blu on the Avenue
blu on the Avenue

blu on the Avenue

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bluontheavenue.com/
  • Phone: (407) 960-3778
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lyman Ave
  • Public Transit: Amtrack Station & Lynx bus service
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: On street parking, Parking$Garage.
A word from blu on the Avenue
Blu on the Avenue offers fresh seafood, steaks, salads, sandwiches and more...
It brings modern West and East coast cuisines together with a twist. Inspired by locals and Orlando visitors, the Blu concept of daily fresh seafood, prime steaks and classic cocktails is a great addition to the already thriving Winter park shopping district. Blu is open 7 days a week with a full bar featuring specialty martinis, classic cocktails and a beautiful list of wines by the glass. The staff at Blu is looking forward to making your visit enjoyable and lasting. Whether it"s a quick lunch, a relaxing dinner with family and friends or just a craving for dessert and coffee, Blu on the Avenue will win your heart.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
blu on the Avenue reviews from OpenTable diners
37 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (22)neighborhood gem (21)fit for foodies (18)hot spot (11)special occasion (11)vibrant bar scene (10)romantic (7)late-night find (7)great for lunch (7)good for groups (6)notable wine list (4)great for brunch (3)Show More
  • Perfect Service
    DiningOut
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We enjoyed a warm fall evening in the window seat with the window/door open to the sidewalk. Great people watching while we enjoyed several seafood appetizers and the lobster risotto. The service was impeccable. Very attentive. We never had to ask for anything as the server anticipated our needs.. The restaurant has a fairly limited menu but we enjoyed the evening and will return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food==Great Music!!!
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    We really enjoyed every part of our dining experience. The food was amazing as well as the drinks. Added bonus was the marvelous music that evening. I hope they do that much more often. The guitar and trumpet player were very talented
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average - what happened?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    My husband and I dined at Blu on the Avenue about a year ago. It was worth returning, great ambiance and good food. I had dinner there with a co-worker on Wednesday. I can't say that I would recommend it now. My co-worker ordered the fontina appetizer it had a displeasing texture. I had the spicy tuna roll (average) and the tuna burger, also average. It's such a shame because it's an attractive and well-located space.
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  • excellent!!!
    graphicdesign444
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Loved the florida sushi roll. waited 20 min for food but well worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thin menu but not too bad
    Food4ThoughtVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    There are not too many interesting choices on the menu but it will do if you are not picky and just want to have something to eat. Some entrees were reasonably priced while others were not worth the money. I was super happy with my lobster roll because it was delicious and there was a ton of lobster meat without all of that nasty gooey mayo some places like to slop on to hide the fact that they are skimping on the lobster meat. The price of the lobster roll was well worth the value! It also came with tasty thick potato wedge fries which were fried just right. My husband got the oven roasted chicken in which he enjoyed it but it was just a leg quarter and he was still hungry. The drinks are too expensive if you do not go during happy hour.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Blu on the Avenue
    EJakeVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Amazing eatery gem located on the south side of Park Avenue, doors are wide open to the outside as well as outside seating which at this time of the year is at a premium. The menu offers something for every palate, food is exquisite and service second to none. Our server Cristina is vivacious, energetic and "yes--can do" the only words you hear upon any request-she excels in providing fine attention to all the customers requests. There is a happy hour every day and on weekends the happy hour continues however with some minor time modifications--an unusual occurrence in restaurants around Winter Park---seldom a happy hour on weekends. Finally, for the late, late diners there is a very extensive sushi menu plus more served until 1 AM.--
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice lunch!!
    solodiningVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Wonderful leisurely lunch amongst of similar diners!! The scallop appetizers were flavorful and well prepared. We dined on very good salads, mine with perfectly cooked swordfish and served on the Greek kale salad which was perfectly dressed. My companion had the Lobster Cobb which came with a nice amount of chunk lobster! Service was prompt but not at all rushed. I had dined at blu about a year ago and my impression on this visit was much more positive.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Soon-to-be happy hour regulars
    LobRobb
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    The food was delicious, great happy hour, patio seating, clean, stylish, and great service. The waitress was very patient, attentive, but respectfully kept her distance as we caught up with old friends and spent a full three hours at the restaurant. We will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a great place!!
