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
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.
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!
I had been there before several years ag ...
I had been there before several years ago and had a great experience. I was looking forward to dinner with my boyfriend to celebrate our 1st anniversary. I made a reservation through Open Table for 7:30 pm on Friday, April 29. We arrived 5 minutes late due to traffic and were asked to sit in the bar. The restaurant was probably 3/4 full. We waited in the bar for a full 10 minutes before the bartender even acknowledged us. No how are you or pleasantries. Ordered two glasses of wine. After about 20 minutes the hostess came over and asked if we'd wanted to sit outside. No. And then asked she what my name was again because she forgot. I offered to show her my reservation confirmation but she said it wasn't necessary. Finally, at about 8:05 we were seated (35 min after our reservation time). If every table was full, I may have been able to stomach that, but there were at least 5 empty tables we could see. The waiter was also totally uninterested in being the least bit friendly. No smile, no welcome. Our waiter totally ignored us other than bringing the food. I will say the food was very good. As we left, my boyfriend stopped to complain to the hostess about the late seating and rude treatment. All he got was a terse "sorry." In summary, the food is very good, but every staff member we encountered had a bad attitude and seemed like they were doing you a favor to serve you. And to make you wait 35 minutes when you HAVE a reservation and the restaurant has open tables???Totally unacceptable for a meal that cost $150 with two glasses of wine. Won't go back again. EVER.
Enjoyed while on vacation
Some friends who visited Destin recently told us about this place. Told us to get there early for the Early Bird Special. We were sure glad we did - it was a buy one, get one entrée deal. The grouper was superb! My husband had the duck but was not real impressed. We went back so he could get the grouper. Heard the red fish entrée is excellent. Will try that next time we come. Appreciated a more grown-up atmosphere without a lot of loud blaring music that you experience at a lot of the places on the water.
Excellent food , service and view of the ...
Excellent food , service and view of the harbor.
The food was amazing. The New York Strip ...
The food was amazing. The New York Strip, and the red fish were our favorites. Chris did an exceptional job of making our night outstanding!
Impromptu trip to Destin
My husband and I visited this restaurant based upon tripadvisor reviews. The ambiance, service and were fabulous! My husband the duck entree and was not pleased. I got the Shrimp and grits and it Was very tasty but there were a minimal amount of grits. I would go again but order something else.
Beautiful spot on the harbor. Casual, b ...
Beautiful spot on the harbor. Casual, but elegant. Very welcoming to a two year old and a five year old. Service was very good and the food was excellent. Definitely recommend!
Our go to place.
5-6 is two-fer time. We always enjoy the nightly specials, side dishes and wine list. Pork filet with sweet potatoe and spinach. Steak with Brussel sprouts that were grilled and carmalized.
RESERVATION WAS FOR 7 PM BUT WAS NOT SE ...
RESERVATION WAS FOR 7 PM BUT WAS NOT SEATED UNTIL 7:30 PM. TABLE FOR 2 THAT WE WERE BROUGHT TO WAS NOT YET CLEANED AND WAS NEXT TO NOISY TEENAGERS ON PROM NIGHT (WE WERE ALL YOUNG ONCE SO THIS ONCE A YEAR OCCURENCE CAN BE FORGIVEN) SO THE TWO OF US WERE SEATED @ A TABLE FOR 4 NEXT TO THE WINDOW. THE VIEW IS GREAT. THE WAITRESS SHANNON WAS GREAT & THE FOOD WAS EXCELLENT SO IT MORE THAN MADE UP FOR THEY DELAYS IN GETTING SEATED.
Wedding anniversary dinner
We were treated to a glass of champagne. Very nice. Then had lovely martinis with a charcuterie board for 2. New addition to the menu and it was great. Hubby had duck and I had salmon, both were excellent. I love it the chef has little tweaks and touches so it never the same menu. Had a great waiter that we requested. He took great care of us.
Great find for great Dinner
We could not have been happier with a restaurant. We'd never been there but were treated wonderfully, like we were regulars (and there were many regulars there). The foot was outstanding. The view was as well. We'll be regulars now!
Excellent birthday dinner!
