blu on the Avenue
blu on the Avenue

blu on the Avenue

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bluontheavenue.com/
  • Phone: 4079603778
  • 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

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
40 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (22)neighborhood gem (21)fit for foodies (19)special occasion (12)romantic (11)good for groups (9)great for lunch (9)hot spot (9)vibrant bar scene (8)scenic view (6)late-night find (6)great for brunch (5)notable wine list (3)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Disapppointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    After seeing great reviews on this Park Ave spot, we were really looking forward to dining here. And everything about the restaurant was terrific with one notable exception - the food. It wasn't bad, it was just.....meh. Scallop appetizer had no taste except for the salt from the bacon. Lobster Rolls - well seasoned but the lobster meat had that fresh-frozen, two day old aftertaste to it that ruined the sandwich. Probably should not have ordered this in the first place - a lttle far from New England to expect this to be done well. On the plus side, the smoked fish dip was very good and our server was warm, personable and efficient. All in all, not sure if there was enough going on here to bring me back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect for Saturday brunch
    madsmooth
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    We wanted a place on park Ave to do Saturday brunch and then walk to the farmers market. This place had delicious unique brunch entrees and decently priced cocktails. We will go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blu is for you
    Xcalibur
    Dined on 7/25/2013
    Just go. It's worth it. No matter what your tastes you will find something there for you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • There are not a lot of seafood
    RPP1VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    There are not a lot of seafood focused restaurants on Park Avenue, so good to have Blu in the fold. Food and cocktails were good, although a little pricey. Service was attentive but not rushed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st time won't be our last
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    Wanted to try something new and we found Blu on the Avenue. The food selection and quality is perhaps one of the top 5 we have been to in Orlando. Service was perfect - we tend to stretch the night out and the server was very accommodating. Our table of 4 ordered appetizers to share - the fried oysters were maybe a bit over cooked, but he scallops we outstanding. The sea bass is absolutely perfect (2 of us got that dish). My friend got the red snapper which was also great. The bar area is a bit lively which can make the room seem noisy, but we were at the front of the restaurant and is was not too bad. Overall a great experience that we will surely repeat often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We really love your sushi
    sushilover
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    We really love your sushi and the service is great, but the noise level is ridiculous. We have been moved to outdoor seating because we can't hear each other speak. You really need to do something about that! I only chose the "Do not recall" on the Noise Level topic because there isn't an appropriate choice for me.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tons of potential but good overall
    StacyVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2013
    The seabass was excellent but the sushi was just average. There is too much competition in the immediate market area who has memorable sushi for this to be the standard at Blu. The restaurant itself is on beautiful Park Avenue with great outdoor dining but the interior decorations are very barren. They could easily spruce it up with plants and wall decorations. Our server was excellent and the entire staff was pleasant and accommodating. Just a few weaks would make this a first class restaurant in Winter Park.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The dude abides
    TheDudeabides
    Dined on 6/27/2013
    What can I say but try it. You will not be disappointed. Lobster roll was may favorite. Sushi excellent. And Fontana cheese dip rocked. Love winter park and this is a nice addition. Feel of Miami without the fakery.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing special
    Paco
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    Beautiful restaurant and good location. Food is nothing special. I don't want to come back. The crab legs on my salad were not really fresh.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good brunch
    Deedee
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    Stars - appetizers, kale salad, oysters. Almost - beautiful lobster Cobb but Only 2 claws and 1 small knuckle of meat. Fun place.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced for fair quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    I had the Surf and Turf special, which included a ribeye and a 1/2 pound king crab leg. The ribeye was at most 1/4" to 1/2" thick and was slightly over cooked. The king crab leg was good. They had cut it, but they had not opened it; therefore, I had to struggle to get it open without any typical crab utensils. Overall, I would rate the quality of the food a 4, but for three of us, which included two glasses of wine total, the bill was about $165, which included a $25 tip. It was not worth $165, since there are many other places of better quality to choose from and in the same price range. Sayed (sic), the waiter, offered good service and was nice, so my main complaint is the quality of the food for the price.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome oysters!
