The Grand Marlin of Pensacola Beach

4.7
4633 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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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always! Never a disappointment!

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RandyJ
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a must when in the area, food and service are always top notch! You won’t be disappointed!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for our 3 year anniversary and it did not disappoint. Daniel was a great waiter and gave us the best experience. We will be back next year ☺️

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DinaY
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Enjoyed our meal at Grand Marlin. Food was very good! Wait time was long. Very Busy!

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SheilaL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Our server was wonderful and the food was delicious. I had the veggie plate and for dessert the mixed berries & pralines without ice cream. It was so delicious! The server was very helpful when I was ordering, because I don't eat meat or dairy. The veggie plate is not on the menu, but it needs to be because it was AMAZING. I highly recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect!

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AshleeF
St. Louis
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing is an understatement. We started with salt and pepper calamari which was incredibly tender and had so much flavor. My husband had Hong Kong halibut, I had key lime lobster tails both were undeniably the best seafood dishes we have ever had. We NEVER get desserts at restaurants however as good as this food was we had to get the full experience. We got the pineapple butter cake and that was fantastic, warm, sweet and buttery. Overall I wish we had one where I'm from but it is an experience I will not soon, or ever, forget. Do yourself a favor, go here, eat, get the full experience. Plan to spend a bit of money but just know it's worth every penny. We had outside dining and it was a storm front moving through. It could not have been more perfect.

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EMOS
Western NC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was wonderful and served by a great waiter who was helpful because of his knowledge of the menu. We were seated promptly and had a great view of Pensacola Bay. We have eaten at The Grand Marlin several times. It is always a fine dining experience.

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Alex
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great views and great seafood. Be sure to finish off dinner with their Key Lime Pie.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday dinner

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional dining experience, great change of pace from your typical tourist trap locations

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AUttorney
Tallahassee
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful late afternoon outdoor view and dining. 44th wedding anniversary started with the Seafood Bloody Mary-top shelf including Maine lobster tail, Gulf shrimp, candied bacon, Tito’s vodka and more. Cup of seafood gumbo and kale Caesar salad for appetizers. Grouper for me, red snapper for the bride. Complimentary dessert. Madison our server was on her game and treated us like royalty.

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vipPetal
Tallahassee
143 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great quiet for conversations and the chef special was delightful had great time server was the best

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MorganJ
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience all across the board. Food was fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was outstanding. The Grand Marlin is one of our all-time favorites. It never disappoints.

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devons
East Texas
7 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We have visited the Grand Marlin every time we have visited or traveled through Pensacola. I made reservations for 8:15. After traveling 9 hours to get there we arrived to be seated at an outside table where it was hot and noisy. Our waiter was excellent but the ambiance was hot. If I knew I had to sit outside I wouldn't of gone. When making a reservation you should of have a choice. We will not be going back unless it is off season.

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WilliamC
Tallahassee
9 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Our server Ryan did an outstanding job. He went the extra mile to ensure that we enjoyed our meal.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my dad 78 Birthday, had a wonder dinner food was excellent as usual. our server Elisabeth was wonderful and attentive.

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GibM
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I go here for our birthdays and anniversary. We moved here from Chicago four years ago and The Grand Marlin is our favorite restaurant. The food is always great and our server Ramon was fantastic.

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GBFINC
Tallahassee
12 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual food was great. Table location was great. Meet my expectations

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Wife’s birthday

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

TGM never disappoints! The food Was outstanding, the wine list was great and the atmosphere was splendid!

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vippamp
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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DennisC
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and Scotty was awesome. He made our anniversary a memorable one. First time dining at the Grand Marlin and it will be our go-to for now on.

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TeresaG
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Amazing food served by a less than amazing waiter. Never came by the table after taking our order unless we flagged him down. Poor service took away from what would have been an meal.

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HowardR
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience4

Overall good, would have preferred our drinks were more timely. Waited 20 minutes to receive first order and another 20 for second. Key lime dessert was delicious

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LisaB
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and atmosphere! Sat outside overlooking the Sound! Oysters and Ahi were amazing!

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ChristieS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grand Marlin never disappoints. Our meal was delicious and the service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything on the menu is wonderful!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Mississippi
17 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful server. Food great..even with lots of people and only one server inside, she managed to do a great job...will be back..highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Enjoying the experience of fine dining 💖

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AmandaE
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is Insanely good, sea scallops were divine! Red snapper with caper butter sauce was delicious. Service was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We couldn’t have had a better experience. Our waiter was GREAT!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Food come out cold. Crab cake where paper thin and dry

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LeslieP
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent! Loved the Island Chicken & Waffle and the Shrimp & Grits dish.

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CorrineM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great view, friendly service. Calamari - good but had a lot of pickles and peppers. Oysters excellent. Portions are large. Desserts delicious - especially butter cake.

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Madison did an awesome job! We are praying for her future success!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food. Good service.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

First time visiting the Grand Marlin. Overall the experience was good, other than the rude bartender in the open air section. Once we were seated our experience improved. Calamari was great, our only negative were the oysters Rockefeller were basically cold and the hollandaise was too heavy. Completely lost the taste of the oyster. The wine list was amazing. Our entrees were all fantastic. Sockeye Salmon, Key Lime Lobster Tails and the Red Snapper was the best I have ever had! Finished up with some delicious key lime pje. Definitely would go back.

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KarenS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was excellent so was the food !

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The Grand Marlin of Pensacola Beach is rated 4.7 stars by 4633 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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