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“Great food -- reasonable prices” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Black Marlin Bayside Grill

Black Marlin Bayside Grill
86 Helmsman Way, Hilton Head, SC 29928-3206
843-785-4950
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Ranked #42 of 318 restaurants in Hilton Head
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
SW Illinois
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“Great food -- reasonable prices”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2010

We have visited Hilton Head several times over the last 4 years but are always on the lookout for good seafood. And we found a winner on this trip.

It's predominantly a seafood restaurant (with a very nice selection of good seafood - between the regular menu and their daily specials), but there were some good-looking non-seafood choices on their menu as well. The service was excellent, and the price was very reasonable. The atmosphere appealed to us, too ... relaxed and non-pretentious, perfect complement to the island's atmosphere.

The Black Marlin will definitely be at the top of our list of restaurants to visit when we return to Hilton Head.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Rolla, Missouri
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82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
“Excellent Sunday Brunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2010

Started next door at the Sunrise Cafe, but the wait was too long and we had a golf tourney to go to.This place did not disappoint. Mimosas were good, breakfast was excellent. Bagels and lox served perfectly; wife had seafood benedict which she loved. outdoor seating is avialable, but it is not a knock out view and can get windy. The bar is very comfy and is where i would plant myself next time. Just have to know where to find it. I would do lunch here for sure as well.

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“Not memorable (good or bad)”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2010

I had the scallops and they were well prepared. The menu was pretty basic seafood, pasta and beef. The ambience was non-offensive.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Charlotte, NC
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“A decent spot with an impressive menu”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2010

Read solid reviews for Black Marlin and tried it for our family of four (two kids under six). The menu had a broad selection of seafood and standard american fare, and the appetizers and salads were actually pretty creative (yes, the sushi nachos that people crow about *are* good -- but the downside it is an 'artsy' (read: sparse) dish).

As is usually the case these days, my server insisted that their tuna was "sushi grade" -- the third bite into the sushi salad was anything but: I got an end piece of seared tuna that was more tendons than flesh. Ugghh. My favorite fish became everyone's favorite a decade or so ago, and now it is near-impossible to get a good cut of it.

My wife found her surf and turf (filet and stuffed shrimp) to be very good -- preparation and flavor was spot-on. The kids' menu is a little spendy for what it is (probably a buck or so higher than each item should be, even in a tourist town), but no big deal.

Creative beachy/sailing-themed drinks menu. Lots of seating in different rooms (bar, dining, outdoor) and a casual but attentively-decorated atmosphere.

Overall a good- to very good spot. Wouldn't have reservations telling someone they should expect a good time there ... but we haven't done enough dining on HHI yet to say you should necessarily pick this one over something else.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Good food for a good price”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2010 via mobile

Good food for a good price

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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