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“Great happy hour”
Review of Marina Cafe

Marina Cafe
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Ranked #16 of 313 Restaurants in Destin
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $24 - $50
Cuisines: Sushi, Seafood, Steakhouse
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Good for: Local cuisine, Scenic view, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, 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 December 3, 2013

Marina Café has a great happy hour every night--go on Sunday thru Thur and get 1/2 price on drinks and appitizers.

Thank zteamtwo
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Reviewed December 1, 2013

The buffet dinner was just plain BAD. It wasn't so much the selection but the food preparation. The prime rib was beyond rare it was so bloody it was tasteless and full of fat. The salmon was also slimy and smelled. The mash potatoes were like paste. The desserts consisted of a bread pudding that put the stale back in the bread. I have never come done this hard on a restaurant before, but for what was suppose to be a five star rating my expectations were high.
I could go on but by now you have got the picture, not worth the money or your time. Also the servers seemed none to happy about being there, perhaps they got to sample the buffet and knew just how horrid it was.

Thank Drishton
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Reviewed November 30, 2013 via mobile

Took the family here for a T'giving lunch/dinner and, I will be somewhat kind for a moment, but maybe the worst buffet experience I have ever had. The characters working at the place were lifted from a Hunter S Thompson novel. 'Dagwood' (one of our creepy servers) popped into the men's room a few times, only to emerge further agitated and weird. I didn't ask what was being served in the bathroom, but I have some suspicions. Fortunately, Dagwood was replaced by a cute lady who salvaged some credibility for MC service.

Ambiance at the place was okay, but the lounge-lizard Muzak only further contributed to a Fear and Loathing moment. Let's get to the food - turkey pieces (literally, not slices), raw roast beef, and other non-traditional sides that were not noteworthy. The best thing there was the Caesar salad dressing, which was superb. Dropped about 2 bills on this pathetic lunch to boot. We will find another option next yr.

We have been to MC for a nice dinner before, and we will go back again. However, not for turkey and T'giving ever again. Two thumbs down.

Thank Eric S
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Reviewed November 29, 2013

We wanted to go somewhere very nice for Thanksgiving dinner since we didn't want to travel to relatives for a change. Marina Cafe has the reputation for great food, it's on the water, the day was sunny, so we chose it. We've never been there before. We won't go back for Thanksgiving. Our waiter, Chris, was wonderful. Despite the buffet, he was very attentive, friendly, funny. Our problem was the presentation of the food. The entire buffet was crowded into a side room, which wasn't difficult, since it was a very limited buffet. This restaurant probably seats 100+ people and everybody had to crowd into one small area for the buffet. I asked Chris why they didn't stage 2 buffets since the restaurant was so big. He said then they'd have to delete some of the tables. So there was the explanation--they wanted a lot of turnover and a lot of people and how it was presented was not important. I'm offended by that. The turkey (the star of Thanksgiving, right?) came out in a tray cut into small pieces in broth. It could've been almost any white meat. Why wouldn't they have a carving station for the turkey? The duck, same way, pulled into pieces and in a tray. It tasted good, but in this nice restaurant, I would've expected mint jelly, duck slices nicely arranged on a platter with a cover. That was the trend for the entire buffet. Everything in a steamer tray and presentation totally unappetizing. Could've gotten that at the Golden Corral for $12 or less. There was a carving station for the prime rib and ham. The tossed salad consisted of lettuce in a big bowl, no salad plates, so it was either visit the buffet twice, once with a dinner plate for the "salad" and then brave the line again for the dinner. The appetizers and desserts were served in a different area all together. The desserts were already plated instead of nicely presented in their original form (again, presentation). The advertised smoked salmon (very good!) was on a tray, as were the veggie arrangement and the cheese/grapes arrangement. But there were no small plates for these either! You could get somebody's attention to bring you a plate, but one plate would appear instead of a stack for the next customer. So once again, it was either get a dinner plate for your appetizers or ask for a plate. There were no dessert or salad forks. So to summarize, the food was fine - not what I would expect of a fine restaurant and for the price but it mostly passed. The problem was presentation. And in a fine restaurant, presentation should rank very highly.

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Thank kgeorge1
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Reviewed November 27, 2013

This restaurant is an absolute "dont miss" when we go to Destin. Sushi, Hand tossed Pizza, Seafood, & Steak, very versatile menu, & yet everything we have had there has been delectable. The skirt steak is fabulous, and the martini nights are well worth attending if you enjoy martinis of any kind...get seated before 6pm and your less expensive entree is gratis making a fairly pricy restaurant very affordable.
We have been to all the best recommended places in Destin and prefer the Marina Cafe each time.
The staff is efficient and knowledgeable, the whole place is just a class act.

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Thank pegls1
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