Of all the Destin restaurants, I love having my birthday dinner at Marina Cafe!! The food is so amazing, the view spectacular, and service by Chris spot on!! We appreciate the continued excellence Marina Cafe provides! Thanks.
A little disorganized in the beginning b ...
A little disorganized in the beginning but it was Spring Break week. We ordered sushi sashimi which was good, several apps which were ok (over did w sauces)..grouper cheeks, pork belly, lump crab w eggplant medallions was great. Unfortunately they ran out of filet mignon so kids had to settle for kids menu medallions instead. Popular redfish entree was way too spicy ...should have mentioned when ordering. Coconut cream pie dessert was very good.
$16 for California roll ridiculous. Everything was about $10 more than it should have been. Food was good, but overpriced. Service great.
The meal was overall satisfactory, but the restaurant was not very full, and it still took a fairly long time to get our food. The Caesar salad was disappointingly small and sad. The salmon was good, but not exceptional. The pricing was comparable to similar restaurants in Destin, which tend to be somewhat expensive.
Great Food, good view
The food was very good! We went early and the buy one get one free entrees were a good deal! I wish the pizzas would have been included.
Fabulous restaurant with a beautiful view
Marina Cafe is one of my favorite Destin restaurants. The Redfish alone is worth the 1000 mile trip! The view of the harbor is stunning and the service is just right, helpful and attentive but not hovering.
Marina Cafe offers sea-side dining
With a great view of the bay and a friendly staff, this café presents a pleasant evening in Destin. The menu offers steaks, seafood, even pizza in a lovely setting. The red fish I had was Cajun-encrusted, a flavorful pleasant change to the typical broiled seafood dinner. The overall experience was very pleasing. I recommend making reservations.
As always, Marina is always a treat!
Excellent service, delicious entrees! Marina is by far the best restaurant I've visited in NW Florida.
Great food, service, and views!. I
First off the host was really good, and got us to our table on time despite the fact they were very busy. The server was very good too, as he was very attentive and pleasant. The food was amazing! I had the redfish is what I ordered, and it was literally one of the best seafood dishes I have ever had. I tried my family's dishes and they all were really good too. I highly recommend this place to everyone. Also sitting out on the deck would be a great option, as the views are amazing.
Great food. Excellent view of harbor.
Great food. Excellent view of harbor.
Birthday Celebration for Mary!
Awesome staff, and host, the food was great, keep up the great work!!
Marina Cafe March 16
Not a first visit and we love the place. The Andouille Crusted Redfish is my best fish dish ever. Hard for me to order anything else. This time my wife went for the filet. It was tender and juicy, prepared exactly as she requested (rare medium). The taste of Worchester sauce was a bit heavy leaving a slightly bitter taste. Our attendant, Shannon, was among the best with whom we have ever dealt. Attentive, friendly, and knowledgeable about the meals and wine and a great personality. Sadly, one of the great deals that probably helps keep the locals coming during off season, half price bottles of wine on Mondays, we learned is ending soon. Hope it comes back later.
An absolute gem!
We enjoyed a delicious meal with impeccable service. We have found our favorite place in Destin!
Watching the sun set
Had a wonderful meal at Marina Cafe. The chef has come up with some and enticing entrees. We had the lobster appetizer and it was delicious. We both ordered the 5 Spice tuna with curried eggplant and forbidden rice. So good. very generous servings. I took some tuna home and it was just as tasty the next day.
Excellent food and service. The early 2 ...
Excellent food and service. The early 2 for 1 dining and happy hour fit our budget perfectly!
David S. is an OUTSTANDING waiter! He gave us a terrific dining experience.
The food was excellent!!!...always has been each of the several times we have been here. Unfortunately, the service this time was very poor...we waited more than 1 1/2 hours before we received our main course and this was after having encouraged our waiter that we were ready...he was slow in delivery and unattentive. We noticed that several other patrons who came in after us were, in fact, served their food, finished eating, paid their bills and were gone before we received our meal...note...we were the first couple admitted into the restaurant and seated. Our appetizer, at the advice of our waiter, was very sparse. The food is still worth a return visit, although we will remember the name of our waiter.
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