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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Grand Marlin Ratings and Reviews
The Grouper Picatta is the best thing on ...
The Grouper Picatta is the best thing on the menu. It is perfection. I hope they never change it. We've been dining there frequently (on average twice a month ) since they opened 6 years ago. It's our favorite restaurant in the area. I used to say that they had the best filet mignon in town but I don't think they are using the same aging process for their beef anymore. Anyway the filet hasn't been as good as it used to be a few years ago. So now I stick with the fish.
Second night in a row. Most food was ama ...
Second night in a row. Most food was amazing. Tried steak. It was just okay. My wife's grouper was amazing, so I realized it was my mistake in choosing their red meats. That isn't their specialty. Everything else was awesome though.
Seafood gumbo and bbq shrimp
Seafood gumbo and bbq shrimp
I've eaten here several times and it nev ...
I've eaten here several times and it never disappoints.
Excellent food, but even better service!
Our family was visiting from Virginia for the week, and we are so glad we decided to try out the Grand Marlin. The oysters and gumbo were delicious, and so was the locally caught snapper. The speciality martinis were excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed all of the food, but our waitress, Emma, made the experience even better. She was friendly, funny, highly knowledgeable, and an overall pleasure to talk with. We hope to return soon and wish Emma all the best!!
Exceptional restaurant. Great food and s ...
Exceptional restaurant. Great food and service. Pricey but worth it.
This was our second trip to The Grand Ma ...
This was our second trip to The Grand Marlin and it was not as good as the first. I ordered blackened red snapper which was recommended by the waiter and was charged the same price as the snapper special (more expensive) but could not get the same sides. I thought I should have been charged the market price as the other fish dishes.
Fresh and Delicious with a view of the Bay
My husband had red snapper with peach salsa and I had the grouper piccata. Both dishes were delicious and the fish was very fresh. We had a view of Pensacola Bay. Our waiter was outstanding. Drinks were reasonably priced and excellent. We will definitely return.
As always the Grand Marlin was fabulous. ...
As always the Grand Marlin was fabulous. We had friends from Calif who totally enjoyed the menu and view at sunset. The hostess was great to accommodate us with a table with a view as requested. The menu was fabulous, drinks exciting and the Calif foodies thought the cheesy grits were the best! Our server was friendly, helpful and attentive.
A favorite of locals, foodies, and desti ...
A favorite of locals, foodies, and destination for travelers. Seafood is well sourced and prepared perfectly. The atmosphere over looking the gulf is the best in Pensacola. Some go for light food, drinks, and music. Or it can be the destination for a special occasion. One of the top restaurants on the Gulf Coast.
The appetizer Fried Calamari was very ex ...
The appetizer Fried Calamari was very exciting!I've experienced fried pickles and fried jalapeños in the past but never a banana pepper. The aioli sauce that accompanies it is perfect and delicious! Daniel was our waiter and he was very helpful with guiding us throught the menu. He helped our party of 4 choose excellent entrees that included the grouper picatta, ribeye, red snapper with caper brown butter, and the chef special which was mahi mahi with mussels and clams. Lastly the brownie sundae is heaven in the mouth. Scrumdillyumcious meal, thank you very much!
wrong item served to my wife after waiti ...
wrong item served to my wife after waiting 20 min. management was not very helpful. only offered a free desert. noisy, lack of service, will never return after 6 years of loyalty.soo disappointed.
Wonderful dinner! We enjoyed the filet ...
Wonderful dinner! We enjoyed the filet mignon, green beans and fingerling potatoes. The steak was cooked to perfection and tasted great. We also had the pineapple upside down cake, rich but excellent. Loved the music, played all our favorites from the early 70's. It was our last day of vacation at Pensacola Beach, and dining here ended it on a high note!
Anyone who misses out on the lobster fin ...
Anyone who misses out on the lobster fingers is missing out on one of the most sensuous seafood delights imaginable. The market fish are all fresh and available in a variety of sauces and preparations. I had the Grouper Piccata, my wife had Oysters Rockefeller (done to perfection), while our friends dined on Red Snapper, Salmon, and Crab Cakes. I had a bite of each and was not disappointed at all. We were too stuffed for dessert but vowed to come back Friday night for Lobster fingers and dessert.
Salmon and wedge salad was really good. ...
Salmon and wedge salad was really good. It was our 36th anniversary and the hostess told us to tell the waitress and she could have cared less.
Friendly and knowledgeable staff made go ...
Friendly and knowledgeable staff made good recommendations. Overall excellent dining experience.
Best dining experience! We went back the next day!
Definitely recommend this place! Ryan, our server made our visit complete! Staff are all.polite and knowledgeable. RAW OYESTERS ARE THE BEST HERE!!!
Mother's Day Brunch
Perfect time of day, gorgeous ambience, great server Jason, beautifully presented food, and the reservation worked like a dream...virtually no waiting. We were so happy that we made the effort to do something special for mother's day. Had a fabulous time. ❤️
Awesome restaurant and bar
I've now dined twice at the Grand Marlin. Both times on special occasions and both times the experience was superlative. We'll keep going and will recommend this dining experience to all of our friends. Thanks
Special menue for Mother's Day included a King Crab & Leak Quiche Which was wonderful . A great waiter And a bottle of wine made this an experience to remember.
Amazing food and fantastic service
Every course was yummy. All of the flavors were putting us into sensory overload. The vanilla mustard sauce served with the lobster fingers sounded odd but complimented the lobster well. The halibut was to die for and the sweet corn reduction was awesome. Jimmy our waiter even offered to get me a glass of the corn with a straw. Thought that my be taking things a little too far. The mushrooms with the halibut were just as incredible. The grouper was just as memorable. Do not miss dessert. The pralines and cream was so good. Service was excellent and prices were very reasonable, especially considering the quality.
