blu on the Avenue

4.5
391 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
Blu on the Avenue offers fresh seafood, steaks, salads, sandwiches and more...
It brings modern West and East coast cuisines together with a twist. Inspired by locals and Orlando visitors, the Blu concept of daily fresh seafood, prime steaks and classic cocktails is a great addition to the already thriving Winter park shopping district. Blu is open 7 days a week with a full bar featuring specialty martinis, classic cocktails and a beautiful list of wines by the glass. The staff at Blu is looking forward to making your visit enjoyable and lasting. Whether it"s a quick lunch, a relaxing dinner with family and friends or just a craving for dessert and coffee, Blu on the Avenue will win your heart.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steak, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Lunch/Dinner: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
Lunch/Dinner: Saturday 10:00am - 11:00pm
Lunch /Dinner Sunday 10am - 10:00pm
Late Night Sushi: Thursday-Saturday 11pm-1am
Full Bar Mon-Sat until 2am - Sunday until Midnight
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Phone number
(407) 960-3778
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Lyman Ave
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Parking details
On street parking, Parking$Garage.
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Public transit
Amtrack Station & Lynx bus service
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Look to blu on the avenue for the your next special event. Whether it's a wedding, rehearsal dinner, corporate meeting, holiday party or family gathering, we can help you plan and enjoy your event to the fullest.

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What 391 People Are Saying
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ZB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first time at BLU. We had the most spectacular service by our waiter Joe.
Great drinks, modern atmosphere, outdoor dining, great looking bar. Food was great, She-Crab mac and cheese was incredible. No one was disappointed in there meal...salmon, shrimp noodles, filet.
Good desserts too!

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k
Orlando
19 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

1st visit. Pleasantly surprised with food and service. Will return soon.

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M
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience at Soco. Loved the menu for magical dining month! Cocktails were great as well.

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TG
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was very good considering we had a group of 18. The server was attentive and efficient with the exception that bread was not given until
We requested for it. The menu has a big selection of imaginative creations but the actual food served came short
of gourmet quality for the price. The lobster rolls are tiny, the lobster carbonara is very salty and the pancetta are hard and chewy. Only the Norwegian salmon hit the perfect note. The restaurant has good ambiance . All in all a good place to spend time with friends.

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OT
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration! Everything was perfect, service and food were excellent.

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R
Miami
20 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Horrible service. Food wasn’t bad but the lack of attention ruins the experience. I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant.

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LS
Orlando
25 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Dinner was ok. The fries accompanying all meals were overly salted. Truth be told, informed server too late into meal fir her to repair.

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S
Orlando
26 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Not Good, the food was not prepared right, I ordered my steak med, it was raw (almost) waited to tell my server, but after about 10 minutes, I gave up, and try to eat it ..( ugh ) the place was VERY loud , I could not hear the person across from me ... Not Fine Dining .... it was table to table, no room between tables ..... not what I expected ...... Will not be back ....

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DB
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! Great atmosphere and delicious food! Kale salad is wonderful.

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L
Orlando
32 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was just okay. I had high expectations but was disappointed. The shrimp in the shrimp o and grits were burned, dried out and over seasoned. Barely edible.

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DG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Our food and service was wonderful. We enjoyed the special menu.

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AB
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Blu several times and it never disappoints. We love the variety of the food, the service was excellent, Sammy the bartender was extremely helpful and his mixed drinks were amazing! *You have to have the fish tacos and oysters!!

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WR
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The food was just ok but the service was poor. We had to have the hostess find our waiter on multiple occasions.

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SW
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Unfortunately our waiter was not very friendly at all.

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LD
Orlando
24 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service outstanding. Normally my wife and I stay with the seafood, but she had the steak special which was a center cut medallion with melted blue cheese and a scallop on top and I had the skirt steak. Both exceptional.

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CR
Orlando
20 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I have visited Blu three times now. It is good enough to keep coming back, but it seems that every time something goes wrong. Service is competent but often slow, it took almost an hour for our three entrees and the restaurant had only four tables. The food is creative and mostly well done. Most of the time. Cocktails are delicious. I will keep trying for that perfect experience.

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Seating was immediate but it took over 30 minutes to get water, 45 minutes to get menus, and an hour and a half to get our order. We won’t be going back.

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OG
Orlando
26 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Lobster Cobb is amazing. Service on Sunday (Fathers Day) was great.

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AC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were definitely there on a slower night (it was the Saturday before Father's Day), but the food was fantastic, as were the drinks. Our waiter was friendly and warm, and he kept it real with us (like making jokes with my boyfriend about me ordering fries with my sushi, which is definitely weird. But the fries looked so good and they were!). Definitely seems like it would be a young, hip spot most of the time, with a lot of people, and that night was just a slow night. The drinks the bartenders made (specialty cocktails) were fantastic, and they had a large list of other liquors, wines, beers, and cocktails. Great place for a date.

