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Dancing Marlin Restaurant

Arbury Hills, Illinois

(482)
Dancing Marlin Restaurant logo

Dancing Marlin Restaurant

Arbury Hills, Illinois

(482)

Reviews (482)

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Deb Brown

7 October 2019

Turned out a bit expensive, but definitely good, and a totally different concept in dining.

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teresita bustos

26 September 2019

Clean and good food

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Montie Buckle

21 September 2019

Amazing food & atmosphere... with a good selection of gluten free options.

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Kristen Tomaras-Wall

15 September 2019

Amazing Food! I loved the tapas with American food!!! Everything we had was amazingly delicious!!!!

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Marcia L

14 September 2019

Food was great. It was a little pricey, but sooooooo good.

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Brian carter

7 September 2019

It was our first time there. It's a very nice restaurant with optional outdoor seating. The food was pretty good. My wife got the brisket and asparagus. The brisket was good but more like a roast than brisket. The asparagus was a big too large which makes it a bit tougher than what it should be. I got the special fish from Alaska which was fantastic. The sauces are not your typical sauces but are very good. The mix drink are phenomenal! More...

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Neal Gill

7 September 2019

Great service and great food

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Douglas Kirschbaum

28 August 2019

Nice atmosphere. The food was tasty but small portions for sure. We did not like one item and the waiter quickly gave us another option without a charge.

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Marshan Allen

23 August 2019

This place is awesome! Great food and decor.

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Siobhan Diaz

22 August 2019

The food was great and the drinks were amazing! I definitely will come back tontry more menu items! The stuff is also incredible! Loved it all!

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Kathie Kehoe

22 August 2019

I was there for a Bridal Shower downstairs & the food & drinks were very Good & the restaurant upstairs is very nice. I'm looking forward to going back for a Mexican dinner upstairs.

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Linnda Gott

22 August 2019

good food! The manager embarrassed is by accusing a customer bringing in her own liquor! This was not true and should of checked woth the waitress first

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Steven Carr

22 August 2019

Good food..shared with good friends!

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Debbie Muldowney

22 August 2019

Very yummy food!! Great to taste different things in small portions!

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FRANKYG

15 August 2019

Walking in from the parking lot, it appears no one has done any landscaping, except for cutting the grass. Many large overgrown weeds. Staff was excellent, providing great service. Food was good. More...

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Mike S

15 August 2019

The dancing marlin is a wonderful restaurant that takes a modern twist on many classic seafood recipes. The big difference between here and most other seafood restaurants is that they serve smaller portions of foods and essentially make it a tapas style meal, but with seafood. This is not the kind of place you should go and order one entrée to hoard all to yourself. The benefit of eating tapas style for those who don’t know, is you are able to try a wide range of different things on the menu. The more people you have the more things you can try so I would suggest coming here with a group of people if possible. I started the meal with an order of their roasted bone marrow. As a self proclaimed foodie this is a dish that has long been on my bucket list of things to try so it was a must despite the hesitation from the rest of my group. The Dancing Marlin is also one of only 2 restaurants in the south suburbs to serve this dish so to pass on this delicacy would have been a tragedy. The marrow was served with grilled bread, rock salt, lemon and a homemade bacon jam. The marrow was rich in umami and fatty beef flavor that when combined with s pinch of salt and lemon was the perfect combination of rich and savory with a hint of acid to round it all out. The bacon jam was good but in my opinion it overpowered the taste of the marrow so I didn’t have much of it. After that we had the baked crab dip. This dip reminded me of the classic dips I would have on a football Sunday, but had a nice elevation to the dish with the sweetness coming from the crab. The dip was so good people in my group were dealing at the bowl it came in trying to get every last ounce out of it. Next case our main course(s). My choice for the table was an order of shrimp and grits (which is my Achilles heel whenever I see it on the menu). The shrimp were cooked and seasoned perfectly and the “grits” were actually polenta which elevated the dish in a wonderful way. The beurre blanc that was on it was beautifully rich and velvety and was a nice contrast to the spicy andouille sausage that added a nice kick to the dish. The next dish we got was the bacon wrapped shrimp. Once again the shrimp was cooked perfectly and the bacon on it was extremely crispy, just how I like it. The even amount of crispness on the bacon is rarely seen when I have anything that’s wrapped in bacon. The skewers were topped with a mango chutney which brought a perfect balance of sweetness to what would have otherwise been a fairly savory dish. Our side of corn ragú came out shortly after the shrimp. The brown butter, parmigiana regiano and sweet corn all came together with a beautifully rich, sweet and almost nutty flavor from the brown butter. The side reminded me slightly of and American take on elotés (which is another one of my favorites). Finally we got our order of brisket. The brisket itself was very tender but the shining stars of the dish were the peach bbq sauce and cornbread purée. The purée was velvety and creamy and was a great modern take on a classic bbq side dish. The peach bbq sauce was nice and sweet and complimented the beef in a perfect way. Sadly after all of this food we were too full for dessert, especially since the options they had sounded amandine. Overall this is a wonderful restaurant that has taken many classic dishes and elevated them with a wonderful modern twist. I can’t wait to go back. My only hope is that I’m able to go with s group of more adventurous eaters! More...

