The Grand Marlin of Pensacola Beach

4.8
4690 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.
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ZeligA
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined 6 hours ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Can’t beat the location. Food was great!

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vipPjkkk
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Jennifer, was outstanding along with the food!!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ryan, our server, was excellent. He was personable and helpful. He has been a server at the Grand Marlin so he shared his personal favorites which was helpful in making my decision for my dinner entree. Ryan checked in with us several times to make sure we had what we needed.

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RobertI
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always go here for special occasions…last 3 anniversaries!

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LuciaL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and friendly service. First time there and loved it!

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EBM28
Nashville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, fantastic service! This is our favorite restaurant!

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MarquisA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great fun and great service!! The restaurant very clean as well!

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LindaB
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and service. Enjoyed the grilled shrimp and shrimp and grits . The pumpkin spice cream brûlée was a nice end to a wonderful meal.

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ToniO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing dinner at the Grand Marlin. The food was fresh and delicious. Our server (I forgot his name but we sat kinda in the bar area) was THE BEST! He was personable, funny, made great recommendations, and made our anniversary dinner that much better!

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CeeGee
Birmingham
23 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is always good. There is a daily special which adds to the menu options. The fish is fresh, well prepared and nice portions. The desserts are great and very reasonably priced. We ate here four nights in row and each meal was delicious.

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Tboy58
Nashville
43 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were able to get early reservations. We were seated right on time of our reservations. The hostess was kind and helpful. The view over the bay is exquisite.
We began with a dozen oyster Rockefeller which were smothered with spinach and hollandise sauce- the oysters were tasty and fresh.
I ordered the grilled grouper over spinach and creamed potatoes. The way the chef charred the grouper was amazing. The portion was very generous. The bed of spinach was perfectly steamed and seasoned. The spinach sat on a bed of butter soaked creamed potatoes which were made in heaven.
My wife had the ribeye steak which was very sizable and prepared medium as she requested. The mixture of marbling and beef was perfect. Her dish accompaniment was fingerling potatoes and green beans which were perfect.
Our server, Ryan, was informative and very attentive. He knew the menu and made excellent recommendations.
A delicious meal, enjoyable setting and excellent service.

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anniem
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ramon took great care of us… beautiful evening !

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JulieB
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, drinks and service were great! We'll definitely be back!

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vipStacey
Nashville
32 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Food was good, not great, especially for the price. Our drink was not good, it didn’t make sense, a blackberry mojito martini with salt on the rim!? Awful. Was disappointed that they didn’t have crab claws the night we were there, that was the whole reason we went, but that’s not the restaurant’s fault, of course. The food was good, portion size of the apps were small, service was average but the atmosphere was exceptional. I’d go back considering there aren’t many other upscale dinner options there

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RichardA
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The only real full service restaurant on Pensacola Beach. Excellent food, service is great.

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ChrisS
Mobile
10 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jasmine was great! The food was excellent!

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AlisonT
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Late anniversary celebration

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Jeff
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had asked for a water view table when I made the reservation and knew it wasn’t a guarantee, but we ended up in a semi private alcove with the best view of the sun setting over the Santa Rosa Sound😎 Our server, Alex was spot on and gave the perfect balance of service. The drinks were chilled and tasty and the food was amazing! This was one of the best dining experiences we’ve had in recent memory!

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tiffanyk
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been there 4 times the last two years and every time it was spectacular. Service is great and food is superb. Highly recommend.

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DannyH
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best seafood I've ever eaten! Server was outstanding, personable and provided excellent service. I visit at least one time every visit to Pensacola Beach!

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MichaelS
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Overall very good. A little pricey. Great service.

Bring back the Oysters Bienville!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best server, Jasmine, and the food was divine. The view was outstanding.

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TimP
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointing! Red snapper was outstanding! Service could not have been better. Highly recommended!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best place to eat at the beach!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, over the top food and special attention to my wife’s gluten free diet.

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EJP
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Birthday Dinner

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I reserved it under the anniversary dinner and received a great desert. We loved it

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vipJeffreyH
Tallahassee
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was very good. Service was great, ask for Thomas; there was a "mishap" with our
dessert and he made it right.

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vipPetal
Tallahassee
145 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

75 th birthday Jasmine our server was outstanding and we were given a great table to the side and out of the noise.

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JasonT
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from the food to the service was fantastic! Highly recommend!

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LauraJ
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal as always! Grouper is a favorite but the salmon & snapper are delicious also. Cocktails are cold & service is excellent.

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DivaSWALT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall2food4service5ambience4

The Grand Marlin of Pensacola Beach is a lovely restaurant with wonderful cuisine prepared expertly. They have a great variety of beverages and kind and well-informed staff. These constants remain.

However, my lower review comes from their COVID-19 protocols. The website paints a picture, but the picture is quite different in person. My partner and I, from Ohio, are both vaccinated but wear masks inside most venues. The Grand Marlin website indicates that employees will be masked; that tables will be set up to maintain social distancing; and that there will be designated pathways to help control the flow of people when entering and exiting.

On the evening there for dinner, an early reservation for about 5:15 p.m., I saw one waiter wearing a mask; no others were and I could not see the back nor kitchen staff. Was I to assume all other wait folks not wearing masks were vaccinated? Also, tables were not separated, nor were there designated pathways, from what I could tell, for improved, less contact among people. In fact, one table close to us had at least eight folks seated, and while we were there, another table was set up, within four to five feet, and seated ten, none of whom were wearing masks. Also, others were subsequently seated in booths on either side of our booth. Frankly, it was actually making me feel claustrophobic and very uncomfortable, so much so, that we asked for our check a bit before we were actually finished. I explained my feeling to our wait person and she was quite understanding and got our check to us promptly. She also reassured us that she had been vaccinated, which I really had no worry about. I was surprised in the seeming lack of compliance of the restaurant to what is stated on their website.

The Grand Marlin is wonderful, but I would definitely try to visit at an even earlier hour or wait until the virus situation is resolved, if a concern. This time, I was quite disappointed.

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AllisonP
Nashville
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great place. The food was delicious and the service was excellent! We will be back on our next visit!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our visit
And appreciated moving to another table due to cold air from the vent over booth under Marlin.

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RyanH
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best upscale dining in Pensacola Beach, great bar and great menu

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StephanieH
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food!!! I will definitely be back for more.

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KatG
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was absolutely wonderful. The food was good. It’s a bit on the pricey side, but we knew that before we went. Great place for a fancier night out!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Waited 30min even with reservations. Grits were served Luke warm.

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vipWilliamE
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The food was very good and the view was amazing. They don't make a good old fashion, but if you stick to the specialty drinks, you will be fine

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CowenD
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was outstanding as always. The service was a little slower and less attentive than we’ve experienced in other visits. Restaurant wasn’t all that busy either.

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The Grand Marlin of Pensacola Beach is rated 4.8 stars by 4690 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.

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