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The Blue Fish Restaurant

4.4
957 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
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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 957 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
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4.5
service
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4.2
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RobertWagner (Jacksonville)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

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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SusanK 
3.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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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mightymouse (Richmond)
4.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Jacksonville)
5.0  Dined 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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vipOpenTable Diner (Jacksonville)
5.0  Dined 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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RodneyF (Jacksonville)
4.0  Dined 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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vipFlaAmy (Jacksonville)
4.0  Dined 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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vipKaty1986 (Houston)
2.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 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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Excellent (San Antonio)
5.0  Dined 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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Ricky (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Jacksonville)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Fabulous as always

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vipLandscaping2Table (St. Louis)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was okay. Wine list was inexpensive but made up of commodity wines with a very limited selection. The issue was their ability to manage their reservations. Being seated 40 minutes after the reservation time was not acceptable. We will not be back.

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OpenTable Diner (Jacksonville)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Service was great, but was not all that impressed with the food. The set up of the restaurant was very tight, and makes it very hard to move.

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vipGeorge (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Service was great, very good meal. The small plate / larger plate option was very nice (4oz vs. 8 oz. protein). My second time in, (business travel) I will go back.

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OpenTable Diner (Jacksonville)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Very small table. Could barely fit the menu on it. Hard to fit 2 plates in it.
Everything else was fine. I guess I just expected more for what I was paying.

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OpenTable Diner (Jacksonville)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Amazing food, amazing atmosphere... one of our favorite restaurants

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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
4.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Our server was friendly and explained the menu well. The food was tasty. The only problem we found was that it was a bit loud-the tables are close together.

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OpenTable Diner (Nashville)
4.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

The food was very good and we didn't have to wait to long.

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vipjustme (Jacksonville)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Enjoyed our meal and service was very attentive. I accidently spilled a glass of wine which had just been refilled - they provided another one at no charge which was extremely nice of them. We always enjoy the Blue Fish!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Very noisy, service a bit confused. Fish was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on January 9, 2018

Our server was sweet and attentive, the recommendations were spot on and food was excellent

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OpenTable Diner (Jacksonville)
5.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

We went for the Sunday Brunch. Outstanding! Great menu choices and a small buffet on the bar with excellent accompaniments. Service was professional and friendly. Moderate price and a value considering the quality. Spacious table seating. Best seating is at the window to watch the Avondale people traffic. Would strongly recommend and we will be back often.

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PitJax (Jacksonville)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Best seafood restaurant in Jacksonville. Excellent food, and gluten-free, too. Gets a little noisy at times and conversation can be difficult. I highly recommend Blue Fish.

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cshflo (Jacksonville)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

Wow! Loved the fresh catch options. The Old Bay Mixed Grill (fish, scallops, and shrimp) was phenomenal, as was the blackened snapper with lump crab, served over a bed of red beans and rice that was velvety smooth and jazzed with just the right amount of Cajun seasoning and heat. They also have an impressive wine list and a delightful dessert menu. We will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner (Naples)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

While driving through Jacksonville we happened on this restaurant. Great meal in a fun area of Jacksonville. Highly recommend

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vipElizabethB (Jacksonville)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

We ate at Blue Fish before the symphony and Austin provided outstanding service. Our seafood was delicious including the gumbo and oysters on the half shell which started our meal. Wine list remains very reasonably priced which is a big plus for us.. The only disappointment was the behavior of the 3 young ladies at the hostess stand when I arrived. They were not very welcoming or helpful and although there were several tables in the main dining room, seated us near the door by the busy stairs leading to the second floor. After the couple at the table next to us left, I asked to move to that table and they grudgingly relented, "after the table was cleaned off" which they did not facilitate. Finally, we sat ourselves down 10 minutes later after the table was cleared and things significantly improved from there. If we hadn't had numerous excellent experiences at Blue Fish in the past, we might have left the restaurant to go elsewhere. But we will be back because of the food and service.....after being seated.

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vipDKFL (Savannah)
1.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

We haven’t eaten at Blue Fish in several years. We were headed to a concert nearby, after dinner. Our reservation was booked for convenience. It turned out to be even better than we anticipated!
Our dinner companion ordered two appetizers as his dinner/appetizer. His first dish was oysters, prepared two ways. He said they were excellent. His second selection was scallops finished with a rich butter sauce. Once again, he really enjoyed those.
My husband and I ordered two fresh fish preparations. We shared flounder with a butter pecan crust and snapper with a crab meat and feta cheese topping. They were both prepared perfectly! While my husband preferred the flounder, I could never make up my mind which was best. I would order either one again, in a heartbeat! Our server was very cordial and attentive, without being overbearing in the least. It was a very pleasant meal. When we are anywhere near the neighborhood again, we will be visiting Blue Fish to try out some of the other interesting sounding menu items.

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OpenTable Diner (Jacksonville)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

The food is really tasty! It's mainly seafood-oriented (as the name implies) so I can't speak to other menu items, but I've been here a few times and gotten the fresh catch prepared a few ways, very good! Service could be a bit faster but overall no complaints - quality restaurant at a reasonable price!

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