The Black Marlin Bayside Grill

4.2
2726 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
The Black Marlin Bayside Grill offers “The Island’s Best Selection of Fresh
Seafood, Hand-Cut Steaks and Cool Libations all in a relaxing Key West atmosphere”. Located dockside in Palmetto Bay Marina, you can dine indoors or outdoors with a pet friendly patio and a water view. Enjoy our award winning Sushi Nachos, Sweet Heat Mahi Mahi, Grouper Daufuskie and a variety of Fresh Catches on our Daily Feature Menu. Visit the Hurricane Bar for “The Island’s Favorite Hot Spot for Food and Drink” featuring Signature Hurricanes, Margaritas and Ice Cold Beer. The Black Marlin invites you to enjoy the freshest seafood on Hilton Head Island.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2726 people are saying
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vipScottS
Charleston
51 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Emily Slawson, was outstanding. Brunch at Black Marlin the best on the island.

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BillyBoy
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Above average food but service was very nice. Overall, a nice evening and we will be back.

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RussellJ
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

I had the mahi-mahi sandwich and the soup of the day. Fish was cooked perfectly and the soup was very nice.

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vipRichardC
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty varied menu items, try the early dining menu. Service was notably excellent, especially in this pandemic. Save some room for dessert.

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vipBradleyS
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We always have a great time at Black Marlin. Food is always good and server was particularly good. We sat in the tent outside is the only reason I did not give a 5 on “ambiance” as the view of the water is nice - just the plastic walls of the tent are not awesome but really not a big deal.

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Norge
Hamburg Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Ein Breakfast Branch am ersten Urlaubstag. Ist dort gut gelungen.

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CarolRutgers
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great seafood and service. Loved the bread! Our server made it an enjoyable meal.

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CamH
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

.We usually in warmer weather and most often i get the snow crab legs( 2 clusters) and always enjoy it. This time I ordered the beer battered monk fish and the batter was very heavy and not good. Definitely the place need some updating.
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KatZG16
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jessica was amazing!! Food fantastic. Atmosphere on point.

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marika
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The seafood chowder and the Pecan Brown Butter Cod were wonderful, and our server was excellent! Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner.

The Black Marlin Bayside Grill
Responded on November 22, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We are thrilled to hear that your experience was exceptional and that we provided service that made the night! We always have our chowder so we hope that you will come back and enjoy it again!! Thank you!

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EdwardM
Orlando
17 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and service

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Kathy
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food and very reasonable prices. It's fun to eat outside.

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HHILover
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Paid $10 more for my crab cake eggs Benedict and they were dry and burnt.

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SCdoc
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite place for brunch on Hilton Head. The Bloody Mary bar is fun and I love the smoked salmon platter. It’s a nice, relaxing place with a little view of the marina.

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midwesterner
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the service was very attentive. We sat inside where the noise level was very tolerable. Outside there was a band that was way too loud for our taste. Glad we sat inside. Just be careful about them adding on the price of one of their souvineir cups.

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NelsW
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I enjoyed my meal very much. Some in our party did not seem to like the mixed vegetable selection that was offered as a side to the main meal, and that is the only reason I did not mark the far right block.

Our waiter, Sam, was very attentive and flexible that evening as some in our party of six arrived 20 minutes after our reservation. He also was very knowledgeable about the special meal choices that evening but also very willing to check with the kitchen staff concerning a question or two that asked.

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LyndaP
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Entertaining out-of-town guests and we all enjoyed our meals - crab cake, seafood chowder, scallops, salmon and cod. Can’t give enough stars to our server, Sam. Great personality, very attentive, a real asset ti the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
14 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always a pleasant experience. Great service and good!

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RebeccaF
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal we have had yet. All was wonderful and everyone was so nice. Will be a regular. Thanks

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vipHiltonheadvisitor
Charleston
26 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our “go to” for seafood. Good value. Never disappoints.

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BarbaraS
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We went to dinner with friends. They have an extensive menu with options for just about every one. Our waiter was attentive, knowledgeable, and checked to make sure we had everything we needed. I ordered the shrimp and flounder combo platter. The shrimp was delicious but the flounder lacked taste. The batter seemed to overwhelm the mild taste of the fish. All in all, I would return to this restaurant.

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BloodyLegion
Charleston
28 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always excellent. And our service was fine. But being old, it was disconcerting to see one server--not ours--with heavily tattooed upper thighs below too short shorts. Other severs wore slacks.

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AnnC
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

All the employees were fabulous. They work so well to help each other out - we had a group of 8 rowdy retired friends. The food and drinks were wonderful.
We can’t wait to go back!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was great!

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vipBuckeyes
Cincinnati
18 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

We waited over an hour for food. Never had this issue before. We were told it was because of only one chef. we had to seek out someone twice to check on our long overdue order.

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JILLR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My parmesan scallops were wonderful, rice and veggie sides not so much. Hushpuppies were greasy, but everyone else's entrees good. Will definitely be back,

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Bryce
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Ordered a “hurricane” and Tito’s lemonade off the menu where it says you will receive a souvenir glass. Was not given the $15.50 drinks with the souvenir glass, but was given the $9.50 drinks instead. When asking about the glass the waiter said he could get us another one with the souvenir glass if we wanted.

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Linwil2
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Our food was okay but lacked seasoning especially the vegetables. I’ve had the red beans and rice before and this time it was not near as tasty. The fish was seasoned okay. Overall okay but wasn’t as good as we remembered from an earlier experience.

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LyndaP
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Vegetables and baked potato were cold, but server did take them to the kitchen to be warmed up . Food was goid, but not great.

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vipJeffH
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Small portions and a lost seat location. Over priced based upon this.

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SusanR
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat here often and have never taken a friend who was not happy with the food and the service.

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NanaWith13
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Loved the inside dining in an alcove …. Dinner conversation was easy!

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Italianman
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience1

We were very disappointed with the quality of the seafood Alfredo it was mostly all pasta shells I saw the tiniest scallops known to man about 2 in it and the shrimp was smaller than the ones I get at Walmart and maybe three of them
It was definitely not worth 22 for this meal! We will not be back the SERG groups are overpriced and poor quality and does not look out for us locals!

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vipAliciaK
Cleveland
96 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eat brunch her on our way home from HH. Best way to end our trip. Cheesy has browns are well worth having.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Dining at the Black Marlin is always good vsrrvice was a slightly slower than normal tonight. The food was excellent as always.

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GilC
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife always has trouble finding an eatery that she can find anything worthwhile ordering. She is an award winning chef and baker so it is tough to find anything on the menu that measures up. Well, we found it at the Black Marlin, our server was excellent, well spoken and very attentive. We had the seafood chowder, which was great and a cod and grouper entre that was delicious as well. We had eaten at several places in Hilton Head this past week and this was the only dinner that we really enjoyed. Thank you.

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vipAliciaK
Cleveland
96 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We usually eat brunch here. Decided to try for dinner. It was well worth it. Our meals were so yummy. Will be back next month for dinner.

The Black Marlin Bayside Grill
Responded a day ago

Thank you for leaving a review!! We're glad that you decided to try us out for dinner as well as brunch!! We strive to provide great service no matter what the meal!! Look forward to seeing you again!!

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KathySloverjackson2015
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dinner was delicious! I would recommend it. Glad we sat under tent because it got cool out.

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JerryE
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and super service. Our first visit was some years ago and we really enjoyed it then, and it hasn't changed.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food selection. Food was hot and great flavor. Service was responsive and fast.