The Blue Fish Restaurant

4.2
1207 reviews
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Seafood
The Blue Fish Restaurant and Oyster Bar is located historic Avondale, one of Jacksonville's most prestigious neighborhoods. Just minutes from downtown Jacksonville, we offer the freshest selections of seafood in creative recipes, including a large variety of specialty oysters, great steaks, fresh catch, and nightly specials. Light plate options available for the smaller appetite. Jacksonville's best Happy Hour 3-7pm daily. Al fresco dining available on our patios.. Our wine list is quite affordable with over 60 wines by the glass. We have two full bars with a late-night upstairs club. We are upscale casual and perfect for business or casual dinners, with friends, family or date night. Full banquet facilities available including private dining rooms that seat up to 70.
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Jacksonville
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall grea4 service and food

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BM
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Service was not good- given the price point of the restaurant. Server was MIA for quite awhile and had to ask for re-orders on cocktails throughout the entire night.

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V
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a great place for wine and dinner. The server was polite and willing to be of great help.

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AA
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great overall restaurant. Customer service was great. from the time we walked in until we exited. Kudos

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OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

My husband ordered s dozen oysters and they were bad. They don't really have a kids menu but they do have a choice of chicken fingers or shrimp and fries. For the caliber of restaurant it was a little dirty. Food was ok but definitely over priced for the quality. I have been here a few times for happy hour and their bar food is great. They just need to work on the restaurant side. Service was awesome and very accommodating. If it hadn't been for our waitress I would have been really upset. I don't think we will be eating here anytime soon with the exception of a happy hour. Their house made Sangria was excellent!

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DW
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was amazing! We was very attentive to our daughter!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

The service was good and I loved the setting. Our food wasn’t the greatest but they have a great mimosa.

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SH
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Start to finish the food and service was great. Brandon took very good care of us. Thank you

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RF
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great fish restaurant. We ordered raw oysters, snapper, trout, and grouper. For the most part, the fishes were well prepared. One of the dishes had long pieces of rosemary which were a little tough to swallow without choking on. Only other complaint was the size of the bathroom-- one tiny women's bathroom with an even tinier (single) stall!

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G
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This was the first time we had eaten at this restaurant which was recommended to us. The food and service were excellent. However, we had a table for 5 that was near the bar area. It was very noisy and we could hardly hear each other. Afterwards, I saw that they had another room in the back area that was much quieter. Next time I will as for a table there.

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FS
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Had a great experience at Blue Fish for my birthday dinner! The reservation process was seamless through Opentable & the table was ready when we arrived. Everyone in the party enjoyed their food. They even created a vegan dish for my friend! The only reason I’m giving it 4 stars is because our waiter would disappear for long periods of time and we had to ask for him about 3 times. I assume that he must’ve have been working in the back patio or another section we could not see as well so it wasn’t a big deal. Other than that he was great! Their back patio was very picturesque and made for great instagram photos.

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JS
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious, service was excellent. Will definitely go back!

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g
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The main course came out within minutes of getting my salad. As a result, my fish was cold when I was ready to eat it. Both the waiter who brought it out and the waitress were unconcerned when I expressed my dismay. Overall a very disappointing evening.

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AB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Nice neighborhood restaurant. Service is very good and food is decent.

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KJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Would recommend!

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AS
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The service was very slow. I wasn't impressed with the food especially for the price I paid. Overall, it was good!

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K
Jacksonville
67 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I would recommend the restaurant but NOT if you are celebrating something. The dinners were delicious with the exception of mine, which was ordered gluten-free and delivered NOT gluten-free. I declined the entree and shared with my husband, as a result. We were there to celebrate my son's birthday, as noted in my reservation. Sadly, his birthday was NEVER mentioned. This is a high end restaurant and we were there to celebrate. It did not feel like a celebration:(

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AW
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I had brunch on a Sunday with a group of girlfriends. It was a great experience! I was pleasantly surprised at the amazing price for all that was included. The quality and variety of the food were outstanding. I can’t wait to go back!

