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Black Marlin Bar & Grill, Port Aransas, TX

Black Marlin Bar & Grill

4.2
4.2
114 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Welcome to Black Marlin Bar & Grill! We are located at the Palmilla Beach Resort and Golf Community in Port Aransas, TX.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Cuisines
    American, Seafood, Steak
  • Hours of operation
    Wed–Sat 11:00 am–9:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (361) 749-4653
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Resort Casual
  • Catering
    Weddings, Birthdays, Anniversarys, Business events, we have you covered. Check out our Catering Options on our website. https://www.palmillabeach.com/book-your-event/
  • Private party facilities
    Black Marlin can be booked for private events. Come and see us for details.

What 114 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Neighborhood gem

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Corpus Christi / McAllen

    Most Booked

  • Corpus Christi

    Most Booked

114 Reviews
  1. JackR

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First, the negative — small signage, so we had to call from the parking lot for final guidance. After that, things got better quickly. The restaurant was understaffed, but Cat, our hostess/server, was outstanding! She sat us promptly. There was a bit of delay taking our order, but once she engaged with us, we were well taken care of. My wife has a rather restrictive allergy, but Cat took down the details, briefed the chef, and came back with an expansive list of options. The food was superb. My wife had the chicken piccata — grilled chicken and capers in a savory lemon sauce over wild rice. The dish was not as tangy as most, but extremely rich and delicious. I had the shrimp and grits — this was not your everyday recipe and that’s meant to be a compliment! Jumbo shrimp and andouille sausage in a rich Cajun cream sauce with habanero cheddar and fresh corn. The taste was incredible and the habanero lingered on the back of my palate perfectly. The rest of the menu looked equally intriguing, so we definitely plan on returning the next time we’re in town. If you get the chance, we definitely recommend the Black Marlin Bar & Grill.

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  2. Ashmarie

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    The food came out cold, we were there for 2 hours. Our waitress disappeared for over 20 minutes. I have been a regular at Black Marlin for 3 years now & I will not be going back.

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  3. Cheri

    Dallas

    29 reviews

    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Some of the food is great and some so so. The egg dishes need improvement. The rest is good. So is the service. The atmosphere is pleasant. The brunch mimosas are very good. It is very nice that reservations may be made through open table now. Before, if you didn’t arrive at the restaurant before opening, you could have a very long wait.

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  4. KevinT

    Corpus Christi

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service1ambience3
    Waitress was very inattentive. She never came back to ask how our food was, and left our drinks empty until we were done. She had only 3 tables,and was struggling.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. The best in PA for sure. Our Fillet Mignon was perfect and then seafood tacos were some of the best we have had. Caprese salad was great as well

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  6. ThaliaH

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, ambience and pricing. Nice variety and delicious.

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  7. Rose

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Nice atmosphere…enjoyed the huge size portion of dessert.

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  8. BernardetteB

    San Antonio

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good food. We eat here every time we visit Port A.

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  9. Thom

    Austin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Maddie was an excellent server and it is always a pleasure tome back at Black Marlin, our first stop once on the Island! D & Thom

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  10. Foodie

    San Antonio

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal dinner and brunch! The scallops are a must order and the redfish dip was excellent. One of the best cucumber martinis ever and the Blavkberry mojito was amazing as well. The shrimp and grits are excellent as well. We will be back here for sure. Some of the best food we’ve had in Port A! Skip the fish and chips and get real food! This place is excellent.

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  11. ChristianS

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Excellent menu, courteous staff, relaxed with great cocktails! Crab cakes, red fish, tuna tacos and cheesecake! All fantastic!!

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  12. MayraW

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    4 out of our 5 meals were excellent but the fried shrimp was disappointing. Our waitress should have been trained be trained better.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    The meal I ordered was missing most of its ingredients. Very disappointing! Ate there two years ago when visiting Port A, everything was perfect. Service was great. Meal was disappointing!

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  14. RyanM

    Miami

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just a great last minute visit in Port A. Thanks BMBG!

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  15. CherieL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Our pastry-wrapped brie was outstanding! Grilled redfish and shrimp and grits were delicious. Fish tacos were dry, but tasted good. We had a great time as always at Black Marlin.

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  16. AnneH

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal I’ve had on the island. Shrimp and grits were rich, creamy and Delicious, Mattie did a wonderful job waiting on our group of seven. Can’t wait to go back!

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  17. RebeccaR

    San Antonio

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Favorite dining experience in Port Aransas and North Padre Island. Food, service, ambience are perfect!

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  18. JanM

    Austin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very nice new restaurant in Port A. Shrimp and grits was fantastic….very rich and creamy. The cheeseburger salad was also delicious (burger chunks with all the fixins tossed in a salad with thousand island dressing on the side!). Our bartender/server was great. Go, people!

