The Black Marlin

4.4
175 reviews
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Seafood
The Black Marlin prides itself on serving fantastic food at a great value in a fun and festive setting. Our commitment to exceeding expectations has made The Black Marlin one of the most popular dining destinations not only in Old Town Tustin, but in Southern California. We are the OC Register People"s Choice Best Seafood Restaurant 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017. This year we have added Best Brunch to our list of awards.

Our menu features American seafood, steaks and pastas that are infused with a contemporary regional twist. Whenever possible, we source the freshest fish, meats and produce from local farmers and vendors with an emphasis on sustainability. We offer wonderful weekly specials that offer exceptional value to locals and tourists alike.
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Although the magician totally didn't show up to our table this time, our previous experience was awesome. If you go there, make sure you are seated somewhere the magician would come over.

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Made reservations via open table well in advance. When we arrived the restraunt was relatively empty. We had mentioned in our reservation request for a table near a tv so we can watch football and enjoy our Sunday. Our reservations were at 1130. Our host tried seating us way out of the way of the main dinning room, when we asked to receive a different table she started "Oh, the dinning room is reserved for our 12pm guests." What??? What is the point of reserving a table?? She ended up seating us outside and it took about 10 mins for a server to even take our drink order. The whole time we were being served/assisted they made us feel rushed and unimportant. The food was overcooked and over priced. We will not be returning.

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Orange County
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten at the Black Marlin several times now and love it. Especially the swordfish. It is delicious! They serve large portions so we had enough leftover for our lunch today. Excellent food and service!

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D
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a lunch meeting, food was great and service was excellent. Respectful of meeting and limited interruptions.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were there to listen to the band

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MN
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for a Bday party. Started off on a bad note but by the end of the eve. It was a very enjoyable night. Bday girl was very “Happy” and that’s all that counted. We will come back.

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d
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Hey Black Marlin, you had me at bottomless pomegranate mimosas...

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JR
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Real nice atmosphere, spacious, great food and service.

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TL
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sand dabs with risotto and green beans were fantastic! Clam chowder is a winner too!

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r
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

was unsure why they did an automatic 20% gratuity. Thank goodness someone was paying attention in our group or we would have all over tipped.

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LP
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

We come to see the band Notorious and love love loved it!!!!!!












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MG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the experience! Wonderful jazz quartet...featuring Benn Clatworthy on sax...so enjoyable! The service was friendly & efficient...menu varied & interesting. Will return ..especially for all that jazz!

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JG
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always. Love this place for happy hour, brunch & great dinners

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HS
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have frequented the Black Marlin many times and the staff is always friendly, attentive and efficient. The food has always been excellent and healthy.

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SA
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

They put us out on the back patio because they didn’t have a table in the restaurant, though we had requested an indoor table and no one had told us we could not have a table indoors. The smell of sewage in a drain pipe on the back patio was so awful we had to leave. We will never go there again and we are reporting it to the health department

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MS
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First time for brunch...I’m sure the second time will be a 5

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

We ordered sand dabs but one side was so crisp we had to cut this delicate fish with a knife

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ML
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

When we arrived I told the host we had reservations and he welcomed me by my name, confirmed we had 2 more coming for our party and gave us a choice of seating. Very friendly and hospitable. Table was comfortable and food was a little pricey for such a casual place (almost a bar) but everyone cleaned their plates. Seriously, it was weird. Hubby had fish, friends had scallops, other had salad with salmon which she said was cooked perfectly. I had the shrimp/mushroom linguine and I usually don't like mushrooms with shrimp but these were perfect. The shrimp was plentiful and the sauce was yummy. We made a promise to visit again for lunch as the lunch menu looked really interesting. Service was great. Very attentive and we would go back.

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JL
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Food was marginal at best, the desert was tasteless, didn't give as all the specials waitress, never brought
the bread . the worst meal we had in our 5 day trip

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G
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Although we had a reservation they would not seat us, though there were six tables open. Apparently, they were hoping to seat larger parties. The sound level was unbearable, there is no parking and the menu was 50% overpriced.
The waitstaff was untrained and unable to answer any questions.
The food was really just average.

