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The Grand Marlin

400 PENSACOLA BEACH BLVD., Pensacola Beach, FL
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $30 - $30
Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: After Toll Booth 1st Left
Description: 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.
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89% Recommend
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English first
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

we had a bad night the night before, celebrating our anniversary. walked away not feeling so happy. disappointed. phoned manager next day, he made it up to us totally, which isn't something he really needed to do (Rick). He's a gentleman and a bartender. Making awesome fresh drinks without the crappy syrup. He turned us onto lobster fingers, the fresh... More

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Memphis TN
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80 reviews 80 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

It isn't often that you can sit outdoors in August and have a nice breeze and low humidity. The lovely evening only added to our enjoyment of the food. We enjoyed the special tropical drinks. Each of the 3 of us had a different fresh fish. My grouper from Apalachicola was delicious served simply grilled. The smashed potatoes were outstanding... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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48 reviews 48 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

The title of this review basically sums it up- I have had three meals at Grand Marlin and each one has been beyond fabulous. The fish is very fresh, the salads are gorgeous and extremely tasty, the steak is cooked perfectly and the rest of the menu is ever-changing to meet the season's abundance... Locally grown food is utilized as... More

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Fargo, North Dakota
15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This is by far the best restaurant in Pensacola Beach. The restaurant has lots of space, view is outstanding, staff is polite and friendly, and food is just excellent. Some folks mention that this place is a little pricey. Well, if $5 make a difference, perhaps, something else can be found. In my opinion, it was not pricey at all,... More

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Pensacola, Florida
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We visited on a Friday night, and sat at the bar during happy hour. For some reason, even though a bar employee saw us multiple times, it took a while to get verbally acknowledged. My husband and I thought it was a bit strange. We didn't quite feel the "southern hospitality" connection that we have grown accustomed to since moving... More

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Durham, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Can't fault this restaurant it's perfect food is unbelievable, service is 5 star everthing about it is just perfect can't wait to return

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Chicago, Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The food was good but not for the price you had to pay. I d say save your money and you could eat somewhere twice for what you paid here and get about the same

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Nokomis, Florida
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

Celebrated my birthday at "The Grand Marlin". It was Sunday so we all had the Prime Rib. Excellent! Jenna was our waitress, she is the best. Very personable and efficient. We will be returning soon.

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Orange Park, Florida
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109 reviews 109 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 via mobile

We drove by Peg Leg Pete's first and they were already jammed packed by 5:45pm so next we tried this place. They did not have a wait so we gave it a shot. My husband remembered the previous restaurant from years ago (Boy on a Dolphin), and the waiter told us the building was wiped out in Ivan and the... More

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Pensacola Beach, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Our main courses were recommended, but we weren't impressed. The desserts were great. We had keylime pie and creme brulee.

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