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Andrew F

15 August 2019

Fantastico

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Cynthia Loomans

11 August 2019

Food is always interesting and delicious. Our dessert tonight was outstanding. Thanks Ben for being so creative!!

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Barbara Jensen

4 August 2019

Had my daughter's baby shower at Dancing Marlin yesterday-the awesome food, great waitstaff and ambience made for a wonderful event! Thank you Mary Ann and staff for making it happen! More...

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Mohammed Aboukheir

29 July 2019

Absolutely incredible. Took my mom and grandma here for Mothers Day and became an instant favorite.

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Chris Chelmecki

29 July 2019

I rated as a four because the food was delicious and unique. Unfortunately service was very slow... we had a reservation and were seated quickly. It took quite a while before our server came by. We knew what we wanted,but she suggested we order 1 or 2 things at a time since they can serve things so quickly. We ordered a salad to share, which arrived in a reasonable time. Our server left and didnt take our next course order until we had finished the salad. She came back and checked on us twice (quite a long time in between) surprised our food never came. Eventually mine arrived, but it took about another 10 min for my wife's. We would have ordered another plate or dessert to share, but had to leave at that point. More...

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Susan Stefanovich

29 July 2019

An affordable but very good small plates restaurant in Frankfort. Only 4 stars because the service is not polished.

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Michael Smith

29 July 2019

excellent seafood options

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Antonia Asimis

29 July 2019

My boyfriend surprised me with a visit here. He knows how much I love tapas. Lexi our bartender was great. We started with the prebatched cocktails, they were good. We tried the cabernet tap wine also very good. For food we had oysters, kale chips, beet salad, crab stuffed peppers, ahi tuna, tso's cauliflower, over all the food was decent. Will return. More...

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Ryan Harper

29 July 2019

Probably the best tapas in the south suburbs of Chicago.

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joseph danick

29 July 2019

Food was really interesting and with good flavors..loved the bone marrow.. it was a hot day and a/c wasn't keeping up... made dining uncomfortable...

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Andrew Martin

29 June 2019

Great place! I was a little skeptical at first but the food is delicious and the drinks are great as well.

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Scott Wilson

29 June 2019

Innovative. Like tapas but American.

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Kataaro CustomMartialArts

29 June 2019

This place was so amazing last week that I had to bring a friend this week yo show it off. They had just updated the menu for their summer offerings which added some really fun items. We tried the Jack Fruit Sliders, the Brisket and a savory and just-sweet-enough ice cream (BTW, the ice cream works as part of the meal or for dessert.) All winners!Sat outside this time and it was overall a great experience, however the service was a little iffy for only two reasons, for which I am not taking away any stars: 1. I sarcatically asked for the "best" outside table and they assured me it was. It wasn't. It was the only table that had direct 6 p.m. sun. No problem, just moved to a better table. 2. Small plates are coming out continuously to all tables, which can be fun when they are brought to the correct table. But the runners seemed to be confused: "here is your dish", "that's not mine", "oh, sorry, wrong table". I saw that happen at least 4 times. No biggie. I think they might have been training. More...