    FunInTheFloridaSun
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Great food, wine and service. Not sure what more we could ask for!! I highly recommend the Oysters on the Half Shell, Salmon Chips, Lobster Risotto, and the Key Lime Trifle. The only "miss" was the Lobster Grilled Cheese which we thought was too much bread and not enough lobster.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I took a shot on blu
    fnjacobsVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    This is just a case of a web search working out. I made a rez just a couple hours before dinner. As a single diner, you never know how you'll be treated. At blu, I felt like a regular. Server Christina was excellent, recommending the grouper special (as good as I've had). I had a great outside table, allowing me to enjoy the Winter Park scene. Great choice all the way around & I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful find/Great Gluten Free
    TheLongViewVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I chose this restaurant after reading about it on Open Table, and was very happy with my choice. I had the fish special (corvina?), roasted vegetables and an asian-flavored quinoa mixture - very delicious. We had the fish dip for an appetizer which was, if not especially remarkable, quite enjoyable. We dined outside and enjoyed the people watching. Our server, whose name I'm sorry I can't recall, was lovely and efficient AND well informed about the menu. Most of the items on their menu are gluten free, which is a special bonus to those needing/preferring the accommodation.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Consistent !!!
    MikeEVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Now that the sound issues have been resolved, diners can focus on the culinary experience! We enjoyed a very good meal - sushi is always fresh - and the menu is terrific. Service by Joyce was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Spot to Relax on Park Avenue
    DebP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Blue on the Avenue is a great place to order fine food, at a reasonable price in a relaxed atmosphere. Perfect spot for dining with friends or a hot date!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good
    Oldtimers
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    There were six of us that went. It was a very hot evening or we would have sat outside. Everytime they set down a plate I had order envy. In the end, my dinner was great, the service was great, and we are going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 116 reviews are from the blu on the Avenue reviews archive.
  • Enjoyable
    TeriroseVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The location is great for people watching, enjoying the beauty of Winter Park and just hanging out with friends. You can dine inside or outside. Both are comfortable. We chose Brunch and it was good. Atmosphere is fun.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    table was not ready at appoined time aslythough we were not explicit in iour reservation in requesting inside dining that night due to hot weather so went to bar and ordered appetizer only to have table become available and ended up having to settle bar bill and eat bar appetizer at dinner table sauce for my dish was left in kitchen meals did not come out at the same time server seemed to be behind whole meal we like Winter Park and frequent the area regularly ish se had picked a different spot that night
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor service this time
    Experience101
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Several mistakes in the order, sushi never came out and no excuses for any of it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    dinerpsycoVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My Server was 5☆☆☆☆☆, very respectful and always aware of our needs despite having several other tables
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food-Great Service
    FoodIzRHobby
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We have visited Blu several times and on each occasion leave the restaurant saying that the food and experience were great and that we are going to return! This visit was the same. We had the filet, swordfish, steak tips, salads and steamers. All were delicious. Best restaurant in Winter Park.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, energetic vibe
    jdogVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Great food, energetic vibe. Service was great too! Try the lobster grilled cheese for a taste of decadence. Kale Greek salad was good, shrimp sate was tasty
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    Fitnessaddict
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We went here to have a low-key celebration of our anniversary. It was perfect. The tuna was the best I've had in recent memory!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food out of tuna
    Skipit4144
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    We saw the tuna on the menu and were drooling like dogs only to have the server say I just sold the last two 37 seconds ago. Ordered two pasta dishes that were ok.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good restaurant
    DaniCoppola
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Its a good restaurant but the service is a little bit slow
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Skip this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Disappointed. While the food was "ok" the service was horrible. We started with the fontina cheese app that came with just a few pieces of bread for the 4 of us. We asked for more bread but it took almost 15 min and by that time the cheese had solidified. My wife and I also ordered a Louie salad to share and had said that to our waitress but we still had to wait 10 min to get the second plate since they didn't split it for us. We had to ask twice for the check for another wait of 15 min. One of our friends with us ordered the chicken panini and it came on soggy bread. Obviously it sat in the kitchen waiting for the sushi to be finished. The only good thing was that they filled the water glasses frequently.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Almost 5 stars
    L2ADiningReviews
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We picked Blu as we wanted seafood and they had Grilled Tuna and Grouper. We split our entrees and were not disappointed. The only negative was there was just the meal. Veggies were additional. No bread or anything to accompany the meal. We ordered a side order of asparagus which were good but only about 6 skinny ones came on the plate. We expected more but maybe that's us. We decided we would go back, bring our dog for the outside seating. Know we know what to expect and the food was very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marilyn
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    I've never been disappointed with either the food or service - from happy hour oysters to dinner to Sunday brunch!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    SmithVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This is our favorite place for brunch on Park Ave. Even on Mother's Day, service was efficient. Our server was great--attentive and friendly. Lots of good choices beyond bacon and eggs.
