Dancing Marlin

4.6
1593 reviews
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$30 and under
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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!
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Chicago
1 review
Dined 11 hours ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Even though we made reservations and there were seats in the main dining room we were placed in the side room, pretty much alone. There was only one table in the room with us. That is the low abidance score.

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

We wanted to try items from various sections of the menu. We decided on the following: Little bit of chicken fried, spicy garlic shrimp, sea bass with lentils and asparagus and grilled sweet potatoes. Every item we tried was delicious!! Becky our server was also great. Can’t wait to visit again.

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

Emilee was our server and was amazing. Completely perfect experience

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

If you are looking to have a nice conversation the noise level is very high. Service is great. They have great mixed drinks.

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DL
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alway good. Potions are plentiful enough to share between two people. The quality is off the charts and service is phenomenal.

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SS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy the food and ambiance. They have some of the best servers I have ever experienced, friendly, know the menu.

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JC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had the nicest server. Sunday brunch seems to be a nice quiet time to go for a cozy meal. 😀

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AS
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch and our server Lexi were great!

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DC
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went to Dancing Marlin for their Sunday brunch. LOVED the Bloody Mary bar. It was a good price for the set-up with Tito’s. Great fixings! We had little ones and the food was served quickly. Also appreciated that they came out to let us know that the salmon would take a little more time to be smoked, but just 15 min. We were enjoying our Bloody’s so we didn’t mind but they brought us bacon anyways for the inconvenience. Brilliant! Bacon makes everything better :) Will definitely be back for brunch.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I love this restaurant and the food. The only issue I had is that all of the food came out at the same time. That wouldn’t usually be a problem, but with the small size of the table and the menu consisting of small plates, there was a space issue.

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TM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Maybe my expectations were too high, but I didn’t care much for anything, neither did the rest of my family. Food was just okay. Service was impeccable and the ambiance was awesome. Unfortunately it was the food I was there for and it just didn’t meet my expectations. I do also think I may as well as my family a more advanced palette, so although our friends highly recommended it to us. Sadly we were disappointed.

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TW
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, as well as our service! The General Tso Cauliflower was awesome! Will definitely be back!

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CH
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We have recommended Dancing Marlin to our friends. Everything is good including the Rose wine instead of white Zinfindel. My only wish is that we got a bit more sea bass (for 3 people) it was a bit difficult, but very good.

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A
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the atmosphere here. Only tapas place in the area. Amazing food, amazing flavors. Love the quality of food you receive. Plate portions are more than enough, great experience every time I eat here. Some of my favorites are the Ahi Tuna, Crab Stuffed Peppers, General Tso's Cauliflower, NY Strip Steak, the fries (pickled shallots on the fries are amazing), and cookies and milk!! A special for the day I went was a crab bisque which was AMAZING.

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J
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The Bloody Mary bar on Sundays is a great deal and very well-stocked. Their food at dinner time is amazing but we have tried breakfast/brunch twice and been disappointed.

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M
Chicago
132 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu at Dancing Marlin is mainly small plates. The food is wonderful - soup shots, flatbreads, fish, many creative dishes. The wine flight are also great. A fun dining experience with awesome staff.

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F
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the relaxed atmosphere where we can linger and enjoy the company. Small plates allows us to be daring and try new and unusual dishes. The roasted bone marrow is a family favorite!

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JL
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love all the gluten free choices. Emily was a fantastic server. It was a great date night for us.

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M
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious !
Always safe for celiacs!
Always great service!
And great cocktails!!

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MA
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I love this resturant. The food, service and staff are all great. It is our new favorite place to eat.

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F
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Went for Sunday brunch. Waitress was ok. Not very attentive or welcoming. My husband's order was brought out by a food runner and after 10 minutes my order still had not arrived. I flagged down the food runner to take his back and bring a fresh one to him when mine was finally ready. Is it crazy to ask that we eat at the same time??? Was offered no apology. Seemed a little put off by my request actually. I understand this is a tapas restaurant in the evening and food comes out as it's ready, but this should not happen when it's waffles and eggs. The entrees tasted good. Boneless fried chicken and waffles (request syrup on the side) and smoked salmon benedict. Good but had a little sweetness to it that we could not figure out where it was coming from (salmon, egg, hollandaise sauce, cream cheese, and English muffin). Would give it another try.

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AF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun for a date night! Tapas style and it was delicious!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food quality has definitely deteriorated...the service was slow and it’s always very loud

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LC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great cocktails, great food. Would like to see an updated menu with more to choose from since I've been there so much I'm running out of new things to try.

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G
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Interesting options that tasted great. Salmon, general tso’s cauliflower boy excellent

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K
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Dancing Marlin is wonderful! Our server, Carly, was so helpful, informative, attentive, and fun! Our drinks were great- we loved the Gin and Juice- and our food was fabulous. We’ll be back!

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RL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time; the food and service second to none. Ed and Tom really know who the customer is and Jackie is the frosting on the cake. A place to go back to time after time

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The skirt steak was boring. The bills was significantly off and took some time to get corrected.

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WB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always a fine experience. Would love to see a different flatbread (don't care for mushrooms.) Thank you.

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GJ
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time here. Everything was delicious and it's a nice, clean atmosphere with friendly staff and our bartender/waiter, Rick was very attentive and made sure we were taken care of. We will be back.

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SD
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The brunch is always great. All the servers have been very efficient.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great Sunday brunch offering with the buffet “munch” option as well as more specialized dishes. Skip the greasy-spoon breakfasts and enjoy a better quality and more thoughtful menu.

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JK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place. Not fancy with really good food and staff. I feel the owners care a lot about quality and making people happy. Only thing I personally did not like was tap wine and mixed drinks. That just seems odd as far as keeping lines clean with sour mix and other sugary liquids going through them. Was hoping for draught beer to go with their seafood. Again just me....really nice place

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We will be back soon. We enjoyed everything about the restaurant

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved it. We have been looking for a small plate restaurant in the area. Had pig and fig, crab stuffed peppers, and burger sliders. So good! And plenty for the two of us. It was busy, and we had to wait a bit (but, hey, we were there on a Friday evening, so...). Only suggestion—would like a nice bottled wine instead of blend on tap—otherwise awesome and fun!

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VM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always! Dueling pianos, great food and drinks.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

We loved the music but it was way too loud.

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WS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time visiting Dancing Marlin. Service was great. Food/dessert choices along with taste - very awesome. Dueling Piano's played that evening which were spectacular.

Prices very reasonable. I will definitely be back soon.

Thank you.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

I ordered the beet salad to start. It was “earthy” and the hard spirals made it very difficult to eat. I love beets. I didn’t care for this. I loved a pea soup shooter. The meatballs were hard and dry. Apple crumble delicious. My friend had a Gorgonzola salad which she loved. Short ribs were too spicy. Noise level was off the charts because of dueling pianos right in the midst of the tables. It was impossible to talk. Fun music but we had planned to talk. Lol. Service was excellent but the food comes out at different times and if you aren’t sharing, this is awkward. I’ve eaten here many times; this was my least satisfying experience.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Piano bar great

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