The Blue Fish Restaurant
The Blue Fish Restaurant

The Blue Fish Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bluefishjax.com/
  • Phone: 9043870700x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Sunday: 5:00 - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Richard Grenamyer
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Full catering menus can be viewed on our website.
  • Private Party Facilities: Two private banquet rooms, one semi private room in our upstairs lounge.
  • Private Party Contact: Patrick Robinson 9043870700x
  • Entertainment: Piano Bar Upstairs, 7pm 12am Friday and Saturday evenings.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Talbot
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from The Blue Fish Restaurant
The Blue Fish Restaurant and Oyster Bar is located historic Avondale, one of Jacksonville's most prestigious neighborhoods. Just minutes from downtown Jacksonville, we offer the freshest selections of seafood in creative recipes, including a large variety of specialty oysters, great steaks, fresh catch, and nightly specials. Light plate options available for the smaller appetite. Jacksonville's best Happy Hour 3-7pm daily. Al fresco dining available on our patios.. Our wine list is quite affordable with over 60 wines by the glass. We have two full bars with a late-night upstairs club. We are upscale casual and perfect for business or casual dinners, with friends, family or date night. Full banquet facilities available including private dining rooms that seat up to 70.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
The Blue Fish Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
82 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (58)special occasion (38)fit for foodies (36)great for outdoor dining (33)vibrant bar scene (29)good for groups (25)notable wine list (18)great for brunch (17)great for lunch (17)hot spot (16)romantic (13)late-night find (11)scenic view (5)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Wall of windows that open to the sidewalk. Very romantic. Excellent food and service. We will definitely be back again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great ambiance!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Our reservation never made it to the restaurant. A little embarrassing when entertaining a group of 6. The young lady that greeted us handled the situation beautifully and accommodated us quickly with our desire for outdoor eating. The server was extremely helpful, but was one that did not show up much during the meal. Food was very good with a great varied menu to please any palette. Lovely ambiance in courtyard and a great place to share with old friends. Will definitely put this on our "go too" restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great fresh seafood.
    Admiral
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had out of town guests and wanted them to get a taste of our area's wonderful fresh seafood and the charm of Avondale. Bluefish provided both in its usual fashion. Great food and a delightful outside table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good meal; restaurant a bit dated
    jaywalker
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We ate at Blue Fish for the first time this weekend. The food was solid. I had an Ahi tuna plate and a Caesar salad with fried oysters. The tuna wasn't the best I've had (North Beach fish camp was better), but it was decent. Our server was good. They should replace the carpet and some of the interior fixtures. For the prices they charge, I think they can afford an updated interior!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice
    JaxJackVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Took an old friend in town for their high school reunion for dinner on a busy Friday night. She had the salmon and I had the chicken piccata. Both were very good. Service was excellent and the manager came over to chat with us and check to be sure that everything was satisfactory. My guest was overall impressed with the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Dinner with the girls
    jagfandiner
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Service was great...appetizers were great..main meal was a disappointment. My friend ordered a mixed berry mojito. Was horrible. It ended up being just raspberries with lots of seeds. Had my Jaguars Teal Deals coupon. Didn't realize one was just for lunch and didn't spend enough on my tab to qualify for the dinner one. Wasn't a bad evening but thought it could have been better.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very dissappointed
    MedManStephen
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The problem came when our food arrived. The crab cakes were mostly breading and very skimpy on the crab. They tasted ok if you like that type of very "bready" crab cake. With the small plates, the crab topped eggplant had only a small spot of crab meat and the eggplant was still hard/crunchy inside. The BBQ shrimp was overcooked to the point the shrimp was rubbery; however the sauce the shrimp were in was great. Our mussels were so undercooked that 1/3 of the shells were still closed, and the mussels could not be pulled out of the shell. This should have been noticed before being brought to the table. We did give the manager bonus points for COMPing these items without us having to ask. GREAT MENU, BAD FOOD, Nice staff
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Every restauranteur's nightmare
    JkerrdogVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    A frequent spot for us as we live in the 'hood'. However what would have been our usual enjoyable experience turned South midway due to the cacaphony of obnoxious noise from a party of 5or6 at a nearby table. I do not mind the 'din' of a busy/popular restaurant at all BUT everything is relative & these folks take the cake! They demonstrated absolutely no concern for their fellow diners! I do not know what a restaurant owner/manager does. They are in a 'no-win' predicament!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a delicious meal
    ParkCitySkierVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great selection of fresh fish. Plenty of options in oysters
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great foo but no table?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Though I had made a reservation via Opentable, they did not have my name. The restaurant acted like it happens frequently. They happened to have an opening but had to sit in a small area with a group of loud party. Disappointed in the app
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere
    Satisfiedlady2
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This place was awesome. The food was great, service was good, drinks were awesome. Everyone in my party had a great experience. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lynda
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We brought our son for his birthday. We had a great time. Food was delicious and well prepared. Our waiter was fantastic. We will definitely be returning to dine again soon.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and Service are NOT worth it!
