The Grand Marlin of Pensacola Beach

4.7
4780 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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vipTimC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to go there.

Brad was excellent.

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MTDR
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I were celebrating our birthdays and we could not have picked a better restaurant- the food and service were excellent. The restaurant was generous enough to provide free desserts to us to celebrate our birthday. It is one our favorite restaurants in the area.

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happy2dine
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful time to go. Not crowded or noisy. Very nice.

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LeeG
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience. Everything was top notch

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Second time here and the food was pretty disappointing! The stew and the cobia were way over salted and the crab cake was runny. Pretty disappointed since the 1st time was good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alex is outstanding. Great service.

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DanS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Beautiful views. Get reservations early to avoid the wait.

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JoeR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good meal on thanksgiving but I thought the stuffing was a bit dry.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Went on Thanksgiving. Extremely busy at the time although we were seated promptly. Server was pleasant and attentive. A limited menu was being offered due to the holiday. Enjoyed the pear salad and seafood gumbo and would recommend. Ordered The Thanksgiving plate which was a special menu item as our entree. It was okay. Nothing special.

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Damian
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, we had a very good meal at The Grand Marlin on Pensacola Beach! Their food and service is well worth the price. Go there if you haven't already, you won't be disappointed.

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SamanthaB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was wonderful. Very attentive and the food was delicious. We will definitely be back

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BeverlyH
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Although we had reservations, we had to wait several minutes to be seated. But after we were seated, everything was excellent.

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vipLisastwin
New Orleans
22 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Our server Mattie did well, but it took too long to be seated in spite of reservations and the food was over cooked and slow to come out

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. We will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice place. Food was good but for the price point it should be great. It was a bit loud but not enough that you couldn't chat with your partner.

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AngelaD
Birmingham
14 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was another great night at the Marlin. We celebrated a birthday with friends. Leslie did a fabulous job, and the food was perfect as always! We got the grouper piccata, salmon, and chicken and dumplings and finished with yummy key lime pie and praline basket! The Marlin is the perfect place to go for a celebration or any other time!

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated immediately and Cassie took great care of us. The food was delicious as always. We always look forward to our visit to the Grand Marlin on our yearly beach trips!

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Jimbo
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Wait staff pretentious and scarce. Food no more than adequate. Parking an issue. "Romantic table" a booth by the kitchen.

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AUgrad
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Grand Marlin is always excellent and the service is fantastic!

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beachlocal
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, Alex, was fantastic. He had several tables, but was attentive, knowledgeable, and professional. It was a great experience because of him. Food was excellent.

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vipShellyM
Chicago
89 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Jasmine made our vacation lunch extra special. She made excellent recommendations & created the fun but relaxed vibe we were looking for. She is a gem. Must try the lobster fingers...the sauce is an amazing vanilla honey mustard!! Beautiful fresh fish options. Recommend brown butter with crispy caper sauce. Try the bbq butter oysters for some delicious spicy flair. The she crab soup is rich & creamy with notes of Sherry. Butter cake dessert...perfect.

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vipAnneM
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

30th anniversary. Scottie our waiter was fabulous. Will be going back.

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Marcus
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and well priced, if a bit expensive. Will certainly be going back.

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RobertS
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time we have been back since Covid and the Bridge problem, but everything was as expected. Good food, good service, and reasonable prices. Looking forward to returning, especially when the shades are raised.

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JoshuaH
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Atmosphere is a bit loud, but not bad. Definitely would come back.

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RobinM
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was awesome as always!! Friendly staff, amazing flavors, wonderful wines and cocktails 🍹 🍷 Worth every penny!

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2food5service3ambience2

Food and cocktails were great, the waitress we had was good but it’s the rest of the experience that was disappointing. Making a reservation days out and we get sat only outside and not asked if we would like to sit inside. Then when seated it takes nearly 10 minutes to be welcomed and asked for drinks, then there were a few other occasions going on near us to where our time was more just being annoyed. That for a place like this there were screaming and crying kids running around. The appetizers came out quick and they were good but don’t think you get to pick at it when the crab claws are gone because the busser will immediately come and snag it from your table without saying anything. The main entrees came out shortly after and we’re good but I think the vibe there and the start of our dining experience had just annoyed us so much that we just wanted out of there. And this is coming from people who have been trying to get a reservation there for months that fits our schedule. Kind of a big let down. But the food and our waitress were great.

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EarnieD
Tallahassee
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All if it was professional, prompt and tasty. Thanks

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DebbieC
Mobile
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely recommend this place, everything was perfect!

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WillieA
Tallahassee
8 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, The Grand Marlin never disappoints my wife and I! The food, service, and atmosphere is always great.

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snooker
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience. The service was incredible and the food was even better. This place is awesome

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vipJonathan
Tallahassee
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go to restaurant on "date night" The Lobster is always perfect. Chef knows what she/he's doing. Highly recommend the Grand Marlin

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LindaG
New England
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice venue, food good, not great. Some of their items are really good and some just average

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the entire experience! We will be back! Our new favorite place!

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vipCindy
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Started out fine then service really deteriorated. Wine didn’t come until I was almost done with my meal and the waiter was nowhere in sight for water refill. Ruined the evperience as the good was excellent

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FoodieMJ
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Really good food but quite noisy. Sports bar in the same room as restaurant. Hold your ears when someone scores a touchdown.

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JohnB
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We dined for our first time on our anniversary and the food was very good but for the price, the restaurant was not what I would have expected. It was very noisy and had a cafeteria feel. Not intimate like I had envisioned. Not the best choice for an anniversary. And , I had noted that it was our anniversary on the reservation and we were given a dessert that said Happy Birthday. Kind of lame.

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CharlesR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Grand Marlin is in the Top 5
of Restaurants in Pensacola and in Panama City.
It can get a little loud inside but you can always sit on the deck where it is quieter.
My complaint on this visit was very simple.
I was dining with my son, we ordered 2 appetizers, a dozen BBQ oysters, the Key Lime lobster entree and 2 desserts.
We asked that the entree be split between two plates but were told “the kitchen does not do that”
Why?
The bill was $170.00 for 2 without alcohol.

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missgirls11
Mobile
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scott gave us great service. The fox was delicious!! Thank you for making our 30th Anniversary so special!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My guy grew up fishing on the coast here so he knows fish and many times he can recognize instantly if it is fresh or not. He said the Hong Kong halibut and the grouper we had that night is the best he’s ever had

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The Grand Marlin of Pensacola Beach is rated 4.7 stars by 4780 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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