The Blue Fish Restaurant

4.4
1707 Reviews
$30 and under
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 3-6:30pm 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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MichaelG
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in town for a concert at the Florida Theater. The Blue Fish is 15 minutes away. Easy to get there, easy parking, and easy getting to the theater. Great food and atmosphere. We arrived at 5:30, left at 7:20 and were in our seats with 15 minutes to spare. The Blue Fish set us up for a great evening.

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vipMikeM
Jacksonville
45 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Blackened swordfish was very good as was the Crescent City flounder. Crab bisque was pretty good and tasted like she crab soup. Bread was delicious. Main complaints was that restaurant was crowded, very loud and table very small. Server Michelle was terrific!!

Overall, a good experience and dinner.

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LanahL
Jacksonville
20 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful.. it was the first time my dinner companion and I had ever eaten a fish entree where the fish was delivered whole. It was great! The skin was crispy and beautifully seasoned and the fish was so moist and tasty. We accompanied our meal with the goat cheese salad which did not disappoint.
I’m sorry I don’t remember our server’s name but she was very attentive, and with her help we were able to enjoy our delicious meal and still make it to our play on time.

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CourtneyR
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First off our waitress Richard was sooooooo amazing and made sure our dinner was spectacular the food was awesome and drinks was amazing

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MichaelP
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Always an excellent choice, delicious food, beautiful setting and an excellent value, especially for brunch and happy hour.

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GeoffG
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Had reservations and arrived 15 min. early. Hostess seated us in full sun, asked if we could move to an empty near by table and was told "This is your table", we left and dined near by....We Won't be back...

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marnie
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal and lovely experience!! We will return again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Saturday morning brunch date

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vipRickG
Jacksonville
13 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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vipJCSH
Jacksonville
21 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautiful in the patio. The waitress moved a heater for me so I wouldn’t be cold. Service was excellent as were the house oysters and my Martini. I’ll be back.

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AilencyM
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I have never in my life had such a terrible experience at a restaurant! We had a reservation at 7:15pm and arrived at 7:10pm. The hostess wasn't very welcoming, but checked us in and a second hostess showed us to our table (she was very sweet). We were sat right in front of a swinging kitchen door. My two small children were dining with my husband and I; I felt that location was a little uncomfortable, so I kindly asked to be moved and even volunteered to sit outside if need be. We were indeed moved to another table by the window. The sweet hostess who showed us to our table served us water. After about 15 minutes of being at this table and no one coming to speak to us or take our order, we waved someone down and asked them to please get our server. She responded saying that she would check and never returned. Around 10 minutes later, a nice busboy or server came to our table asking if we wanted water, and we told me we would like to order, and if he could please get our server because he told us that he would not be the one helping us that evening. He returned a couple minutes later and said he could get us started with drinks, but that he was not our server. We then asked for the manager. The manager nor our server came to our table. We got up and walked out at 7:37pm. I should note that about 10 minutes before we left, a couple was seated at a nearby table and had a server taking their drink order almost immediately. As we walked out, I told the first person who we waved down why we were leaving and she looked shocked. I do understand that the world is short staffed, but this was not the issue in our case. Other tables were being helped while we waited for 27 minutes. Completely unacceptable and blatant disrespect!

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Firsttimediner
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Our waitress Olivia was very nice but the hostesses were apathetic at best and we were the only people checking in at the time.
The food was ok but not great. We have had much better meals at other restaurants for the same price or less. Our reservation was for an outdoor table but there were many open tables inside and it was just odd to be seated on the sidewalk when there was no one else out there. I don’t think we’ll return.

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2FINE
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We extremely loved everything about this restaurant from the delicious appetizers - the crab cakes and fried green tomatoes are must haves - to the entrees. Let me not forget our friendly waiter that was spot on and held lovely conversations.

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VonettaC
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Love being seated in outdoor Atrium area

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is ALWAYS amazing! Can’t wait til my next date night there! 😊

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Sandman
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service was excellent. My wife had the pecan crusted grouper which was very tasty. I had the sea bass which wasn't as tasty as it sounded, and was a bit underdone in the middle Soni didn't finish it

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Sunny
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Presidential award winner

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JillB
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Very slow service. Sat at the table for at least 15-20 minutes before ever offered a menu. Anytime the server left the table, it took her at least 20 minutes to come back. Oysters were gritty. Bread served with the mussels was rock hard. Completely disappointed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience2

The food was not good. The Fried Green Tomato was store bought/frozen/not actually fried. The hollandaise was over whipped making it basically Mayo. The shrimp and grits tasted like most of it came out of a can. The Bloody Mary was V8 and vodka with a bland salt rim. The hostess seemed flustered that we were there - though we did interrupt the Starbucks breakfast sandwich she was actively eating at the hostess stand. (Which should have been a good indication of how bad the meal was going to be that staff won’t eat it.) on the plus side - our waiter was awesome!

