The Grand Marlin of Pensacola Beach

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$30 and under
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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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Trixie
Nashville
33 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal, beautiful presentation and perfectly prepared!

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vipGigi
New Orleans
23 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always !!

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vipKathyO
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience1

This is normally a favorite restaurant of ours. However this visit was so upsetting and disappointing because they totally have dropped the ball on Covid 19 restriction compliance. They are allowing patrons to wait inside with no masks (entire families, adults and children). Many of the staff, including bartenders, are wearing their masks below their noses and moving them to talk. Our waiter wore a mask that barely covered his mouth and when we asked him to pull it up he did so until he walked away from our table only. He served his other customers with the mask down and would pull it up to see us, in other words his hand was constantly on his mask. We complained to management and they offered no solution. We asked to move to another table and were told we would have to go to the bottom of the waiting list for a table. We paid for drinks and the one app we ordered, $70, which were lukewarm BBQ oysters that we did not eat and no comp was offered by management. Won't return any time soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The blackberry mojito was outstanding!

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vipGigi
New Orleans
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous bench as always !!!

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SteakLover
Mississippi
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We eat here 1-2 a month. This was our first visit since the lockdown. We had the eggs Benedict which is normally very good. When our food arrived the dish looked like it was just tossed on the late. The Canadian bacon was off to the side of the muffins and the eggs were barely on the muffins. Otherwise the food was proper temperature and tasted good. I was surprised at poor presentation which is unusual but is the reason for my low rating. At this point I’m unsure if I will return for brunch anytime soon do to the very limited menu and the lack of pride in how this dish was sent out.

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vipTerriF
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every thing from food and drinks to customer service was excellent! Will definitely dine again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good except they upped charged two dollars a person on changing the potato To a different potato/vegetable. Then they brought out a surprise birthday dessert and charged us even though we didn’t ask or pick that desert.. Could not tell from the bill if it was subtracted or not and waiter could not explain the charges

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, service, dining pleasure.

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NolaHome
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Other than feeling rushed by getting our entree before the appetizer plates were cleared we had a nice meal. Start to finish we were only there for one hour, not quite the relaxing meal I was expecting. We had to stay a few extra minutes to finish our bottle of wine since there was not enough time to enjoy it during our meal.

Every other time we have gone to Grand Marlin it has been exceptional. Maybe the server just needs a little more training and experience to know how to time a meal.

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HulaGirl50
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in Pensacola Beach! We have never been disappointed with our dining experiences here. Food, views, service are all outstanding. We only wish we lived closer so we could eat here more often!

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OpenTable Diner
Mississippi
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!

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Atlmarta
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Grand Marlin! We visit every time we are in Pensacola. We got the lobster appetizer, fabulous! My husband got the crab cakes and I got the Red Snapper blackened. Everything was delicious. I look forward to this meal every visit.

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Mvf28
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best seafood place I've been to. Growing up in Florida that says a lot about it. The scenery is great and staff is great as well. I'm so happy I got to eat there and highly recommend to anyone even if you don't like seafood.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is amazing. Food always fantastic

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AllysonS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You will not be disappointed, the food, quality and service was outstanding.

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Melanie
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fresh and delicious. Our server was professional and cared for every detail perfectly. View of water made the experience exactly what we hoped for! Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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MonaB
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the atmosphere and we love bed the food. Cannot wait to go back!

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Rellis
Tallahassee
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, we thoroughly enjoyed our evening and meal at the Grand Marlin. Hands down, this is the best meal you will find in the Pensacola/Pensacola Beach area with consistent food quality, service and an atmosphere that is, at the same time, both relaxed and casually elegant.
On this most recent visit, people in our party enjoyed the Grouper Piccata, Roast Chicken (my favorite!), Fried Shrimp and the Wedge Salad. Everything was excellent! Our only request is that they bring back the Filet...it was the best in town!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sarah at the Bar was amazing. Friendly, knowledgeable, personable and professional. Customer service at it’s best. Your hostess desk is amazing too! They are always friendly and helpful! Great staff and wonderful food!

