The Grand Marlin of Pensacola Beach

4.7
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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 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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vipJeffB
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, fresh seafood and wonderful bar! Always a pleasure and wonderful experience at the Grande Marlin!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience5

Visiting w my fiancé

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KEVINC
Tallahassee
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for an Anniversary !

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LDeguzman
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience1

Made reservation, placed in the corner where there’s no air/ it was hot and it was by the kitchen, very disappointing. You would assume you will have a nice view or location. After my 3rd asking - we we moved. Server was very attentive, food was really good. Small portions and expensive. Chef special was too salty.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Randall our server was EXCELLENT! Food has been fabulous each time we’ve visited. Everyone’s dish from a burger to the grouper piccata was delicious.
Do not judge the restaurant by the hostesses. I would assume they are still trying to figure out how to tell people where to sit at the bar, not congregate etc but not extremely clear or consistent. After we were greeted by Randall my husband said”Randall just saved this dining experience for us”.
All servers and staff were wearing masks, tables were spaced 6 ft apart and chairs removed from the bar.
Great food, nice ambiance, adhering to CDC guidelines. A must visit restaurant in Pensacola.

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vipKellyM
Tallahassee
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grand Marlin never disappoints! It is always a great experience!

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GaryP
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Was not told the potato side had changed. Received mashed potatoes instead of fingerling potatoes. Service very slow. My entree was barely warm due to my husband’s entree had been messed up. Steak entree way too expensive for quality of meat

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vipMichaelR
St. Louis
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Don’t let the fact that this place looks like a typical tourist trap.... we came with friends years ago for the first time... reluctantly ..... but have always been satisfied with all aspects of this establishment.... good solid food and service... ate brunch this time.. good selection and fair price....

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LindaS
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Grand Marlin several times, and the food and service, which are both exceptional, are always consistent. It is hard to do everything well every time, but Grand Marlin does it!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The staff standing behind their hostess stand weren’t the least bit friendly, in fact, it was as if they were all competing to have the worst attitude. I get that they had probably answered the same questions hundreds of times, and if that was the case, put up a sign for your guests to read so they can educate themselves on restaurant policies. If you were told the wait was 15 minutes or more, and the bar was conveniently located near the hostess stand, wouldn’t you think “ok I’ll just grab a drink?” WELL, that was the wrong question to ask because how dare I want to get a drink while I wait. I was scolded in front of other guests, who seemed to take notice because they joked about us making her mad. Didn’t catch your name, but I’ll never forget those eyebrows. Be nicer to people.

Thankfully we had the BEST server. Polite, attentive, and never let our cups empty before getting us another round of drinks. I enjoyed the Chef’s Special: wagyu short rib. Did not disappoint.

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vipSteaktraveler
Hawaii
23 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place to eat the lobster fingers were awesome

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Julie
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

As usual the grand marlin delivers great quality and great food for the price. My favorite beach spot for a good quality meal :) and live the italien basket fir dessert and the key lime pie

Fabulous view to boot :)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mark was great- order Bloody Mary it’s worth it! Grouper locates was amazing!

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ChristopherL
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our experience so much we came back on Friday, again it was wonderful. from the plate presentation to the taste everything was outstanding. We will absolutely be returning.

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Pookie03
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to Pensacola Beach and we were unsure as to where to go for dinner. We absolutely loved the Grand Marlin. EVERYTHING about it was wonderful. Our server was delightful and the food was amazing. My husband had your nightly special. We were there a little early so we had to wait for it. But according to him it was worth it. Thank you for making our first night in Pensacola a memorable one.

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RonnieL
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Wish I didn't live so far away. Come here every time i visit Pensacola Beach. I have never been disappointed in the menu ,food is awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ryan helped facilitate a great overall experience, the food and atmosphere were amazing!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant great service. I would go back each time I’m in town

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Localfoodie
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal here, Mark was our server. He was knowledgeable about the menu, even down to interesting facts about the fish. We would definitely recommend.

