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Marina Cafe

4.5
1667 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Romantic
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

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, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1667 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.6
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4.3
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

We ate outside and it was lovely.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Excellent!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Great dining experience as usual!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Always wonderful

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We were told by a local this was the place to eat, our meal was incredible. So good that we ate our leftovers for lunch the next day.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Great atmosphere, service and taste. Could not have had a better evening. Perfect!!!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

This was the first time my wife and I have been to this restaurant, I made reservations with open table and were seated immediately. We were well greeted by our waiter David who was very informative about the restaurant and it’s food . We choose to try his recommendations on appetizer and meals , we started with the pork belly appetizer which was a great choice to start. My wife had the salmon and I had a dish that they have done for 20 years , a crusted Red Fish . The entire meal was unspeakably terrific! We finished it off by sharing a slice of the chefs coconut pie that was over the top. The meal was excellent and well worth what I paid we will be returning to try some of their other dishes. Highly recommended experience. Thanks chef and staff.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The food is ALWAYS wonderful. My favorite place to eat!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We have visited this restaurant every trip to Destin for over 15 years and it never disappoints! The food and ambiance are amazing. We also love to take advantage of the BOGO entrees for the early bird special from 5-6! Almost no restrictions which is rare for a restaurant of this caliber.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

First time - will definitely be back - on my list for sure!!

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Michael our server was excellent. Cajun BBQ shrimp and grits also excellent as was the redfish. Entire evening perfect

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Been coming here for over 20 years and have never been disappointed! Love this place!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Our food was delicious! We shared the crab eggplant appetizer & just loved it. Our son order their ribeye medium rare & it was amazing just like always. Best steaks we’ve ever had outside our home. Better than Ruth Chris!! Hubs & I both savored grouper. On all the food items, the sauces were exquisite. Atmosphere is very low key, quiet & great for romance or family gathering. A must dine location if in the area.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

The food was very tasty and the service was excellent. The restaurant was pretty empty for a Saturday night which affected the atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

This place is absolutely fantastic!! The prime rib, calamari, and pizza were spectacular!!!! The staff went above and beyond us! Making us special spicy margaritas and extra spicy seasoning on our pizza! Stand out restaurant!! Can't say enough good things about the food and service!!

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Best Shrimp and grits ! The view is amazing - has become a favorite after not going for about 20 years!

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Front row of the upper level = best seats in the house. Thank you. Waitress and rest of staff perfect. Great personal greeting. #groupercheeks!

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Wally the Manager greeted us at the door and was congenial as always. Our server Bryce was amazing! Attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. Very professional. Best restaurant on the Emerald Coast!

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

We’re regulars and love the place. Dale Shelton is a superb server! Menu is getting a bit stale and some old standards have been taken off the menu. Time to update.

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2.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Wait was crazzy! Had an 8pm birthday reservation .... were seated at 8:40pm. No one came to provide menus or water, or even check-in. When I inquired .... I got the “we are really busy speech”!
David who was busy with other tables came to the rescue ... he said he’d take care of us, as he was not aware of which waiter was responsible for our table. He did a great job!
However I would not recommend this place during dinner, maybe for lunch time. Good food but overpriced!

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1.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Worst dining experience I’ve ever had. Had reservations at 8:00. Seated finally at 8:30 after having to ask twice. Ordered food and after an hour no food or waiter ever seen. Talked to manager and still no service or food. Ended up walking out and ordering pizza at 9:45!

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2.0Dined on April 28, 2018

I've been frequenting this restaurant for 25+ years. I live in Atlanta and visit Destin once a year some times more. Like to go to Marina for the andouille crusted red fish. My favorite fish dish ever. This trip was very disappointing. Ordered the dish and when it was served it was lukewarm at best. The waitress took it back to the kitchen and it was "warmed up". You can't warm up fish. It was dried out and over cooked. I didn't have time to start over because I had to be somewhere so I choked it down and left. I did tell the waitress it was awful. She was ready to help but I said I had to leave.

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

The food was excellent. 4 people had a fish entrée which were all perfectly cooked. 1 had pizza and 1 had the chicken with black rice appetizer. We usually come for happy hour which is a great bargain but this time was for a full dinner which was very good. The service could have been a little better. Our server would disappear for 20+ minutes and we'd have to stop another server to go and find him.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

A great spot for fine dining. The bartenders are bushy & work very hard. It’d be nice to have them smile and greet people warmly. All else was excellent!

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

My wife and I never miss an opportunity to stop. The food and service are excellent and the views spectacular. Be sure to get the andouille crusted redfish.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Great food, friendly and professional service, atmosphere and view are perfect, and the value can't be matched!

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

The service was outstanding ... the entire restaurant staff were extremely accommodating and thoughtful. They definitely know the menu and suggestions to refer to

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Marina Cafe was the perfect restaurant to celebrate our anniversary. Excellent food, service, and ambiance.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Always excellent food and service.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Birthday gathering for the MRS. Have never been disappointed at the MARINA and have been there several times. The ambiance, service, and food all "TOP NOTCH". Thanks for helping make another HAPPY BIRTHDAY.
PADDY

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Amazing, creative dishes! A bit overpriced though. Overall, great experience.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Micheal was a very good and friendly waiter.
First time to use open table...It worked very well.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Celebrating a 40th Birthday... The location and service was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Great atmosphere, view and food!!

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4.0Dined on April 19, 2018

A fine choice, with perfectly prepared seafood dishes. Location has excellent views of the harbor, service was outstanding. Our server recommended a nearby business for after-dinner activities.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Best Destin restaurant. Have been. coming here for year. Get there before 6 if you want to take advantage of the BOGO entrée.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

This restaurant is outstanding! We originally were thinking of visiting one of the other local seafood restaurants, but am so glad we came here! Our server was Robin. She was very well informed on all their dishes from appetizers to desserts. She was so friendly, yet maintained a professional attitude. All her recommendations were spot on from the shrimp croquettes (shrimp toasts) to our entrees, the gulf coast grouper & the andouille crusted Louisiana redfish, both entrees included roasted potatoes, trimmed green beans, carrots & squash. We had the 5:00 reservation, which is also when they open. People were already arriving and being seated. The decor is somewhat outdated. Our table was inside, but right next to their floor to ceiling windows overlooking the intercostal. Between 5:00-6:00 p.m. Marina Cafe offers a 2 for 1 special on all entrees from all pasta dishes to all seafood dishes, but restricts one steak dinner per couple. We will definitely be dining here every time we are visiting Destin!

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

My wife and I ate on the patio and it was fantastic food and service!

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

We had a lovely time at The Marina Cafe. Being on the water with windows on every side is a beautiful way to eat dinner and the indoor ambience is also lovely. The food was excellent and we all took advantage of the prix fixe dinner. The choices on the prix fixe menu are wonderful.

The appetizers were a bit hit with all three of us, the entrees and desserts as well. We hadn't seen each other in a while and had lots of talking to do and we never felt rushed or intruded upon!

We will definitely return! Plus I already told my husband we're going there one night soon too!

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Another excellent experience for us. We have eaten here numerous times and never disappointed

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