    sammus85
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The restaurant was really loud. There aren't any booths. The service was atrocious. The table next to us sent back food...twice. The food is bland and tasteless, except for the crab bisque. Better restaurants on the same side of the street, not to mention the entire neighborhood. A must miss for all.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful Florida decor,
    Carocook
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Having dined at this restaurant many times I always enjoy the experience and find it to always have fresh fish good cocktails and a very lively crowd The outside courtyard is something I intend to try on my next visit perhaps when the weather is a tad cooler
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ideal setting for a business lunch
    OPDramaQueen
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Unsure of client preferences and want to make sure all bases are covered? Blue Fish is the choice location! Online reservations assures you of the desired time so there is no embarrassment of a long wait. Service was stellar. Prices very reasonable for the quality of food. Comfortable seating -- upfront to see and be seen, or nestled in the back room for quiet and privacy. And did I mention the great parking? A rarity in most places but not so with Blue Fish.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Sunday Brunch!
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Blue Fish has an amazing Sunday brunch. The portions are huge but delicious and the cold bar is outstanding. I highly recommend Blue Fish for your next Sunday brunch. Reservations recommended.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food was wonderful but it took 30 minutes to receive my appetizer. Also the waitress was rarely there and it took a while to get anything we asked for
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent choice
    Toni
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I've have been there twice with large groups, which is usually challenging for any restaurant. Blue Fish staff handled it smoothly. The service was great and the food was delicious. We all felt their prices were very reasonable for such gourmet choices. Love that they have two sizes you can order. I had their fabulous crab bisque and small order of shrimp and grits. Outstanding and a gracious plenty for me. Everyone reported that their dinners were delucious. We also had a Margarita with a splash of amaretto (waiter suggestion) and it was to direct for. We would all definitely go back. Parking is a challenge and reservations highly recommended. ..but Avondale is a beautiful area and BF is worth the parking hassle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great
    seekerofbetter
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Blue Fish has a very interesting menu and we tried to sample an array of dishes. Good flavors, but flaws were included. For example, the pecan crusted snapper had a nice mix, but it was overwhelmed by the greasiness. The sides did not have the temperature of the main dish, suggesting poor timing. The vegetables did not match the description of the dish either. The scallops were cooked perfectly in the other dish. I think the location is good and the ability to open the front of the restaurant is a plus. Overall, not a destination but would not avoid.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My Fave
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I love everything about Blue Fish. That we have such a wonderful place to dine on our side of town. That the food is always so fresh and well prepared. The service always friendly and knowledgeable. The décor is fun and beautiful. I will return again and again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome
    Anthony
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    shrimp and grits are the best I've ever eaten hands down great bar awesome drinks
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef King comes to Jacksonville
    JaxFoodies
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Chef King, formerly of A1A Ale House in St. Augustine, has brought his expertise to Bluefish. Having been there now about 2 months, he has begun to put his special touches on the menu. The seafood is about as fresh as it can be, with imaginative and flavor forward dishes. The atmosphere is energetic, but outside seating, both in the front of the restaurant, and in back in a more private area with a nice fountain, can be much quieter and conducive to a wonderful evening. My wife and I have been there twice since Chef's arrival, and have had great meals both times. The wine list has been updated and has a nice variety available, or you can bring your own for a nominal cork fee. A sure hit, so we will be back soon
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    Jenny
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We went for a celebration lunch for one of my employees. The food was excellent as was the service. I have been here several times and it's always a favorite place to go back to!! I'm never dissapointed with the food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • small business owner
    brunch
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Great service, always filling your glass be it water or a cocktail. Good brunch food
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Support
    JAXCMC
