About Blu Mangrove Grill



Located in Riviera Dunes Marina, on the beautiful Manatee River, you can have it all at Blu Mangrove Grill. Capture Ambiance with our breathtaking panoramic waterfront views. Indulge in exquisite dishes prepared by our outstanding culinary team.
Our dedicated staff are trained to provide you with the highest standard of service and attention to detail.
Seafood Lovers will enjoy the many Exotic Seafoods, Raw Bar and hand rolled Sushi...While the Land Lover can choose from a variety of dishes including certified Black Angus Hand Cut Steaks.
Come by land or water, dockside boat parking is available!
HAPPY HOUR Monday-Friday, Daily Specials, LIVE Music, large outdoor patio dining, indoor dining, indoor and outdoor bar/lounge. Also available for special events with private and
semi-private dining rooms. Venue can accommodate up to 300 guests.
Please visit our website for our complete menu.

102 Riviera Dunes Way
Palmetto, FL 34221
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Open Every Day at 11 am
Happy Hour from 11-6pm
Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday close at 10:00 pm
Wednesday and Thursday close at 10:30 pm
Friday and Saturday close at 11:30 pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(941) 479-7827

Website:
http://www.blumangrovegrill.com/

Entertainment:
LIVE MUSIC EVERY NIGHT

Parking Details:
Complimentary Valet Parking available on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday after 4 pm.

Executive Chef:
Leticia Loera

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Smoking Area, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access

Blu Mangrove Grill Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.8

service

3.8

ambience

4.2

value

3.5

Noise

Moderate

78% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (15)
Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
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Casual (11)
Special Occasion (9)
Good for a Date (8)
Live Music (8)
Bar Seating (8)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Worth the Drive (5)
Romantic (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Fun (3)
People Watching (3)
Seasonal (3)
Business Meals (2)
Cozy (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Authentic (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Gordon Ramsey would have had a hay day with your Valentine day dinner service. The ops managers way over booked your kitchens capabilities Table next to ours, 1 hour 15 minutes until main course 1 hour 50 minutes for ours and the steak was over cooked and cold when presented Gorden would have kicked both the blue and red team out and fired the manager for biting off more than they could serve.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Opposite these other reviews, and perhaps cause it was Valentine's Day, our experience was horrible. Sat at 630 left 810 after only getting our side salads. Server was overwhelmed & told us about it multiple times. Unorganized service & we don't blame the server, Jenny, herself. Management clearly not on top of things. We will def not go back for another attempt.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Our meal was great. Don’t go on a holiday- every table around us had bad food and service. We lucked out. Casual dining near river is nice- sit at the bar- you will have a better time then in dining room. Female blonde manager needs to learn hospitality and the basics on customer service- too many excuses.

Tags: Waterfront, Bar Seating, Scenic View
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·Dined 3 days ago

It took two hours to receive our dinner after ordering. "Misplaced ticket". We asked the waiter if "Prime filet was actually prime rib. He said yes. Two people ordered. One received filet mignon. The other received New York strip. Because of the long wait we gave up and ate what was served. Very disappointing Valentine dinner.

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 (Tampa)·Dined 3 days ago

Went for Valentine's Day, had reservation and seated right away. Husband's water glass was dirty, crusty handprints on outside. Ordered bottle of wine, one wine glass had lipstick on it. Appetizer took almost an hour to arrive, had to find manager to get it. Had to ask for bread which should have brought complementary. Entrees arrived about 30 minutes later, my Red Snapper was overcooked, dry and very fishy, vegetables were cold. Husband's sea bass was good but baked potato came dry, was ordered with butter and sour cream, and his vegetables were ice cold... no condiments on table. Tried to find owner/manager again but saw him retreat to his office. Had to voice complaints to another manager who proceeded to ask us, " Well what would you like me to do?"....REALLY?????? 😡 She did end up comping our entrees. Table behind us were seared before us and after 2 hours were still waiting for their entrees. Patrons were being taken to tables that weren't even cleaned or set, people were waiting by tables as they were being cleaned. Witnessed many patrons having to flag down server or manager or whoever would respond. We have eaten there many times and have never had issues....this was a complete disaster!!

