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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4.1

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

4.2

ambience

4.4

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Scenic View (11)
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Casual (9)
Good for a Date (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Romantic (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Live Music (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Happy Hour (4)
People Watching (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Business Meals (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Cozy (2)
Fun (2)
Live Sports (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Seasonal (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Authentic (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Healthy (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Tampa)·Dined 2 days ago

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 2, 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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 (New York Area)·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 5, 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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·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!

Tags: Waterfront
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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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 (Chicago)·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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 (New England)·Dined on August 13, 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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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Although the food, ambiance and wait staff were terrific, I was disappointed that the birthday person did not receive a treat on this special occasion. I had specifically stated on my reservation that we were celebrating a 70th birthday.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Waterfront, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 5, 2017

After an excellent first dining experience in August of 2016, each visit since has been more disappointing than the last. Our latest dining experience included one specific request due to a food allergy and it was completely ignored by he kitchen and attempt to correct by the server. in addition the kitchen was terribly slow. The only positive was the kids in the party enjoyed the Brownie Sunday.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Naples)·Dined on August 3, 2017

On the Open Table scale of 1 to 5, tonight's burgers were spot on a solid 5. But then we always have a good to great burger here. But service tonight, hum hate to complain because server was friendly but just not on top of our table. We never had our water refilled. We did a bottle of red wine and questioned Merlot to Go law and it seems as though server was unfamiliar. On her behalf she did have several larger groups outside but we were left in the dust. Our wine was never refreshed. We asked for coleslaw with our burgers but one came with fries anyway and we had to ask for the coleslaw but not with our server as she never checked. So although server was polite with a big smile I am even reluctant to give her a 3. The ultimate was having to ask for a bag to carry out our bottle of wine.

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 (Miami)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Service on the patio was quite slow so we had appetizers and a bottle of wine while sitting there then moved indoors to see if the service was any better. We got the same server but it did seem to go faster once inside. Food was average. I woud probably go again if invited but would not put it in my list of top 20 restaurants to visit.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quick Bite
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Fantastic. Liz waited on us and did a marvelous job. We look forward to returning

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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Service was good, food tasty, servers polite & efficient- very noisy indoors, was hard to carry on dinner conversation.

Tags: Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Afternoon Coffee, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Live Music, Scenic View
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 (Naples)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Very good food and nice atmosphere. Can go outside and eat or just go for a drink after dinner and enjoy the water views.

Tags: Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Scenic View, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Naples)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Introduced an out of town "foodie" friend this evening. He marveled at the quality of the shrimp cocktail which is always one of my favorites. He also thought the crab Louie was well done and excellent value. One diners ribs were tasty but a bit tough. I enjoyed the sliders. It truly was a slow evening at Blu Mangrove and Palmetto neighbors, you need to get out and eat here and enjoy the quiet and good food

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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 22, 2017

A great place to dine! We sat outside and enjoyed the live music and the food was delicious!!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Nice leisurely meal with excellent food with friends

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Fun, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Business Meals, Happy Hour
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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Six friends got together at the restaurant to catch up on life. We sat outside on the terrace ( lovely view ) and even though it was quite hot out the misters gave some relief. Our waitress was friendly and knowledgable about the menu. The food was delicious, I had the fried scallops and clam chowder. Everything was fresh and tasty. Love this restaurant. Plenty of food and drink for the money.

Tags: Waterfront, Comfort Food, Fun, Scenic View, Cozy, Live Music, Creative Cuisine
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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Great atmosphere, food and service!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 18, 2017

My husband chose this restaurant for Father's Day. We've been here many many times over the years with quite a few Owerships. We always enjoy the view, the service and the food. The only complaint I had was how small the Vodka Martini on the rocks was and I asked for large olives but the bartender gave me 1 large and 2 smashed small ones plus all the ice he put in this tiny glass that I had 2 sips and it was gone at $7.00. I asked our waitress to get me large olives and she said they don't have any more. Who runs out of olives for goodness sake and especially on a holiday? My husband had a glass of Cabernet and it was a decent pour at $5 and he enjoyed it and that's all that counts seeing it was his day. We both had the Lobster Special and we shared a Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail Martini. The food was awesome and the price was reasonable! We'll be back but I will never order a cocktail from there but stick to a glass of wine!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Live Music, Scenic View, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront
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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 3, 2017

The setting is lovely and the wait staff was very attentive and took great care of us. The food was just okay, nothing outstanding and very overpriced for the quality.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on May 31, 2017

Great regular spot as we keep our boat there, mosquitos nearly ate us alive, Maine lobster special replaced by frozen lobster tails, not nearly as good, steaks are so so ... wine list needs help, needs rose and Prosecco

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Waterfront
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on May 27, 2017

The food was very good and the atmosphere is quite nice. The service this visit was less than optimal. It took a long time to order and there was a lack of attention as compared to our previous visit. All in all a great place for dinner.

Tags: Casual, Live Music, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fun, Local Ingredients
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 (Naples)·Dined on May 26, 2017

The outside dining area was busy tonight and fortunately inside was very quiet, peaceful and relaxing. It was late, a quick burger evening and Blu Mangrove worked it's magic. Our burgers were excellent: hot, juicy, perfectly cooked as ordered. My husband's baked potato was just like the burger, perfectly cooked. Once again we feel fortunate to have Blu Mangrove right around the corner.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups
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 (Tampa)·Dined on May 26, 2017

We regularly go here with friends. Food is consistent and tasty. Large menu so something for everyone. Love sitting outside and looking at the boats. The band on Friday was great but... the volume was TOO LOUD. So loud we were yelling at each other and other tables were doing the same. Don't want to move inside. It is a small patio so don't think you need the music at such a high volume during dinner hours. After dinner it's fine to play loud.

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