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Thu, 4/19
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The Blue Fish Restaurant

4.4
985 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Neighborhood Gem
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steak, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Sunday: 5:00 - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(904) 387-0700
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Scott King
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Catering
We offer full service catering both on and off site.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Talbot
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Parking details
We offer a valet service Wednesday-Sunday
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Public transit
Riverside Trolley Fridays & Saturdays
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Special events & promotions
Happy Hour 3pm-7pm EVERYDAY!
Open Holidays.
Two premium private dinning rooms available.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 985 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.2
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4.1
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Food was excellent!

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Very limited valet parking. Excellent food and wait staff

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Nice restaurant with lots of outdoor seating both front and back. Highly recommend the mac and cheese with shrimp and scallops.

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Oyster selection was excellent and fish flaky & delicious. Servers were a bit timid but cheerful, led to some awkward moments when they didn't understand our desire for additional time or that they were interrupting conversation. On the whole a great experience in a beautiful neighborhood.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

The Blue Fish offers several fresh catch fish to choose from then allows you to select from quite a few preparation options. I chose the Trigger Fish and had it blackened. It was outstanding. One of the best fish entrees I’ve ever had. There were 5 of us and everyone raved over the meal from the beginning — which included calamari with a Thai sauce and oysters on the half shell — to each of our meals. Totally awesome.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Lovely evening

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Had the black and white tuna. Perfectly cooked, although the soba noodles were all stuck together and the soy based sauce was overly salty. The special salmon entry was good but certainly nothing special. Risotto was more like soupy rice. Not creamy. Wait service very good.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Excellent, went for Easter dinner, we will be returning. Highly recommend to anyone who has not tried the blue fish yet. You will not be disappointed.

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1.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Have been to this restaurant before w/o issues but on Easter Blue Fish operations completely fell apart. My Benedict dish was stone cold as well as my mothers, the 10 minute redo turned into 30 minutes & 2nd Benedict dish had no sauce & eggs were hard boiled. My cousins finished dish was unclear the entire meal! Drinks were deposited on the corner of the table & we had to distribute them ourselves. We did get 2 meals taken off the bill but even then the manager didn't clear the plate. Will not be going back anytime soon.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We came for Easter brunch and they had a wonderful buffet set up along with some delicious brunch options.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Excellent seafood in a great Jacksonville neighborhood.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Great service and beautiful restaurant. Thank you Sam for taking care of us

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Blue Fish is our favorite brunch spot in Jacksonville! We take all of our out of town guests there anytime we have a chance. The outdoor courtyard in the back is perfect and we especially enjoy taking our dog with us when we plan to sit outside!

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

For the first time I was disappointed in Blue Fish. We dine there about 5 times each year, and the food is always excellent/outstanding. This time, however, our meal took 45 minutes to
serve the 6 of us. Our server did not know about gluten free options and had to ask about
salad dressings and entrees. Then our bills were mixed up (I paid for our friends' meals).
We'll go again, because the food is terrific, but we were disappointed with this visit, especially
the service time.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Large party with kids during lent......and it went without a hitch!

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

A restaurant that we always try to visit when we are in Jacksonville. Great seafood and service.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The staff was very helpful and explanatory. The food was great. We got in a little late so they were obviously closing soon, but when they were with us, you couldn’t ask for better service. I enjoyed it very much. The options are very unique and original.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We have been to Blue Fish on numerous occasions driving up 30 miles from St. Augustine to Avondale. It is the kind of restaurant where you can make a last minute decision to go out to eat and know that the experience will be great and worth the drive. The food is terrific and imaginative and the service is outstanding
We almost always sit outside in the front of the restaurant There is outside dining in back but sitting on the mainstreet in this small city is the best.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We came for the oysters !between the party of 5, we had raw , Rockefeller and casino .., all are yummy ... we also ordered the calamari abs soft shell crab with drinks .. sat near the open front patio , perfect for the beautiful weather

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Very nice place. The service was a little slow, which was not understandable due to the place not being very busy, but our server was nice and the food was wonderful! We will definitely be back when we are in town.

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Service is always hit or miss here. Took forever for bottle of wine to arrive at the table - actually oysters arrived before. Then when the oysters were dropped off there was no explanation of what was what (2 of each). Server didn't remove crackers and other stuff on table and due to table being a small 2 person table, we had stuff everywhere. Just not the attention to detail that you expect or know from other places in the neighborhood. I'll go back but I always expect slow service here.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

PROs:
Great location
Great atmosphere
Baked oyster appetizer was delicious

CONs:
My herb crusted fish entrée was not herb crusted and rather bland
My wife's shrimp and scallop mac and cheese entrée wasn't cheesy at all although the seafood was great.

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2018

First had appetizer and a cocktail upstairs. Great waiter! Then had dinner downstairs. Fresh seafood, well prepared. Great service. Love when we can sit outside. Only complaint from our past few visits is the noise level.

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Fresh fish options were great. Waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu and made good recommendations on which sauces would be best for the fresh fish we selected. Loved the option to have “small plate” size which was perfect amount of food to leave room for appetizers or dessert. Had quiet table in back patio which was good for conversation with friends.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

I've always enjoyed my experience at Blue Fish. Fortunately, not busy but my service was still slow.

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3.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Bland food, waiter was good though

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

This is a great place to eat in a very nice little area of Jacksonville. Highly recommended

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Our waiter was very attentive. The food was extraordinary, the prices expensive but reasonable for the quality of food provided, and the atmosphere was just delightful.

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

The food was mediocre at best. We were disappointed. Service was slow but waitstaff was friendly and responsive when around. Seemed as if there weren’t sufficient servers. Probably won’t go back for dinner. The Blue Fish fell way short of its good reviews.

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

The food was delicious . The seafood was fresh. However, the service was slow. It took a long time for the waiter to even bring bread to the table. Maybe because it was Valentine Day weekend.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

First rate staff. Exceptionally prepared food. A bit crowded and noisy at 5:30pm on a Saturday.

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Good food will visit again when in the area. Good seafood restaurant.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

This is our favorite local restaurant and we enjoyed a Valentine's Day dinner there this week. The fish is fresh & delicious, and the sauces are very tasty. Its great that they have small portions that are not super expensive (although the small portions are not offered on special occasions like Valentines Day). I had the mixed grill & Anita had the lobster tail, and both were excellent. Our neighbor Matt is a chef there, and we have our favorite servers - Don, Katie, and Lauren, and we discovered a new server, Ryan, who was also great. Can't beat this place!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We went for a nice Valentines Day lunch and had a wonderful experience. Food and service were great. We will have to go back to try desserts!!

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4.0Dined on February 12, 2018

Very nice meal (4 of us). The only problem was waitress forgot to bring out a salad, but food was great.

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Consistent food and service. I try to order from the daily specials . Enjoy the back patio and fountain when the weather is nice.

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2.0Dined on February 8, 2018

I think the restaurant will do better as they operate longer. Was disappointed in the food and the service but to be fair there were many items we saw at other tables that looked very appetizing.

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Had reservations for 7:30P on a Saturday. Was not seated until 8:10P. Restaurant was loud, hard to hear our server and limited our conversation. Food was good.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Eight of us came here for my sister’s 60th birthday. Everything was excellent! Paul was our server and did a great job.

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Hostess had to be asked twice to give us the table we requested. Finally did. Waiter was good but a bit overwhelmed by the Saturday evening crowd. Drink order a bit messed up but again he did try hard to satisfy.

Food was fantastic. Fish was fresh and cooked perfectly . Parking is still a challenge although they have a valet lot adjacent. Can be a bit noisy on Saturday night but thats part of the ambiance of having lots of conversations.

One of my favorite restaurants in Jacksonville.

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