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“The BEST Restaurant on the Beach”

The Grand Marlin of Pensacola Beach
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Large groups, Romantic, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, 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.
birmingham, al
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“The BEST Restaurant on the Beach”
Reviewed May 13, 2014

This restaurant is always fantastic. We eat here every time we are down at the beach. Sadly, it is the ONLY decent place to eat along the beach. Seriously, the only place. Our service was awesome. Food delish.

  • Visited May 2014
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Excellent food. Open late”
Reviewed May 12, 2014 via mobile

We got there at 10:00 on Saturday night and had excellent food and service.
The blue angel chips are addictive but delicious.
I would definitely recommend this to friends and family.

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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108 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Food great- price and service?”
Reviewed May 12, 2014

This restaurant is located just on the other side of the bridge going to Pensacola Beach. You have a wonderful view of the sound. I would have rated the food as excellent. The fish is obviously fresh and tasty, but the service was very slow. The price was related to the quality of the food. You have to try the blue angels chips. Even a small order is an adequate appetizer for 4. Enjoy

Visited May 2014
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Pensacola, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
244 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“The Best on the Beach”
Reviewed May 11, 2014

Great atmosphere and menu. Have to make reservations, the bar has a great area outside with a water view. Lots of parking and variety of selections. The shrimp and grits great.

Visited April 2014
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Western Massachusetts
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“Unquestionably the best restaurant choice in Pensacola Beach”
Reviewed May 8, 2014

We had lunch at The Grand Marlin and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The location of the restaurant is striking, at the foot of the Bob Sikes Bridge and overlooking marinas and Santa Rosa Sound. The architecture and interior design of the restaurant are distinctively attractive. Dining is on the second and third levels, up a flight of stairs adorned with landscaping. (An elevator, of course, is also available.) The bar and dining area are part of a high-ceilinged, open concept, with retractable transparent curtains that can be open or shut, depending upon the temperatures and breezes at any particular time of year or any particular day, making this a really unique “indoors outdoors” dining concept. There was a refreshing breeze while we were there, along with lots of activity in the sound.

I chose the Grilled Tuna Burger as my lunch entree. It was made with sushi grade yellowfin tuna, marinated ginger slices, soy glaze, cilantro, and spicy mayonnaise, served on a toasted brioche bun. It comes with a side of Asian peanut slaw. I can’t recall having a sandwich this utterly delicious!

I could not more highly recommend The Grand Marlin!

  • Visited May 2014
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