The Grand Marlin of Pensacola Beach

4.8
2961 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steak, American
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Hours of operation
11 am-9 pm Mon – Thur
11 am-10 pm Fri & Sat
9 am-9 pm Sunday
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Phone number
(850) 677-9153
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Gregg McCarthy
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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.
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Private party contact
Lisa Jacobi: (877) 554-2065
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
After Toll Booth 1st Left
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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 Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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RF
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner with children and grandchildren. Everything was excellent! Ramone was our server and he was excellent!!

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JJ
St. Louis
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live out of town and have gone to the Grand Marlin each time we've visited. In my opinion it is the Best food in the area.

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OT
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday prime rib was excellent, wife loved the grouper. We received a free dessert for our anniversary. Great first experience.

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MB
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

really outstanding as usual - just a great place, my favorite "Pensacola" restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, food and atmosphere are consistently fantastic!

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DG
Tallahassee
14 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Food, ambiance and service were up to the normal high standard.

This visit was for Sunday brunch and Daniel took excellent care us!

Keep up the great work!

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AR
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, it was fantastic! We go to Grand Marlin every year for our anniversary and it never disappoints. The food, service and experience is always great!

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LW
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grand Marlin is the best seafood restaurant in the Pensacola area, hands down.

We celebrated passing our boat Capts test.

Three Captains!

Mark was a great server.

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GJ
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a excellent experience at the Grand Marlin for my birthday dinner. :) My steak was just a little too pink for my taste and few minutes later my steak was back out on a new plate with a fresh side brought out by a manager. As well as already being pleased by the service and food the manager offered to kindly buy us a choice of dessert at the end of the meal after everything, we were very pleased and will definitely be back!

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BH
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time I visit the Grand Marlin I am always impressed. This is always a must stop on my vacations to the area.

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LR
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the BEST waitress I've ever had. I should have tipped her double!!

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Love the Grand Marlin, but the food was not that good today.

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Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I reserved a table for my elderly mother, and about 4 other friends.
The wait staff got confused about “facing the water” and thought I meant inside seating. I had to explain once I got there, but then all was well. Food was great, service too.....

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DG
Tallahassee
14 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Daniel took great care of us! We are never disappointed in the food or service!

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DD
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Seafood and the oysters were wonderful....out server Mark explained all the specials and he was attentive throughout our meal

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T
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I went here for dinner before homecoming and we had an amazing experience! Our waitress was super friendly and helpful with our dinner choices. The food tasted amazing. The room where we dined was elegant and I will definitely be a returning customer!

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OT
Naples
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful waterfront setting. Service was friendly and food was fabulous!

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KR
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were from out of town, made reservations for our first time there. Won’t be our last! Matthew was our server—excellent customer service.

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CP
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dessert is to die for!!! Great place to celebrate a birthday.

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KG
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service are always excellent! Love coming here whether it is for a romantic evening or dinner with small kids.

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AS
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Service was very good

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OT
Tallahassee
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lobster fingers an wine were delicious

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O
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Ribeye was a little to chewy and not very flavorful. But the fish was good and the desserts were the best I have ever had.

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A
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service & food was astounding as usual. Whenever I book through Open Table they always promptly seat us without wait time even on their extremely busy nights. Seafood dishes are the best!

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a
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent meal, great service ! We really enjoy Grand Marlin, and will be back.

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SD
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in Michigan and come to Navarre Beach every October for two weeks. The guide I fish with recommended The Grand Marlin years ago and now it's our favorite, GO-TO restaurant! The food is incredible and the service is excellent! Always a fantastic experience and we will be back this week for lunch before we head home. We always recommend The Grand Marlin to people we meet here too!

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DB
Mobile
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We always have a great meal at The Grand Marlin...the food is so fresh!

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AC
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant! Great local ingredients, and good value for the money. Fabulous fresh seafood that can be cooked with sauces on the side. My mother has mobility issues, but the elevator negates that issue. My father has issues with sodium secondary to heart valve problems. There was no problem to altering menu items for his dietary concerns as everything is fresh and local. We will be back.

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JH
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our anniversary. We had a great meal and great service. They gave us a free appetizer and delicious dessert in honor of our anniversary.

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OT
Tallahassee
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made it in time for happy hour $3 house wine. Chardonnay. Was very yummy. Then I had lobster appetizer, and a ceasar salad. It was all so delicious. The 2 bartender lady's were awesome too. They greeted me immediately. And They kept making sure I had all I needed an if everything was ok? Which it always was.

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R
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really good food, drink and service. A little expensive but worth it. Really enjoyed the restaurant.

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SC
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Noise level needs to be addressed. When you have such great food it would be nice to be able to have a conversation!

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LE
Nashville
17 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. Seated on time with our reservations - much appreciated!!! Great attentive service. Answered all questions regarding menu (one of us has food allergy). All food was good portions and tasted great. Only exception was the shrimp and grits - One of us did not like it. Wine list is good. Very pleased. Will be back. Thank you for a very nice evening.

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JH
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We found this place by accident. What an amazing find, the place and views are breathtaking, the ambiance is genuine and cool, the food and the service are fantastic. I highly recommend checking out the Grand Marlin, you won’t regret it.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Grand Marlin, as always! Great food, service, atmosphere, etc!

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PC
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Really thought this restaurant would have provided a more intimate setting. Expected more of a fine dining experience. Food and service was excellent. Prices a little on the high side for the overall experience.

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FL
Tallahassee
8 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We usually come here for dinner, but the Sunday Brunch is really great as well. Lots of inventive choices, as well as some of the regular dinner items are available. Special pricing on Mimosas and Pointsettas ($2.50) is also appreciated.

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RO
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went to sunday brunch. I was thrilled to see the menu was quite extensive with so many choices other than egg dishes. My husband ordered the baked oysters with hollandaise and I ordered the creole shrimp with with a toasted baguette. They were both absolutely delicious and the portions were perfectly sized. I had a mimosa that was very good. I really enjoyed the atmosphere and the waiter David was delightful and attentive. I have ate at the blue marlin several times and have to say I have never had a bad experience. The menu is very diverse and the food is exquisite. 5 stars and highly recommended

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C
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Sea scallops for the Saturday Night Special very good

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TF
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love the food every time we go! Service and atmosphere are always fantastic

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