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This is not only for the Fish Chowder but also for their Fish & Chips, as well as their Bread Pudding. Okay, let me preface this review by saying I am NOT a red chowder person at all!! BUT, theirs is fresh, served piping hot and tastes like the baby sister of the best Cioppino you've ever had! Fish & Chips will briefly take you to heaven, to say the least! Fish is flaky and fresh, while the crust is fried to perfection sans unwanted grease (for those of you watching calories.) Now, their Whiskey Creme Brûlée Bread Pudding is a MUST! You cannot leave this place without trying their bread pudding! Trust me, TRUST ME, you'll order it again and again... and again. It is hands down one of the best, if not the best, bread pudding in OC. Big thank you to the chefs and staff :) On behalf of Orange County, we love and appreciate you!
This burger never fails! A more than generous portion of perfectly seared ahi on an amazing bun. Pair it with the shoestring potatoes and you've got yourself a treat!
The blackened salmon sandwich at The Black Marlin is world class. God this is an absolutely amazing dish, I could seriously have it every day. It comes on a delicious roll and I like to add avocado. My mouth is watering just writing this... -Brian M
The Blackened Salmon Sandwich was delicious. The salmon was warm and tender and seasoned to perfection. Served on a French Roll, it's a good sized portion and very satisfying. Highly recommend!
BEST Clam Chowder I've ever had! We come back just because we are craving that. I've also tried many other items on the menu and have never been disappointing!
We did the Sunday night Prime Rib special dinner for two to celebrate a birthday. The meal was spectacular; the beef was prepared perfectly and the Wharf fish chowder was great, as usual.
I absolutely love the Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail. Even though it's an appetizer, it's enough to fill me up most of the time. it's perfect with. Mojito on a summer evening! My favorite!
The clam chowder was one of the best I've had. The oysters are amazing and the great service was a plus.
The Cinco de Mayo Platter Trays (which I ordered two!) were delicious last night. And who ever made those "killer" margarita`s as well (I happen to ordered 4 along with the special Cinco de Mayo Platter Trays) were an instant hit & all 4 truly the best I have tasted in a long time. Thank you Thank you Michelle Graff Irvine
Ahi Burger too‼️ Been coming here for years. Great bartenders, super food. I'm a food industry worker, this is one of the food restaurants I actually go to. Delicious.
We ordered the prime rib dinner for 2 last Sunday! It was delicious! Clam chowder for 2, 2 8oz slices of prime rib, au jus and mashed potatoes. Also a nice bottle of red. It was so delicious and a real treat from cooking all week. Thanks Katy for bringing out to Alan!!
Taquitos of the Day (3)
I don't ever visit the Marlin without getting Taquitos
Great place for brunch, the breakfast skillet was amazing, hit the spot along with the oysters as an appetizer along with mimosas. Great live music afterwards to continue the fun!!
I love tuna and this sandwich was soooooooo good! My son wondred why i would order the lowly tuna sandwich at such a special fish house, but boy I'm glad I did. Very yummy. The fish tacos also the Best
Just had taquitos and sliders They were good. Sercice was excellent. Band was awesome...Born Country
I have tried so many items on the menu and have been happy with all of them. It gives me confidence to try new things and be adventurous when ordering! I particularly love the oysters and eggs Benedict, the clam chowder is the best I've had anywhere on the west coast, and the bloody Maries are amazing! You can not go wrong here and I'm super grateful for the gluten free options. They are solid options, full of flavor. We love this place!
I came here on a Monday night and had some oysters and clam chowder. To my surprise, the oysters were only $1 each (Monday night special). No complaints from me! The clam chowder was one of the best I've had. Delicious! They also had a magician that night too (another Monday night special). I'll definitely be back!
Excellent!!! Lots of crab and shrimp!!!
Best Mac n' Cheese in town! We go under the guise of ordering this for our 7 year old daughter, but we really want it for ourselves!
Prime rib was really good. I had it during the Christmas Eve special. I paired it with the shrimp scampy and the surf and turf combination was perfect. Cooked to perfection.
Was really good and I recommend it
Excellent eating experience.. from walking in the door and being greeted by employee, seated and drink order taken, was maybe 5 minutes. Meal was served excellent... Everything about my cocktail was just on point .!! ((: Thank you very much again @ Alfonso (chef) 👨🍳
We actually had several meals as we had 6 in our party and were celebrating my husband's birthday. Sat on the back patio. The food was wonderful and the service was also. Would most definitely go back and tell friends about this restaurant. Planning to go back for our son's birthday soon as he really enjoyed.
I've gotten the Seared Ahi Burger so many times. It's delicious, nicely seasoned, and it is a generous portion of the seared ahi tuna. The arugula is so good with it. The fries are always done just right, nice and crispy. Perfect lunch. I find it's enough that I can take 1/2 the sandwich to go.
Perfectly rare with delicious spices, rather large portions, jasmine rice fluffy and moist, sauteed spinach always wonderful.
Had a wonderful dinner with my girl friends! The pesto shrimp was delicious & the garlic bread was melt in your mouth perfect! Plus my Kentucky Summer night drink paired just right for this evenings dinner!
It's not fair to have to pick one dish. I will say TBM is my go to for ribs!! They are fall off the bone delicious! Flavorful and tender after being smoked all day. I get them with the mashed potatoes and green beans🤗 It is definitely shareable or multiple meals. Never disappointed in any main dish or side at The Black Marlin!!💖😋
The ahi is perfect, perfect seasonings and cooked just right. I can't get enough of it!
The PAU Maui Vodka Mule was delicious!
These things are GREAT
Excellent French dip! Love, love, love!
After reading the reviews I HAD to come down and try the Center Cut Filet Mignon, OMG !!!!!! Absolutely the best cut of meat I've ever had !! Went back a week later to make sure it wasn't a fluke. . . It wasn't !!!! Truly a dinner experience
Came on a Thursday night and had a wonderful experience. Our waitress was very friendly and attentive. She checked on us frequently to make sure we're ok. The food was delicious as well. I had the garlic bread (amazing) and Cobb. The seafood was fresh and the lettuce was lightly dressed so you could actually taste the crisp lettuce. I definitely will return!
I'm originally from New England and this clam chowder put a smile on my face.
Yummy, Yummy fish and chips! I loved the dish and the service and fun atmosphere with entertainment.
My fish and chips were delicious! My husband and I and our friends thoroughly enjoyed our meals, drinks and service at the Black Marlin... we'll be back!
The ribs are amazing and i love them
Excellent. Green Beans were very tasty. Great Music
I had to say by far this is the best filet mignon that I ever had in my life and I am a chef and I recommend this dish to anyone that dines at the black Marlin I was there 4 days ago and we are going tonight because the band that's playing tonight Private Property is my dad's band and I plan on ordering the filet mignon tonight. The black Marlin by far the best restaurant in Tustin , Irvine , and Costa Mesa.... Please check it out you won't regret it at all From, Vernell T.
My wife and I dined at the Marlin on a Saturday night. We were able to be seated in the front patio area, but we wanted to be around the action, so we took a table in the bar as soon as it opened up. I had the fish(cod) and chips and my wife had the Sand Dabs. The fish and chips was very good, although the chips could have been crispier. My wife enjoyed her sand dabs particularly when dipped in the sauce they were sitting on top of. I had two very tasty Kentucky mules while my wife had a glass of red wine. Our server was Dustin and he took great care of us. All in all a really nice evening of dining.
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