The Grand Marlin of Pensacola Beach

4.7
4647 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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John
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

It was OK. Food was good but not $$$ good. Don't think I'll go back at those prices.

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Meggie
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night celebrating 10 years. Thank you Grand Marlin for always coming through and making life events special. We enjoy every visit.

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HawaiianGirl
Tallahassee
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Great service. Food was a little slow coming out.

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EmmasMom
Tallahassee
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food- Grouper Piccata dish was very nice.
Can't rave enough about the Praline Basket dessert!
Our waitress was wonderful - very professional and friendly.
Atmosphere in the main dining area was 5 stars.

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Jake
Mississippi
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great everything! Best food, service, etc. in Pensacola!

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and so was our server! Will definitely go back!

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KimC
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad we decided to drive from Navarre Beach to dine here. We made a reservation and were seated promptly upon arrival. They did seat us outside but the breeze and fans made it nice so we could enjoy the views. Our waiter, Ryan was so kind and helpful. My daughter loves lobster and said it was delicious. I highly recommend the redfish and get the chocolate sundae for dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and outstanding food

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ShellyJo
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Excellent food. Good service except the waiter who acknowledged it was my birthday did not offer a complimentary dessert. We didn't realize until we left. Also, we were seated by the kitchen and we had a reservation so I felt like we should have precedence over a walk in. This is our special place to go for our birthdays and anniversary so was a little disappointed with the seating and dessert issue.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time, once we were reseated to the main dining area, which had been our hope when making our reservations two weeks in advance. We always enjoy everything about this place! The banquet room is ok for large groups, but not very festive for a small group when a very large group is seated to dine. We appreciated being moved out of that room and into the main dining room.

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Courty
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a variety of entrees, all were excellent. The fried shrimp might seem generic, but these were as good as I have ever had. Our kids had fish dishes with no left-overs. Our 13 year-old granddaughter discovered Pesto and was delighted. Great desserts..... we were celebrating 2 birthdays. Overall, we reinforced why this is our go-to place for special events. We are locals.

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JohnC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible!!! FRESH!!!! We were seated by the railing (Anniversary) ---BEAUTIFUL scenery!!!!! Love this place!!!!

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vipStan
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service as always

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always.

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ChrisT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Ambiance was spectacular! Dessert was awesome! The steak was not the best, I should have gotten seafood instead. Wine list is excellent.

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Rich
New Orleans
54 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Usually great service, and new menu item Hong Kong halibut was delicious!!

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AbbyM
New England
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience5

We have been regulars for the past 5 years and never had a bad experience. It may have just been a one time off night but we will be giving Grand Marlin a break for now. Disappointed in service.

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JoeC
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The lobster appetizer was delicious. My wife had Chicken Milanese and Panzanella which was also delicious. I had chef special grilled Wahoo with grilled asparagus and yellow rice. The grilled asparagus and yellow rice were great however the Wahoo was very dry (overcooked). That is why I gave you a four star rating.

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vipducatista
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All in all a very excellent lunch . Summer salad was perfect and so was the shrimp poor boy was perfectly cooked , gsmbino bread crispy and wonderful

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always! Never a disappointment!

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RandyJ
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
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 on July 21, 2021
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 on July 21, 2021
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 on July 21, 2021
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 on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect!

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AshleeF
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
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 on July 18, 2021
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 on July 17, 2021
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 on July 17, 2021
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
144 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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The Grand Marlin of Pensacola Beach is rated 4.7 stars by 4647 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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