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

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: September 10, 2019

Ends: September 11, 2118

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

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4.8
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F
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It’s always great to get together with friends . This time around didn’t have such a great experience with the food at Dancing Marlin. The Chicken was cold and the asparagus wasn’t good at all. We sent that back because it was cold. Our waitress Madison was great!!! We were the first customers to arrive at the restaurant and maybe that why the food was cold and the grill was heated up sooner enough.

Thank you.

MG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carla was the best!
Very friendly and informative.

d
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was good but the menu needs more small plates. Also our waitress told us the specials and we picked one out at that moment and she went to enter our order and the ape so was already gone. It was 7:00 so the chef sure didn’t prepare enough specials.

SS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome, as always. Sean was our waiter and he made the meal extra special. He was entertaining and provided excellent recommendations.

KA
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always enjoy this venue. Took my son for his first visit and he was also thoroughly impressed. Food and staff are top notch.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Calamari actually looked like squid, very fresh and lightly breaded. The apples flat bread was very colorful, large enough to share in slices The lobster shooter was unbelievably tasty in an espresso cup, leaving a desire to somehow obtain a large proportion at another time. Food was satisfying for two older women. The dining experience was constantly interrupted by the waiter with encouragement to try other tapas dishes, and bring more wine though the rationale for limit was stipulated at the start. It was noted that a vegan entree was available as a single dish for a very hungry appetite. The nautical decor was refreshing for a winter time if year. Looking forward to visit at another time.

CL
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love that there are always new items as well as some favorites.

RV
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you, we had a wonderful experience.
Sadly, we are from far North West side.
Wish you had another location by us.

Thank you again,
Roman

MM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always a great place to go for great food!!! Service is amazing too

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

New Years Eve meal. It was CRAZY busy and I think they probably overbooked a bit. 8:00 reservation and we sat at 8:30. Server was great, first glass of wine came out with smears all over the glass, but server got a new one right away. I was glad to be in the side room where it’s more quiet. Food was excellent, hot, flavorful, great portion sizes. Considering the busy holiday, the experience was wonderful!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

We took my mom for her 84th birthday. Food was great but service was not. We felt forgotten most of the time. Better service would have made my mom’s birthday more special!

TB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great 😊Great for my daughters who have celiacs

F
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The concept is unique, food is fantastic. Pre-made drinks lack enough alcohol for the price.

b
Chicago
156 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We started off with the beet salad, gnudi, and brisket. The beet salad was very good, as was the gnudi. The brisket was very tough, although the apple sauce that came with it was delish. Then we got the meatballs, huli huli chicken and pork sliders. The meatballs and chicken were both very good, the sliders had an odd bbq sauce flavor to them. We finished with the shrimp and chorizo tacos, and they were most excellent.

KA
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I would recommend it for a cocktail and a snack only. For a restaurant that has the appearance of healthy, fresh food, I was surprised with each dish. Examples: Starting off with fried kale.....wonderful light crisp texture but coated with so much oil. Lobster bisque....so incredibly salty I couldn't finish the 4oz little cup. Little Bit of Chicken....heavily breaded. Pig and Fig....hard to believe but not much flavor and underside of the bacon was pretty raw. Beet salad was good. Cocktails were VERY good. We are major foodies and don't mind paying $150 for dinner, but we'd like to really enjoy it for that price. Our server, Blue M, was outstanding!! Her service is what saved the night for us!!!

OT
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food at good price. Drinks are pricey though.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always

LM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Desirre was exceptional,very pleasant and attentive. All our dishes we picked were excellent!

CD
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Dancing Marlin and loved everything about it. Carly our server was phenomenal, perfect in every way!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food is always great !

AH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

if my husband and I could pick any place to eat, it would be here. The food is AMAZING and so reasonable for a date night. Great drinks as well!

PK
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our third visit and we were not disappointed. Very interesting flavor combinations. Enjoyed sharing items around the table. Almost enjoyable evening with good friends. Attentive and helpful service throughout our meal. We will be back!

LJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Fun atmosphere. Service was excellent. Will be back.

RL
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sean was a most excellent server; but truly all the wait staff is. Jackie is the captain of the ship ; and sails smoothly under her command! Ed and Tom are lucky to have the team they have in place

BO
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server Lexi was Great. Offered good suggestions for entrees. We will go back again.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

5 year dating anniversary. 2.5 years married. We felt casually rushed before even being seated. That mood never changed, which dimmed the light of our special occasion. Nonetheless, food and service was very good.

R
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Huge variety menu-wise. Tapas style is the best - a little bit of many things that can be shared. Cocktails well made and can't say enough about the food - such a variety of flavors! Carly, our waitress - spectacular!!!! Knows her foods and cocktails, very personable.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Madelyn was an exceptional server and the food was out of this world!

AR
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu is wonderful. Full on interesting combinations and unique flavors.

D
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service and table were fantastic! The food was good; we mostly had appetizers to share. Drinks were good. We really enjoyed our time there!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taste explosion

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Family from out of town. Food wasn’t as good as usual for every dish.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wine is so good. The bar has on tap. Restaurant has an east coast feel. Food is always spot on!

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food, drinks & service. Great value!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a great place for dinner. It does get a little loud but the food is worth it, the oysters were excellent and the server was fun

JO
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Cooper’s hawk — never disappointed

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dueling piano night was the best!

SE
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants. Always great service, good food and drinks.

J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love this place, such a friendly staff and excellent food!!

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