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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Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Wife ordered a grouper dish that is a standard on the menu. It had a horrible “fishy” taste that just ruined her appetite. They graciously gave her a replacement salad. Later our server told the chef said it was a ‘game cut’. Yuk! Chef should have informed the servers.

JM
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food best all around Hilton Head
Fish is amazing

OT
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious!! Scallops melted in your mouth. Terrific service!!

OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal with great service.

JM
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great meal excellent atmosphere

OT
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Salmon Benedict was delicious and I would recommend it. The atmosphere was very pleasant and service quite good.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our large party of 18 was very pleased with the food and service. Several enjoyed the monk fish and the stuffed flounder dishes. We will come again.

AW
Tallahassee
12 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. We had a great meal . Reccomend it very highly

RT
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service at a reasonable price.

DT
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant and setting. Good food and service.

DO
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent as always
So many options from fun drinks to appetizers to main course meals
We love their fresh from the oven bread and seafood chowder !
Had the monkfish prepared with brown butter and it was soooo yummy !

r
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Best meal we’ve had there in a long tine.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience1

Very very loud, felt as though we were yelling at each other across the room

I
11 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Wasn't busy and the service was very slow. Food was warm not hot.

KK
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Been eating here for years, is in my top 3 restaurants on the island. I have always loved the food, wait staff and the view. Friday night it was just ok - waitress was pleasant enough but the food wasn't up to its usual 5 stars. There were 4 of us and everyone agreed it was just ok. Will still recommend it, was just a little disappointed...

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience5

We’ll be back even though waiter had a bit of an attitude

TK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food and service for the price. The early dining menu has good selections. Very nice location and casual but tasteful décor.

RS
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We were there for the early bird dinner( before 5:30) atmosphere was very nice, sat outside. Meal was very reasonable and very tasting. Save room for the cinnamon roll and ice cream dessert, very tasty

SD
Atlanta
30 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Our group of six enjoyed dinner at the Black Marlin last week. We were seated outside where they had heaters and vinyl windows and it was very comfortable on a cool evening. The varied menu of seafood dishes offers something for everyone. The Grouper Provençal is my favorite and always is very good. If you have not eaten here you will not be disappointed. Kudos to our server Sam who did a great job!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Beautiful outdoor setting, great food and drinks.

F
Savannah
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The hamburgs were just okay. Only counter service is available.

The Black Marlin Bayside Grill
Responded on October 20, 2019

Thanks for the review and for joining us! You may, however, have us mixed up with another restaurant, we do not provide counter service at all, and are a full-service restaurant. Thanks again!

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PT
Columbus
13 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Sunday brunch. Great outdoor dining. Top notch food. Attentive service.

MK
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, had a great table outside. Nina was a great server.

PS
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Made reservations here on our last night on the island. We were seated within 5 minutes at table overlooking the bay. Lively atmosphere from nearby bar. Our server was very welcoming, friendly and efficient. Had a fantastic seafood trio as well as the grouper and both were well prepared. Had a great anniversary dinner. This restaurant was recommended by a local and we hope to visit again on our future trips to Hilton Head. Well done!

HM
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Black Marlin has been our favorite seafood restaurant for several years. It never disappoints. When we have friends or family visiting, we always take them there (IF they are seafood lovers). This time was no exception. However, it was a warm Friday evening, and outside was music and crowds all around, and a lot of noise - not our type of dining venue, although we like their outdoor seating. So we had a table inside and that was very nice and quiet.
The food is always top-notch and we all enjoyed what we had. I love the Mussels Messina and would order them even without the mussels - the broth alone is worth it. The wait staff is always efficient, friendly, and will readily accept changes to menu items, such as combinations of several types of oysters etc. All around a wonderful place to have a great time eating out.

JJ
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just left Hilton Head Island. We ate out essentially every lunch and dinner and did not have a bad meal anywhere. We chose outside at The Black Marlin. We had a view of water and boats between two buildings. Food was exceptional as was the service. On our list to return to sometime.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance!

DD
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting Hilton Head a and looking for good seafood with a view. Made a last minute reservation on Open Table and they made an effort to give us a nice outdoor table. Had the seafood trio. It was delicious,

L
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a Birthday celebration with out of town family that was absolutely wonderful! Something everyone could enjoy, whether seafood or none everything was fabulous!

RS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

It was a slow day and so was the service. Food was good, but $40 for lunch? Place was empty for lunch on a Friday. Might try it again at night to give them another chance.

BK
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great fast service. Really good food. Well pleased.

m
Columbus
14 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

The wait staff great, as was the view. The food, a different story. I had a grilled chicken sandwich. The chicken had no taste and was almost impossible to bite into. The fish and chips had more batter than fish. I will admit the fries and coke slaw were good. Too many good places on the island; we will not be back

S
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Enjoyed a very good meal on the patio. The peel and eat shrimp were super fresh, just delicious. The chowder was fantastic and had ample fresh seafood with fresh herbs. Shared a mahi mahi sandwich, cooked perfectly. I would go here again. Water view is just ok, food is far above average.

N
Tampa
23 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate there on 10/02/19.Good food, good atmosphere, good service, good views.

LM
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent seafood meals, friendly staff, nice atmosphere

MB
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and atmosphere. Wonderful experience.

DL
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had wonderful salads, mine a rasberry dressing over good greens, nicely cut up, with candied walnuts. I'm now eating salads everywhere here at HHi, I didn't know a salad could be so good, so satisfying! No midnight snack for me, not overfilling, just right! I've never had anything like it! (Well, what the heck!, I live in Germany. Veronika's Asian sesame dressing and grilled chicken strips. She loved it and ..I did help her finish it off.
Italian Pinot Grigio was good and... reasonable! The server, Maria was pleasant, helpful with the outdoor fans and got a good tip from us.
David, lives in Bavaria

A
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

a reliable location for food and service - good for a meet up with friends/family -

R
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Not as good as 2 years ago. Service was attentive and friendly. Seafood Pasta Al not much sauce and not as much seafood. Flounder was good and my Scallops were drowning in butter. OK but just OK.

LV
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, great service, awesome food! Took my in-laws with us who have visited HH many times and they were very impressed. Nice to be able to book and make requests on their website.

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