Dancing Marlin

4.6
1456 reviews
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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!
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 1456 People Are Saying
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Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Carley was a great server. Her knowledge and personality made it easy for us. You can tell she loves her job. Anyway, She took her time to explain the small plates and how to order them She recommended a couple to us. We had 4 plates. All were excellent. Cudos to Carley!

The lighting was a bit dim and made it a little difficult to read the menu, but all in all the restaurant was nice.
The restrooms are downstairs but they do have an elevator for disabled guests. There is also a party room in case someone wants to have a private event.
The outdoor patio area looks really nice - hope to make it back next year when it’s warmer.
We will be back!

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f
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dancing Marlin has changed their menu just a bit. You can still order excellent shareable dishes. One thing that is new is that the restaurant is now offering bottles of wine. if you haven't yet tried the kale appetizer, you should. Very light and tasty. We had not dined at the restaurant in a while but we're glad we did last night.

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

AWESOME experiences at The Dancing Marlin!!! Great food, awesome staples with seasonal treats, great to share, great drinks, awesome service!!!

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CO
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A real gem unexpected in this area. The food was innovative and well prepared. Our waitress was great at both explaining the menu and specials and orchestrated the timing of items perfectly. It was a great experience all round.

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b
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been here a few times and always love it. There a gluten free options-they are really tasty too!!

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AN
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Food is very good.Fun venue! We should frequent more!

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P
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

We were in the smaller room and heard more of our neighbors conversation than my husband. Seats are to close together and they wouldn’t move us to the other room because we were a party of 2. Kind of expensive as well.

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VB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at the Sunday Brunch. We had a later reservation but were still treated like we arrived at 10:30. No rush and the server was very pleasant. Never felt like they were rushing us along even during the time they were setting for the dinner service. Great place and great food, loved the brunch munch. All food was delicious. Only flaw was that we did not receive serving pieces with all dishes.

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t
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent! The service was fantastic. It was an all-around wonderful experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! And food was delicious

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MR
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great, from service to food! Much appreciated!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun, tasty experience

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C
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was wonderful. We had the Greek meatballs, the cheese dip, the beet salad, and the Apple crisp with ice cream. Service was also great. We really enjoyed our dining experience.

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S
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time having brunch here. Unbelievabley good! We did the Munch Brunch so we were all able to sample a number of different items. Nothing disappointed. Definitely coming back soon.

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SM
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

very noise ( not energetic} . I have been here for dinner 8 times and would still come back. Its a cool place for a date but I always notice people shouting to have a conversation.he food is always pricey yet unlike anything else we have run across. Keep up the good work. PS enjoyed to $20 off coupon

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PN
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious (could been a little hotter) and the service was outstanding. Would definitely be back!!!

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B
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great service and food my favorite restaurant !!

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B
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food great, service great, love this place. Hidden gem.

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CB
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very enjoyable meal. The magistrate magi was excellent.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was great but we had an awful server. This was my fifth time coming here and never had such bad service. Took a long time to get our drinks after we ordered. Then when we did order two dishes it was about 40 minutes until she even came back. Then when she came back she looked at us and said I’ll be back in a minute to grab your order. Didn’t see how we liked the dish or ask if we wanted to order another (which we did). When our group asked for some recommendations most servers would name like 3-4 dishes. Nope not her-she recommended only 1. We were like okay gee thanks. Surprised she never offered dessert to us or ask us if we wanted to look at the dessert menu. To be honest I can’t ever remember going out to eat and not having a server ask us if we wanted to see the menu. This place has awesome food so hoping the server was just having a bad night.

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TW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great restaurant. Very good for couples and for a friends dinner.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daily seafood flown in from Hawaii

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CH
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal and celebration at Dancing Marlin! We come here for every special occasion because the food is spectacular, the venue is lively but not deafeningly loud, and the staff are always super friendly and attentive. When they learned we were celebrating my husband passing his final architecture exam, they brought him a special desert with a candle, on the house. Can't recommend this place highly enough!

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EF
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Super loud. Good food though

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ET
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

We crammed into a table, 10 inches away from the next table. Service was not good. Long waits. Servers didn’t know where to bring food. Do not go here for a romantic date. Chef kept roaming around the tables. Very uncomfortable. I’ll never go back.

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N
Chicago
253 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We started with the cocktail flight (choose any 3 mini cocktails), then we had the chopped salad, gnudi which was delicious, the spicy garlic shrimp & for dessert we shared the cookies/cream. The food & service were both very good. We will return.

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m
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love dancing marlin. The food and service are always top notch and having a wheat allergy, i always feel safe eating there.

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F
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great as always! Service was excellent as well. We have so many things we want to order but we have to keep in mind that you will fill up quicker than you think. There was no room for dessert by the end of our meal. We’ve never had a bad experience at this restaurant.

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JM
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Overall I thought it was outstanding!!
Can’t wait to go back.

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BI
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hosted dinner for a small family birthday party for my wife. This was a perfect night, the food was great and the service couldn't have been better.

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G
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We loved everything we ordered. Can't wait to go back and try even more!

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OT
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was great as well as the food.

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SO
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Was pleasantly surprised by the delicious food and cocktails! It was very lively for a Saturday night, reservations are highly recommended.

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DO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Great for trying and sharing different things.

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

Great food and our service was outstanding!!

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WK
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mandy is an amazing server! She recommended some dishes we hadn’t tried before and we found some new favorites.

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GK
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

I was disappointed. I had been there before and enjoyed the food. Unfortunately this time it was mediocre at best.

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J
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We frequent Dancing Marlin and we always have a nice dinner. Great fries, the sauce on the little bit of chicken fried is amazing, the cookies and milk are delicious. I had their special Mahi Mahi dish. The filet was good, but the parsnip apple puree was watery and bland. My husband had their sliders and they were juicy and cooked perfectly.

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BR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great drinks!

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LK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dancing Marlin is handling a Baby Shower event for me in November, and I am thrilled! Today I was sampling the SU Brunch Menu and was delighted with the choices offered. This is the second time I am contracting with MaryAnn, the event planner @ Marlin, as I was 100% satisfied with the Wedding Rehearsal Dinner they organized over a year ago in the Anchor Room. Always great food, great service and awesome atmosphere!

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