The Black Marlin Bayside Grill

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1073 reviews
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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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Greensboro
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family thoroughly enjoyed this dining experience. The hush puppies with pimiento cheese dip is the best thing ever. Everyone left full & happy!

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L
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely, we enjoyed a fabulous evening with friends visiting HHI! Black Marlin had the perfect food selections to accommodate everyone in our party. . . after our delicious dinner it was simply a question which nights we going to return!

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Charleston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the Early Bird specials. The food is amazing and the value is really good! And I’m picky!!!

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KW
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

6 guests and 6 different excellent meals, service was pleasant and efficient, food and drinks the best!

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RB
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Have been there several times in the past and had good food. Tonight's meal was a disaster. The meals were cold when served. Should have sent everything back, did send baked potatoes back. They seem to have perfected the art of frying seafood soggy and then served them cold as well. Be a long time before we go back if ever. Too many good seafood restaurants on Hilton Head island to waste an evening with bad food.

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JF
Louisville
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

My family loved The Black Marlin! The atmosphere is wonderful -- we sat outside and it was perfect. We came early, so we were able to order off the early dining menu, which was a great deal! We will definitely come back here when we return to HHI.

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C
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Out of town visitor

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AN
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I am local. We were treated like tourists. We wanted to enjoy our cocktails. The waiter came to us twice asking for our order - we asked to wait. The third time (within a span of 15 minutes) he demanded our order.

We will not return.

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RH
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Mothers Day brunch. Seated promptly, service was great and the food was very good. Look forward to going again.

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ML
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! Enjoyed listening to the music. Walking distance from where we stayed.

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CS
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience! Highly recommend to anyone visiting or living in HHI! The atmosphere outside was perfect. Live music, great breeze and lively place! Highly recommend the Sweet Heat Mahi-Mahi!

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CH
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First visit, while on vacation and loved it. Waitress was great and the value was also good. I had the scallops and loved them. Highly recommend

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SP
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a birthday dinner. The food was wonderful and the service superb. Once they knew it was a birthday, they comped the dessert. Very nice

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JO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went to this restaurant with a group of 11. We were pleasantly surprised with an early bird menu that provided very good value. The food was delicious, our server was fabulous and did a great job looking after our group. We are definitely coming back and will recommend this restaurant to friends and family!

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b
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat a high top near bar and enjoyed the atmosphere, service and views. Prices were excellent and loved the variety of food choices. We always pick food that we don’t get at home and the quality was outstanding. Can’t wait to go back.

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GM
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A friend recommended Black Marlin and this was an excellent choice!! Reservation was held and outside requested seating was immediate upon arrival. Patio seating on a very nice evening just before sunset. Many drink & food specials and regular menu items were great. Sorry we left no room for dessert. Definitely be back again.

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BP
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lobster tails were delicious. The server was very pleasant and helpful.

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l
Portland
31 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Only complaint was that our waitress seemed to forget about us as our meal progresses. We ordered glasses of wine that came at the end of our meal and we had to literally flag her down to get our bill. Food was really good, and fish was very fresh.

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JI
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have dined here several times and always enjoy The Black Marlin. It is a good place for drinks and casual dining. The outdoor tables may be noisy, but the patio is lively and fun with live music and a bar that may be part of the restaurant with which they share the patio.

I ordered the Shrimp Po Boy and my friend had the Fried Shrimp Basket. We both had sweet potato fries and I had a side of cole slaw. I thoroughly enjoyed my meal, but my friend was not happy with her food. She was comparing it to The Old Oyster Factory dinner we had the night before. I thought this an apples and oranges comparison as one is fine dining and the other a casual, upbeat, fun place. Each is excellent for its genre.

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TM
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very laid back environment for a casual meal. Inside is nice and quiet, and outside is more festive with a band playing island type music.

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GQ
Charlotte
50 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Very nice selection for Early Bird Dining. Good food and OUTSTANDING service. Ask for Roger!

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KR
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We were a party of 8. Attentive service, lovely location with pretty view of water. The food was average for HHI, but really did enjoy the pimento cheese. I would return again for the view and drinks, but not for the food. It really was a nice place to meet a group for our get together. Had live music that night.

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DD
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

No water view. Condos block water view but we looked at the bridge or schrubs. Service very good. Food good but not 4 star. Too many better places for the same $ on HHI.

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Brunch was fabulous!

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RS
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good seafood, and a great atmosphere. We ate indoors where it's easy to have a conversation with your dinner guests, and it was very nice. We have eaten outside as well, and that's very cool, but is a little louder.

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OT
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The hurricanes are the best!

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GM
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My second time at The Black Marlin. The service was great and no complaints about the food. Will definitely visit the next time in HHI.

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Algeria
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Must try sushi nachos for a unique tasting experience. My daughter had the shrimp burger and loved it.

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DS
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food! It was my wife an I’s first time visiting HHI an some friends told us we had to try the Black Marlin very satisfied with the food, the service an the atmosphere, we will be visiting again!

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M
Charleston
35 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was fast and accurate. Waiter knew his stuff

Food was just ok. I had oysters and grouper. Oysters were ok. Grouper was over cooked.

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JS
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Drinks and food were very good. Service was good too but the outside area allowed dogs and several of the Waite staff would walk by an pet the dogs. Don’t think they washed hand after. Not sure I like having food or silver ware handled this way.

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DJ
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service for our table of 8 on Easter Sunday afternoon! For some it was their first time and I know everyone will be back!

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b
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

ALWAYS A GOOD LOCATION AND MEAL. WILL BE BACK.
HAD A VERY NICE EASTER . SERVICE IS ALWAYS EXCELLENT.

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RY
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Brad our server was great ! Didn’t miss an order
Thanks Brad!

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BB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, food was fresh and delish! Our service was just as good. Our family enjoyed our Easter brunch!

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SS
Charleston
27 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Favorite brunch place on HHI

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JG
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Easter Sunday we were seated right away given menus then water one of our party went to the bathroom and we waited for him to order drinks. We didn’t see the waitress for 10 minutes to order drinks. There were not that many people in there. She finally came back as did the manger asked us how brunch was, it was good. Drinks were not so much. Overall it was good. We had a good time there with our party of 4. Bill was very reasonable!

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L
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, table, and food was EXCELLENT- thank you!

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D
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter Brunch was great

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CS
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Not only was brunch good -- the service was outstanding. We could not have asked for better. The prices were very reasonable.

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