The Black Marlin Bayside Grill

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$30 and under
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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.
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OT
Cincinnati
60 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant. Dan did a great job.

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CR
Detroit
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place to hang out and listen to music also!

BC
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food, great value, GREAT service!!! Kristen was BEYOND WONDERFUL!!!

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb.ate there all three days

T
Charleston
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Early bird dining was an excellent value. Wine was good and dinner was excellent.

KW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Went for an early dinner. Service was friendly and fast. Even though my steak wasn’t medium as ordered, they quickly made it right by giving me a second steak done right and it was delicious.

JM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Staff was great. Food was good to very good. Would eat here again.

SM
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience4

I am a large person. The Hostess put us in a Booth that was very difficult for me to get into. As I struggled to fit into the booth she just stood there and watched. There were other open tables around and they were not offered. I have to say that this is the first time a Host/Hostess was not mindful of body shape and didn’t recommend comfortable seating. Our Waiter was nice and the food was very good but the experience was terrible and I will not go back!!! Maybe takeout or through a delivery service.

OT
Cincinnati
60 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and awesome service.

SS
Charleston
34 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Forget one persons food and another order incomplete when brought out. Otherwise, good meal.

DH
Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food and service were great. A very loud threesome ruined an otherwise excellent Valentine’s celebration.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience1

With SO many restaurants to choose from on Hilton head Island, the black marlin really needs to focus on sprucing up their overall decor and space. The interior needs serious modernization. At first I was upset that it was Valentine’s Day and we had a reservation and we were seated on their enclosed patio space. It is literally four plastic walls with no flowers, no ambience, no decor whatsoever, not even a candle on the table. Just people and tables. When I went inside to use the restroom and saw what the inside looked like, I was relieved we were actually outside!! Our server was attentive and the food was okay. Won’t be rushing back though.

j
Charleston
64 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience1

Without a doubt one of THE LOUDEST restaurants in which we’ve ever dined. We were seated in an area with a concrete floor and it was like being in a pool hall. Carrying on a conversation was impossible. Food was overpriced and mediocre. Service was fine. Wouldn’t recommend.

LD
Charleston
56 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Dinner on Valentine's Day was very good. However, we weren't expecting a group of 12 and another foursome at the next table who were all terribly loud. I would suggest that on such an evening perhaps couples could have seating in a separate area so they can hold a conversation.

OT
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The outdoor seating was warm which was great for a chilly Valentines Day dinner but the view we had was the side of the neighboring building so we could "kinda see" the colors of the sunset under the bridge. The seafood boil was delicious.

OT
Cincinnati
60 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Snow crab legs are the best , period. We love this place. Mac is doing a great job.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Primavera pasta was very good. Others has stuffed shrimp and parmesian scallops and were pleased wit both dishes.

JB
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, great service from Connor.

TP
Indiana
16 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The service and food was very good. Waiter was very helpful in explaining our menu options . I would highly recommend this place to our friends.

GO
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We were visiting the island for a long, lazy weekend and found the Black Marlin in a hotel magazine. We were very comfortable in the casual environment and were impressed by the menu. The Grouper Daufuskie was outstanding! Our only complaint was the dimwit who thought we should accept dining next to her golden retriever, and that the restaurant was apparently okay with that. Common sense people.

RK
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Ordered burger and fries fries were cold and sushi nachos they were terrible and very small amount for the money

a
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great time, good food and service

GF
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food excellent service very satisfied 😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊

GF
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place going back soon service great excellent food nice atmosphere

DR
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter was Roger. He was excellent. My husband ordered his favorite meal, Grouper Dafuskie. He loved it. Will definitely go back.

OT
Cincinnati
60 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant.

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G
Cleveland
23 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Ordered the wrong item this time. We have eaten here many times and the food has always been good.
This time I ordered the Shrimp & Grits - lots of sausage and spicy gravy, 4 shrimp and very little grits.
My husband sticks with the Bayside Sampler for brunch and as I looked across the table, thought I should have done that today.

JM
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After spending two wonderful weeks of vacation in Cabo at a fine Mexican resort it was a treat to again dine at one of our favorite Hilton Head Island restaurants and be served wonderfully prepared American food. We were also delighted with the service provided by a young school teacher waitress Morgan. She is always treats us like family and provides impeccable service. It is always a special treat to dine at the Black Marlin.

MB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten at all four restaurants in that plaza. We like them all.

G
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

There were 4 of us and the food was great. We lost our waitress for a long while and had to get the manager to get us refreshers on the wine and ketchup (since the food was brought over and no one to get us condiments). We were put in the middle of the room so it was a little noisy. Not a good place to sit but was not terribly bad. When the weather is nice out, I have sat outdoors and it is very lovely out there. Food was more than enough and delicious. I would recommend this place in a heartbeat despite the little problems we had.

OT
Cincinnati
60 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome restaurant. We love it.

D
Charleston
88 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you great meal and service

HH
Charleston
22 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual!

A
Charleston
34 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A group of 12 had brunch there and the service was good. Food taste was very good. Could have came out a little hotter, For a group of twelve they handle the orders quickly. Some wait on the coffee and water. Overall very happy with everything that they did for us.

T
Charleston
18 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent. I had the salmon and vegetables - all were expertly cooked and arranged attractively on the plate. Brett, our server, was friendly, attentive and excellent. thank you for a great evening!

LC
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food is always very good and portions are just right. This is part of the Serge Group restaurants and they are very well managed.

VB
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Black Marlin!! We come every January and we always tell our friends that come to Hilton Head to make sure they eat at the Marlin!

SS
Charleston
35 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Server, sandon, was excellent! Very polite and responsive.

L
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a truly fabulous dinner, everything was perfect!

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Overall lousy experience. Food was ok, service not so good. Received check before being offered dessert or coffee. Ordered Port, waitress asked if I wanted it on the rocks. Received a scotch instead, waitress bland bartender. Finally received Port, no apology.

Overpriced for food received, Grouper was overcooked. Not going back and would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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