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About The Grand Marlin of Pensacola Beach
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.
Pensacola, FL 32561
Seafood, Steak, American
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, 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: (877) 554-2065
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Grand Marlin of Pensacola Beach Ratings and Reviews
How do you say Amazing, in every language? It's that good. Fresh and local seafood, wonderful staff and great views. From the oysters casino to the seafood cioppino everything was fantastic. But the dessert, the pecan praline ice cream bowl, this was the best dessert i have had this side of the Atlantic Ocean. It could go up against anything we' ve had in Europe.
A wonderful celebration! Great food! Great service! Beautiful view! Made my reservation ahead of time and advised of the birthday celebration....they set up a special table, spoiled the birthday boy, and we all left happy and full! Cannot say enough great things about the spectacular food! And they are always willing to help with any special requests!
Was in Pensacola for one night. Chose this restaurant. Thought we would be able to eat outside. Night was a calm 71 degrees. All the plastic roll down doors were lowered. THe heat was on. Place was warm.
Ordered a whiskey sour and gin and tonic. Well done. Salads were great. Wife ordered Parmesan crusted red snapper over spinach and potatoes. Very nice. I ordered braised monkfish over a purée. Had to ask the waiter to not put the olive salad on the monkfish. He agreed. Order 2 glasses wine.
Drawback..... the concrete slab around the bar and the slatted wooden furniture need a cleaning. Maybe it was the heaters on, but the inside space smells of rancid grease when closed up. Not clean. Dampened the experience.
Would try it again if the roll down enclosures were open.
What has happened? This was my favorite restaurant, bar none, in all of Florida. We own a condo in Pensacola and are in town about 10 weeks a year. For 7 years this has been our go-to dinner spot several times a week. I don't know if there's new management or a new chef or both, but ever since last summer, it's gone downhill fast in terms of food quality.
To begin with, they took the best item off the menu and refuse to make it when requested. Oysters Bienville. The best baked oyster dish on the planet. They substituted it for Monterey last year (not as good), then took that off the menu for something called Oysters Casino. Absolutely inedible. Dripping in butter, no parmesan cheese, bland as can be. Granted, they still have BBQ and Rockefeller, but those just aren't as good as Bienville. Serious mistake.
We also ordered 2 bowls of gumbo. The waiter brought us 2 cups, but soon returned with bowls when we pointed out the error. It tasted burned, as if it had been scraped from the bottom of the pot. Yuck.
Lastly, they used to have samples of the fantastic salt scrub in the restrooms. A brilliant marketing idea, and it always worked on my guests and me as we always went straight to the store to buy a jar. Alas, no longer. They don't even have a sample to try in the store.
Grand Marlin, I don't know what you're doing, but you're spiraling downward quickly.
Have been coming here since they first opened. Usually great meal and we look forward to our next visit. The last two visits we left after dinner feeling like it just wasn't really very good. Nothing really specific just how you windup feeling like just didn't seem to satisfy like it used to. It isn't an inexpensive restaurant and I have been finding more satisfying dining at the same or less expensive. The deck and view are still quite nice and probably visit for the occasional drinks at sunset or something
You pay for the view and the location. The menu is unremarkable, aside from being mostly fresh and local ingredients. Beach bar rock music playing over a classy, intimate setting was bizarre, but the staff was very friendly and accommodating. Would recommend for a sunset dinner to impress a date. Would not recommend for someone seeking an exceptional meal.
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