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Marina Cafe

4.5
1634 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 1634 People Are Saying
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4.6
food
4.4
service
4.6
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4.3
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

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

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Great atmosphere, view and food!!

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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 5 days ago

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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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

We always enjoy coming to Marina Cafe when visiting Destin. The pan seared Louisiana red fish with fresh vegetables and potatoes is a delectable dish.

The view of the marina is beautiful and the service we received was impeccable.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The red fish was fresh and delicious . We also tied the pasta pesto with shrimp and the flavors were outstanding . We were seated by the window with a great view while we enjoyed our food .

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Our waiter David was awesome. Great food, good wine selection

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Probably one of the best restaurants in Destin. The food and service was amazing.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Marina Cafe is always one special restaurant my wife and I will always visit when we travel to Fort Walton/Destin area, at least 2 or 3 times a year. We have never had a bad experience at Marina Cafe, and the food and drinks are always top notch. We look forward to our next visit!

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Food was tasty but everything was served like warm. Service was horrible but we asked for different server and it improved.

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Had a reservation but our table was not ready for over an hour past our reservation time. Service was so-so, overall slow, but food was good.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

My wife and I love this place, we come here whenever we’re in town.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

We have dined here many times and were certainly not disappointed on this occasion. We had reservations (on a Tuesday night) thank goodness, because they were full and turning people away. Even with the unexpected full restaurant, service and quality were as exceptional as always. The wait time for our food and drinks was insignificant and the preparation was perfect. Many restaurants would have not been able to pull this off but these guys are pros in every way. The swordfish was exceptional!

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Great food, great service

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Great as usual. Jim has a perfect dining experience for you every time. Extensive wine list & wonderful food. The view is pretty darn good too!

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Fantastic experience once again in our favorite restaurant. I've lived here 24 years and the Marina Cafe is consistently spectacular! From Wally the manager greeting us at the door to Bryce our server, it was a 5-star VIP experience!! Can't wait to go back again soon for the andouille-crusted redfish. Yum!!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Parking was easy, and they seated our reservation immediately. Surprising for spring break.

Seemed like all the tables had a view of the marina/bay and the deck offered an opportunity for sunset selfies.

Wait staff was excellent and even tried to pull off a harmless April Fools prank. Her Polish accent was wonderful.

The fried oyster salad was fresh, warm and delicious. I have had them in the past, and they are usually heavy on the dressing. Fresh spinach and jalapeño bacon made this a perfect blend.

The cavatelli pasta/ gulf shrimp was just as good. I hate grape tomato’s, but these were almost good because of the basil pesto cream sauce. I almost shied away as many cream sauces are too heavy. This one was light, fresh and balanced the kalamata olives. The shrimp were a little smaller than I expected, but were tasty and fresh.

We did not get desert. I wish I had tried the butterscotch creme brûlée, or white chocolate bread pudding. But, we were comfortably full and did not want to overdo it.

When we are in the area, we will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We enjoyed our Easter dinner at Marina Cafe. I found it through reviews here on OpenTable. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal. My filet was cooked to perfection, my husband said his shrimp and scallops with grits were excellent. He had the fried oyster salad as well. Waiter was very kind to our son. Only hiccup was I think he forgot to put the app order in, but it was worth the wait- the pork belly was really good. Topped it off with a jumbo brownie and coconut cream pie ( best ever) and a great cup of coffee. Beautiful views of harbor too.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Favorite restaurant in Destin! The Pan Seared Andouille Crusted Louisiana Redfish with Cayenne butter is worth our 1000 mile drive to Destin! Great Happy Hour with 1/2 price drinks and appetizers and an early bird entree special, buy one get one free from 5-6pm. The view is spectacular and the service wonderful!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Waiter was poor

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Great cocktails, great food, excellent service and a view that just can't be beat. Was a great end to our visit in Destin. We will be back. Highly recommend all of the salad options (our table tried one of each!) and the seafood was fabulous! Scallops - WOW! Beautiful, beautiful view, great atmosphere.

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3.0Dined on March 29, 2018

My family and I were in Destin for spring break and was looking for good seafood restaurant to eat. With tripadvisor recommendation and close to our hotel, we went. The location is on the water and it has no bad seat. The view would've been really nice but at night time and rainy, difficult to see. The waitress was good, didnt remember her name, and professional. Since it was late night dining, we were hungry so the warm bread was very good to us. Unfortunately, that was the only thing I can remember worth mentioning. Crab cake appetizer came quickly which we were grateful. It was good but not as good as to Old Patty Restaurant from Pensacola. Not sure what the hype about, the food was just okay for us, party of 4. It was an expensive dining for just an okay food and not for budget tourist unless maybe for lunch time.

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2.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Service was poor. There wasn’t a formal introduction, and the waiter acted like he had somewhere better to be during each interaction with us. The food was good after it finally arrived after sitting for two hours. The experience was wasted because of lack of even average service.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

I would have given it an across the board 5* but the restaurant was out of a few menu items. We arrived pretty early 6:30pm on a Friday night. The explanation was the chef was on vacation. March/April is a very busy time in Destin. Great view and wonderful service. We will return.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Excellent menu, food, and ambiance. Happy hour drinks and apps are a great deal!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Menu wry nice and food was delicious. Carpaccio appetizer was superb would return just for that. Drinks were perfect and our server was awesome. If weather was cooperative, would have loved to sit outside For a nice view of Destin Harbor.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Brought out of town friends. They were really impressed, as I knew they would be!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Excellent service by our waiter, Dave. We were celebrating our 55th wedding anniversary and Dave was very tuned into the occasion. I do believe the meal was the best I have had any where in the area! Looking forward to our next visit.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Great food, location, service, atmosphere. Only recommendation is to bring back the mashed potatoes.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Awesome dinner. Weeknight special bogo. 5-6 pm. Food was outstanding started out in bar for happy hour. Service was excellent! Will go back.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Our server David was great. Even when the 4 year old spilled water all over he and others came and cleaned up the mess.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

There was a bit too much sauce on my grouper, but everything else was delicious!!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Great location with fantastic atmosphere. Food wasn't bad but cost didn't match quality.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

While on vacation with our kids, we celebrated our wedding anniversary here. The views alone was worth the visit. Service was top notch and the food was delicious!

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2.0Dined on March 14, 2018

service was ok but the food was poor
what happened to the previous chef/personnel?

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3.0Dined on March 13, 2018

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.

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