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p
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server was great, very helpful and attentive.
Food was excellent.
Well go again.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was tasty and we had a good time. Nice atmosphere on the front patio in Old Town Orange. A tad noisy, but quiet enough that we could talk. One complaint: I know from their website that they have a senior menu, but they didn’t offer it to our group, even though at least a couple of us were clearly senior citizens. They should do that as a matter of routine. It would have been especially appreciated because the main courses are kind of pricey.

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SF
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

The dinner salad was very small and the dressing was virtually tasteless. We ordered the twenty seven dollar fish and chips and got three small pieces of fish that was over cooked. The creamed corn side was the only item that was tasteful and cooked properly. Had to remind server to bring us the bread and had to look for her when we wanted to pay the bill. The live music was good but I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant as the other fish dishes were in the high 30’s and low 40’s and they couldn’t get a fried fish item correct.

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e
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BEST OYSTERS ROCKEFELLER, BEST, BEST SHRIMP COCKTAIL, BEST, BEST, BEST DRINKS.

our favorite place to go. and KATIE is amazing!!!

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j
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I've driven by The Black Marlin every day for several years, but this was my first time in. Had a truly outstanding steak, done a proper medium rare, with excellent sides of creamed corn and macaroni and cheese. Kids' menu had numerous good choices, and my daughter was happy with her dinner, too. It's easy to miss, but this is absolutely one of the best restaurants in Tustin.

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MP
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

It was great. Thursday has a nice jazz band playing at 7pm. Took the folks and my two daughters and they loved it. Only negative was they charged us full price for our sides even though we ordered several entrees. So it cost us more. We never said anything to the waitress.

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H
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a party of two for lunch and were greeted warmly as soon as we entered the restaurant. Our Open Table reservation was honored with a choice of tables. The menu was full of tempting possibilities. In addition to the regular menu, there were also lunch specials that sounded great. The food (halibut sandwich and fish and chips) was delicious and the service was impeccable. Right on the spot with drink refills and checking on us. I look forward to returning because there are so many other items on the menu I want to try!

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LP
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend plays in a band there Call notorious and when they play I love to go because I love everything about the place

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JL
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Decided to try this place out. Had a very nice dinner with wife and kids. Would recommend.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a large party and had excellent service! The band was great. Food was hot and tasty.
We will come back and suggest others try out the Black Marlin.

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B
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always!!! Good service and we totally enjoyed the entertainment!! We will be back!

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B
Orange County
33 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Only complaint was we were seated on the patio and there were a couple of "over-served" patrons behaving out front. There was also a fellow painting the flowerbox in front and the fumes were very unpleasant.

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CC
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great server and the best meal! I had the shrimp and scallops on goat cheese polenta- excellent! The desserts were all excellent as well. I did not have a cocktail but the lemon drop looked great.

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JH
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Location has good live music on the weekend afternoons. Several nice items on the menu. Margaritas are the bomb.

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e
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was very good. The rolls were delicious. I think that the prices are a little high for what you get, but at least the food tastes good.

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BD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food had a lot of potential but should have been prepared better. My scallops were very sweet but slightly under cooked and needed more seasoning. For the price I expect better execution.

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J
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Fantastic crispy fish and chips, and amazing steak fries! And superb waitresses.

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BH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

We had never been there before so was anxious to try. My husband ordered th scallops and they were delicious and beautifully presented. I ordered the trout and was dried out - over cooked. The mashed potatoes were cold and the green beans had no flavor whatsoever (needed seasoning)
Our server was very efficient and friendly.
One dish was perfect and the other not so much.

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M
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Underwhelming. Not bad but just average across the board. Bills itself as higher end dining. It isn't.

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EC
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Our special request wasn’t acknowledged. Was excited about restaurant. Was disappointed with quality of food.

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