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 were celebrating and were eating here ...
We were celebrating and were eating here for the first time. I made a reservation same day and asked for a sunset view table, and wow did they deliver! We had a fabous nook of our own with windows on two sides looking out over the bay at the sunset and also at the bridge. We could have even closed the curtains and seperated ourselves from the rest of the restaurant, but did not. Mojitos were good, but lacking a bit in alcohol. Appetizers were ok...shrimp cocktail had shrimp that either had been frozen or were overcooked (they were not as firm as they ahould have been) fiCocktail sauce was really good, but we needed a bit more. Calamari were good, but not fabulous...lime remolade sauce that came with it was very tasty! I then I enjoyed the FABULOUS grouper picatta , and my sweetie had the Wahoo with delicious soy ginger sauce. The Wahoo was good, but not great, and it was kind of hard on the outside, but tender inside, and not as flavorful as he expected. The waitress had recommended the Wahoo over the local redfish, so we were surprised not to be bowled over! We were surprised by our sweet waitress with their signature dessert for our celebration...vanilla ice cream in their homemade praline basket with chocolate sauce, blackberries and strawberries...holy cow...so yummy! Really wonderful experience overall. Would go back again, for sure.
When will OPEN TABLE start to give point ...
When will OPEN TABLE start to give points for LOTS of money spent at the Grand Marlin.
You give me no points.....yet, I spend $3-4,000 per year there. Let's make a deal. You start giving me points, and I'll keep spending my money there. How 'bout it ??
The food is great but we wish you had mo ...
The food is great but we wish you had more than one entree special a day. We seem to just get the same thing everytime we come because nothing seems super new or interesting. We recommend the lobster fingers app and the salmon entree. We had the bread pudding but it felt a bit dry and could use more sauce or ice cream.
Absolutely Fantastic. My husband said yi ...
Absolutely Fantastic. My husband said yiour steak was so delicious and better than Ruth'C Restaurant. My meal and our friends was just delicious and your drinks amazing and knew you had liquor in them. Wine was great and had what I liked. Best place in Pensacola and view so beautiful. Our Anniversary dish was so delicious and we thank you for doing that for our 57th annversary.
Barb and Rog Our two waiters were so great and perfect young people. Keep them
Excellent meal and good service! I real ...
Excellent meal and good service! I really love the Tuesday Special of "surf and turf". The filet was tasty and cooked to perfection. But, the crab cake was out of this world. We have. Even there more than 5 times and will be back many more.
A very nice experience on a first time v ...
A very nice experience on a first time visit. it was just 2 of us and we ordered three recommended appetisers then perused the wine menu and mains. We decided to go with 2 glasses of wine, I was impressed they had Belle Glos Pinot noir by the glass. and we also had a reasonable Guggenheim Malbec, Food highlights were basically the poke portion and flavor, The swordfish was cooked perfectly nice and still very moist. However the mashed potato and green bean side with every grilled fish seemed to be inappropriate for some of the catch. It was filling with my swordfish but certainly did not add any pizazz. One other note We went in early so were able to have our choice of tables. I made the reservation through open table and requested a view table and told them it was Birthday. When I arrived I mentioned we had made reservations through open table but I do't think the hostess really read through anything since it was slow, she was ready to seat us. That's when we asked to look around and were able to pick a really nice table. But the birthday was overlooked until my wife mentioned it to server. So I guess my only advice is to maybe call as well as leave a note if you have any special notes you want to be sure are communicated. I certainly think of trying it again.
We are foodies from New Orleans, so our ...
We are foodies from New Orleans, so our expectations are high with regards to the meals we receive when we dine out. I'm happy to say that The Grand Marlin surpassed all of our expectations. The ambiance was inviting as we dined overlooking the Gulf. The food was delicious and our server, Liz, made sure that our experience was more than memorable with her pleasant personality, knowledge of the menu and her ability to be attentive without being intrusive. We will definitely dine at The Grand Marlin each time we return to Pensacola Beach. We have recommended that our family and friends do the same.
Beautiful view and ambiance from our boo ...
Beautiful view and ambiance from our booth overlooking the bay. We enjoyed everything we ordered; crispy lobster bites, Caesar kale salad, BBQ shrimp and blackened scallops. It was all delicious! No complaints here!
We come to Pensacola once a month and th ...
We come to Pensacola once a month and this restaurant is our favorite, hands down. We eat here once, and sometimes twice on those weekends! Great drink selection, great seafood, honestly, I have never had a meal here that was sub par. It's consistently good food.
A night out with my family to celebrate ...
A night out with my family to celebrate my birthday turned out to be an enjoyable event. The food and cocktails were awesome. The birthday desert was second to none. We truly enjoyed the service, the food, the ambience and the attentiveness of the employees. When we are in the area, we will definitely return.
We went for a husband/wife/mom/dad night ...
We went for a husband/wife/mom/dad night out while on vacation. We made reservations the night before and I highly recommend reservations. We still waited 30 minutes for our table. We were initially sat at a table outside and the wind was UNBEARABLE. We were relocated to the table directly next to it- it was better. I am not sure why we were seated outside when we had reservations. Our appetizers were the best- fried lobster, oysters on the half shell, ahi poke. all were superb. I had the grouper. It was slightly overcooked but very fresh. My husband had the crab cakes. They were full of crabmeat, not much filler but he was not a fan of the sauce. I highly recommend the grand marlin for a casual night out for drinks and appetizers.
Appetizers were excellent but ordered th ...
Appetizers were excellent but ordered the scallops grilled and with the soy ginger glaze which was a mistake - they were pathetic and I ate one of the five on the plate. Water was seeping from them onto the plate so clearly they had been previously frozen. And the "glaze" was a thick artificial tasting sugar bomb which would never be put on quality scallops. The waiter took the plate from the table and didn't even ask why they weren't eaten. Very poor form for an expensive place.
I'm sure I just ordered the wrong thing. The grouper picatta was at our table and tasted great.
There are different areas of the restaur ...
There are different areas of the restaurant with a varying ambiance. You are in a wide open area inside generally but there is a small dining area facing the bridge that seats 6 or so. I enjoyed a steak and my wife had the seafood...both were very good. Service was spot-on!
We were seated in a timely matter, outsi ...
We were seated in a timely matter, outside as requested. In retrospect, we should have gone inside. It was very loud on a Friday night. The fried crab claw appetizer was excellent, but my blackened swordfish special was just ok. The andouille rice underneath the swordfish was better than the fish itself. It seemed tasteless, and mediocre. My other guests said their dishes were better, although they were unmemorable. Having lived here since 1960, I'm old enough to have had great meals and just ok meals. The menu here doesn't seem to change, and I don't think you will get a bad meal, it just doesn't wow you. I'd rather go downtown for a truly outstanding meal. I'll stick to just drinks and appetizers at Grand Marlin.
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