JJ
JerryJodi
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had scallops and snapper. Both were delicious. The Anniversary dessert was out of this world good!
Superb service and a wonderful relaxing atmosphere. We’ll be back.

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MarcyT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always the food and service were excellent. I will say the round tables on the patio have chairs that are very short- which makes it a little difficult to eat your meal.

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vipmlwarren1
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always. We’ve been here more times than I can count, and we’ve never had a bad or even mediocre experience!! This is one of our all time favorite restaurants and a can’t miss when in Pensacola Beach.

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Keicie
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was great, food was absolutely delicious! It wasnttoo loud, nor too quiet. We will be back again!

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DaneM
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Believe our server was Derrick. He was very welcoming, efficient, and knowledgeable of all our menu options. It is always great to go to dinner hear and be welcomed as if it was our first time. Keep up the solid work and hiring great people.

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DawnG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was great as always just sad there was no filet on the menu as it is my tradition to have that for my birthday dinner every time I come to grand marlin

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TomB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seated promptly with server there quickly. Drinks and food came quickly and were great.

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SabrinaS
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing. BBQ oysters were the best. I guess they had a reduced menu due to covid as I didn’t see some of the things I read online eg fried lobster. Very good restaurant and obviously a must in the area

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience1

We were VERY disappointed. Made a reservation a week ahead of time. Get there they tell us our table was being cleared that was fine. While we waited another group of 6 went to be seated. They arrived after us. They take them to their table and they were not happy with that table do they took them to a table in the main dining. Well then they call us back up and proceed to take us to their table which was in the bar area. We did not want that area. It was loud and terrible. I asked the hostess we wanted the main dining. Well you guessed it they have the last table (which was our table we had waited on) to that other group. We were taking this group of friends for the first time. Had told them it was upscale and nice. We had dressed up for the night. It was so loud we could not hear each other across the room. A group next to us sloppy and loud plus the bar. I was terribly disappointed. It ruined the night. I’m sure the other group on the main dining enjoyed their dinner. Oh and we were on the back side of the bar Curran’s in between table and absolutely no view.

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AbbyD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent experience. Seafood was fresh and well prepared. Drinks were amazing and service was great. Would recommend for anyone visiting Pensacola Beach

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious appetizer course of fried calamari with sweet peppers and pickles, followed by fresh seafood entrees. Sword fish for the guys and Grouper Piccata for the ladies. Amazing!

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LisaS
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is my go-to restaurant when I travel to Pensacola. The patio is awesome, especially during Covid. The lobster fingers are a must, as is their caesar salad. Almost everyone loved what they got. The excellent meals were the steak, scallops, and raw oysters on the half shell. I got their deep fried prawns, which was good, not spectacular and the raw oysters with BBQ sauce is not very good. We were too full to have their desserts, but those are always amazing. Everyone has to try their praline basket!!

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SarahA
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food (Garlic-butter crab claw appetizer, Grouper Piccata and Rubbed Salmon entrees). Fantastic service (our waiter was Ryan). And the breeze and view from the patio dining area was so relaxing! Perfect date night!

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DebA
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Grand Marlin at Pensacola Beach, FL. is an excellent restaurant. High marks across the board. We were a party of four and everyone’s food was perfect. In addition, their outside seating is remarkable! It is a large area with VERY high ceilings, ample seating, plenty of fans, opens to the bay. We were there on a hot day in July and we were perfectly comfortable. This is a perfect place for eating outside during COVID-19. We actually returned another day during our stay at the beach.

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JeffT
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our in-laws' anniversary this past Sunday. Chris, our waiter, was very attentive and the meal was very much enjoyed by all. The Grand Marlin remains our top choice for Sunday brunch.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Our table was in a corner outside and it was too hot.

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BradyS
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall experience was amazing. My date and myself really enjoyed the food and restaurant.

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NeilB
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner experience in the open air patio section. The lobster bites, the snapper with capers and the praline dessert were all excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent. Our server, Roland, was excellent. We really appreciated his spirit and how graciously he tended to our needs. The vanilla strawberry cake was very tasty. Will be back many times.

CD
ChrisD
1 review