About Dancing Marlin

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!

20590 S LaGrange Rd
Frankfort, IL 60423
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Seafood, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:


Tuesday-Thursday 4:30pm - 10:00pm
Friday 4:30pm - 11:00pm
Saturday 3:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday Brunch 10am - 2:00pm
Sunday Lunch/Dinner 3:00pm - 8:00pm
Closed Monday

Cross Street:
206th & Lagrange Rd (next to Culvers, Lumes & Buffalo WW)

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(815) 464-6646

Website:
http://dancingmarlinrestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
Once a month we host a Dueling Piano party

Parking Details:
Plenty of free parking is available at the restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Chefs John, Jackson & Matt

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Check our website for the latest events.

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Join us Christmas Eve for brunch, 10am-2pm, and then dinner service from 3pm-7pm. A special holiday dinner menu will also be featured.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Join us for New Year's Eve for Sunday brunch, 10am-2pm and then 3pm to 11pm for a special New Year's Eve dinner menu.

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Dancing Marlin Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Tapas (63)
Creative Cuisine (49)
Good for a Date (40)
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Fit for Foodies (37)
Special Occasion (35)
Fun (35)
Great for Outdoor Dining (33)
Casual (32)
Neighborhood Gem (31)
Tasting Menu (30)
Good for Groups (29)
Good for Anniversaries (29)
Good for Birthdays (27)
Worth the Drive (24)
Handcrafted Cocktails (20)
Romantic (20)
Cozy (19)
Authentic (16)
Hot Spot (15)
Seasonal (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Comfort Food (13)
Gluten Free Options (13)
Notable Wine List (13)
Happy Hour (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Great for Brunch (9)
Healthy (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Spicy (8)
Quick Bite (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
People Watching (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Business Meals (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Great Beer (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Live Music (3)
Vegan (3)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Scenic View (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

We drove almost an hour to the Dancing Marlin after seeing it on Check Please. The food was amazing with many more Gluten Free options than most restaurants. The flavor combinations of these unique shareable bites were divine! Drinks were good, many choices and the on tap drinks was a very novel and sustainable quality. Dessert was heavenly, we had bourbon tarts. Definitely try the Bone Marrow and the beet salad. We will be back for sure!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Cozy, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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·Dined 4 days ago

We very much enjoyed the food. Four of us shared a total of 10 plates and we had more than enough food. We enjoyed the preparation and freshness of each selection. The only distraction was the loud music and "saloon" like atmosphere in the main room which made table conversation all but impossible in our separate small room. Without prompting, our server arrived at our table to apologize for the noise level and a promise to get the speakers turned down in the room. Unfortunately, it was not enough. This "atmosphere" really distracted from the evening. I'll go back for the food but will check to be sure there is no live music for the evening.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Had a good experience, our server was sharp and attentive. The food was tasty, be prepared to share! No draft beer but plenty of draft wines. The outdoor patio looks great, can’t wait to come back!

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Casual, Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Our server was enthusiastic, friendly, and knowledgeable of the selections. The selections were varied and delicious. The following are recommendations: Korean bbq Shrimp, Little Bite Chicken Fried, Spicy Garlic Shrimp, Chopped Salad, Shrimp & Chorizo tacos, and the Pizza on the children's menu.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Loved the selection of dishes. Would have liked a few more dishes to cleanse the palate, since a lot are spicy.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tapas, Spicy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Not real impressed to be honest. Entrance/waiting area VERY cramped and not well laid out. Hostess seemed to be a bit flustered with the amount of customers.

Once seated, service was pretty good. Many of their drinks are pre-made and they taste pre-made. Would not order one of the spigot drinks again.

Food was OK but nothing really noteworthy or outstanding.

Probably will not bothering going again.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I saw this on Check Please ! It was every bit as good as they said it was! Tapas portions give you a chance to try several different dishes. I liked the "cocktail flights".
Plan to go back when our daughter comes home from College !!

Tags: Fun, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

The food was AMAZING! Customer service was outstanding

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Authentic, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Casual, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Brunch was amazing! We were celebrating a birthday. Plan to return.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Had 3 people and all 3 had to get the brunch special or not at all. Is a small restaurant thought it would be easy enough to "catch" someone sharing - severely limited the options for the table as plenty of food was offered with the brunch. Enjoyed the breakfast tacos but they were "out" of seafood guac that was apparently featured on Check Please and server said they were not making more ? this was at 1030 am . Food was very good except for the biscuits which were under done and grey in color on the inside - possibly leftover dough? I would like to try again so I could try other options on the menu. Great toppings were offered on the bloody mary bar especially the shrimp.

Tags: Tapas
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Always a great experience at Dancing Marlin! Having lived in the city forever, this is such a refreshing find amongst the Chili's and Applebee's. Great food, with plenty of options, and all served tapas style, making it a great opportunity to try many different things. Our favorite was shockingly the General Tso's Chicken- soo good. This place is a must try!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Spicy, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I’ve driven past this place many times. It is the epitome of neighborhood gem. We looked at the reviews and took a chance. Our entire party loved it! We had vegetarians, pescatarians, and those with no restrictions in our group. There was something for everyone. Also, the drinks were amazing! Outstanding service and energetic ambiance as well.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vegan, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

First time there - had never been to a Tapas style restaurant and found the food delicious and fun. Can't wait to go back to try more.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great service and wonderful food.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 2017

When making reservation via Ooen Table I mentioned we would be celebrating a birthday. Also mentioned to be waitress, but nothing special was done for the birthday girl.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Fun atmosphere, many choices to choose from. Wine and dessert were also yummy. The noise level made it hard to hear someone across from you.