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  19. JohnM

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu options. I have never been disappointed with the food.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    The food was amazing. Took a long time for our food to come out and even with a reservation we had to wait 30 more minutes to be seated. Beat shrimp and grits and scallops. Great flavor and well worth the wait

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wait staff and food were fantastic. Highly recommended.

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  22. JenH

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    overall2food2service5ambience4
    Everyone’s food was very spicy or peppery. For the high $$ it needs to be great.

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  23. MelindaB

    Austin

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The BEST shrimp & grits we’ve ever had. Chef Gail (who created the dish but sadly isn’t there any more) created a magic recipe and the new chef is doing a pretty good job at continuing the tradition. Black Marlin is our go-to when we’re in town.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Key West

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent scallops over shrimp grit patties and sauce. The best shrimp and grits I have ever had. The food and service is excellent and I like the open table reservation system.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    We had reservations for 9:15 we showed up a few minutes late due to the address leading us to a wrong location. Which the waitress acknowledged that the address is incorrect on the maps. After showing up a few min late we were advised we should have called and stated we would be late. I advised we called twice no answer. The waitress proceeded to seat us and we ordered our drinks and food. My salad was not correct however I never had the opportunity to tell her because she never came back to check on us throughout the whole dinner. In addition a server bought us out or food which I ordered the chicken piccata ( very small portions ) and hubby ordered fish and chips. We had asked for some lemon and did not get any brought to us until the very end of last bite of food. Also it was my hubby bday and I had originally asked about dessert and never got the opportunity to order the dessert because by the time she came back the restaurant was already closing she even admitted she was sorry she never came to check on us. She did have 1 table that she was very attentive too. I honestly do not like bringing up race however we are a Hispanic and African American race and could not help but feel as though this was done purposefully. Also prices very expensive and food not too seasoned for the price. Will not be returning.

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  26. MaxK

    San Antonio

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice seafood restaurant between North Padre Island and Port Aransas.

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  27. DavidM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Extremely slow service, 40 minutes from order to table. Then, when order did arrive, they forgot the salad that I ordered.

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  28. KristaM

    Austin

    45 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The food was fine, service was not great, but kind of expected in the area. Will probably be back to try the shrimp and grits

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  29. ChrisB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2023

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    The waitress was nice and did the best she could. Alcoholic drinks took forever to come out and weren't good. Salads came out with our dinner. Apparently the kitchen was the issue. Won't ever be going back or recommending to anyone.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Sat up at the bar. Staff food and wine Recomended dishes where great !

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2023

    overall1food3service2ambience3
    We had reservations and still waited over an hour for food that was cold when brought to the table.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is fantastic. My sure you get a reservation!

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  33. Cheri

    Dallas

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    The crab eggs Benedict was a disappointment. The bottom of the crab cake was burnt and more crab was needed. The beignets were very good as was the champagne.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great communications and customer service. The staff at Black Marlin communicated all the way through, and was very helpful. Will definitely be back.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Was greedily with a good host. We sat at a bench which was coved in crumbs so I wasn’t happy to sit on food that was not cleaned. I order Caesar salad great taste

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friends and I had an amazing brunch today at the Black Marlin! I’ve been there for dinner many times but this was my first time for brunch. The shrimp and grits with two sunny side up eggs was so good! Of course we each made a trip to the Bloody Mary bar. And finished off the meal with an order of croissant beignets. Delicious!!

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  37. Lorac

    San Antonio

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food & great service Definitely will go back

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  38. kathyr

    Austin

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Fish overcooked making it dry. Service good. Place is nice and food reasonably priced

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  39. Ryan

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2023

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Was just meh. Food was dry, drinks were watered down.

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  40. ConnieH

    San Antonio

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Black Marlin is Superb! Go! Wonderful Specialty Drinks! We had the famous Mahi (Grilled) Tacos w/trimming! Also the Shrimp & Grit (spicy) were over the top! Very attentive service at The Black Marlin! Don’t miss out! Make a reservation!!

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FAQs

Black Marlin Bar & Grill is rated 4.2 stars by 114 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today
Google Map for Black Marlin Bar & Grill

258 Snapdragon, Port Aransas, TX 78373

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Port Aransas
  • Hours of operation
    Wed–Sat 11:00 am–9:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Cuisines
    American, Seafood, Steak
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Resort Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Wine
  • Phone number
    (361) 749-4653
  • Catering
    Weddings, Birthdays, Anniversarys, Business events, we have you covered. Check out our Catering Options on our website. https://www.palmillabeach.com/book-your-event/
  • Private party facilities
    Black Marlin can be booked for private events. Come and see us for details.
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