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Brian Powers

29 June 2019

Fantastic outdoor patio! Food was great quality. Very creative menu, offering small plates to be shared. Got there before 6:00 and took advantage of happy hour oyster for $1 a piece. Highly recommend this place and will be going again, but next time with a larger group! More...

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Debra Runkle

29 June 2019

Was there for a bridal shower. The food was real good, as was the service.

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Bonnie Jean McElwain

29 June 2019

Great place food staff and atmosphere!

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Samuel Sims

29 June 2019

I've had different food tastes, and all was amazing. Outstanding staff and amazing fresh Ingredients. Perfect place, I recommend to anyone.

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Kim N

29 June 2019

Excellent menu options include #fresh oysters, fish and #seafood galore. Well stocked #bar with knowledgeable staff. Set back from #Lagrange Road its worth finding.

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Itamar Pietroski

23 June 2019

We always find something interesting here.

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Amen Ali

17 June 2019

Close your eyes pick a few things on the menu and SHARE. Feeling after meal also 5stars

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Charles Cox

17 June 2019

Always a pleasure every time we go

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Laura Fernbach

8 June 2019

Bone marrow -take me back to my youth!So yummy and exquisite!

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Gabrielle Anderson

3 June 2019

I would recommend the bone marrow and cookie desert.

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eehutchings

29 May 2019

Very good!

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Aaron Krause

29 May 2019

We went here for my uncle's birthday dinner, and omg...the food is killer. Seriously some great quality. Seared tuna was amazing. Steak was amazing. They make dishes to share with your table. Really fun place. More...

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Tracy Aiken

29 May 2019

Great restaurant in the area

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Mark c

29 May 2019

Very good reasonably priced

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Arthur Pisarski

29 May 2019

Great food, good energy and vibes, very good and kind staff. Nice selection of food and alcohol. No complaints.

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Bhavin Shah

18 May 2019

Good place to hang out with Tapas style food.

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Adam Zmuda

3 May 2019

Great service at the bar and good menu options. Highly recommend.

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David Holston

3 May 2019

Great place great food superb service! Everything about this place was 5 star! Wine from the tap! Tapas were all excellent ! Dessert was fantastic ! Six of us and we all loved it! Large Gluten free menu. Every dish was delicious! More...

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Barbara Ross

29 April 2019

This place was a treat.

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Christopher Weis

29 April 2019

I made reservations for my wife's birthday. I did have to change them by an hour and they were very accommodating. The food is very good but the servers sometimes need to have a little more time to explain everything. They also brought a dessert over for my wife's birthday. Over all a great experience! More...

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hannah bennigen

29 April 2019

Amazing food, friendly and informative staff. Will be a regular here!

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Joseph Jones

29 April 2019

Nice place. Good food

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Annette Campione

29 April 2019

Everything was wonderful! Went for my birthday, great customer service!

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Angela A

29 April 2019

Amazing food. The dishes and drinks are so unique! Danielle, our waitress was so helpful!

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Rick Livings

29 April 2019

Great tasting, unique food(s) you would have trouble finding somewhere else in the area. Awesome service.

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Jeffrey Matson

29 April 2019

Great place to try a lot of different items on the menu. The food is always outstanding!

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robert marks

29 April 2019

boisterous atmosphere, dishes well pteparrd and sized for sharing. don't miss the fried kale starter.

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Courtney Peters

29 April 2019

A unique dining experience. Great food!

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Alyce Fetterhoff

29 April 2019

Great experience! Loved all the gf options!! Server was friendly and food so fresh and tasty! Not from the area, but I would definitely visit again! Loved the fried chicken, grilled asparagus, and the chicken Cabernet ! Didn’t make reservations but it was late in the evening during the week. More...

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Kathy Swisher

29 April 2019

Fun place

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james boggan

29 April 2019

Good food.

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Kira Lech

29 April 2019

When I’m in the area, this place is always a MUST!Food: Everything we’ve ordered has always been incredible, but a few of my favorites are the Smoked Salmon Benedict (brunch), General Tso's Cauliflower, and Ahi Nachos. Oh… and you can’t forget the Donuts.Drinks: Best Bloody Mary bar around! I love that they have a bunch of different mixes, including their house-made mix that’s the perfect level of spicy. Also, they have a great beer selection, and some really fabulous cocktails.Service: Everyone is super friendly and helpful. We’ve always had amazing service, even when the place has been packed. Brittney is our favorite server!Overall recommendations: GO! This place is such a nice alternative to basic chain restaurants. I love the idea of going and just sharing a bunch of small plates with friends while enjoying a drink. We can’t get enough of Dancing Marlin. More...

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Patty Ann

22 April 2019

Delicious tapas and cozy seating. Fun place for groups too.

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Traci Metz

21 April 2019

Awesome Easter brunch!! Great food. Lots to take home.

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Kim Geary Meirhofer

21 April 2019

Usually the food and service is great. Tonight (Saturday) our waitress tells us they were out of 3 entrees. The octopus, Mahi Mahi and the Ribs. Waitress stated it was a very busy Good Friday. I wanted the ribs, so instead I ordered the burger sliders which were very overdone. Ice tea did not taste like the traditional ice tea. It had an after taste to it. Did mention to our waitress. Had that been our first time, I would not return. Will give it one more shot when the patio opens. More...

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Cynthia Sitniewski Deneen

14 April 2019

The food was amazing, our server Becky explained the whole menu! Our food came after a short wait, we never felt rushed even tho they were very busy! Can’t wait to go back!

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Reesey Mckinley

31 March 2019

The whole experience was great

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Baxter Kildare

29 March 2019

Absolutely amazing food. Try the roasted bone marrow! Foodgasms!!! Great variety of plates for two people. Unfortunately, though sitting at a table, had the bartender as our server and wasn't given the service that should have come with the price of the meal...

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shelby g

29 March 2019

Such great food!!!

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Jason A.

29 March 2019

Awesome food

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Ben Rafter

29 March 2019

Very good food. A small plates place that actually gives you good sized plates. Would highly recommend the steak plate, lobster, and cookie brownie.

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Jennifer M

29 March 2019

Amazing atmosphere and good food. A little on the pricey side but they have some very unique dishes. Love the shareable portions and wine specials. The food was great except for the scallops that we had which were under cooked. More...

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Steven Ashton

29 March 2019

First time to this place but won't be the last, a great menu and drinks selection with fresh fish and a superb choice of small share dishes. Really enjoyed it.

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PJay B

29 March 2019

Good foodThe bartender Rick made awesome drinksGreat atmosphere !!!!The manager was very helpful, friendly and professional. French martini is now my new favorite. More...

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Richard Griffin

29 March 2019

Best food and service around!!

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Jessica Vahl

24 March 2019

Great food and very friendly staff. My 2 year old was being difficult and they gave her free ice cream and were all giving her attention to make her happy. Made things easier on us.

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Michelle Miceli

18 March 2019

Delicious food, great service & wonderful atmosphere. Always a fun time. -piano bar especially.

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Brad Arnold

9 March 2019

service service service !

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Ryan J Servatius

5 March 2019

Delicious food and the selection is top notch, love the smaller style atmosphere and the wine taps. Also looking forward to you bringing back the Doughnuts and Coffee dessert soon. Lexy was an awesome wineesta.

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Julio Padilla

3 March 2019

Great food, Great drinks, Terrific service(Thanks Lexy!).

