There was a bit too much sauce on my grouper, but everything else was delicious!!
service was ok but the food was poor
what happened to the previous chef/personnel?
The food was great but the service in the bar and at the table was very slow. Our waiter was very cordial. We had a 5:30 reservation for 5 adults and were served our food after 7 pm. The ordering process in both the bar and dinner table were really drawn out. Then we waited a very long time for our meal to be served. I would recommend this for the view and quality of food but the prices were pretty steep.
Anniversary! Wally was amazingly customer oriented in finding us the right table and making us feel good about the wait. Our waitress was very attentive as well.
Marina Cafe is our favorite restaurant! The atmosphere is exceptional, the food is awesome, and the service is outstanding!
We had been looking forward to dining out the Marina Café after many visits to Destin. Unfortunately, we were seated next to a table of drunken people, that we had to ignore the whole time.
Other than that, the bread was excellent that was served at the beginning. The salad was good. But the fresh fish that we ordered at $30 a plate was mushy and salty. The potatoes underneath were salty as well. I did not eat the other vegetables that it was sitting on because they were very mushy also. This was the most expensive bill of our stay, and the least satisfying meal.
Excellent food and service.
My husband and I made reservations for the 5-6pm early bird 2/1 special. We split a wedge salad- a good sized portion with delicoious green goddess dressing. Both of us had the grouper with peas and ginger and avocado sauces for our entree. After our first time here, my husband had ordered this entree and wanted to return. He raved so much about the flavor, that I ordered it , too, and wasn't disappointed. In fact, I wanted to lick my plate! We will definitely return here.
Always fresh, always the best service, we're always happy. I highly recommend this place.
I've been to Marina Cafe' many times, and each time I've come away very satisfied with the food and the service. It's one of a few places I feel I can always take someone or recommend and never be disappointed.
Very nice dinner. Waiter was too rushed in manner
This was a wonderful experience in fine dining. The server was friendly and very professional with great wine and food suggestions. The grilled shrimp and fish options were perfect.
Great food, great service. Allowed substitutions. Great value for early bird dining...bogo entree.
Excellent food and boho at 5:00-6:00 a great value
Couldn't get a drink in the bar, tried for 20 minutes. Food took forever. I have eaten here before and hope this one time doesn't keep me from going back.
Great happy hour!
Waited 55 minutes for our food. Even though this was early dining and many food orders were probably placed at around the same time, there is no excuse for having to wait that long before being served our dinner. The manager offered us what seemed to be a routine and well practiced apology but no other compensation for the long and frustrating wait.
Food was great Happy hour at bar is very hectic could use more help
Dinner Special Buy on Dinner get one is great value but food was the star
Great! Dale was exceptional! We arrived 30 minutes before closing. However, we were served with warm smiles, great conversation, and exceptional food!
Dale was amazing! He always takes great care of us. The red fish is the best I have ever eaten! This is a place we go every single time we are in Destin. The views are breathtaking!
We really enjoy the ambiance of fine dining with the bonus of the buy one get one free entree before 6:00. This allows us to try appetizers, etc., and have a lovely meal for less than you might normally expect a dinner of this calibre.
We love coming here when we are here for the winter!
Ryan is our favorite bartender and is the best!
We celebrated our final night with a delicious dinner and the service was outstanding as usual!
Thanks Marina and all your awesome staff for a memorable evening!
Deb and Jeff
We have enjoyed dinner at Marina Cafe for 12 years now! I always highly recommend it to many visitors that come into Destin for vacation. As full time residents there are several fine dining restaurants to go to in Destin but Marina cafe never fails us. We have never been unhappy with our drinks or dinners. When Wally works the front area he never fails to make us feel very special and he's attentive through out checking on everyone even once seated. He's a very pleasant addition to this beautiful waterfront property.
Great service and good food! Steak was cooked perfect and very tasty.
We had a very bad experience. Waited 20 minutes at bar to get a drink. Then waited another 15 to get our bill. The flank steak was so tough even though we ordered medium rare that both my husband and myself could not eat it. The corn bed was so salty it was also impossible to eat. Waited 45 minutes to get our food. Marina Café used to be my favourite place to eat but not sure I will return.
Great food, service and classy environment.
Very good food and service. For some reason each time I go I have had to wait 10-15 minutes beyond my reservation time. No offer of a drink on the house, let alone an apology. But worth the wait.
Have been coming to the MCR for over 20 years now and it remains the best the Emerald Coast has to offer. Happy hour, food, view, service and because of 241 meals, it is the best value for fine dining. Bryce was excellent in recommending our choices and attending to our table. Can't wait to come back again and again.
We enjoyed our Valentines dinner there. The food was out of this world!! Love eating there the view is out of this world. The only bad thing was kids screaming so loud folks ask to move. But we will be back and soon
Restaurant was a little more formal than expected. The host made me remove my hat, which left me super uncomfortable for the duration of the visit. My girlfriend's steak was a little overcooked. The server did ask if she wanted a new one, though. Otherwise, the service and food was great.
We have been eating here many years. Got a late last minute Valentine’s reservation and enjoyed it. Especially as it was our beach wedding day!!!!!! ❤️❤️❤️
No connections between bar and table,out of 4 two orders were good,prices were steep for the quality.
Our waiter, Soc, was EXCELLENT!
Marina Cafe is a beautiful venue with a very extensive menu. The food was delicious and the view was fantastic!
Marina Cafe is my "go-to" restaurant for both special occasions and just great dining. I usually dress "business casual", but have seen everything from suits to shorts, there. It doesn't open until 5:00pm, but from 5-6 pm there is a great "buy one entree, get one free, with some restrictions". The food is always superb.
"My girlfriend and I went there for a pre-Valentine's Day dinner to beat the rush. The dinner and entire experience from the time we walked in was exceptional. We had the signature dish, Andouille-crusted redfish (impossible to find elsewhere in the area) and the yellowfin tuna. Both were off the charts!!! Our waiter Bryce was attentive, responsive and courteous without being intrusive -- the perfect balance for a world class server. He is consistently professional. Dave Owen, Manager, was very engaging and congenial to us as well. He is obviously passionate about his business and ensuring a great experience for all his customers. As for the previous review about being judged by what he was wearing -- I strongly disagree. However, as a local for 24 years -- I find that dressing up (rather than wearing beach or workout casual clothes like most tourists) is showing respect for this upscale restaurant and they treat you accordingly. My inside tip - enough said.... "
Arrived at 6:30P very busy. Seated right away. Had to wait ten + minutes or so to get in a drink order. Everyone seemed to enjoy their choices although my selection of tuna was just barely warm. Not the best of experiences. I've been to the Marina Grill in the past with better results than were had with this evening. I will likely come back as hopefully this experience will be a one off.
Always a fine dining treat. Great ambience and excellent service.
Wonderful meal excellent service .
We are never disappointed
Excellent experience and food