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The Grand Marlin of Pensacola Beach

4.7
4.7
5326 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 72 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 9:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (850) 677-9153

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Executive chef

    Gregg McCarthy

  • Private party facilities

    The Grand Marlin offers private dining for parties of 20 to 300. Our Grand Banquet Room seats 100 for completely private dining. For smaller parties our semi-private Santa Rosa Room seats 40 to 55 while our Club Room seats 20-35.

  • Private party contact

    Natalie Liongson: (877) 554-2065

  • Neighborhood

    Pensacola

  • Cross street

    After Toll Booth 1st Left

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Entertainment

    The North Drop Bar features live music Thursday - Sunday and high-definition televisions for viewing favorite sports and events. It is the perfect venue for enjoying a full or more casual meal while enjoying some of the Gulf Coast"s best entertainment.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 5,326 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Northwest Florida

    Great for Lunch

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    Scenic View

  • Northwest Florida

    Seafood

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    Most Booked

  • Pensacola

    Best Overall

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    Best Food

  • Pensacola

    Best Service

  • Pensacola

    Best Ambiance

  • Pensacola

    Best Value

  • Pensacola

    Fit for Foodies

  • Pensacola

    Healthy

  • Pensacola

    Notable Wine List

  • Pensacola

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  1. CM

    CharlieM

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal with great service! We started out with the lobster fingers and salads. Our main entrees included the red snapper, scallops, and grouper.
  2. LJ

    LarryJ

    Tallahassee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Grand Marlin never fails us! It is a totally unique and enjoyably relaxing. Service is always superb and Randall last night was incredible! Can’t wait to return!
  3. f

    foodie

    Dallas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service................................
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It was relaxing to have a nice Birthday dinner with my family. It was and has always been a god time at the Marlin.
  5. K

    Kcain

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dining experience… Wonderful server, excellent food and just a great overall experience!
  6. k

    k123

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food4service5ambience2
    Great food & excellent service but for an upscale restaurant it was very noisy. Not sure I will return, as I have been several times and the noise is just too much, I shouldn't have to talk loud for the person next to me to hear what I am saying.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best food I’ve had possibly ever. Service was excellent. Everything was prepared and served with impeccable precision. Absolute must visit for anyone on the gulf coast.
  8. J

    Jhcamet

    New Orleans

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    47 yr Anniversary
  9. DG

    DwaneG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Unfortunately we had a monster storm and we were forced to eat inside. I would love to go back again at sunset and eat on the terrace. It looked awesome. The whole experience was extremely nice and the food was very good. Seated quickly, server was on target and tentative, good menu and we didn't have to wait around to pay for dinner. Definitely will be a dinning favorite for future special events.
  10. GK

    GlenK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and service. Was going to eat inside but noise was excessive so we dined on the patio where it was quieter. Server was excellent and so was the food.
  11. GB

    GeorgeB

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It's an overall good place to eat. It's clean and the food is good that's why we return there often. My only minor gripe is, I wish they would rotate menu items seasonally. Seems like the same ol, same ol menu every visit. Kick it up a notch peeps!
  12. BH

    BrittanyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was such an amazing experience for my fiancé and I, we went to celebrate our anniversary and we’re pleasantly surprised to get a dessert on the house. Our server was amazing and talked to us about different things on the menu and made good recommendations. The restaurant is gorgeous and the food and service is amazing. This is such a good place to go for a celebration or just a nice dinner.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The atmosphere was fantastic and service was great. We had a great server and they went out of their way to make my wife birthday special. The view and atmosphere was wonderful. The drinks were good as well. The biggest disappointment was the Ribeye steak. It was almost $50 and it had absolutely no taste to it at all and it was tuff. I was really expecting a high quality piece of meat and very tender and tasty. We have better steaks at chain restaurants. The fish we got was great! So I would recommend this place but I would stay away from the steak. I believe you will be disappointed and frustrated you paid so much for below average steak. Beside that the place was fantastic. Great staff and fantastic atmosphere!
  14. CM

    CynthiaM

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful! Service impeccable, cocktails delightful, and food delicious! The complimentary birthday dessert was big enough to share with the whole table too!
  15. G

    Goose

    Tallahassee

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were celebrating a birthday and it was great. Service was outstanding and Scotty our waiter was a class act. The food was excellent and I would recommend the Grouper anytime. The free desert they provide for your birthday was well worth the trip. We had a great evening and recommend The Grand Marlin.
  16. BM

    BruceM

    Birmingham

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The Grand Marlin was a good spot for our anniversary dinner. The waiter, Randall, was excellent and was well versed in how to work with my wife’s requirement to eat gluten-free. Highly recommended
  17. JL

    JoleneL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was top notch! Our waitress, Angel, was very awesome and attentive! We enjoyed her! The food was all delicious! 3rd time visiting and will be back for sure!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and service by Randall!
  19. CR

    ChelR17

    Cincinnati

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dinner! We celebrated our anniversary and it did not disappoint! Our server Angel was awesome. She knew so much and could answer all of our questions. She was very attentive and was such a delight. The food was amazing. The lobster fingers appetizer was sooo good. We had the red snapper and pumpkin swordfish for dinner and they were both fantastic! Totally recommend and would return!
  20. CD

