Marina Cafe

4.5
1719 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
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 1719 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.6
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 2 days ago

In a city full of choices, this meal was only average for our party of 6. No issues, slightly slower service than expectations. We had to flag down other waiters to order more booze from the bar. It wasnt crowded, so maybe it was just an off night for our waiter.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

My wife and I were looking for a less crowded, specialty place on the water. Beautiful view of the harbor with an excellent menu!

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Food, service and view is fantastic! You get the feel of a big city steakhouse with setup, but prices are reasonable and every meal here has been great!

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Food very good. Need to be able to pick your sides or have a choice of sides. Green beans were only blanched and I don't like hard, half cooked green beans. Redfish was great though.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

We had an excellent experience except for having to wait on our table. This was not a problem but we had to ask rather than be informed of the delay. Our server was great and suggested probably one of the better chardonnay wines I have tasted. The food was delicious and it was relaxing being next to the water.

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

Took forrrrrever!!!!

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Had another great experience again. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a great place for a business meal. Professional servers, unobtrusive, and polite. I will conduct any business meals I have in the area at this restaurant. Food as always was delicious and well presented.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

We haven't been to Marina Cafe in quite a while, but we are so glad to have eaten here for Father's Day. The eggplant appetizer and potsticker appetizer are to die for. The bone-in NY strip was recommended as the best cut of meat for the night, and the cobia was the freshest fish, caught that day, according to our server. The grouper entree with orzo goes down as one of the best I have ever had ANYWHERE. Marina Cafe will return to our list of "must go" restaurants in Destin.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

We loved everything about this place! The ribeye and lobster were perfect and wine list was fabulous!

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3.0Dined on June 18, 2018

The restaurant was minimally busy on Father's Day. From beginning to end, service was beyond slowI if not all together absent. We had to continually follow up on our drink order, appetizers even the bread. When I say follow up I am referring to actually get up from the table to ask where our server disappeared to. A table of 8 actually got up and left when they also had to repeatedly chase down their orders. It made a special evening less than memorable. We certainly will not be returning.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

We had a wonderful meal tonight. We were there for dinner with another couple. Our server Mandi was outstanding, very knowledgeable about the menu, made great recommendations, everything she suggested we loved. Thank you Mandi for a memorable meal, we will be back to see you again. The food was exceptional, I had a massive 18 oz NY Strip, its to die for. Get it cooked medium and you wont be disappointed. The dessert menu was very tempting, next time we will have to try something. Thank you Marina Cafe for making our first time exceptional. We will be back again. (already booked another reservation as we were leaving)

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Well worth the drive, despite the horrendous traffic in Destin with the construction they are doing, who does road work in the middle of summer? However, we decided we wanted to try since we had heard so many great things about this restaurant. We weren't disappointed. The soft lights, jazzy music, gracious host, friendly servers and bartenders started the evening off right. We wanted to wait for our table since we arrived early and had a drink at the bar. The drinks were tasty and came quickly. We loved the view of the harbor. We asked the manager for a table on the window and he was able to seat us at one. We decided to try the shrimp toast and a berry salad- both sounded interesting. The shrimp toast had 4 large pieces, enough for both of us. The berry salad, we had to split so we could try the amazing scallops and coconut rice with pineapple salsa. The scallops were seared and melted in my mouth. The coconut black rice was a welcome surprise. I would love a side of that next time. My wife had what the server recommend, a new grouper dish. She loved it. The grouper was cooked perfectly, not dry, flavorful with a garlic sauce and what looked like rice but might have been pasta with olives. The dessert menu was well put together with intriguing options. Our server David recommended a house favorite, the coconut cream pie. We would have had a second piece but we were too full. Can't wait to come again. Thank you David.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Simply foutstanding food. It was highly recommended but our expectations were exceeded

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

you will never be disapointed with any meal. the service and food is one of the best on the Emerald and gulf coast

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Brandi was a great server, food was excellent as always. We were sad that the chef had changed the grouper special with asian sauce with zipper peas to grouper with artichoke-kalamata olive orzo. We enjoyed our dinner and will be back next time we are in Destin

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Great time and experience. Our staff was perfect. Even Isabell in trading did super! Ughh. I can’ t remember the veteran who was training her but she was stellar!

