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Dancing Marlin, Frankfort, IL
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Dancing Marlin

4.8
4.8
2845 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!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 56 times today

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  • Order online
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (815) 464-6646

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef JR and Chef Matt

  • Catering

    Hosting your special event at home, or at another venue? Have Dancing Marlin do your catering so you can enjoy the day too.

  • 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.

  • Private party contact

    Maryann Wall: (888) 636-8452

  • Neighborhood

    Frankfort

  • Cross street

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

  • Parking details

    Plenty of free parking is available at the restaurant.

  • Entertainment

    Once a month we host a Dueling Piano party

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,845 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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    Good for groups

  • South Suburbs

    Neighborhood gem

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service was great! Especially considering how complex and intricate the menu is. Everything we ordered was wonderful and great bang for your buck
  2. JP

    JPB2000

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent… as always! JPB 1-22-2023
  3. S

    Schlep57

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and ambiance was good. I miss the pork hash they used to feature with the Brunch.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My daughter and I went for dinner. Food was delicious. Excellent service. Can’t wait to go back😊

    Dancing MarlinResponded 4 days agoThank you. Can't wait for next visit!

  5. LF

    LoveFineDining

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The creative menu at Dancing Marlin never disappoints. Chef JR's gnocchi special was outstanding!!
  6. BK

    BobbiK

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was wonderful and such a variety to choose from. Service was wonderful, Andrew our server was great.
  7. AN

    AnnN

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down the best restaurant for gluten free options and amazing drinks!

    Dancing MarlinResponded 4 days agoAnnN thank you taking the time to rate us and drop these kind words! We loook forward to seeing you again soon.

  8. L

    Luis

    Chicago

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Highly recommended. Thank you for bringing back the pork belly tacos.

    Dancing MarlinResponded 4 days agoLuis thanks for taking the time to review us. We really do listen to our guests. Glad you were able to enjoy the pork belly tacos! See you again soon.

  9. CK

    CindyK

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The shrimp po boy tacos, beet salad and General Tso's cauliflower was amazing. They had a lot of gluten free options on the menu. Our waiter was really friendly and provided great service. I will definitly go back. They have a lot to choose from on the menu.

    Dancing MarlinResponded 4 days agoThank you CindyK! This is some great feedback you've added. Hope to see you again soon.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service! The staff at each level was amazing. The food was also great.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great waitress, Destiny, and the food was very good. The portions are large/shareable so don’t be surprised by the prices.

    Dancing MarlinResponded 4 days agoThank you for posting this helpful review. We like Destiny too!

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Good drinks and nice ambiance

    Dancing MarlinResponded 4 days agoThank you very much !

  13. TW

    TiffanyW

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came here for a birthday brunch for my hubby with the kids…Food was great and everyone had a good time
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Great atmosphere, good service, good food. I will go back soon.

    Dancing MarlinResponded 4 days agoGreat we can't wait to see you again !

  15. JK

    JamieK

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing like always!! Carly was friendly, attentive and makes your experience worthwhile!! Happy birthday to Carly too!
  16. C

    Corradizo

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always so good!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu frequently features new items,.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Everything was awesome!!! Place is buzzing with excitement
  19. DD

    DiggerDining

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dancing Marlin never disappoints. Always great food, great service, and great menu airy specials. The owner Jackie is really awesome and even accommodated making my spicy shrimp friendly. ❤️
  20. M

    Mela526

    Chicago

    446 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    446 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Fun place to go to try something different each time you go. The menu has so many wonderful, tasty, choices it is hard to decide. We go there often and each time we go we try something new. We have our favorites, however, but you will never be disappointed with anything you order. The seafood is fresh, beautifully prepared and absolutely delicious. It is truly a neighborhood gem!!!
  21. j

    janinem

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service!
  22. j

    juliep

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time! Food was delicious and Sam our server was all in for making it a fun experience!
  23. C

    Corradizo

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food. Amazing service. We had a great time on New Year’s Eve!
  24. DP

    DianaP

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The team at dance marlins did a great job for all the people that were out celebrating the new year. Yes it was very busy so they did the best they could do with taking care of a full house and people waiting. Yes I would do it again!
  25. S

    Sydneygrace17

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Small plates, wonderful server, lots of options. It was great for our anniversary, we recommend reservations on a weekend!

    Dancing MarlinResponded on January 1, 2023Sydneygrace17 -- Happy Anniversary! Thanks for spending your special day with us. We hope to see you again before your next anniversary!

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always my favorite choice. Never disappoints.

