The Black Marlin

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$31 to $50
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Seafood

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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
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this is one of our favorite dinner & places of entertainment. we love to dance & usually don't because its overcrowded

FF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

k
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, live entertainment, a little pricy but very enjoyable.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service ambiance and the band was great! Will be back. Halibut tasted a little weird .

CC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

RS
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

OT
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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!

MB
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Discovered brunch at the Black Marlin! Great menu choices and good food

s
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

BB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We have dined at Black Marlin several times, always a good meal!

JD
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always excellent food served fast and hot and great service

SI
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Food was bland for how much it cost and service was pretty slow. I was expecting a much better experience and was left disappointed.

W
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

JR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and ambiance were all excellent. We always enjoy evenings here.

GP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

j
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone and everything was great you cant go wrong here

OT
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

PA
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

CH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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!

SV
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was good. The waitress and busboy were very sweet and gave excellent service. We will be back.

SC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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.

M
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phil Shane was performing. We had lunch and watched the football game too.

b
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food, good drinks. Great band on Saturday night

ML
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

E
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Neighborhood Gem; Great bar scene; Live Music. Good for social hour with friends

HC
Orange County
30 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

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.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food!

KK
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

So Happy to have this restaurant in my neighborhood. Great food and Cocktails!

BB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

DG
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. The bands that they have never disappoint. Can't wait until the next time.

C
Los Angeles
374 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food - amazing service. Always friendly and fun.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

JT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

PM
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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.

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