#2 of 105 Panama City Beach Restaurants

The Grand Marlin

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The Grand Marlin - Fresh Seafood and Fine Drinks
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

The Grand Marlin serves up fine seafood, drinks, and desserts that are all prepared fresh. With a relaxed atmosphere and excellent food, this place is always a great catch. Stop by with friends on any typical night out, or bring someone special for a major celebration.

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

Named after one of the most notorious sport fishes of the sea, The Grand Marlin lives up to its namesake. The foods and drinks are always good, and the atmosphere is perfectly relaxed for a good time. This is one establishment that you can trust will be a great catch every time you come.

The foods here merge flavors from South Florida and New Orleans, which you’ll notice as soon as you look at the menu. A Key Lime Grilled Lobster Tail is right alongside a Seafood Gumbo, and there are plenty more dishes like those. 

The brunch and dinner menus here heavily favor selections from the ocean, including oysters, other shellfish and fish. If you’re not into aquatic appetizers and entrees, though, there still is a decent selection fo steak, chicken and salad to choose from.

There’s an impressive list of mixed martinis and cocktails, but the wine list also isn’t to be missed. It’s won multiple awards from Wine Spectator and has some truly uncommon selections. If you’re interested in both a mixed something and a vino, start with a cocktail at the North Drop Bar and then, order your red or white with dinner.

All of this is served by an attentive staff in a relaxed atmosphere — and with a Grand Marlin overhead. The effect is a casual setting even though this is fine dining. Prices are also fairly affordable considering the level of quality, as entrees tend to run from $19 to $39.

If you’re looking for an especially good seafood meal, come to The Grand Marlin. No matter what you want from the Gulf, the staff here will likely have it available and know exactly how to prepare it for your liking.

A few of our menu favorites at The Grand Marlin include:

Key Lime Grilled Lobster Tail
What’s better than a key lime pie? The same renowned lime flavor over a lobster tail instead of a custard. Follow the Key Lime Grilled Lobster Tail up with a slice of pie, and you’ll have the perfect South Florida meal.

House Smoked Tuna Dip
House Smoked yellowfin tuna and balsamic marinated tomatoes, served with crackers for sharing. Order one for the table, because you shouldn’t have to wait for an entree when the food is this good.

Grilled 1855 Ribeye
If you’re a landlubber who prefers meat from things that moo, the Grilled 1855 Ribeye won’t disappoint. The cut is rich with texture and flavor and comes accompanied by fingerling potatoes and seasonal veggies that will have you reconsidering the standard sides.

Striped Marlin
A martini that’s as dark as the water the striped marlin swim in, this martini is made from Grey Goose Vodka and Godiva Chocolate Liquor. The recipe may be somewhat simple, but sometimes simple is hard to improve upon.

Old Pulteney 21 Year
Scotch is hardly the only other drink worth trying, but it’s not often you come across a scotch list like this one even at fine dining establishments. If you’re into the hard stuff, splurge on an Old Pulteney 21 Year. A former Whiskey of the Year winner, this is an uncommon selection that stands up to the best.

Insider Tip:
– Make sure to request a window table when you meet the hostess. The views of the marina and ocean are absolutely gorgeous, and a window table will be worth even a slightly longer wait.