    CowboyDan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an excellent experience for my sons 13th Bday. Food and service was top notch.
  21. ML

    MegL

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server answered all of our questions about the menu and made excellent suggestions. Even though it was a busy night, she didn’t rush us through our meal. A must visit restaurant in the Pensacola area!
  22. MR

    MRUIZMD

    New Mexico

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service
  23. V

    Victor

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From out of town for date night my gf and I had an amazing time and our server was top tier of a server, give that man a raise or a free steak or sea food platter!
  24. R

    Roylene

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a must stop and dine on Pensacola Beach. Food quality and atmosphere on their open air patio/dining area unbeatable!
  25. SM

    SMadd

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was beyond excellent-grouper did not disappoint! Drinks were fabulous. Service was great. Love the atmosphere.
  26. PG

    PaulafromGulfBreeze

    Tallahassee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Grand Marlin is so consistent. You can't go wrong. I have my certain favorites that I always order but my friend for lunch said she always gets the daily special. Just great, clean, fun food.
  27. BW

    BethW

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was great! The grouper piccata is probably the best fish I’ve ever had. My husband had the seafood stew which he said was excellent. The lobster fingers were delicious and the wedge salad was also probably the best I’ve ever had. And our server was super - friendly, knowledgeable about the menu, and attentive.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this place when we come to Pensacola. The crab cake dinner was delicious. Wedge salad was one of the best I’ve had. Everyone in our party enjoyed their meal. Great service too
  29. BN

    BrentN

    Tampa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    My Halibut was a bit dry and tough (for $44 you expect something special). My wife’s crusted grouper was without much flavor and dry. She said the spinach was drenched in some sort of oil and she didn’t feel well the rest of the night. Nice ambiance and service.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mississippi

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a WONDERFUL restaurant for lunch. The Ahi Tuna tower appetizer is the best I've had over the course of many restaurants and many years. The Menu is a great variety and the eine list is really good. The seafood platter can be blackened and there's no "WHITE FISH" on this menu. Fish tacos are made from smaller pieces of the 3 fish of the day. All wait staff is bery attentive and work well together to assist diners.
  31. JL

    JLL1

    Dallas

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Morgan, our server, was a delight. She recommended the three lobster fingers appetizer, which was very good particularly for the mustard/butter sauce. My beloved girlfriend had chicken and dumplings, cooked to perfection - crispy skin outside and bone falling inside, with moist, soft and juicy meat (we suspect a special stove/oven was used for it). I had the daily catch, which was a blackened snapper in a mashed potatoes bed with green beans and an outshine sauce. I also got a “pain killer” drink - good taste but very low on the alcohol side (when I don’t feel like drinking alcohol I order water or a soda instead!). Overall a delightful experience that we recommend to our high-standard followers.
  32. F

    Foodie

    New Orleans

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our go to restaurant whenever we are at Portofino Island. Wonderful food, good cocktails, great service…… & attractive setting
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Alyssa!?? Was amazing! I have a new favorite dish. I highly recommend the grouper picatta! Will be back soon!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mobile

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time having dinner at The Grand Marlin and it was nothing shy of amazing. When we arrived, there was a line of ppl waiting, so we were a little unsure on whether the restaurant was true to upholding reservations and they didn’t disappoint. We were seated within 5 minutes after arrival. Everything was good, but the red snapper was superb! We will definitely be back! 🏖
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful views, wonderful staff, wonderful meal. Only complaint was the noise level. It was so loud in there.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ambiance, great food and excellent service that we’ve come to experience with Grand Marlin Pensacola. We had Yellowfin tuna and the pan seared snapper.
  37. MT

    MichaelT

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    The server we had was VERY inattentive and seemed to not value our service! The food was excellent with one small detail, the sauce on halibut over powered the fish. Not good on halibut however it was a good flavor. We did sit at bar shortly and the tattooed young lady was very pleasant and made a good drink and was attentive!! Thx
  38. GA

    2GAfoodies

    Atlanta

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great place to celebrate anything!
  39. BB

    BradleyB

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very pleasant! Great view and some of the best food ever.
  40. DP

    DanP

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress, Kayla, was awesome!!!!!! She was very professional and friendly.

FAQs

The Grand Marlin of Pensacola Beach is rated 4.7 stars by 5326 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 72 times today
Google Map for The Grand Marlin of Pensacola Beach

400 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola, FL 32561

Additional information

  • Cross street

    After Toll Booth 1st Left

  • Neighborhood

    Pensacola

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 9:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Gregg McCarthy

  • Entertainment

    The North Drop Bar features live music Thursday - Sunday and high-definition televisions for viewing favorite sports and events. It is the perfect venue for enjoying a full or more casual meal while enjoying some of the Gulf Coast"s best entertainment.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (850) 677-9153

  • Private party facilities

    The Grand Marlin offers private dining for parties of 20 to 300. Our Grand Banquet Room seats 100 for completely private dining. For smaller parties our semi-private Santa Rosa Room seats 40 to 55 while our Club Room seats 20-35.

  • Private party contact

    Natalie Liongson: (877) 554-2065

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