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Dancing Marlin
Dancing Marlin

Dancing Marlin Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://dancingmarlinrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (815) 464-6646
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Tuesday-Thursday 4:30pm - 10:00pm
    Friday 4:30pm - 11:00pm
    Saturday 3:00pm - 11:00pm
    Sunday 3:00pm - 9:00pm
    Closed Monday
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chefs John, Jackson & Matt
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Our level dining room can accommodate up to 60 guests!
  • Private Party Contact: Teresa (815) 464-6646

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 206th & Lagrange Rd (next to Culvers, Lumes & Buffalo WW)
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of free parking is available at the restaurant.
A word from Dancing Marlin
The Dancing Marlin is all about small plates, sharing & great wines and cocktails on tap! There also is a full bar. The menu has something for everyone with fresh seafood being a specialty. The culinary team has created a small plates menu that is both affordable and amazing! We feature a communal dining table for up to 14 guests. Our bar features 16 wines on tap and 8 "made from scratch", crafted cocktails. The bar also features 30 craft beers in bottles and cans. The restaurant features (3) private dining rooms that can accommodate up to 120 guests. All of this is packaged up in a modern restaurant design, produced by award winning design team. Knauer Inc!Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Food that rivals any other restaurant. We attempted to eat our way thru the menu starting with the kale chips and delighted with every bite. We ordered two plates of the marrow because we could not get enough of that umami. The only plate that did not meet our expectations was the porchetta but the server kindly took it off the bill, but the oysters, meatballs, pig and the fig and others just kept us wanting to try more. Even the three year old and 14 month old were pleased with their cheese flatbread. My family from out of town just kept thanking me for the experience."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "A very unique menu, with exotic food and drink items! Great service in a very relaxed and casual atmosphere. Prices were on the high side, but well worth it for a special occasion! Definitely a must try."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Fun place to go, especially with a group. Everything on menu sounded great. We had a hard time choosing what to try. We wish we would have had more people, thus allowing us to try more small plates. They all sounded interesting and delicious!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Much need for the south side however I wasn't impressed with all all the plates but will give it another try. I don't recommend the meat balls. The desserts were just ok, the best part of the coffee cream and doughnuts was the cream and salted caramel otherwise the doughnuts were really dry. Our waitress was delightful which made for an enjoyable experience."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Marlin is fabulous. We're used to Cafe BaBaReeba and Emilio's in the city, and this place did not disappoint. It's American tapas, with interesting, yummy takes on traditional stuff. The fries with aioli mayo were wonderful and for $4, the portion was generous. The Gnudi (their take on gnocchi) was an outer pasta shell with ricotta inside and was amazing. Shrimp and Chorizo tacos, Softshell Crab sliders, etc. were all great. For the adventurous, there are also some "different" offerings- the Bone Marrow (don't scoff; it's super good for you and is a Paleo staple) was served with crostini and a Cabernet jam and was also very, very good. We even saw Andy Avalos the night we were there! Go and keep an open mind. You'll love it!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Excellent American tapas restaurant! It's so nice to have an alternative option to steaks and italian in the south suburbs. Highly recommend their trout or shrimp tacos and the ahi tuna. The whitefish dip is unique and tasty! But there are many other non fish options, like for dessert the coffee and doughnuts. Sooooo delicious, wish i could order it for breakfast! The restaurant decor is adorable, and they have several options for small to large group dining. Never heard of wine on tap... well go check it out! Owner Tom and the chef will visit your table personally to see how your meal is. Haven't had service like that in awhile! I recommend you go tonight."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We went to the Dancing Marlin for my sisters birthday. We tried their marlin special, white fish dip and a few others. All phenomenal! The first time we were in there, but definitely not the last! Amazing food, service and decor!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Had looked forward to dining at this restaurant for quite some time. Could not be more disappointed. Took 15 minutes after being seated for anyone to acknowledge us. Crab stuffed peppers needed more seasoning. Flatbread did not have a lot of flavor. Scallops were excellent. Grouper was very salty and when we commented that a part of it was raw, it seemed the chef disagreed and the dish was reoffered to us to finish. Wine selections were not great but we were warned ahead of time, so brought our own wine which they served for a modest $15 corkage fee. All in all, this was not an experience we want to repeat anytime soon."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I had heard good things about this restaurant and wanted to try it for awhile. I went with a couple friends who were in town for the weekend and we really enjoyed it. The food was excellent...great seafood."