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    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Great food and nice atmosphere
    111967
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    It was my first time dining at Blu on the Avenue. Sushi was fresh and delicious. The server recommended the Salmon as an entree. The Salmon surpassed my expectations. It was cooked perfectly...succulent and delicious. The server was knowledgable, pleasant, and very efficient. The atmosphere was ideal for an elegant, romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Park Ave dining
    RandyC
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Great outdoor dining on Park Ave. grouper was fabulous and large portions. Sushi was fantastic and also good size portions. Great service. We had a child with us and service was good with her even bringing out a small side for her. Definitely will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, but ...
    Kemba
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The bar area is nice but the rest of the restaurant is kind of blah. Could be designed better. Food is really good, but a little overpriced even for Park Ave. $24 for a small serving of lobster risotto? But the $5 salads helped make up for some of it. They were fresh and tasty. Service was great and it was quiet, but then the place was empty, so... The lobster roll and roasted asparagus were heavenly. Need better-looking and fresher desserts. Something with fresh fruit would be nice this time of year. Not very cozy or romantic. More for families and groups.
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    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • delicious sushi
    graphicdesign444
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    love their sushi. limited selections made to perfection
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MikeEVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I have only ordered the sushi and a few of the salads, and everything has been great. Very fresh with a nice presentation. The wine list is also very good.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bony chicken and cold crab salad
    Davidking7
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    16 bucks for a bony chicken thigh and leg? A bibb lettuce salad with cold crab meat and a small portion for an entree was not that memorable. The 310 restaurant does a bettet job at food preparation. Lamb stew was ok , but tasted like it had a speghetti sauce base. Vegetable sushi was very good .
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    Scenic View
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  • Great service, but...
    mlsorrelVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    The food was really hit or miss. The sea bass was terrific, but the steak was like leather.
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous service
    Tomcat
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Staff was friendly and very professional. Food was well prepared and presented. Open atmosphere on Park Ave. made for a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday at blu on the Avenue
    mcgdrgVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    The experience started off on the wrong foot. We were seated and left alone for almost ten minutes. But once our server Audrey came to greet us the experience was wonderful. She walked us through the menu, made recommendations, and was delightfully hospitable. The food was very nice...freshly prepared, tasty, and creative. We will definitely be back...largely due to Audrey.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    in Orlando for a convention in the wife and I decided to get out of town and head winter park. Blu have a great appetizers and a nice menu. the fresh oysters were little small but with fresh.my wife at the tune of which was cooked perfectly and I had the New York Strip. the food was great but the roasted potatoes could have had some more seasoning. ask to sit at the table in the window if available. Winter Park its not too far from Orlando if you have a car. About 20 min from convention center.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Great!
    MikeEVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    I was always a fan, but thanks to addressing the sound issues inside this restaurant space blu has been elevated to one of the very best restaurants on Park Ave! Toby from Connecticut was a great server and complimented the experience!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • it's very,good
    rollinsvisitor
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    The food, service and location are very good. The side walk tables make it even more pleasant
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    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Positive: We were able to
    Social1
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Positive: We were able to get a reservation for 8 on a Friday night at 7pm & they held our table while we finished at the bar--no rush. Great happy hour including $7/dozen oysters and the entire face of the restaurant was open to Park Ave which made it slightly humid but great atmosphere! Negative: The featured dish, swordfish kabobs, came out so overcooked & highly seasoned (admittedly jerk) that it could have passed for chicken or pork. The waiter was good but didn't check on us as often as we would have liked & the happy hour oysters took so long to come out they had to hold our table even though we showed up quite early. Maybe they were short staffed? May try one more time--great looking menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic