Blu Mangrove Grill
Blu Mangrove Grill

Blu Mangrove Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.blumangrovegrill.com/
  • Phone: 9414797827x
  • Hours of Operation:
    EVERY DAY FROM 11 TO 10PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Blu Mangrove Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
39 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (24)scenic view (20)special occasion (13)great for lunch (10)fit for foodies (9)romantic (8)good for groups (8)neighborhood gem (7)great for brunch (6)vibrant bar scene (5)late-night find (4)hot spot (2)notable wine list (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Night Out
    AFMS
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular
    DoctorZ
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Manatee Counties newest best restaurant. On the water, live music, excellent food. Definitely going back, recommending to all my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reservation Didn't Matter!
    DiningOutForWork
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch in the sun
    CWJP
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for lunch
    rogerh
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mixed review
    SarasotaGirl
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good view, good eats, great staff
    Acer
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    All around a gem of a restaurant. Good scenery, good food, and great service! Not one you should pass up.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice place to eat
    gggg
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • avoid thr brisket
    merv
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Valentine's Day
    Pattip
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Service seemed a little disjointed from the time we walked in. Since we were 2- minutes early for our reservation, we sat at the bar and had a drink. With three bartenders and empty seats at the bar, one would think it would have been easy to get service. Once we sat down at our table, it went from slow to non-existent. After 20 minutes of waiting, one of the waiters came over to ask if anyone had helped us yet. Honestly, I don't even think it was his table, but once he found out we were orphaned, he took very good care of us. The food was just ok. There were some highlights but there were also some disappointments. The appetizers were wonderful but the main courses were "just ok". The desserts had a lovely presentation and were very tasty.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worst service ever...
    Kirby1964
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Went on Valentines for a special dinner...what we experienced was anything but. Apparently you have to ASK for your salad to come out before the entree...even though neighboring tables didn't. Our server might have been on his first night...he brought out a wrong bottle of wine. And the service overall was extremely slow...we were seated before our neighboring tables and were the last to get our food. My ribeye was perfect however and my wife's grouper was fantastic...that's the only reason I'd recommend this place to anyone.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    Stephen
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I was surprised to find a reasonable reservation time for Valentine's Day at this restaurant. They were extremely busy and, while we were sat later than our reserved time, it was well worth the wait. Our waiter was energetic and knowledgeable and our food was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Its about the food
    Orao
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great way to spend Valentine's Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We had a great meal at the Blu Mangrove Grill on Valentine's Day! The food was tasty, the service very good (even though they were very busy), plus they gave each woman a beautiful, long stemmed rose as they entered the restaurant. They had a man singing and playing the guitar in the background which was just enough to set the ambiance for a romantic dinner. We will definitely go back to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great expierence...
