The Grand Marlin of Panama City Beach

4.6
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$30 and under
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Seafood
The Grand Marlin Restaurant features a main dining area with a shucked to order oyster bar, exterior North Drop Bar overlooking Grand Lagoon, and private meeting rooms. This Panama City Beach restaurant, with an air of island casualness, serves the highest-quality cuisine, including the freshest local seafood featured on menus designed and printed daily to take advantage of the local bounty. The atmosphere creates a fusion of the Caribbean and the Panama City Beach Area. Corporate Executive Chef Gregg McCarthy has a passion for great-tasting food and particularly loves working his culinary magic with fresh Gulf Coast seafood. Boaters and beach-goers feel comfortable in shorts and flip-flops at the oyster bar, in the dining room and at the North Drop Bar. The Grand Marlin has a space and atmosphere for all occasions and is looking forward to creating an authentic experience between time and tide.
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4.6based on recent ratings
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If I could give more than 5 stars I would. Our server was absolutely amazing. Food and drinks were excellent as well.

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SandyH
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Kelcie was awesome. Must get Parmesan Grouper.

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AprilB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

will definitely eat here again. good food good service.

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience1

Bad seating and overpriced food. Enjoyed previous visits except for the prices.

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Cassie
Tallahassee
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tuna, Grouper Picatta, & Fish & Chips (Friday Special) were all fantastic!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Loved the al fresco upstairs outdoor dining areas. The seafood was delicious and our waiter was super nice and attentive. Recommend it highly. Be sure to make reservations. Popular place and tables go fast.

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MarcV
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and the food was great. The view of the bay was nice. Overall an excellent dining choice!

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StephanieT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

At our table we ordered a few appetizers. The grilled oysters and shrimp cocktail was very good. The lobster fingers I would have preferred it just steamed or grilled. The Grouper piccata, ribeye, and tuna was delicious. The desserts were also delicious with the fresh berries. My only complaint is that we didn’t know they had a minimal menu due to Covid. I went in wanting fresh lobster.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter we had was amazing. He has waited on us before and was amazing then too. Food was outstanding. Love I can make a reservation in the COVID era.

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GregM
Louisville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grand Marlin is incredible and Hunter is hand's down one of the best Servers in the industry. My son and I visited on 7/31/20. Our appetizers were sauteed crab claws and fried lobster fingers. Both were out of this world. My son had the fish & Chips while I went with the seared scallops with a ginger soy sauce that was amazing. I can't say enough about the atmosphere and the food. I highly recommend dining at Grand Marlin. It's a must for us every year!

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Ljpreston
Birmingham
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience at Grand Marlin! All the servers were polite and practiced serious sanitation throughout the meal. We sat outside and the ambiance was low key and beautiful. We enjoyed raw oysters, blue angel chips, gumbo, the fried seafood platter (chef’s Thursday special), and crab cakes. Everything was amazing,! We can’t wait to go back!

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vickyh
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent evening celebrating my sisters birthday. Service was amazing with Madison and food was our usual greatness. Thank you for always making our dining experience the best!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a party of 7, so made the reservation. The staff was extremely friendly and they had our table ready when we arrived. The service was wonderful, there was a mix up on my sisters salad and the manager brought it to the table himself and then returned to make sure everything was ok. Ordered the grilled Mahi and it was perfect! We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!

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vipBrad
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and Hank our server provided exceptional service and was very engaging. We will come back.

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jimg
Hawaii
14 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was great. Location is easy to get to. The view from the top floor is awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made our son’s birthday dinner so great!!!

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RobertJ
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, beautiful setting overlooking the marina, and friendly staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! We will definitely return! The grouper piccata along with the potatoes and spinach were the perfect combination. We requested seating by the water and were accommodated. Drinks were off the top! Our waitress, Kayleigh, was extremely knowledgeable and so efficient.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently good food

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MinnieMoo
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were fabulous!! Will definitely be back!

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EmilyW
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, prompt service, and nice atmosphere. Highly recommend.

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LynnL
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food3service3ambience5

Raw oysters were delicious. We were sharing the entrée' so also asked about a side salad. They really don't have a side salad and paid $800 each for kale salads. Each only had 2 small pieces of shaved parmesan cheese and not enough dressing for the stout kale. The salads had a lot of kale and we could have easily split it IF the waiter had told us it was large. For an $8.00 kale Caesar salad, it should have had a gracious amount of parmesan. We split the Tuna with bock choy and mashed potatoes. The tuna was cooked to the medium rare requested but it was very salty and not from the soy with the sides.

The waiter did not come back when the entrée came out to see if the food was correct. He actually did not come back until we had almost eaten it all. I did tell him it was salty but received no apology nor said he would let kitchen know. Love the location on the water with the boat docks.

This was my second visit. The first visit was better. I got the tile fish entrée.

I will go again and do recommend it. If used to less salt on your food, just remember to ask that they lightly salt or let you add at the table.

I have been coming to PCB for many years but just bought a condo so will be coming much more often. I love that they do take reservations!

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Ronda
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! Wonderful view for dinner and the grouper is amazing!

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vipJamesG
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great-Best place in PCB

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tailboard343
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Fantastic meal and service. We'll be back.

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DURBS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family and friends favorite place to eat while in PCB.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, attentive server, a little noisy but not too much.

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Judi
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant! They are trying to adhere to CDC guidelines. Table are very spaced, and servers and staff wear masks.

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OlgaT
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a great place to eat a good oysters, music is very nice

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Beachlover2509
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and good food. Enjoyed sitting at the bar

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, good service

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Terry
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and fresh seafood. Always good service.

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KarenW
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, service was good and the view is beautiful! One of my favorite places to eat in this area!!!

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TerryP
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Panama City Beach by far!!! The view, service and food can't be beat!

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Hugh
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Golden Anniversary celebration. Hostess kindly accomodated our seating request. Server (Spencer?) offered excellent menu recommendations and was personable and attentive throughout the meal. Salmon was excellent; scallops were perfectly seared, exceptionally tender, and served with a choice of complementary sauces. Key Lime dessert was beautifully presented, offering a light texture and delicious taste, despite lacking the customary tartness. Nice wine. Overall, a perfect meal.

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PatrickM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Disappoined with the Grand Marlyn. Went for our 27th anniversary. Got there and was immediately seated (Reservations worked exceptionally well with Open Table). However, when I ordered the chefs special I was advised that they had sold out. Interesting since the chef's special was a seafood platter and this was a seafood restraunt and all the items were still available separately on other menu items. However, with the limited menu this left very few options. The chicken was dry and the crabcakes were OK. Not worth $30 for two. I wish the hostess had told us going in that they were out of the special. The waiter was nice but management should be held responsible for this mishap. If you are going for atmosphere this is a quaint place. Just not something I would recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing...from food, service and cocktails!! Thank you Alex!!

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vipLCRanch
Jacksonville
11 reviews