#101 of 198 Destin Restaurants

Marina Bar & Grill

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Amazing Food and Breathtaking Views Await at Marina Bar & Grill Near Destin
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Delicious food, excellent service, and an extraordinary coastal setting make the Marina Bar & Grill near Destin a must-do on your next visit to Florida's gorgeous Gulf Coast. And did we happen to mention the talking macaw? 

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

The Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is a popular destination for vacationers on Florida’s gorgeous Gulf Coast. The feather in its cap? Marina Bar & Grill. If you’re looking for an inimitable meal in an equally inimitable setting, you’ll find it at Marina Bar & Grill near Destin.

Located at the Baytowne Marina at Sandestin, the Marina Bar & Grill serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s also the perfect spot for a happy hour drink or two. We challenge you to find a better place to enjoy a meal or cocktail in the Destin area than on the Marina Bar & Grill’s dock overlooking the scenic Choctawhatchee Bay where you just might witness the most spectacular sunset of your life. (It’s also a great spot for people-watching, or to take in a game thanks to indoor and outdoor televisions for viewing ease.)

The Marina Bar & Grill’s appetizing menu features everything from elevated bar stand-bys to fresh local seafood to juicy burgers. There’s truly something for everyone here.

A few of our favorite menu items include the following:

The Mile High Nachos
There’s a reason why this appetizer is a Marina Bar & Grill best-seller. Corn tortilla chips piled impossibly high with all the fixings you know and love — plus cilantro crema, guacamole, and refreshingly piquant homemade salsa.

Signature Fish Tacos
No trip to Destin is complete without indulging in its bounty of seafood, and Marina Bar & Grill’s Signature Fish Tacos — featuring the catch of the day — are packed with flavor and very filling. For an extra-special treat, opt for the Gulf grouper.

Fresh Grouper Sandwich
Are you sensing a theme here? This perfectly seasoned, locally caught grouper is to-die-for. Add in the delightful pineapple cabbage slaw, remoulade and toasted brioche bun, and you’ll still be thinking about this sandwich weeks after polishing it off.

If you’re headed out on a fishing excursion on your Destin area vacation, meanwhile, the Marina Bar & Grill offers an especially enticing promotion: Its “You catch ‘em — we cook ‘em” option. Just bring along your skinned and deboned fish and let them handle the rest. Choose between grilled, fried or blackened, select two sides, and wait for the spoils of your labor to appear on a plate in front of you. And believe us when we say nothing tastes as delicious as fish you’ve caught yourself straight from the bountiful waters of the Gulf.

The Marina Bar & Grill also boasts an appetizing breakfast menu certain to help you get your day off to a great start. Whether you’re in the mood for eggs, pancakes, French toast, a build-your-own omelet, or the loaded breakfast burrito (our personal favorite), you will not leave hungry.

And no discussion of the Marina Bar & Grill is complete without mention of the service. The staff is friendly and the food arrives in a snap.

One last reason to plan a stop at the Marina Bar & Grill? You’d be hard-pressed to find a feathered hostess anywhere else. Mary Ann the macaw is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face so make sure to stop by and say “hello.” There’s a pretty good chance she’ll say it back.

Insider Tips:
– For great prices on smaller portions of food, don’t miss the Happy Hour held daily between 4 and 7. There’s live music, too!
– The Marina Bar and Grill is pet-friendly so feel free to bring along your (well-behaved) pet.