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“Horrible place to eat”
Review of Marina Cafe

Marina Cafe
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Ranked #13 of 313 Restaurants in Destin
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $24 - $50
Cuisines: Sushi, Seafood, Steakhouse
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: 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.
Reviewed June 18, 2013

We had a small wedding party and went to this restaurant for a celebration. We had never been before and had a horrible experience. The food was not up to par. One dish was pasta with white sauce with chicken in it. The chicken had gristle on it as if it was the trash off of someone's plate.

You would have thought that we would have gotten at least a handshake from the manager or owner to congratulate us on the wedding, but there was no indication whatsoever.

Very disappointing experience.

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1  Thank J B
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Reviewed June 12, 2013 via mobile

This restaurant has it all -- great food, attentive servers, and fabulous views and atmosphere. The redfish is the best we have ever eaten. We ate there our last two vacation evenings once we discovered it. Go between 5:00 and 6:00 for the buy one entree get one free. You won't be disappointed.

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1  Thank TennesseeDaisy
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

We love this place. We go every time were in Destin. we know Wally and Edy and all the other employees. The staff is incredibly professional at marina cafe. We always go for the happy hour in the bar and get the kung pae sushi and half-price martinis and then we have early dinner buy one get one free. You have to try the redfish- it is absolutely Exquisite!

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1  Thank JBaggett
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

I came here with friends for a birthday celebration. It was my first time at this restaurant, so I was not sure why we were rushing to be seated before 5:30pm. Our waiter greeted us nicely, and shared with us that our entrees (from the Specialty listing) would be "2 for 1", since we arrived early. The list of specialties was fantastic; a variety of fresh fish dishes, and a variety of non-fish dishes. 5 of us ordered the grilled grouper topped with jumbo lump crab meat, and served with a bed of room-temperature white beans. It was very delicious! The other entree was a cajun red snapper. All the fish entrees were generous portions. Not too much, and not too little. The salads were a little pricey, but very tasty. Fresh bread was brought out while we waited for our meals to arrive. There was a large wine list. We ordered pino grigio. The dessert menu was large. No one at our table had saved room for dessert, but the brownie and ice cream looked wonderful (I saw one being brought to another table). This will be a "go to" place for special occasions.

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Reviewed June 9, 2013

We went to marina cafe tonight for my husband and I's one year anniversary, we made a reservation a week in advance and were very excited considering we are locals and have never visited the restaurant. We walked in and there was no one at the hostess stand and with there being no sign saying please wait to be seated we weren't sure what to do. When we asked the bartender if we should just seat ourselves she was extremely rude and sarcastic while telling us we don't seat ourselves. The "host" walked up and he looked like he could have possibly been a manager, tall dark hair and glasses and asked us if we had a reservation. He proceeded to tell us it would be about 10 minutes which was off setting considering we had a reservation and was just very cold throughout the whole experience. So we sat at the bar and ordered 2 drinks, the bartender who had short blonde hair was rushing us to order something even though we were the only ones at the bar and she put the check in front of us after a while without asking if we were ok or even making eye contact with us, the counter was so sticky our card got stuck. When we got seated the waitress Edde was incredible and saved our experience. I'm not sure if it was because we are in our early twenties but the host and bartender made us feel very unwelcome but thank goodness the server saved our experience, we may come back because of her but they should hire some people that will smile at their customers, first impression is everything and we considered leaving because of ours.

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1  Thank Katy F
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