The Grand Marlin of Pensacola Beach

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3250 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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Tallahassee
13 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New rib selection is outstanding

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Tallahassee
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

The food took forever but the management approached us and apologized. They also gave us some complementary drinks for having to wait so long. After having to wait, the food was excellent.

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

The BBQ oysters were excellent. I also highly recommend the parmesan truffle fries and the key lime pie.

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

Location is perfect, food was delicious, service superb!

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Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food quality remains high.
North Drop area is looking worn
Gift shop has dropped in items and worker had a bad attitude
Background ‘music’ had commercials in it
Definitely slipping. Not on our ‘go-to’ list next time down

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JT
New Orleans
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Was nice. Being from New Orleans one realizes how spoiled we are with the level of service we get at fine dining venues. Our waiter could have benefitted from support from a bus person or Co waiter. Fish was fantastic. They served tile fish which was buttery, a tad bit over done. My husband had the grouper which was lovely. Overall was a nice dinner.

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

Love TGM. Mistake was choosing the steak this round. Best steak or bbq anywhere near Pensacola is in my backyard; however, those in our party who chose the sea dishes were not disappointed. Our server, Letty, was wonderful.

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

Absolutely excellent food! The employees are friendly, and the view was a delight. The price is affordable and worth every penny. I can’t wait to go back!

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

The Blue Angel chips are amazing. We had the grouper dinner and it was delicious. Our server was prompt and friendly! Got a praline bowl for dessert since it was my birthday and it was so good! Thanks Grand Marlin, best restaurant on the beach!

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

View, food and service were fantastic! Due to several large groups in the dining room area the noise was excessive.

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Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This has got to be the best restaurant in Pensacola Beach. Went there our first night and came back for our last night. Their "Signature Seafood" specials are especially good.

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TS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food - BBQ SHRIMP appetizer was awesome...
Ribeye steak for me - Strawberry Burrata salad for the wife...

Server was great - Shawn B.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant to dine at when we visit Pensacola Beach! The food is always delicious, the atmosphere spectacular and the wait staff is friendly and attentive. This time around we had the blue angel chips, kale Caesar salad, pasta with shrimp and mussels and the salmon. All was perfect and we will be back!

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Tallahassee
14 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great steak

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a lovely meal at this beautiful waterfront restaurant. I would recommend this restaurant for its food, ambiance and service.

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New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a lovely family celebration for my mother's 90th birthday. We've been dining at TGM for years, and this experience was over the top. I credit that to David. He's BY FAR the best server we've ever had there. The food was delicious and prepared perfectly.
We will continue to call this our goto dining spot!

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Denver
25 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday brunch is a favorite of ours and this visit was fabulous as always. Prime rib special is great, along with a good Bloody Mary or Mimosa for only $2.50. Also order TGM Omelette with fingerling potatoes and enjoyed that, taking half of large portion home to eat the next morning! Love sitting outside at a table looking over the water. The steel drum is nice but does raise the noise level of everyone talking over it. We make a reservation and go early after church and it is nice and quiet. Service is excellent and menu choices extensive.

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New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food

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Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

son’s bday

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Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a date

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E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely time at the Grand Marlin this was our first visit and we plan to go back again the service and the food was excellent but most of all we enjoyed that we could make a reservation and not have to stand in line for two hours to eat at a restaurant on Friday night in Pensacola

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DE
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The service was attentive and friendly. The food was done well- fish was cooked perfectly.

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LL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Grand Marlin is our Go To Restaurant and by far the best restaurant on the Beach. Ryan is one of the Best.

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Tallahassee
16 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great views and great food.

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Tallahassee
14 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Raw oysters were great, dinner and Jason's service was better

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Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere, great menu!!!! Poke tuna on top of avocado, just out of this world!!!

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1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were able to be seated before our reservation time, the hostess was courteous, we had outstanding food and the food was delicious. The overall experience was top notch.

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Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

We have always enjoyed the Grand Marlin but we’re disappointed this trip. The kitchen seemed very backed up. Some of our meals were cold. The chicken and waffles chicken was dry. Overall unfulfilling experience.

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JB
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Good was excellent! Server seemed to have an attitude and wasn’t very attentive or friendly. I can not remember his name, oh because he didn’t give it. Quality of food and atmosphere was excellent .

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Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. Our server was spot on, she provided us with suggestions since we were first timers. Very attentive to our table and friendly. Definitely recommend this restaurant. Everything we ordered was delicious.

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KA
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Chicken Picatta and Salmon dishes were excellent. There is no hesitation in saying I would dine there again.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was great. The food was perfect and the staff friendly and helpful. We went there twice on our one week vacation to Pensacola beach!

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VH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent- we had a “Grand” time :)

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M
Mississippi
7 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

We really enjoy this restaurant every time we come, but we normally sit inside. This time we sat outside and it was way too noisy! The dining experience is much better inside. Next time I will get a table inside!

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner was delightful service excellent and food delicious. Key lime pie!

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Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great customer service as usual! Ryan was very attentive!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant. 80th Birthday with dear friends that we had not seen for some time

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

Vacation meal with the family - service was excellent and food outstanding; greatly appreciate the high quality half shell oysters; some of the best I’ve had.

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AT
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far the best meal we had on Pensacola Beach! We came for our anniversary and it was definitely a special occasion location! The restaurant was beautiful and the food was delicious! It was noisy but we had kids with us and don't mind noise.

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Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

TGM is our favorite seafood restaurant!

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