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The Black Marlin Bayside Grill, Hilton Head Island, SC

The Black Marlin Bayside Grill

4.3
4.3
3508 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
The Black Marlin Bayside Grill offers the island’s best selection of fresh seafood and is home of the Hurricane Bar. Dine inside or out on the expansive covered patio just steps from the water. Start your dining experience with our Signature Food Network approved appetizer, Sushi Nachos. Then, prepare your taste buds for our fresh seafood entrees including Grouper Daufuskie, and Sweet Heat Mahi Mahi. Join us for lunch and enjoy our Shrimp Burger, as Chef Curtis Stone, Food Network Star, called “The Best Shrimp Burger Ever!” Don’t miss our Weekend Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays offering all of your breakfast and lunch favorites including benedicts, omelets and our Create-Your-Own-Bloody-Mary bar with spicy asparagus, pickled okra, stuffed olives and a variety of hot sauces. The adjacent Hurricane Bar is a favorite “Dive bar” among locals and visitors. Locals and visitors enjoy the home of the island’s most robust live music series, newly rebuilt marina and our signature drink “The Hurricane.”

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (843) 785-4950

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Matthew Cogen

  • Catering

    We can bring The Island's Best Selection of Fresh Seafood to your Home or Office, we also offer a To Go Boaters menu for Sunset Cruises, Fishing and Dolphin excursions.

  • Private party facilities

    We have a semi private room that is a great space for rehearsal dinners, family gatherings and corporate outings.

  • Private party contact

    Mac DeRose: (843) 785-4950

  • Neighborhood

    Hilton Head Island

  • Cross street

    Arrow Rd.

  • Parking details

    Expansive parking area with handicapped parking and a ramp.

  • Entertainment

    Featuring live music seasonally, visit our website for our upcoming Oyster Roasts, Hurricane Parties and full live entertainment schedule.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Smoking Area, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 3,508 people are saying

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • South Carolina

    Outdoor Dining

  • Hilton Head

    Kid Friendly

  • Hilton Head

    Hot Spot

  • Hilton Head

    Outdoor Dining

  • Hilton Head

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  1. S

    Street

    Atlanta

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    My stuffed shrimp was tough as leather. My father got the same dish and it was also tough. My husband was served a baked potato in a metal basket which made it he’d to eat. We had seven people at dinner and five were not happy.
  2. MM

    MerlinsMom

    Pittsburgh

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    We were really excited to try this place and it was good. Not great. The decor is a bit tired and needs a sprucing up. Service was very good. We started with the fish chowder and is was really good. We'd just been on a trip to New England and coastal Canada, so we were tough critics. This wasn't as good as what we had up there, but I'd order it again. It was a very nice start to the meal on a cool night. We then ordered the Bayside Seafood rolls - Chilled lobster, sweet bay shrimp, lump crab, seasoned mayo, lettuce, tomato, toasted split top bun. I guess we envisioned a lobster roll with multiple types of seafood. This was not that! I was more of a seafood salad - think scoops of tuna salad but with different fish. It was fine, but really had very little taste. The bread was excellent though. All in all, I'd go back but would definitely order something different. We'd eaten at Poseidon the night before which is part of the same restaurant group and that experience was just better all around, from ambiance to food. Black Marlin does have some really good reviews, so it could have just been what we ordered and what our expectations were.
  3. VA

    VictoriaA

    New England

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    The reviews for this restaurant had been good so we were expecting a nice meal. The sweet heat grouper was just okay...no heat at all, though. The jumbo stuffed shrimp was bland and overcooked. When we mentioned that to our waiter, the manager took it off our bill. The service was very good and the waitstaff was pleasant.
  4. HA

    HAlan

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    I had the Grouper Oscar and spouse had twin filets Oscar. The crab topping was more like a breadcrumb topping. Could not even taste crab.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Worst meal - food was mediocre- 2 of my family members ordered snow crab legs - the rest of us received our meals and they received their meals when we were finishing ours. Best part is that the crab legs came out cold so by the time that we got our waitress’s attention and they made the crab legs again which they came out done but by then the entire meal was ruined as we were finished. The dinner was ruined. Thought maybe the manager would come over but that did not happen. Very disappointed! Would not recommend and will never go back !
  6. LJ

