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Blue Marlin - Bradenton Beach, Bradenton Beach, FL

Blue Marlin - Bradenton Beach

4.7
4.7
2802 Reviews
$50 and over
Seafood
All tables at The Blue Marlin will need to be booked ahead so we can comply with guidelines and accommodate our kitchen size. Reservations can be made online at www.bluemarlinami.com OR you can call (941) 896-9737 after 3pm.

Grace period - We have a 15 minute grace period. Please call us if you are running later than 15 minutes.

Table Times - Your table will be reserved for 1 hour 45 minutes for parties up to 3; 2 hours for parties up to 5; 2 hours 15 minutes for parties of 6+

Cancelation policy - We ask that you please call 24 hours prior to your reservation time if you need to cancel. This helps us tremendously!

We look forward to seeing you and serving you delicious food & cocktails!

Best Regards,
Blue Marlin Seafood Restaurant


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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Southern
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (941) 896-9737
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Neighborhood
    Bradenton
  • Cross street
    Gulf Drive
  • Parking details
    Parking is available along Bridge St or at the Post Office (after hours),
  • Entertainment
    We offer Live Local music outside in our courtyard on Friday & Saturday nights from 7:00-10:00 weather permitting. Check our website & facebook for special events
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,802 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    Seafood

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Best Service

2,802 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, great flavors, everything well made. Great experience.

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  2. PghFan

    Tampa

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a lovely meal, and it remains one of our fav restaurants. We have eaten here twice on this trip! Fresh seafood, attentive service, cozy atmosphere!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Key West

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice atmosphere and the manager was very welcoming

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  4. PatrickB

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ever since its opening, it has continued to be our favorite restaurant....period. It's our go to for anniversaries, birthdays and where to take visitors when they come. The food is fresh & excellent. The service is great and their are faces that are the same over & over. The Trapyard is great too for relaxing and enjoying music whether you are waiting for your reservation time or not even planning dinner there.

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  5. CathyMitch

    Indiana

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Owners Adam and Marianne are wonderful people. The staff is courteous, professional and caring. We’ve never had a bad experience there. Food is always fresh and flavorful. Cocktails are delish and atmosphere is one that you have to experience to understand. My husband and I make reservations (because that’s always the best thing to do) and we eat there 2-3 times a month and sometimes more. I’m sure you won’t be dissatisfied or disappointed! We always take people who are visiting us, and introduce them to the Blue Marlin. Response is always the same from them, “oh wow, I can’t wait to come here again next year!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always fresh food with delightful service. Very accommodating with our group size.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic! . Researched the best restaurant in Bradenton Beach. It did not disappoint. 

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly Recommend. May have to experience this on another night as well.

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  9. FelicityK

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I really want to give this place a great review. We come here every year and this is one of our splurge dinners. Tonight we enjoyed a nice table in a comfortable, air conditioned well appointed nautical room. Salad- $14 greens, homemade dressing. The balance was amazing, delicious first step. Drinks: excellent. Started with a bee’s knee’s lavender style, tried a mocktail which I could drink every day!! Entrees.. hmmm at $47 per plate.. I ordered the grouper and clams, hubby the grouper Dijon. My dish was a challenge, first bite from a clam was full of sand. Broth under the fish was tepid, weak with arugula salad floating underneath-Way too much moisture for the dish and short on developed flavor. But, wait! Our very attentive wait staff wanted to know how to make everything better. Immediately tuned in and worked out another “dryer “ plate- all of which was great. Roasted carrots I wanted to write home about. Are we picky or spoiled? Hmm last night we ate a meal that was so delicious and half the price. I want to love this place. It’s sexy, in a nautical way. Maybe next time just the bar, some well crafted drinks and apps. Food business is tough competition.. tonight our experience just fell short of the expectations we had. If you charge a premium price, then the bar is high..

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had another wonderful meal - Blue Marlin never disappoints! We started with the cracker shrimp appetizer. I chose the Pecan Grouper as my entree. My husband chose the Thai Grouper special. I the were delicious! Our cocktails were also excellent! Highly recommend Blue Marlin :).

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service and meal was excellent but the 3.5% charge for using credit cards was disappointing. Just add the cost into the cost of dinner overall. It turns off customers adding a separate charge like this. We used to frequent Blue Marlin until this.

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  12. JoanneD

    Milwaukee

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The egg rolls were so good, and so was the blackened grouper special! Totally recommend!!

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  13. Bioseattle1

    Seattle

    13 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We had our 11 month old, asked if we could get a small plate just pasta and cheese and side of veggies. They brought an adult size bowl ($14) and platter of grilled veggies ($40). Seriously Despite spending $96 on a good bottle of wine they never offered to remove the $40 veggie platter which btw had 6 carrots 4 asparagus, I sweet potato and portobello mushroom. Only food we actually ordered was shrimp egg roll which were size of a hoagie and filled with dried pork, chicken and tiny shrimp. Take this one off your list

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was really good, but pricier than other places nearby.

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  15. DebbieH

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’ve been coming here for years. The food service and atmosphere is perfect - However, recently they’ve raised the prices of their best most ordered items on their menu by 20%+ which means we can’t afford to go there as often as we’d like. Also we miss the previous maitre ‘d. Hope they make some adjustments to prices as the tourist season slows down so the locals can support them.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The grouper sandwich w/ fried green tomato and orange crème brûlée were amazing!!

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  17. NigelH

    Devon

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent meal and service rather spoilt by a very very loud table right next to us! If I knew where they came from, I’d make sure never to go there!

