98)fit for foodies (76)notable wine list (54)great for outdoor dining (43)good for groups (39)neighborhood gem (37)hot spot (19)kid-friendly (15)vibrant bar scene (14)late-night find (9)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.