Blue Marlin - Bradenton Beach

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Located in an original 1920,s cottage on historic Bridge St , the Blue Marlin is dedicated to serving only the freshest local seafood & hearty fair. Our commitment is to bring you the best product the Gulf Coast has to offer. Our courtyard, "The Trap Yard", offers local, live music on the weekends.
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New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. Fresh fish. Loved it!

OT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Blue Marlin made our special occasion top notch. Drew did a great job with recommendations and the entire team helped out to be sure we had a great experience.

S
Naples
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From warm welcome to last bite of dessert this was 5 star place. We often bring our out of town visitors to Blue Marlin because it never disappoints! The freshest fish and seafood prepared by chef who is creative and knowledgeable shines here. I requested my fish prepared in method no longer on menu but my “old”favorite and was delighted it was still possible to have.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places when we visit the island.

SR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

One of our favorite places on the island. This time, the food wasn't as good as typical and the service wasn't great. We'll definitely come back and hope for better next time.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was good, parking was VERY challenging, our server (Drew) was fantastic. We split an appetizer, each had a side salad, split an entree, two beers and a soda, bill was $100. Anniversary dinner - definitely worth it.

KR
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal and enjoyed our Anniversary dinner. The staff made us feel
at home and very special. It was wonderful
evening! PS I recommend the Shrimp &
Grits:)

JC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful as always, looking forward to our next visit. 👍

JJ
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, best in the area! Great service. We never miss a chance to eat at Blue Marlin!

OT
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty food, excellent service, terrific bluegrass band. Always a great experience.

CH
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Blue Marlin! Definitely a must for date night. It has a very comfortable Key West type feel inside the sweet, quiet cottage. On Friday and Saturday nights they have live music next to the house in a shelled area that has white strung lights and a tiki bar. We love to have dinner then go outside for the live music. The staff is so friendly and outgoing. They share tips, our waiter told us, so they are all working together to make their customers happy. We have never had a bad meal here.

LB
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was very good as was our server (Tim). My only issue with the Blue Marlin is that I do not like going to a place where there is little or no parking. Fortunately, it was the middle of the week and after driving around for 10 minutes, we found a place. It says on the reservation that there is a shuttle service, but the golf cart had a flat tire. In the future, I will likely Uber or find another place to eat.

LW
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The location, food and service were all wonderful!

AC
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Blue Marlin is one of the best restaurants on AMI, their linguine and clams is to die for and all the food is always delicious! Ashley was a wonderful server and made our experience!

DF
Naples
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, ambiance and service! MacKenzie (I hope I spelled it right) was our waitress and she was so sweet and attentive. When visiting AMI we always stop by to have the pecan encrusted grouper, which is to die! This time we also ordered the special which was a tortilla encrusted grouper, which was also delicious! The Bluegrass band playing was also awesome. We already can’t wait to go back!

NZ
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Romantik place, wehre you can enjoy good Food,good Wein,and have nice Service 🥂😋

P
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

Cute place. Crazy expensive for what it was. Service was pretty terrible.

BH
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

The other members of my party had great meals. I always order the same dish the Ajillo Steak. I always ask them not to butterfly the filet and sear it rare. It came out butterflied and well done. I returned the dish and they quickly remade the dish, but with basically half of the normal portion. Quite disappointing! I opted not to keep the dish and passed on ordering anything else since my companions were well into finishing their meals. We will take a break from dining there as there are so many other options.

CA
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and a great waiter, he was extremely helpful and pleasant.

KG
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent seafood! A gem on AMI!!

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience overall. Everyone was very attentive to our needd

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The beers were really cold and good selection, the scallop appetizer was amazing, scallops were cooked perfectly, bacon was crisp, potatoes and Brussel sprouts were yummy and caramelized, and the lemony/buttery sauce with capers was very well balanced and added some nice salt and acidity. Fried green tomatoes weren’t on the menu but they have them and we ordered as a side dish and they were very good, thick cut and green tomatoes and breading was good, my hubby thought they needed some seasoning but I liked them as they were and just added a touch of salt and pepper...I’m very sensitive to salt so would rather be able to add that myself then have it be over seasoned.

My hubby had the lobster grilled cheese and I loved it, the cheese they use is a very good cheese, seemed to have some age and a tiny bit of pungency to it, which I loved, but he is more used to really mild cheeses, so he liked it but probably wouldn’t order it again. I would definable order it in the future, it came with a sauce that I liked a lot.

I had shrimp and grits which were ok, wouldn’t get it again. The shrimp were cooked perfectly and were fresh and tender and well seared but the flavoring on the shrimp / sauce and the flavoring in the grits were too similar and way too salty for me with very little umami, was very one one note and even one color, all had a reddish appearance. I prefer more umami vs salt and more of a contrast between the grits and the shrimp/sauce seasonings. I think this would be a better dish if the grits had just butter and a mild and goey white cheese and no smoky flavor. I think the sauce needed more butter and depth of flavor . My hubby had the pecan pie and ice cream and loved it.

The ambience is great, outside seems fun and inside is very cute and very clean with cool pictures everywhere and comfortable seating and a nice cool temp....staff were amazing, very attentive and very knowledgeable about the menu selections. We will defiantly be back!

j
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always special and delicious!

DP
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great and the food was amazing. A quaint local restaurant.

M
Detroit
26 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We were there for a birthday celebration. I mentioned it in my OpenTable reservation but the waiter never mentioned it. This Was the first time I have been to blue Marlin when we didn’t have excellent service. Even the snapper was not as good as it has been in the past. Perhaps because we were leading up to a holiday weekend things were run a little different

LG
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great and the food was so fresh.

RG
Las Vegas
27 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Blue Marlin is always one of the highlights of our trip to the Bradenton Beach area. The food is excellent, and the service and atmosphere outstanding. I highly recommend this restaurant.

A
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Apparently this is a family restaurant and that’s fine; however, I prefer an adult oriented ambiance. Babies crying along with the close seating environment make for an atmosphere I can do without. I, too, have grandchildren but would not take them here out of respect for other patrons.

ML
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Dinner out with friends. Always a great meal and service was good.

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal. Everybody was happy with their food. Service was great. The space is cozy and nicely decorated.

LR
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was good but was Much Better the last time we were there. Service was good. We will definitely be back. Sadly, no music that night...it was pouring rain. Looking forward to our next visit. We Love this place.

C
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

We have had many great meals there, but this on was not one of them

CP
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Living on the Island for 40 years it was our first visit.
We were happy and very pleased.

d
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, fabulous server. We had a lot of fun and humorous exchanges with him.
Will definitely take our out of town company there.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A new favorite. Probably the best we’ve had on the island. Unbelievable food. Steak better than Ruth’s Chris.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Drew gave us great service😊

b
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience eating at the Blue Marlin. Would highly recommend this restaurant to vacationers and locals. The Bourbon pecan pie is excellent. Try the fish of the day as well. The lobster mac and cheese with grilled cheese is supreme. Love the ambiance and great wait staff.
Lisa P
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r
Tampa
68 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Overly coated fish & vegetables are pervasive on the menu. Great food doesn't need to be buried in accoutrements. Though I suppose comfort food fans dig it. Portions given the price were small though due to aforementioned, I didn't care. On the plus side, great ambiance & service.

PF
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our second time at this restaurant. Would recommend it to friends. My snapper was perfectly cooked and I was so impressed with the attention to gluten free sensitivity.

JD
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always tell my family and friends that they need to go to the Blue Marlin. I have never had @ bad meal there and the food is outstanding.

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