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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Marina Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
160 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (128)special occasion (105)romantic (97)fit for foodies (73)notable wine list (54)great for outdoor dining (43)neighborhood gem (38)good for groups (36)hot spot (16)vibrant bar scene (15)kid-friendly (14)late-night find (9)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • 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
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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
    • Food
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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.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic!
    Luvcharleston
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Great food and service. They really make you feel welcome. One of our favorite restaurants!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2 for 1 specials
    Tn4121
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We arrived at 5:30 and had the 2 for 1 entrees The red fish was the best I had ever had. Make a reservation and sit by the windows for a harbor view. Our server was Richard and did a great job. Highly recommend the marina cafe
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will return to Marina Cafe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Being first timers in Destin we weren't sure we'd find an upscale restaurant. Marina Café was it! Promptly greeted & seated with a nice round table for group of 8. Not sure they are used to serving many kids here, may be due to the price. We were thrilled to hear the positive comments about our grandkids, how they ordered, what they ordered & their great behavior. We were assured we needed to order everything at one time to keep the kitchen delivery on time; however, there was quite a delay between the salads & main course. It was worth the wait. Most of our diners chose nice steaks & with this being primarily a seafood restaurant we weren't sure what to expect. They were outstanding! Grouper & red fish dishes were equally nice!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced, but good food
    SaintsGirl
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The food was quite expensive for the amount of food. Our scallop appetizer was like $14.75 or so and had 2 scallops. But it was pretty tasty. The view is nice. It's right on the harbor. I didn't like that they had tables outside but didn't allow for outdoor seating. I don't know if they do during certain times. Also, all the staff, from the wait staff to the management to the people who clean the tables, seemed quite rushed. Maybe they were understaffed on the night we went, since all the other reviews rave about the service. We had everything we needed, but they didn't stand at our table 1 second longer than required to drop a drink and run off again. Overall though, I would eat her again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • locals
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We had two dishes. One (the grouper) was not good, it had bones and was a very small portion. The other was the seared tuna and was delicious, but also was on the small portion side. The waiter was very nice although he had a lot of tables to attend to. We like this restaurant and will return.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Little food, big price
    Ntmdtr
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The food was good but very small portions. The price was not.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great total experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Enjoyed our total experience at the Marina Café. I had the grouper and my spouse had the 16 oz NY strip. Both dinners were prepared to perfection and were presented well. Service was exceptional. Our server was very familiar with the menu and provided great advice and descriptions of the various menu items. Wonderful view of the water. Great evening out in Destin. Recommend getting reservations.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • glad we found it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Thus place was great! We were seated promptly by courteous staff. We ordered a variety of items and EVERYTHING was delicious! Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meal I've ever had!
    lovebirds622
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We came to Destin for vacation and I took my wife here for our 1 year anniversary. I had made a reservation and we were greeted with a "Happy Anniversary" when we got there. Our waiter (Jeff) was amazing! He had reccomendations for anything we asked him about. He reccomended the redfish and it was ridiculously good! Decor was very romantic. My wife kept saying she didn't want the meal to end and she agreed it was the best we had ever had. Not a good place to take kids, it would ruin the experience for others. Overall a very enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Excellent food, service, and location. Went there three times during vacation week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply Superb!
    BamaRadDoc
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    All around great place for a nice dinner on the water!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    DenaliDudeVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Was reluctant to try this restaurant with the several bad reviews lately. I should have stuck with my instinct. I orderd the grouper with bur blanc sauce, this was the blandest dish I have ever eaten. My son ordered the ahi tuna and was also disappointed at how spicey this meal was, he could not finish this dish. I am under the impression that there is no chef in the kitchen, just a bunch of cooks churning out tired recipes.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Took my wife here for a nice dinner. We were running about a half hour late and they kept our reservation for us; the traffic in that area is horrible. My wife had lobster, I had a fillet, both cooked perfectly. I would recommend, but if you are worried about spending money, a restaurant like this is not for you; dinner for two was about $150.00. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed in Destin
    DestinDinerViaTX
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Soggy overcooked pasta dishes. Overcooked, overpriced Grouper entree that failed to meet expectations. The dinner salads and dressings were very good.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great host/great food
    romanticdiner
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Good place for a romantic dinner. This was our second dining experience. Both times the host, which was the same both times, was very impressive! The food was delicious!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just what we were looking for!
    Finedinefan
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I was in destin during Father's Day and the kids and I wanted to treat my husband to a nice dinner. This place was perfect. The good was great. The portion sizes just right and our Tweens even enjoyed it immensely. Will dine there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something missing
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Each dish (we had 5) except the fish special was missing something. The $49 steak was over cooked (ordered med rare), the pasta was lacking in taste/sauce, the calamari was not fresh and taste fishy. The server was nice enough to speak with the manager (not at our request) and they provided a free dessert, but considering the price of this restaurant I expected a lot more. All of that said, our server was excellent.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yummmmmms :)))
    Luv2dine1981
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Went at the suggestion of urbanspoon- was the best meal we had all vacation. We actually made reservations at 10, not knowing they closed at 10. Staff was very accommodating, patient, and very attentive. Beautiful restaurant, wonderful food, and romantic ambiance. It was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food
    Brianl7878
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Me and my wife dined here for our 9 yr. anniversary and the food was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful dinner
    Lovesthebeach2
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Chose Marina Cafe because of Trip Advisor rating & was not disappointed. We were celebrating a friend's retirement & it was the perfect place for that. Very recommended for a relaxed, quiet dinner for adults. Not really a young kid place unless early dinner or kids are older. Food was excellent as well as drinks. Would definitely return!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful Place to Eat
    Kannie
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    While on vacation, we were looking for a place to have a great meal and happened upon Marina Cafe. Mentioned as one of the top ten places to eat, on the I Love Destin website, we decided to give it a try. The location was beautiful, the decor tasteful and simple, service was impeccable and the food was outstanding! Our waiter was very knowledgeable of the menu items and was able to help us choose the perfect meal. We will be back next time we're in Destin!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • destindiva
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    The food and service was excellent. We chose the 5:00-6:00 time period for the half-price meal deal. Our party of seven had not all arrived by our reservation time, so we choose to enjoy a half-price beverage in the bar. We were then promptly seated when our full party came in and enjoyed the variety of menu offerings. We chose the Arugula salad to start the meal. The fish of the day and creole shrimp were fresh and cooked to perfection. The pork ribeye's were also a hit. The water view is outstanding and the desserts chosen, coconut cream pie and cinnamon ice cream, were the perfect cap off to the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet