Dancing Marlin

4.6
1411 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Tapas
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Seafood, Contemporary American
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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
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Phone number
(815) 464-6646
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Jon
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Private party facilities
Celebrate the big moments in life at Dancing Marlin. Located in Frankfort, Illinois, Dancing Marlin Restaurant has all of the essentials to host your next event. Our two-level restaurant provides the perfect setting for private dining and family or corporate group events.
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Private party contact
Maryann Wall: (888) 636-8452
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
206th & Lagrange Rd (next to Culvers, Lumes & Buffalo WW)
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Parking details
Plenty of free parking is available at the restaurant.
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Entertainment
Once a month we host a Dueling Piano party
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Special events & promotions
Check our website for the latest events.
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
What 1411 People Are Saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JU
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic attentive service by the entire staff. Food is fantastic.

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MC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

I made the reservation on Open Table - thank goodness I had a reservation number because the restaurant had no record of it. I was told I need to contact open table Disappointing - then received an email stating we missed our dinner reservation

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T
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are never disappointed at Dancing Marlin! The food is excellent as well as the atmosphere!

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friends birthday

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OT
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal great service Our out of Town Guest were amazed

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BB
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous! The food is always consistent and delicious. Brittany, our server (with very cool arm tattoos) was superb!

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JS
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sit outside if you can. It can get quite clamorous inside and the tables are rather close to each other. The patio is quite the opposite.

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MD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always receive great service here! One of our go to's for date night. Phenomenal food and service.

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PA
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the small plate concept, and it's fun to bring new people here especially those who are a little more daring and will try different things. I have been here upwards of half a dozen times and each and every time the service has been impeccable and the food fabulous. We were there last night with some new Dancing Marlin customers, and tried alot of plates: fried green tomato sliders, hamburger sliders, crab dip, several kinds of tacos...spicy shrimp and cauliflower...mushroom flatbread, chicken bites to to name a few. Well I am not a fan of spicy food, I did try the chicken bites with the Dill pickle and together the combination was flavor explosion. Served with a side of spicy dipping sauce. Who thinks to put crispy chicken with dill pickle? But it works! And believe me when I tell you, this place serves the best french fries you will ever put in your mouth. They are triple fried, served with onion and herbs with a side of garlic dip. Stupendous! I cannot say enough about Dancing Marlin. Take your friends, try new things...enjoy a house made sangria. Our server, Karen, was extremely attentive, informative and on top of things at all times. Desserts: banana creme brûlée, turtle cheesecake bites....spectacular! It's fun, different, and great place to hang out. There is outdoor seating as well, and I love the wine bottle overhead lighting. Add Dancing Marlin to your dining repertoire.

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m
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food never disappoints. Very creative dishes. Enjoyed outdoor seating before the weather cools down. Service was great and our server made great recommendations.

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r
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went for a birthday celebration and I was pleasantly surprised because I thought the restaurant was a fancy place but it was actually very comfy and down to earth.

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CP
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious , great service from our server Danielle

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JR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This place never disappoints. Our favorite restaurant!

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J
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was excellent on every level. The food is served tapas style and served quickly. She advised us how to order and made suggestions along the way. Every item we ordered was delicious and tasted so fresh. We will definitely be going back here soon!

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D
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place to go. Great place for collaboration, laughs, great food and drink. I have Celiac's and it's a true find for me. Great to go to a place where I know I won't get sick. Beyond that it's a very fun, energetic place. Highly Recommended!

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KG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Great food and menu variety. Service was spotty. Started out very attentive then disappeared for a bit. Overall it was a good experience.

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OT
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent

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M
Chicago
129 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Dancing Marlin is a fun restaurant with a creative cuisine. They offer small plates and full entrees. They also offer wonderful wine flights. You can dine in or out.

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C
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Once again we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and service. Dawn was an excellent server and our dishes delicious. Never disappointed in the food or service. One minor issue for the two of us that dined together is the room off the main dining room tables of two are put in. A little tight so you get to "enjoy" your neighbors conversation and tight entry and exit for the person sitting on the inside. That said its still quieter than the main dining room. No a reason not to go and enjoy the great food and service.

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L
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Saw it 0on a Check Please. Otherwise I had never heard of it. Advertise!
Very cute. I will be back with friends

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place

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r
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I went because they have a dedicated gluten free fryer. The food was excellent and came out fresh and hot.

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H
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent!

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JK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a delicious meal , service is stellar!
We had a group of six and everyone enjoyed themselves!

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JM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tapas style and everything we tried was very good. Especially surprised by the General Tso's cauliflower and I'm not really a cauliflower fan. Nice atmosphere - good service. Worth a try and we will be back.

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Savannah
12 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staying so far from the Chicago we decided to open table something closer. The menu enticed us at this place so we we're excited to give it a try. Upon arriving we noticed an outside area which is cool, cause.... Well options. We decided to dine inside and the setup of the establishment was very appealing to the eye. The server Mandy was attentive, not intrusive. Food was delivered swiftly despite being a decent crowd. And oh my was it delicious. General tso's cauliflower is a smash, amongst other things but the menu selection was impressive. Glad to have attended. Looking forward to another visit.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

great place for small groups

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JM
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Not your average restaurant. This small plate experience was enjoyed by everyone. Diverse menu, nice atmosphere, wait staff very helpful and efficient. Will be going back without a doubt.

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J
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fabulous dining experience!

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CD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Dancing Marlin never disappoints! It can be a little loud inside and outside because there is never a slow night. Menu changes seasonally, which always means I’ll have a new favorite!

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CP
Orlando
26 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My family went there for a combined birthday brunch. The service was good and the brunch was tasty and plentiful. The family style servings were perfect for our grou of 8.

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MP
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The restaurant was nice but the food wasn't terrific. Had brunch - might try something else on the menu.

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2
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the Bloody Mary Bar! The brunch menu is very tasty and we really enjoyed all the dishes we tried!

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S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Dancing Marlin. Have taken several friends and family members here and it’s always a rave review.
Keep it up!

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KP
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Sat outside and it was very pretty and relaxing. Food was yummy and different since is tapas style so can try a few dishes. Drinks were yummy. Was a busy Saturday night and service took a while. Took about 15 minutes just to get the dessert menu and then another 10 minutes to get our check. Were there about 30-45 minutes longer than we needed to be which was frustrating. But overall a good time out.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. Service was outstanding. Noise level was perfect.

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A
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was excellent, but our server rarely checked on us and forgot about our drinks a couple of times.

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r
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

I have always loved coming here, however my last experience was pretty bad. Bad service, food was cold, not the usual experience I have

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PM
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 3ambience 1

We were contacted through Open Table about a special event, a Tiki Night on the patio at Dancin' Marlin. We promptly made reservations and were looking forward to the night out, as we have visited the restaurant a number of times. The patio was completely overbooked, despite reservations, and we were seated inside, with the promise to move outside when a table freed up. 2 hours later, we were never moved, missed the live music outside, and were simply overlooked and underconsidered. It was an overpriced dinner inside the restaurant and a major disappointment...we may not return again.

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G
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Was disappointed as has made reservations to sit outside for patio party. When arrived was told they could to guarantee- wait was 20-30 mins to sit outside. They need to do a better job on advertising and committing to these reservations .
Food is always oustanding there.

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