The Blue Fish Restaurant

4.5
1565 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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TerralW
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food was amazing. The restaurant was beautiful especially the outdoor seating.

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jonesy
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was excellent! The restaurant did not have any Rose wine. The waiter was excellent though very busy with tables. Cold air blew directly on the table from one large vent in the front.

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food2service5ambience5

Excellent ambiance, service and great food!

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food !!!

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DinesOutOften
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Used to love this place. Quality of food and service has seriously degraded. Place seems dirty and poorly kept. Not sure what happened.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience5

The restaurant was under staffed and the waitress had never waited on tables.

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KathyM
Jacksonville
8 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Chilean Sea Bass was listed as a daily special. Our waiter told us they ran out. My husband ordered snapper as his second choice and was told they were out of that, too. Seems like a fish restaurant should have ample fish especially if it's listed as a day's special.

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vipJeffreyR
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Server Brian went awol halfway thru our meal...never returned. Never again on a Sunday.

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Dspad
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastically fresh and well-prepared cuisine, dynamic menu that had us order nearly all the appetizers and take our meal as small plates. Can't wait to go back to try some of their main fish plates across the variety of preparations they offer!

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was absolutely fantastic! My husband and I ordered the bacon cheddar oysters and they did not disappoint! We both had mahi for our dinner and it was so good! We will definitely come back here if we travel back to Jacksonville.

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vipPing
Jacksonville
77 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

We ate in the hidden outdoor seating area. Halibut was pretty good tasting but not particularly well presented. My friends snapper looked much better. My squash medley was al dente but the serving was scant. The orzo side dish was not very good. There was no bread presented. The worst part of our experience was the lack of table linens. The garden area could have been made to be very attractive but no effort whatsoever has been made to place potted trees or plants to create privacy or do anything st all to make the outdoor dining space attractive in any respect. The outdoor dining tables are made of cheap wrought iron mesh and a padded tablecloth should be provided at the very least. The experience of outdoor dining at Blue Fish was more like fine dining at a drive up ice cream store.

The evening parking situation in Avondale is a nightmare and Blue Fish’ s unmanned parking lot is a disaster with no valet. I had a lovely evening with my friend but I will not be choosing the Blue Fish or any other restaurant in the Avondale shopping district for dinner again.

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ron3084
Jacksonville
29 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great good and a great overall experience. Portions are pretty generous for such a nice restaurant. Was a nice early evening and the sliding door was open. Just like sitting outside but with a little less street noise.

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ricg
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great Avondale spot for fresh seafood and drinks...very dependable food and service.

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Foodie
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed good food and great conversation with friends. Food presentation was great and everyone at the table enjoyed our meal and appetizers. Our server was very helpful and had good recommendations. We would definitely dine here again.

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vipFoodie
Jacksonville
9 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience1

Disappointed. Several tables were empty and they tried to put me at the bar or at a high table which I cannot do so the only option was the patio where it was cold and wet with very uncomfortable chairs. I come for the oysters but even they were so small I couldn't taste them. Very disappointed in not worth my money.

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vipChrisS
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Decided to have brunch here during a stopover in Jax. It was a Saturday afternoon and there were several birthday parties at the restaurant so the noise was quite loud. Food and drink were excellent, and service was attentive. The ‘fish’ options were light on the brunch menu. All in all, a good experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as usual

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vipTricieR
Jacksonville
10 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was average

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vipFoodie
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Missed having the seafood gumbo on menu still shows it on line so a little disappointed

RK
vipRodK
Jacksonville
71 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Scott and the team have the best fish selections on any menu in N Florida. Well done

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RoyalTravelers
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I wasn’t impressed by the hosts at the hostess stand. They had difficulty finding our reservation. Oysters on the half shell and mussels appetizers were wonderful. Server only came by to bring food and take our orders. I never received a refill of my drink. The shrimp and grits were messily plated and had too much sauce; the grits were too thick and clumpy. Macaroni and cheese with shrimp and scallops had way too much pasta and not enough seafood, but the components of the dish were tasty. The waiter came by to see us off, but his personality simply wasn’t remarkable. We probably won’t return as the service and plating were not what we have become accustomed to.

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NatieB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Easter brunch, the food was great, the only problem is they didn’t have any good coffee (the machine was down) which also meant no hot chocolate. Mimosas/Bloody Mary’s are only $1/$2 with the purchase of an entree, and delicious. The waffles, fried chicken, fried waffles were all very good. Overall, would recommend and eat there again.

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GordonC
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Beautiful old building with good food served in portions too small for most. The dining room downstairs is nice, especially on a warm day. Upstairs dining room is stuffy and needs an update/renovation.

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cherylr
Jacksonville
27 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience3

the hostess was pleasing and our table was ready- we have been to their brunch numerous times and we love it here. Our waitress was on top of the game- courteous and prompt- Drinks were great- bloody mary.

However, I had the eggs benedict with fried green tomatoes and potatoes- all cold- the eggs in benedict are supposed to be soft not hard- the hollandaise sauce is supposed to be a sauce not a glob of yellow substance - the potato was cold.

Husband had the eggs benedict with a chunk of crabmeat and shrimp- a tiny piece of crabmeat was all he got with the glob of hollandaise - cold potatoes. So sad - we loved coming here for brunches and special occasion- not sure if we will be back

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vipKirsch
Jacksonville
59 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Waiter told us it was his first day on the job and it showed.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great

EC
ElfrediaC
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food good svc was ok I overall good day was busy day

PB
vipPaulB
Jacksonville
24 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was, as usual, well prepared and delicious, the service was attentive Burt not obtrusive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the most amazing restaurant I’ve ever been to. Not too expensive, not too crowded. Just perfect. I’ll come back to Jacksonville just for this restaurant. Wyatt was the best waiter I have ever had. He was super quick, accommodating, understanding and absolutely amazing

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vipPhil
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Unfortunately this was a poor dining experience for someplace I was excited to try.

MP
vipMichaelP
Jacksonville
23 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great customer service ,delicious food served I the outdoor seating area. Selene our server was very attentive and friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was clean and quiet. I went just after happy hour. My date brought his professional camera and he was able to take pictures of me near the fountain out back and upstairs by the bar. The server was kind and gave great suggestions. And oh, did I mention the food AND drinks were excellent?!

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NicoleP
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place, delicious food..definitely recommend.

JH
JaneH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food was delicious! But service was slow, some tables were going up to the bar to pick/order drinks themselves throughout our time there.

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service! Very nice restaurant.

EC
ElfrediaC
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Overall food service was excellent Had red beans and rice with Blacken chicken better than New Orleans best I've ever had Servixe was great thx Lilly 😊

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went for Happy Hour on a Sunday. The prices for Happy Hour were great. No wait to get a seat out back. Very friendly staff. Our waiter was either new or overwhelmed, but got the job done, slowly, but still did great for what he was working with. The mixed drinks aren't anything to write home about, typical sugary Florida out in the sun cold drinks...cheap and went down smooth. The wait on the food was a little odd, main dishes came out before apps, then we ordered more apps, only one came out. We cancelled the second one and after we paid the bill, the second one came out. Just a little miscommunication and possibly being busy. Overall, if you want cheap drinks, seafood/bar bites, friendly staff, this is a great spot to hangout in the sun. Oh, the Mahi Cubano Style sauce literally tasted like a flower flavored cigarette. The Mahi was great but that sauce 🤮.

NP
NanP
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience1

Our server disappeared after she brought our dessert. Sh never asked for a refill on coffee. We sat on the sidewalk and not in the courtyard. The food and portions were fine.

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The Blue Fish Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 1565 OpenTable diners.

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