The Blue Fish Restaurant

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1165 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.

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Offering our yearly Mother's Day brunch buffet. Featuring all of your brunch favorites as well as seafood specials, an omelet station and a prime rib and ham carving, breads, desserts, and salad.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Please join us for Brunch service on Easter Day. Reward your family and friends with a relaxed Brunch after church services or your morning Easter egg hunt.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

What 1165 People Are Saying
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SB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really nice restaurant - service was great and the fish preparations were unique and delicious.

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B
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

I’m not a fan of the new menu. Server could not have been better. Food was only OK. Prices have increased significantly. The choices have decreased. The best item we had was the mixed salad.

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MA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent fresh food, exceptional waiter, comfortable table and atmosphere. A little pricey but worth it!

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DD
Jacksonville
18 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Very disappointed in the change in menu. The small plate option was one of the wonderful things about this restaurant- perfect for kids, petite eaters etc. They increased the prices to what used to be the full size price, but reduced the portion size! Service was extremely slow...and it was a tuesday night....

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DM
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food and atmosphere was amazing. We came in for my birthday and had a large party. I made a reservation weeks ahead of time and we were seated fairly quickly after we got there. However, our waiter was extremely rude. I understand a large party can be overwhelming at times, but he was just rude and he kept elbowing one of my guests when he came to the table. Overall I would highly recommend this place.

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OT
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I sat at the bar and wished we could have stayed longer. Spencer was attentive and made excellent suggestions. The atmosphere was lively and happy. We thoroughly enjoyed our food and drinks!

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C
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Parking is a nightmare. I waited 10 minutes to be acknowledged by my waiter because he was busy taking pictures and flirting with the girls at the next table. I had to ask for bread after seeing another waiter deliver it to his table, this was after appetizers were delivered. The noise level was extremely loud, we could not hear each other across the 2 top table. The goat cheese salad was amazing, everything else lacked flavor. The menu is definitely overpriced.... $86 (before tip) for 2 apps, 2 small fish dishes and 2 waters. I don't mind paying for good food but this was not worth it.

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LG
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Great food, slow service - had a reservation and it took 20 minutes for them to seat our party; waiter also allowed our alcoholic beverages to stay empty for most of the night; slow getting our food. Food was amazing when it came out and we were with a fun group so we enjoyed ourselves.

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RK
Jacksonville
30 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Scott, Rich and team always raising the bar at this great restaurant. Wonderful fish and service. This week Belon oysters, a very special treat you don’t find just anywhere..

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JS
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner was great. Oysters were delicious. Service was amazing. Only problem I had was I wanted outside seating near the fountain . But sat near the street. Other than that. Everything was superb thank you
Jon Seng

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MT
Jacksonville
11 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was terrific and the food was fabulous.

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MJ
Jacksonville
11 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Overall, it was pleasant. I had the Asian tuna and it was a bit over cooked. My friends had the mahi and said it was good. The service was good but it was so loud we could barely carry a conversation

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j
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

WE took friends from out of town here for dinner. They thought the food was very good and enjoyed the atmosphere as well .

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JR
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall, the experience was great. Our server Austin was amazing! Major props to him. The only thing that made is leave early was that the other servers started sweeping the floor while we were still eating. We found that to be a bit disrespectful because dust and whatever else could have gotten on our food.

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JE
Nashville
12 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Was disappointed with service. Rarely came by table. Reservation was for a birthday celebration with friends and that was never mentioned or recognized. Third time to restaraunt and first time to leave disappointed. Hope it’s better if we ever go back. Traveled from Tennessee and always try to eat there. Not sure now.

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MF
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The service and meal was outstanding; each time I attend this restaurant, I'm never disappointed and would highly recommend this eatery to friends and family......I was completely satisfied!

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The restaurant was recommended by our hotel and had good reviews, but I am sad to say was quite disappointing. We were seated quickly and had our server was quite pleasant as she brought drinks and appetizers. A 20 minute process to this point, but understandable on a Friday night. Then we waited... and waited. Then a server came to explain that they were out of one of the dishes we ordered. My companion selected another dish and we waited. After almost an hour, the manager came to apologize and let us know our food would be out shortly. I had plenty of time to go to the wonderful French bakery across the street. And after waiting more, my companion got her salad and my grilled fish arrived. Sadly, the fish was extremely over cooked and we waited even longer for 4 coconut shrimp. There were several points at which this meal could have been salvaged. I am sorry to say that I would not return. To err on a dish or have an off night happens, but it was a failure on so many levels.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, always try the oysters!

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JK
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Waiter was extremely pushy as to trying to get us to order as much as possible!

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MS
Nashville
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is consistently excellent! Choices on the menu are great! I highly recommend the crab dip! We had kids with us, so service felt a little slow. Though I can imagine if we were on a date and wanted to relax and linger, it may have been the right pace.

