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“Good food!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Black Marlin Bayside Grill

Black Marlin Bayside Grill
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Ranked #43 of 361 Restaurants in Hilton Head
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $26
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood, Soups
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Good for: Scenic view, Kids, Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Charlotte, North Carolina
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106 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Good food!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2014

We had a really nice meal at Black Marlin, its family friendly which is nice. They were very busy but it didn't effect our service. The seafood was good as well.

Visited July 2014
Thank Amy M
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Daytona Beach
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115 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Always delightful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2014

We've been here many times, both for lunch and dinner, and almost always eat outside. Great food, good service and a extremely pleasant atmosphere. Definitely on our favorites list.

Visited June 2014
Thank bandit1DaytonaBeach
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68 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Good Food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2014 via mobile

Went here on recommendation from concierge. Hotel was able to call ahead for preferred seating as they don't take reservations. We were seated in about 20 minutes heard they were telling people 40 minutes to a hour. Food was was good. My wife had the catch of the day which was swordfish with sweet cajun seasoning. I had the lowland boil which was very tasty. Restaurant was very busy and help was rushed, it was always like "what do you want and be quick about it". The waiter literally threw the bread on our table and ran. The bar area, asked about drink specials they handed us a list and walked away. The managers did stop by twice to ask how the food was though. Overall food was good service was a little lacking.

Thank BillNHeidi
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Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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102 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“OK, not there greatest”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2014 via mobile

First off, if they tell you it will be a 30 minute wait prepare for at least an hour wait. I have eaten here before and the food quality Is pretty good. Not the best, but still some good seafood at moderate prices. The wait staff was very friendly. I know going there that I am not going to get a gourmet meal and that's OK. I would like to get an accurate estimate of wait time and they need to work on that.

Visited June 2014
Thank john c
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Charlotte, North Carolina
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Mediocre service, average food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2014

Visited on July 5th for dinner, party of 6 adults and 3 kids. We were told that the waiting time is 45-60 minutes, but we were seated after an hour and 20 minutes, after repeated trips to the hostess's desk. Add another 5 minutes to be seated and 10-15 minutes to get the drinks and we were an hour and 40 minutes in (not counting the drive, since the restaurant is a little out of the way).
I had the sea food chowder and fried sea food combination flounder and oysters. The chowder was a huge disappointment, nothing that you would expected from such a popular "sea food" restaurant. There was no thickness to it (it was more like a soup) and it was very salty. You could barely taste the sea food because of the saltines. The fried flounder was good, but the oysters were a little overcooked. My order came out incorrect with fried shrimp instead of oysters and had to be sent back and redone; another 7-10 minutes wait. My wife had the stuffed flounder which she said was good. Other people at the table had different foods and said that their food was OK, no one was impressed.
A couple of other orders at our table were incorrect/incomplete/late which resulted in a conversation with the manager. To be fair, the manager was stopping by at every table asking folks if they were happy with the service and the food.
She was informed about the issues that we encountered and she offered free dessert for the table. The dessert was declined because we had children that we had to take to bed and could not stay any longer. She then offered, unsolicited, a 30% discount of the entire bill (including drinks). This was a very nice gesture, but appropriate.

Overall, service was a not very good and was somehow repaid by the discount we received. The food is nothing to write home about, average at best; you can get similar or better at other places, without needing to drive all the way to this location and wait an hour and a half. Unless you are close by and there is no waiting time, is not worth the trouble.

Would not go back and would not recommend.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank M L
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