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Blu Mangrove Grill
Blu Mangrove Grill

Blu Mangrove Grill Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.blumangrovegrill.com/
  • Email: matthewdiveley@aol.com
  • Phone: (941) 479-7827
  • Hours of Operation: EVERY DAY FROM 11 TO 10PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Steak
  • Executive Chef: KENT DALTON
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access
  • Entertainment: LIVE MUSIC EVERY NIGHT

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Blu Mangrove Grill
Great Food! Fantastic Happy Hour! Gorgeous Location!
Blu Mangrove Grill offers offers a vast selection of steak, chops, fowl, fresh seafood and authentic American barbecue and of course, we didn't forget the accompaniments: crisp salads, savory soups, mouthwatering side dishes and a delicious selection of home-style desserts are not to be missed.

Blu Mangrove Grill delivers the highest quality food and service, like our smoked infused cuisine featuring hardwood grilled favorites cooked low and slow over hickory and apple wood.

Compliment your meal with one of our specialty drinks, domestic & import beers, or fine wines, while listening to Live Entertainment (See our calendar for daily music). We are looking forward to seating you soon!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood for Groups
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "The food was fair for the price. The group was tough and probably frozen. Ambience was the best part, and probably paying for this mainly."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Beautiful view but the food and service don't match it. Had a reservation and email confirmation, but the three young hostesses couldn't find it. Fortunately it wasn't crowded. Now we know why. Waited 20 minutes to order wine and another 15 to get it. Menu had some nice options. 4 of us ordered something different. Salmon was excellent. Appetizers were OK but no plate to share them until we asked. Only one salad brought. Other one came with the meal. Extra sauce for the crab cakes never came and our second glass of wine came when she arrived to clear our plates. We have gone to this site for years with its previous owners. We were anxious to try it and as locals hoped it would become a favorite. Not so."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Great spot. Outside dining overlooks Marina. Service and food was excellent. The Pumpkin and Chocolate Martinis are to die for. We had escargot and the clams for apps very good. Lamb shanks for dinner were amazing."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Marley was great. The only qualm we had was an obnoxiously loud group with sailor mouths."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Food was fair. Someone in our party had pork chop- very fatty. Others had salads for entree-small in size but very good. Waiter presented bills that were incorrect, but quickly remedied. Good location with a great view"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We went there and sat outside on the patio overlooking the marina. The food was good, some dishes better than others, and the wait staff were very attentive. The music was rather loud and made it difficult to have a conversation. If you want to enjoy the entertainment and not have a lot of discussion, this is the place for you. It was very lively. The grilled pork chop was particularly good."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Service was slow and in error half the time. Brisket quesadillas sounded interesting but were dry and tasteless . I have dined here before and the chopped pork sandwich was also blah. My husband was satisfied with the salmon and a friend liked the shrimp and grits. Great marina view and music always good . My advice; avoid the "Q" and order the seafood ."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Enjoyed dinner and lunch here one weekend. We tried different dishes and everyone was happy. Proportions were large. At dinner the music outside made the dining a nice experience. This restaurant is defiantly notch above typical bar and grill."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The seafood was excellent and obviously caught the same day and prepared minutes before it was served. Fresh, fresh, fresh! Subtle seasoning. Noise level was more than "energetic" and the place was full. Salad, apps and soups were served at somewhat random times. Main course arrived for all 5 of us at one time. Need to make reservations because the place fills quickly."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Special occasion riverside with friends. Great martinis on their happy hour too! My only complaint was that my chick was really quite dried out. I should have asked for a replacement."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "I would not recommend this place to anybody. Food was subpar. Service was nothing great. Try another place."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We went with a group of 12. The sat us at a table for 8. A bit crowded. We waited more than 90 minutes for our food and when it finally arrived, it was cold. When I complained to the manager, he told me he had 408 people to serve. No apology of any sort was offered. So if you like to sit on top of the person next to you and eat cold, late food, this is the place for you."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Great time on a Friday night. Already told others about this place to eat and enjoy the atmosphere. We are coming back."