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Local cuisine, Steakhouse, American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly
Special occasions, Romantic, Scenic view, Large groups, Bar scene
Experience Adult Contemporary Dining with breathtaking views of the Destin Harbor through a thirty foot window wall in the bar and waterfront dining room. Our extensive international wine collection compliments an eclectic menu of classic Creole, Mediterranean, Pan Asian and American cuisine in addition to gourmet brick oven pizza and sushi selections. Fresh local seafood and USDA prime steaks. Waterfront cocktail deck with sensational sunsets.
$24 - $55
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Drinks, Dinner, Late Night
Steakhouse, American, Seafood
Television, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We always love this place! Our food and service were outstanding! Sok Mandi and Katie and Chris are the best! Chef Shaun’s creations are first class and so very yummy! See you soon!

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food is very good and flavorful. The appetizers, plates and desserts was all made in the restaurant from scratch. Appetizers BBBQ chicken in coconut rice & Pork belly. Yellow Fin Tuna, lamp chops and pasta were very good and we enjoyed our dinner experience....Forgot to take pics sorry.More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We come just about every year to Destin and always include Marina Cafe for at least two dinners. We love this place. The food, atmosphere and service are amazing. Never disappointed here. We could probably eat here every night on our visit here. It’s that...good. It’s the interesting flavors that make the food here superb.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I find it difficult to read reviews that a few folks left this amazing restaurant unhappy . We has 32 guests in our party and each of them said on a scale of 1-10 , are we allowed to give 100 ? All 32 raved...and wondered out loud " Who found this amazing place ? " The event coordinator " Judy " told us last year when we made the reservation that the private 40 seat room would fulfill our wishes . She actually designed a personalized menu that was amazing ! Upon arrival , we were greeted with a room fit for a King and Queen . The tables had white linens , and lovely Lit candles on each table and overlooked the beautiful Bay. Private waitress Sok and waiter Alex told us right from the beginning that whatever we needed they would provide . They made sure that each guest would receive the same treatment as the soon to be Bride and groom . Lets talk about the Dinner . Mounds of Fried Calamari, Creole Jumbo Shrimp + Grits, Grilled Gulf Swordfish, Seared Scottish Salmon ,Grillled free range Chicken , Center Cut Filet Mignon must have been prepared by cooks of Iron Chef status because all we heard was Wow ! wow ! wow ! . We were never rushed and Alex made sure that the drinks were never empty . Marina Cafe is a " Class Act ".More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed October 16, 2020 via mobile

Great food. Redfish, grouper, and swordfish were all delicious. Server was good, super nice. Drinks were good try the Island Girl and the Cucumber Smash.

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed October 11, 2020

Food & service is always excellent here. I had the grilled swordfish. My husband had the andouille crusted Louisiana redfish. Both were excellent! We usually get an appetizer but this year we tried their coconut cream pie and it was to die for!

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed October 7, 2020

We’ve been to the Marina before and with great anticipation we returned on our most recent trip to Sandestin. We were not disappointed! The service staff were friendly and helpful and the food was perfectly prepared and mouth watering. Oh my, adding to a perfectly...delicious meal, the cream brûlée and key lime pie were heavenly. It doesn’t get much better than this.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed September 5, 2020

My family and I have been dining at The Marina Cafe for over 20 years, and have celebrated many events such as birthdays, first Holy Communions, anniversaries and graduations there. The service has always been excellent, whether we have gone there for lunch or dinner....The food is excellent and they offer a wide range of dishes. They have a full service bar that has a wide range of cocktails and wines and Birra Peroni on tap (perfetto!) to go with a nice meal. It has a great view of Great Kills Harbor. We look forward to indoor dining again at one of our favorite restaurants.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed September 3, 2020 via mobile

We visited for dinner. Let me say that the service was very good. For the price we paid, we felt the food was very average. The fried eggplant appetizer topped with an abundance of crab meat, meunière and hollandaise was very good. We had the...Prime bone-in NY strip and Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna. The NY Strip needed to be rested before serving, but it was still on the lesser side of prime or from the end of the loin. The Ahi Tuna was missing the chimichurri sauce and flavor. Tuna was over cooked. The views of the harbor were excellent. Might be worth another try.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed August 31, 2020

Let me start by saying we have been to this restaurant a few times over the years. My daughters rehearsal meal was here, which was amazing. However, tonight’s meal was terrible. Waitress was very good, meal was awful. Salad was soggy and wilting. I had...sautéed grouper. Drowned in butter and oil as was the asparagus. Thought it should be a bit crispy, wilted. Garlic rosemary potatoes tasteless and just drowned in all the butter and oil. My husband had fillet which was crazy salted and mushrooms just didn’t taste like mushrooms due to all the salt added. Just an awful meal. Don’t know if they changed the chef but won’t be going back. Shame because it is a beautiful location.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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