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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), 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
The Maitre d' was personable and enthusi ...
The Maitre d' was personable and enthusiastic whilst seating us. Approximately 10 minutes later, a server asked us if we had been helped and proceeded to get us a cocktail list. (Thank goodness for the scenic view of the water, which made the time pass by faster). The appetizers were delicious, particularly the lobster tail, and this chef knows how to make sauces which accentuate fish flavors! We were having a delightful time, however we were seated at a window table next to a major thoroughfare for both diners and servers and the floor would shake as they walked by quickly. Both entrees, redfish with toasted pecans (that night's special) and redfish with andouille crust were way overcooked, which is always a disappointment with fish. Stick with apps and small plates here. Still worth it for the view alone. Aloof service and overcooked entrees.
We had terrible service which ruined the ...
We had terrible service which ruined the entire evening. This used to be one of our favorite Destin restaurants but I don't think we'll be back.
This place was absolutely amazing. The s ...
This place was absolutely amazing. The staff was refreshing and the food was impeccable. Anyone who considers themselves a lover of food, this place should be at the top of their list whenever they visit Destin.
The Marina Cafe is our favorite restaura ...
The Marina Cafe is our favorite restaurant in Destin area and always surpasses our high expectations.
We love Marina cafe. We have been regula ...
We love Marina cafe. We have been regulars here for over 10 years. The food is mostly consistent and well executed. The service is top notch!! The wait staff want to please and make your experience enjoyable. The menu has been changed slightly. Always lots of selections.
This restaurant has a great view of the ...
This restaurant has a great view of the harbor. With the candle lit ambiance it made for a great relaxing dinner. A large wine selection was available to chose from and the host was able to make a recommendation as to what would pair nicely with my meal.
By far the finest dining in Destin, Flor ...
By far the finest dining in Destin, Florida!! Not a tourist trap. JUST EXCELLANT!!
The view is amazing cannot go wrong
The food is amazing and they have a beautiful view and outdoor dining as well the fish is always great as well as the steaks. If you go early enough on weekdays they have a two-for-one special which you cannot beat
We have dined at the Marina Cafe for dec ...
We have dined at the Marina Cafe for decades since it was one of the few remaining bastions of adult sophisticated dining....until this year. Sadly it was overrun with children without responsible parents which compromised the dining experience. Other than that, it was a wonderful dining experience. It would have been better without continuously screeching babies and children running around non stop.
Great food in destin!!
Great food in destin!!
We were dining when the restaurant was very busy. Nonetheless we noted that the food wasn't as good as before (everything is prepared to order.) Our server seemed overwhelmed at times but we had no problems--we'll try again to see if this was a one time hiccup or a trend. The harbor overlook is great!
Just an average place, not worth the price
My wife and I came here during a trip to Destin for our 1 year anniversary. When we first arrived, we were greeted and seated promptly at a beautiful seat overlooking the Marina/Harbor. That was about the end of the good experience. We ordered a glass of wine and waited for nearly an hour before our appetizer came out. We then ordered another glass of wine and waited an additional hour before getting our food! My wife's duck was not just charred, it came out burnt on the bottom. the rest of the food was fairly average. Just what you'd get anywhere really. Not worth the extra price. I'm not sure if it was the kitchen or the server so I can't say anything there. The waiter we had was average, he seemed disconnected/frazzled a bit. Overall I wasn't impressed and won't be going back. I do applaud the manager on duty, several boats came in the marina blaring exceptionally loud music and the manager quickly responded by getting it turned down to an acceptable level.
Great food, view and easy access. Adequa ...
Great food, view and easy access. Adequate parking.
Excellent Anniversary Dinner
Everything from the atmosphere, wait staff and food was just perfect! The chef has a real talent for knowing how to put flavors together to enhance every bite of the meal. There was only 1 thing that I recommend to be taken off the menu.....the brownie.
Great food. Great service
Our favorite restaurant at the beach!! Service also good and food is excellent
Food was good but it took an hour to get ...
Food was good but it took an hour to get it;; great atmosphere
Great View; Greater Food
Went to the Mariana Cafe for the first time last Sunday (5/29/16) to celebrate my anniversary. We went because we had heard good things about the food and we wanted to go somewhere nice that we had never been before. The food was excellent (i highly recommend the pork belly as an appetizer) and the scenery made the whole night. If you reserve in advance like we did. Be sure to request outside seating. It's in the shade so you're not too hot around dinner time and the view of the Mariana is nearly a perfect backdrop. We will definitely be going back.
We had one of our first honeymoon dinners at Marina Cafe. What an incredible experience!!! The food, the service, the view, and the ambiance were all incredible!