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  18. Papatud

    Tampa

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We don't get out to the Beach as often as we'd like, but when we do, The Blue Marlin is one of our favorites. We were well cared for my our server, Jamie. Their Old Fashioned is one of the best around and I always appreciated it when one is served with one large cube. My wife and I shared a spicy shrimp appetizer and the fish tacos. Both were excellent. The outdoor dining area is rustic, but quite quiet being hidden away from the bustle of Bridge Street.

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  19. Bluesucanuse

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a pleasure with excellent dishes …………………..!

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  20. DanielC

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    There was a musician outside and while he was good, he was too loud and it was hard to have a conversation. People that were sat after us actually got up and asked to be seated inside because they could not hear each other.

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  21. LindaH

    Yorkshire

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food still really good. Friendly staff. Prices here much higher than elsewhere. Only place where charged for using a credit card, a little odd.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The garbage men band were so much fun. The food was absolutely delicious. We are only on the island once a year and we try to make the Blue Marlin an annual stop! I do wish you would bring back the edamame and your awesome sangria. I miss both!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love the blue marlin! The food is so good I love the atmosphere!

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  24. Lovetoeat

    Naples

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had attentive service, the drinks were awesome and the food was delicious!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful time. Food was awesome. Rain, our wait person was amazing. We went outside after and listened to live music and definitely a place we will return!!

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  26. JoanneD

    Milwaukee

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter was outstanding… intuitive in helping us make great food choices! Can’t wait to come back!

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  27. KellyC

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved everything! The cozy table, the character of the bar, our wait staff, especially Drew, the delicious food and the music playlist and volume.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a pricey meal, but both the food and music were fantastic! The best meal of our vacation! Highly recommend the shrimp dip, lobster grilled cheese, and the grouper!

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  29. RobertS

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, drinks, service and decor. Highly recommend!

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  30. KellyR

    Columbus

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My favorite place, never disappoints! Always great!

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  31. JohnS

    Baltimore

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Terrific food with fantastic service from Jamie. Sat outside and enjoyed the music.

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  32. LovelyLunch

    Western NC

    95 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Frankly, it was disappointing. A year ago we had an outstanding meal and looked forward to a return visit. There were high points in the meal tonight, but overall we left disappointed. The shrimp egg rolls were very good, as was the seafood chowder. The fish alfredo on the other hand was very heavy with noodles and a few small pieces of fish. The toast accompaniment was stale. Our server, Tim, said he’d get a replacement for the toast but came back much later saying someone else had picked it up. By the time he came back with the toast, we were finished with the meal and the toast was burned. Tim did comp my glass of wine as a gesture of good faith I suppose. He did what he could.

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  33. JamieJ

    Key West

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were outstanding. Atmosphere was quaint and welcoming. Highly recommend!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I was shocked at how expensive the entire menu was for a small beach , shack like restaurant. The prices from appetizers , soups, salads to the entrees were those of a 5 star restaurant. The food was so so for the price. The service was good. Won’t go back.

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  35. Diningdoc

    Philadelphia

    29 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Have always had a superb experience here in the past, but definitely a miss this year. We visit the island for a few months every year and Blue Marlin is always on our list as a must go, so we decided to take visitors here for a birthday celebration. Since it is difficult to get a reservation we went on a Monday night. We were very very disappointed, especially when spending over $500 for a dinner for 4. Our server was very nice and knowledgeable. Drinks were good, not great. The zero% tequila drink was awful. Beer choices on tap were good. The complimentary corn bread muffins are usually delicious but were lacking something. Fish dip app was very good, all enjoyed. They are known for the fresh quality grouper, so I ordered my typical favorite, pecan encrusted grouper. It was dry and flavorless, and I barely ate half. They were out of sweet potatoes (??) and substituted fingerlings which were average at best. The Dijon grouper was moister and good, not great. Tacos were OK, 3 to a serving. Nothing special. The peppercorn snapper special for the birthday boy was just Ok, very small serving, and he left hungry. We didn't get desert and instead opted for ice cream somewhere else so as not to be further disappointed. This dinner for 4 was $500 ish-OUCH! Of note, they also charge a credit card fee when paying with a card. This was a very expensive disappointment...there are other options on the island for fine dining. We got burgers at an outdoor casual eatery the next evening which were delicious, better tasting, and way cheaper! Unfortunately, Blue Marlin has slipped!

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  36. BeckyG

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All of the staff were friendly, polite, helpful. Loved the shuttle parking. Most of our food was quite tasty and would order again (swordfish, shrimp appetizer, grouper pasta). The clam appetizer was exceptionally flavorful however the clams were almost nonexistent, the size of a pea! Would not order again.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is one of the better on the island. Food is really good, but unsure if it is worth 50 a plate. There are comparable Restaurants on the island that are 35 a plate with similar atmosphere. The outdoor siting area and music is the best on the island. Staff was top notch just seems slightly overpriced.

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  38. PaulaF

    West Virginia

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always excellent food, service & atmosphere! I love the Thai grouper.

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  39. AmyP

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our meal was outstanding! And, I will definitely be returning.

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  40. CathyR

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All of the food we ordered was outstanding and uniquely prepared. The swordfish special was caught fresh and was the best fish we’ve had. Always something new to try when we visit.

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FAQs

Blue Marlin - Bradenton Beach is rated 4.7 stars by 2802 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today
Google Map for Blue Marlin - Bradenton Beach

121 Bridge St, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Gulf Drive
  • Neighborhood
    Bradenton
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Southern
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Parking is available along Bridge St or at the Post Office (after hours),
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Entertainment
    We offer Live Local music outside in our courtyard on Friday & Saturday nights from 7:00-10:00 weather permitting. Check our website & facebook for special events
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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