I made reservations a week prior to Moth ...
I made reservations a week prior to Mother's Day for me and the Mother of my Children. Looking at the reviews and menu selection made me anxious. Upon arrival we were seated promptly. The view was lovely around sunset, 7. The server was very informative. We had Oyster Rockefeller and Lobster Fingers as an appetizer. Delicious!!! For main entree I had Sea Scallops and her the Halibut with a side of Shrimp and Lobster Mac. Everything was Superb!!! We will be returning in the future. Maybe helped me out rekindling!
Room with a View
A great setting on the water near Pensacola Beach. Fine dining with a great selection of wines and great service. We visited on the Mother's Day weekend for both Saturday dinner and Sunday brunch. The most tasty raw oysters served on ice in the shell, and all the seafood dishes show imagination and careful preparation. Get there a little early for a well-prepared cocktail at the outside bar.
Our dinner at The Grand Marlin was delicious! The seafood was so fresh! The raw oysters were very good, as were the fish and scallops. The selection of fish changes everyday - depending on what is available. Gumbo and salad were also very good. Friendly service too.
of all the resturants we tried in Pensec ...
of all the resturants we tried in Pensecola, this was by far the best.
We had the best dinner here in all of Pensacola.
Great food, local cuisine, great service. it was the best dinning experience we had in the Pensacola Beach area.
I had the grilled Mahi on a simple green ...
I had the grilled Mahi on a simple green salad with green beans... Absolutely phenomenal and so so fresh. Eating healthy is easy at Grand Marlin. My husband had the grouper piccata and ate every bite. The crispy capers were an added touch that made the piccata beyond compare. Drinks were great as was dessert. Highly recommended!
The ambiance was amazing.
My husband and I was celebrating our 21st wedding anniversary and decided to celebrate it over dinner at The Grand Marlin. It was an wonderful eating experience. The food was wonderful; and I would definitely recommend it to others.
Our second time
This was our second time dining. My partner and I have talked about this restaurant ever since we are there 4 years ago. I even bought merchandise from the store. We were staying in Fort Morgan, Alabama and drove 1.5 hours to get to the Grand Marlin. While waiting we enjoyed cocktails from one of their impressive bars. Upon being seated, we checked out the menu. 4 years ago we ate steaks that were absolutely mind blowing. This time we decided to stray from the steaks to make another great memory. We ordered the pork shank and the fried shrimp. These guys knocked it out of the park. Actually I should use an analogy befitting the ambience. "There may be many fish in the sea, but The Grand Marlin is a one of a kind catch!" Yes that's cheesy, but so true. Speaking of cheesy.... everyone needs Gouda tater tots in their life. Those were magnificent. My partner and I check the website often and will be coming back in much less than 4 years. Thank you, Ashley, for remarkable service and The Grand Marlin for another memorable evening.
The Grand Marlin does not disappoint!
We have been to the Grand Marlin three times already, and each time gets better than the next! The servers are always friendly and very knowledgeable of the menu making your mouth water from their descriptions of the meals. The food is always delicious from beginning to end, anticipating the next time we return. Thanks for being awesome!!
Over all a very nice experience. Pro tip ...
Over all a very nice experience. Pro tip not all tables on the balcony have a water view. But I will be back 🐳
Best food by the best Chef Greg!! We had our daughter's wedding reception there two years ago and is our favorite place to eat and drink! You will want to always go back for more! Love this place!! Beautiful place as well as the people that work there! Our waiter was Matthew and was great!!
Not as good this time
2nd visit, 1st was birthday. Had nice ocean view noise level high. Had reservation, table late. Specifically told it was anniversary no mention made. Would have appreciated at least a comment. Food was ok overall not value expected. Would recommend but with comments.
I've been to this restaurant several tim ...
I've been to this restaurant several times and probably my favorite in Pensacola Gulf area for a great brunch or dinner. They've had several of the wait staff for a long time and that's a sign they are doing something right. I love the Grouper Piccata for a nice taste of the Gulf!
Fabulous outdoor dining
If you're looking for a great spot to enjoy outdoor dining, the Grand Marlin is simply the best! You will enjoy the salty breeze, but still be protected from the rain or scorching sun. The large patio is great for outdoor dining. The noise level can get a little high so it might not be the best choice for a quiet, romantic dinner. The food is consistently delicious.
Best in Pensacola
Amazing seafood menu. This is my absolute favorite place in Pensacola. All the dishes are expertly and consistently prepared. We always start with shrimp cocktail. The sauces are what set this restaurants cocktail apart. The grouper picatta is my favorite but the market fish selections are also very well prepared. I prefer the lemon caper butter but all the sauces for the market fish are amazing. It's has the perfect color and nutty flavor you expect and the capers provide a nice bright contrast. Their Kale Caeser salad is also very good. Served as you'd expect with fresh Parmesan cheese, dressing, and croutons. However, the crispy fried onion strings and kale made it interesting. Regular caeser salad is just disappointing after having it. I must admit however I have seldom tried their desserts as I'm always too full. I enjoy this place so much I go there every night I'm in town.
Awesome. The service was very attentive ...
Awesome. The service was very attentive and the food was great. The grouper piccate was amazing!
Nice bar area, great views, casual, and ...
Nice bar area, great views, casual, and Floridian feel. Wait staff fantastic.
Everything was awesome. We go every anniversary!
We had an awesome server and the other staff was very attentive. It was a great experience. I had the redfish cooked with skin and the wife had grouper picata her favorite. We spent a little time at the bar before dinner.
Introduced another friend to the restaurant today.
The food was delicious, as always. The service was excellent, as always. We were seated at our favorite table and everyone had a wonderful time...as always!
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