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andy hunt

28 February 2019

Excellent food excellent drink excellent service

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Pp Rocks!

28 February 2019

Amazing!

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Justin Witalka

28 February 2019

Great atmosphere followed up by amazing service with a true chef driven menu.

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Beenjammin' Peters.

28 February 2019

Everything was phenomenal, and the drinks were outstanding! Thank you for a wonderful experience!

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Jason Sparlin

28 February 2019

Always a great dining experience. Rotating menu has a great selection with fun and unique items. The roasted bone marrow is always a great treat. Wines on tap so they are always the right temp, and have great pricing and selection. More...

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Chris Rourk

28 February 2019

Excellent food. Great prices

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Eileen Greenawalt

28 February 2019

Great service awesome food!

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Elizabeth Mitchell

28 February 2019

Yummy!!

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Paul Menzel

28 February 2019

The food is amazing and th staff is the best. Its nice to go to a place where the wait staff treats you Well and also can have fun with you. You're the best Danielle.

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Charlie Albers

23 February 2019

Excellent food AND service! Our server, Becky, was extremely helpful, as was all the staff there. We will be going back!

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Christopher Rourk

16 February 2019

excellent lobster mash. they need to put on menu permanently. excellent waitress also. highly recommended.

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Matthew Coyne

15 February 2019

excellent place to eat. from staff to building maintenance to the delicious food.

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Rebecca A. Dole

15 February 2019

Delicious food! Get atmosphere, friendly service.

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Ansel T. Johnson

2 February 2019

Good food variety and we look forward to changes in menu

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Paige Peters

29 January 2019

Definitely make a reservation. The food and drinks are delicious. We got plates to share and loved it all!

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Kathleen Williams

29 January 2019

The service is absolutely wonderful, and the servers are more than happy to explain the small plate concept if diners aren't familiar. The food is fresh and beautifully executed. More...

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Pete Contos

29 January 2019

Great time.

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Allison Kowal

29 January 2019

Haven’t been there in a while but it was always good every time I went. Awesome drinks, onion dip, and gnocchi.

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Jacob Golick

29 January 2019

Really great food, however it is tapas and the portions are really small vs the price so it can be really pricey. Our bill was 200+ for 4 adults and a kid with 2 beers. If you can get past the price the food is very unique and might force you outside the box. The roasted bone marrow is really good and weird, i highly reccomend it. They have special oysters (different most nights on the types) i tried 2 different ones, one was sex on the beach or something to that nature, and unfortunately when it was schucked a bunch of shell was in my oyster which kind of ruined it for me. NY strip was unbelievable! Scallops were tasty however they were really small, maybe size of a quarter. Overall it was really good and fun to share with friends, definately worth a try if you are willing to try new interesting things. More...

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Denice Cole

29 January 2019

Excellent fresh seafood, and good cocktails.

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Philip Cosico

29 January 2019

Amazing atmosphere and great food. Service was excellent and the waiter Carly was really welcoming. I was from out of town so getting some info on the surround area was much appreciated! Would definitely recommend coming here. More...

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Gino Lech

29 January 2019

Amazing food and the staff is so nice! The bloody mary bar is a meal in itself! We live an hour and a half away and stop every time we're in the area!

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Rick Smith

27 January 2019

Great service and outstanding food.

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Sam Butacan

22 January 2019

Food was good. Moderately priced.

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Vincent Ochwat

19 January 2019

Excellent food and wait staff!

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Abdo N Halawa

13 January 2019

Always a great experience

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Heather Semenic Cheney

12 January 2019

Delicious small portion parts to share with your special someone! Spicy shrimp is a fav!

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Paul Johnson Sr.

11 January 2019

Food was great as always , and service was good

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Jane Herr

31 December 2018

Good food, great energetic server, good drinks, nice decor

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Brett Marcowka

29 December 2018

Great place, great food.

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Rachel Kreft

29 December 2018

Everything was AMAZING. The brunch food was like food I've never had before. A must do again!