Nice restaurant in resort town
The food here was very good. The service was excellent. I would definitely recommend as a break from all the typical resort town restaurants.
Marina café is within walking distance of Destin's Harborside village which is hot spot. The view from both inside and out, overlooks the harbor from above. The food was quite good and well presented. The service was on par with any upscale restaurant. I would definitely return.
Great view and great food. The salmon i ...
Great view and great food. The salmon is superb. Becky the hostess is wonderful and provides a great experience.
Generous house wine pours, which was gre ...
Generous house wine pours, which was great. Went for early bird, so good value. Food was very good. I had Redfish, which is always good there. Only problem was that our waiter had too many tables and although he hustled and tried his best, he wasn't as attentive to earn a 4/5, and messed up one of the orders. Brought wrong dish. Gave us free dessert, but still not what you expect from this restrurant.
Thought the food was delicious & staff a ...
Thought the food was delicious & staff awesome!!!! Value was good since we got 2 for 1 entrees
A great place to celebrate our anniversary
The food, as usual, was outstanding. We like everything about this restaurant. Our server, Sok, is the best. She adds a special touch to your dining experience. We are already looking for a reason to return soon. This is our favorite restaurant in the Destin area, and the early dining option offers exceptional value.
Always this a part of our Floridian vaca ...
Always this a part of our Floridian vacation. It is the BEST!
I probably said the same thing last fall ...
I probably said the same thing last fall and last spring and perhaps the prior year and the year before that, but Marina Café is *always* on our dinner list at least once when we visit Destin. And that's been true for well over a decade. Perhaps the best accolade I can give them is that we often attempt to replicate their dishes at home when we return to Birmingham. They've never disappointed us.
Great food with great atmosphere
I really enjoyed this restaurant. We ate in the courtyard for our anniversary dinner. The food was VERY tasty, as was the bread. This place is on my VISIT AGAIN LIST as the service was great. The atmosphere was vibrant and just had a GREAT feel about it.
Dinner was awesome
Despite road blockages from accidents, managed to make our reservation. Dinner was so enjoyable. Redfish appetizer - one of our favorites. The tuna with 5-spice was a new menu item and definitely a good choice. Highly recommend. Ask for Dale!
Excellent choice in an area with many gr ...
Excellent choice in an area with many great restaurants. Excellent seafood! Great appetizers and the desserts are heavenly
Marina Cafe has been on our must visit r ...
Marina Cafe has been on our must visit restaurant list every year for 9 years and counting! The food never disappoints and the bar has delicious drinks. Never feel rushed and the wait staff is always eager to make suggestions.
The entrée and dessert were wonderful, h ...
The entrée and dessert were wonderful, however the rest of the meal was a double bogie. $4 for a cup of coffees after spending $120 on a meal is definitely not customer focused. Plenty of other choices in Destin.
They had such good ratings we were anxio ...
They had such good ratings we were anxious to eat there. Unfortunately we found it to be very highly overrated. The menu is quite limited and preparation left a lot to be desired. Crab cakes were only so so and the burger was over cooked. Not a good dining experience but the setting is nice v
As always the food was amazing and the s ...
As always the food was amazing and the service was great.
This is the nicest place on the Destin Harbor. Food is very good as is service. Prices are a bit higher, but quality is there. There is finer dinning in area, but not with this view. If you get the calamari as an ap, it is HUGE and may spoil your dinner :-)
We live in Destin and Marina Cafe is our favorite restaurant for consistently delicious food, great views and the perfect spot for special occasions like Mother's Day and dinner with out of town friends.
Menu didn't offer enough options for me. ...
Menu didn't offer enough options for me. We were in Destin for a week and is was definitely our least favorite by far. Probably will not return.
food was fantastic and the service was e ...
food was fantastic and the service was even better. Everyone ( hostess, manager, server (Sok) and bar staff) treated us as if we were regulars. We make it a point to go at least once during our visits to Sandestin and they never disappoint.
Me and my wife made reservations for our ...
Me and my wife made reservations for our anniversary dinner. We were very happy with our choice! Marina Cafe is now one of our Destin favorites.
I had the redfish and it was more than could be expected with the cayenne butter and hint of wasabi the presentation was as good as the taste. Definitely recommend for any occasion.
The resturant is a beauty in Downtown Destin!
..and the food is fantastic! Our friend group enjoyed the drinks and delicious food, in particular the red fish entrée. The pork chop meal was good but the sweet potato could use better seasoning. The views are spectacular. We did make a reservation but changed our mind once getting there to sit outside. The hostess was not very nice about us changing our mind and to accommodate us getting outside. In the end, the manager took care of us and we ended with a very enjoyable evening!
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