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View From The Marina Cafe

Glorious outside, delicious inside

There’s one dish on the menu at Marina Cafe that customers order, four times more than any other item on the extensive dinner menu. And, it’s been on the menu for decades so you’ve likely enjoyed the pan-seared andouille crusted Louisiana redfish if you've dined there.

“It’s our most sold dish, a summer favorite and go-to for locals and visitors alike,” says Lee Pardue, director of operations for Marina Cafe, with a priceless location on Destin Harbor. Executive chef Sean Abbott continues the 33-year traditions, adding his flare for fine dining to the menu while preserving dishes from the restaurant’s history.

Judy Altilio has been the office manager for nearly 20 years and you’ve likely talked to her when making a reservation, which are strongly suggested well in advance. “Though every seat on our two-levels has a window view of our beautiful Destin Harbor and sunsets, so there's no undesirable table!” says Judy.

Regulars know about the year-round happy hour from 5 pm - 7 pm, with half price drinks, appetizer and sushi specials and BOGO entrées. “The buy-one-get-one meals - steak notwithstanding, are a great way to work through the menu and sample different dishes,” promises Lee.

Marina Café's Chef Shaun Abbott finds inspiration in the view, too. “Every time I walk thru the dining room and look out over the Gulf of Mexico, I think to myself 'there isn’t any other place in the world I would rather be, doing what I love, than right here,'" he says. “Since joining the team at Marina Café, life has been amazing!  I have established a true sense of home within the company and with my coworkers and guests.”

Destin draws people from all across the country and around the world who seek relaxation and a good time. "I enjoy being able to offer our guest that and some good cuisine to make their experience in Destin and at Marina Café truly memorable," says Chef Sean.

The Marina Flirtini is the glamorous star of the show from the bar. Plus, Marina Café’s wine list is one of the most extensive in Destin with nearly 200 choices in the restaurant’s wine cellar. The 40-person private dining room is available for special occasions off season, “a really special place for a holiday gathering,” says Lee.

Marina Café owners, Danny Bilger and his family are longtime locals and are known for their philanthropy in the community, especially with our schools and charity fundraisers.

The dedication to quality and warm service is an important ingredient to every member of the Marina Café team.