About The Grand Marlin
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.
Seafood, Steak, American
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday 4:00pm - 9:00pm
After Toll Booth 1st Left
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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: 8775542065
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Grand Marlin Ratings and Reviews
We had dinner there this past Sunday as ...
We had dinner there this past Sunday as it had been recommended to us. It was awesome!
We were vacationing and will be back to visit again. Lobster and steaks were tender and moist.
The waist-staff were friendly and knowledgeable.
Thanks for a great evening!!
This was our first brunch and it was gre ...
This was our first brunch and it was great along with excellent service. We had reservations at 10:15 and got right in and many tables were open. When we left around 11:30 there was a long wait line. Highly recommend.
My mom and I made a reservation for dinn ...
My mom and I made a reservation for dinner to catch up. It was very nice and although I do not remember our waiters name he was wonderful ! Great service, atmosphere and food ! Thanks so much. We'll be back for sure!.
We made the drive from Navarre to eat he ...
We made the drive from Navarre to eat here, and we are so glad we did. This will be our new favorite seafood place. The menu is mainly fresh seafood and steaks. There are at least 4 fresh catches daily and the menu changes twice a day to reflect what just came in. We sat on the patio, which is more casual than the indoor dining area. Plenty of fans to keep it comfortable even in September. The waterfront view is great. Saw the sun set, pelicans and even a pod of dolphins while enjoying our meal. As far as food goes, the blue cheese chips are amazing - a half-order is more than enough for 4-6 people. We tried the pompano, red snapper fresh catches - both equally delicious. The house specialty of grouper picatta was moist and flavorful. Would also recommend their praline bowl dessert - a perfect end to a great dining experience.
Went for brunch...service was great! The ...
Went for brunch...service was great! The raw oysters were so good and the brunch champagne drinks were delicious -recommend the Peach Sparkler! As a meal, we had the Corned Beef & Hash and the Eggs Benedict. Both were so good. My favorite thing were the potatoes served with the Eggs Benedict. Amazing! Will definitely go back!
My wife and I chose The Grand Marlin Fri ...
My wife and I chose The Grand Marlin Friday 9.16 night for a dinner date. We made reservations via the website and was able to get in pretty quick. We were both pleased when we arrived to find out we were assigned to a private table. I'm not sure if it was because we reserved a table or if it was just luck of the draw but the table was a nice surprise. The food was excellent and the service was top notch. As a Pensacola local I will definitely be returning to this restaurant and weboth look forward to having more great experiences here.
Our server Jessica made the evening. Sh ...
Our server Jessica made the evening. She was fun to the old guy having a birthday as well as a young guy having a birthday. She was a joy and very accommodating to every detail. The hostess was also wonderful as she actually read the reservation and put us by a window, We eat at The Grand Marlin all the time, but they really did a great job on this visit.
Loved the food. It could not have been b ...
Loved the food. It could not have been better. I went with a group of picky eaters and everyone found something they loved. My only complaint was while our waitress was very good we were there for a bachelorette trip/birthday and asked her to take a picture of us very quickly to commemorate the evening and she refused saying she was very busy which I understood even though it would only take two seconds to snap a picture. She never offered again and we didn't ask.
The food and service are generally top n ...
The food and service are generally top notch. I had raw oysters and they were nice and briny and fresh. My redfish on the half shell was cooked well but the sauce (blackened seasoning) was so so I would have preferred a minced onion and garlic topping with a bit of a sear or char.
The view is so beautiful. I eat here ev ...
The view is so beautiful. I eat here every time im, n town. I had shrimp cocktail. It was delicious. Im allergic to onions an when I moved my shrimp to cut them I saw onions an told the bartender an he was very nice to throw it out an have it redone. I had the house chardonnay an it was all delicious. The bartenders were very nice and took great care of me- an everyone around.
This is the best restaurant in Pensacola ...
This is the best restaurant in Pensacola Beach. The food is outstanding, ambience wonderful as it opens up right onto the water. It feels elegant and yet you can go in shorts. The seafood selections are not the typical tourist options!
The seafood gumbo lacked any seafood. T ...
The seafood gumbo lacked any seafood. The shrimp and lobster Mac and Cheese had no shrimp and two minuscule bites of lobster. Our waiter was gracious and I reordered fried shrimp. It was delicious. I was comped a dessert. My wife's shrimp and grits was very tasty. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this restaurant.
As usual the food at the Grand Marlin wa ...
As usual the food at the Grand Marlin was very good (although not inspired). This time we had their brunch which most of us really liked... my crab cakes benedict was good, but not fantastic, but my friend's omlette was excellent and my other friend really enjoyed their unusual version of chicken and waffles. My biggest complaint about this place is about the service...I have eaten here at least 10 times, and not once have I had service that was up to par with the ambience or quality of the food. It is always very slow (and i'm used to upscale dining, which is usually at a slower pace, so I'm not saying i like to be rushed) and not attentive in the slightest. Twice we had to ask other wait personnel to find our waiter, since he almost never checked back with us to see if we needed anything, and it took at least 15 minutes before we were even able to order drinks after being seated. I think it is high time this place either hire more staff, or do a better job of training them. I often steer friends and visitors away from this place as it is consistently poor in the service area, even though the food is some of the best in the area.
We arrived 15 minutes before our reserva ...
We arrived 15 minutes before our reservation and we're sited within 10 minutes. Once sited we noticed ice cream spilled under our table. The waitress was very prompt to clean once we brought it to his attention. We ordered a dozen oysters as an appetizer. To our surprise, our entrees were brought before the oyster. I cancelled the ouster order. Waitress was apologetic , but didn't go out of his way to make up for the huge mistake. I ordered the lobster and substituted the potatoes for grits, which was a great decision. My plate was very tasty, but my husbands red fish, although not bad, was over seasoned and the jambalaya too spicy. The grilled tuna and the scallops were excellent. Overall good food for the price, but having so many patrons causes those type of mistakes.
Grand Marlin has really great seafood wi ...
Grand Marlin has really great seafood with a good atmosphere. The cocktails are also really good. Highly recommend making reservations in advance, especially for Saturday night dinner or Sunday brunch. If you're looking for a quiet atmosphere, ask to be seated inside as the outside deck has really nice views, but offers live music, so it can get noisy. Overall, highly recommend this restaurant to any friends or tourists to the Gulf Coast area looking for a "fancy" dinner out during vacation.
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