Dancing Marlin

4.6
2166 Reviews
$30 and under
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!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2166 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipChristineL
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always terrific service and awesome food.

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Coltsfan44
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was top notch and the food was excellent as always

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vipstevekozy
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my fav restaurants. Food never disappoints!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptional!!

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ingrid
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the valentines day special. Out of all the items. the lobster bisque was the best. Shrimp, lobster, chateaubriand, salad and brussels sprouts were included in the meal also.
We each had a heartini too. They were really good. I had 2 I wish I could get the recipe.

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RichV
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another awesome night!

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DeniseS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Even here several times before and always had fabulous food - our very expensive dinner was just so-so. Wanted to spoil a very dear foodie friend of mine and I must say it was a fail

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vipJODY
Indiana
13 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fantastic dining experience here . The food is always amazing and so consistent — this is our favorite restaurant and will continue to dine here always !

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vipFoodieToo
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had a nice Valentines dinner. They sat us at a table right by the hostess stand and door so it was very distracting and changed the mood of the night a bit. Our server was great and our food was good! It's a little overpriced for the amount of food and comparing it to other places in the area. It's a good place for a night out, I'd still suggest it! It's as close to good food like in the city (chicago) for tapas as you can get around here!

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DonG
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Jessica was amazing and knowledgeable about explaining the menu. The food was prepared well and brought out in perfect timing. I cannot wait to go back and try some of the menu items that we did not order. It was a great dinner experience and my first sit down restaurant visit due to Covid. What a great choice!

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vipChowdown
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food as always. Sam our server was equally outstanding. Glad to be helping the local economy while enjoying such great food and service.

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CR320
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good food. Took forever to get waited on, which is twice now going there.

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MikeW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was terrific and staff was professional and courteous. Will be going back again and again.

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NancyB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food! Wonderful options for a gluten free diet. Will definitely go back again.

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DanielleD
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and the food was great. When I arrived me and my party were immediately seated. The environment was safe due to COVID guidelines. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place & frequent often! Always a great meal & something different to try:)

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Tresha
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tapas experience. Best mac n cheese ever!

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TheresaB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience4

This is one of my favorite restaurants!My family and I have been dined there 3 times since December.We were really disappointed on Friday with the calamari.It was chalky tasting and the breading seemed different.The portion was smaller to.

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vipTimF
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was extremely friendly
Food and drinks were excellent

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was absolutely adorable, the food was delicious.

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LoveFineDining
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dancing Marlin never disappoints. They are conscience of Covid protocols without compromising quality.

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vipMela526
Chicago
375 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love the small plates. Anything you order will not disappoint. So nice to try different menu options each time you go. Great seafood always!!!! Fresh and prepared beautifully. Love to go there as service is friendly and food comes out at a nice pace.

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Bill
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even on a limited menu, we had a fantastic time and found plenty to love. Great service, too!

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vipFancy
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great holiday dinner with family. Nicole was wonderful. Very accommodating with our picky teen diner. Looking forward to going back!

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vipMarkJ
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Extremely cold in restaurant, have eaten here before and it was comfortable, this made the experience not as good as it should have been

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vipjuliep
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service & food were perfect!

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DonnaV
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Dancing Marlin is one of our local favorite restaurants! Upscale casual ambience and fantastic menu you won't be disappointed!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always our favorite. Love trying all the different small plates.

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RyanS
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Service was terrible. It is usually good but our waitresses must have been new.

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TimJ
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always delicious. It’s become our New Years eve tradition to dine at the Dancing Marlin.

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Vroom777
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Sam knocked it out of the park with her recommendations. Although it was a busy night (NYE), we never felt rushed but cared for each course! P.S. - We love the bone marrow!

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erice
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was great and the food was good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Katie was an outstanding server. The food was terrific as always. So great to spend a night at the Marlin.

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PBC167
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, never disappoints. Service was excellent, thanks Sam. She was very nice. Food and drinks go down smoothly.

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LindaM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Usually the food is brought to table in timely manner and hot, I think the kitchen couldnt keep up with pick up orders and diners in resturant. Our fries wer soggy and cols and shrimp and grits very lumpy. we usuaally have excellent food there.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the many gluten free options!

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AnneM
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing menu! Food allergy friendly! Many gluten and dairy free choices!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Disappointed. Love eating here, usually, but will think twice next time. Food was very below par. Waitress was great but one entree never even came out. We don’t mind spending money on good food but with what we spent tonight I could have made a five course meal with a few good bottles of wine and totally would have enjoyed it more.

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Kati
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Their small plates have lots of good flavors. Would like to see a regular menu that helps compose a complimenting set of plates.

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TinaK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing! Restaurant was very loud, but likely because we were siting near the door. It was the first time for my father in law and he loved it!

FAQs

Dancing Marlin does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Dancing Marlin is rated 4.6 stars by 2166 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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