Tags: Waterfront, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 3 days ago

Had a reservation but was told we would have to wait an hour for outdoor seating. In conversation at hostess table we alluded that they didn’t really care whether we were there or not. Female Mgr said she didn’t care but Convinced us to eat indoors as mgr said service and food were very good. Wrong. We should have left. Waited half an hour just to place order, had to ask for bread and got it 15 minutes after ordering, asked when we were going to get our salads. Server said they have to make salads and kitchen was in a mess since they were so busy and it was a Holiday, meal and salads finally came on same serving tray 45 min after ordering. This was with a limited menu due to holiday. Very disorganized and everyone was in panic mode. Ordered 2 glasses of wine which never came. Male Mgr came to table after we asked for him. He wanted to make us happy so we got a complimentary bottle of wine. However when the bill finally came our 2 glasses of wine which we did not get was on the bill. Had to ask server to remove from bill she said Mgr would not do. When we asked to see the Mgr again, server came back with revised bill taking the 2 wines off. All this aggravation,horrible service and mediocre food with a total bill of $160 for 4. There were a lot of unhappy customers in the dining room. Will never go back.

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 (Tampa)·Dined 3 days ago

Valentines Day
I never received a confirmation in a timely manner. I wanted a reservation for 4 people & the app would not work. I had my sister-in-law use her acct & she was able to get our reservation. This is the second time in the last 2 months I have had issues with using the Open Table app to make reservations at The Blu Mangrove Grille & other restaurants. Really not worth using the app.

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 (Naples)·Dined 6 days ago

We are locals that thoroughly support Blu Mangrove Grille year round but not as much in Season as we have the pleasure dining here when the crowds are gone. It is our favorite go to place when we are short on time and want to eat well. Sure enough, we got her at 8:00 tonight and the outside dining area was jumping. We just had burgers and a glass of red wine and the burgers were as good as ever and what we come to always expect from Blu Mangrove.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Even though they were quite busy with weddings and all the staff and food were great. And the singer's were excellent and not too loud

Tags: Live Music, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Waterfront
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·Dined on February 3, 2018

The four of just wanted something light but tasty and that’s what we got. The men both ordered “All you can eat” mussels and managed two bowls each with lots of crusty bread to mop up the white wine sauce. The ladies both chose fish tacos and found them delicious. Service was very good and paced just right. We also enjoyed some great music, happy hour prices drinks and a cost gas burner to drive off the chill. In all, an enjoyable experience.

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Had dinner for 8 on a Friday night. Took 1/2 hour to order a drink and another 1/2 hour to get it. Sever was poor and we had to request another to find him. Ordered appetizers and dinner and both came late. All dinners were not served hot and the mash potatoes were cold! Asked for Manager and then got another. Service so poor and food not hot, refused to pay tip on Bill. Would not recommend this restuarant due to poor service and Luke warm food.

Tags: Casual
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Very limited parking. Finding a parking spot was very difficult. It took well over 20 minutes. Although, the variety and types of food shown on the menu was impressive for a 5 star restaurant the food was just ok, not outstanding. The wait staff was not very professional. The timing of food delivery was non-existent. Main dishes were brought to the table before appetizers were finished or the plates cleared. Note, that we were a party of seven. We asked to see a dessert menu and the waiter only bought one. We asked the waiter for more, he brought one more. It took the waiter an overly long period of time to come back to take the dessert order.

I would definitely not recommend this restaurant.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 25, 2018

3rd time here. I hit the sushi pretty hard and sushi chef did not disappoint. Had chefs menu, was fresh and tasty. Cath had prime special and loved it. Table had view and waitress was personable. Only glitch was entrees came a couple minutes too soon, not a big deal (offered to bring later but I was on a roll-slight pun). We will be back often.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 24, 2018