    Dancing MarlinResponded on January 1, 2023Awww thanks! Happy New Year!

  27. JC

    JenniferC

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite restaurant for date night. Never disappointed with the food. Everything is delicious.

    Dancing MarlinResponded on January 1, 2023Thanks JenniferC! Happiest of 2023 to you ! See you soon.

  28. DW

    DawnW

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food and service was very good. All the food was very good to excellent. All the dishes were a decent price except the lobster gnocchi (too expensive for an appetizer size); however the server gave us lobster rolls on the house, which made up it. I went there with my hubby and two teen daughters. I recommend this place. It’s fun and different! Our total bill was $200 with tip. We left full!

    Dancing MarlinResponded on January 1, 2023DawnW Thank you for taking the time to post a review. Glad the server was able to give you some great service and made sure you left happy! Hope to see you all again soon!

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Holiday gathering
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    Hi my overall experience was average ! I was expecting a lot more! Food was just average . Beautiful restaurant I fell this style of restaurant is a summer vibe! I’ll come back for the appetizers and cocktails.

    Dancing MarlinResponded on January 1, 2023We read each review and see it as a chance to grow and learn. We're unsure how we can fix this situation as we don't know what you had or who you are. We are sorry your experience fell short. Did you have a chance at your visit to speak with your server or the manager, as we are all dedicated to best in class customer service. Hopefully we will see you again and make things right.

  31. BR

    BillyR

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came here on Xmas eve. Sam was our server: friendly, helpful, and, honestly, one of the best servers I have ever had. The food was terrific, as always. The fish was fresh, and all the dishes were served hot. Had a great time. Thank you, Tin Fish!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food and atmosphere at Dancin Marlin.
  33. JP

    JanP

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Interesting tapas concept, service was exceptional & very helpful in explaining concept. All wine is on tap which for me is just ok. Brisket tacos & cookies & cream dessert was delicious. Crap cakes, lobster roll, & Mac & cheese was just ok. Crab cakes needed more crab less filler for $23., lobster roll too much butter & made it too greasy, Mac & cheese not served hot & dry. Mahi tacos were good, fish was excellent & topping but salsa was not my favorite. Fun place to eat & very loud but that gave the place a lively feel. Enjoyed myself but probably wouldn’t go back
  34. RP

    RobertP

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Good food with excellent service. It is a little pricey for the size of the portions but the food tastes great. Good gluten and dairy free options for those who need it.
  35. ET

    EvanT

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Dancing Marlin is a fantastic spot for nice dinner with many different options! They have many unique creations and can satisfy many pallets! As always, we can’t wait to dine again!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! Waitress was amazing!
  37. KK

    KathyK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My second time at the restaurant! The food is great and I had the same server both times. He is great. I believe his name is Josh!
  38. O

    Outwithoutkids

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food. Cute atmosphere

    Dancing MarlinResponded on December 19, 2022Outwithoutkids--thanks for the great numbers! Hope to see you again soon.

  39. DS

    DanielleS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I are from out of town and selected Dancing Marlin by pure luck on our recent visit. We could not have made a better selection! The food was fantastic, the atmosphere was a great mix of fun and classy, and our waitress was fantastic. We will be back!

    Dancing MarlinResponded on December 19, 2022DanielleS, your review makes us smile! Thanks for coming in and taking the time to review us. We hope to see you again on your next trip! Happy Holidays.

  40. MH

    MichelleH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great date night out! Josh was a wonderful server and the food was delicious. We had salmon, not your daddy’s mac and cheese, and a shared bowl of truffle fries. Thanks for the fun evening!

    Dancing MarlinResponded on December 19, 2022Thank you MichelleH for taking the time to post this review. Glad you had a super date night! We think Josh is great too! Happy Holidays.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Dancing Marlin using the Order Online button. Dancing Marlin also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Dancing Marlin also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (815) 464-6646.

Dancing Marlin is rated 4.8 stars by 2845 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 56 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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Google Map for Dancing Marlin

20590 S LaGrange Rd, Frankfort, IL 60423

Additional information

  • Cross street

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

  • Neighborhood

    Frankfort

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Plenty of free parking is available at the restaurant.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef JR and Chef Matt

  • Entertainment

    Once a month we host a Dueling Piano party

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (815) 464-6646

  • Catering

    Hosting your special event at home, or at another venue? Have Dancing Marlin do your catering so you can enjoy the day too.

  • 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.

  • Private party contact

    Maryann Wall: (888) 636-8452

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