    Foodie4LifeVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    Very good service & the food was fresh and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect except for the noise
    Foodie
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    Was outstanding on both visits but did have the same server. He was awesome. Menu and good are stellar with a great range including burgers to lobster. Weekend brunch is outstanding. We chose to eat dinner inside because of the many smokers outside. C'mon Winter Park... However the noise level inside was awful. We will go very early or skip weekends hoping that we can manage a conversation. The lobster cobb is a picture, huge and delicious. The duck was perfect. The brunch grits offering was stellar. Definitely our new favorite place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 6/13/2013
    The staff was wonderful and the food was awesome. The way that the entire front of the restaurant opens up gives the feeling of dining outdoors but the comfort of dining indoors. Personally I will be returning to Blu in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First date success
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/13/2013
    Was recommended this restaurant and they didn't disappoint. My date and I took the meal slow, which sometimes makes the server a little agitated. Our server was great and adapted to the speed at which we wanted the meal to go. His wine recommendations were very good. We both had sushi which was very good. We had the risotto and the sea bass which were both excellent. I will be recommending this restaurant to everyone in the future.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch with good friends...
    Robbie
    Dined on 6/10/2013
    We have a small group which celebrates each others birthdays each year. We chose Blu because it was something new and different for us all. It did not disappoint. The food was good and our service was excellent. The atmosphere was nice because it was not very crowded. However, I have been there in the evening and was disappointed at the noise level. Something should be done to ramp that down a little. Overall it is an enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a date night
    StaceyyyVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    We came on a date night and had a great meal. The ambience was wonderful and we shared the pork tenderloin special which was delicious. Would definitely recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scrumptious seafood menu!
    RavenousFan
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    Scrumptious seafood menu! Bright, clean, fresh décor and ambiance. Lively atmosphere, but slightly loud at times. Incredible looking brunch menu as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice but Unremarkable
    Alann13VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    blu on the Avenue has a very inviting contemporary setting. We dined there on a Friday night so the restaurant was crowded, but not full. Service was a little slow, but nothing to really complain about. We started with a NZSB (New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc) and the beef carpacio. The wine was well chilled and the carpacio was meh, a tad flavorless but the dressed greens accompaniment complemented well. I had the snapper which again could have been seasoned a bit more as the dish was bland. My wife had the swordfish on the menu (not the special) which was a very nice steak, but again was rather lacking in taste. We passed on dessert and with tax and tip the bill came to $120. A bit expensiive for an unremarkable dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent addition to Park
    Nancu
    Dined on 5/24/2013
    Excellent addition to Park Ave. restaurants. Love the ambiance, food & service. James, our server made the experience the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Overall
    USAFoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2013
    Nothing was a ridiculous stand-out knock your socks off dish - yet, it was all very good. Drink list quite good!! Neighborhood is great especially if it's nice and you can sit on the patio.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The service was excellent,
    Nala4luv
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    The service was excellent, the location is so nice and open which gives it a great ambiance. The food was just the right amount and very delicious. Most certainly will be going back soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average food, good service
    Jimmyhowforever
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    This place looks nice but the food is only average. Service good. The water/glass smells like fish. They must wash the drinking glasses with the fishy plates. Nothing to run back to.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot for cocktails and dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/9/2013
    Blu on the Avenue is a great new addition to the Park Avenue dining scene. The food is wonderful and ditto for the cocktails (Blueberry sangria - YUM) The $7 for a dozen oysters on the half shell happy hour special is an incredible deal and hopefully will continue. The several times that I have dined at Blu on the Avenue with family and friends has started out with cocktails and oysters and ended with an amazing dinner. This restaurant is a keeper.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wolf in sheep’s clothing…
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    The food was very simple, basic, bland, and not well thought out or executed. The sushi was fishy for being cooked shrimp, the salad was flat, and the swordfish was extremely uninviting. I was not impressed with management either. When I returned my dish as it was not good, management never came over to inquire as to why I didn’t like it. I would guess constructive criticism is not accepted which is reflected in the food.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed our brunch experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/14/2013
