About Marina Cafe
At Marina Café, it is all about sensational food, attentive service and breathtaking Destin Harbor views. Our award-winning restaurants popularity is evident on any night when Destin’s loyal patrons fill the bar to the brim for happy hour and enjoy the scenery from the thirty-foot window wall.
The candlelit dining room envelops you in warm colors, high ceilings and large picture windows overlooking the Destin Harbor. Relax and enjoy our extensive wine collection with over 100 wines that perfectly complement the wonderfully progressive cuisine. With fresh daily seafood selections, prime steaks, pastas, sushi and wood-fired pizzas there is something for everyone at Marina Café.
Seafood, Steakhouse, Sushi
Hours of Operation:
Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Don’t miss Happy Hour Monday-Saturday in the bar area or out on the waterfront cocktail deck from 5-7pm featuring half-price drinks, sushi and a select appetizer menu. You can also come in for our nightly Early Dining Special from 5-6pm, where you can Buy 1 Entrée and Get 1 Entrée, of equal or lesser value, Free.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Parking lot and boat dock parking
Chef Al Massa formerly of Emeril's NOLA & Delmonico
Private Party Facilities:
Marina Cafe, an award-winning restaurant located on the Destin Harbor, is renowned for its sensational food and attentive service. Experience contemporary dining and breathtaking sunsets over the harbor through a thirty-foot window wall in the bar and water front dining room. Waterfront cocktail deck with sensational sunset views.
Private Party Contact:
Judy Altilio: 8508377960x
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Early Dining: 5-6pm (excluding holidays)
Available in Dining Room
Buy 1 Entree Get 1 Entree Free (all menu items not included)
Happy Hour in Bar or out on the cocktail deck daily 5-7pm 1/2 Price Drinks, Sushi and a select appetizer menu
Wednesday Ladies Night- $2 Drinks
Thursday Martini Madness- $6
Marina Cafe Ratings and Reviews
Everytime I travel to Ft. Walton Beach t ...
Everytime I travel to Ft. Walton Beach to see my parents we have to go to the Marina for dinner. It always is a wonderful dining experience. Although I am sad they took the Tuna Tartar off the appetizer menu. I had the andouille crusted red fish which is one of my favorites but I also tried my mom's scallops which were perfectly done and melt in your mouth. We had the best waiter ever ... Craig. I hope he's there when we return in April.
Enjoyed the delicious, bountiful Thanksg ...
Enjoyed the delicious, bountiful Thanksgiving buffet. Everyone very friendly. Food excellent.
They had some issues keeping the food line filled but they were putting in a lot of effort.
Considering the huge crowd, short wait for a table and great food. Definitely recommend.
So sad to say, not a good experience. C ...
So sad to say, not a good experience. Confirmed Thanksgiving reservations at 5:00. Very crowed, very unhappy/rushed staff. Waited in bar for 45 minutes after checking in and still no table. Hostess apparently forgot we were even there. Ended up leaving without Thanksgiving dinner. Service in the bar was dismal, 30 minutes to get one drink. Will go back some day when it is quiet. Thank you.
Worst thanksgiving meal i have ever had. ...
Worst thanksgiving meal i have ever had. Cost $300 and i had to go back to my room and eat cold pizza. My son left hungry and was charged $19 and was $40 for adults! Such a disappointment! Need to have food for children and better buffet for that price
The food was down to the bottom of the c ...
The food was down to the bottom of the chaffing dishes and had been sitting for hours. The turkey and the pork loin were dried out and hard. The dressing was dry and hard. The vegetables were not hot. There was nothing appealing on the buffet. We ate very little as a result. And they charged $39 per person. What a rip off!
First of all making reservations was a b ...
First of all making reservations was a breeze! Their were four of us visiting Destin for Thanksgiving and wanted a buffet to accommodate everyone's preferences. Then, we found out two more friends would be in town, I called the restaurant to see if we could include them. No problem! They were so nice and helpful in making the change.
We arrived at Marina Café, plenty of parking available out front, and walked in to the lobby. A large open area with lots of natural light and a wonderful ocean view.
We were seated right at 2 pm - the time of our reservation. The table had a lovely view of the ocean. However, the table were so jammed together that it took a lot of effort for people to navigate, especially carrying plates of food. When one woman came through with a walker, our guest had to get up and move his chair for the woman to pass. It was very uncomfortable being so packed in. Also there was shade for blocking the intense sun light coming in. People had to wear sunshades inside.
The buffet table had all of the food offered on the menu and website. It was somewhat unprofessional in that there were crockpots, trays without warmers. The food was put out, but not presented. The food was good, servers kept the trays swapped out and I did not see any empty serving dishes.
Our server was very kind but also very rushed. He did not ask if we wanted to return to the buffet by removing our plates and utensils. Desserts were brought to the table after being ordered. We were told if we something different or more, we could ask for it.
Everyone in our party was a little disappointed, we were in and out in about an hour. No one felt comfortable lingering over coffee or relaxing. The place was just too busy and the server rushed.
