About The Blue Marble Restaurant and Lounge
Located in the lobby of The Grand Winnipeg Airport Hotel by Lakeview, the Blue Marble features a wonderful menu . contemporary small plates focusing on local ingredients in the restaurant and more traditional fare in the lounge, this menu utilizing locally grown and produced product from Manitoba is certain to impress.
Tapas / Small Plates, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
CAN$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Airport main parkade, validation with purchase over $20
City Bus Route 15 and 20
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Blue Marble Restaurant and Lounge Ratings and Reviews
Our first visit to this restaurant was a ...
Our first visit to this restaurant was amazing... The second time, they had replaced the chef and the food suffered. This time, our third experience was once again amazing due to yet another change in chefs. We were very pleased and will be back.
Great food and service
Peace our waitress was amazing. She timed the meal so tapas and entree would be delivered at the time we wanted. Food was exceptional . I asked questions about ingredients so I could try at home and she talked to the chef to get all the information. A relaxing evening with great food. It is challenging to find great help in the food industry and they are very lucky to have found such a gem. In Peace.
Underwhelming, better in theory than practice
Tried this location on a recommendation, and wasn't very impressed. We will give it a shot again, because there were a variety of factors working against the restaurant - 1) it was pretty empty (granted, it was a Wednesday night). Because it was empty, the noise transfer from the lobby of the hotel was terrible - shriekey girls on vacation, etc. 2) The food took a really long time - longer than it ought to have, considering the fact that there were only 4 other people in the restaurant at the time. 3) Perhaps because it was empty, the service was pretty lame - the servers weren't very aware of their impact on the diners, and loudly cleared the tables for the breakfast service the next morning, clanking glasses and plates without regard to the fact that it was really impacting my ability to enjoy the food. 4) A TON of walk by traffic form guests, gawking through the windows to look at my date and I. 5) Chocolate creme brulee. It tasted like chocolate pudding and all the things that are delicious about creme brulee were gone due to the chocolate taste.
So, we'll give it a try on a busier night, hopefully the servers will be on their game, and the food will arrive more promptly. Or, possibly, we'll just go for breakfast. All in all, it was a pretty disappointing evening, we were definitely expecting something special and Blue Marble didn't deliver.
although off the beaten path, and a bit ...
although off the beaten path, and a bit of a challenge figuring out where to park, Blue Marble was a very pleasant surprise especially for an airport hotel restaurant.
Food was very well done, excellent flavour combinations and an impressive wine list too
Tried The Blue Marble after reading some reviews. This place has great potential if it can work through some of the kinks. The menu has tremendous variety. My dining companion and I began with the calamari, which was just delicious with two accompanying garnishes of very thinly sliced cucumber and cantaloupe. The portion was quite small for the price, however.
We ordered three dishes from the wonderful tapas menu - pork tenderloin medallions, pickerel and oxtail ravioli. All three were beautifully presented and very tasty, however only the pickerel arrived hot. The other two dishes tasted lovely but we're barely room temperature. When we mentioned this to our waiter, he stated that "some dishes aren't meant to be served hot". I clarified that I meant temperature, not spiciness, but he still appeared to disagree. Foods such as pork tenderloin aren't meant to be served lukewarm, plain and simple.
With more sophisticated, knowledgeable and attentive serving staff, this restaurant can shine. I hope it does so, as this chef creates some truly pleasing fare.
Discovered this restaurant on opentable and so glad I did. I love trying new places and this one will forusure be one I remommend. We ordered the calamari (very tender.... and the lemon type sauce it comes with was great). The duck on the tapas menu was cooked perfectly.....and the lentils that came with it was a perfect pairing. And last we had the beef tartare, which came out in a very generous serving size....could have been served with a little more chips but still a great dish.
We ate here once before and the food both times was great. The service the first time we were here was not good but this time things have improved greatly. We were in on New Years Eve and thought it might be a couple of hours of delays again. Not So! Service was very speedy, our waiter Alex was very efficient, the food both times has been great ( we had 4 items off the Tapas menu) and I would highly recommend this place.
The only drawback is parking, you have to park at the airport and then try to find a way in to the restaurant, but they validate so go check it out.
Wonderful foodAfter the MTC matinee
Staff were excellent - Friendly, Helpful, There when needed
Food was Execelent - Lamb tapias wow, Chicken entree great, pork tenderloin tapais great, Tuna tapais , Beets tapais , chichen stew tapais , all great
Park in the parkade there are stairs at the west end. It is the next building west, they vaildate your ticket so don'g use a credit card to enter.
Horrible location, amazing food
Thanks to the trouble we had getting to the restaurant, we were in a bad mood before we even walked in the door. It's at the airport, and we kept taking the wrong road and had to circle the place 4 times. We finally gave up, parked at a different hotel, and walked the rest of the way.
