The Grand Marlin of Pensacola Beach

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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.
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for our 30th wedding anniversary and it was fantastic! It was raining hard so it was a little cold and windy. If not for that everything was five stars! Ramon was awesome. I appreciated the staff acknowledging special occasion.

CW
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never had a bad meal or bad experience here. Great for a date night.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great service: food very good

EW
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, great service & it’s an overall nice place to eat! Will go back again for sure when I’m in Pensacola!

CP
Memphis
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

The girl running the hostess stand was very unfriendly and a good bit rude. She claimed she sent me a text my table was ready but never heard it come through due to the noise at the bar. When I went to the hostess stand within 5 minutes she was upset and said I would have to wait for another table. Then they seated our group of 5 at a table for 4. We didn’t have a choice and couldn’t fit 5 plates on the table at the same time to eat our dinner. Our waiter said the table was meant for 4 not 5. Sure she seated us there on purpose. Was not a fun dinner. Have been eating there for years and have never had a problem.

OT
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

we got a private table with a great view and away from the crowd

k
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For years, Grand Marlin has been the venue of choice when I travel from California for a reunion with long time friends that live in Pensacola. This is typically the dining highlight of my return visits. The food, ambience, service, and views are incomparable. I just wish they had a few tables outside that could be used for a pre-dinner cocktail.

KM
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always above and beyond amazing! Service is wonderful and always very friendly!

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a fantastic experience

TT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous. Great service. The Birthday gift of dessert was a nice touch and it was delicious

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience- food and service were delightful

CB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration. As always...love Grand Marlin!

RS
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

We were at Grand Marlin on Tuesday, October 8th for my wife's birthday. We both ordered the filet . . . her's was ordered medium and mine was ordered medium +.

When they meals came, mine was well done so we asked our server to redo the steak . . . when it came the second time it was medium rare. Not sure how a cook can mess up two steaks within 1 hour.

The server comped my meal but really, why would we want to return for the possibility of another poor experience?

AD
Birmingham
12 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fabulous night. The dinner, dessert, and service could not have been better. We were celebrating my mom’s 78th birthday, and she could not have been happier. The grilled wahoo, prime rib, grouper picatta, praline basket and key lime pie were all perfect. Thank you, Grand Marlin, for making this special occasion perfect!

MP
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with consistently awesome good

MC
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Grand Marlin is my favorite place to dine on Pensacola Beach. The cocktails are always good. The oysters are amazing!!!! So good! all of them. (wish they had char grilled oysters). Took some out of town for this occasion and everyone loved it. The salmon was delicious! Grilled wahoo was very good! and you can never go wrong with the grouper piccatta! SO YUMMY! Service was outstanding. It usually is! Save room for the Praline basket! My favorite!!!! Outside dining has a nice view and indoors is more intimate. Enjoy!!!!

SS
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our server, she took her time, was very personable and helpful with menu choices.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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SY
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed the food and service. Had a table right by the open window which was great because that's what we asked for in our Open Table reservation. It is a noisy place, but to be expected when in an open air environment. The only thing I didn't like was the sticky table and chair arms. For dinner, I think they should use tablecloths even if it is in open air seating. It's a higher class restaurant and I think it warrants that.

EH
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing at The Grand Marlin of Pensacola. I had the pork chop which was cooked to perfection. The salad was also very good. I would definitely recommend The Grand Marlin. If I am ever return to Pensacola I will definitely eat at Grand Marlin again.

OT
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Dined on a Saturday. Website showed brunch available but it was not, only on Sunday’s. Had an entree from Specials menu and food came out prepared differently. Ordered a mimosa that was flat and tasted like days old hot beer. I mentioned distaste to waitress and her response was that it was cheap, which I could tell. Not a good experience.

B
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely recommend having a drink at the outside bar before being seated. Great food, drinks and service. Will be back soon for sure!!

CD
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 28th wedding anniversary. Kate was an awesome server. Food was great, as always.

J
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far the best dining experience on Pensacola Beach. Menus are printed daily, and include a better-than-average range of fresh seafood options, listing both the species *and* the origin of the daily offerings. The food is complemented beautifully by interesting takes on traditional and island-themed cocktails and a deep list of wines served by the glass and bottle. Top it all off with smart, snappy service from knowledgable and experienced waitstaff in an upscale/casual atmosphere with gorgeous views, and The Grand Marlin is an unbeatable way to enjoy the best the Gulf Coast has to offer. (FULL DISCLOSURE: I'm a former employee of TGM, but have no current affiliation with the company other than being a frequent patron!)

HM
Tallahassee
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The outdoor seating is beautiful! We enjoyed the gulf breeze while dining on delicious food. On Thursday nights, Rudy is there playing the steel drums!

CM
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food!! Our server was busy and forgot to put in our order for apps but it wasn’t a big deal at all. We thoroughly enjoyed our meals and drinks!! I’d definitely return.

B
Indiana
13 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food at the Grand Marlin was exceptional! I think they had the best oysters on the island! We had the Cioppino and the Mahi Mahi! So good. As it was my birthday they brought the parline cup w/ ice cream berries and chocolate sauce for desert. I would not have order it but would again. It was a FABULOUSLY delicious surprise! The meal was so good we returned on our last day of vacation and had the snapper and the wahoo. Also very good. I ordered the seafood Bloody Mary. It was huge, fun, and extra tasty. We highly recommend the Grand Marlin.

NS
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

This is our favorite place to grab dinner on a date night or a Sunday brunch. Unfortunately, despite putting in the request well ahead of time, we were unable to sit outside. Wallace isn't a huge issue normally, we had five young children with us and sitting inside became much more difficult. This reservation was made tree weeks ahead of time. As always the food was good and our server was great but I was highly disappointed with having to sit inside with five children, especially given the gorgeous weather.

JP
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

It was good but it wasn’t great. I just had a different expectation. Super cute and casual, the menu is a little sparse.. went there for seafood and we both got steak. Was not a fan of their drinks. However, the service was phenomenal. App orders were great too.

LS
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! The best crab cakes I have ever had!

CS
Mobile
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was outstanding!

W
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were wanting a nice date night, and this turned out to be exactly what we were hoping for. The service, food, ambiance, and everything was perfect.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our 34 anniversary. I researched for several months where to go. Was not disappointed.

RB
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating our 22nd anniversary. Everything and everyone was perfect for the occasion. Was given a complimentary dessert which had Happy Anniversary written in chocolate icing. Thanks to everyone for a special and wonderful evening.

PM
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mark was our server and he was great! Our friends got stuck in traffic and were late. He made sure it wasn’t awkward and didn’t make them feel rushed when they arrived. He definitely earned 5 stars.

B
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great window seating to view sunset over bay. Our server Ian was very helpful and attentive. I had the seared red snapper with crispy capers brown butter sauce and my husband had grouper piccata with same sauce. Absolutely delicious!! We each ordered a dessert and seriously not a hint was left on our plates! Wouldn’t change a thing. Favorite of all time!

MO
Tallahassee
9 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great value...half price bottle of wine with entrée on Wednesdays! Loved the Brussel sprouts and my favorite...grouper piccatta with a blue cheese wedge. Jason, our server, is the best!!! Very knowledgeable on food offerings and will make suggestion and will bring any extra sauces if needed.

TR
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great, the service was good, the place was clean as were the workers.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, perfect food! They went out of their way to make my sister’s birthday dinner special.

R
New Orleans
39 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The GM never fails to provide good service and excellent food!

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