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vipGigi
New Orleans
23 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Marlin!! Have a housp

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always

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KeithB
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Ribs and Blackened Snapper were excellent, the service was outstanding and the table was very quiet and just perfect for our Anniversary Dinner. Everyone and everything was Perfect!

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Donna
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I took my SO to Grand Marlin for his BD, and it was amazing. We had the lobster fingers appetizer—sooo good, and the Grouper Picata entree, and it was all delish!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We frequent Grand Marlin a couple of times during the week whenever were in town. We love everything from drinks to appetizers, entrees and desserts! The oysters, calamari & bbq shrimp are always great. We love all the fresh fish. Key lime pie is great and is the sponge cake dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our 27th wedding anniversary.
We chose to come back after the exemplary experience of our 25th!
We will be back next year!

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EricL
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place . They take Covid safety seriously. Going here almost every night of our weekly vacation.

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SidD
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had not dined there for about a year. However, no surprises. Our Maryland Crab Cake meal and our waiter service were both superb!!!!!

We highly recommend the Grand Marlin of Pensacola Beach to all that may read this review!!!!!!

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Chocoholic
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The only restaurant we have ventured to eat at in months! The food is consistently good (even the non seafood- I had veal chop very nice). The Decadent Chocolate Cake was the best and I have tried many. I am a chocolate snob and usually do not even order chocolate desserts/cake. The piece was Huge and even sharing we took most of it home for breakfast. It was a huge hit and our guests loved it and the restaurant too

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Louisiana
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We are locals and truly love The Grand Marlin. Our favorite dishes are the Grouper Piccata and the Scallops dish. We have never had a bad "fish of the day" dish! Also love the Sunday Brunch!

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DianeH
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first time at the Grand Marlin and it won't be our last! The food was great by a chef who knew what he was doing! Presented beautifully. The view of the water was wonderful and the waiter was very attentive and helpful.

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knd07
Mobile
10 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Once the restaurants opened to full capacity during COVID-19, my family and I chose to eat at the Grand Marlin, to celebrate Father's Day. I made reservations and we were seated outside (preference) at a table behind the bar, overlooking the bay.

The staff wore face masks, including bartenders and hostess. The staff also wore gloves, which were changed intermittently and the staff used hand sanitizer between wearing the gloves. The bar area now has designated seats with Plexiglas and all tables and booths are 6 feet or greater from one another.

The menu is currently limited, but the chefs do not skip out on flavor. I ordered the pasta special, with pesto, tomatoes, potatoes, and shrimp, although I skipped the shrimp. $28. I would have liked my meal to be reduced in price because my husband ordered the same item with the shrimp and was charged the same amount.


We finished the meal with an order of the praline basket, which is a must, no matter how full one's stomach is.

I felt very safe while I visited and I am looking forward to eating that penne pasta again (please keep it on the menu).

price 4*
Taste 5*
Service 5*
Seating 5*

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DouglasP
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meal was great! Especially enjoyed the fudge dessert!

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JoelW
Western NC
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience5

We had a 12:30 reservation. We were promptly seated. Our waiter was slow to come to our table for our drink options. Then it took a while to get those. Once our order was placed we waited for an extremely long time for our food. Once our food arrived we never saw our waiter again until we were finished with our meal. Our beverages were never refilled- nothing.
Our waiter completely failed us!

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SuzanneA
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've never had a bad meal at the Grand Marlin. Love the atmosphere. All the waiters and Waitress are very personable.

I just took two of my dearest friends over for their birthday lunch. We had a great time
and the free desert that you give to the birthday girls was out of this world.

It's my favorite >>>>>>>>>>>

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Fun atmosphere. Save room for dessert..the praline bowl is outstanding!

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vipLarryJ
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. We always try to eat here whenever in the area.

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RonnieL
Tallahassee
1 review