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4.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Nice change from the typical Destin seafood restaurant- accepts reservations, no flip flops or bathing suits. Table was next to a window and had a great view. We had the calamari app, yellowfin tuna , amberjack, and coconut cream pie for dessert. All were very well prepared and delicious. Server Edetya was pleasant and efficient. With 2 glasses of wine, just over $100 before tip. Recommended.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Our server Dale was amazing. Very friendly, courteous and professional. 5 stars!!

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Food, service, and view all rolled up into one restaurant. My family and I have celebrated many special occasions here and have never been disappointed.

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

We and our companions are long-time patrons of Marina Cafe, but we were disappointed with both our Calamari appetizer and our fish entrees last Friday. The Calimari was small and greasy, and the plate was overloaded with inedible jalapeño peppers. The Redfish and Grouper was thin and over-sautéed to the point of appearing and tasting fried. We were surprised as our experience up to this point has been uniformly good. We assume that the problem was due to the high volume of business on Friday nights...

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Our reservation was for 7:00 & we could not be seated until after 8 due to a previous party. Drinks from the bar were enjoyed until we could be seated. Soc our waitress was great & led us outside to enjoy fireworks.
Perfect spot for my birthday celebration.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

We've been there several times, and we are never disappointed. Great food, great service, great experience.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Outstanding.

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3.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Excellent food. Excellent. Service was typical of resort areas at peak: pretty lousy. But the quality of the food more than made up for it. We’ll go again. Just maybe not in the summer.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Server Mr Bob was great, really made us feel special
Overall dining experience was excellent
This establishment was recommended by a server from another restaurant
Must go to list!

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

We were celebrating our 57th Anniversary. Our waiter Jay was fantastic. The food couldn’t be better.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Beautiful views of the marina add to the ambiance of the restaurant. We had great cocktails & delicious food. Our waiter was very knowledgeable of the menu & professional. We will definitely go back!!!

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4.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Very good. We will return!

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Marina Cafe is a gem in the Emerald Coast. Perfect for that special night or a wonderful spot for a cocktail and light appetizers at happy hour. Staff is busy, friendly and always engaged in an excellent customer experience. We are not locals, but regulars a couple months a year and the staff always treat us like valued patrons. MC is a must experience if you’re in Destin!

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3.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Main entrees did not meet expectations and server seemed rushed every time he spoke with us.

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4.0Dined on June 1, 2018

It was good. Cocktail and wine selection were good. As far as the value for the price, food was good, but it didn't wow us. .We ordered the fried calamari to start, which was great. Nice and light, the sauces were excellent. We then split a blue cheese web salad that was excellent. The main dishes ordered were grilled tuna, grilled swordfish, and the scallop dish. The fish and scallops were cooked perfectly. The sides were also prepared perfectly, but the flavor was good, not great. We would go back, but we wouldn't plan it.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

It was really good. Drove all the way from Oklahoma for the steak which was great

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Vacationing from Texas

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

If you are looking for a great place to eat look no further.

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3.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Setting and food excellent but we struck a waitress that took over 50 min to take our order with no apology given. She was very distracted and offhand with us. Otherwise great spot

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

The food was absolutely delicious with a+ service. Would highly recommend making a reservation and going early enough to enjoy a drink in the bar.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Excellent venue, wonderful food, very good service from our waiter. My only issue was that we had a 730 reservation. We purposefully arrived at seven so we could have a drink at the bar. However, we did not get seated until 815, after I asked numerous times about my table. There were several walk-ins that came in behind us , sat down and actually finished before we were seated. This was not a great inconvenience, as we stood outsideAnd watched the boats come in to the marina. We enjoyed a nice glass of wine and watched the sunset.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Very attentive and the atmosphere is aces. Always great food and the sushi is top notch.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Great food, service and view. If our vacation was longer, we would definitely have gone there again!

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

We have been coming to this restaurant for over 20 years on vacation. It has always been incredible. The tradition of an unforgettable meal is in their DNA. We will continue to dine here in the future.

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