The Grand Marlin of Pensacola Beach

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3167 reviews
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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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JB
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First, the hostess sat us at our favorite table and we didn't even ask. The Oysters Rockefeller were wonderful as always and we enjoyed the tuna dish and the praline basket was a perfect ending for our meal. Our server Madison was awesome!

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JA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location, wonderful seafood and steaks, excellent drinks, and marvelous service personnel. Never been disappointed at Grand Marlin!

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RB
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Jaclyn was awesome! The food is always delicious.

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OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always! Thomas was our waiter and he was great!!

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Mobile
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grilled Red Snapper grilled with brown butter topping was outstanding.

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v
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service and ambiance was great. Highly recommend.

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Tallahassee
5 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spring break makes it fun

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m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

freshest seafood in all of Pensacola! Great small wine list, service was top notch taking care of my family. management stops by checking quality as well. its busy, plan ahead for reservations.

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a
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

love this place! try to go every time I'm in Pensacola Beach! it's the best!

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PM
Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived early, and were seated promptly. Everything was satisfying.

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KV
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the snapper and wife had the steak and crab cake. Both dishes tasted superb. It was also wife birthday and the desert was on them and delicious. Will return many time over I am sure.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Anniversary.

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BB
Tallahassee
16 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything from the oysters to dessert was amazing.

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TW
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and the waiter we had was awesome but the table we sat at had chairs that needed cushions. It just made us sit too low from the table and it wasnt till the end did we know we had curtains on each side of our table that could of been closed for more privacy. We could barely here each other. I still would reccomend because the food was so good. Only we would shut the curtains and ask for cushions :).

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Houston
8 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought some guests from Australia and they claimed it was the best fish they ever had.

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TB
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food ! Our appetizer if both oysters casino and Rockefeller were delightful. My main course was the crab cakes while my wife enjoyed the scallops. Both were excellent ! Also tasty were the cocktails before dinner. We will certainly return !

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D
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always, HOWEVER, the restaurant "policy" of NOT offering "happy Hour" prices during happy hour at your table is petty, ridiculous and galling. NOT becoming of one of the best and most expensive restaurants in Pensacola!

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Tallahassee
6 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Professional staff what else need be saos

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HK
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We love the GRAND MARLIN - classy & great location! We take our friends & family to enjoy the experience of a super menu selection & superior preparation.

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MP
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Grouper piccata was outstanding

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SD
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall the experience was very good. Oysters, calamari appetizer, and the smoked Gouda tater tots were excellent. My husband enjoyed the cheese grits and shrimp, and my mother-in-law loved the crab. My father in law and I both ordered the seafood paella. The seafood was excellent, but the rice was more like a cheesy risotto, and not the paella rice we were expecting - very rich!! The praline dessert that was served for my father in laws, birthday was fantastic!

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Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful experience for our party of 6. All if our dinners were superb. Excellent service. Very attentive to our every need.

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BM
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good evening, service was great, food was good. Live that key lime pie

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Tallahassee
6 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tuna was really great

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Alex Was fantastic the food and atmosphere is always excellent

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KN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the Grand Marlin! Just one point that would make it better: change the menu around on a regular schedule because if you are a very regular customer, the menu items are not exciting anymore. And perhaps the mixed drinks could stand some change too! Otherwise, a great place 2 eat!

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P
Tallahassee
17 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant, never disappointing and staff always polite and accommodating.
Service was great, Pain Killer drinks a must try.

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Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

We usually get better service. Has to wait for our server who got things a little mixed up.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time at the Grand Marlin’s brunch!

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Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was wonderful. Wish we would have specified the dining room instead of the enclosed patio. The experience wasn’t as nice as it normally is...plastic cups for water and soft drink beverages. It was cold and we were sat behind a pole. Couldn’t enjoy any views. Other than the seating, it was very good experience.

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J
Dallas
102 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I had heard great reviews about this place and the $$ suggested white table cloths etc... It was a cavernous room (both rooms are) and quite loud. No white table cloths. We sat at the bar and had a drink and decided to remain at the bar to eat our dinner. Maybe in the summer, the atmosphere is better. Loved the appetizer list. The food was good too. Not sure this is a $$ place, though.

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J
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant, 4th visit in the month of February 2019. Liz is an outstanding waitress, great attitude, provided appropraite recommendations, and was very attentive!

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RF
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food and service was outstanding. A bit pricey but overall a great experience.

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New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pensacon and visiting friends

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n
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was spot on! Thanks for another great meal!

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Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite spot on the Emerald Coast. Wonderful food served by professional, friendly staff. Best Key Lime pie we have found down here. Tenderloin and crab cake special on Tuesday night is superb - steaks always done to perfection and delicious crab cake served with fresh vegetables is a treat for both the eyes and the tummy!

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l
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was great. We had some issues with drinks but she took care of everything. If not for her our 47th wedding anniversary would not have turned out so well.

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JS
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was great by Ashley, the paella wasn’t very good. Expected it to be with traditional yellow saffron rice but it wasn’t. The crispy lobster fingers were very good.

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CM
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience. I would highly recommend the grouper piccatta as it was some of the best fish I have ever had. Service is excellent as well as the overall dining experience. I would definetly tell anyone to dine here.

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Tallahassee
6 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal; great service, fine food great view of porpoises playing

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