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:
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

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:
Chef Jon

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.

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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

97% would recommend it to a friend

Tapas (58)
Creative Cuisine (55)
Good for a Date (54)
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Fit for Foodies (41)
Special Occasion (37)
Tasting Menu (34)
Neighborhood Gem (33)
Fun (32)
Good for Groups (31)
Good for Birthdays (30)
Casual (29)
Worth the Drive (27)
Good for Anniversaries (27)
Great for Outdoor Dining (23)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Cozy (17)
Romantic (17)
Gluten Free Options (16)
Notable Wine List (16)
Bar Seating (15)
Hot Spot (15)
Seasonal (14)
Authentic (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Happy Hour (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Great for Brunch (9)
Healthy (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Spicy (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Business Meals (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Vegan (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Live Music (3)
People Watching (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Great Beer (2)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

Mandy was awesome. Even though it got busy she was always there when we needed something

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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Love this place for a special treat! My best friend and I take each other out here for our birthdays and we always look forward to it!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined 5 days ago

On time. Great service
Good food good value

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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

As always we had a great time. The "new" people to our regular group really enjoyed all the options, and have become fans of Dancing Marlin.

Tags: Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Tapas
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The food was delicious, service was very good, priced well and staff treated us very well. We were a group of 16 and they gave us our own room, which we did not expect, but was wonderful.

Tags: Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The menu regularly offers new selections as well as Dancing Marlin standards. The food is always creatively delicious and the service terrific. On each visit we make it a point to try one dish we've never tried along with a favorite or two!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

All was as anticipated and expected. It was very busy; even with reservations it ran a little late.
Because it is a small venue it was very loud.

Tags: Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Excellent fresh seafood and great service. Katie was our server. Dessert was delicious too.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Surprised an Aunt for her birthday. Wonderful time, family and excellent food.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Everything we tried was awesome! Will definitely return!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great food and good service on a busy New Years Eve night! Loved the mix of flavors!

Tags: Tapas, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

My husband & I dined at the DM on NYE. What a spectacular evening we had! A great restaurant to finish up our last meal of 2017. From the moment we walked in, to our service, to the great shareable dishes, the experience was spot on, start to finish. The place was jumping, but that didn’t slow any the pacing of food or the quality of the service. We started with tap wine. We’ve never had a bad glass from the tap wine. Fresh as can be!

We did fresh oysters, crazy good scallops, and turkey meatballs that could have passed for the best Italian meatballs we could have ever had and gluten free! Our last main was the NY strip cooked to a perfect medium rare! My hubby who’s a big Gibson’s fan, was blown away by the steak. Wow! Then we finished with pumpkin cheesecake bites. Just the right finish for a dessert!

For a a NYE, we couldn’t have had better service, food or overall experience. We’ve been there before and DM just keeps getting better & better!!!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The waiting area is non existent. On a busy night it can be crowded and congested.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Fabulous meal and ambiance, what a great time. Perfect choice for NYE.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Amazing food! Really enjoyed Tao cauliflower, filet, fig and pig, chopped salad and the warm cookie dessert in individual skillets!! We had a wonderful New Years Eve and will be back!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Special Occasion, Fun
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

I have been a few times now and have never had a single thing that I didn’t enjoy. The food is absolutely amazing!

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Tapas, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Good food but not great. I believe the food was better when they first opened.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We made early reservations intentionally to avoid NYE crowds. Upon arriving at the restaurant we were shown to our table, between the only two other occupied tables at the restaurant. We asked to be seated a table over, and the hostess stated they couldn’t because they were fully booked. The food was fine. I very much would have liked to be able to have a conversation with my wife, but couldn’t because of the loud person at the table next to us. When we were finished, the table we asked to be moved to was still empty. I understand it gets busy during special occasions, but the refusal of a simple request ended up ruining our meal. I think we won’t be coming back for a while.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

My wife and I came here for an 8:30p reservation between Christmas and New Years. The table they offers us was in a bad spot near the hostess stand by the front door, so we opted to sit at the bar which was nearly empty. We thought would get faster service at the bar, but nope. There was only one bartender, plus a second person that was kind of just there but not really helping, making drinks for the whole place. Since the food here is in smaller portions, similar to a Tapas bar, you need to order multiple times during the meal which was difficult in this situation. Semi busy employees distracting the busy bartender with idle chit chat was aggravating as we were trying to get her attention to order. The whole operation seemed unmanaged.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