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Food and service were good. I made an effort (and staff obliged) to get a nice tucked away spot for my first date and I knowing that its a bight tight and noisy in the main section and people were close. Unfortunately the party next to us was with drunken cackling ladies that just wouldn't let up; the noise from them was terrible and they didn't get any sort of hint they might be disturbing others. this is no reflection of the restaraunt; more of some advise to be very mindful of the folks next to you; you are listenting in on everyones stuff"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We took 3 out of town guests for 4th of July week-end celebration; 2 were foodies from Portland Or and 1 a food lover from Charlotte, NC. They all raved about the menu choices, the excellent preparation, and tasty flavorful food. It is hard to recommend any one particular dish but the mushroom flatbread probably is tops but the fries, beet salad, scallops, ahi tuna, risotto etoufee with crawfish and shrimp, crab stuffed peppers, artichokes, and sloppy Joseph were among the items we ordered. They were out of the soft shell crab sliders by the time we ordered but we understand they are not to be missed. Yes, we ordered a lot but it was all shareable and terrific."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "the menu changes seasonally and the items are creative! Unique for the area!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "This was highly recommended by a friend. She said the Sangria was great. Personally I did not care for it. I was not familiar with the small plate concept but walked away loving it. You are able to share so many tastes and the food was excellent. Will definitely be going back although the noise level in the restaurant is bad...poor design of room."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Have never been disappointed. Love Dancing Marlin!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Great concept. Terrible layout. Average food. Descriptions all sound great but food disappoints."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We eat here almost once a week due to the excellent food and variety of options on the small plates. The wild mushroom flatbread has terrific mushroom taste; not overwhelmed by cheese as is so often the case. Tried the crawfish etoufee which was full of shrimp and crawfish; very tasty. The artichoke was rich and flavorful with the method of preparation. We ran out of room before we could consider desert. Will return many times more!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The food was very good! Our group of four shared nine plates and enjoyed each and every one!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "It was my birthday and I booked a table for two. The dueling pianos were playing. It made for a fun evening. There was a lot of crowd interaction. The food is different and creative. Many choices for a gluten free diet. It was a fun way to spend the evening. It can get quite loud when entertainment is there. When there is no entertainment, it is great for a date."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Never disappointed with any of our selections. Shared plate is a unique find in the south burbs. Seasonal menus so they are always changing it up."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The beef brisket sliders and triple cooked fries with garlic aioli were incredible! My server was not as attentive as she should be, I waited to pay my bill. The brioche doughnuts with salted caramel sauce were delicious! This place is meant for sharing but if you're dining alone, I would order each item separately especially because the fries were a huge portion. I would come back again!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Absolutely enjoyed this restaurant. The food was just wonderful. The scallops with bacon that were on special were out of this world. The food comes out quickly and is spaced out nicely. Loved the mini cocktail flights they offer to let you try the different special drinks. Our waitress, Danielle, was perfectly delightful and gave us great insight into the menu and ordering. Will definitely come back."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "A jewel in the southwest suburbs. Food was delicious!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We celebrated my daughter's graduation and had a fabulous time! They have an open kitchen that features a small-plate sharing concept. The food was fresh and unique, and the sharing concept was a blast for everyone in our group. The place reminded me more of a downtown restaurant. It is quite unique for the southern suburbs and definitely worth a visit to."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We enjoyed all the dishes we tried. However we thought the steak and potatoes was over priced. We got such a small slice of steak that it was not worth the price. The other dishes were very tasty. We liked the kale, flatbreads and gnudi."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We've been to the Dancing Marlin 6 or so times and have never been disappointed with the food. The variety is excellent, and the fresh fish dishes are always at the top of our list. Recently, the soft-shell crab sliders were a big hit. Because all of the "dishes" are small plates, you can really work your way through the menu fairly quickly. The small plates allow diners to try a lot. No need to make a big investment in a single entree when you lust after several. I'm not sure I like the beverage program. The cocktails are all pre-mixed and the bartender pours them from a tap. On the plus side, however, if you would like a taste before committing, that is available. Staff is friendly and eager to please."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I LOVE this restaurant! Personnel are informative and helpful. The food is wonderful. Starting with the fired kale, the gnudi, the flatbreads. The blended red wine is delicious. A delightful atmosphere. I have recommended to friends and will continue to do so."