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AN
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were well attended by our server, Bella, and liked our entrees: the Sunset Roll, Tareshi and Lobster Cobb - all attractive, fresh and very good tasting.

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R
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Sushi and was impressed with their selection. Taste was very good and service was top notch. Great place to have a nice dinner! Highly recommended.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the $35 three course meal, which was really worth it.

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant! Everything was perfect!

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LD
Orlando
24 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I treated our niece who was visiting for the weekend. She had the swordfish, my wife the grouper and I had the mix salad with grilled grouper on top. All were excellent. Rare where everyone felt theirs was the best dish. Highly recommend it.

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U
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The daily salad specials here and the lobster cobb salad area always so great! Robin is the best server and always treats us so nicely.
I wish the Grouper Schnitzel would come back though - it was awesome!

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R
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So much fun! Ran into 2 more friends. 6 of us had an amazing time

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OG
Orlando
25 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lobster Cobb was great. Rainy Day Brunch that lasted for hours. Nico was our server and he was the best. Very professional and a winning personality. Very attentive and made sure our glasses were full and the table clean.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner salad and appetizer, enjoyed the dinner very much and definitely recommend.

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S
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Nice if not compelling food in a neatly plain decor. Very large portions.

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AB
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was okay, not exceptional at all. Expected more for the cost.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Waited over an hour for our food. Waiter did not check up on us as the only time we saw him was when we ordered and when he dropped off our check. Food was cold by the time we got it

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D
Tampa
155 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

First time at Blu and all the glowing reports were correct. Room is a bit loud but we got use to it quickly. Service was excellent from the start. Menu is adequate and no one had a problem finding an entree. Salmon chip appetizer was very different but great taste. Wine list was good and fairly priced. Only complaint was fries were cold. Mentioned to the waiter and he took off one entree from our bill. No reason to do that as everything else was great. Recommend you give Blu a try.

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MM
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Experience was okay. Our table was against a wall which was fine but just a little odd. The food was okay but nothing great. Nothing about the experience was memorable, it was just all okay.

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F
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

There was no crabmeat ( none I could taste)in the crabmeat flatbread. Mostly cheese and plum tomatoes. Tiny piece of grouper in the grouper sandwich. Too bad. I like the place but no more and it was my birthday.

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E
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Went here for a birthday celebration and left under-impressed. This area of Winter Park boasts some fine restaurants, but not all of them meet the same standard. Blu is owned by group of restaurants which we have tried and found somewhat wanting, so we should have known! We chose Blu because we were looking for a place that had some vegan/vegetarian options - Blu doesn't advertise themselves this way, but they did offer some choices that we nice. On the good side, the server and hostess were nice, and the menu offered some nice options. We (my wife and I) had cocktails which were nice (and like in WP, just a tad overpriced), and our food was good - nothing special, but tasty and well-prepared (again, I am a little put off by a place that charges just a little more than they should for the kind of dishes they serve - perhaps this is due to the cost of having a restaurant in WP, but comparing the quality to other places in this area means Blu could step it up, or lower the cost just a smudge). The decor and set-up of the restaurant is a little confusing - we were seated at a table next to a free standing wall oddly placed in the middle of the joint (I guess to separate the "dining area" from the bar) and as you look at it, you wonder why the tables aren't placed on the other side of the space next to the permanent wall - you wouldn't feel so closed off. Place was full of people and energetic, so don't go for a quiet meal. All in all, with so many other choices in WP (and better value and better prepared dishes), we're Blu that we aren't likely to return.

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PS
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Interesting menu. We shared the mussels and crab flatbread as appetizers. The mussels were tasty but tough and we all LOVED the fries that came with them. The sauce as so good we had to order bread to sop the mussel sauce. The crab flatbread was good but not memorable but that’s ok because it would have been totally eclipsed by the Lobster grilled cheese sandwich. That was fantastic. We also enjoyed the lobster pasta dish, a tasty, garlicky yummy dish with a surprising amount of lobster.

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DM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Lobster Cobb was excellent. Kitchen was slow. Waited an hour after ordering.

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RR
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I have to say the service was outstanding! Very rare to find waiters that actually know how to serve. I loved the food and I will go again!

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SB
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious two years ago, and still delicious! Fresh seafood and a fresh approach to flavor pairings. Wish I lived closer.

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R
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

Unfortunately, this once awesome restaurant has been on the decline for service and ambiance. We have been a group of 6-12pp monthly for brunch and sometimes HH. Servers are not so attentive and and while some waiting is reasonable, 30 minutes drinks and 45minutes for food is asking us to go someplace else. The sounds level makes it difficult to hear the person across the table. Opening the glass door to the street helps but when they are closed and it is busy, all bets off.
Unless I am totally craving a Lobster Cobb salad, we will be putting this restaurant on hold indefinably.

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