The Black Marlin Bayside Grill

4.3
2785 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 2785 people are saying
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MikeG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Stuffed Shrimp was awesome! The chowder was by far the best we’ve ever had. Get the bowl or you’ll be ordering more if you just get a cup. We’ll be back in the spring for sure!!!

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vipPamM
Milwaukee
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Service was outstanding. All members of the staff were working together. Our waiter was very personable and attentive. I am sorry about his name, either Carson or Carter??

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AmberS
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Their crab legs are excellent. If you don’t care about sides, consider purchasing the appetizer portion (same amount of crab) for a few dollars less.

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vipMarlin
Charleston
47 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed our time at The Black Marlin. The food was delicious and the service terrific. A great place to meet and dine with friends. We had two vegan diners and the restaurant had options and adapted a dish to accommodate the diner.

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JimB
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service5ambience1

We are frequent diners at Black Marlin and have never had a bad meal there until last night. Everything on my plate was only Luke warm, My wife’s cod was hot but her sides were cold even her French fries. We think that maybe the kitchen was short staffed and many things were prepared ahead of time. Our reservation was for a booth, no booth not even a table in the main dining room, we were seated in the back with the wait staff walking back and forth.

The waitress was superb and the only positive.

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AdamsGA
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Sam, was such a pleasure. He is a truly asset to your staff. Wonderful food as well.

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MeridithZ
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I have never left a bad review before but this was bad enough to warrant one. I ordered the island sandwich which was recommended by the server. The fish was good but the bun, fries and lettuce seemed to have wilted under a heat lamp for far too long. Husband ordered seafood trio and it looked and tasted like it was packaged, processed and reheated. the veggies also seemed to have come from a freezer bag. The baked potato wasn’t cooked all the way and was still somewhat hard in middle. Based on our meal, I don’t understand the overall good reviews at this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a quiet night for the restaurant but service and food was excellent as usual.

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BLAINEG
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

very good food and service. Was a little on the pricier side for my taste. Good seafood.

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DennisU
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had the steamed oyster bucket and blackened scallops. The oysters were plentiful and fun to shuck, the scallops were wonderful. My wife had the snow crab legs,, a bit pricey, but she really enjoyed them. Plenty of clarified butter. Unfortunately the baked potato came cold and it’s replacement still was cool and hard.

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vipSharjohnson
Columbus
18 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had Sunday brunch here. We sat outside. Food was very good as were the cocktails.

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CarolRutgers
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal! Server was wonderful. I had the salmon sweet heat style.

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vipCantonwasalongway
Savannah
8 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Server Samantha was awesome

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RebeccaF
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

People very kind. Food excellent and setting just great!

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vipFoodiex2
Charleston
18 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a table of 11 with separate checks. The waitress was fantastic!

The Black Marlin Bayside Grill
Responded on January 8, 2022

Thank you for leaving a review!! We love accommodating large groups and look forward to you dining with us again!!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall3food2service5ambience3

We drove across state lines to come to visit this establishment. We were sold on the views that were supposedly offered.

The only saving Grace of this restaurant was our server. He was kind and prompt. The food was mediocre, nothing more. The portions are not a good value, either.

I wouldn’t come back on my own accord and I wouldn’t tell my friends to visit.

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vipScottS
Charleston
52 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Emily S., was great. Drink selections were good and food well prepared.

The Black Marlin Bayside Grill
Responded on January 4, 2022

We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us!! Emily will be glad to hear that you also enjoyed her service!! Look forward to having you back soon!!

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JaneO
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Great outdoor dining. Food seemed to be not as good as I remembered it from prior visits.

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vipEatouts
Charleston
49 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

TheBlack Marlin never disappoints ! 13 friends enjoyed outdoor brunch . The server was excellent , foods delicious and the outdoor setting was perfect !

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JohnetteA
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Waiter was snappy. Hash browns weren’t hash browns. They were full of cheese.

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BillG
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great New Years Eve dinner with friends. Sam was our waiter and did a great job and was on top of everything we needed.

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EducatedRedneck
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Food was good but the portions are small for the price. Dated furnishings.

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JSFlorida
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food great server great atmosphere. Staff energetic friendly and the facility is beautiful

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vipMaryS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Connor was awesome! Great service for a large party. Best dining experience of the week.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Service was terrible. Chowder was good but burger looked like they served one slider. Lol. Smallest thing I’ve ever seen. Chicken parm was good but Parmesan cheese would have been nice. Never asked if we wanted additional beverages. Really bad experience.

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Paul
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Everyone with a smile. Meals and service so relaxing and fun. Menu was so big, We'll return to try all the others.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

We always enjoy The Black Marlin, and we always try to go on every visit to HHI. My husband had shrimp and grits, but it should have been called sausage and grits, with a few shrimp thrown in. I had shrimp scampi, and the garlic will be with me a few days. The shrimp and grits would have been excellent with 3/4 less sausage, and the shrimp scampi would have been better without so much garlic, and I’m a garlic lover! Shrimp in both dishes was pretty small, and didn’t seem to be fresh caught. We both had a cup of the chowder, which was very good!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Bugs were bothersome but to be expected near the water.

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Yazmania
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a very delicious restaurant with beautiful views of the bay and bridge.

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MikeG
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First visit here. Good food, good service and a cool vibe. Will definitely go again.

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FrankieP
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great. Need time servers to keep up with customer demand.

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DavidM
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There isn’t one negative comment we could make. The entire experience was wonderful!

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vipJanetC
Charleston
28 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kudos to your staff and Mr. Sam for the excellent service.
Thank you.

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MichelleC
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was excellent food was delicious!

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renu
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, as promised, and a wonderful view! Our server, Hope, was so friendly and courteous and attended to us every so nicely! Will definitely recommend this place!

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vipwheals
Charleston
127 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive service from Sam

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vipLGWvirginia
Richmond
47 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We enjoyed drinks at the hurricane bar before dinner inside. Bar scene was lively but disappointed there was no view of sunset - or even much of a view of the water. Service and drinks were very good, however - lot of tvs with sports games on, something for everyone. We had the sushi nachos - delicious!! Dinner inside was fine but not remarkable.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always good, great food, atmosphere and service

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TamyM
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time there. Had a great experience! We would return but next time in the daylight just so we could see our surroundings better outside and the water. Great service and festive for Xmas eve tho. Good food options as well.

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vipChristopherS
Charleston
1 review