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INDOOR OR OUTDOOR DINING AT THE BLUE MARLIN IN BRADENTON BEACH

On the Gulf Coast of Florida, Bradenton Beach is home to an eclectic group of seasonal and year-round residents. Bradenton Beach is the southernmost of three small cities located on beautiful Anna Maria Island.
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Bradenton Beach has so many amazing restaurants, but this is one of our favorite spots to enjoy indoor or outdoor dining.
Blue Marlin Restaurant is located in an original 1920s cottage on historic Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach. The Blue Marlin is known on Anna Maria Island for their quality, fresh, local seafood and offers fine dining without that “stuffy” feeling. The restored beach cottage decor is a perfect combination of classic yet nautical and chic, a lovely atmosphere. The wall art blends well with the nautical ship lamps which provide a warm, relaxing feeling. We had reservations and were seated within minutes of our arrival. I ordered the blackened fish Alfredo and it was absolutely amazing! Terry ordered pecan crusted grouper which looked fantastic and he said it tasted the same. Presentation was exceptional! If you are a dessert lover, like me, you must try the guava key lime cheesecake. Note: other key lime pies do not compare.
Our server was awesome, super friendly and helpful. For us, amazing service appears to be standard at Blue Marlin. Prices are reasonable, a little on on the upper side, but the quality, service and attentiveness are reflected in this.
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But, our favorite spot at Blue Marlin is the outside “Trap Yard” in their courtyard where on Friday and Saturday nights local musicians play great bluegrass, jazz, funk, and more. The courtyard has a fun vibe to it, with a nice covered deck where patio dining is available with a full menu service. Or, you can order from a different more casual menu from an outdoor kitchen that serves great fresh fish tacos and delicious burgers.
Either way, inside or outside you really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. Excellent wine list, reasonably priced beer, and fantastic food.
Open: Sunday 5 – 9 PM Monday – Saturday 5 – 10 PM
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In minutes you can walk to Blue Marlin from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217 or take a free trolley ride to Bridge Street.
If driving, parking is limited, but they do have a courtesy parking shuttle that will follow you to a lot and drive you back.
Blue Marlin is such a popular spot that reservations are required on Fridays and Saturdays and strongly recommended every other day.
Tripadvisor Reviews — June 2018
  1. Great Meal, Great Atmosphere-If you’re on AMI you have to try this place! Shrimp & Grits were outstanding and their Burger is the bomb. Wait staff super attentive and no detail overlooked.
  2. We enjoyed an amazing dinner at this quaint little gem. We started with the Seafood Egg-rolls which were just plain yummy. Then, I had their Shrimp Ajillo (garlic shrimp) with a house salad and my husband had their Pecan Grouper. Both meals were spot on and the atmosphere and staff were great. So happy we found this fresh seafood spot!
  3. Great dinner. After looking at the posted menu, while kicking around on Bridger’s Street we decided to give the nearby restaurant a try. The fish preparation methods really looked good. It’s a smaller, unassuming building, but actually one with a little character and evidently historical background!Definitely a good choice, a couple of us tried the pecan crusted grouper and really enjoyed it, while on their special menu of the night there was a Thai preparation that was also fantastic! The chef also went out of the way with a special request from my 12 year old granddaughter which she liked! Our serverwas great and seemed to be Omni present whenever something was needed. While it may seem a bit pricey, the food quality and service this night seemed more than fair. Would certainly return on my next visit to the area.
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