The ambiance of the restaurant was nothing special, and maybe even a little confusing. Don't expect the name of the restaurant to imply anything about its decor. I don't think the quality of the decor matched the quality of the food.
The waiting staff were genuinely friendly. The waiter was a surprise at first glance, as he had a disheveled look that did not seem in line with the hotel's ascetic, but his charm quickly won us over.
The food took a long time to arrive. Thankfully we weren't in a rush. The two of us shared 3 tapas plates and desert, and that took two and a half hours.
But... the food was amazing. We had the quail, Berkshire pork tenderloin, and venison carpaccio, and there was not a scrap left on our plates when we were done. The tenderloin was especially delicious, with juicy flavour all the way through. The dishes are served in a modernist way, with small portions and many different flavours strewn about the plate as dust, puree, dehydrated chips, etc. It allowed every morsel to be somewhat different from the last. For desert we had a plate of cheese, honeycomb and fruit that perfectly finished off the meal. For the two of us, with rather small appetites, this left us satisfied but not full.
The total bill came out to about $100 after tip, and we went home much happier than when we arrived.
Batter up! Another home run!!!
Once again the Blue Marble delivers a product and service well above expectations. This is the third time dining here and everything is out of this world. First, take your inhibitions from being scared to come down to the airport for a dining destination, second come with an empty stomach and thirsty palate, and third...well you know. 110% satisfaction here, start with one of their signature feature cocktails, with house made bitters and old fashion style recipes its a great way to begin. I have only ordered off the tapas menu and I'm sure the regular menu is just as good but with the selection they have there is something for everyone. Amazing, well represented, and well priced wine list. Thank you Blue Marble, i will be back again!
Excellent Tapas & Wine
We shared a beet salad, the pickerel and cavena risotto from the Tapas menu, it was more than enough food for two people. I can't speak for the "hotel" menu as I assume it for people who want room service or are not very adventurous in their eating (pizza, burgers etc.). The whole reason to go to the Blue Marble is the tapas menu. We were warmly welcomed when presented ourselves to the host. The food was amazing. Our server was an older gentleman who was very attentive and very professional. Indeed, we found out he worked for many years in other successful restaurants (ie. Dubrovnik, Sand Piper). The restaurant has its own mini green house system against one wall where you can watch your food grow. They also have a roof garden. Excellent!
Waste of time!!
I never try to say anything bad about things but our dining experience was aweful. We waited over an hour and a half to only get our first plates, one was even the soup of the day. Which came out as a different soup then said. Within this time we were only asked once for drink refills. My father in law poured the wine. While our server was taking our first course plates away, he told us he will put in our second plates order now... An hour later we eat again. I left feeling very hungry, worn out, and not coming back. We were only there because my in laws were there before and said it was great. Not this time. We were the second table to arrive that night and our bill was well over $300.00. Money and time I can't get back!!
Best Arugula Salad! I know right?
I never ever imagined I would rave about arugula salad, but it's divine! Interesting concept with small plates. Problem is dining alone, I had a hard time finding the right amount for dinner. Ended up ordering half salad (which I still kick myself for), and 2 small plates, plus a Duvel, which ended up being a little too much food. I would definitely visit again, this time with company. Definitely enjoyed the food, although as someone pointed out on Tripadvisor, the servers are definitely not trained in fine dining, although I don't really fault them, they are earnest and trying their best. Other thing is venue, it's situated in the Grand Hotel right across from the new Wpg airport, awfully deserted when I visited for dinner on a Thu night!
This restaurant could use one thing in particular...the windows on the South West side overlooking the overpass to the airport should be tinted. The view is that of a concrete jungle and takes away from what the restaurant offers. A fabulous tapas menu, one of the best I've seen offered in the city! The server we had was lovely but obviously inexperienced with fine dining. We did feel our patronage was appreciated from beginning to end. The bartender and maitre d' were top notch! Hope this restaurant does well. If the exterior windows were tinted you would think you were downtown or in the exchange. Worth the trip to the airport :-)
Not as generous as food reviewer
Despite a mixed, but generally positive review by our local restaurant reviewer, I didn't feel nearly as positive. The location should be a clue. The lack of problems making a reservation would be another. The overemphasis on ambience that was too cold and harsh left little to be desired. I didn't feel listing a well-known chef's name did anything for his reputation. The concept of tapas mixed with regular entrees was interesting. The best of the evening as a small plate of pork medallions. They were tender and tasty. Too bad three pieces amounted to 3 oz. of food. The rest of the food was devoid of taste and moisture. The price vs quantity and quality was unfavourable. The service, however, was excellent (thanks Ksenia).
Wife and I ordered the tapas and we were impressed! My favourite was the Tuna Carpaccio and the Oxtail Ravioli - just magnificent. Desert was superlative. Service was attentive and professional. Loved the décor.
We will be returning.....and with friends!
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