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The Grand Marlin of Pensacola Beach, Pensacola, FL

The Grand Marlin of Pensacola Beach

4.8
4.8
6651 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 49 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Steak, American
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 9:00 am–9:00 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: (850) 677-9238
  • 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

What 6,651 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Northwest Florida

    Best Food

  • Northwest Florida

    Great for brunch

  • Northwest Florida

    Great for scenic views

  • Northwest Florida

    Seafood

  • Northwest Florida

    Most Booked

  • Pensacola

    Best Overall

  • Pensacola

    Best Food

  • Pensacola

    Best Service

  • Pensacola

    Best Ambiance

  • Pensacola

    Best Value

  • Pensacola

    Good for business meals

  • Pensacola

    Innovative

  • Pensacola

    Good for groups

  • Pensacola

    Healthy

  • Pensacola

    Neighborhood gem

  • Pensacola

    Great for fine wines

  • Pensacola

    Romantic

  • Pensacola

    Good for special occasions

  • Pensacola

    Lively

  • Pensacola

    Most Booked

6,651 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Been to the Grand Marlin many times. Always a great experience. We had swordfish, fried shrimp amd oysters Rockefeller and it was all perfect. I've had the rib-eye steak there multiple times too and it's always been tender and cooked exactly how I order it. Very reasonable price for the service and atmosphere.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent. We had the Mahi and Salmon and both were delicious!

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  3. RayJ

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our 26th Anniversary and we couldn't have picked a better place. The food was great and Grayson, our waiter, did a superb job

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We selected an early seating (5:15) because we had a toddler with us. Nathan, our server was excellent. Spot on with his recommendations and service! Food was excellent, best scallops I’ve had in a long, long time! Always a pleasure to bring our visiting guests there. Never disappoints.

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  5. JamesC

    Alabama

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best place to eat and enjoy a great atmosphere in Pensacola Beach. We always have dinner there every time we visit Pensacola!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always good food and even better service. We come here several times when we visit Pensacola Beach.

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  7. TimB

    Tallahassee

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always the Grand Marlin did not disappoint us. The server, Ashley was great! The food and drinks were so good. We went this time for the oysters, Bienville, and BBQ! And the Key Lime Pie is the best.

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  8. ACBC

    Tallahassee

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Thomas was wonderful, but small screaming kids were seated next to us a put a little damper on our anniversary dinner. Food was great as always!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Meal, service, view and ambience were amazing as always!

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  10. LawanaJ

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant, menu, service and experience. Our table was ready and waiting.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Top notch dining experience! Everything was great from check in the server we had was the best! I feel so bad I can’t remember her name. I had to many mimosas! It was fabulous!

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  12. DarrellM

    Coastal Georgia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and exemplary service! Great atmosphere and the views were terrific! Sophia was an excellent server!!!

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  13. BrianD

    New Orleans

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We were seated 20 mins after our reservation time in a secluded room we have never been in before . Then, two items we ordered they were out of . Husbands order was completely wrong and they had to remake the dish . We love going to the grand marlin but this time it was not up to their previous standards and I will have to think twice about going back . Hard to spend $300 on dinner when it’s not very good …

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was wonderful. The special was one of the best dishes I’ve had there.

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  15. JohnS

    Caribbean

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall good. The service was good. The setting was nice. The cocktails were ok, not great—mixtures a little off, and the martinis were not shaken long enough, making them less than ideal temperature.. The food was good. The cobia was overcooked.

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  16. BobbieJ

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tried 2 types chardonnay,settled on a new Zealand wine instead. Kale chopped salad over gmo with no taste,same for chocolate brownie fruit. mah mahi fish slice overcooked

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The crusted grouper is my go to, always delicious. The GM always does a great job with seafood

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always good…grouper piccata a fave…and apps…Jason our server was awesome!