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Bennie Crayton

29 December 2018

The food is SOOOO GOOD! The atmosphere is great. The drinks are yummy. This is my new favorite spot in the area.

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Dan Genty

29 December 2018

I was honestly shocked by the prices. The food and preparation says you are not walking out without a $400 bill. After eating dinner for 2 I was surprised that it was under $100. Definitely give this place a shot. Everyone there is super personable from the hostess to the waitresses. More...

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Robert S

29 December 2018

Excellent Seafood Excellent Service !! You should probably make a reservation today !!!

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Bernita S

29 December 2018

Great food and even better service.

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Estelle Blockoms

21 December 2018

Fun times and great food!

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Maureen Vanderbilt

1 December 2018

Loved the cocktail flight! Great opportunity to try without over committing.

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virgie de asis

29 November 2018

Best taste ever..

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jkfrodo

29 November 2018

Amazing food and service. Will definitely be going back

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dev b

29 November 2018

Super delicious food. Different options for everyone gluten free things available, vegetarian, meat etc. This place gets slammed at night and on the weekends. Highly recommend reservations! They have a lot of seating options available especially in nicer weather as they have patio seating but when it's chillier out it can feel quite cramped with the people waiting at the door for seats and everyone at every table filled the bar overflowing and people standing around. But the service is amazing and it's a fun time especially with group of friends since you can share and do it tapas-style. Or as a date spot. More...

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TIM DILBECK

29 November 2018

First time visit. The waitress was very personable and the atmosphere was comfortable. The portion concept was genius and went well with the taste; delicious. I would go again in a heartbeat. More...

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Mz.DejaVu1017 A&R KARTEL1017 D BLOCK MEGA MUZIK

29 November 2018

My favorite place to celebrate birthdays

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Gianni Sansone

29 November 2018

Good food, good wine, good service.Sharable tapas style is always fun and delicious.Some dishes they are flexible with number of servings, like sliders. They said an order comes with 2 and allowed us to order an additional half order so we got 3 sliders. More...

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Joe Simpkins

22 November 2018

Always great food - tapas or full plates - and the cocktails are Amazing!!! Our server, Rick, was wonderful - providing great recommendations and excellent service. Also a great place for Sunday brunch!! More...

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Christine Sapato

22 November 2018

I always have a great dining experience here. The owners and staff are always welcoming and the food is delicious. One of my favorite places.

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Carole Ann Frances

19 November 2018

Great place to drink, dine & be Merry....fantastic servers, excellent cuisine, fun dueling pianos

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Bina Bradley-Mccray

17 November 2018

Service was great! The food was tasteful and fresh..

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Zachery McCray

17 November 2018

Emilee B, awesome waitress! The food was very well prepared. I will be back.

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Valerie Citro-Geraci

11 November 2018

Love this place!! Amazing food and atmosphere ❤️

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Lori Schroeder Johnson

11 November 2018

We had our wedding dinner last night at Dancing Marlin in the Anchor Room and it was absolutely amazing. We had the tasting menu for 50 people and everything was perfect - Mary Ann took great care to ensure that every detail was taken care of. If you are looking for a unique, delicious and elegant experience for your guests, you can’t go wrong with DM. We have been a customer for a long time and have brought many friends and family members with us over the years and we knew they wouldn’t disappoint us. Highly recommend! More...

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Jake Kubacki

6 November 2018

Great for foodies , small plates are a wonderful way to try things you normally would not attempt.

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Pati Mangano

29 October 2018

If there was a 6th star I would have chosen that option. We just attended the most amazing Wedding Celebration Brunch. The food was delicious and the staff could not have been more helpful and fun. We had never been here before but it will be on our list for sure. Fantastic experience More...

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G Zee

29 October 2018

Was there for a wedding... best wedding food ever...awsome staff

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Tom Vespa

29 October 2018

Enjoyed everything. Even pleasantly surprised by the "draft" craft cocktails. Many menu items that you won't find in the area. Loved the bone marrow. Definitely give it a try. Will be back soon. More...