I will go back to Marina Café and try their food, next time I am in Destin. Their menu on line offers amazing dishes that I would like to try. However, I would not recommend having Thanksgiving Dinner there.
The Marina Café offers stunning views of ...
The Marina Café offers stunning views of the sunsets over Destin Marina. It is upscale dining offering local seafood and steaks. They have a large wine list than should appeal to every pallet. Service was attentive and the food was delicious. Definitely ask for a table by the window.
The shrimp was not fresh and a gesture f ...
The shrimp was not fresh and a gesture for complimentary dessert was offered. The bread pudding was microwaved and so hot it burned the inside of my mouth. I would expect that they would provide a warning as I did not think that this dessert would be reheated. The food was fair at best. Very disappointing with the exception of the view.
From start to finish, our dining experie ...
From start to finish, our dining experience was nothing short of fabulous! We had been to the Marina Café about a month ago and couldn't wait to bring two of our best friends to enjoy this experience with us. It was as good as it gets! On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest score, I would rate the Marina Café an 11!!!
I had read previous reviews and had some ...
I had read previous reviews and had some concern about coming, but whatever problems that were cited have been corrected! We could not have been more pleased. The food was delicious and the service great! Wonderful view and well worth the visit! I highly recommend !
The very BEST seafood dishes in Destin. ...
The very BEST seafood dishes in Destin. Sushi is outstanding. Fish is simply prepared and fresh. The ambiance is suitable for the most special of special occasions or just fine for a casual dinner. The prices were surprisingly lower than some of the other fine dining establishments in the area.
We love eating at the Marina Café whenev ...
We love eating at the Marina Café whenever we visit Destin. The 5:00-6:00 BOGO dinner special is a great value! We love to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful views. The waitresses/waiters are always attentive to my wife's food allergies; so it's one less thing we have to worry about and makes our evening even more enjoyable. We highly recommend this wonderful dining experience!!
Marina Cafe is our favorite restaurant i ...
Marina Cafe is our favorite restaurant in the Destin area. Early bird dining specials make this the best food at the best price to be found anywhere. The seafood entrees are beyond compare. Great food, great service and great prices.
Been vacationing in Destin off and on fo ...
Been vacationing in Destin off and on for nearly 40 years
Marina has always been a favorite
Other restaurants which we also liked have fallen by the wayside and closed
Marina had stood the test of time
And is always the highlight of our culinary experience in Destin
We went there because the parking lot wa ...
We went there because the parking lot was full when we passed by the previous evening. My wife had the grouper and I had the duck. Both were excellent although the duck is a full half bird and I had to get a takeaway box. The waiter was very friendly and attentive.
We make reservations at Marina Café each ...
We make reservations at Marina Café each time we come to Destin from the Atlanta area. From 5-6:00 in the afternoon they offer buy one get one free entrées and most of the wine is half price . The grouper and redfish entrées are fantastic, the service is great, and the harbor view and sunset is hard to beat. Make it a point to sit outside for a quiet dinner and you won't be disappointed. We have dined at many Destin restaurants and this one provides the best all around experience (great food, service, value, and view)!
I booked here for my son and his girlfri ...
I booked here for my son and his girlfriend for homecoming. It is their senior year and I wanted to make sure it was special. My husband and I had been for our anniversary so I knew it was amazing. They had a great time and enjoyed the food. He said the waitress was wonderful and very helpful to them. It would have been easy for some to just look at them as "a couple of kids out of their league" but the staff didn't do that at all...made them feel perfectly welcome. I will keep this wonderful place at the top of my list for special occasions!
The food was good but even with a reserv ...
The food was good but even with a reservation we had to wait. The hostess (who instructed us to go to the bar while we waited) seemed to lose track of us and we were not seated until 30 minutes after our reservation time. Food was good, sushi was just ok but our waiter was wonderful and took great care of us.
Maybe they were just having an off night ...
Maybe they were just having an off night? They couldn't find our waiter. They eventually did but he was definitely scarce thruout our meal. My food was not hot when it was brought to my table. Thankfully my husband ordered a drink with dinner so I could have his water as our waiter left mine empty. Restrooms were filthy. We opted not to stay for dessert and went to another restaurant!
View is beautiful, but we would not go back .
I normally do not write reviews but want ...
I normally do not write reviews but wanted to include something about this visit. I've been here many times before and it had always been great but I'm afraid this last trip was very lackluster. The service was very slow (though friendly) and the food was both under seasoned and over seasoned at the same time (Ribye steak and shrimp & grits). The atmosphere was great as always however we were sat at a 2-top on the deck which was unbalanced and wobbled horribly. Our salad and appetizer course came out together which I wouldn't normally mind but it took about 45-60 minutes before this happened. the only other issue was I had to walk to the service station and fill up my own water twice. It appeared that our server had a very large section. Maybe someone called out? I can't imagine that how large the sections are normally. Despite all of the above I still recommend it here. All other visits have been wonderful and the view and friendly attitudes win me over.
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