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About The Grand Marlin of Pensacola Beach

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.

400 Pensacola Beach Blvd.
Pensacola, FL 32561
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Steak, American

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Sunday: 9:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm -9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
After Toll Booth 1st Left

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(850) 677-9153

Website:
http://thegrandmarlin.com/

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.

Executive Chef:
Gregg McCarthy

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.

Private Party Contact:
Lisa Jacobi: (877) 554-2065

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

The Grand Marlin of Pensacola Beach Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (84)
Special Occasion (81)
Scenic View (78)
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Good for Birthdays (71)
Good for a Date (71)
Good for Anniversaries (70)
Great for Outdoor Dining (49)
Good for Groups (48)
Romantic (48)
Worth the Drive (45)
Local Ingredients (43)
Fit for Foodies (39)
Bar Seating (38)
Great for Brunch (35)
Sunday Lunch (35)
Casual (34)
Great for Lunch (34)
Fun (32)
Creative Cuisine (30)
Business Meals (28)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Handcrafted Cocktails (21)
Notable Wine List (19)
Healthy (18)
Happy Hour (16)
Seasonal (15)
Authentic (14)
Hot Spot (14)
Kid-friendly (13)
People Watching (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Disabled Access (9)
Cozy (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Live Music (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Great Beer (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Live Sports (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Spicy (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (Tallahassee)·Dined 2 days ago

The food, drinks an atmosphere is always fabulous and awesome

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 (Tampa)·Dined 3 days ago

The food is always excellent and so is the service. This has become our favorite restaurant. My husband and I highly recommend eating at the Grand Marlin, Pensacola.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Great food and service. Highly recommended for special occasion or date.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Great food and good service

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·Dined on January 15, 2018

Grand Marlin is unparalleled in terms of its sophisticated yet beachy ambiance. The food has always been great in the past and was tasty on this occasion however my wife and I both got some kind of GI bug....that I attribute to GM because we had not eaten together earlier in the day. Nevertheless I intend to return in the future.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Paleo Friendly
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Always a great time food is excellent and service is as well. Highly recommend it if you have never been.

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The food and drinks were absolutely delicious! It is definitely worth driving to the beach and during warmer months the view is beautiful.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Food was wonderful. Jason was attentive. Music a little loud inside for conversation. Mgr turned down on request.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Waterfront
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·Dined on January 8, 2018

We had excellent food...delicious and perfectly cooked fish. Great birthday celebration with friends!
Super service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Always great brunch, great service and food. A standard.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Scenic View
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on January 7, 2018

As usual the food and service was very good. I live here and eat at the Marlin often.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Notable Wine List
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Great meal, great service and beautiful atmosphere. Ryan our server took excellent care of our dinner party. Grand Marlin never disappoints.

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·Dined on January 5, 2018

Best restaurant on the beach! Great food. Great service.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Spicy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on January 4, 2018

Excellent has always been my experience!! We recommend this restaurant if you want really good seafood.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Business Meals
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Wonderful evening and fantastic dinner with our family, beautiful surroundings on a freezing cold night!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic, Special Occasion, Casual, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on January 1, 2018

A visit to the GM is always a treat for us. Our second home is nearby in Navarre Beach and we always visit GM when we’re here. Creative cuisine, the best service, and beautiful views make it our “go to”’for great dining.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We dined there New Year's Eve and were seated in the bar area which was incredibly noisy. We asked the hostess to move us because we hated the table. She was very nice and accommodated us by moving us to a large dining room in the rear of the restaurant that we assumed is typically a private dining area. The service was excellent as was the food. We had a very memorable holiday weekend in Pensacola Beach that wouldn't have been complete without our trip to the Grand Marlin. It is by far the nicest restaurant on the island.

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The Grand Marlin is a must try in Pensacola Beach, it is one of our favorite spots while we visit! With indoor and outdoor seating (can be done what open and then closed during colder temperatures) you have choices in your seating arrangement.

Tags: Happy Hour, Romantic, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great food as always. Best oysters in town.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Excellent "outdoor" experience for New Year's dinner.....normally we eat inside where ambience is fabulous.......chose outside for fireworks after dinner ! Pleasantly noisy...expected for Holiday crowd !!!
Frequent patrons......always pleased !!!!

