Marina Cafe
Marina Cafe

Marina Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.marinacafe.com/
  • Phone: (850) 837-7960
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

    Don’t miss Happy Hour daily in the bar area or out on the waterfront cocktail deck from 5-7pm featuring half-price drinks, sushi and a 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
  • Executive Chef: Chef Al Massa formerly of Emeril's NOLA & Delmonico
  • 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 (all menu items not included)


    Happy Hour in Bar or out on the cocktail deck daily 5-7pm 1/2 Price Drinks, Sushi and a select appetizer menu

    Wednesday Ladies Night- $2 Drinks

    Thursday Martini Madness- $6





Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking lot and boat dock parking
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 Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Marina Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
114 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (94)special occasion (79)romantic (74)fit for foodies (66)notable wine list (38)great for outdoor dining (30)neighborhood gem (26)good for groups (23)vibrant bar scene (11)hot spot (10)kid-friendly (7)late-night find (6)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Bks18VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Food was excellent. Great view of the boats and water. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good restaurant
    seagull
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Good restaurant with upscale pricing and average food and service
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Birthday for a Friend
    Linz
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Recently took a friend and her husband to marina Cafe to celebrate her birthday. It was a wonderful celebration. Dale, our server, was attentive and helpful in answering questions. Beautiful view of the harbor. Enjoyed yummy after dinner drinks outside after our meal. Delicious food, wonderful atmosphere. Perfect place for celebrating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A+
    CaptPatti
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This was our 2nd visit to Marina Cafe and will not be our last. Both visits had excellent service and great food. We had the Louisiana Redfish and Creole Shrimp with grits. Shared a house salad and absolutely no room to even consider anything from the tempting dessert menu.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great View and Great Dining
    LeftyMHVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    What a wonderful view of the marina and a beautiful sunset as we sipped on our cocktails. The ambiance of the restaurant is perhaps the best in Destin. Jeff Cole was a very attentive and knowledgeable waiter. Variety of food was very good so all in our group of eight people could find plenty of things to eat. It is a truly fine dining experience with pricy but delicious food and drink.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • #1 Choice for Fine Dining in Destin
    DrCraig
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    We look forward to our evening (or two!) at Marina Cafe anytime we visit Destin. The food is delicious and artfully presented. Service is impeccable. The restaurant is beautiful architecturally inside and the harbor view through 30 ft. windows is peaceful and interesting in daylight as well as in the evening when the lights are twinkling. If you happen to be hungry early, they have an exceptional deal between 5-6PM every day--buy one entree and the second one is free! The night we visited there was also a wine special--all bottles were 50% off. We give this restaurant our highest recommendation. We've never had a bad meal and have eaten here many times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Had a great dinner for seven. Regular items and specials were outstanding. Our waitress went out of her way to call us at home to ask whether one of our party may have left a hearing aid battery at the table -- which we had. Thank you very much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Delight
    Luvv2eat
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    One of my favorite spots in Destin. Wonderful atmosphere and delicious food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tubs
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Excellent , fancy , delicious , romantic , amazing view , elegant and I think local !
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    We had a party of 7 and a wonderful table overlooking the water. Food and service was impeccable. Ask for Andy as your waiter.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent in every way!
    cgmama
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I'm a vegetarian and staff members of Marina Cafe were very accommodating and willing to make any arrangements necessary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    5yranniversary
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    It was our 5 year anniversary and I reserved a table for two outside in a romantic spot at 6:30.... We got a table inside instead of what I requested. The olive oil for the bread was wonderful. Otherwise I was not impressed with bbbbthe food or service. I expect a nice place to accommodate their customers and they don't. They don't care about you.... Also we ordered champaign And they kept it in a refrigerator Instead of a champaign bucket.... This was something I expect from a chain restaurant. Very disappointed. Ive served for 8 years fine dining in a small Mississippi town... This just wasn't great. I know what to expect from service and restaurants. This was so disappointing.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • maarten5thfloor
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We come to Destin once a year and we always eat at the Marina Café at least once while we are here. It never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday Night at the Marina Cafe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    On our last night of vacation in Destin, we chose to dine at the Marina Cafe. We could see dolphins swimming in the harbor. Wine in the bar before dinner with great bar service from Bill. With a view of the spectacular sunset, we ordered the grouper and redfish entrees, but were wonderful. I will say the redfish was fantastic!!! Did not want to order the same entree, but wish I had. Great service from our server Jeff. We returned to the bar for another glass of wine and had it outside on the deck overlooking the harbor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of Destin's best!
    RonrVIP
    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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • 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
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • 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
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.