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Marina Cafe

4.6
1575 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Waterfront (46)
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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 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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Neighborhood
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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





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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
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.5
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined a day 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

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Itsallgood (Columbus)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

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

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AnnH 
1.0  Dined 4 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.

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SamS 
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Exceptional staff!

Great food, service and classy environment.

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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.

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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.

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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

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LuisF 
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.

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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!!!!!! ❤️❤️❤️

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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.

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

Our waiter, Soc, was EXCELLENT!

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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!

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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.

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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.... "

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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.

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vipStatman (Birmingham)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

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

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

Wonderful meal excellent service .
We are never disappointed

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

Excellent experience and food

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mfaulk (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Had a wonderful dinner with our Friends here. The wait staff was very friendly even though they were very busy at the hour we arrived. He made us feel special and was well worth the wait for we were there to socialize anyways.

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LauraH 
3.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Ouch. The server we had was a poor reflection on this restaurant.
Two egregious highlights...We asked for a wine recommendation and did select the wine he recommended. Well over 30 minutes later he brings the wine, pours a splash in two glasses (the other couple had cocktails long since delivered) and said it wasn’t chilled, it was indeed room temp, he’d bring it back after some chilling. Another 30 minutes passed and after some grumbling he finally returns with our bottle. He was running around as though he was serving the entire establishment when in fact he was serving just three tables, including ours, so that was two four tops and one two top. Our meal was tasty, when finally served, and all felt the calamari was they best we’d eaten. We continued to encounter small problems but didn’t nit pick. However, after waiting quite some time for my boxed left over dinner (he had already brought the box for the other couple at our table) we asked if we’d have to wait much longer for my box. He said I told him I didn’t want a box...which was untrue. He said well, they threw it away. Ok then. He did comp us 2 desserts for the mistake. We were prompt for our 7:30 reservation. The restaurant was probably 1/4 full with all window tables taken and three adjacent tables occupied and seemed well staffed. We left the restaurant at 10:00. It wasn’t all horrible, the food was good and a couple became engaged that evening which we thought was very special...and they didn’t have our server.
We chose not to speak to the manager, which in hindsight perhaps we should have along with requesting a new server, but then the negative is really highlighted, and the food was delicious, our guests were terrific and the tip did our talking. It also gave us a “remember that server at the Marina Cafe?” story!

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vipModiecast (Kansas City)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

Marina Cafe is a solid choice for fine dining on the Destin Harbor. We’ve visited several times and have never been disappointed with the views, food, or service. Dine between 5-6 and get 2 for 1 entrees. Whether you’re in the mood for a steak, fresh caught seafood, or a wood fired pizza, you’ll love Marina Cafe.

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OpenTable Diner (Tallahassee)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

Excellent food! Excellent service! Wonderful environment! LOVE LOVE LOVE We eat here all winter long and enjoy it each and every time! Thank you for being the BEST in DESTIN!

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Anita (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Delicious food as always.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Service was very slow, waited 1/2 hour cocktails to be delivered. Not enough help, everyone rushing and destroyed the atmosphere. Seated in a hallway from the front entrance and bar. Very undesirable location when plenty tables open in other areas.

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OpenTable Diner (Tallahassee)
3.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Excellent food. Service sub-par. Would not go back because of service

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OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
2.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

The service was very slow and the waitress a bit irritating. When my dinner arrived, I explained that it wasn't what I ordered...the waitress said that it was what the chef cooked for me and didn't offer to make amends. Additionally, the food was warm at best, not hot.

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Mike2 (Tallahassee)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

The service is always top notch. The menu is varied for all tastes.

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vipScottFLL (Miami)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Great find in Destin. We had swordfish and mahi mahi, both of which were excellent. We got there at 5:30 and were surprised to find a 2-for-1 "early bird" special -- a great deal. Our waitress was wonderful, filling us in on all the specials and providing us with excellent service. Next time we go to Destin, we'll definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

The sunset was beautiful as we sipped our cocktails and watched. Dinner was excellent, we both had fish, it was fresh and superbly prepared. Derek, our waiter was low-keyed but always right there. Everything was just right, it is a great value.

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OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on January 9, 2018

The food has always been good here, but the service has really improved! We had a great evening!

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