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The Blue Fish Restaurant
The Blue Fish Restaurant

The Blue Fish Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bluefishjax.com
  • Phone: (904) 387-0700
  • 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: Seafood, Steak, 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 (904) 387-0700
  • 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Great and friendly service (thank you Heidi!). We love the food here but you must try the Lobster Bisque. It is absolutely the best!!"
    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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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!!!!!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Good food, good service, the food here is always so fresh, seafood is the best in the area."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Blue Fish is my very Favorite. Fresh seafood always expertly prepared. But service was disappointing on this visit."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "I really look forward to good grouper when I am in Florida. Theirs was great!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Excellent food, great service, lovely surroundings. Wish I could go every day."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Enjoyable evening. Will come back. Food was very good. Service was great."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "this place met every expectation and then some absolutely the freshest oysters in Jacksonville with the options of a bunch of specialty selections from NY to Canada The bartender mixed some killer martinis and I had a few beers from there Bold City selections we had the best experience we have had in years at any restaurant! "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "with a very Knowledgeble server Gerardo we had an outstanding evening, great wine by the glass a hopping happy hour and an array of seafood in which you cant find any where we had the whole grilled catch of the day a whole yellowtail snapper topped with grilled onions was for sure the highlight "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "They have a wonderful selection of raw oysters at reasonable prices. While we have tried and enjoyed many things at Blue Fish, we almost always start with a dozed raw oysters."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Titled this "disappointed" for one reason only: made a reservation for 4 people for 8 p.m. Restaurant was not filled. Got there and no one was at the door. Had to find someone to tell them I had a reservation. The woman asked name - when I told her she asked: For 2? Well no, for 4. I was told there was no table set up for us. (Huh?) As I stated, the restaurant had a lot of empty tables. When reservation was made I asked for the quietest part of the restaurant so we could talk at the table. The woman said since no table was set up for us, would I mind sitting in a quieter part of the restaurant in the back. ???? Maybe, no one looks at the reservations made through Open Table? "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The emphasis is on fresh fish and the true flavor of the food, but the popularity of the place distracts from that. You can't talk to your dining partners due to the noise and the you feel so rushed to leave. I would try eating here again but I would wait until happy hour was over at the bar."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Our friends have been raving over how good Blue Fish is for months now and we finally made a trip out there. I only wish that we listened to them months ago the food was fresh and cooked the way seafood should be. We will be making Blue Fish one of our regular destinations from now on. Love the openness of the restaurant and out door patio. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "It was nice but pricey. The food was good but not worth the price."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Drama with our reservations (which had been confirmed both by myself and the restaurant staff), bugs in our drinks, and cold, awful food that took forever. I would NOT recommend this place to anyone. I will say the manager on duty tried to make up for things the best he could by comping our drinks and desserts but I would've rather had paid full price and had a good meal We were a party of 15, celebrating my daughter's law school graduation, many having come from out of town. We were expecting a wonderful dinner after the graduation. What a disappointment!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Huge sliding glass doors open the restaurant up to join the sidewalk tables. Crisp white table cloths and themed tableware set the scene for attentive, knowledgeable wait staff. Every selection we have ever tried is mouth-watering."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "They seated us in a back, less-traveled area as we asked for quiet. Lovely table with excellent waitress. Good fish dinners."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "I realize that Mother's Day is one of the busiest for restaurants but if you are taking reservations do not overbook. The quality of the food was not good, it was served lukewarm at best. The server was great and did offer to reheat but we elected not to do that. This is my first visit and I had heard good things but I will most likely not return even though I dine at restaurants in this area often. The only positive was the server who was great."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We have been here to dine numerous times and our biggest complaint has always been the seating arrangement. I always feel cramped and I feel like I am sitting on top of a bunch of strangers. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Came in to town with clients for The Players Championship. And came across this place as a recommendation from Open Table. The food was good and overall was a good experience. But the service seemed very slow and non-reactive. Was told they had trouble with computer crashing, causing our order to get lost. But once the food arrived, it was as good as advertised. More training for the servers on overall hospitality and customer interaction would go along way"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Our server was not familiar with wine choices and pored gents glass first. Potatoes were cold. Pecan crusted fish dry. Disappointed! Have eaten there twice before and was good. This time a miss!!!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Finally stepped out of our box and ate at a new place for us. Good atmosphere and server Kathy was great. A little disappointed that the food wasn't pipping hot, especially the potatoes. Main entrees were great and dessert was awesome. Reasonably priced wine by the glass. Would dine here again. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Three of us went to Blue Fish for a Saturday lunch. The food was delicious. We had the fried green tomatoes appetizer. There were three slices, so it worked perfectly for each of us to have one. I had the shrimp and grits which was delightful. The other two had the grilled catch. We finished with three different desserts that we shared...the key lime pie, chocolate pecan pie and coconut cake. The two pies were outstanding. The coconut cake did not have much flavor. The service was a bit spotty. The waitress was very preoccupied and would frequently have to be reminded about bringing things, drink refills, etc. But overall, it was a great lunch."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "My friend had raved about this place and she was right! Great weeknight dinner, freshest fish with creative and tasty preparations. Calamari to start was lightest, most tender I have ever tasted! Followed by our entrees of Florida grouper and Mahi caught just off shore that morning! Will be back!"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Expensive, but well worth it. Food, drinks, and dessert are to die for and portions are always enough to take home. One of my favorite spots to hang with friends, go on a date, hang out solo at bar, or take your mom for Mother's day. Can't say enough. Simply awesome"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I took my boyfriend here for his birthday and reserved a table in the courtyard for a romantic dinner they held us a spot right in front of the fountain. It was great! The food was good. I was expecting the food to be Amazing but it was a little more than average but not amazing. "
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Everything was fine except that the restaurant was overloaded for Easter brunch. Our reservations were for 1:00pm and we were not seated until 1:25pm. The kitchen was backed up so that we didn't receive our food until 2:30 pm."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Great spot, great food and available parking for a busy downtown! Oysters were marvelous and the fish was fresh."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Food was good..not great. Noise was too overwhelming even with the front open to the street. Waiter was a bit cocky and disinterested. Was recommended by everyone in town. We were there for a conference."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I ordered an oyster appetizer from the feature menu (I can't remember the name of it), it was the absolute best oyster dish I have ever tasted! I took a picture of it and I NEVER do that!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Watch out caps on the water...this is no doubt the best seafood restaurant in northeast Florida"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The Wahoo was outstanding. I wish I had gotten the large portion."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Everything exceeded expectations and the prices are reasonable relative to quality and portion size."
    Dined on 3/27/2014