    captain
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Wonderful food and excellent Service, best I have had in a long time. Will recommend to my friends. Your valentine dinner was Great
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BLU MANGROVE
    MATTHEWVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    BLU MANGROVE IS WHAT THIS AREA NEEDED THANKS AND WELCOME TO OUR AREA WE WILL BECOME SOME OF YOUR MOST REGULAR PEOPLE
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine's Day
    Russ
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Excellent service. The calamari and shrimp cocktail appetizers were very good, large portions, and reasonably priced since we were there during the happy hour. Our gin and tonic well drinks were also very reasonably priced. My wife's salmon with Jack Daniels sauce was excellent. My braised short ribs were disappointing. The meat had been cut off the bones and served in a bowl. Apparently the fat had also been cut off the bones and mixed in with the meat making the whole dish a greasy mushy mess. The sides of baked potato and garden salad were fine. The bread pudding dessert was excellent and amply portioned. Overall, we had a very enjoyable dining experience for our Valentines Day evening.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Area Happy Hour
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Fantastic assortment of small plates to share with friends. Terrific assortment of wines and cocktails all at pocket easing happy hour prices. A sure winner to unwind your day or begin an evening. They will also take a reservation by phone or on line so you are assured a seat even in high season.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful Spot for Dining
    Mimi8
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Have eaten here before and was great. This time the waiter didn't tell us it was 6:00, the end of the happy hour so we were charged full price for the extra wine and appetizer we ordered not realizing it was past 6:00. After insisting to talk to the manager, the tab was corrected. Their shrimp cocktail at Happy Hour is marvelous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I guess U can call my wife
    Parrish
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    I guess U can call my wife and I regulars. We go for Happy Hour at least twice a week. The drinks R reasonable and the Apps. R great. Just this past week we took our son and his family there to celebrate his birthday. The meals were very good, service very good and the entertainment very good. We have introduced "The Grove" to some of our neighbors and they all like it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food and service were
    John
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    The food and service were good. The noise level was entirely too loud. With the band playing it was impossible to carry on a conversation with the person at the table with me. I do not like to go to a restaurant where I cannot visit with my dinner companions. As a result, I will not go back to Blu Mangrove.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very expensive for the amount
    Dell
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Very expensive for the amount of food you get. No dinner rolls, or bread! We had a 6:30 reservation and at 7 pm they ran out of baked potatoes....how is that possible?? Should have compensated with another side dish. Our waiter was excellent. The martinis are plentiful.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AWESOME
    MATTHEWVIP
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    THIS NEW PLACE HAS EVERYTHING YOU NEED LIVE MUSIC EVERYTHING FROM STEAKS, BBQ, SEAFOOD, HAPPY HOUR WE GO TWO TIMES A WEEK GREAT JOB GUYS
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was mediocre. Waiter
    Mike
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Food was mediocre. Waiter made a big deal out of the fact that the salad and veggies now cam standard on with the meal. My Caesar salad was about 4 pieces of romaine and two croutons on a coffee cup saucer plate. Veggies were a little more. Had 4 pieces of squash and a piece of broccoli. I had the blackened grouper and ordered the crab sauce topping. Needed a strainer to find the crab so not sure what the topping was supposed to be. Guest had the grouper also. When it came out the fish looked undercooked because it did not flake apart.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice clean restaurant with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    Nice clean restaurant with plenty of parking and great view.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Happy customer
    RonElaine
    Dined on 1/1/2014
    The food and drink menu has excellent choices (much better than most restaurants), the food is very well prepared, and the service is well performed. Since the location is close by will certainly be visiting frequently.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great New Look
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Good great, love the indoor and outdoor dining. Daily specials are a great mix. Manager Steve is great and. Bartender Theresa beautiful and awesome. Makes the best martinis.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Evening
    Judeet
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    My friend and I were looking for a nice place to go for New Year's Eve dinner and did we pick the perfect spot. The decorations, staff, presentation, and dinner selections were fantastic and our picks delicious. The atmosphere was very balanced, not loud or crazy. Just festive! Nothing was overpriced with "special occasion" prices. Our bottle of wine was served with a sparkler, several special holiday touches to make a nice evening for two friends ringing in the new year. This place is a gem and we were so impressed. Would definitely recommend!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Christmas Eve
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Very nice for Christmas Eve dinner. Live Christmas Music was wonderful! Atmosphere was lovely. Service was great, plenty of staff on hand. Appetizers, and entree's excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blu Mangrove in Palmetto
    rogerh
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    New owners and name change for this restaurant but the excellent views over the marina and friendly service remain. We had a group of four for lunch. The fresh grouper sandwich was generous in size and well prepared, a cobb salad excellent, the brisket quesadilla unusual and very good, and the shrimp burger was full of whole shrimps and looked very good. Overall a good, reasonably priced, dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Same place.different name and owner
    gggg
    Dined on 11/25/2013
    This used to be Bella Mia...now Blue Mangrove Grill. The menu is extensive with many different choices including lobster. Specials every night which makes this a hidden gem.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.