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D. Davis-Ross

29 October 2018

Great atmosphere and very attentive staff! Ordered BBQ Shrimp and Scallops. The shrimp was very good but the scallops were phenomenal. Favorite drink was the Purple Haze! This is now one of my favorite spots! More...

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Matt Collins

29 October 2018

Good

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Victor Zaveduk

29 October 2018

Stopped in on a Friday night and the Jenny was jumpin'!! Great energy, and fantastic food! We tried a variety of dishes and they were all great. Especially enjoyed the sausage flatbread. Dessert was a treat as well. The cookies and milk dish ... hot from the oven and yummy! Highly recommended if in the area. More...

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Stacey Turiello

29 October 2018

Incredibly fresh and delicious seafood! Sashimi is a must!

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Tami Brongiel

29 October 2018

They fly in fresh seafood from Hawaii daily.

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Shreyas Chandrashekar

29 October 2018

Service and food is impeccable. Great variety of choices for vegetarians

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amjad haj

29 October 2018

A city feel in the burbs, love it

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Laura Slusarski

29 October 2018

Flavorful, artistic food. Wait staff is terrific!

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Valentin Juvet

29 October 2018

Great food, great service. The place is very noisy though

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Tim Bearint

23 October 2018

Love the Dancing Marlin. We shared our table and choices with our friends and family. There’s something for everyone and everything is wonderful.

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Karen Athans

21 October 2018

Very eclectic menu for brunch but tasty!

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Soria Bre

6 October 2018

amazing food, amazing staff, amazing drinks and amazing for families. wifi for the kids. fun sharing!! thank you for making my moms bday the best. Our server emily was on it, friendly and accommodating! we will be back. More...

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Pierce Di

30 September 2018

Breakfast was delicious can’t wait to come back

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Brandi Nichelle

30 September 2018

Wonder food. Wonderful staff. Wonderful ambiance.

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Kim McAuliffe

29 September 2018

awesome people! great food,!

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Terry Arndt

29 September 2018

Wine and mixed drinks on tap! Very cool American tapas food. I agreed to go because I knew the wife would love it and much to my surprise they had a great burger and fries too!

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Rita Busby

29 September 2018

Everything we ordered was delicious!We sat out side to enjoy our food which was the perfect setting for a hot summer night.

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Artic Wolf21

29 September 2018

Great food and atmosphere.

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Robyn Cox

29 September 2018

Amazing food, great atmosphere!

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Dan Emerson

29 September 2018

My wife and I were brought here by another couple for an adults night out and it couldn't have been better! Great atmosphere, friends and the food! Each dish was great, our favorite was the General Tso's cauliflower! The scallops were cooked perfectly, along with the prime New York Strip. We will make the drive again from North Aurora for this great restaurant! More...

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victor brown

29 September 2018

Great food and atmosphere

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Charlotte Strowhorn Whiteside

16 September 2018

Food and drinks were excellent! Take a pass on the Korean bbq shrimp. Becky was an excellent server! Outdoor dining is great! Will definitely return.

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Johanne Jeanty

15 September 2018

Great experience. 2nd time here. Everything was excellent. Korean BBQ shrimp not the greatest. But everything we had was awesome! Becky was the absolute best! Engaging, honest, and well-informed of the menu. I hope I see her the next we come back. The outdoor seating is a must-do! More...

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Jamie Benson

9 September 2018

Everything is amazing, even the mini cheeseburgers!

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29 August 2018

Finally nice to have a place like this in the south suburbs

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Shelly Yakivtsiv

29 August 2018

Thought I'd check it out. The restaurant is very noisy, but decor is kinda neat. The chopped salad was really good, then went onto the crab dip, not so good. The malbec was a very good wine. It was worth trying. More...

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K A T E K O N I O R

29 August 2018

best food, drinks, atmosphere, and service around!

