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“Outstanding Grouper Picatta!”

The Grand Marlin of Pensacola Beach
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
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.
New York
Level 5 Contributor
81 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Outstanding Grouper Picatta!”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

This place lives up to its rating. The food was outstanding and on the night we went, maybe Wednesday, you received bottle of wine half price with the purchase of two entree's. All of us loved our meals. The service was a little overboard, the host, and waiter asked the same questions....first time here? Where are you from?......seemed like there is a list of required questions. Waiter also seemed to hover a bit, and pushed desserts on us...(creme brûlée') was great though. There is a fine line between good attentive service and bad, and our waiter was a little much. That said, would go back every time I am in Pensacola, great restaurant.

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Canton, Ohio
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“A top shelf restaurant here on the island.”
Reviewed March 13, 2013

Made my first trip to the Grand Marlin and was pleased with the outcome. Our evening started with cocktails in the "outside" bar. I should say there is a roof over the outside bar and when the weather is not good they enclose it and also heat it using portable decorative heaters. Tonight they had the heaters on. My drink was very generous and I found out later, also reasonably priced. The wine list was extensive and a glass was $7 which seems to be the going rate here on the island. We moved inside for dinner to a large room which was very loud and noisey. It reminded me of a bustling restaurant in Paris. I think perhaps the crowd on this particular Tuesday night was more than they expected and everyone was hopping to keep up. The service suffered some as a result. Our food was excellent. My wife had a cod dish which was well prepared and tasted excellent. I ordered a surf n turf special they were offering only to be told they were out. They offered me a number of other meals for the same price which was more than fair. I choose a filet which was tender and although it was slightly under cooked it had excellent flavor. The value was reasonable for a place of this caliber with the entrees running in the low 20's. All in all this was a very pleasant experience. The only reason I didn't rate as excellent was because of the atmosphere. If you enjoy the hustle/bustle and high noise level this is a great place. If your looking for something more quaint and romantic, you probably should choose an alternative.

  • Visited March 2013
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Pinellas Park, Florida
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202 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Reservations did not help. Hostess station not up to par”
Reviewed March 12, 2013

We had reservations but still could not be seated in a reasonable amount of time. The main dinning room was so loud we opted to sit in the bar/outdoor area. Even this took awhile for the staff to find time to seat us. However, the food was very good and the portions were good. The server was very nice too, so did not blame her for the delay in seating. Food kind of slow coming out, but was worth the wait. Since it is the beginning of spring break you would think they would have adequate staffing.

  • Visited March 2013
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Sarasota, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“A Icon that endures”
Reviewed March 11, 2013

The Sunday Brunch was, as always, outstanding. When we arrived, the hostess let us know that they were running short of staff. That did not detract at all from our experience. We could see that the staff were slammed but that didn't stop them from providing amazing service, all with a ready smile. The food was outstanding, the portions generous. Crystal, our server, was wonderful! This is how a restaurant should operate.

  • Visited March 2013
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Pensacola, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
248 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
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“North Drop bar, great place for a drink, view and appetizers”
Reviewed March 11, 2013

It's a Sunday afternoon, off-season and the crowd is maybe a quarter of the place but there's live music, the bar service is very good, appetizers are nicely done and delivered in minutes (byproduct of not being too crowded?), and the view was outstanding! Raw oysters were outstanding and included a little bowl of red wine something or other that added a very nice flavor in addition to the red sauce, lemon and horseradish. Overall maybe a little pricey and there should be more appetizers on their bar menu but I would certainly highly recommend it.

  • Visited March 2013
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