Dancing Marlin

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$30 and under
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American
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!

Specials

Daily Happy Hour Specials 4:30 - 6

Tuesday - Enjoy 1/2 Priced Bottles of Tap Wine
Wednesday - $5 Martinis - Dirty or Sweet, Shaken or Stirred
Thursday - Try any one of our signature Tap Cocktails for $5
Friday - $1 Fresh Oysters
Saturday - $5 Sangrias

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: September 10, 2019

Ends: September 11, 2118

Availability: Mon 4:00PM-6:00PM

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent. Service was very good. Very loud and difficult to talk. Overall we would go back.

PH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was awesome and our server, Carly, was great!

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While expensive very much worth it

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing:)

M
Chicago
139 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Dancing Marlin is a wonderful dining. We love the wine flights and so many tasty dishes. We had the Fall specials - an amazing apple/cheddar flatbread, scallops on a pumpkin sauce (amazing), and the seasonal pork dish. A great dining experience.

JC
Chicago
114 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent. We went to Dancing Marlin to celebrate my husband’s birthday. First time eating at Dancing Marlin and we will be back. Our waitress was so informative and super sweet!! My husband had a great bday!!

UP
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Have not been to he Dancing Marlin since 2018. Dining there last Tuesday was as we remembered the experience. Great food and half priced wine night. Service was excellent. We will try to dine there a little more often.

R
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Sat downstairs, in a basement with no windows. Although it was clean and decorated, it was still a basement. The service was extremely poor and unbelievably slow. Received a cocktail after 25 minutes that had absolutely no taste. Asked the waitress to replace the cocktail and waitied an additional 20+ minutes for the cocktail. The food was served minutes after receiving the original cocktail. Asked for ice in between so we could drink water and that took 20 minutes to be brought to the table. Absolutely horrific service. Food was good. Paid full price for the tasteless cocktail and its replacement! Not returning. Plenty of other restaurant options that provide above poor service and fairness in their charging practices.

F
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful wine selections and delicious fresh food. The beet salad was amazing. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone I know

MP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as usual.

R
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious and the service was great. Can’t wait to go back!

KC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

Great food, but the restaurant itself is way way way to small. Expand please!!

J
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was such a fun experience! I went with my family to celebrate mom's birthday, and Carly was so helpful and fun. Thanks for everything!

OT
Savannah
21 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Annual birthday celebration, only this time we chose the dancing marlin. My third visit I was never disappointed and boy was this the winner. Our server suggested the scallops, I was on the fence. Yet, after the first bite I was beyond over it I was in someone else's yard. Pleasant fall notes were added to compliment the season of autumn. And then... we had the carrot cake. So untraditional, so well thought out, so delicious.... just get the carrot cake first. And throw out the idea of a diet and open up. The menu is a compilation of delicious ideas. Just bring a friend or two

A
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress Katie N was attentive without being intrusive, and the food is always outstanding!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Bar service while waiting on a table was fair at best. Table we sat at was stuffed between two other tables and not very comfortable in that setting.

TO
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I am a long-time customer since they first opened. They have a good business model with an ever-changing menu with many unusual and interesting items. The quality is always high and the service is upbeat and effective. My criticism is it tends to be a little pricey and the noise level can make conversations difficult.

DV
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dancing Marlin is a true south suburban gem! From the unique dining options to the wonderful wait staff and ambiance this is not a place to miss!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

We are seated right away... The blonde server came over and gave us water than ignored us for at least 10/15 minutes. During this time I watched her wait on another table taking their order and to go to the bar where she was nibbling on food. My husband had to stop her as she going to check on that other table and asked her if we could order. Shortly after she brought the wrong order to our table and acted annoyed when told what she brought was incorrect.

G
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was amazing. Great quality. Server seemed a little new. Will definitely go back again.

NR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I have been going to Dancing Marlin for years. Always excellent. Looking forward to our next visit.

H
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and drinks never disappoint!!! Literally anything you pick is excellent. Personally I would try the brisket and gnudi! Ask for Carly. She’s an excellent server!!

m
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Love how attentive but not over bearing the wait staff is.

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

Great food. Good service

K
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great drinks...good times

MT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere is lively, not a place for quiet conversation. But that’s fine because it’s a great restaurant with outstanding food and drinks. Service is excellent and I’ll be back for sure.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience and amazing food!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We like this place and we arrived at 8:30pm, 30 minutes earlier than our reservation but they were able to seat us. The only frustration is that by this time on a Saturday night, they were out of 8 of their dishes. I can understand running out of a few items but the waitress kept rattling off what they were out of. I feel the kitchen needs to do a better job of inventory planning. I realize that items that are smoked and take a lot of pre-planning may run out early and they could not replace. But many basics were sold out relatively early in the evening for a weekend (Including Kale!).

m
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was fantastic - thanks Martina. We tried several dishes and all were delicious would definitely go back maybe try sitting outdoors if weather permits.

ST
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I treated my husband for his birthday. We booked a reservation early so that we could get a quiet time together without the kids. Everything was perfect. We come here about once or twice a year. We would come more often if the menu changed, but we still find this to be a 5 star restaurant that all couples should visit.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We love this place, so much variety and the food is delicious. The one downside is that it’s pretty tight seating and very loud, hard to focus on your conversation. Otherwise wonderful, we love the place!

AP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was pretty loud and the food was pricey but delicious.

S
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here several times and have never had a bad experience. Food and service is always great.

GB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday 🎂

BM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Katie K, was great. So friendly and had great suggestions. The food here never disappoints (neither does half price wine bottle night!)

VG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always my FAVORITE restaurant ❤️

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent, food was phenomenal - even something so simple like pancakes were spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg really nicely! I’ll definitely come back.

1
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun sharing little plates and trying different things!

CJ
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a great time! The variety and quality of food is excellent. The cocktails are fabulous. We love it here.

AL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the experience. The lighting was a touch too dim for my liking, but otherwise I enjoyed the small plates to share. It made for a more interesting experience.

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