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The Grand Marlin
The Grand Marlin

The Grand Marlin Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://thegrandmarlin.com
  • Phone: (850) 677-9153
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steak, American
  • Executive Chef: Gregg McCarthy
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Grand Marlin offers private dining for parties of 20 to 300. Our Grand Banquet Room seats 100 for completely private dining. For smaller parties our semi-private Santa Rosa Room seats 40 to 55 while our Club Room seats 20-35.
  • Private Party Contact: Lisa Jacobi (877) 554-2065
  • Entertainment: The North Drop Bar features live music Thursday - Sunday and high-definition televisions for viewing favorite sports and events. It is the perfect venue for enjoying a full or more casual meal while enjoying some of the Gulf Coast"s best entertainment.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: After Toll Booth 1st Left
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from The Grand Marlin
The Grand Marlin Restaurant features a main dining area with a shucked to order oyster bar, exterior North Drop Bar overlooking the beautiful Santa Rosa Sound, and private meeting rooms. This Pensacola Beach restaurant, with an air of island casualness, serves the highest-quality cuisine, including the freshest local seafood featured on menus designed and printed daily to take advantage of the local bounty. The atmosphere creates a fusion of the Caribbean and the Pensacola Bay Area. Executive Chef Gregg McCarthy has a passion for great-tasting food and particularly loves working his culinary magic with fresh Gulf Coast seafood. Boaters and beach-goers feel comfortable in shorts and flip-flops at the oyster bar, in the dining room and at the North Drop Bar. The Grand Marlin has a space and atmosphere for all occasions and is looking forward to creating an authentic experience between time and tide.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "Enjoyed dinner indoors with friends. Service was exceptional with a phenomenal and knowledgable staff! The kitchen was even able to accommodate an off menu request. Meals and appetizers were both delicious and visually appealing. Dessert was stellar. The Grand Marlin is perhaps the best dining experience in the area and well priced with dinner for four plus wine coming in at $320 including a 20% gratuity. Fun and enjoyable!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Best restaurant in the area! A bit pricey, but it is fine dining with a laid back feel."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "This was a great place. I suggest making a reservation though Bc if not the wait could be long. Everything was delicious and wonderful, including the service"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Everything was outstanding. Will definitely put it on my list of Pensacola must."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Atmosphere was great, service phenomenal and food was superb. I especially enjoyed the Lobster Mac and Cheese!!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "My husband and I chose the grand marlin for our anniversary dinner. We had already had a wonderful meal there in January when we were visiting the area. Once again, the cuisine, the ambience and the service were outstanding! Jenna is a superior hostess. She is knowledgeable about the dishes and made some great recommendations. She is a gem!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "With cooler weather this July really enjoyed outdoor dining with great views of bay. Great service"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Only my 4th time dining here but another terrific experience. Thanks for making my anniversary dinner special!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Grand Marlin! It was our 24th wedding anniversary, and the view, the food, and the service made it a memorable experience."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "I had the Grand Marlin recommended to me by some of the local residents. It appears that they have rebuilt after one of the many storms back in the early 2000s. The building is beautiful. The located it perfectly so that you do not need to leave the Santa Rosa Island area (no toll) and it sits right on a narrow slit of land at the base of the toll bridge. Maytag blue cheese chips, outstanding. Had the shrimp and grits (with a tomato topping) was kind of a cajun version. The sauce would be good on anything. Caesar salad is made there with a perfect caesar taste. Fantastic and attentive service."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "This is the best place to enjoy a good meal with great views while in Pensacola. We've been here several times and everything is delicious."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Great food as ALWAYS...wished the back dining area had been open for our special occasion...love being on the water while dining! Our server was so energetic and attentive..."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We had a party of 5. All but one ordered some type of fish and it was pretty good but the one steak order was pretty bad.It was tough and had too much gristle. Very disappointing that a steak at this price was not good quality."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Food was ok this past visit. Shrimp and lobster overcooked in ciopinno. Waitress friendly but removed plates after entree while we were still chewing. Forks were removed from appetizer plates and put directly on table that was only wiped down with dirty cloth. Have had better food in past visits"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Delicious as always. Fresh seafood and they even print the menu again because it changes w what they have. Of course will come again and try something different."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Our evening was made memorable by the fantastic service and humor from our waiter, Rob, and the well prepared and delicious appetizers, entree, and dessert. The wine selection was good, and the ambiance nice. Kudos to the kitchen staff! To top it off, we received wonderful follow up from the banquet and event coordinator, Lisa."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "A friend that recently relocated to Pensacola suggested this restaurant as a romantic place to eat. Very much so! The menu is so fresh that it changes daily. We had the lobster Mac n cheese which we could have eaten a bucket of, and my entree was seared pompano with caper brown butter. Beautiful food, beautiful view, beautiful restaurant."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Service was great. Food was awesome. Definately coming back."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "As usual, we had a great time at the Grand Marlin with outstanding service and food. We took two close friends visiting from Scotland and they were very impressed with the Grand Marlin. We normally eat in the main dining room and this time we ate in a smaller area but still an inside area. Not sure of the name of the area but we would like to eat there everytime - smaller and the noise level quiet. Again, the Grand Marlin is a class act."