About Blue Marlin - Bradenton Beach
Located in an original 1920,s cottage on historic Bridge St , the Blue Marlin is dedicated to serving only the freshest local seafood & hearty fair. Our commitment is to bring you the best product the Gulf Coast has to offer. Our courtyard, "The Trap Yard", offers local, live music on the weekends.
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
We offer Live Local music outside in our courtyard on Friday & Saturday nights from 7:00-10:00 weather permitting. Check our website & facebook for special events
if you cant find a parking spot on Bridge St please pull to the front door & wait for the golf cart to show you our parking lot. We will bring you back & forth to your car. There is a public lot across the street at the Post Office, just don"t use the handicap spot unless you have appropriate documentation.
There is a trolley stop at the beach end of Bridge St that requires a short walk East & the trolley runs until 10:00.
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Dancing, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Blue Marlin - Bradenton Beach Ratings and Reviews
Twice dined this week. Wanted it to be a ...
Twice dined this week. Wanted it to be as good as past years' visits. Kitchen is very in consistent. Blackened black grouper over cooked. Milford grouper perfect.
Next visit, Milford grouper overbooked, boullibase perfect.
Wish they had the smoked mullet vs mahi spread. Owners not around. Is that the problem ?!
See u next August😁
Perhaps the chef was having an off night ...
Perhaps the chef was having an off night when we were there but the firecracker shrimp was the worst I've ever had. It was so over cooked and tough that it was inedible. We sent it back and the restaurant was gracious enough to remove the charge. The squash blossoms were very interesting and tasted wonderful but I thought 4 thumb sized apps was a terrible value. On the plus side the interior of the restaurant is cool and the outdoor seating is situated beautifully on the beach.
4th meal at Blue Marlin and all have bee ...
4th meal at Blue Marlin and all have been very good until last evening. Prices are about 10% higher than on menu quoted on this site. Steak was good but pricey (Filet, 6oz for $35) pasta was OK but Cortez Boil at ($34 now)was so salty as to be almost inedible. 2 half chorizo and 3 sweet corn had been added with little finesse and the overall effect was of ingredients thrown together in to a bowl of sea water. Service was excellent and the fish is usually first rate. The Cortez Boil wasn't.
We always love Blue Marlin and we always ...
We always love Blue Marlin and we always have a good meal here. Unfortunately we do not get here as much as we like because it is a distance from our home and in season we hate fighting the traffic. Our grouper tonight was as good if not better than we ordinarily have. We especially enjoy that there are two size portions which is great for a smaller appetite. Wonderful service tonight and a really good bottle of wine. Be aware no mixed drinks here, just beer and wine.
We had a great experience at Blue Marlin ...
We had a great experience at Blue Marlin! It's such a charming, unique place and the menu was great. I tried one of the specials of the night - a lobster, shrimp and scallop pasta dish with an incredible sauce. My husband had shrimp and grits and our young daughter enjoyed her mac & cheese. :) The service was outstanding - our server was very knowledgeable about two of our favorite topics, craft beer and wine. He guided us in the right direction for both. We'd definitely go back!
The Blue Marlin has long been one of our ...
The Blue Marlin has long been one of our favorite places on Bradenton Beach. We come over from AMI to dine there on a regular basis. The food is always outstanding (and we are foodies who appreciate and aren't hesitant to pay for great food), the atmosphere great, and the service great as well. I will say that the prices seem to keep getting higher and higher so they might price themselves out of even my price range if that trend continues. I think it's possible to do great food without prices getting so high that even discerning customers take a moment to reflect on cost versus value. Other than that criticism, this is definitely a place you want to visit. And if you know what's good for you, make sure you order the Tater Soup. It is exquisite.
The Blue Marlin in a place for a Wonderf ...
The Blue Marlin in a place for a Wonderful Meal, although NOT inexpensive.
The wait staff was very friendly and knowledgeable.
The meal was delicious and beautifully presented.
The Dessert was GREAT but $9.00 for a piece of pie is excessive in my view.
Don't be deterred. Try IT,,,,, you WILL Like iT.
Great meal, but the wait, with reservati ...
Great meal, but the wait, with reservations, was over a half an hour. Our server wasn't the best and he must have know that he wasn't because he didn't divulge his name. No matter, the quality of the food and the efficiency of the kitchen was first rate. I am an AMI resident and this is my new favorite island restaurant...and we have good restaurants here!
very quaint place. food is good. Howev ...
very quaint place. food is good. However, never go there from June -September. The AC is not adequate and it is stifling in there. we were told the building cant accommodate stronger AC.
go in the winter and you'll enjoy it
We had a wonderful dinner at Blue Marlin ...
We had a wonderful dinner at Blue Marlin! The booths are cozy, and the dim lighting creates a nice romantic ambiance. The cracker shrimp were excellent, maybe even our favorite part of the meal. Clam spaghetti in white wine sauce was heavy on the garlic and maybe slightly salty, but I really enjoyed the dish. The blackened grouper served with the fettuccine was the best grouper I've had, but I thought the Alfredo and accompanying pesto could have used a little more salt to cut through the richness of it. We were very happy with our meals, and will definitely return on a future trip. Tip: parking nearby is a little crazy, so park at the beach and walk over.
The food is excellent. The wait staff a ...
The food is excellent. The wait staff are great with recommendations when you ask them. The service is very, very good. The restaurant is small and a reservation is a must. But, if you had to wait the food is worth it. Several local people told us to be sure and go to the Blue Marlin. I am very happy we did go there. We were there twice and plan to go back next summer.
We had dinner at Tide Table, just minute ...
We had dinner at Tide Table, just minutes away, the night before. The grouper, shrimp and other fresh fish was superior to Blue Marlin's which seemed a little dry and not seasoned as nice. The service wasn't as friendly and more disorganized than Tide Table. Now, they are two very different restaurants, one outside on picnic tables overlooking the bay and the other inside more formal (as formal as you get in Bradenton), so maybe it's not entirely fair to compare. However, apparently their seafood comes from the same place.
This restaurant was absolutely wonderful ...
This restaurant was absolutely wonderful. We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and they brought us two glasses of champagne, on the house. Service was excellent. The fish, very fresh and delicious. We will definitely return!
They buy all their seafood local and fr ...
They buy all their seafood local and fresh from just across the bridge. Consistently excellent every time we eat there. A little short on their wine pours but excellent wine list. specials are special and the Chef is always trying new stuff. The side yard usually features local musicians and mostly has a nice breeze and a outside bar if you want to eat outside. Bridge Street is a happening place with several bars and live music and a public pier to walk on later.
We really enjoyed the meal . Incredible ...
We really enjoyed the meal . Incredible summer salad with fresh peaches & strawberries was a terrific starter with our Sauvignon blanc. The grouper was nicely prepared; I had the pecan crusted & husband had the Asian sauce. Thought the portion size was a little small but so delicious !
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