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AR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff very welcoming and knowledgeable of menu. Delicious food along with great drink options.

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OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

My mother’s birthday brunch was good. Food wasn’t as seasoned as I would have liked but overall good experience

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M
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice to have a quality restaurant in the neighborhood...go enjoy it!

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OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My Mother’s Day dinner was excellent as always.

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DB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

We have always enjoyed Blue Fish in the past but they were off their game. We were very disappointed. We were entertaining friends from out of town. They were out of a number of popular entrees and the wait for our food was very long. It was the kitchens issue, not our server. She was very pleasant.

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M
Jacksonville
15 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The menu link on Open Table was not the same as the menu when we got there. Also listed as $$ but dishes started at $28. Both of these issues made our experience EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTING but we made the best of it. I would say half the dishes were really good and the other half were so so. There was 6 of us total. We also had 2 kids but a kids menu option was not offered so I’m assuming not available which made it ridiculously expensive for children. Family of 4 = $140 before tip. The waiter was friendly and accommodating but took some time with checking on us after the meal was served.

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SL
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 3

This review is specifically for the Mother’s Day brunch. We arrived at 11:30 and were seated promptly and our waitress was great. BUT, when we went to the buffet it was mostly empty. No salads, bacon, sausage, and others. The grits and scrambled eggs were cold. Really most of the food was very subpar. The shocking part is that it stayed empty for thirty minutes! At noon they finally started to fill things back up. Also, the “complementary” mimosas were lukewarm and pretty much just oj.
This was the most disappointing mother’s day brunch I’ve been to. On top of all this the price was very high at $33 per person. The regular Sunday brunch is much nicer and more reasonable.
We were so disappointed with our Mother’s Day brunch in pretty much every way. Bluefish really needs to step it up.

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d
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Place sucks . Dirty , old , crappy service , food was awful.

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ST
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Mother’s Day Brunch crowd. Blue Fish a bit overwhelmed by patrons. Ran out of plates and food. Had to wait for fresh plates and food to be refreshed. All problems were due to capacity crowd once doors opened. All was well though. Food was good. Serving staff was top notch.

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B
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Beautiful restaurant and wonderful staff but the food was so under seasoned. Definitely expected more!

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MF
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Very good food. Service was ok although our waitress knew the menu well.

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BH
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything was great , it was pretty loud and crowded , other than that perfect

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FN
Cleveland
11 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The Grouper was excellent. Service was very good. We sat outside and enjoyed the activity in the neighborhood.

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MD
Orlando
17 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We had reservations for the porch but it started to rain..we waited till we could get a table which was a high top by the bar. It took forever for the waitress to come get our drink order. The whole meal we had to listen to repairs being made, which I’m not sure why you would do that during a busy Sunday brunch.
I ordered the frittata and it had no flavor, I added salt and it still didn’t help.
The buffet was very good, wish I could have just had that.

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AR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is such a great place, checks all the boxes, delicious food, great atmosphere, friendly prompt service, very accommodating.

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RH
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A bit noisy, but still an enjoyable dining experience.

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TM
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great outdoor dining & people watching. Strong wine list and excellent food options for all.

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RT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was delicious and the wait staff attentive. It was very noisy and hard to hear conversation across our table. Not intimate or romantic.

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OT
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

I’ve came here before and had a great experience I suggested to come here for Easter brunch and the service was poor so was the food. Service Grace just didn’t seem happy to be at work and the food came out cold. My friends food has syrup all over it and when she asked them to put the syrup on the side they brought her out the same eggs. Everyone’s food was cold and cheese just thrown on top of premade scrambled eggs very disappointed

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MC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I truly enjoyed my time at The Blue Fish Restaurant. The only critique I had was that the crab cakes were salty. I had to go thru my whole glass of water. And I don't do that very often. The overall feel was nice. And our server Austin was AMAZING!!

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G
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

We had to run our waiter Neil down many times to get refreshed on our drinks. We had a family party of 6. He was working tables outside and we where inside.

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t
Jacksonville
15 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Austin was great! Very personable and explained everything! Great job!

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