    LJKJ3

    Philadelphia

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We enjoyed a wonderful dinner at The Black Marlin Bayside Grill. Our server was friendly and efficient. We were two couples and we all ordered something different that we enjoyed. The grouper was especially delicious! We requested an outdoor table and a band playing so the noise level was pretty high.
  7. JM

    JimM

    Philadelphia

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was outstanding and the food exceeded expectations. The Black Marlin is a long-time favorite and never disappoints. We especially enjoy outside seating as we continue to exercise precautions due to COVID and the flu.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Meal was pretty good with views of water. Sweet potato fries a little too fried!
  9. BB

    BruceB

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    It was a quiet, rainy night; not many people in the restaurant. The food was great; the prices were fair and the service was very good. Would absolutely go again.
  10. M

    Marj

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    Had a reservation for weeks. Get to restuarant and we are seated in bar vs. the water side. Asked if we could have booth, water side, no all tables taken. So you make reservation and get seated in bar. Hmmmm. Menu is big, lots of options. Food was good, not great but good. Took 15 mintues to get server to greet us and ask if we wanted drink. He was helpful with menu but was much more keen on chatting it up with the hostess, who we could see from our table, then getting our order, delivering order, asking if all was ok. Its a cool venue, lots of outdoor seating and another bar if weather is nicer, but entire experience .... too many other options on HH.
  11. e

    ellenbaby

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We sat outdoors. The food was hot and tasty. We will be back next year
  12. e

    eatoutalot

    Savannah

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was Samantha. She was amazing at balancing all of her tables. Brought water to us as she greeted us and was very attentive. Food was excellent as always. Love their sangria and order it everytime I’m on the island. Will definitely be back!!
  13. RB

    RuthB

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service! The food was excellent. Highly recommend.
  14. DH

    DaveH

    Philadelphia

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dinner was excellent and our server was very knowledgeable and pleasant.
  15. JP

    JonettaP

    Savannah

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our 'go-to' restaurant for great ambiance, service, quality, value - and of course fabulous food!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good fresh seafood sitting outside with a great band playing our favorite tunes.
  17. CR

    CarlR

    Savannah

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Waiter was fine. 2 meals were. Good, one not so good.
  18. b

    barbb

    Naples

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Next to wedding table so it was noisy but fun. Food was excellent, especially Italian Wedding Soup and blueberry spoon bread bites. Server was great!
  19. CB

    CheriB

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our third time there this month. It’s our new favorite restaurant!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience1
    The music on Wednesday night Was not appropriate dinner music.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service were great just some loud conversations next to us during our whole meal☹️
  22. B

    Bruce

    Louisville

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    May be the best seafood meal I have ever had and the dessert was amazing as well! My wife and I both ordered the Grouper Daufuskie served with crab, spinach, andouille crust, stone ground parmesan grits, lemon beurre blanc and it was delicious! For dessert we shared the bread pudding bites which had 4 French toast like bread pudding squares with blue berries in a blue berry flavored sauce, whipped cream, peach/orange ice cream and enough for 4 people or enough to take house for later. Delicious! The only knock was the old fashion and that they used maraschino cherries instead of luxardo cherries but the meal was terrific!
  23. m

    marcd

    Toledo

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great bar scene and fabulous food
  24. W

    Wanda

    Atlanta

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brunch is a MUST! Great menu and fabulous view. The bag of donuts is awesome!
  25. TL

    TerrenceL

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall1food5service5ambience5
    Good Food. Exceptional Service. However our dinner was ruined by the overpowering CIGAR SMOKE. WE WILL NEVER GO BACK!! They allow smoking at Boat House. However, in over 20 year# of dining we have never experienced a Cigar problem at Boat House, or Dockside.
  26. CL

    CharlesL

    Charleston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great as usual.
  27. D

    Dave

    Philadelphia

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience2
    Hostess-friendly but unpolished Server- kind but overwhelmed. slow to make initial contact / slow to deliver/ did not check in on how orders turned out/ took long time to get coffee snd check Food- good Ambience- man from adjacent condo walked dog that defacated 10 yards in the field of view of our sunset view -f bombs and screaming from bar at next door Carolina Crab
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great. Outdoor seating was perfect. Everyone enjoyed the evening.
  29. DV

    DanV

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it there. Sat outside looking at the water. Mojitos were really good! Food was really good. Lijed the waiter. Will return for sure.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were there with another family with 10 total people and the service was great/fast, the food was delicious, and the ambiance was really nice both inside and outside. We were in town for a week and it was the best dinner we had all week.
  31. CW

