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Marina Cafe

1575 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Scenic View (46)
  • Waterfront (46)
  • Romantic (36)
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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Seafood, Steakhouse, Sushi
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Hours of operation
Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm (Closed on Sunday during winter)

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

Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1575 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.6  based on recent ratings
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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finestnsb17 (Dallas)
5.0  Dined 17 hours ago

Great! Dale was exceptional! We arrived 30 minutes before closing. However, we were served with warm smiles, great conversation, and exceptional food!

LynneP (Toronto)
4.0  Dined 2 days ago

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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

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

Itsallgood (Columbus)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Great service and good food! Steak was cooked perfect and very tasty.

1.0  Dined 5 days ago

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.

5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Exceptional staff!

Great food, service and classy environment.

vipCalifornian (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

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.

GilbertDinner (Tallahassee)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

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.

WilliamL (New Orleans)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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

4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

StanM (Tallahassee)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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!!!!!! ❤️❤️❤️

OpenTable Diner (Tallahassee)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

No connections between bar and table,out of 4 two orders were good,prices were steep for the quality.

vipRubbadub (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Our waiter, Soc, was EXCELLENT!

Annie (Western NC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Marina Cafe is a beautiful venue with a very extensive menu. The food was delicious and the view was fantastic!

OpenTable Diner (Tallahassee)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

"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.... "

DennyM (Tallahassee)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

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.

VTFLYER (Cleveland)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

vipStatman (Birmingham)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Always a fine dining treat. Great ambience and excellent service.

OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Wonderful meal excellent service .
We are never disappointed

vipOpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent experience and food