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  19. MichaelP

    Dallas

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great food and service. Would recommend it to anyone who loves seafood

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  20. AlDel

    Mobile

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was very good but took too long to arrive. We had our appetizer within 30 minutes after being called to our table, which was fine. Our entrees then took a bit over an hour after the appetizer to arrive, which in my view was far too long. The server was very apologetic and arranged for a discount on our bill, which was of course welcome, but the overall experience was not a good one.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was delicious as always!!! This is our go to for birthday/anniversary celebrations!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Central Georgia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice anniversary dinner. The complementary dessert topped off an incredible evening.

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  23. Dennis

    Tallahassee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time having dinner and drinks. As always the food and atmosphere were the best. We'll be back.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The appetizer had six shrimps. The main entrée had six shrimps and instant mashed potatoes.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant. Great service. The food taste hit the 50/50 mark.. The Grilled Gulf Shrimp had little to no seasoning and the Ahi Poke was over salted. The Salmon was delicious, as well as the oysters. The surf & turf scallops and steak with sweet potato mash was interesting and had good flavor. But steak was medium when asked for medium rare. We received a complimentary dessert for our special occasion, which was nice.

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  26. TedB

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Randall did a great job. Everything was awesome. Perfect Mother’s Day

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  27. WilliamC

    Tallahassee

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    A great place for fresh seafood, Oysters. A large selection of nice wine.

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  28. KE32561

    Tallahassee

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is amazing, service is outstanding as well. It can be a little noisy and hard to have conversation at times so just keep that in mind. The view is great if you can get a window seat or outdoor seating.

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  29. JessicaM

    Dallas

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience and food! Loved that the “outdoor” seating was covered so we didn’t have to worry about the weather.

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  30. DCJC

    Tallahassee

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Eight friends were there for dinner. We couldn’t have been more pleased. Everyone loved their food and drinks. Our waiter, Blake was a wonderful server, knowledgeable and patient. We always recommend the Grand Marlin.

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  31. CharlesA

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food, service, and ambience. Highly recommend for fine dining experience.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Haven’t been there for brunch in a while, so I wasn’t impressed! The potatoes were overcooked and hard!! I usually go for dinner, and it’s always ver y good!!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve never been disappointed at The Grand Marlin!

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  34. KathyO

    Tallahassee

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious as always. TGM was a favorite when we lived here and we were glad to see it hasn’t changed. Oysters Rockefeller, Grouper Picatta and Loved&Rubbed Salmon never disappoint

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Mobile

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    I am writing this review to ask the restaurant to make an improvement on the patio side of the restaurant. We made a Mother's Day reservation over a week ago with hopes of a nice waterfront dining experience for the family. We were seated at the first big round table with a view, and we had dinner with every person standing and waiting for a table. They stood within inches of the family at the table. They watched us eat and congregated by our table. I've never been to a nice restaurant that lets people stand in the dining area by the tables. I hope they will consider putting up a rope or partition to hold people back while they wait for their turn. It greatly affected our dining experience. The seafood dishes such as halibut and grouper were beautiful and plentiful plates. The shrimp and grits were very disappointing. I don't mind paying a lot for a really good dish, but this dish had 4 shrimp and was very small for $29. Hopefully, the restaurant will use this information to make improvements as I'm not sure we will visit again.

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  36. LarryK

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was very good and the atmosphere was great !

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never disappoints. Best restaurant in Pensacola..

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Early Mother’s Day dinner. Everything was perfectly cooked and delicious. No complaints from our tribe of picky eaters. Staff was pleasant, understanding, and accommodating of dietary restrictions. We will be back.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service! Delicious food!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Starting off with the appetizer, we ordered tuna dip. All we could taste were the spices in the dip and not the tuna. It was very overpowering. Not my favorite tuna dip to say the least. The entrees were really good however. Our drinks took forever and a day to come out to us. We went at 5:15pm to avoid the rush crowd and still had to wait a long time for beverages.

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FAQs

The Grand Marlin of Pensacola Beach is rated 4.8 stars by 6651 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 49 times today
Google Map for The Grand Marlin of Pensacola Beach

400 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola, FL 32561

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    After Toll Booth 1st Left
  • Neighborhood
    Pensacola
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 9:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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: (850) 677-9238
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