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LourdesL
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Excellent food… The hostess was very accommodating and our waitress was excellent. Great choices of wines and very affordable selection. I really recommend this restaurant.

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Jane
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience1

Had reservations for over 2 months and placed us a table for 4 in a back room. Really? The food was cold and very little attention. Very disappointed.

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Dang
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Everything was absolutely perfect but the service. Server was very nice but scarce. We put it down to the business of Christmas. Maybe not enough help? Anyway, I would DEFINITELY recommend this place otherwise.

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and friends had a wonderful Christmas Day lunch!

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vipDebbieK
Jacksonville
28 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed a lovely Xmas lunch at Blue Fish. They promptly honored our reservation and the service was A+ considering how busy they were. We had the scallops for appetizer then had the grouper and New Zealand lamb chops .We’d highly recommend Blue Fish!

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Needlepoint
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was great. Got to set outside and weather was nice.

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Steph
Jacksonville
31 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

the daily specials we tried were terrific, but the grouper with the curry preparation was the best! great wine selection - not over the top. Sat near the front slider doors - very nice. Our annual Christmas Eve place since they opened and that will not change (they have to deal with us on other days, too! )

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LynnA
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience3

We made res for anniversary. Put in notes and all. Were not greeted for over 30 minutes, all tables surrounding had service 10x while we were left sitting there. No silverware, water, nothing. Had to alert hostesses, service still took 15 min. Only saw our server every 30 minutes. Handed unopened ketchup, the heater went out multiple times, overall just a horrible experience for $135.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Service was less than adequate. Server was not attentive at all. Both myself and one other person was told, ten minutes after we had ordered, they were out of the item (from yesterday). One of the persons in the party asked for another alcoholic drink and was never brought out. My coffee and the person who was with me had to ask and wait for another cup and took forever to get that. One of the person’s chicken was not cooked properly, and when brought it to the attention of server, she shrugged it off. The crab and shrimp Benedict had 3 pieces of shrimp total and only dusted with a few pieces of crab. For the price paid, there was no value. The coffee was good but again took forever to get another cup. The only thing we were told by the server is that she was getting pulled in all sorts of directions as to why she couldn’t be any more attentive.

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JoeA
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Crab cakes where awful! Not cooked. My wife got sick!
Snapper was good. The server( not mentioning any names, but she was Jemma who is excellent) was not experienced.

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FrancisJay
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

My clients and I had a spectacular meal. The food was fresh, tasty and filling-though not so much that we couldn't split a dessert (Creme Brule) and have a night cap. My only complaint is that the service-while excellent-was a bit slow as he appeared to have a lot of tables to serve.

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ElfrediaC
Jacksonville
10 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall experience was good Michelle was pleasant friendly and informative luv that she took time to make special request and answered our questions Ty Michelle

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vipMarkG
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food. They really know how to cook fish!

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vipRodK
Jacksonville
84 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the few Resturants in the country serving Belon oysters. Wow they were fantastic!

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vipHoya
Tallahassee
60 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent as always. Our server was knowledgeable and very personable.

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vipLadyzen
Jacksonville
16 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience4

When we got to the restaurant, I asked for a different table because I hate to dine at a tiny table that barely fits 2 people. I was told that all the other tables were reserved and they could not accommodate my request. Yet there was one larger table that sat empty the ENTIRE time we were dining. I watched couples come in after us, many of them a party of 2 who were given larger tables. Thanks hostesses, you really care about your customers and try to make them happy!!! Then our waitress, took over 20 minutes to bring me a glass of wine because It took her 15 minutes to let me know they were all out of the wine I selected. My second choice took her another 5 minutes and when I asked for a second glass, they were now all out of that wine too!!! We ordered salads with dressing on the side, they came out before the appetizer with dressing NOT on the side. Awful, awful service. Although the food is very good, I will never return.

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LatoyaS
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Ots was our first time there. The food was amazing, we had excellent service. We will definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday Brunch was great! The food was made exactly as requested and everything tasted so good. Chicken and waffles and amazing here!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wonderful atmosphere and excellent service from our waiter Salem.

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vipRodK
Jacksonville
84 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent fish and wonderful service staff

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robina
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome meal with new friends. Everything was perfect.

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The Blue Fish Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 1707 OpenTable diners.

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