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About The Blue Fish Restaurant

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.

3551 St Johns Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32205
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Steak, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Sunday: 5:00 - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Talbot

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(904) 387-0700

Website:
http://www.bluefishjax.com/

Catering:
We offer full service catering both on and off site.

Parking Details:
We offer a valet service Wednesday-Sunday

Public Transit:
Riverside Trolley Fridays & Saturdays

Executive Chef:
Scott King

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

Special Events & Promotions:
Happy Hour 3pm-7pm EVERYDAY!
Open Holidays.
Two premium private dinning rooms available.

The Blue Fish Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (21)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Special Occasion (21)
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Good for Anniversaries (18)
Worth the Drive (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Casual (11)
Fun (11)
Happy Hour (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Cozy (10)
People Watching (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Business Meals (8)
Healthy (8)
Romantic (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
Authentic (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Scenic View (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Seasonal (3)
Great Beer (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined 3 days ago

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!

Tags: Fun, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Healthy, Special Occasion
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined 4 days ago

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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·Dined 5 days ago

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (Jacksonville)·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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 (Houston)·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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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 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.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Antonio)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Casual, Fun, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Casual, Special Occasion, Authentic, Local Ingredients
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Fabulous as always

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vip
 (St. Louis)·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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 (Jacksonville)·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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vip
 (Dallas)·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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 (Jacksonville)·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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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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

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 (Charleston)·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.

Tags: Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive
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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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vip
 (Jacksonville)·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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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

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

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 9, 2018

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

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Jacksonville)·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.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Jacksonville)·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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Organic
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 (Jacksonville)·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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 (Naples)·Dined on January 5, 2018

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

Tags: Romantic, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Fun
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vip
 (Jacksonville)·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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating
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 (Savannah)·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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 (Jacksonville)·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!

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, People Watching, Good for a Date
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Our first time trying this resurant was New Years Eve. Our meal was amazing and our server Jennifer just added the wonderful evening.

We can wait to go back and try Brunch

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We were very pleased considering it was New Years Eve and dining out on this date can be very disappointing. We had no menu restrictions, reservation time was honored with no wait and the dishes were very good.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I had high expectations based on previous reviews and chose this restaurant because it was romantic.
AMBIANCE:
We were there on Dec 31st at 5pm and the overall ambiance was less romantic and more of a bar vibe, with the game on and patrons having a good time.
STAFF:
The staff were very friendly and polite.
FOOD:
The ceviche was well balanced and flavorful.
The oysters were good and I was very impressed by how quickly the chef shucked them!
The Crescent City with Snapper, was unfortunately one note and I guess it needed to be a little more acidic and hot for my taste.
The desert was cheesecake brownie, but it tasted like a store-bought brownie with ice cream.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Memphis)·Dined on December 31, 2017

My wife and I had an early New Year's Eve dinner at the Blue Fish. This was our first visit and parking was easy. The restaurant seating area is relatively small, but has a nice patio for use in better weather. We were given a table next to an indoor pool that was quite cold and asked to be moved to a warmer location. We were given a table for two that was quite small, but adequate if you kept dishes to a minimum. We both had the crab bisque which was without doubt, the best crab bisque we have ever had. The biscuits served with the soup were also excellent. The main courses of crab stuffed lobster and prime rib were both above average and well prepared. Fresh sides of potatoes and seasonal vegetables were complementary to the meal. Too full for dessert, but the menu was appetizing. The Blue Fish represents very good value for the quality of service and food received. The bar is nice, but otherwise the ambiance was average at best.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Memphis)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We were very impressed with this restaurant. Our water was very knowledgeable and helpful. The food was simply incredible. We were a party of 8 with different seafood choices - all WONDERFUL. The dessert choices were equally as impressive. YUM! Will go again if in Jacksonville!

Tags: Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Fun, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Birthday . Food was excellent, we all tried different dishes and everything was great

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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Really good. Fresh seafood was prepared to perfection.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Seating issue. We ate outside after being seated inside next to a loud inebriated woman.
Asked to wait for another table. Were told they had none.
Lots of empty four tops the entire time we were there.
Outside was ok, our waiter Don was great!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Great food, service, and restaurant to eat at! One of my favorites in jax

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Went there for Christmas Day, with mom and girl friend. Not first visit. The menu is very flexible, so every one gets a good choice. Excellent fast service and friendly staff. Food is reliably good. We will be back

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, People Watching
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve Sunday brunch was awesome. Blackened Snapper was amazing.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 22, 2017

We went to celebrate my son's birthday. Food and sevice were excellent. We will be returning.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Food and service was fantastic. We sat in small room adjacent to bar where it was crowded with Friday Happy Hour customers - above average loud which should be expected.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Always a fave location. Noise level terrible this time. Also disappointed the front doors were not open for the wonderful weather.

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