The Grand Marlin of Pensacola Beach

4.7
4325 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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vipMomaFlo1
Shreveport
15 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always

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LeslieV
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food. My favorite place on tge beach!

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Jeeg
Kansas City
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday celebration. Food and service was fantastic. We all really enjoyed everything—From our cocktails, appetizers, entrees to dessert. And Randall, our server, was outstanding! We will not hesitate to come back on our next trip down.

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JamesB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience4

The service was great. My steak was over cooked and tough. By the time a got my second steak my whole party had finished eating, and my second steak was tough. Rib eyes should be tender.
Many of the oysters (3 orders) were sandy tasting.
Caesar salad was sandy tasting

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viplorettas
Tallahassee
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phillip our waiter was fantastic ... the food was yummy 😋 The Grand Marlin NEVER DISAPPOINTS

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Geocal
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were great. Nice pleasant brunch with out of town family members.

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DonM
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was good. No, very, very good! In fact, so good, we will return this weekend. If we lived here, we would likely go broke.

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JulieJ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating my friends' 60th birthday. The food was excellent... best Grouper I have ever had. Service was also very good. Next time we are in Pensacola we will definitely eat here again!

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AmyS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came down to the beach for our anniversary and I was looking for a nice place to have dinner. When we arrived early for our reservation they were prepared to seat us right away. The waitress was great and the food was even better! Plus we had the most amazing complimentary dessert! Will definitely be going back next trip!

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience as always!!! Outstanding water views dining outdoors, exceptional service and fabulous food!!! This is our definite go to!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service

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vipAnnC
Tallahassee
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really have missed Grand Marlin. Covid then a hurricane really threw a wrench in everyone's plans. This was our first dinner out in a year. Highly worth it, and Randal was fantastic! We will be back!

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WillK
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very nice restaurant. Definitely a cut above other places at Pensacola Beach. Try the lobster fingers!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

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RLWD
Tallahassee
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyable meal as always! My favorite place to eat during COVID.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit. The food was delicious!

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Mike
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location and great food. View is amazing.

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vipFoodie
Nashville
20 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food, value, waiter service was exceptional. Hostess was not at hostess stand and we had to find someone to seat us.

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Scottw
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining on the outdoor deck is great. The chief’s recommendation was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner was amazing, thank for the wonderful experience as always!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

We were poorly a kid e

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a terrific night! Drinks, Oysters and dinner on point!

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MitziK
Kansas City
17 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Old school seafood and steak joint with great food and service. We ate here twice in one week. Fish cooked to perfection.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was my wife’s birthday. The staff that greeted us was friendly but seemed disorganized. We had to wait for over 15 minutes to be seated

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vipVixpix
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was exceptional!
Nikki is one of the best servers around. She seems to know what you want before you even ask for it. She helps you navigate the menu to make sure you get exactly what you want. On this particular day, a friend and I met up for a late lunch. We started with a dozen raw oysters, which we gobbled up in no time. I ordered the blackened fish tacos (over greens, instead of with tortillas), and my friend had the ahi tuna poke. We both cleaned our plates after sharing a bottle (maybe two) of a lovely French chardonnay over a four-hour session. Did I mention that everything was exceptional?

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vipVixpix
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at the bar at The Marlin is always a treat! On this occasion we got a visit by Matt who always wows us with his somm skills. Kelly was our server, and she was attentive and personable.
We started with a dozen raw oysters that were OVER THE TOP delicious, with no need for anything, but cracked pepper and some lemon juice.
My husband and I got the seared tuna feature, and we both could not remember a better meal (Granted we haven't been out much since the pandemic).
We can't wait to go back!

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vipanniem
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely business linch with attentive but not obtrusive service.

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Lizzyann
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

In the past the shrimp has been perfect this last time was a little wet for lack of a better description. Don't know if meal was put to the side to serve the whole table but that was a little disappointing. Also prices have gone up for lunch which is another disappointment. I totally understand with the Covid situation but still would like the same crispy lightly battered shrimp for around $15 for lunch menu. The shrimp is my favorite of all time so I prefer how it has been cooked about a year ago- always consitant for years. One of my guests with me I believe had the lobster bisque and it looked more like a rue. I've not had it before so I'm not an expert but was disappointing. Basically a favorite restaurant though.

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diniray
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always classy and delicious...great for a dress up night out and change from beach fare

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MattF
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I go there at least once a year to get our Scottish Salmon fix and this time, even with the COVID precautions, was just as good! Well done again, GM!

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tmccart
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. It was busy since it was Valentine's Day but we didn't have to wait for anything.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was great! The food was so good and amazing service

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ejndmd
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food5service4ambience1

Made dinner reservations for Valentines 5 weeks in advance expecting to be in the main dining room. Arrived and was told we had seating in the casual dining area, then they moved to the overflow "party" room to appease us. No ambiance and very "cheap" feeling. Although the food and service was good, we were totally dissatisfied with our seating arrangement. We always thought of the Grand Marlin as an upscale restaurant, but now it seems to be a casual dining restaurant.

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MelissaT
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience3

Madison was an amazing server. Very kind and helpful. The entree’s were terrible. We got the valentine special surf and turf. It came out cold and we sent it back. She asked if we wanted it heated up or remade. We said whatever the chef prefers hoping he would take pride and make it right. We got it back no more than 5 min later and it was still cold. And on top of that not much flavor. For how much we spent (over $160) we went home hungry and unsatisfied with our evening out. I never want to complain but this is the 4th time we have chosen Grand Marlin for our date night in the last 3 years and the last 3 times has been disappointing. Sorry to say but we won’t be back for another fancy date night here. We don’t get much alone time and I hate to waste it on bad food again.

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OpenTable Diner
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and ambiance

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lauried
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

We’ve been going for years on special occasions like Mothers Day, Easter, Valentines Day, etc. The food quality has declined and for the price we expect more. The drinks are great and the service is always impeccable, but for the price and lack of taste it isn’t worth it.

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MarkG
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with excellent food and service. Pricey but worth it! I would definitely recommend this restaurant!

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Shoppin7
Mississippi
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the red snapper and the praline basket for dessert can't be missed!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valeentines Day dinner with my husband was u forgettable. He had the Swordfish, which was Unbelievable! I had the filet and lobster with capers on the side with a wonderful red wine suggested by our server. Our server was It’s was great
And their store was very nice. We bought pearls that will be admired for a lifetime! Every time I visit this restaurant, it is such a treat!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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The Grand Marlin of Pensacola Beach is rated 4.7 stars by 4325 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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