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About Blue Marlin - Bradenton Beach

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.

121 Bridge St
Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Southern

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Gulf Drive

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(941) 896-9737

Website:
http://bluemarlinami.com/

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

Parking Details:
if you cant find a parking spot on Bridge St please pull to the front door & wait for the golf cart to show you our parking lot. We will bring you back & forth to your car. There is a public lot across the street at the Post Office, just don"t use the handicap spot unless you have appropriate documentation.

Public Transit:
There is a trolley stop at the beach end of Bridge St that requires a short walk East & the trolley runs until 10:00.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Dancing, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Blue Marlin - Bradenton Beach Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (36)
Local Ingredients (34)
Neighborhood Gem (27)
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Cozy (23)
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Fun (16)
Notable Wine List (16)
Romantic (16)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Comfort Food (10)
Hot Spot (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Healthy (9)
Live Music (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Kid-friendly (4)
Seasonal (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great Beer (3)
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Pre/post Theatre (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
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·Dined on October 2, 2017

The food was All exceptional. The service was very polite quick and friendly. The atmosphere is Charming and there is outside dining as well. They had marvelous sangria that they made and each dish was unique and extremely tasty. The desserts were spectacular. I would recommend it for anyone. I can't wait to go back again

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

It’s one of my favorite places to eat. Celebrated my birthday with family and friends. Highly recommend. Always fresh and delicious!

Tags: Healthy, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Excellent food and service from Savannah. Best food we've had to date on our vacation. My son-in-law is a chef in Philadelphia and knows the effort it takes to present delicious, nicely plated food and good service and this restaurant passed his test with flying colors!

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Orlando)·Dined on September 22, 2017

We have always enjoyed the Blue Marlin. Will continue to visit in the future. Charming with terrific food.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Never disappointed at the Blue Marlin. Excellent entrees, very well prepared and served.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 6, 2017

As always, we had a wonderful meal! Red snapper special was phenomenal and filet was like "Butter".

Tags: Scenic View, Fun, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 3, 2017

We LOVED the Blue Marlin! The potato crated red snapper is to die for! We also loved the shrimp cakes! Very cute place with awesome decor. Our waiter and service was excellent. Will definitely be a regular place on our dinner rotation!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Good service, great ambiance, amazing food 3 words: Potato Crusted Snapper #justdoit

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Always on our "must do" list when we return to Holmes Beach each year for our annual vacation. It never disappoints - great food, nice ambience, and excellent service. I highly recommend.

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 (Central Texas)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Great experience. Food was great. Wine was great Service was great

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Great food at the Blue Marlin, once again! Service was impeccable too! Love bringing new people there when they are in town to visit.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Comfort Food
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 (Naples)·Dined on August 25, 2017

An outstanding grouper dinner followed by an outstanding bread pudding dessert. Warm friendly service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Food and service always superb! Max and Kasey are awesome. Grouper fresh and the atmosphere is relaxed!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Great Beer, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Hands down-one of the best places to eat in Florida! Truly a great experience!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 21, 2017

My husband and I enjoyed an excellent dining experience in every aspect. We were late for our reservation, however, we were never rushed. The hostess was courteous and our server was knowledgeable, attentive and friendly. We enjoyed the exceptional summer salad, shrinp cakes, mixed seafood grill. All were delicious. We finished with a slice of guava pie which was so tasty. Excellent beer and wine list. I highly recommend The Blue Marlin. We will definitely be returning many times.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Everything at the Blue Marlin was great-- service, atmosphere and food were all so good. Highly recommend!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Celebrated a birthday dinner here with a reservation. The pasta with blackened fish was excellent. The lobster grilled cheese needs some editing. It was overloaded with too much cheese and so half of the cheese was spilled out onto the plate and congealed. I would not recommend this dish. This place is quaint however the posh menu and pricing is at odds with the casual atmosphere. While our service was very good it did not feel welcoming and felt cramped. I was also disappointed our celebration was not acknowledged verbally. Overall, it was not a good fit for us but is ideal for casual but foodie diners.

Tags: Casual
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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Eat here once and had to bring my family back, great night

Tags: Tasting Menu
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·Dined on August 17, 2017

Celebrated my birthday here on Thursday night at 7:30 . Chose this restaurant for it's reviews and surpassed my expectations. For starters we ordered "Hush Puppies" and "Ajillo" Shrimps (superb). At entree the waitress suggested "Deep Fried Red Snapper"which was delicious. My wife ordered the "Black grouper with Pecan Crust, Sweet Potatoes and Green Beans" and it was excellent, very tender and juicy. The Sweet Potatoes were caramelized with butter and cinnamon. For dessert they brought me a Lemon Guava Cheesecake out of bounds. Tremendous service and excellent food.