We had a wonderful experience
The food was delicious!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We have been here before and decided to stop by after the Bradenton Boat Show, with some friends. Very disappointed. There was a Lunch Special Menu that offered Grouper Bites with fries, for $18. We ordered (2) of these. When they arrived, the portion sizes were pretty nice, as the chunks were larger and very lightly breaded. We took a bite of the grouper bites and we all couldn't believe how FISHY they were. We order Grouper Bites at almost every restaurant we have eaten at. No one at our table thinks this was Grouper. We think it was a fake Grouper? I googled this and they say some restaurants have gotten caught for fish swapping or using asian catfish, corvina or cod. It was SO fishy tasting that we doused it with tabasco and malt vinegar, since the waiter didn't come back for a while. We should have sent it back asap. OR it could have been very old Grouper, thus the reason it was the Lunch Special. Very disappointed. On a lighter note, the Onion Soup was AMAZING! Larger sized, nice amount of melted cheese and onions. The Happy Hour Drink Specials were decent, as we all had a glass of wine. We would never get the Grouper Bites again though. Oh, when we told the waiter that the Grouper Bites were Fishy, he just said "Sorry about that" and took the plates away. No resolution, no manager came over, nothing.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We went on a cool evening. Sat outside. Heaters next to table were very nice. Music on patio was very pleasant and not overpowering (noisy). Because of the chill that evening (~65 deg-70 deg), food did not stay warm (understandable). Blackened chicken on noodles was so-so (give it a C). Fish and Chips ok (give it a B), Philly Cheese Steak a B+, and the Sushi was an A. Good value on wine. We will definitely be back as this is a very relaxing atmosphere.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on December 26, 2017

We went early on a weeknight during the holidays for an anniversary dinner. The place was virtually empty. Selection was wide with lots (maybe too many) options on the menu. The fish was very good, cooked perfectly but the salad and sides were just ok, nothing special, and not much flavor. Portions are large. Service was also spotty. Blue Mangrove seems to be trying to market itself as a foodie spot, but falls short. Suggest they pare down their menu, focus on taste and quality rather than variety and quantity.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 26, 2017

This was our 3rd visit to Blue Mangrove, this time for lunch with our adult children. We love sitting outside on the marina. Food is never disappointing. The service was great. Evening meals are especially wonderful when accompanied by the live music.

Tags: Casual, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 9, 2017

I had been to the Blu Mangrove once for lunch. My dinner companions had never eaten there. One is a vegetarian and one is a hearty eater. Everyone was delighted with the menu selection and quality of the food. From the crab cakes to the scallops the food was wonderful. I had the grilled fish tacos, awesome.
We will be returning to the Blu Mangrove!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Restaurant is located on the banks of the Manatee river where boats are docked. There was very good live music. food was plentiful.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Disabled Access, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We didn't know what to expect. The restaurant is in a marina near some condos. We sat outside and enjoyed the ambiance and live music. The view is of huge yachts, but it's water and there were nice fire elements (torches, heaters, fire pit). We had great food - we shared an escargot - not too much garlic and topped with melted cheese - yummy. My spouse had a Ruben - it was huge - and I had a shrimp piccata which was mouth watering. We had a fun time and will return.

Tags: Special Occasion, People Watching, Fun, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Romantic, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Casual, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour
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 (Naples)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We have written so many reviews about Blu Mangrove Grille that we are out of words. The is establishment works hard at serving consistently good food, presented well, properly prepared and we eat here so much that we consider Blu Mangrove our favorite go to restaurant in Palmetto. We took a friend to have dinner here this time and he loved his food, grouper. It was a bit chilly for dining outside but we all agreed from the window that outside is a great marina setting to relax and enjoy a meal

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Enjoyed our Thanksgiving Buffet at Blu Mangrove. The food was delicious; the atmosphere was pleasant and relaxed. The only complaint was weak, not good, coffee. Would definitely host another special occasion at Blu Mangrove.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We had a Thanksgiving buffet -style meal at the restaurant. Although the overall choice was limited, the shrimp cocktail appetizer was excellent, with unlimited shrimp. The roasted turkey and prime rib were both excellent, although the selection of accompanying vegetables was a bit limited and, like many buffets, tended to being overcooked unless you were able to get a fresh tray straight from the kitchen. The choice of desserts was very good. Overall, a good experience. We'll be back to try the a la carte menu.

Tags: Scenic View, Casual, Bar Seating, Waterfront
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Service was so bad that we eventually gave up and left. We waited 30min for a waitress, asked another waitress if she could find ours, and they waited another 10min before giving up.

