The Black Marlin

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211 reviews
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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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OT
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time with great food and music for my bday!

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t
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

The band Family Style was great. Lots of people and dancing. Good room. Food was ok, at least what I had. I would have to try some different things. I think it is good though. Fun time.

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E
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

we have been coming to the Black Marlin for years -always love brunch and lunches and dinners.
This morning the service was HORRIBLE - the waitress was unprepared to answer any questions as to preparation of the food (simple thing, like is the corned beef hash made in house?????)..... eggs benedict came cold as did the simple eggs and sausage and hashbrowns. We were so disappointed as
we had great friends from out of state that we were looking forward to enjoying a great meal.
We will be back because our positive experiences far out weigh this one embarrassing nightmare.

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DD
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun place for a casual night out. Fish & Chips and the Pork Sliders were delicious, and you really get your money's worth! The blues band "Three Buck Chuck" with guest guitarist Michael Dotson provided great entertainment!

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L
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Always a hit.

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W
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were impressed with the Food and the wine selection. Everything was quite delicious!

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MG
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place, great food!!! Fish and chips are the best. Halibut. Clam chowder also great.

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JR
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Chilean Sea Bass was one of the most outstanding fish dishes I have ever had. (And I am a seafood addict. ;))

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h
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was exceptional. The noise level was better than most. It was a little pricey. The food was very good. I plan to return.

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KT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great find. The staff was extremely welcoming, friendly and helpful. Never at a point in the meal where we needed to ask for assistance with either service recommendations or just light hearted conversation. Everyone was very knowledgeable on the menu and , more importantly, how to navigate options. The food was excellent and perfect for our lunch. Simply a surprising place, one I will venture back to quite often.

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SA
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night of fun for all! The food was EXCELLENT and the value for the food, was also EXCELLENT. Siracha shrimp is a must try. The entertainment for the night was Doc Drew and the Crew. They was an awesome live band, great sound, entertaining and the dance floor was packed all night.

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L
Los Angeles
87 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wednesday is seafood paella night as well as half off bottles of wine. The paella had lots of seafood and fish. Very tasty and filling. Our server was very attentive and even brought us a bowl and shell crackers for our crab legs.

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HB
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

Food was terrible- we had eggs ranchero and Marlin hash scramble. Manager swapped a meal out, so it was better- but for the price, the food sucks

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OT
Palm Springs
65 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We really enjoy the front outside dining area. The inside is wY to loud for us. The service is always excellent. Good food and great drinks!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for dinner and the band. We received first class service from the entire staff and the food was delicious as usual.

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MT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to see the band Creeper, but ate too
Had a good time

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MF
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only thing that was annoying was the flies on the front patio.

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CD
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Come to Black Marlin frequently as the food is consistently great. Enjoy the live entertainment as well. Highly recommended.

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JB
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

At Black Marlin they were very friendly and provided a lot of information about the menu and off menu items. Their recommendations were spot on and I highly recommend the Cajun rib eye!! The “outdoor patio” is amazing. Love this place

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MR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was okay. Ordered Oysters Rockefeller and it was pretty ordinary ... actually, less than ... It was a bit disappointing. Service was great for a busy night. We reserved tables to watch their live entertainment. Unfortunately, since we can specify on OpenTable a location, we were placed outside patio in the far corner so we were unable to see the band and the noise was muffled as there was a glass window in between. Also, the smoke from the smokers would encroach into the the patio area as they were smoking just outside the patio area where only a glass window separated us. Perhaps, it would have been better if I called into the restaurant so I could specify the area I wanted to be seated at. Overall, we still made the best of the situation.

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GM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Got there on a Saturday early evening, had reservations, was seated promptly. Very nice people and our waitress, Shannon, was outstanding. The service was attentive and consistent, something lacking at many a restaurant. The double clam chowder is the finest I've ever had and the main course of scallops was perfect. It was our first time there and we look forward to returning again and again.

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OT
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A new restaurant for us and the four of us loved it!
Great seafood! Cool vibe.
They even have Magic and Whisky nights on Monday and Wednesday nights respectively that we must check out.
Old town Tustin came up on this restaurant!

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L
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great find, a fun, bar atmosphere. The food was excellent and the service outstanding. I definitely would recommend it to a friend as a friendly bar-atmosphere place to get a great meal with outstanding, friendly service.

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G
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice place I will come back, great service I will try the something g different. I had the ribeye and lobster, just a little over cooked for my the lobster but the ribeye was nicely cooked.

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MF
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you very much for the good food and dining experience.

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DW
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a nice evening, great food, great service. We usually sit on the enclosed patio.

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MN
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The restaurant was good but when we arrived they had no record of our reservation!

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CW
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The best clam chowder soup anywhere in the world.

Great food and really good service. Indoors is pretty noisy, but the patio is very nice.

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SB
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

We were forewarned that the overly loud music was a deterrent to the dining experience and we found that to be the case. Also, the cocktails were watery. We would recommend the other restaurants in Tustin Olde Towne and will continue to eat ar those as well and skip the marlin.

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LG
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hospitality,music the best w great service.
Food... so great!!

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B
Orange County
35 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Another lovely visit. First time that I’ve had the Cajun Seafood Pasta and it was excellent!

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BL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The music in the dinning area needs to be turned down. I prefer no music to soft music. I come to a restaurant to relax

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V
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Kim our waitress was great. The food was delicious. We are a group that has known each other for 60 years and only see each other once or twice a year, we were encouraged to visit and enjoy our meal. We will be back!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was very slow.

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JD
Palm Springs
11 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Had not been to the Black Marine in a couple of years but when a friend suggested dinner there on a Monday night I was ready.
The menu offerings are quite good with an emphasis on fresh fish. As a lover of good clam chowder, I can truly say that their claim to be the best in O.C. may be well founded. It was almost as good as I've ever had.
For entres, my wife and I had the sand dabs and our friend had the Chilean sea bass, both of which were perfectly prepared and delicious.
I'll have to get back much more often, if only for the chowder alone.

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location. Great food

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A
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
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 on January 20, 2019
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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A
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
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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