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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 (35)
Local Ingredients (34)
Neighborhood Gem (24)
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Casual (23)
Creative Cuisine (23)
Cozy (20)
Special Occasion (17)
Authentic (16)
Romantic (16)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Fun (15)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Notable Wine List (13)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Hot Spot (10)
Healthy (8)
Live Music (8)
Worth the Drive (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Seasonal (5)
Great Beer (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
People Watching (3)
Scenic View (3)
Waterfront (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Business Meals (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Happy Hour (1)
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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!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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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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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 16, 2017

7/15/17 Fish was overcooked, service slow, and never got appetizer delivered to table. When waiter came with entrees, he then realized "app got delivered to wrong table". It was not the experience we've had previously...which was much better.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Food is always great! And the staff is friendly and competent.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Fabulous meal, excellent wine, looking forward to our next visit.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Had the most amazing experience! Not only was the staff extremely knowledgeable, they were sure to make our first night of our honeymoon special. There are not too many places where you can order a filet and cut it with your butter knife. I cannot say enough about how good the food was!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Fresh off the boat seafood, creative menu. Great nightly specials. Superb service, great wine list and beer selection. My favorite go to spot on Anna Maria Island. And then there's the Outside with live music and Street Food. On point all the way around.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Live Music, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Excellent food as always!

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Excellent meals and service!!
We found this restaurant several years ago on our annual visit to the area and it immediately became a favorite!!!
Great for casual dining and special occasions! Staff is efficient, friendly and knowledgeable. We actually dine here multiple times during our visits to enjoy the different meals offered.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Cozy
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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 9, 2017

For a first time visit to Blue Marlin, we were pleasantly surprised.
The salads were fresh with a myriad of vegetables. The fish entrees were well prepared,
and not overdone. It was good dining experience overall and worth the visit.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Fabulous hostess, terrific wait staff, delicious, perfectly prepared food, reasonable price. Casual outdoor music scene. Easy parking thanks to guidance from parking staff. Love, love love this place.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Seasonal, People Watching, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 7, 2017

One of our favorite spots in Ana Maria/Holmes Beach. They consistently serve fresh and tasty seafood. Our server was friendly and attentive.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Healthy
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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Great service and great food. Spectacular use of space. Very cozy!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 6, 2017

An exciting dining experience from start to finish!! The house salad was fresh and crisp, we both had one of the specials. The grouper was fantastic for my date. I had the red snapper over braised southern greens and cheese grits. It was all cooked to perfection. We ended with the key lime brûlée and a nicely paired dessert wine recommended on the menu. I would go back just for the brûlée!! Parking wasn't an issue with the cart service and the service staff was notably knowledgeable of the menu and ingredients. Blue Marlin will certainly become a tradition for us!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 6, 2017

The blue marlin was the highlight of our vacation to Anna Maria Island. We had visited a couple other recommended places on our trip and were underwhelmed. This was the first one we went to that came through. More than that actually. The food was fantastic. I had a blackened grouper alfredo that was delicious and not too heavy.y daughters had fantastic grilled cheese sandwiches and were served goldfish to keep them happy. The wife had a pecan crusted grouper filet with veggies. All was excellent! Servers were attentive and knew the menu very well. All local catch for seafood entrees. We were a little hesitant with the kids though. 4 & 2, but hey are very well behaved. Many of the kids I see in restaurants would be a handful here. Will visit again if we ever go back to AMI!!

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Cozy, Great Beer, Authentic, Live Music, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Wonderful service, fantastic food. A great place to celebrate my dad's 77th birthday! Thanks Blue Marlin! 😊

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 2, 2017

The wait staff is amazing. We arrived a few minutes early & the staff was very gracious. They even comped us a bottle of wine for having to wait, which was certainly not necessary since we were early. But much appreciated!!

The food has never disappointed here. Always fresh and tasty, with plenty of choices, reasonably priced. The wine list is great as well. And the desserts (we had one of each) are not to be missed. The key lime creme brûlée was over the top. I would highly recommend this hidden gem.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Seafood always local n fresh. Servers are friendly n funny. Bridge street is s "happening place " lots of bars n restaurants. Plus pier you can walk after dinner.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 1, 2017

We loved the special peach salad with pesto & feta and the grouper special was fantastic. Menu was extensive and the atmosphere is casual but elegant. Found this restaurant through on-line search and was pleasantly surprised by the quality / variety of food. Just driving by, you might overlook this place, but it is truly a gem!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Blue Marlin is everything you want in a restaurant. It has a great, coastal atmosphere, excellent food with local seafood always available, fresh salads, options to make any group happy, and live music outside. We always take out of town friends here and the food is consistently delicious and it is a hit with every palate. A friendly waitstaff never disappoints. The Bradenton area is lucky to have this restaurant.

Tags: Happy Hour, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music
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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 28, 2017

I went to the restaurant for the first time on Saturday (June 24) and sat at the bar. It was love at first sight for me. I loved it so much I invited my son to come from Sarasota to take me again on June 28th...It is my new favorite restaurant and I look forward to the next visit. I live on the island. The staff was wonderful...the red sangria very nice and the filet was perfect...those potatoes are fabulous that come with it. I love this restaurant.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Great food, service and prepared quickly.
Our waiter did an excellent job describing the entree and was very good at his job!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Casual
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 (London)·Dined on June 26, 2017

Fabulous meal with friends at the Blue Marlin. Service, food and wine all excellent. Will definitely return

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 24, 2017

One of my favorite places to eat on AMI! Never have gotten a bad meal, lived here 3 years.

Tags: Comfort Food, Paleo Friendly, Vegan, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Tapas, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Always good. Freshest of fresh fish. Go for the Cortez Boil!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Relaxed old Florida atmosphere with creative menu items and great service. The food was spectacular, especially the pecan encrusted and Fulford style fresh catch. 'Cozy' restaurant so make a reservation to ensure you can enjoy your experience. We like the Blue Marlin so much we were there 3 times in 2 weeks!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Casual, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Gracious server, excellent food, highly recommended. Spartan menu but every item a winner.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on June 22, 2017

We've been here numerous times and are never disappointed. Food is superb, service is excellent, ambience is great. It's our treat while on AMI.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Very good food, casual unobtrusive service and cute, small dining room.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Savannah)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Another delicious dinner at the Blue Marlin. Our favorite place to dine every time we are in The area.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Went there for my anniversary dinner. Had a great meal, service, and experience. Highly recommend to anyone wanting a great place to eat.

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Afternoon Tea, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Always impressed with all aspects of the food. A top spot for real local seafood.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on June 19, 2017

Best meal we had on Anna Maria Island!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 17, 2017

The seafood dinners that we ate were fresh and delicious! The service from Devin was fantastic and we look forward to returning there.

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Food was excellent as well as service. One of our favorite places on the island

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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Small restaurant with great service and mighty tasty fresh fish and great wine. Let the staff make recommendations. They want to make it a memorable dining experience. Highly recommend. Parking is a challenge for everyone in the area.

Tags: Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 9, 2017

We have been going several times and the consistency of food and service is the must

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 7, 2017

Never disappoints. Service and food are excellent.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 7, 2017

The potato chip crusted snapper was amazing!! Great portion for a reasonable price. Service was great. Everyone went home full and happy.

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Romantic, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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