About Dancing Marlin

The Dancing Marlin is all about small plates, sharing & great wines and cocktails on tap! There also is a full bar. The menu has something for everyone with fresh seafood being a specialty. The culinary team has created a small plates menu that is both affordable and amazing! We feature a communal dining table for up to 14 guests and the suburbs most creative Sunday Brunch. Our bar features 16 wines on tap and 8 "made from scratch", crafted cocktails. The bar also features 30 craft beers in bottles and cans. The restaurant features (3) private dining rooms that can accommodate up to 120 guests. All of this is packaged up in a modern restaurant design, produced by award winning design team. Knauer Inc!

20590 S LaGrange Rd
Frankfort, IL 60423
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Seafood, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Tue–Thu 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
Fri 4:30 pm–11:00 pm
Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm
Brunch
Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm
Lunch
Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm
Dinner
Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

Cross Street:
206th & Lagrange Rd (next to Culvers, Lumes & Buffalo WW)

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(815) 464-6646

Website:
http://dancingmarlinrestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
Once a month we host a Dueling Piano party

Parking Details:
Plenty of free parking is available at the restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Chef Jon

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Check our website for the latest events.

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Dancing Marlin Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (63)
Tapas (55)
Good for a Date (50)
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Fit for Foodies (47)
Tasting Menu (38)
Special Occasion (38)
Fun (37)
Neighborhood Gem (34)
Good for Birthdays (31)
Casual (29)
Good for Anniversaries (27)
Good for Groups (27)
Worth the Drive (24)
Handcrafted Cocktails (20)
Gluten Free Options (18)
Romantic (16)
Hot Spot (15)
Notable Wine List (14)
Authentic (12)
Bar Seating (12)
Comfort Food (12)
Cozy (12)
Happy Hour (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Seasonal (12)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Great for Brunch (9)
Healthy (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Business Meals (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Spicy (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Vegan (3)
Great Beer (2)
Live Music (2)
People Watching (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Organic (1)
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 3 days ago

Awesome all the way around. I picked this for my birthday dinner and was very pleased. Best dinner I’ve had in a long time.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (New Orleans)·Dined 3 days ago

We had an awesome waitress. I think her name was Nancy

Tags: Tasting Menu, Tapas
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·Dined 3 days ago

Sat under a red light in the basement next to the keyboardist, only bad place in the restaurant - everything else was great. Great people, great food, some of the best around.

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·Dined 3 days ago

The atmosphere is terrific and the service impeccable! They take time to find out what you like and make recommendations! Always a good time and the food is outstanding!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quick Bite, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

The have a tapas type menu. Food was okay. Got there early, place was empty and we were seated in the basement not upstairs and it felt a little creepy. Sever was nice.

Tags: Live Music
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Love that the menu changes regularly. We make a point to try something new every time we visit. The servers are friendly and knowledgeable about the food.

Dancing Marlin also periodically hosts special events like Oktoberfest and Taste of New Orleans that offer diners a wonderful selection of theme based cuisine and cocktails.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Great food, great service, great spot - will definitely return!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Great for Brunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Danielle was fantastic, we tried all of her recommendations. Shrimp and scallops and vegetables were my favorite. The cute drink flights was a great touch. Great place for date night!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We had a very nice dinner with friends. It’s a great place for conversation as the surroundings are not overpowering. Service was exceptional.

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·Dined on February 10, 2018

This place never disappoints. Perfect for date nights or in groups. Small intimate setting. Service is always great.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Vegan, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Romantic, Gluten Free Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

I love Dancing Marlin! It has such a lively fun ambiance. The food and drinks are delicious. This time I had shrimp and grits and wish the shrimp were cooked a little more as they tasted a little underdone. Everything else was perfect! I'd love to come on a day they have live music. So happy this is in our area!

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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Always great food & great quality. Delicious martinis also. Never had anything there that I wouldn’t get again. Oysters are always a staple and a favorite.

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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Very crowded, but our reservation landed us a table the moment we walked in the door.
Staff was amazing! Food was Amazing!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on February 3, 2018

We love the atmosphere. It’s romantic and modern. The service is outstanding there! The food is amazing. It’s always hot and very fresh. The drinks are unique and tasteful! It’s by far our favorite restaurant around! We would go there every day if we could! We highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun, Tasting Menu, Organic, Romantic, Tapas, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Pleasant, had to remind staff to bring entrees and lighting is very dim making the menu difficult to read, need small table lamps.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Lots of small bite options, so sharing is great! Get to try a variety of very tasty dishes. I loved the Korean bbq shrimp and the scallops. Pierogas were also delicious.

Tags: Quick Bite, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Tapas
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 1, 2018

This was our first time at the Dancing Marlin and we will definitely be back! We went on a Wednesday night and had no problem getting our reserved table on time. The waitress was awesome - she took her time explaining how everything worked and was very prompt in revisiting our table to see how we were liking everything and if we were ready to order more. Our food came out very quickly each time. We loved everything we tried (highly recommend the beet salad - I love beets and it was the best I've had - the fig reduction is to die for!) and can't wait to go back and sample the items we didn't get to try the first time.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Hot Spot, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Tapas, Casual, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on January 28, 2018

Excellent food, but painfully noisy. I think our server could not always hear us. Could not wait to leave. Conversation was impossible Will not go on busy night again Too bad

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We finally made our reservation & dined at the Dancing Marlin. Wow!!! The place was a sea of people, but all seemed to be having a great time. Having done my due diligence, we had a wish list of all items to try. I’m a bourbon drinker, so I started with the Old Fashioned on tap. A tap? On tap? Awesome!!! My date went with the Moscow Mule also on tap, and loved it. Then to wine next, also on tap. Smith & Hook cab for dinner. Crisp clean, and to my pleasant surprise, served at a temperature it should be. Hats off to DM. We dine out a lot, and I’ve never seen a selection this size of wines on tap.

Food? Most nice size shareable plates, as we consider ourselves foodies, this is exactly the way we like to dine. There are bigger portions of items too on the menu for groups or heartier appetites, so don’t let the small tapas style keep you away. Our server helped us navigate through the menu. She couldn’t have been a better help, seeing this was our first time in.

We started with fried kale. Crazy good. The house smoked salmon dip was great. There’s a selection of sliders & flatbreads for the not so adventurous, but we were going for seafood centric items. The scallops from Japan were unbelievable, & the seared ahi tuna the same. We did the Mahi-Mahi from Hawaii, and it was spectacular! It was an owner who delivered the Mahi to our table, and told us about getting the fish from Hawaii next day. He also explained the tap system. So much behind the scenes here to get this great food & wine.
My date ordered the bone marrow. Never had it before, but it will be on our table, every time we dine here!! Lastly....the prime NY Strip. This was as good as the best steak houses I dine at in New York! I was just at Peter Luger, and I’m blown away by a steak in a Chicago suburb at half the price of a big steakhouse, and as good.

Just having moved here from the city, this restaurant is a standout! It’s busy here so we may opt for weekdays, to enjoy it even more. Thank you DM!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Romantic, Casual, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Seasonal, Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Tapas, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Wonderful food and service as always!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The variety of dishes is vast, and everything we tried was great! The only negative is the price. If you go there hungry, expect to order several dishes (small plates) per person, which adds up quickly!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Tapas, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Second time here and the food has been excellent both times. I live an hour away so I don’t get to this area often but this is my first choice restaurant when I’m in Frankfort!

The beets with fig/balsamic reduction were amazing and delightful! The shrimp and grits is a real treat! The flavors in both were a delicious taste sensation!

One tip: eat slowly and savor the flavors!

Definitely make a reservation on weekends. If noise is an issue for you, request a table in the room near the entrance.

Service was friendly and attentive.

Tags: Casual, Healthy, Cozy, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on January 27, 2018

Fiancé’s Birthday. Food was phenomenal, service was a little slow. 4/5

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 25, 2018

The food was great as always and the dueling pianos were fun. The only issue we had was that we (a party of 4) were seated with another party of 4 and a party of 2 squeezed at two tables pushed together. The poor party of 2 was in the middle and in the seam of the two tables. When we did dueling pianos there before we were at our own 4 top. I know they are trying to make money but it seems a bit ridiculous to squeeze that much and not to tell people when they called to confirm our reservations and make sure we knew it was dueling pianos.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 23, 2018

The food is delicious and the variety amazing! Great with friends or a date as sharing makes sense with so many smaller plates to choose from! This is the BEST food in the area and the service was fantastic.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Superb wait staff... “Blue” waited on our table. Friendly, knowledgeable, professional!!!!
Food was preparation...GREAT!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Tapas, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

So this was my third time at Dancing Marlin. The first two I just walked in and waited for a table. This time we decided to make reservations, since it was a date night. We arrived 5min before our reservation, we then were hand written under 8 different people. We were finally brought to our table 30min after our reservations. This is the only complaint I can make. So I will know next time to not assume I will be sat at my reservation time. During dinner one of our appetizers were misplaced. The waitress apologized, and it was brought out in Aprox 15 min. But it happens. The rest of the food was amazing. Lots of flavor and all cameout in a timely manner

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The food was great and so was our server. We were a little frustrated that we had reservations for 7:15 and didn't get seated until around 7:45.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Have been here a handful of times and cannot complain. The food is amazing!! Great selection of gluten free items.

My only complaint is they changed the meatballs. Bring back the GYRO MEATBALLS!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Tapas, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Very interesting menu. Loved the cauliflower and the burrata salad!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 19, 2018

We celebrated my husbands Birthday & everything was perfect! Thank You!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Dancing Marlin is always a great spot for dinner and update their menu on a regular basis! Great service can always been found here, ask for Karen she is awesome!

Tags: Happy Hour, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Fun, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 18, 2018

The food and drinks are very good. BUT, we received emails stating the dueling pianos were playing on Jan. 18th. We arranged our work schedules and made reservations. I even called the manager and he confirmed it. When we arrived, we discovered the pianos were now changed to the following week. This is the second time this has happened to us! Whoever does their marketing needs to step up their game!

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 18, 2018

This was my first visit but certainly not my last. The food was stellar and the service great!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

I love this place... but this is the second time we’ve been here when our reservation was an hour past our scheduled opentable time.
Unfortunately, there’s just not a great place to wait. It’s crowded and the waitstaff needs to get through and it’s frustrating to be in the way when you should be sitting down to dinner.
Things happen but an hour after our set reservation is a lot.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Mandy was awesome. Even though it got busy she was always there when we needed something

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Love this place for a special treat! My best friend and I take each other out here for our birthdays and we always look forward to it!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 12, 2018

On time. Great service
Good food good value

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 11, 2018

As always we had a great time. The "new" people to our regular group really enjoyed all the options, and have become fans of Dancing Marlin.

Tags: Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Tapas
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The food was delicious, service was very good, priced well and staff treated us very well. We were a group of 16 and they gave us our own room, which we did not expect, but was wonderful.

Tags: Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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