The Black Marlin
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.
- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Went for live music on Sunday afternoon. Made special request on reservation to not be right next to band and they handled it well without me having to say anything.
this is one of our favorite dinner & places of entertainment. we love to dance & usually don't because its overcrowded
This is the place to have a quick business lunch. Excellent menu, polite and fast service, and a great price. Katie is the manager and welcomes every guest and does a great job of running the restaurant. I can tell all of the employees like what they do and are well trained.
Great food, live entertainment, a little pricy but very enjoyable.
Food, service ambiance and the band was great! Will be back. Halibut tasted a little weird .
Always fun and nice to bring new people thee. I asked for something that was not on the new menu, but the chef made it for me anyway, Oysters Rockefeller!!! I was my birthday and that's my favorite. Our guests were also impressed and said they will be coming back.
We went to The Black Marlin on a recommendation and we're glad we went. Our server Matt was attentive, a pleasure and suggested a great IPA. The Island Poke Nachos and Sriracha Shrimp appetizers were incredible as were the Halibut and Center Cut Filet Mignon. Complements to the Chefs and thank you!
I enjoyed the Wharf Style fish chowder, tomato-based and full of delightful small pieces of fish and veggies. I also had a Marlin house salad to round out my lunch. Both were very tasty and made for a hearty lunch. The service was great and made for an enjoyable outing in Tustin!
Discovered brunch at the Black Marlin! Great menu choices and good food
The mahi mahi special w mango sauce was really good, the drinks were good as well. It was a small place and I cans see why people complain it's too loud, if your by the bar or stage you wont be able to talk. I was expecting a bluewater grill type of place but it's more of a small bar which is fine. I never go to a sea food place to get chicken or steak lol. I did think it was overpriced, plenty of fine dining places for what I spent here. Waitress was good, asked for a booth because I read the reviews. I would be back for sure, but may have to think about it because of the price. Items seem just like 4 to 6 bucks more expensive and they're not that much better. That being said i was happy w my experience here and my meal.
We have dined at Black Marlin several times, always a good meal!
As always excellent food served fast and hot and great service
Food was bland for how much it cost and service was pretty slow. I was expecting a much better experience and was left disappointed.
The Black Marlin is tucked away in a quaint area of Old Town Tustin close to culturally diverse shops and restaurants. Our seafood was perfectly prepared and the service was prompt and friendly. While the music was a tad bit raucous, it created a fun vibe. We'll definitely return!
The food, service and ambiance were all excellent. We always enjoy evenings here.
The outdoor seating was fine, as they had excellent heaters working overhead.
The food was delightful! My filet minion was the best I have had in a long time, and the lobster was perfectly cooked. (Didn't care for the garlic bread.)
Also excellent clam chowder.
It was Valentine's Day, so they were very busy, but we got in right on time per our reservation. A little noisy, but it was a busy day for them.
Everyone and everything was great you cant go wrong here
Valentine’s Day menu was amazing! The regular dinner menu was also available. Both of our dishes were amazing! I had the scallops and my husband had steak. There were no left-overs. Darn!
Great service, friendly helpful
Food is above average, good value
Short wine list
Been there 5 or 6 times
Last time took 14 people
Will go back again
This place was a great accidental find! They had blue cheese olives in their martinis which is my favorite! The food was delicious! Will definitely come back!
My son took me here for a “date” night. We were seated outside which turned out to perfect for us - less noise and activity, much easier for conversation and relaxing. The food was good, the staff attentive. I will definitely bring my husband back here for our “date” night.
We had a fantastic time and the music was amazing! The food portions seem to get smaller for the price but all was very good so I guess it was worth it. Great fun atmosphere the Tom Petty cover band was awesome! Can’t wait to do it again!
The food was good. The waitress and busboy were very sweet and gave excellent service. We will be back.
We ordered an appetizer, two soups with garlic bread, and entrees.
The soup came out, first. That was disappointing. I mentioned it to the man who brought the soup. He said, "Yes, your waitress turned in the ticket for the soup and the appetizer at the same time. She should not have done that. He brought the appetizer before we were halfway done with the soup. The waitress came and asked if everything was tasting OK. It was. But I was disappointed as it was a special lunch and was otherwise nice.
Phil Shane was performing. We had lunch and watched the football game too.
Good food, good drinks. Great band on Saturday night
We were early birds...11:30 a.m., so the restaurant was almost empty. We were greeted by two very friendly
young women and made to feel at home. Lunch was delicious, fish and chips. This was our first visit and Black Marlin is the the type of restaurant that serves good food, the waitresses make you feel welcomed. Your drinks and coffee cup always full. By 12:30 the place was packed. Apparently a Tustin favorite and I can see why.
One sour note...the room gets a little noisy.
P.S. I gave it “5 Star” it’s “1 Star” on heading. Can’t change it.
Neighborhood Gem; Great bar scene; Live Music. Good for social hour with friends
Was anxious to try with all of the good reviews and accolades. I thought the food was very average for the price. The diablo shrimp appetizer was tasty, my fish was good but nothing special, and the sides were a big disappointment. Sat on the outside heated patio which is pretty sterile looking. No reason to return. There are plenty of other good restaurants in OC.
So Happy to have this restaurant in my neighborhood. Great food and Cocktails!
We went to the Black Marlin on New Years Eve. They had a limited fixed menu for the night. We were expecting an upscale seafood restaurant but found a neighborhood bar and grill that has fancy food (We were over dressed). The berry salad was very nice. I had the halibut and my date had the lamb. The halibut portion was huge and wonderful. The lobster risotto was very nice. My date had a 1/2 rack of lamb. Small portion, there were 4 ribs. Two were very nice and two had significant gristle. The sauce was very nice. The asparagus spears were either very nice or tough and stringy. We took the chocolate mousse to go. It was very average. I had a Sonoma Cutrer Chardonay (very generous pour) which was delightful as always.
Loved this spot! Everything was great, they were a bit busy and forgot a few things but we got our food extremely fast and it was amazing. Will definitely come again! Love the live music!
Food was great... But nothing too special for that kind of price. Would have rather spent the amount that we spent at a steakhouse. Love the decoration of the place.... just so happen that that night the band was playing so it was really loud for dinner.
Love this restaurant. The bands that they have never disappoint. Can't wait until the next time.
Food was of high quality, prepared perfectly and placed as a designer with beautiful colors;
Drinks were magnificent; tried the Titos oyster shot and great Martini's well made and generous;
Service by Jeremy and team was outstanding.
We will come back
Amazing food - amazing service. Always friendly and fun.
Didn’t know it was going to be a prixe fixe meal. Probably would have chosen a different restaurant. I understand it was Christmas Eve but it would have been nice to be warned.
Every thing was great. The food, service and ambience. We were there on Christmas Eve. The restaurant did an excellent job. Thank you for making our Christmas Eve.
I am usually very pleased with the food here. The fish was fresh and well cooked. However, the side dishes were disappointing. The sautéed spinach was very salty. The risotto was starchy and overcooked. It was served like a scoop of ice cream. Not the usual way a good risotto is plated.
The Black Marlin offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (714) 929-7427.
The Black Marlin is rated 4.4 stars by 354 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.