Marina Cafe in Destin, FL is an upscale adult contemporary dining restaurant. One look at the menu will tantalize your taste buds. Contrary to what the name implies, this is not your typical cafe. The thirty foot window near the bar and waterfront dining room offers a beautiful atmosphere with a breathtaking view of the Destin Harbor. The food ranges from Pan Asian and Mediterranean, to classic Creole and American. They also have a sushi bar. The chef changes quite a few of the menu items as often as weekly, but many of the tried and true choices remain.
Very popular among the diners of Marina Cafe in Destin is the buy one, get one free special from 5 to 6 pm daily. Guests order from the regular menu and all meals except the steaks are included. As the prices match the upscale atmosphere and food, this early dining option is great for those wanting to enjoy a fine restaurant in Destin at a more reasonable price. Be sure to check before you go to make sure they are still offering this great value.
The first section guests see on the menu will be Small Plates. For those of you not familiar with Small Plates, they can serve several purposes. First of all, they make wonderful appetizers to begin your dining experience. Those who prefer a light meal may order a Small Plate accompanied by a salad or other side. And lastly, diners who like to try a little of everything can order two or three Small Plates for their meal. Larger parties may choose quite a variety of items from the Small Plates menu and share them. Some of the choices are Ahi Tuna Tartar Tower, Grilled Portabello Mushrooms, Gulf Shrimp and Lump Crab Spring Rolls or Seared Jumbo Sea Scallops. Small Plates tend to add new options to spiff up a menu.
Delectable salads range from the Mediterranean Salad with kalamata olives and feta cheese to the “Ugly” Heirloom Beefsteak Tomatoes on a bed of arugula with grilled sweet onions and Asiago cheese.
The specialties such as Pan Seared Yellow Grouper, Maine Diver Scallops, Seared Duck Breast and Ginger-Scallion Crusted Norwegian Salmon are very inviting. The Pan Seared Andouille Crusted Redfish is absolutely magnificent. They also offer Lamb, Pork Rib Chops, Filet Medallions and Prime Rib Steaks, along with pizzas and pasta. The entrees come with a vegetable side, but additional options are available from their menu. Steamed Asparagus, Braised Garlic Spinach, and Roasted Fingerling Potatoes are among the choices.
Marina Cafe offers a list of sumptuous desserts. Among the favorites are the Grand Marnier Cheesecake, Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee and Rum Raisin Bread Pudding Souffle. Be sure to save some room for one of these delicious creations, or at the very least share one with someone else in your party.
Marina Cafe is an excellent choice of dining in Destin, Florida for a quiet romantic evening with a beautiful view of the sunset. It is also very appropriate for a pleasant dinner among friends. Dress resort casual is recommended, so just wear something nice. You’ll also want to call ahead for reservations.
404 Harbor Boulevard
Destin, FL 32541
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