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Ate here 3 years ago for a birthday party and really enjoyed it. Understand it has changed ownership since then. Server was unknowledgeable of the wine, spirits and menu. Could have been eating at a chain restaurant. Won't return."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "This was our first visit so we need to try Blu Mangrove some more times to pass judgement. We loved the atmosphere with all the blue lighting and the music was great but just a bit too loud for low keyed dining. How do you critique food when it's your first meal? Ceaser salads were attractively presented, filling and we loved the distinct anchovy taste. Ribs were fork tender, and one of us requested them without sauce and was satisfied. Kitchen should have never served us the baked sweet potatoes. They were way overcooked, and looked terrible with blackend skins, actually the potato was dark beyond the skin, watery and they just should have never come out from the kitchen. That's the kind of things a new restaurant needs to look after."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Good food... varied menu... friendly service... attractive outdoor dining adjacent to marina... live and recorded music add to resort-style ambience. I dine here frequently and often bring guests from out-of-town. We are fortunate to have this restaurant in our community!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Party of 4 for birthday celebration. Food was amazing, service impeccable, and fabulous outdoor entertainment. Add in the sun setting, balmy breeze, and it was perfection!! Pricing is very reasonable for the quantity and quality of food received."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Service was sub-par; wrong drinks brought out, server disappeared through whole meal. Food was OK. This was the third time I was here and brought friends from out of town, was embarrassing."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Looking at the menu and menu prices I was expecting a better dining experience than I had. The food was average, the side salads were so small, it was laughable. But the worst was the atmosphere in the main dining room...... loud bar music. You had to talk really loud in the dining room to carry on a conversation with others at your table. If this place was just a bar, I would have expected the music, but that isn't the impression I got from their menu that I read beforehand online. I guess if you want a bar experience go here, but I wouldn't recommend it for a dinner out."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Food items were very good. Waiter was attentive and friendly"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We have enjoyed the food and ambiance, Service is great and you feel appreciated We will go again"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Everything was excellent until we got the dessert. We ordered the lava cake. It was cold and fully cooked inside which odd. It also had a burnt taste to it. We told our waiter Bob and he brought it back and didn't charge us for it. Over all from the Baked Brie and calamari to the Salmon and the Ribs everything was excellent. I would have given it 5 starts if the dessert was perfect too. We will definitely go back."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "First time at the Blu Mangrove brought another couple of first timers as well. Made an online reservation for Wed evening. Anxious to try the lobster special. No lobster left according to our waiter, although the table beside us had it coming to them the whole time we were there. Waited forever for our drinks to come, another table of four got up and left because of the poor service!! Waited even longer for second round of drinks. Once the food came the waiter didnt even come back to ask if everything was alright, and it wasnt alright, we had no salt and pepper or other condiments to go with our food. Then he asked about dessert but did not come back with a menu, just brought the bill even though we still wanted more wine desserts & coffee."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Nice meal of the ribs, soup and salad. It was enough for dinner and lunch the next day. My family is from TX and I miss good ribs living in the NE. These were good even compared to TX bqe. Clam Chowder was also good. There were groups of families, friends and romantic dates. Reasonable prices and great scenery."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The entire dining experience was top shelf....from the beautiful ambient lighting, great water view to the excellent service provided by the staff...very attentive and commited to making our dining experiece memerable. The menu choices very diverse and the staff knowlegable. They have an extensive wine cellar that would surlet satisfy anyones pallet. We celebrated a birthday there and enhoyed fresh lobster all you could ear!! Each one arrived hot and freshly cooked, the desert menu was such a treat. We plan on entertaining our out of town guest to this delicious find in the very near future and hughly reccomend this waterfront dining!! The Burdette family, bradenton."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "The food was well presented and delicious, and a pleasant marina view from our outside table made this a fun evening. Live music was a bonus, if not a tad loud. The only minor distraction was the slant of the table due to being on a sloped outdoor deck. We thought we might lose a drink off the table a time or two..."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Food and ambiance very good. Service was fair. Had to wait a long time for our dinners. Entertainment was excellent!!!"