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This is one of our go to restaurants when we want a nice, casual meal. It is always consistently good and the menu is always changing to take advantage of local finds. My husband forgot his credit card there so we went back the next day to get it and had their brunch! That's how much we like the Grand Marlin.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent, as always. The food is consistently fresh and well prepared. Good service even when the place is packed.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Favorite restaurant to frequent while visiting family here in Pensacola.

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Our server, Liz Martin, was very knowledgeable and attentive. We appreciated the dessert in honor of our anniversary.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Waterfront, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

The Grand Marlin was very highly recommended to me by my best friend. I took my family -- and one very special guest -- there for a Saturday lunch special occasion. The occasion was to meet the young man dating my daughter. I had chosen the "inside dining" option, since it was COLD outside, not realizing that "outside" was enclosed and heated or cooled (depending on season). The ambiance turned out to be perfect for the occasion, as "inside" meant quiet and comfortable where we could converse and hear each other, though with a lesser view on the Gulf. The surroundings are elegant, well appointed, and set everyone at ease. We were able to meet this young man in a relaxed and comfortable setting, enjoy good food, and superb service. (Note: Our server's name was Jason). We drove from the Ft. Walton Beach area for this family moment. I highly recommend the Grand Marlin for any special occasion, or just a quiet escape with someone special. This was a solid five star experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Romantic, Kid-friendly, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great food and great service. They were packed, but we were well taken of. It was my wife's birthday celebration. They staff did a great job

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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 29, 2017

One of the best seafood restaurants in the country

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great food, great service. Wonderful night!

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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Overall pretty good. A few glitches with the food, but manager took care of problem quickly. Was very busy for dinner so service was good, but a little slow at times. Still one of our favorite places in Pensacola and one of the best restaurants here.

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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Great food and great service.....we go for special occasions and sometimes just for a dozen oysters and a beer overlooking the bay.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Food is consistently good here. Our server Jake was attentive and friendly. Always a good experience

Tags: Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Excellent food and the service was outstanding. Love bringing my family and out of town guests here they always look forward to coming back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Tried Yellow Fin Tuna; fabulous taste! Had always been a salmon feasted!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot
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 (Panama)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Simply put, exceptional service, food and waterfront. Really nice time and attentive server.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

We had a wonderful server and the food was delicious!

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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Food was great, server was spot on, manager visited, never felt rushed

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Casual, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 23, 2017

The fried calamari was mostly fried onions, peppers and pickles. It doesn't include the typical red sauce for dipping, it had green advacado sauce instead.

The red snapper was good, slightly dry.

The scallops could have used more bold flavoring.

Mashed potatoes were really good.

Waitress left us waiting at the end of the meal for what felt like 15 minutes, guess she forgot about us. We were about to get up and find someone to bring our check right as she came back by.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 17, 2017

This place never disappoints. The quality and taste of the food is amazing. There was a Christmas party going on in the dining room, but the wife and I were able to talk easily with a slightly louder than normal ambience. The service was awesome as usual and we even received an unexpected surprise from the restaurant for our anniversary. We had crab claws for appetizers, seared red snapper and crab cakes for our entrees, and signature praline basket. All amazing! This place is great for special occasions or just grabbing a bite of quality food and service. I love this place!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Cozy, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Food was great. Raw oysters as an app, fried shrimp as a meal, and red snapper as my meal. I requested the mashed potatoes held and extra green beans to take their place. Food delivered by not our waitress, with mashed potatoes and green beans, while we were still eating the raw oysters. Our waitress came to the table after I moved the aluminum pan of ice and oyster shells to another table and cleaned up the condensation which leaked onto our table. I pointed the potatoes out to her. She apologized and asked if I wanted more green beans. She brought another small plate of them , which I consumed. The potatoes were left on the original plate. I believe she was the only waitress working, and was very pleasant. Today, I looked at my receipt, and was surprised to see I was charged $4.00 for a side order of green beans. I hope this is not indicative of usual experience. I assure you, I will share my experience with my friend who has been recommending I eat at your establishment. I would have given the experience 4 stars based on the food and location.

Tags: Casual, Waterfront
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 (Mobile)·Dined on December 14, 2017

We sat outside and enjoyed the live entertainment so much!
Our only complaint is we were shocked to find a $3.50 charge for bread. With our $30+ meal per person and wine and drinks, a restaurant like yours has to charge for bread?! Really?

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