Marina Cafe

4.7
2040 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steakhouse, Sushi
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Hours of operation
Dinner Mon thru Saturday : 5:00pm - 10:00pm Will be open on 12/9 for the Boat Parade

Don’t miss Happy Hour nightly 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.
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Phone number
(850) 837-7960
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Resort Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Al Massa formerly of Emeril's NOLA & Delmonico
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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.
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Private party contact
Judy Altilio: (850) 837-7960
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Parking details
Parking lot and boat dock parking
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Special events & promotions
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




Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals we have had collectively as a family. The group cheeks and the scallops and egg plant appetizers were both fabulous. We also had the grouper, swordfish, shrimp and grits, redfish and scallops. All were excellent and well prepared, but I think they fresh fish dinners were the best of the best. The coconut cream pie for dessert was the best I have ever had. If we are ever in Destin again our family would choose The Marina as their number one choice to go back to.

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PI
Tallahassee
11 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wall of windows right on the marina! Great place for sunset views. Great seafood dishes they helped us find just the right table view!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We spent the evening catching up with friends from out of town. Marina Cafe never disappoints!

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GG
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, food and service. Highly recommend.

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BC
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’d say this is the best restaurant in Destin. The food was fresh and delicious. Presentation was beautiful. We were pleasantly surprised by their two for one dinners prior to 6 pm. The grilled grouper special was wonderful. Their crabmeat eggplant appetizer was very tasty. Request a table for the sunset. They had a really nice bar as well.

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DP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am a local - well at least for the past 8 years! Came here often - there are lots of great dining places in Destin and area. Marina was lways great and a favorite, and we went this past week for a birthday. It HAS been a while, though. Service was great. Great food. We all had great time. Deal with the 2-for-1 entrees and early-bird 1/2 price drinks at the bar is really exceptional. So, yes. This rather nice restaurant has good dels for those who eat early!!! Thanks.

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KK
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is extrodinary! First class food and exceptionally personable, helpful and knowledgeable server (Shannon). More expensive than you would expect from a "Cafe" but a great experience and well worth it.

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JR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was excellent. Great views! Services little slow. Otherwise great experience.

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MS
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have made the Marina Cafe a family spring break tradition for over 10 years and each year we come it has always been one of our favorite meals/locations in Destin. Marina Cafe is an upscale restaurants with an excellent fish and seafood menu. Service and food have always been excellent & Wally the manager has always made our family feel special and is like seeing an old friend each year. So get a little dressed up and take the family or someone special for a great meal and a beautiful view of the harbor at sunset, you won't be disappointed.

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E
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wife's Birthday and Marina Cafe made it a special day for her!

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JT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service, presence and very fine recipes with excellent execution. The Cajun Grouper was beautifully presented, flakey and with delicate but creamy sauce. Not heavy on the red peppers and cayenne. Well timed wine list with fun options. Salad was delightful...except radishes...cold and fresh.

A must if entertaining and thoughtful and smart wait staff.

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OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love going here while in Destin. Highly recommend for a great dining experience.

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J
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and exemplary service by Dale

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LH
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible experience! The food was amazing and very well prepared. Extensive wine list with exceptional recommendations. Service was fantastic. Definitely will be back and would highly recommend!

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TS
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a perfect place to dine! We are from St. Louis, Missouri and our server, David, was sure to let us in on all of the local interests! He was beyond knowledgeable about Marina Cafe, the menu, and treated us like “old friends”. This will be a definite on our list whenever we visit Destin again!! Thank you for helping to make our trip so memorable! Tammy & David S.

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R
Atlanta
72 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best waterfront restaurant in Destin. Great view. Excellent service. The Redfish was excellent. Large portion and perfectly prepared.

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GN
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great view with tasty fresh food and friendly service.

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good seafood, good seafood, incredibly atmosphere, and tremendous service (promote Dale).

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LT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marina Cafe is exceptional with one exception. Their bar staff is terrible, worse service possible. The dining staff was superb as well as the food.

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JG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Only issue I had was the salt flavor was intense in the scallops to which I’m sensitive too.

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OT
Tallahassee
8 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was enjoyable, but it was expensive

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JU
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful atmosphere overlooking the Destin Harbor. Great "fancy" service. Good food - rich and flavorful.

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SB
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. We went two nights in a row. Their fresh fish is the Best!

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LS
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we walked in everything was outstanding. We will be back for sure with friends and family. It is a wonderful place for a quiet date or family dinner without having to shout at each other to hear!

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KO
West Virginia
6 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The restaurant was beautifully decorated in a picturesque setting. The early bird special was a good deal. Our server was a bit distracted, but pleasant. The swordfish was very good, but the grouper dinner was a bit dry and could have used more sauce. The romaine salad was a good choice, especially with the blue cheese dressing and was big enough for two people to share. The cocktails were pretty and tasty.

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A
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dining experience could not have been better! The food was amazing and our server was knowledgeable and attentive. The view of the harbor from our table was lovely. We can’t wait to return!

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Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are locals and visit several times a year. It was a joy to share your resturant with our friend from California. The staff were wonderful and the dinner outstanding...the red fish a must!

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CH
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing dinner! The perfect plate of fish and veggies, and my husbands fillet was to die for. The early bird entree special is unbeatable. We will definitely be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dustin was awesome. One of the best waiters I have felt with in years. Tell him thank you.

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AP
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is amazing, great scenery everywhere you sit. Great for a formal dining restaurant. The food was fresh and cooked perfectly.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

it was overall one of the best experiences i had at the marina cafe. i dine at this restaurant every year, sometimes we even come twice because it’s that good. robin was our server and she was fantastic. the food was amazing. the atmosphere was great. felt very welcomed, especially being a younger couple at a finer restaurant.

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JT
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food was good ambiance was good
what made it special was our server , was nothing short of fantastic . I haven't is experience service as good as that in a long, long time

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J
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marina cafe is awesome. Every meal at the table was excellent and the service was outstanding. Expect to be here a while since everything is made to order, but it’s extremely worth it.

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Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday. It was our first chance to be back in almost a year. Still as fantastic as ever and Shannon was her usual wonderful self.

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VM
Tallahassee
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great evening visiting with friends. Sat in the Bar for a drink before dinner. Had a fantastic meal! Will be back again and again for sure!

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Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best places to eat at in the Destin area. Service is always the best .Everyone is friendly and the food and deserts cannot be beat. The happy hour at the bar cannot be beat. Between 5 and 6 they have a good special that cannot be beat.Purchase one and receiver a free meal.Eat there afew times a year and have never been disappointed.We always recommend this restaurant to fellow snowbirds.

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RA
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having stayed at Navarre Beach for the past ten years, we have found many fine restaurants in the Pensacola to San Destin area. We truly know that you restaurant is the finest overall. We look forward to our next experience at you "Cafe".
Respectfully,
Richard Albright

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OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I’ve been here several times and have always had great a great experience.

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JM
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Took my husband for a special birthday meal. I was greeted at the door and our waitor David talked through and gave recommendations of the menu. He was so knowledgeable and friendly. The food was delicious, melt in your mouth with the best scallops I've ever had. Food arrived hot and quick and the cocktails were lush too. Would love the recipe for the oil that was served with the bread, so yummy. Thank you so much and we will definitely be back soon.

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PT
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time, David was most helpful
We had never been before but will definitely be back

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