First time and will make this a regular spot for date nite. Lots more from the menu that we want to try.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Wonderful. Our second time here. We dined with neighbors and our two young children. Absolutely love this place, I’ve enjoyed every dish I’ve had. Cool atmosphere. Just a fun place to be.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We had a very enjoyable Christmas Eve dinner at the Dancing Marlin. The food was excellent! Only complaints; 1.) We sat near the front door and even with the airlock/double doors there was a constant cold draft, 2.) The dish that we'd ordered for my oldest son took the longest and he's picky, so didn't have anything to eat until his dish finally arrived. ( I know, partially HIS problem.) They removed the charge for that dish from the bill, which was nice.
It was way too easy to add dishes and by the time we were done eating and 2 glasses of wine added to the bill, it was more money than we'd ever spent for a meal. Still, the food was some of the best we'd ever had. Definitely only a place for special occasions.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Tapas
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 23, 2017

The menu was amazing. I would like to see a wider variety of wine choices. Definitely a great place for good conversation and a fantastic atmosphere.

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Always a wonderful experience. Unique menu. Great service.

Tags: Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Romantic, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 22, 2017

DM has been one of regular date night spots but the past few times we've been there the service and hospitality has gone down drastically. I don't think we'll be going back.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Overall, everything was great. It was kind of hard to talk though due to the live music/entertainment going on. Great idea to have a dueling pianos night, but I didn’t know that when I made my reservation. Had I known in advance I probably would have dined in on a different night.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Lovely restaurant, great fabulous food, always excellent service. (the acoustics are a pretty loud in the main room tho)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Excellent service, unbelievable food. Created a wonderful menu for a special event.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Good food and great wine! Our waitress rushed us and was coming over way too often to get us to order and be done. She took our plates and gave us the check before we even decided we were done. We decided to be done after that anyway. I’d still go back, but hopefully not be rushed next time.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Charming nautical decor. Creative tapas menu with several larger options
Awesome chicken nibbles, sesame tuna, General Tso cauliflower, garlic shrimp. All highly recommended. Nice selection of fresh oysters. Excellent Creme Brûlée and chocolate cookie with ice cream.
Fun trying the variety of creative tapas on the menu. This is particularly fun with a large group.
Went with the grandkids-5 and 1. Very kid friendly. Pleasant, friendly service.
Will return to try more of the tapas.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Tapas, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Exceptional as always! From fresh oysters to delicious shareable sized entrees. This place is a must for date night

Tags: Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Fun, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

I have been to the restaurant for dinner many times, but this was my first brunch. It was great. Make your own Bloody Mary, food choices were excellent. Would definitely go again for brunch.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Creative food well prepared and small plate concept...exceptional seafood offerings and some seasonal dishes as well...Busy on Friday and Saturday nights...
highly recommneded..

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We have recently discovered Dancing Marlin and it quickly has become one of our favorite restaurants. We love the small plate experience and the food is excellent. We brought neighbors with us this time and we were able to order more choices to try since we had four in our party. The only drawback for me is the noise level in the restaurant when it’s crowded. It’s hard to have a conversation and at times it’s hard on the ears . All in all though, we love the restaurant and we will be back often.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Spicy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Always great food and wine! Great for special occasions.

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Food is really good.
Service is really good.
Beer is really good.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Vegan, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

The food is always delicious
Our waiter was very attentive with making sure our food was put in promptly

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Dancing Marlin is a treasure, located in the southwest suburbs. I recommend that every one come and taste the multi-facted, ultra delicious menu. You will leave here extremely satisfied, and wholly satiated!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for a Date, Tapas
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

This place offers great food that places nearby can't compete with. We waited an hour which was a bit long, the lobby is not big enough to hold all the people waiting. We were also seated next to a 40 year old birthday party, which was extremely loud and obnoxious. We could not ever hear each other. Management should have stepped in and reminded the people we are in a restaurant, not someone's personal home.

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vip
 (London)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great service but the food was inconsistent and more like bar food. The shrimp and grits did not taste fresh and the pig and fig was rolled in a big piece of fatty bacon. Our server was the best part. Otherwise it is very crowded and a bit noisy to have a relaxing dinner. The prices are not as cheap as they appear because servings are smaller. We ordered 4 plates for just the two of us.

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