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "This was one of the best experiences we have ever had, We arrived early, about 5:40pm for our 6:15pm reservation, we were seated immediately and given the seats requested, with the view requested, water was very knowledgeable, and attentive, food was excellent, and the complimentary desert was outstanding, all parts of this meal was just right, we would recommend this restaurant to anyone, we will go back again."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Dinner was excellent, although I did return the prime rib as it was slightly over cooked from the medium rare I had ordered. Our waiter said it was the lighting from the window that made it look too done. Wasn't much pink when I cut into it. I think we "agreed to disagree", so sent it back. The second one appeared to be cooked as I ordered and was delicious. Maybe next time, I'll just order rare. The service was good and our guests raved about their meal and drinks. Of course we'll be back soon!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Sat in the inside bar area, can't remember our servers name (Courtney maybe?) but she was awesome! Knew the menu well and was very on top of things. Great atmosphere and the food and drinks were really good. Will definitely be back if I'm ever in pensacola again for vacation."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The Grand Marlin was a great place to eat with an amazing view!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We had a reservation for 7:15 pm, but didn't get seated until 7:45 pm which was fine by us (but I can see where others may not be as understanding). I ordered the filet mignon medium and it came out medium rare - again which was fine - the steak was delicious. My lovely date had salmon which was good, as well. The skinny mojito and cabernet we ordered was very good. Our server was just attentive enough and was knowledgeable of the menu. Overall a nice night."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Always outstanding food and service! One of the best restaurants in th Pensacola area!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Our host for the evening, was excellent and organized. Our waitress was excellent, too--unobtrusive, considerate and thoughtful."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The Grouper and Snapper were perfect! And don't leave without the Key Line Pie. An annual stop for our family."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I have eaten at The Grand Marlin many many times! I live in Pensacola Beach! Have always had a great experience, so took some friends who had never been. The waitress was rude, and had a very bad attitude. We ordered an expensive bottle of wine for dinner, and she asked if we minded using the glasses we got from the bar, as they were short on wine glasses! That was nothing, next to the way she treated us throughout the meal! Her name was Crystal! I intend to call the manager! Still love the food and atmosphere at the GM!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "During the summer, this place is packed by tourists like all beach locations are. But during the off season, you find plenty of locals that drive in from Pensacola and Gulf Breeze to eat. I have always had a terrific meal with very good service."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "I've been here several times every time I visit Pensecola. Great spot right on the water. Seafood menu is always great with daily specials at a very reasonable price. I will always try to dine here when I'm in town"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Very nice restaurant but plastic cups kept dripping and I believe they could come up with a better option. Even styrofoam would be better. Also waitstaff could be friendlier!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Food was great! The filet could be cut with a fork. The fried shirmp was scrumptious! Like Coconut Cake? You will love it at The Grand Marlin. Make this a dinner destination!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Most of our party of five ordered the Prime Rib. No complaints here. Tasty and a great value. We are returning customers and it is our favorite dining spot on the beach."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The Grand Marlin has restored my faith in them. The food was cooked to perfection and served warm. The service was above reproach and as always the view was very relaxing."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We had brunch at the Grand marlin and everything was great. Jimmy was our server and he was very personable and friendly. The manager was overly kind and asked how everything was going throughout our experience. We had oysters Bienville and tuna poke to start then for brunch the crab cake benedict and smoked salmon bagel. Yummm! The cold drinks and sound of the steel drums topped off the day and don't forget the great views."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "My friends and I were told about this place and are so glad that we made it there during a recent beach trip! All the food and our drinks were just superb!! We will be going back each year when we visit Pensacola, it's at the top of our list!!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We were on vacation in Pensacola Beach for our first anniversary. We wanted to go to dinner at a nice restaurant with delicious food and a fun atmosphere - we definitely picked the right place! Everything we had was DELICIOUS! The lobster fingers are a MUST. I could have eaten three plates of this! The drinks are also delicious, too - great wine menu! Highly recommend for anyone looking for fresh seafood and a nice meal!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed the meal. Parking was atrocious."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Great food! Definitely love how they print menu daily to guarantee freshness. We didn't have the most prompt server and had to wait forever for our check but I am willing to blame that on a bad server and not let it reflect my entire experience. The food was fantastic."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Several friends and I went there for a "birthday celebration" lunch. We chose to sit in the outside dining area which overlooks the waterfront - Sound-side, not Gulf-side. The view was spectacular, a lovely breeze was blowing, keeping us cool and comfortable on a warm day, the service was professional, timely and sensitive to the "birthday girl!" Everyone enjoyed their food selections - for me the cold cucumber soup with dill was outstanding as was my swordfish sandwich which was accompanied by a zesty tartar sauce. We were surprised by a delicious complimentary birthday dessert for the birthday girl which was accompanied by spoons for all of us to share a bite or two. Lunch couldn't have been better. Kudos to the Grand Marlin!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014