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The Grand Marlin

400 PENSACOLA BEACH BLVD., Pensacola Beach, FL
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
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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Panama City Beach, Florida
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33 reviews 33 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The restaurant has several levels of tables, most with a great view but all have terrific service and food. I am a local who visits this establishment several times a year as whenever there is a group of coworkers or friends wanting a place to meet, someone almost always picks this place. The food is familiar and unique all at... More

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Birmingham, AL
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We at at the Grand Marlin while on vacation. The food was fresh and flavorful; the service was courteous and fast (even though it was busy); and the atmosphere was a combination of fun, but not too casual. I don't understand why people complain about the prices; we found them quite reasonable. Definitely try the grilled salmon and the fried... More

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Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We had actually tried to go to another restaurant that ended up with to long of a wait and ended up here. Had a nice table next to the open wall with night time ocean view. Would have dressed up a little more if we had known we were going here, but we were fine in our shorts. Had had... More

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I have eaten here often and always have a great meal. This is a high end restaurant and I think the best in the city. The fish is always a great choice as it is freah from the gulf. It is expensive but if you want a great meal then it is worth the price

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Canton, Georgia
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Best place in the area hands down. We came for our anniversary and the food and staff were fantastic. If we ever come back to the area we will be back.

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Fairhope, Alabama
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Went in for brunch today. Beautiful day to be out on a deck with the breeze blowing and a sunny day. We all enjoyed our choices. Waitress was very attentive.

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Monroe, Louisiana
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Me & a friend choose this restaurant on a Fri. evening! The best piece of advice I could give anyone is call ahead and reserve a table! Especially on the weekend in the summer months this place is extremely busy!! The food is excellent!! But the wait is long if you don't reserve a table in advance!! I would defiantly... More

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Absolutely delicious food and beautiful atmosphere! We had a reservation and had to wait about thirty minutes but it was due to a family lingering which couldn't be helped by the wait staff.

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Pensacola, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

The entire staff are friendly and attentive. They have formal and casual dining area, as well as an outdoor bar if you just want to stop in for a drink overlooking the bay. My wife and I married at 'Boy on a Dolphin' restaurant on the same property over a decade ago, but it was destroyed in Hurricane Ivan. The... More

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Chamblee, Georgia, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The Grand Marlin is a bit apart from the other "beach" places, a bit closer to the bridge and also a bit nicer than the rest ... simple open-air architecture, wide-open views of the water on three sides ... delicious menu and relaxed atmosphere. Often there is a wait unless you come before or after the main meal times, and... More

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