    Enjoyed our brunch experience - great menu, great decor, positive staff, and perfect location. Great seafood and fried oysters. We would have been happy to rate the food and total experience higher if the kitchen would cut the salt - too heavy a hand meant we could taste the salt two hours later, etc. This is an easy fix. Note the omelettes arrived cooked crisp like a fritata - so be sure to specify if you want crisp versus the traditional omelette.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Left Hungry
    yummVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    The food is great, but the portions are EXTREMELY small for the price that you pay. The ambiance was a little talked up and there was really no crowd for the nightlife your used to on Park Ave. Let's just say. We all left hungry.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The restaurant itself is pretty
    HilaryVIP
    Dined on 3/24/2013
    The restaurant itself is pretty good looking, the bar area is very nice. The food is just OK. Not awesome, not terrible. Same with the sushi. Felt it was slightly over priced as well.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Art fair made park avenue
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    Art fair made park avenue a zone pieton, great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had a party of 7 and the
    StacyVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    We had a party of 7 and the service was wonderful. Sushi and a full menu was a real treat.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was wonderful, but
    KatherineVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    The food was wonderful, but the service was very poor. We waited for 20 minutes for our first drink and weren't greeted by a server for about the first 15 minutes we had been there. The special (which was energetically described by the server) was snapper, and we ordered it only to find out that they were out. Location and menu offer great potential, but it seems the serving and bartending staff need to get themselves a little more experience.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was a restaurant that
    tomb4444
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    This was a restaurant that is more for the sushi and hummus crowd. My daughter and son in law would really enjoy it, but it wasn't for me. I just prefer a more traditional cuisine. The pasta and the carrot cake were great. The rest of the meal was well prepared. The flavors were not blended and seasoned to my particular liking.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I went to blu with a group
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    I went to blu with a group of 6 on a Saturday night. The food was delicious, the service was great, the drinks (blueberry sangria!) were perfect and the only thing I would recommend they change is the noise level (at times we could barely hear ourselves). Our group had the lobster risotto which looked amazing (giant chunks of lobster mixed into the risotto as well as a half lobster placed on top), the seabass (good but nothing terribly outstanding); the swordfish (also very good), the ribeye (phenomenal) and a really pretty lobster salad. We also had a dozen oysters and they were fresh and juicy and not a bit fishy. Yum. Overall we had a lovely time and we will certainly be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The fried oyster appetizer
    WPFamily
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    The fried oyster appetizer with horseradish and preserved lemon was outstanding. The lobster risotto had a very small half lobster that was somewhat overlooked and not really attractive, aside from being slightly too salty, the risotto itself had great flavor and perfect texture.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Steve
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/17/2013
    My wife and I have found another great resturant on Park avenue... it's called Blu On The Avenue!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Must get better to compete
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Still new on Park Avenue and it can be so much more. Tables too small and plates way to big, could barely fit appetizers, drinks and bread plates on a table for two. Steamers were too big, not firm and pretty sandy. Sushi has bad rice to fish ratio, a LOT of rice filler. Restaurant is cramped. Go for the bar and bar specials. Very good service!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We went to Blu for Valentines
    Foodie55VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    We went to Blu for Valentines Day and really enjoyed it. The food was creative and great and the service was attentive. Great drink list too!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had Valentines dinner here-
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Had Valentines dinner here- fantastic ahi burger, awesome service and great wine list! Will go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tried this new one on park
    rhodaVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2013
    Tried this new one on park ave and it was great! Happy hour $5.00 wines and tried the sushi. That was pretty good, not a sushi house but tasty. Had the Ahi Tuna burger and it was so good. They put seaweed and wasabi in the bun and the blu fries are yummy! Will be back again
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Expecting wonderful :/
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/8/2013
    On this day our service was spotty at best. We were greeted promptly (nnot busy) When the food was brought to our table. One was missing the shrimp on the salad, my was missing the tomatoes on my salad and she also missed my dressing on the side, so I had none. When finally she asked in passing, everything good here, she noticed I had no dressing, my guest told her we were missing her shrimp on her shrimp salad. She said that she would be right back. This was a terribly long wait, the shrimp arrived. Still no dressing for me, by this time I had eaten my piece of fish and half of my salad. She came back with my dressing that is when I asked her about my tomatoes, actually I was also missing cucumbers, but I let that go. 2 slices arrived
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic