The Grand Marlin of Pensacola Beach

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2871 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
Brunch: Sunday: 9:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm -10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday 4:00pm -10:00pm
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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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LE
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! I'm food and service was excellent. Highly recommend.

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Tallahassee
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great as usual, service was impeccable as was the food and wine.

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JS
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We have eaten at Grand Marlin mostly at dinner which provides a good selection of choices. This is the first brunch at GM which the food was very good but they seemed extremely understaffed wait service.

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LM
Indiana
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good but pricey. Expect to spend $100 for 2 to dine.

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CS
Mobile
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the very best meal of the trip. Everything is fresh and tastes outstanding.

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ST
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant on Pensacola beach. Well worth the money! You will have seafood prepared like you have never experienced before. Excellent, high quality.

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JB
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Requested “water view” table when reservation was made but request was not honored. Cocktails really handcrafted and food delicious. Service outstanding. Kinda loud but you gotta love genuine laughter around you.

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W
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent meal. Everyone ordered different meals and they were all good. Drinks were delicious as well. Best part was excellent service provided by Graham.

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c
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to the Grand Marlin for my birthday. Had the red snapper with capers and butter sauce and it was delicious. I have never had a bad meal here.

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J
Miami
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & flavorful drinks! All workers very polite

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OT
Tallahassee
126 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was awesome. Sarah was the bartender an she was awesome an even rememberd what i had last time. The lobster appetizer. It was delicious.

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DS
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The filet mignon was perhaps the best we have ever had anywhere!

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AB
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. We really enjoyed our anniversary dinner!

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J
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Visit # 6. Food remains good, nice grouper well prepped this time and a ribeye. Somewhat skinny but done correctly, good flavor. Server was in overdrive, might want to bring a net to catch this guy.

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OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent brunch! Good was fantastic and service superb!

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Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It’s always really good. But it is SO LOUD. And I had an unusually large amount of okra in my gumbo, which I didn’t really appreciate. But overall very good.

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MH
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place for Sunday brunch. I especially like sitting outside on the deck. There is a nice breeze.

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MR
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

So the food was really good .. the service lacked .. we were often without silverware and the wine service was just kind of funny... didn’t show the bottle .... opened and poured without a tasting ... and grabbed the glasses by the Bowl and served them to us ... i call that molesting the glass.. the lighting was too bright ... and not sure why the TVs were on .... so eat outside... take care of your own wine and keep your silverware... but seriously the food was good

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JJ
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceeded all expectation. Outstanding dining experience all around.
Saw listing on open table “best senic view” and view was great. But food was fantastic and service impeccable. We are couple of foodies and were Wowed by lobster app. Chefs special scallops were incredible as were oysters beinville.
Jake was great server and did outstanding job with timing our experience.
Will certainly be back many times.

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y
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went there for our 18th wedding anniversary and the atmosphere, food and service was excellent. Will definitely return and highly recommend to friends and family.

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DK
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

One of the best restaurants in Pensacola! Ambiance is great also.

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BW
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with excellent food and service. I had grouper and my husband had snapper. Both were very fresh, having been caught that day. Holly, our waiter was efficient and personable. It was a great experience. We will return when we go back to Pensacola Beach.

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CO
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful and courteous service by Liz highlighted a delicious meal and lemon curd/blueberry pound cake that was to die for.

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LB
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I’ve had, maybe ever!! Sheer perfection!

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f
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Sitting outside is not the same great experience. Request inside seating.

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R
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal, service and experience at Grand Marlin

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TD
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The view (if you can get the waterfront seats) is the main reason I keep coming back. The food is good. The service is generally good. Only negative point is that sometimes the noise level is too much for those of us who enjoys peace and quiet on the waterfront!

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OT
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful way to celebrate a friends 91 st birthday. Zero wait, wonderful server( Alex ) perfect seating. Menu was divine and everything tasted as it should. Truly made my friend feel special. Alex knew details about the occasion and was spot on! One of the most pleasant servers I have ever encountered. Restaurant was clean , not too loud, kept kids away from adult partie :)
Very very pleased

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OT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated within one minute of our reservation time. It was busy and hectic at first but the waitress was attentive and the food was outstanding.
The view was great.
The bar was energetic
Never had better oysters
Worth the drive.

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JW
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always good. Great views from outdoor dining. Lots of fans to help keep you comfortable

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Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was the best. The food was simply fantastic,filling, and served in the correct chain of servings. I can't say more other than we will go more often.

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MP
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Grand Marlin is by far our favorite restaurant in Pensacola. We come every month for business and eat here without fail. Their salads are fresh and creative and their entrees delicious. This time we had the steak wedge salad and crab cakes. Then we came back on saturday nite and had the seasonal watermelon salad and the scallops along with their signature praline basket dessert. We’ll see you next month!

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JK
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Wait staff very attentive! Wine day Wednesday, you can’t go wrong...bottle wines half off😊! Love the Grouper Piccata and save room for the Key Lime pie...wonderful!!!

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AJ
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

To Whom It May Concern,

I would like to thank the Grand Marlin for making my wife and I's 25th wedding anniversary so special last night. We had a wonderful evening and it was all made possible by our server Scott. He was tremendous last night and he made the night super special. He recommended appetizers and food selections for us that turned out to be spectacular. By the way, kudos to the chef last night because that pork shank was killer ridiculously good! Also, Scott was very attentive and his attention to detail in taking care of us last night was exemplary. It had been a while since we ate at the Grand Marlin, but last night's food and service will definitely cause us to come back a lot more. We live in Pensacola, but we will make the trip as long as the service and the food are at the level that they are! Again, we can't thank you all enough for making our special night that much more meaningful. I would like to say one more thing, I think Scott needs a raise and some type of recognition for the outstanding service that he provided last night. Also, thank you for the Happy Anniversary dessert. That was an epic topping to a spectacular evening. Look forward to dining there again soon! You all are top notch!!!

Sincerely,

Mr. Johnson

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SK
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

nice evening, food and service very good, great place to go for a 'dress up' evening in a very casual area

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JH
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the food and atmosphere of the restaurant!

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MS
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. I eat there every time I can. I got the scallops and they were fantastic. My wife got the choppino and loved it as well. My favorite is still the BBQ shrimp appetizer.

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KC
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Asked for the check & it took 20 minutes . Finally got it & out my CC in the binder. Server took another 15 minutes to run my CC.
Ridiculous. The experience was fine up until then.

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J
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

As long as I have lived in Pensacola, this was my first meal here. It was our Anniversary, I said that in the reservation and upon arrival. We were seated with a water view but a high noise area. Her tuna was over cooked, my prime rib was good but my request for no potatoes was ignored by the plater. The asparagus could have been gig points they were so tough. So bottom line, not recognizing the Anniversary was disappointing and the meal fell way below the same experiences at the fish house, and the Oyster Bar.

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RY
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went with some very special friends. We have eaten here in the past and its been good. But, this evening was spectacular! The eating over looking the Inter-coastal was perfect. But, the dinner was one of the best meals I can remember having in any restaurant for many years! A wonderful evening!

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