The Grand Marlin
The Grand Marlin

The Grand Marlin

  • 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: Steak, Seafood, 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 8775542065
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
The Grand Marlin reviews from OpenTable diners
202 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (160)special occasion (133)great for outdoor dining (112)fit for foodies (88)good for groups (79)romantic (79)great for brunch (54)hot spot (54)neighborhood gem (44)vibrant bar scene (41)notable wine list (41)great for lunch (39)kid-friendly (25)late-night find (13)Show More
  • liv2eat
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Simply outstanding! Food and service were excellent and the view is icing on the cake!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PcolaRick
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Second time visiting this restaurant and both visits were great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding good and service!!
    AUfan
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    We always eat at The Grand Marlin when in Pensacola. Food is outstanding! Service has been excellent, even when busy. Menu has great selections. Ambience is great, too. Only reason I didn't rate it a 5 on ambience is because it is kind of loud, but that's because it's such a popular place--a lot of people talking. Beautiful view. A favorite of ours for sure!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • truly fine dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    How nice for Pensacola to have a truly fine dining establishment for a special evening. Oddly, to be able to dress up and also enjoy not only the service but also excellent cuisine is a rare find. Well done.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service this time around
    ctd70119
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    This was our second trip here so we knew the food would be great. But this time around we had disappointing service. The waiter was unattentive and barely checked on us or asked how our meals were. My tuna was undercooked (asked for med-rare but it was "seared" and stone cold in the middle) but it was 20 minutes before our waiter came to check on us and by then I had already eaten most of the fish! The quality of the fish was great so I ate it regardless of it being cold. I saw the waiter pay far more attention to a table of older gentleman and felt we didn't receive the same service because we were a younger couple. Luckily we had been before and had a great experience otherwise I might not want to go back after this experience.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience!
    Vispeak
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    The vibe was relaxed yet sophisticated. The food was exciting and pure comfort! The service was friendly and attentive. What more could you ask for when dining on beautiful Pensacola Beach? We were here for 4 nights and visited the Grand Marlin on two of them : )
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is a great restaurant !
    GERRY
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Been there many times and have always been extremely pleased. Today we had their Sunday brunch. Delicious "hang town" omelet with cheddar cheese and bacon topped with fried oysters and a wonderful hollandaise sauce. Great service and great view of the bay. That and a tasty Bloody Mary makes a Sunday morning to remember.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Place to Take Guests
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We had a special evening for my sister's birthday. She is from Texas. Wait staff was attentive (Scott) and the food was fabulous. Salmon was the best I have ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Beautiful restaurant, excellent service, amazing food. I love this place and will keep coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Incredible service
    chavezVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    As usual - Kaya's service and the food presentation was incredible!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First TIme Diners
    Lovetodine
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    We were told that this was the ONLY place to eat on Pensacola Beach and we were not disappointed. I was treating my boyfriend for his Birthday and I wanted it to be special. We drove over from Tallahassee and I have to say, this was probably the best food we have had in many years. Thank you for making our evening wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't Miss the Dining Opportunity
    Irish5
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Last meal of our vacation and it was the very best. A true five star experience in every way but the food was the true highlight! From appetizer to dessert, everything was a taste delight! Will go down in our book as an all time favorite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great food, poor service
    rambler
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    It's out third time dining there and while the food is superb the service is not up to par, which is really disappointing for the restaurant this good. That is: every one of the times we came to the restaurant with reservations, each time we asked for a window table outside. Each time we were led to an indoor area and each time a hostess acted dismayed when we would ask for an outside table, even when there were several open tables available!... All waiters, on the other hand, were pretty cool and nice people who helped is soothe the rough reception.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently Excellent
    Tunes
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We're locals and only go here off-season because it's a beach spot. They never disappoint. On this night, they allowed us to order off menu, creating our own surf and turf. Lots of flavors at this place. You can get almost anything you want. Wait staff is obviously prepped and knowledgable. Whatever you do, make a reservation. In the past, we've been told to wait 40 minutes and it went well over an hour. Might not be as big of a problem in the offseason, but why take the chance?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice choice at the beach
    Jibby
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    This was my second time at TGM. The first time the food was great but service was slow and negligent. This time the service was much better and the food was good too. Glad we gave TGM a second chance. The view of the sunset is breathtaking from the main dining room. We celebrated our anniversary with TGM and our dessert was complimentary; that was nice and much appreciated.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pete
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We have eaten at the Grand Marlin ever since it's opening. The food and service have always been above average. Never had a meal that was not exceptional.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LizzyVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    This place was great but after we got our food they turned a fan on directly on us... We sat outside because it was cold inside... After requesting to turn the fan off ... They said no... This made it very uncomfortable and we left without ordering after dinner drinks and desserts... Very disappointed. As this started out so good.. I told the hostess on our way out and she shrugged her shoulders... Other people around us were putting jackets and sweaters on!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best on The Beach!
    DisappointingVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Our favorite restaurant in all of Florida, Alabama and Mississippi! Great food, well-presented, knowledgeable and professional servers. The view cannot be beat! Outstanding at all levels.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch
    foodie
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The view was wonderful, weather perfect. The food was good, but it wasn't hot.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic location!
    BethVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We come to the grand Marlon every gear while on vacation in the area. Their outdoor dining is wonderful, with an amazing view! Service is always good, and the menu always offer some really great choices of fresh seafood. We love this restaurant and will come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Experience!
    JMW2
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Our party of four couldn't have had a better dining experience. The food was wonderful and the staff was friendly and efficient. We will definitely stop in the next time we visit Pensacola Beach.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rservation 6:45. Seated after 7:30.
    beachlocal
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    If you are going to participate in Open Table, honor the reservation. Waiting almost an hour is unacceptable.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We absolutely loved everything!
    Elle
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    First time in Pensacola & a friend recommended 'The Marlin to us! They have a wonderful menu & the service was phenomenal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • grandmarlin
    missy
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Great food & service. Scenery from our table was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Mix
    Koolbreeze
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Wonderful view mixed with delicious food. A great way to enjoy Sunday brunch with a cool breeze and steel drum player giving you that feeling you are in Paradise!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great views, service and flavors
    Rugbyshogun
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    A great find highly rated on Yelp. Beautiful bay views, delicious food combinations, and attentive service. Comfortable casual beach wear. Took our reunion group back twice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My Favorite Restaurant
    BarrierIslandGirl
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The Grand Marlin never lets me down. Whether a special occasion like a birthday or anniversary or just a fun day on their open area for Blue Angel Chips, music, and a view, it's a great place. This weekend we celebrated my birthday and I tried the "Butcher's Butter" 6 oz Angus steak which came on a bed of sautéed spinach, roasted fingerling potatoes, blistered tomatoes and topped with chimichurri sauce and crispy onions. It was amazing! It had to be to tempt me away from my favorite dish there: Grouper Piccata which is parmesan crusted and served on a bed of whipped potatoes, sautéed spinach, and topped with crispy capers and brown butter. Oooooh, I love this place and so happy we have a restaurant like this on the island!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Steak was too thick & tough
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Too many seasoning on steak & it was cut too thick. Also too tough to be choice or prime ribeye
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night out with friends
    GNWF
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The food was great especially the salt and pepper calamari. The service was superb and we got to sip our favorite drink (the grand marlin) and watch the red moon rise. Great evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don van
    Liv2eat
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Wonderful food. Wonderful view of sunset. Great happy hour. Could not have found a better place to spend in Pensacola Beach!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lisa28
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Our group of 8 dined at Grand Marlin for a business recruiting lunch. Service was prompt and the food was excellent. The autumn salad with a crab cake was fabulous---will be back to have it again before it is no longer on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • server
    CSMARMY
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    .great service, right level of attention, made experience outstanding. Great food as always, brunch is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Enjoyable dining experience! I would recommend that everyone try it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • JUST BECAUSE
    Opiemom1985
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    WE HAVE GONE FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS BUT THIS TIME WE JUST WENT FOR A NICE BRUNCH AND TO SPEND TIME WITH EACH OTHER. THE SERVICE WAS AWESOME SO WAS THE FOOD. THE VIEW WAS GREAT ALSO.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Grand Marlin Experience
    got2b
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My experience was very pleasant. But we were seated by the door that the waiters came through. A tray of drinks were spilled but the thing was that it was noisy at the location because of the constant back and forth of the waiters. Somebody has to sit at that table though. Overall, a good experience.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bobo
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Excellent! Always good variety of fresh fish. Calamari appetizer is outstanding. high energy spot! Half price wine on Wednesdays is an added feature!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a Grand experience
    Dondee
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Great views, great service and food. Always on my list when I go to PNS.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fresh Find
    Bet64
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Great food great atmosphere service needs to improve tremendously We dine here every year when we are in town And this year we've noticed a change in service... Not for the better Food also seems to have dropped a little bit but still really good We will be back next year for sure
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good sea food restaurant
    cygnus
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The food is very good so as the service. It needs a better dessert menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vacationer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    This restaurant was highly recommended to us by a homeowner in Navarre. He had personally rated The Marlin 4 stars. We had a late night reservation on "Wine Down Wednesday." Purchase two entres and get any bottle of wine 50% off. I chose lobster and my husband chose the sword fish. Both were excellent. We also chose the praline basket for dessert with vanilla bean ice cream berries, & chocolate sauce. I had to ask my husband to slow down and share it was so good. We sat inside the restaurant and it was very clean and upscale. We will definitely go back and would like to sit outside in the bar overlooking the water.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.