The Grand Marlin of Pensacola Beach

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3611 reviews
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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.
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Tallahassee
25 reviews
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and even better service from Jason

S
New Orleans
26 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Liz did a great job. Friendly and attentive.

m
Denver
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Vacation dinner! Have eaten there before but this weekend out of 4 days, we ate there 3 of them. Hard to match it on the island. The fish tacos were average. HIGHLY recommend the grouper piccata. The Key Lime Pie is the best I have ever tasted. Can’t wait to go back.

WS
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistent. We know what we are ordering before leaving NOLA!

Q
St. Louis
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was z very nice evening with an excellent view of the dunset

ET
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food we had on the island. Quite a treat. Delicious sea bass, great sides, good wine. The place had a peaceful atmosphere and wonderful service.

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

I ordered wagyu ribeye and what I was served was NOT wagyu. Wagyu has a specific marbling and is very tender. They served me 5 slices of steak which was extremely tough. I don’t like the restaurant bait & switch.

DG
Tallahassee
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, excellent food and service!

L
Charleston
29 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our meal so much the first time we went back for our last dinner in Pensacola Beach. Sunday prime rib special was excellent as were the fried shrimp. Skip the hush puppies and sit outside if possible. It’s quieter and the views are outstanding

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

Aleisha, our server, was excellent. The steak and crabcakes were delicious. Bbq shrimp appetizer was very flavorful. Ambience was perfect. Beautiful surroundings. Loved it!!!

DJ
E. Tennessee
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

Despite having booked a reservation several weeks earlier, was seated without choice in the bar where the noise was very high. Could not have our own conversation. Crab cakes were served not cooked.

Apologies were offered however it was stated that it should be expected that noise will be high because of the open ceiling and concrete floors. Manager stated this was rated a top 100 restaurant. I think this restaurant is better classified as a top 100 disappointment

s
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food. serving a little slow however due to busy. very noisy

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner. Not only was the service professional, the seafood superb in quality and cooked to perfection but, the lovely people at the Grand Marlin also helped us celebrate by offering us the most lovely dessert. Thank you.

DT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent! Our service was great and our reservation was 10 minutes early so I can’t complain one bit!

CC
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated anniversary. We have celebrated our anniversary 3 out of the last 4 years here. Food always delicious and consistent. Our favorite dessert is the house specialty, praline ice cream bowl! Thanks, it was deliciouss!

CH
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice experience as always! I ate dinner last Wednesday, Friday and Sunday brunch. And it was all good.

GG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

I expected the food to be exceptional ... it wasn’t ... it was goo not great ... in an area where seafood is supposed to be the best ... you have to blow people away if your going to charge higher prices. It’s a nice place but over priced for what you get.

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for my wife's birthday. Great ambiance, food, and view. Have been back since.

JV
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food & drinks on the beach. Always a great time..

OT
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant on the island.

MJ
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my wife tot he Grand Marlin (P'cola) on 10 August for her birthday. It was the perfect choice. The food was excellent. J.B., our server was fantastic: great recommendations, checked on us often, but not so often as to be an annoyance. I highly recommend the Grand Marlin and J.B.

EC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Th Grand Marlin never disappoints!

PC
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met with friends from out of town and definitely lingered over dinner and drinks. Never felt hurried. The food is always good !

OT
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great!

RK
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My only criticism is on The calamari. It had way too many other fried ingredients in it and I did not like the vinegary sauce or lemon (whatever) that was on it. I'm particular about calamari and I want only calamari when I order it.

k
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Only problem the second night we had dinner was warm food that we waited for,much too long. We made no mention of the problem,because By then,we were too hungry to complain. I will definitely mention that we want our dinner to be served hot on our next visit.

OT
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wife’s Birthday

LW
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always consistent with food quality and table service. Only disappointment was having to wait 15 past our reservation time to get seated. We were a party of four. Saw parties of two come in after us and get seated at tables set for parties of four. Not sure what that was about. Also we were seated at outdoor seating area and it was very warm.

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grand Marlin is our favorite restaurant in Pensacola Beach. We went this week for our daughter’s birthday and they did a wonderful job as always. The Grouper Piccata may be one of my favorite meals anywhere.

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

Excellent food and service. The grouper piccata is always a great choice! For dessert we enjoy both the praline basket and pineapple coconut butter cake. All was excellent and we are returning for a second meal before we leave Pensacola.

OT
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meals for everyone...David was an attentive and personable waiter. All the food and drinks came out in a timely manner.

OT
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner! The food was fantastic. Our server Matthew was attentive while also leaving us space to enjoy our anniversary!

OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have enjoyed dozens of meals at The Grand Marlin and have always had excellent meals. Tonight was no different. Love the fresh seafood selections along with great cocktails and views that can’t be beat. Highly recommended to anyone in town. Great special occasion dining food and location.

KO
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went for the Prime Rib special and stayed for the Pain Killer drink. Very clean, classy restaurant, right on the water with breathtaking views. Delicious food, perfect portions, and fantastic, friendly wait staff. Parking below and an elevator to the restaurant makes for easy access for everyone. We will definitely be returning to try other dishes.

JJ
Memphis
21 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Anniversary at grand marlin delivered on expectations from last visit. Was bit too warm on patio but live music and beautiful view was worth it. Always fantastic steaks and seafood. Lobster fingers always a favorite. Russell did outstanding job with pace of meal and drinks. Our favorite west FL stop

GD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great harbor side restaurant. Not an inexpensive place but not bar food either. Lovely views, nice bar collection and the staff didn't hover over us. I would go again as soon asI save some sheckles.

DG
Tallahassee
24 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday brunch is our favorite meal at Grand Marlin! Eggs Benedict and oysters Rockefeller are my favorites!!

DK
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in Gulf Breeze & have been to Grand Marlin on other occasions. It never disappoints. Food was wonderful & service was excellent. We had a great table with view of the sound which completed the whole experience.

R
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, food, and service. Highly reccomend!

T
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Birthday dinner

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