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Tapas, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 17, 2017

Great Service from the moment we walked in the door. Potatoe crusted Grouper was amazing! Shrimp and Grits also amazing! Will be dining at Blue Marlin anytime we visit the Island! Thank you for a nice evening.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 16, 2017

Fantastic! My wife and I celebrated 5 years of marriage by dining at the Blue Marlin. Could not have been more pleased with the service by Drew and the menu. Definitely recommend the Blue Marlin.

Tags: Healthy, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on August 11, 2017

Great food and great service, very relaxing.
My family and i went to the blue marlin for dinner the atmosphere was awesome . I would recommend it to all of my friends and family. Afterwords we went across the the street to enjoy a awesome sunset as per ami can always deliver

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Great restaurant with a cozy atmosphere. Get reservations or you may not get in for evening meal.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

Our dinner at Blue Marlin was our favorite meal during our vacation. We started out with Ajillo shrimp and my husband would have liked to drink the sauce. For our main course we had the black group-Fulford style and shrimp and grits. Everything was absolutely delicious!! We will definitely be returning on our next vacation. Make sure you make reservations--it will be worth it.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Great atmosphere and really good fresh seafood. So good we are going back there tonight for another meal. You need to book as it gets busy.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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·Dined on August 3, 2017

My new favorite place in Ana Maria! Fantastic meal. Great wine list.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on August 2, 2017

The service was excellent. The wait staff helped us contain a crabby 2-year old with goldfish crackers. Whew. Special catch was black grouper...yum. Save room for the bread pudding- nice finish

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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 31, 2017

As always, the food was amazing! Staff is very helpful and friendly. Great experience.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Very accommodating to special requests. Enjoyed all the entrees !

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·Dined on July 27, 2017

We visited Blue Marlin for my daughters 18th birthday. We specifically chose Blue Marlin for the seafood boil. Each dinner was $34 each. Way over priced.not very seasoned and contained mostly clams in shells . I think we each had 4 shrimp a piece, 2 small potatoes and 3 huge pieces of sausages not cut up. Not very appealing. Very much feel that food was Way way overpriced. The $34 did not even include the salad... that was an extra $8 each. . My daughter was able to choose a birthday desert. Nothing looked appealing on the menu... very strange choices. Our waitress suggested the Guava cheesecake. Awful!!! Also, our waitress was not friendly at all ... this was def a Big disappointment! Do not waste your time or $$$$ going here. Also, there is zero parking.... big mistake...

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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 27, 2017

As usual the Blue Marlin never disappoints! Down to every waitstaff , they are kind and fun. The food is amazing and the little blue house and side trap yard with live music is so authentic!! Thanks Adam for creating such a fun environment

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Live Music
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·Dined on July 27, 2017

Great fresh local seafood well prepared and served.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Casual, Local Ingredients
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 (Orlando)·Dined on July 26, 2017

STAFF WAS FRIENDLY AND AT YOUR SERVICE. FOOD WAS EXCELLENT

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on July 23, 2017

Outstanding!! Couldn't be any better.The food was outstanding. The service was outstanding. The ambience was outstanding. It just keeps getting better.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2017

The food was delicious and our server Drew was excellent!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 21, 2017

The Blue Marlin was a wonderful restaurant! We were in town on vacation and looking for a restaurant with fantastic, fresh seafood, and yet wasn't a tourist trap, and the Blue Marlin was the perfect choice! The atmosphere was great (not loud or too busy), the waitstaff was friendly and helpful, the food was super fresh and cooked to perfection. Great wine list too. We made a reservation for 6pm on a Friday night and they seated us right away in a great spot. When we're back in town, we'll definitely eat here again!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Nashville)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Not a good food selection. Food was not good at all. Would not recommend nor will I be back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 18, 2017

It was our Tuesday date night, parked at the beach, walked to the restaurant, had very well prepared fresh grouper and Snapper.
After dinner we walked to the beach to sit and watch the sunset. Very relaxing and delicious dinner. A little pricey but good. Enjoy!

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on July 17, 2017

We dined at Blue Marlin while on vacation in Anna Maria. Our experience was fantastic! We made reservations and when we arrived our table was all set up and ready for us. The server quickly greeted us and brought over a little bowl of goldfish crackers for our son which was a nice touch. The server was very friendly and attentive without hovering. Another gentleman, I assume was maybe the manager, also was being very observant of the dining room and came by to ensure our meal was to our liking. We started with the edamame which came out quickly and was a nice change to the normal heavy bread everywhere else serves. My husband had the potato crusted grouper and I had a shrimp special-both were wonderful. My son had the mac and cheese which is made with some smoked gouda and was so good the grown ups couldn't help stealing several bites. We were fortunate to have some truly great meals on our trip but this was one of the best by far. The ambiance, service and food were all on point.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Fun spot for dinner. Excellent service and a very interesting menu. I had the potato crusted hogfish, which was nothing short of excellent. I circulated a photo to my friends and ate the whole thing.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Casual
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