    CarlaW

    Columbus

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience2
    Everything was great except the band was way too loud! Impossible to have a conversation.
  32. JB

    JanetB

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoy this restaurant every time we go to Hilton Head. The outdoor seating is always nice with live music. The food is so good and the service is wonderful as well.
  33. CS

    CheriS

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    We live the food which has been perfect every time Many wonderful restaurants here on HH and we chose to go to Black Marlin twice. We prefer to eat early. We made reservations both times., Three days in advance The first night we arrived at 5:05 and they set us off patio in the trees. We asked to live as the wind was blow ing too hard and the outside seating was less than 1/4 full. They moved us on the patio 2nd night we were there again right at 5:00 with reservations. and they said they had several large parties and would have to set us at a four top and add a chair for 5. That was ok but they sat us right in the walk path of everyone walking in on the patio. Mind you, the patio had less than 7 parties seated. The four tops that line the i wall of the patio were all open except one , that is about 6 four tops. I said we did have reservations and sitting in the middle of the entry way is not how I want to eat dinner. They moved us one table over still in the walk way Food was as always great. Crammed in an corner walkway was not how we intended our meal We will return because of the food but I will ask the manager about seating when you have advance reservations and the restaurant is only 1/4 full We will not have it listed as our favorite any more. We will not eat twice in our 10 day stay any more either.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    We were seated by a noisy air conditioning fan for one of the residential units which made for a loud dinner.
  35. R

    Robe

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience2
    We were looking forward to a pleasant harbor side dining experience but, due to the constant drone of some exhaust fan, it was more like eating beside an interstate highway. Our server said it was an ongoing problem. Frustratingly unpleasant. The food was very good and the staff was very accommodating.
  36. CH

    CheriH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had never been to The Black Marlin before and went twice this week. It is our new favorite restaurant.
  37. GM

    GMann

    Key West

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    We were so disappointed in this restaurant. The help seemed to be having a difficult time from seating people (we had a reservation) to service at the table. We were first seated by the drink serving area (when we had reserved an outside table). When we asked to be moved we were taking outside -- off the patio where two tables were placed in the mulch beds. The hostess said she was doing the best she could. Our waiter was very slow in coming to the table and despite two request did not bring us napkins or silverware. We got up and got our own from an empty table. The chowder was not hot, nor were the entrees and all can be descirbed as average. Since we were sitting in the dark in the mulch, we had to use our phone in order to see. About the time we finished we were told that they could bring us a light if we wanted one. Needless to say, we will not be back.
  38. C

    Ckgroup

    Charleston

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We designated indoor seating on our reservation. When we arrived, they sat a couple with no reservation inside and then sat us on the patio in the plastic enclosed area. The hostess hurried to put down the menus and quickly left before we could say anything. Are they now considering this inside?
  39. JS

    JennyS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Food was absolutely fantastic- very enjoyable. Unfortunately our server was absolutely terrible, and another server stepped up and took care of us
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Had a reservation and thought it was weird our table wasn’t ready close to that time. We waited over 30 minutes to be seated. After being seated it took another 15 minutes for a waiter to come see us. Lots of open tables so it was clear they were very short staffed. Once we got service the food was good and the waiter was attentive and entertaining. Nice save

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Black Marlin Bayside Grill using the Order Online button. The Black Marlin Bayside Grill also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (843) 785-4950.

The Black Marlin Bayside Grill is rated 4.3 stars by 3508 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for The Black Marlin Bayside Grill

86 Helmsman Way, Palmetto Bay Marina, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Arrow Rd.

  • Neighborhood

    Hilton Head Island

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Expansive parking area with handicapped parking and a ramp.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Matthew Cogen

  • Entertainment

    Featuring live music seasonally, visit our website for our upcoming Oyster Roasts, Hurricane Parties and full live entertainment schedule.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Smoking Area, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (843) 785-4950

  • Catering

    We can bring The Island's Best Selection of Fresh Seafood to your Home or Office, we also offer a To Go Boaters menu for Sunset Cruises, Fishing and Dolphin excursions.

  • Private party facilities

    We have a semi private room that is a great space for rehearsal dinners, family gatherings and corporate outings.

  • Private party contact

    Mac DeRose: (843) 785-4950

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