Marlin Grill celebrates 20 years of fine dining

Special to 30A Food and Wine
July 11, 2021

MIRAMAR BEACH – Founded in 2001 by owners Wayne Lewis and Tom Rice, Marlin Grill has long been noted for its culinary talents and award-winning wine list.

Now celebrating 20 years in business, the locally owned and operated restaurant has been recognized as the Best Place for a Date, Best Martini, and Best Romantic/Special Occasion Restaurant by the readers of Emerald Coast Magazine. They pride themselves on serving the freshest ingredients, including Gulf-fresh seafood, prime dry-aged steaks, house-made sauces, and family-style side dishes.

Marlin Grill filet onions
Filet with onions

“These special recipes and our tried-and-true classic dishes are the essence of Marlin Grill,” Rice said. “We try to provide everyone who sits in our dining room or on our patio the true authentic experience of the Emerald Coast by serving fresh, local ingredients that make a lasting impression on the plate.”

Marlin Grill offers a fine dining experience as well as a casual laid-back vibe in the bar or lounge areas. Located in the epicenter of The Village of Baytowne Wharf, Marlin Grill’s expansive veranda overlooks the area’s event green and concert stage. 

Marlin Grill
Marlin Grill is celebrating 20 years in business.

Marlin Grill is open nightly at 5 p.m. for dinner and can accommodate large parties, special occasions, as well as Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday dinners. Throughout the year, the restaurant also hosts special dinners, including a “Valentine’s Dinner for Two” and discounted meal trios for snowbirds during the winter season. The upstairs of Marlin Grill is available for private events and can seat approximately 50 guests.

“We would like to thank all of our staff and loyal patrons for making Marlin Grill a success over the past two decades,” Rice said. “After a tough year for our industry, we are grateful to celebrate this momentous occasion with those we love and hold dear. Here’s to the next 20 years!”

Marlin Grill is located at 9100 Baytowne Wharf Blvd., in Sandestin. Open Wednesday to Monday from 5 to 10 p.m., diners can make reservations by calling 850-351-1990; visit them online at