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "When I made the reservation, w/o checking the menu, I assumed from the name it was a fish restaurant. Then right before going I looked at the menu and to my surprise it wasn't a fish based menu. I wasn't totally disappointed, however, when we ordered our food it was VERY good. The people who work there were very pleasant!! The concept of the restaurant is great...if you're use to that style of eating. It was an experience for my parents who I brought with me. They enjoyed the meal as well. I'd definitely would recommend it to others. My only "complaint" would be I think the prices are alittle high, especially the drinks. But I do realize when you have a specialty establishment, that's the price you pay."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Found this gem on line. The name was intriguing. And, it was only mile from my event. If you have never dined tapas style before, you are in for a pleasant surprise. If you have, you will not be disappointed. The menu is varied enough to appeal to almost everyone, including steak and potato comfort diners and those willing to try a different way of preparing old favorites and soon- to- be- new ones. We loved the mushroom tacos, fries, pirogues and the delightful gnudis (a variation of gnocchi) served with a dynamite pistachio pesto as well as lemon butter sauce. Reading the menu will make your mouth water. Trust me. We loved it!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "This has become our favorite restaurant. Small plates offer a great variety. We always order the wild mushroom flat bread yet have been told we're missing out on the chicken flat bread. My wife enjoyed the artichokes and I derived a lot of pleasure from an old stand-by, what they call Sloppy Joseph. We enjoyed both scallops and copper river salmon on this visit; both tender, not overcooked as at some other places and flavorful. I understand they will be changing to a summer menu in about a month and certain items will no longer be available. I am going to have to get back to try the crawfish etoufee that I have been putting off getting."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We made reservations at the Dancing Marlin in Frankfort last Friday. I thought the name to be whimsical and was curious to see how the restaurant is. We had not been to this restaurant before so when asked by the hostess if we preferred main dining or the smaller dining room near the front door, I did not know how to respond. The main dining room was quite loud so the smaller dining room seemed a good choice, unfortunately, not so. The small dining room was even louder. A pet peave with me is noise level. Our server's name was Dawn. She was delightful, knowledgeable, and provided excellent service. Speaking of excellent, we ordered soft shell crab sliders, sloppy joseph, and calamari tacos, all of which were excellent. Great food/service"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "This was our 2nd visit in the past 30 days, we took a friend to celebrate her birthday. We enjoyed trying a few more "new" selections off the menu that we hadn't tried the first time we were there. The pork belly was fabulous with the rutabaga mash and the brown gravy that accompanies it. The scallops were cooked perfectly! I personally enjoy the pickled corn and pistachios that garnishes this dish, a great combination of flavor and texture. Be sure to try some or all of the special offerings that are made available on a nightly basis. We shared a plate of Hawaiian Ono that was cooked wonderfully, and we LOVE the fresh micro greens! The service was a bit slower than the first time we dined here, but in our case, we weren't in any hurry. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I had made a last minute reservation for 4 on a Saturday night and was astonished to be seating right away, expecting things to be delayed on a busy night. The hostess stand was so kind and gave the warm welcome a restaurant should! Our party of four received immediate attention with drinks and the server was able to read when we needed a little bit more time to decide. On the downside, the server seemed new, nervous, was unable to recommend anything or answer any questions we had regarding the menu. She was uninformed on the cocktails and offered little guidance with all of our selections. Regardless, all the food was AH-MAZING (as expected--it was my third visit and Dancing Marlin has yet to miss the culinary mark!). "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We've been to the Dancing Marlin twice, once during the week and once on the weekend. In the future, we'll limit visits to during the week. Although the food was good both times, the noise level was very loud on the weekend."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Food was overall good, but tapas experiences should be enjoyed slowly and the noise level drove us out. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We really enjoy the variety and splendid tastes of all on the menu. Wild mushroom flat bread is really tasty and flavorful. The special swordfish was moist, had good texture, and the orzo served with it was tender and tasted great. The rare prepared Ahi Tuna was "fork cuttable" and full of rich flavor. We highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Once of my favorite places. When you don't know what you want to eat this is the place. Small plates with great flavors."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Loved it!! Such a fun experience, shared with great friends! We enjoyed picking and choosing from the tapas menu and loved everything we decided on. The desserts are the BEST!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Very Nice atmosphere, pretty loud :( , great service, nice room in the basement, inconvenient bathroom location (way too many stairs!), food mostly average-mushroom slider bread and cheese was terrible, octopus was delicious"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Staff was very accommodating, we never waited for a drink or a new food order. Everyone was very knowledgable about the drink and food ingredients. The food was simply fabulous! "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The food was amazing and our service was excellent. The drinks were very tasty and strong!! I can't wait to return again!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014