The Black Marlin Bayside Grill

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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.
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New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Not worth it. When the best part of your meal is the bread and butter, you know you’re in trouble. The seafood wasn’t fresh - I’ve had frozen cod that was better. Really a shame since so many of the other SERG Restaurants are so good. This one needs a lot of improvement.

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CS
Cincinnati
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

We wanted to enjoy it. The restaurant was recommended to us by a local resident. Outdoor patio was disappointing. No view. The nice live music on the adjoining courtyard was unfortunately overwhelmed by the canned music from the speakers on the Black Marlin patio. The staff and server were pleasant enough, but one bite of seriously over salted food ruined my appetite. In fairness to the restaurant, my entree was deducted from the bill, but there was no apology. With so many options for good fresh local seafood in the area, we will pass on the Black Marlin in the future.

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KD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Disappointed this time though. Service was slow. Didn't ever get part of our order and even though there were open booths and we had reservations for a week they would not allow us to sit there and put us in the other room next to a big noisy table.

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DD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Won't go back - the food was lackluster at best, and cold when it got to the table.

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s
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

We requested outside seating for my mom's birthday dinner on a 5:30 reservation because she likes the view and they put us in the furthest corner with no view and the smell of condo owners doing their laundry. When I mentioned our seat the hostess just said yea, we filled up fast today....I thought that's what reservations were for. Thankfully our server, Sam, was great!!!! Food was ok. We had salmon, sirloin, soup and caesar salad between the 4 of us.

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l
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ann & I enjoyed a great dinner at Black Marlin Seaside Grille. Make the Black Marlin a definite stop on Hilton Head Island, and if you’re really fortunate you may get Janie for your waitress. She made sure the food was exactly what we wanted, and her personal service was outstanding. We higly recommend Black Marlin and Janie.

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J
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Recommended by a friend. Food and service were good. Outside seating area was okay. We were seated next to a large party that was very loud and, let's just say, animated. We couldn't hear each other talk and were a bit uncomfortable. Will try again though.

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ML
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Third time dining here with our dog. Service, food and atmosphere always great!

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J
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Morgan was the best and know the menu and made some great recommendations. Do not miss you opportunity to visit The Black Marlin Bayside Grill.

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JD
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oysters were delicious, service outstanding, and beverages were great also!!

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C
Charleston
57 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lobster tacos were a bit salty this trip. Seemed to be the deep fried lobster itself that was the culprit. Other than that, the seafood pasta and everything else was great.

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PS
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, good service, goof friends.

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BU
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for early bird special and had very good meals, fast service and friendly server. Would definitely go back.

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Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Even though this was the last night of BOGO and the restaurant was very busy, the service (Brittany), food and wine were excellent! An enjoyable experience! Thank you!

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OT
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

We have eaten there many times over the last 7 years and always good and one of our favorite places.
This time the entree was a mess. The Cod Provençal was smothering the Cod, the vegetables were 3 times more than needed and they weren’t cooked properly. The beans and rice was ok. The cod was a very small piece. The food presentation was a mess. It’s also the first time the manager didn’t come to our table and ask us about our meal. The service was good

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OT
Cincinnati
35 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome crab legs

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G
Cleveland
21 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Weekend Brunch
So many good choices on the regular menu & the specials, it was difficult for me to make a choice. However my husband sticks with the Bayside Sampler each visit. This time I chose the Quiche, it was delicious with shrimp,tomato & other delicious ingredients. The fruit & cheddar hash browns were great accompaniments. Service was pleasant & efficienct. We will be back next weekend with guests.

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LH
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

Our friends clams were over cooked, to where he hardly ate any. His wife's dinner she said was average at best. My scallops were good and was a large portion. Noise level was terrible.

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S
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Thoroughly enjoyed the food. We had the fillet Oscar from the early dining menu. Done to perfection. A little too many chopped zucchini as part of the vegetable portion and not enough other veggies. Loved the red sangria and their Caesar salad.

The only really complaint is they rushed us through the meal even though the place was not full. What restaurant brings you the main course while you’re still enjoying the salad. They did this both times we were there. Maybe their staff is just too proficient?

Will definitely remember this place next year when we go back to Hilton Head Island.

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NJ
Savannah
14 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Black Marlin never fails us! Started with drinks in the hurricane bar then moved to our table. Everything was superb. The seafood chowder is amazing and the bread....I got the broiled seafood platter - wonderful! Husband got the fried seafood platter and he loved it.
Our server - I can't remember his name! sorry - was outstanding. Funny and very informative about the menu.
It is one of our must go to every trip!

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Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was really good, our server was friendly but not very attentive, after taking our order he was back to check on us once. No drink refill was offered & he didn't check to see if our order was correct, by the time he came back, we were almost finished. The atmosphere was OK for the type of restaurant.

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C
Charleston
57 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Chicken liver appetizer is one of our favorites. Fish and shrimp off the early dining is fine but quantity leaves you searching for more bread which an be a problem. The bread they make can become hard as a rock if not very fresh. Would be good to replace this recipe. But we we don't go there for the bread.

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D
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was great, although a couple of the fillets were a little overdone. They were still tender and flavorful. The service was excellent.

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S
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The early bird choices are a great value and delicious. Try their Sangria?

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CB
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A nice meal with good service. We usually make at least one stop at The Black Marlin during our stay in Hilton Head.

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OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The food was sub par. Not one person in our 7 was happy with what they got. It was all over cooked, dry, and bland. We went for brunch and were so disappointed in the quality of food and the amount of time it took to get our meal.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

Hard to screw up breakfast but that’s what they did. The mimosas were weak and had a nasty aftertaste. The eggs Benedict came with undercooked gloppy and cheesy hash browns.

On the plus side the service was excellent.

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KS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Staff was super nice. Food was delicious. Water remembered us from last month and took great care of us.

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OT
Cincinnati
36 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome seafood and great service

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RP
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 4

Food was really bad. We were a table of four and two people ordered from the Restaurant Week specials menu. Normally, these specials are exceptionally well prepared dishes for the event. Unfortunately, not in this case. And, neither were entrees ordered off menu any better! It's a fairly pleasant atmosphere, just a shame that food is so bad. Seems like most of the Serg group restaurants are the the same, a lot of mediocre to really horrible food!

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BW
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was good! Everyone enjoyed their food.

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M
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a party of 8 adults. The food was great and the service from our waiter Sam was incredible!! I would definitely recommend this restaurant. My favorites are the buffalo shrimp and the grouper daufuskie!

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JS
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best nights out that we've had in quite a while. Friendly waitress. Excellent food! We would definitely return!

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A
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good value

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GL
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten here several times over the years since coming to HHI for the winter!! WE are SERG restaurant believers that they have the best restaurants on the island!!! Which includes service food and at affordable cost!! we always take advantage of the coupon book and the $20.00 for $100 gift card..Wise Guys is next!!!

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P
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We were promptly seated even though we were a few minutes early .food came out in timely fashion ,I ordered 3 over easy eggs 2 of them were fine 1 yolk was broken and well done, also my rye toast was not brought out with my meal after recooking 1 egg toast Was nowhere in sight ,after a reminder toast finally came but by that time food was cold .my two lunch companions seemed to be moderately happy with their selections .

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LL
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely small room with a table for 4. Very nice

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F
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

the service was outstanding. The food is always very good. This will be a repeat.

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ML
Memphis
33 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The snow crab cluster dinner is the best on the island!!! My favorite

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SS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was really good at a fairly reasonable price.

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