Marlin Grill is a seafood and steak restaurant located in the Village of Baytowne Wharf in Destin.
I have had the pleasure of dining at Marlin Grill many times over the years. The food and service are always top-notch, but the restaurant doesn’t feel overly stuffy or formal.
The Village of Baytowne Wharf is a very family-friendly tourist destination and Marlin Grill fits in perfectly. Families are certainly welcome at the restaurant, but on our latest visit in June, Jason and I were able to sneak away by ourselves (on a weeknight, no less!), and really enjoy our evening.
We were seated at one of the windows at the front of the restaurant, so we had great views of the hustle and bustle of the Village on a busy summer night. I’d ask for a seat here if you enjoy people watching.
We started out by browsing the virtual menu.
I can certainly read the description of a menu item and decide whether or not I’ll like it, but it was great to put a mouth-watering image with that description.
The virtual menu also has suggestions for wine pairings for each entree. I thought this was another nice touch.
We started out with the baked brie and it did not disappoint. There was all sorts of good stuff going on in this dish.
The brie was wrapped in puff pastry and perfectly ooey gooey inside. There was some sort of mango salsa on top and thin, crispy baguette slices all around the plate. Berries and coconut garnished everything. This was a sweeter preparation of baked brie than I’ve ever had before. It was delicious, but rich. We knew we still had lots of food to come, so we just had a few bites.
I went with the bacon-wrapped hickory-grilled filet mignon for my entree.
That’s one heck of a steak! It was topped with onion rings and served with a side of rich, buttery bearnaise sauce. If you are a steak lover and wanting to try a little something different, definitely go with the filet. I’m usually a ribeye girl, but this preparation was wonderful.
Jason ordered the seafood special that night, which was actually a trio of three of the fish entrees.
He was able to taste a smaller portion of the sautéed grouper with lump crab meat and lemon butter, pepper-crusted seared tuna (my favorite), and the simply grilled mahi mahi with a lemon caper dill sauce. He’s picky when it comes to the freshness of his fish, but was very pleased with the quality of each sampling.
We also tried the ricotta and black pepper mashed potatoes and hickory grilled asparagus on the side.
I’m still dreaming of those potatoes. The ricotta made them so light and fluffy while adding a little bit of tang. I might have to recreate them for Thanksgiving.
We were ready to pop after all of that food, but of course we couldn’t leave without ordering dessert. Jason’s sweet tooth is a mile long and it has rubbed off on me!
Four words: Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding. Goodness gracious, this was incredible. Jason LOVES pecans in his dessert and this was right up his alley. We both agreed, though, that a huge scoop of vanilla ice cream on top would have really sealed the deal. A hot, gooey dessert just begs for ice cream, right? Even still, it was delicious.
I think I’m still full from this meal 4 months ago!
We’ve always had great experiences at Marlin Grill. They have extensive martini, scotch, and wine lists, and the staff are all very knowledgeable and helpful. It’s perfect for date night or a special occasion with a group (or ladies night!). I would recommend making a reservation, especially if you are here during peak season.
(located inside the Village of Baytowne Wharf in the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort)
9100 Baytowne Wharf Blvd.
Miramar Beach, FL 32550
*We received a complimentary meal in exchange for my review, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.