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We made reservations for 6:00pm for a promotion celebration for our new General Manager. The entire staff went above and beyond ensuring everything was in perfect order. The Blue fish never disappoints. The food is amazing the service is perfect...there when you need them, and gone when you don't. I highly recommend the Blue Fish for any company outing you have, they will always make it the right choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Dining Experience
    HappyFamily
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Great service and exceptional food. Enjoyed the experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noise level
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Need to find a way to lower the noise level. Only part that was NOT an enjoyable evening
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LafK
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I went on a dinner date with my girlfriend. I enjoyed the food very much, and the wine selection is very good. It seems the restaurant is now catering a bit more to families, but still with a "foodie" type of menu and price. It is very loud in the restaurant. Not a romantic setting. The service was very good too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • has2
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We've eaten here before and really enjoyed the food. But, the restaurant can be noisy. This time, we took a friend and went on the early side and on a weekend night. That helped with the noise and the food was as good as we remembered.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So-So
    Luvfood
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We've been to Blue Fish twice. The first time it was great, food and service. This last time we went, the food lacked flavor and was just OK. The cucumber ginger martini...bad...and the service made the experience feel rushed and sales like.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always A Favorite!
    CassieVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Great and friendly service (thank you Heidi!). We love the food here but you must try the Lobster Bisque. It is absolutely the best!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Earplugs Required at Happy Hour
    SharonVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We love the food at Blue Fish, but not the noise during Happy Hour. The restaurant needs to solve the noise issues between the bar and the main dining room. It was so very loud and irritating that we considered leaving, but we had already ordered our dinner. So we spoke with the waiter who moved us to an outside table in the back. It had been raining and things were a bit wet, but we preferred damp over an unbearable din. The food was delicious as usual, but we will definitely not be dining during Happy Hour again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friendly and Accomodating
    happybirthdaytome
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    My boyfriend and I went here for my 30th birthday and made a reservation after reading reviews that said the place was great. They were so great in having a table by their cute fountain outside in their courtyard. Our server was friendly and really down to earth. I could tell that there was a table around us that was having some problems but the staff around us were very patient and hard working to help fix the issue. Our food was great and overall it was a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    JoyJoy
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I would recommend anyone who loves seafood to take a visit soon. This past experience made my third visit n the food has been consistently delicious!!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • jassie
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Good food, good service, the food here is always so fresh, seafood is the best in the area.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed love
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Blue Fish is my very Favorite. Fresh seafood always expertly prepared. But service was disappointing on this visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great grouper.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    I really look forward to good grouper when I am in Florida. Theirs was great!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent brunch, awesome service
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    This is our third brunch at Blue Fish over the past two years, and it was just as good as our previous visits. Food was impeccable, service was friendly and excellent, and you can't beat the bottomless bloody marys!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best restaurant in Jacksonville
    Excellent
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I not only love your wine list and food but also your servers are excellent especially Don. My husband is notoriously fussy, and he will only walk through the door if Don is there! Your chef is amazing. I lived in Italy for three years and one of your pasta dishes was the finest I've had since that time. Kudos!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Excellent food, great service, lovely surroundings. Wish I could go every day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 42 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 406 reviews are from the The Blue Fish Restaurant reviews archive.