The Grand Marlin of Pensacola Beach

4.7
4252 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
The Grand Marlin Restaurant features a main dining area with a shucked to order oyster bar, exterior North Drop Bar overlooking the beautiful Santa Rosa Sound, and private meeting rooms. This Pensacola 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 Pensacola Bay Area. 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.
What 4252 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.5
value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
32 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding

LZ
LestetZ
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice dinner was lovely and always what we excepted

l
viplife
Louisville
19 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ambiance and waiter was wonderful. Food and cocktails tasty

p
pete
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday gathering for two of our group.
Always great food and service!
Just a great place to gather and enjoy great food and service!

LD
LindseyD
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience from start to finish. The food was delicious with good portion size. Service was quick and personable!

DC
DanielC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was Excellent!.......

C
Courty
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ashley was our server, and she was excellent! Grouper Picard was superb, grilled shrimp was excellent, lobster fingers were a delicious appetizer, as was my wedge salad. Ashley guided our tastes through the wine list, and we were very happy with our selection. Can’t wait to return.

M
Mohk
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, great service, and incredible views. Best restaurant in Pensacola!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
32 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oysters and tuna poke were great

ST
ShannonT
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal!

KW
vipKWS53
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience1

Higher expectations, lower delivery than I had hoped for. On business travel so just me, and had made a reservation for 6pm. Got there and the only seating was the same as two parties that just walked in, so don't know what good a reservation was. Had asked for a small table, and was seated by hostess at a table for 5 in the "outside" area (which is heated and really kind of inside). Had expected a fine dining experience; instead got a loud, busy, almost cafeteria like one. Jazmin my server was good and personable, but the hostess seemed to have cared less when I asked if having a reservation couldn't allow me to have a nicer location and quieter table. She could have cared less. Food (tuna) was ok, but not a lot of flavor other than the sauces. Green beans and mashed potatoes good. OK experience overall but won't bother coming back

JT
JimT
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Service and food was great. It is fourth year we celebrated our anniversary at Grand Marlin. Unfortunately I did not look at check carefully enough until I got home. We had a $50 gift certificate and a $10 bonus certificate. The latter was NOT taken off our check

BB
BrevenB
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

the food was awesome, the ambience was excellent. However the service was slow to respond to our normal requests; refills, checking on us, bringing the check etc. Our server was very nice when he was with us.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I had a great dinner at The Grand Marlin of Pensacola Beach. It was also our first time dining here so it was all worth it. The food was great. We weren't really a fan of seafood but this one we were able to finish everything. Thank you for the birthday cake as well for my boyfriend. He surely loved it hehe. Will definitely come back here again soon! 🤩😊

SM
SyrianM
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience! I highly recommend to everyone!

JZ
JenniferZ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we dine here it’s an amazing meal with fantastic service. We love that it’s a simple but delicious menu and our server always makes a recommendation.

B
Betty
Tallahassee
9 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impressed with social distancing of tables and concern of walk paths in dining room.
All things very good!
Birthday remembered. Thanks!
Shared with friends who are fearful of dining out.

j
j2rcleo
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Skip the brunch menu items. The potatoes were cooked yesterday, fried today, and sat under a heat lamp. Skip the crab benedict. The crab cake was mostly filling and not worthy of being served at this nice restaurant. Everything else we enjoyed.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

NYE 2020...
It wasn’t terrible; it just wasn’t anything special. The only remarkable event of the evening was at the end of the meal when I asked for Nocello with my coffee... the waiter actually came back to the table and claimed no one had, “ever heard of it”?!? Seriously? Regardless of whether of not that is actually true (which I highly doubt) , why would a server even say that to a customer? Very unprofessional.

J
Jack
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service at the Grand Marlin on Pensacola Beach was impeccable. The seafood was clearly fresh and it was exceptionally prepared. It was a bit pricey but for a special occasion, it's simply wonderful.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The bar area was extremely noisy and it was raining and the floors had puddles of water on them. Otherwise the food was excellent. The BEST wedge salad I have had. Excellent gumbo.

n
vipnmulkey
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner at The Grand Marlin on New Years Eve. They followed the important protocols related to COVID-19 which gave us comfort as we dined. We did have to wait about 15 minutes past our reservation time to be seated, but we did go during an extremely busy time. It was definitely worth the wait, the food was delicious and the service was excellent. Everyone was delighted and happy to have this as our last meal of 2020.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service as always.

ST
STEPHANIE
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Birthday,

R
vipRich
New Orleans
49 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The GM is always excellent!

GK
GregK
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Must go to restaurant on the water. Fresh seafood that melts in your mouth!

MK
MikeK
Tallahassee
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had an early reservation ( 4:30) and were seated in a small area located in the inside dining room-very quiet. Ramon was our very good waiter. Food selections were outstanding as normal. Overall, another excellent meal at the Marlin. We miss the Tuesday "Surf and Turf" Special!

R
vipRich
New Orleans
50 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The usual stellar experience at the GM

OT
OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience. Food and service was great!

SD
ShawnD
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food and drinks were great as always, the only issue we experienced this time was the appetizers came out at different times. First, 1 salad then about 6 minutes later my lobster fingers and about 5 minutes later the 3 shrimp cocktails - which normally are the first to make it to our table? Everyone and every place always has an off night! All in all we had a great time and the Grand Marlin will be our go-to place for special occasions!

B
Beacher
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was great. We were seated in the outdoor space though it was technically enclosed because of cold weather. Unfortunately, the acoustics were such that the noise level was loud, making conversation difficult. Overall, we had a nice time, even with the noise. Our server, Philip was attentive and helpful.

c
chacha
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoy brunch at the Marlin and decided to have Christmas Eve dinner there. The food was good and service was good. One of our favorite restaurants.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in every respect.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Christmas Eve

JM
JeffreyM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great experience. Lobster fingers are fantastic!

DO
DOUGM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food as always! View is fantastic.

AP
AmyP
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience1

Was somewhat disappointed with overall experience. The ambience was minimal. I brought out of town guests here for the total package due to celebrating many big life achievements. The price for dishes was certainly not worth it. My son had the red snapper, and he was extremely pleased with it. I will not return until life does not revolve around COVID.

AC
ACBC
Tallahassee
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful meal, as always. We celebrate many special occasions here. It never disappoints. Jennifer was a wonderful server, too.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Randall was a great server! He made it special!

AG
AlbertoG
Jacksonville
10 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Amazing food

FAQs

The Grand Marlin of Pensacola Beach is rated 4.7 stars by 4252 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

Tweets by The Grand Marlin of Pensacola Beach