Tags: Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

This is one of our neighborhood favorites. We love the wide variety of dinner choices. Always lots of great flavors coming out of the food. Our server was spot on.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Been here many times - This experience right on par. Server Rick was a little slow to start as he was training a new server. But he picked it up. Suggestions of scallops was delicious and loving that the seafood guacamole has reappeared, although the addition of shrimp instead of just using crab was a twist. Liked the pumpkin Pierogi as well!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

All items are small plates which runs up quite a bill, so this is NOT the place to go if really hungry. Food, service and drinks quite good. Not very budget friendly, so I can't add this restaurant to our regular dining rotation.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Cozy, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Little pricey for what you get ! Quality good not much food though! Very high noise level

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I recommended Dancing Marlin to my friends for a birthday dinner and I could tell that everyone was a little apprehensive, like I was the first time I was invited there, but everyone loved it! We have some picky eaters in the group but everyone found things they loved on the menu. The tapas style is great for groups and the drinks were amazing. I would recommend Dancing Marlin to anyone!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

As always we had a great dinner and wonderful food. The fall
Menu is a great addition especially the Gnocci with butternut squash.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great Service! Excellent food. The hostess was very accommodating.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

First time there. We were celebrating my Mom's Birthday. Everyone loved the food and drinks. Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Vegan, Spicy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Healthy, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Karen, our server, was friendly and efficient. We can wait to return.

Tags: Tapas, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

They had a dueling pianos the night we went and they were great. The food was amazing!!! Right when you walk in the door the service was great from the hostess to the wait staff. The waiter knew the menu and what to recommend. We really liked the seasonal items on the menu. It is a great place we are going back for sure!!!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Live Music, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Amazing!! Food was great. Service was great. Overall great experience. Will definitely go back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

This was my second time to The Dancing Marlin. I wish I could have experienced dining upstairs on either visit; but we have been banned to the basement each time. The food is excellent and the wine list is very good. We had a 7:30pm reservation on Friday Night and the weather was 73 degrees, when we asked if we could be seated outside we were told that the patio had already been closed. Big Disappointment. Our server was very inattentive, it took forever for him to come and initiate our dining experience, and this continued through the night. we saw 4 tables around us celebrate birthdays with a candle in their dessert; we mentioned that we were celebrating a guests birthday as well and did not receive the same treatment. Again disappointing. When we were done it took 20 minutes for him to pick up our credit card for payment, we felt ignored by him. We will return because the food is outstanding, but hopefully we won't have the same server.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Gluten Free Options
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 10, 2017

enjoyed the roasted bone marrow (where else do you find that on a menu?) and the shrimp and grits, my two favorites at Dancing Marlin.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We made a reservation for 2pm not realizing that the dinner menu started at 3pm. The chef told the waitress that we could be accommodated, though. I had been there a month or so ago and ordered scallops and thought they were good but had to share with friends because this restaurant is that type of restaurant. I believe their called Tappas meals. You share with your table. I only got to eat one of the four scallops on my plate so that was the reason for my return.....to get a full order for myself. Unfortunately, they weren't as I remembered. They were brown but didn't seem cooked. And some sauce that was on them made them too hot. I took them home to eat the next day, wiping off the sauce.

They have delicious fries with shallots on top with some type of dressing on the side for dipping. Loved this dish. My husband ordered a steak that was cooked as he requested, medium well. He ordered mushrooms but there were only a few on the plate. Overall, dishes here are on the small side.

The restaurant is very nice and the service was very good. The food is pricey for the amount of food you get but we knew that beforehand.

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The Bone Marrow W/Luge Shot was excellent!
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Tags: Tapas, Gluten Free Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Enjoyed the new fall selections, especially loved the cauliflower tacos! thank you again for a wonderful evening.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The selection and food here is great, options for everyone. My party of three had the catch of the day tacos which was Alaskan trout, the chopped salad, shrimp and grits, the fried chicken and pickles and pork belly. The cocktails (they’re strong) and wine are all on tap so you’re not waiting forever for your drinks. It’s a bit loud in the main dining room but a bit quieter in some of the other spaces. Just a fun night out with great flavors!

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

The server didn't accept our gift card and only ran it as a rewards card. We were out $100!!!!

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great food...the kitchen is great at timing the small plates.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

First time there. Large menu with great food and drinks. I will definitely be back, but the price is high so good for special occasions.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great ambiance! Very friendly, knowledgeable staff. Be prepared for a short wait even with a res..but definitely worth it! Super cute patio area, too. Can't wait to go back for more! Try the fried kale(I know..just TRY it!) and end with the creme brûlée !
You're welcome🤗

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

This place is consistently wonderful! We are patrons typically once a week, sometimes bi-weekly. We love the yummy food and huge amount of gluten free options for myself (allergy). We recommend this place to anyone looking for a great meal and an awesome atmosphere!

Tags: Late-night Find, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Authentic, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 28, 2017

We were seated promptly and our service was excellent. The food was fabulous and couldn't ask for more. Truly one of Frankfort's gems.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Great meal. Great service. Foodie friends fork out town loved it.

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