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S
Jacksonville
8 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great date night with my husband - the food is excellent ! They never disappoint in food - service and great wine!

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OT
Chicago
133 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Blue Fish is consistently a great restaurant, and probably our favorite in Jax. The food and service are very good, and the menu is varied so you can go often and probably never have the same thing. I had oysters on this most recent visit and they were as good as I have had anywhere!

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P
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A family reunion with sons coming in from New Zealand and Missouri to see their parents in St Augustine—-we wanted a new place to experience together and this fulfilled all expectations! Thank you

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K
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Food was cold. We ordered The mussels appetizer and fish dinners. Our main course was delivered before the appetizer. They took it back and brought the mussels. They brought the main course back before we finished the mussels. Our fish was cold and over sauced. We sat alone in some back room like outcasts. Very unpleasant experience. Will not return.

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JC
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Our party of 4 seated at table for 6 & we requested a vacant table for 4. We were reseated.

Disappointing that smaller portions no longer available. Larger portion of fish was too much! Fish too well done & Brie appetizer not melted ( hot) as described. Raw oysters fabulous.

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KK
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visit Blue Fish often because it's within walking distance of our house, the food is consistently delicious, the service is always top notch, and you can't beat their Happy Hour! Their outdoor seating is lovely and provides great people-watching opportunities. And when the weather is just right outside, they open the front glass doors, so essentially the whole restaurant is open-air. We just love this place.

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DD
Jacksonville
19 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Very disappointed in new menu- they removed the small plate option, which was perfect for kids/ less robust eaters. Pricing did not correlate either- they are now charging the old 8 oz price for a 6 oz piece of fish.

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DW
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter seemed a bit harried, but was sweet natured and mostly attentive. It was a LOT noiser than I was expecting, but I think mostly due to a very large group all together directly behind us celebrating some kind of event ... the dishes were plentiful and tasty. Love the bread. I’ve made several visits to Blue Fish and have mostly enjoyed it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

My coworkers and I went there for lunch. None of us had been there before. It seemed the main problem is they were under staffed. Even though the majority of the restaurant was vacant, the few ppl working could not keep up with the handful of tables they had to tend to. There was no hostess at the podium when we arrived, we waited for a while until she came out from the back room, after being seated our waitress overall just took a long time to bring us our food, checked on us once and then took forever to get our checks and bring back our credit cards. I noticed she was making the cocktail drinks, cleaning, tending to other tables and just being stretched thin. Lunchtime just seems to not be the best time to eat at this place. Maybe at dinner there would be more wait staff and thus provide better service? Two of us had the trout and thought it was pretty good. Can’t remember what our other friend had.

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J
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

It was our first time eating here and I was disappointed that the menu was changed at the restaurant but not online. We only went because of the online menu. And I thought at least the manager would come over and apologize.

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OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was fantastic! Had to wait a little longer than normal to get our meals after we ordered-but it was worth the wait.

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PJ
Jacksonville
33 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

Blue Fish used to be the most outstanding seafood restaurant in Jacksonville. The last two times we have been there, we have been extremely disappointed. We were 2 couples and half of us did not enjoy the
seafood we were served; not flavored correctly or not prepared well. The food was mediocre and not worth the cost. However, our server (Jessica) was outstanding.

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Savannah
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love all of the preparation options. This place doesn’t disappoint.

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TH
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was clean. That must feel was great you get a great option to sit inside or outside. In the waiters looked all appropriate thank you

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AK
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was excellent and and very informative on the courses we ordered.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines Day dinner.

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JH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The place was very nice on the inside, and the food was really good, if you don’t have a problem with texture this is a perfect place

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JP
Jacksonville
76 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We arrived five minutes late as the normal valet parking service was not available this evening for some reason, and greeted and told we’d be seated shortly. But 25 minutes later the co-hostesses had forgotten our reservation was pending, through miscommunications between themselves.
Once seated on the patio (which we highly recommend) the “many” heat lamps we were promised were two - for 16 tables on a chilly night. The only heater within 15 feet of us was taken by another table’s server to another section of the patio!
We learned they were out of their signature Crab soup, as well as one of the evening’s specials. Service was slow, and sporadic.
Still, our food was well prepared, if slightly under seasoned, and our entrees, duck breast and blackened triggerfish with crab and Cajun accompaniments were delicious.
The food here is always special. And it’s a great deal for the money. We’re accustomed to much better service. I think we just hit a night they were understaffed and overbooked. We’ll go back.

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R
Jacksonville
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Saint Valentines Day

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TY
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

It's a very nice restaurant , but for the price it's not good at all the portions are very small yet on the pricy side. Ordered shrimp and grits full portion and got 8 shrimp ($25) . My fiance ordered crabcakes appetizer 2 crabcakes the size of silver dollars for $12. The pasta she ordered was a decent size portion but like the other food not much flavor. For $90 for 2 people I could have gotten way more and better food

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