Blue Marlin - Bradenton Beach

4.7
1433 reviews
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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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ML
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant on the island. Great food, service and ambiance. Make sure to stop in for a great meal

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KB
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grouper piccata was the best I've ever had!!!

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DE
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

We loved our waiter but it took forever, we were with family so we got a chance to connect. If you are in a hurry not so good. Food fabulous, pricey, but worth it. We waited until the season over, maybe went too soon.

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CD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We have dined here several times. The food is always good, but for some reason not as good this time. Always fresh fish and seafood. Excellent service.

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JD
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional in every way. Best place on Anna Maria!

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I
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! Cheesy grits side is a must. If you are offered sweet potatoes with your entree, take them. They are worth it.

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C
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Service was slow but the food was great as usual. It was Mothers Day but we had a late reservation so not sure why.

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GM
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

This is a small place. We did have a reservation, which I think was a good idea. The food was simply excellent. We were a party of 5, and every thoroughly enjoyed their meal. We found service to be a bit slow, there were times when no one checked in on us for up to 30 minutes. I think part of this is "island time", but we haven't experienced this in other restaurants here. I do highly recommend Blue Marlin.

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J
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food, service was good, but their prices continue to creep upward. Will have to limit our visits in the future.

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RC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed our dining experience...Adam was cordial and Lindsey our server was lighthearted and efficient. Local feel...local fresh food...I'll be back.
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h
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, service and value! It’s a gem! We love the home town feel and fresh fish!

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TT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Expensive for what you get. Pretty good food. Small selection and you sit very close to the people next to you! Server was great.

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YU
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, fabulous service, reasonable wine list with good options. I always order off the specials menu and tried a new wine tonight, red blend from Eight Knot - yummy. BM is a hidden gem in Bradenton Beach.

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N
Key West
20 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had good food and music. Rain drove us in but we were well taken care of !

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Naples
14 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great place for fresh fish. One of our favorite places on the island.

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CY
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner! Best we have had on our trip. Drew, our waiter, was great! We had snapper appetizer, shrimp and grits, grouper linguine Alfredo, and nut crusted grouper. All meals delicious! Had creme brûlée and tropical bread pudding for dessert, also great! Make sure you have a reservation and read note about parking situation.

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CG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the staff are awesome! We visit every year, twice each time. Our favorite place on the Island!!!

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KL
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Very cute location in a bustling part of town. Service was good as was the ambiance but the food was underwhelming. I won't go back.

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SB
St. Louis
21 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! As Always! Great service, great atmosphere, and great food.
One of our most favorite venues every time we are here.
Always consistent.

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ZS
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time there. Food was great and I appreciated that one could carry on a conversation without shouting. Comfortable atmosphere. Will definitely return.

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FP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and atmosphere. Nice out of the way location.

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

Lindsey provided excellent service and as always the food was really delicious! Love coming to your restaurant!

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B
New England
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best dining experiences we’ve had on the Island in years. Our server was so attentive and knowledgeable about the menu and specials I thought he might be an owner! The meal ( fresh catch Alfredo) was delicious! We were so pleased with the service and the food we made reservations for another night this week before we left the restaurant! This is a must for anyone visiting AMI

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OT
Frankfurt Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely place to have very good seafood in a cosy and familiar atmosphere...

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H
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a find. Been to lbk for last 7 yrs and never tried it. Will return for the next 7 yrs! Outstanding👍👍👍

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G
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food was outstanding! Our first time dining in the Blue Marlin and very glad that everyone’s experience there was beyond expectations. We will be future diners without a doubt.

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely restaurant although took more than half an hour later than our reservation to seat us. It wasn’t too much of a problem because there was a band in the courtyard that kept us entertained. My main issue is the value. The food excellent but very small portions. For $16 we had 2 small scallops.....very delicious but that’s too expensive. The grouper salad with fried green tomato was delicious also but what a tiny piece of grouper. It was smaller than the tomato! And very thin. However if they just made the portion sizes a little bit bigger for the money or cheaper for the size, they would have the best restaurant in Sarasota!

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OT
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Blue Marlin has the freshest seafood in town!

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TC
New England
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly service and outstanding food! We made a reservation far in advance, highly recommended. We would definitely go again. We all agreed! Excellent!

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V
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food is always good here. This time the pasta I had was a bit over cooked. My wife’s meal was perfect. Lindsey was wonderful. Can’t wait to return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dining experience on our trip! Guys weekend trip and my fellow diners like to eat! They claimed it was the best meal they’ve ever had! From the filet mignon and shrimp, the special boil platter to the crusted salmon. Amazing!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On vacay went twice to Blue Marlin. Both times delicious. Standouts were snapper, shrimp and grits and Alfredo with blacked grouper. Delicious!

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d
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

our waiter had more interest in the table next to us then our table, he took 15 min for him to greet us after we were sat down. food was excellent, service..not so great hostess and server.

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GP
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The potato encrusted Red Snapper was the best, most unique fish dish we’ve ever had ! Outstanding ! Compliments to the Chef and wait staff for making our experience one to remember.

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CW
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another delicious meal. Service was great as well - as always. I highly recommend this place.

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B
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The nautical decor and atmosphere of the Blue Marlin is like being at a friend's old sea side cottage. Our server was exceptional and recommended one of the daily specials of fresh fish, it was delicious. The whole experience was perfect, highly recommend this restaurant for a special evening.

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DF
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the absalute best meals my wife and I have ever had. Were blown away. Heard this was a great place to eat, and it didn't dissapoint!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and the service was amazing...our favorite place for dinner

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N
Key West
21 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the outdoor music venue

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M
Detroit
21 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service as always.

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