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 (Naples)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Once again our go to local place is Blu Mangrove. It was our typical simple, too late and too tired to cook meal of burgers and although they are always good here, tonight was exceptional. Our burgers were perfectly cooked medium rare with a touch of pink and beautifully presented with coleslaw. The shredded red onion was a nice addition on top of a ripe tomato slice and not a great big thick slice of onion like most places. Keep it up Blu Mangrove. We are very satisfied customers

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 (Manitoba)·Dined on November 1, 2017

We have been going to blu mangrove for a few years. The food has changed the prices haven’t. The ambiance is good. The heaters all need to be replaced. Wednesday used to be a full lobster. Now just lobster tails for same price. My food was cold. We will still come to blu mangrove but not as often

Thanks

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 25, 2017

I had called to ask about the availability of Stone Crabs since this was a special birthday lunch and that was her request. I was told they had some but when I got there for lunch, I was told that they didn't get any in that day. This made for a very disappointing birthday lunch since we had to order from the regular menu. After we left, I called a few other restaurants nearby and they all had Stone Crabs. Needless to say, that has damaged my view in the reliability of your restaurant for consistency in selections and availability. I understand things can run out later in the evening, but this was lunch so the information was misleading.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Waterfront
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 (New England)·Dined on October 23, 2017

great spot for "gal pals" get together

Music, good food and wine and they take reservations.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Great setting, friendly wait service and generally very good food. The creamy chicken vegetable soup was superb, as were three of the four entrees. Only disappointment was the prime rib, which was seriously undercooked initially and a poor quality piece of meat. For the price paid the expectation was definitely not met. Only negative mark on an otherwise enjoyable meal/evening.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Good for Groups, People Watching
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We sat outside to eat, great atmosphere with live music. Its facing east so no sunset view. Food and service were fantastic. I had Island Maki sushi roll and my friend had Shrimp Alfredo. Inside dining area looked awesome so we will be back to dine inside this winter(:

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 9, 2017

This was our first time at your restaurant and we were pleased with the food selections and service. The clam chowder was especially good! Nice location by the waterfront and welcoming dining environment.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Groups, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Waterfront, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Naples)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Every now and then there are service issues at Blu Mangrove . Tonight the restaurant was very busy but service was fine and we really enjoyed our food. My husband had the pork chop, perfectly cooked and delicious and definitely too big, so he had lunch for tomorrow. I had the chicken piccata. I ordinarily do not eat chicken in restaurants because chicken is such a staple at home. Tonight I craved it and enjoyed all I could eat. Once again too much food so I have lunch for tomorrow. Enjoyed the food and the service tonight

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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The server was very slow to take our order and the restaurant was empty. The food was good, but took forever to come out. Overall, the waiter was not there. Claimed he had a table outside and was busy. Again, the restaurant that had been crowded at 7, was empty at 8 and my table had not even place their order.

Thank you!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on September 2, 2017

The service was great. We were a party of 13 and they treated us very well and did not skip a beat. They even made us cinnamon butter and brought out Advil for a guest with a headache. The food was excellent. Very large portions at a great value.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Disappointed. Found most of the negative reviews to be accurate.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Although it was not very busy, service was not the best, granted we had a big table but she had help. Our meals were not brought out at same time. I was satisfied with my dish but my friend said her crabcake was terrible. I tasted it, not awful but not good. Other's dishes were mediocre. Of note, I had not been here for about 2 years due to the quality of the food but we wanted a nice place to sit outside other than our normal spots. Drinks were slow coming too and don't advertise a spicy margarita and not have it be spicy at all and don't advertise Patron but give me Jose Cuervo.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on August 17, 2017

My grandson had children's fish and chips which used Grouper and was not good, but the other 5 meals were really good and the mussels starter was excellent.

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 (Naples)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Try the coleslaw. It is fresh, chewy, fiilled with shredded Brussel Sprouts and bits of kale and eating it tonight made us feel like were doing something healthy with great taste. Our burgers, yes we ate the entire roll, were perfectly prepared and delicious. But then again, we always have a good burgers at Blu Mangrove. Hot as it is right now, outside was busy and inside was quiet, peaceful and enjoyable. Good service tonight.

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 (Naples)·Dined on August 12, 2017

New to the area and wanted to check out a local place - food was excellent and service was top notch, thanks to Freddie! Our favorite menu item was scallop maki; would return for that alone!

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Authentic, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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