The Grand Marlin of Pensacola Beach

4.7
4178 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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HenryS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely will return to try more dishes. The kale salad was outstanding and we split it. My wife enjoyed her scallops "best ever". My ribeye was perfectly cooked . Ever thing was
was well prepared and flavored. Service was friendly,well-timed and wines were affordable."
Our server told me she had just finished her training, her first night alone. She was everything you would want in a server. Kudos to your trainer and your new server.

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JohnL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Not a fan of being stared at all night by other patrons and slow service on top of that. I remember the first time eating there being better.

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vipGreatFridayHH
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extraordinary in every way!!!

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Mike
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Not as good as it’s been in the past. Food and service was just ok. It was our anniversary and we were quite disappointed.

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KarylK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Not much value in this meal. Food was cooked properly to order but honestly we got how much better price point from Peg leg Pete’s and the ambience was nothing to write home about. We had requested a window seating which they did not have for us nor would they offer when we noted one was available so we ended up sitting in the middle of the room. Don’t expect will ever go back.

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Bill
Miami
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Patrick was a very attentive and courteous waiter! he did a great job!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food and value!

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rickm
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both the service and meal were excellent. The ambience was great as well. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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Bear
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The entree I wanted was not available though it was on the website menu. The table and website menu was not identical. That should never happen. The website menu needs to be updated as soon as the table menu changes. I ordered the Tuna cooked medium. It was brought to me very rare. I sent it back after showing my server. A new piece of Tuna arrived to the table cooked perfectly. Everything was tasty. This has been a favorite restaurant, but there have been kitchen problems since the COVID closing and reopening. When done correctly, the food is very good, as is the service. Lately it has been uneven, but please continue to support. It has not been easy for anyone.

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JosephM
Mobile
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always, highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it, great food ,service, follow all cdc protocol’s. .

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Ingridnoel
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate dinner here last weekend for my boyfriends birthday. The bridge is closed so we had to drive the long way to get here but it was soooo worth it! Best meal I have had in months! We were driving quite far so decided not to drink but our waiter Thomas made sure we had plenty of non-alcoholic choices. Wonderful food, excellent service and just any overall great time. I miss eating here regularly and can’t wait for the bridge to be fixed.

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LauraD
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our dinner was amazing!!! The service was top notch and the food was superb! We had Blue Angel Chips appetizer which were enough for several to share and they were sooooo good. My meal (Shrimp and Grits) was better than any I have had at other restaurants in the area. By far the BEST!!! I will definitely be coming back as soon as I can!

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vipOakS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Scallops were amazing

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & service!

MJ
MollyJ
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Our waiter didn’t pay attention to us at all or ask questions or talk about the menu. We had to flag him down to order another round of drinks yet he was incredibly attentive to the group of 5 at the table next to us. The food was phenomenal but the service was very disappointing. Especially since we were there for a special birthday celebration.

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EmilyB
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was AMAZING. Lobster Bisque is the best I've ever had and I spent some time in Maine. I got the snapper and my husband got a steak - both were out of this world good. Highly recommend. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Mobile
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food for a birthday dinner!

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CBee
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience2

The Grand Marlin has GREAT food and a great chef. However, they never seat you where you want. We didn't want in the room with the bar and TWICE they have seated us there. It is so NOISY!! The waiter was very good.

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SusanS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great—Thomas was terrific as always.

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AnnL
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening! Enjoyed good food with good friends!

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EmptyNesterDateNight
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was prompt and we felt safe with their COVID measures. We sat outside and had a lovely few of the Sound. Maggie, our server, was really great: courteous, professional, and friendly. I ordered the Kale Caesar salad and the crab cake appetizer. The salad was so good, my husband (not a real salad person), started munching on it and asked me if I could replicate it at home. The crab cakes were fabulously spicy. They seemed to have had absolutely no breading and filler, just crab meat and great seasoning. My husband had the lobster fingers and bbq shrimp. We shared a brownie with a giant scoop of ice cream and chocolate and caramel syrup on top. The brownie tasted like a flourless cake--more rich and creamy like fudge than like cake. It was like eating a big piece of chocolate. Yum. Our martinis were great also. I had the lemon drop and had to resist having a second one. We'll be back soon. We loved it and we have neighbors who go regularly for lunch, brunch and dinner because the quality is so consistent.

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MikeS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience3

We have always had consistently great dinners at G Marlin. This trip not so much. My steak was horrible as well as the grouper. Service was great. Hate to leave this review.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

We have eaten at the grand Marlin many many many times as we are local. The last two times we have been the food has been average at best. This last time we went for Sunday brunch which was a letdown. Two of the three adults in our party were served cold food and they don’t have a kids brunch menu. The options for kids were very limited. It was a 9:30am meal and they only have lunch offerings. The adult brunch menu is 3-4 items. We ordered eggs Benedict and the chicken and waffles. The eggs Benedict was so bland and the chicken and waffles dry. Disappointed for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It’s been a few years since I’ve been here, and they’ve definitely stepped up their game. Super good food, tasty cocktails and excellent service are all par for the course. I’m also very impressed with the continued COVID mitigation measures TGM is practicing. I felt very good about eating there from that standpoint. They’ve even got a page on their website dedicated to health and safety measures if anyone wants more info.

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KarlaC
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Food was excellent!! My husband is allergic to seafood and fish and we thank you for not making him sick. The service was not as good as it should have been. I think our server was working way too many tables so I am not completely upset with him. We had empty glasses most of our meal so we had to drink the water bit would have rather had another soft drink. Overall the food was great but the service should have been better.

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MaryB
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a treat ! Great food and service ! We love this place !

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from food to service was exceptional!

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

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KookieBreezer
Tallahassee
20 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Grand Marlin is always dependable with delicious food, amazing beverages & terrific service. It is our "go-to" restaurant!

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MaryO
Tallahassee
11 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend Randall as your server!! Raw oysters were very good!! Can't go wrong with grouper piccata and the best blue cheese wedge!!

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Caaped
Tallahassee
23 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my mother-in-law’s birthday. She was treated to a special dessert. Staff was attentive. Food fantastic. Martini and bushwhackers are great!

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JulieS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food on Pensacola Beach. Service is always top notch.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was wonderful as usual. This restaurant is serves consistently good food and the view is remarkable.

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KayM
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience at Grand Marlin is always excellent. They never disappoint. The food and service is top notch. Do yourself a favor and try the ribeye and the key lime pie. Amazing!!

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Renee
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and generous pours on cocktails. You can’t beat this place for a relaxed, upper scale, dining experience.

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Darsea
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was good and the waitress was pleasant and attentive. Top that with a great view. We loved it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been coming here a couple times a year for several years and although it it always wonderful, this was probably our best experience. Our server, Maggie, was very attentive and extremely helpful. We were celebrating my wife’s birthday and she picked up on this right away. There are not enough good things that I could say about her and her service. The food was incredible as always. The Grand Marlin is far and away the best food, experience and value on the island. Thank you so much and we can’t wait to come back!

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JayG
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Most of the Menu was not available, literally 5 entrees were available.

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Patster
New Orleans
10 reviews