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "I attended miainly because my son was playing in the band. Very enjoyable evening; good food and fairly good service based on the huge Sarurday night crowd. Very nice setting, right on the water. Only complaint was the earsplitting volume of the band and the Blues Brothers impersonators who showed up for a 45 minute gig; it was almost impossible to have a conversation with the person next to you, let alone anyone else at the table. But I know many people like this extremely loud music, so I'm probably in the minority. I would go again, but I'd sit either inside or further away from the band's speakers."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We chose this restaurant because it was in a central location for meeting some friends. It also had a very nice location on the Bradenton river. It had very nice Marina views, good vibes and live entertainment outside in the bar area. There was a good crowd at the outside tables and there was bar specials like 5 dollar pulled pork sandwiches."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "All around a gem of a restaurant. Good scenery, good food, and great service! Not one you should pass up."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Manatee Counties newest best restaurant. On the water, live music, excellent food. Definitely going back, recommending to all my friends."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Had reservations for 6:30pm. Hostess did not have the front desk in control. Told us to wait at the bar and check back in 10 minutes. We waited past the ten minutes and then again were told to wait again. By then we heard they had a computer glitch. Finally seated at 7:10pm? After being seated, the waiter was trying to apologize and since we were not in a rush we just said "fine". Then you can see all the waiter just going as fast as they can trying to appease the customers. I am so disappointed since it was my husbands birthday. The restaurant is known for the outside dining scenery. But the whole restaurant needs some help on how they run it. Would not recommend"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "I have eaten here before and had a great meal with great service. On this trip, however, our experience was very different. The Hostess was very unprofessional in the way she treated us and other diners. She told us that reservations didn't matter because they couldn't control walk-in diners. Thought that was the point of the reservation? Add that to the way she spoke to both the customers and servers which was terrible. There were many empty tables and she kept loudly asking servers from the hostess stand to "let her know when you want a table." I have never been in a restaurant where the servers refused to take tables. While my husband and I may try the place again, unfortunately, the experience most likely soured my coworkers."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "The outdoor tables needed umbrellas on such a lovely sunny Florida day. Also the brisket sandwich with sweet potato fries was served not really heated through. Our fault for not sending it back but diner didn't want to make a fuss or slow other guests. We found the prices a bit high at $14 for a Cobb salad. Food was generally tasty and service good. The view was wonderful and server, Jessica, was helpful."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "The Blu Mangrove has great views over the marina for outside dining. We had lobster tacos and grouper sandwich for lunch. Both were good and well presented. The fish was fresh and there was ample lobster in the tacos. Service was pleasant and efficient. The all day Happy Hour makes for cheap drinks."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Blu Mangrove needs to address their service issues, which were many, starting with an unhelpful outdoor bartender who "Was busy and couldn't serve our group right now!" while we waited outside to be allowed into the restaurant. The waiter was terrible - inexperienced, much too familiar (interrupting our conversations to tell personal stories about himself), and unskilled. Our food came out in random order; we never did get all we asked for and had to chase him down to get our salads (after our entrees were served). Regardless of the service issues, the food was delicious, fresh and offered a few novel twists. The location was lovely. If Blu Mangrove can address its staff shortfalls, it should be successful."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "For meat listed as cooked for 18 hours the beef brisket was more than 50% fat. Manager replaced meat with roasted pork whish was lean and favorable. Wife had fish and loved it. View is very nice. Next time I will try a burger."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Great view if you eat outside or from one of the window tables. Food and service is very good. Prices are reasonable and they have a wide variety of choices including barbecue on the menu. Different specials each day and entertainment at night. This is a great neighborhood place to go."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Great outdoor marina setting. Out of first wine choice. Mozzarella appetizer good. Waited long time for our nacho appetizer...about to inquire when our main courses showed up. Pan seared grouper luke warm and over cooked. Blackened grouper sandwich piping hot and moist..go figure; great flavor too. Grilled tuna cold and no flavor, side veggies boring and lukewarm. Flagged waiter about over cooked grouper and they sent it back...10 minutes later still no redo...cut our losses and headed out for ice cream..."
    Dined on 2/14/2014