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“Awesome food and service”
Review of Marina Cafe

Marina Cafe
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Ranked #12 of 304 Restaurants in Destin
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $24 - $50
Cuisines: Sushi, Seafood, Steakhouse
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Good for: Romantic, Scenic view, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, 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.
Grand Island
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“Awesome food and service”
Reviewed December 14, 2013

Fancy place. Go between 5-6 to get the special on the entree. Nice view of the water and no complaints. The calamari was delicious and the redfish was very yummy!

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank 72amys
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English first
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142 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“We went back - Very glad we did!”
Reviewed December 14, 2013

We had not dined at Marina Cafe for maybe 6 years. That last experience had not been great, hence the 6 year lapse. However, on this visit, everything was exceptional. Food preparation and presentation? 5 stars. Food quality? 5 stars. Service was absolutely exceptional as well.

As to specifics, we had shrimp and sausage spring rolls and fried calamari for starters. Not normally a big fan of either, but would absolutely order both again. Spring rolls were not your run-of-the-mill. Very good.

Entrees? I had the twin pork ribeyes and my wife had the scallop penne pasta that was a very creative blend of seasonings, prepared with tomatoes, parmesan and spinach. The pasta was so good, I almost wish I had ordered myself. After considering all the great options, I ended up ordering the pork ribeyes. Very unique flavor, utilizing a decadent chipotle, swiss super-delicious sauce.

In sum... Call ahead and ask for a window table overlooking the Destin Harbor. Wine is a little pricey, but they have a great selection. A very well run operation with very talented kitchen staff, great menu and well-versed, efficient service personnel. We will certainly not wait 6 more years to return. Probably more like 6 days.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank marlinchaser3
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Birmingham, Alabama
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78 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Great Find for Thanksgiving Dinner”
Reviewed December 4, 2013

We had a Destination Thanksgiving at the beach in Destin, FL. After reading reviews online, I called the Marina Cafe and made reservations for 6 PM on Thanksgiving day. The place was very busy, and parking was tight. The meal and service were very good. It is the only day of the year that a buffet is served, I believe. Turkey, roast beef, good salads, and a plethora of vegetables. Three dessert options. Lovely white table atmosphere, and the view is great. Would go again.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank hugsforall3
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Marietta, GA
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great happy hour”
Reviewed December 3, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

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

Visited September 2013
Thank zteamtwo
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Abita Springs, Louisiana
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53 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Thanksgiving Buffet Bummer”
Reviewed December 1, 2013 via mobile

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.

Visited November 2013
Thank Drishton
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