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Ramiro Rivera

29 August 2018

Dancing Marlin lived up to its reputation! Had passed it by many times until seeing it on tv . Great service and atmosphere was good also . Most definitely going to be a regular destination with or without others ! Best scallops I've he in years !!! More...

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Kathy Holler

29 August 2018

Great place!! And sharing is a must here!! They encourage it!!

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Carmen Lopez

29 August 2018

Great food and service. First time here and we will be back.

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Susan

29 August 2018

Overall good food, drinks and friendly atmosphere.

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John Klarich

29 August 2018

It was my wife and my first time dining there and it was EXCELLENT all around!Our food was amazing as was the atmosphere! As for our ssrved Daniella K she made our dining experience even more enjoyable! On a scale of 1to 10 with 10 being EXCELLENT Dancing Marlin was a 10+! More...

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29 August 2018

New fresh restaurant in the Frankfort Mokena area. Looking forward being regulars

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Sherrie Pearson

29 August 2018

Very lively atmosphere. Wonderful drink selection. Awesome food.

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Katie Jones

29 August 2018

My husband brought me here after his first experience and it was wonderful! It's small plates that you share and order as you eat. I tried the bone marrow for the first time and it was fantastic! If we lived closer we'd visit all the time! More...

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Dennis Widdows

29 August 2018

Food good service good will keep going back...

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Jeff Love

29 August 2018

Always Fantastic!Never disappointed.... everything on the menu is awesome!Been here many times and always great!!

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Vincent Badali

29 August 2018

This place is phenomenal! We tried so many dishes when we were here. 1: NY strip steak- It was unbelievable! So tender and juicy. Lots of flavor, and enough to share. 2: Roasted Bone Marrow- Very amazing flavor. Very buttery, and the bread, sea salt, and onions make an extraordinary combo!Seared ahi tuna: Many different dips for this. All of them taste wonderful, and the tuna is served very fresh.Pierogis: Very firm texture. The flavor bursts when you take your first bite!Pig and fig: very unique combo, but great taste. The ingredients work together very well.General tso’s Cauliflower: the sauce is very unique, as well as the texture, but the taste is great.The atmosphere of the place is very nice. The staff are also very helpful. More...

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sahar k

29 August 2018

Great menu

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Alan Klein

29 August 2018

Love it every time we go. Always great food and a exciting experience.

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David Weigal

29 August 2018

Did the brunch recently. Pretty good

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Susan Fox

29 August 2018

Excellent. Delish!

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Jeremiah Tillman

29 August 2018

The best brunch and Bloody Mary bar around

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fabian reyes

29 August 2018

Always amazing

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Patricia Paloumpis

29 August 2018

Delightful place. Very good food! Excellent server (Desi) ✌

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Cindy Dew

29 August 2018

Great food! Service was fabulous. Mostly small plates so great place to share with friends. Highly recommended. A real gem in the far south burbs.

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Judie Beshansky

29 August 2018

Fantastic food, always fresh, great service, always a great experience!

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Carol Karris

29 August 2018

Love this place. Really appreciate their food is Gluten Free, and tastes fantastic. Friendly & knowledgeable wait staff. We'll be going back again soon.

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G K

29 August 2018

3.25 out of 4 stars. Biscuits and gravy is good. Spicy and has a good amount of sausage. Fair portion size. Also comes with cups of honey , cherry puree, and berries.Eggs were done correctly, bacon tasted good. It's thick and well prepared. Not burnt not raw. Potatoes were different , would've rather had has browns but acceptable. Fruit plate was fresh. Yogurt was good as well. Coffee was good also.. Service was weird. No spoons. Little sugar. When a companion asked for ketchup, a small cup was given. Coffee refills were scarce. Atmosphere was adequate.They are just starting breakfast service, and things moving forward should improve.I'd go back. More...

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Rachel Graham

29 August 2018

Awesome place. Lovely ambience an good food. Friendly staff. Ideal for hangouts and dates.Recommended.

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Shaunta Rowe

29 August 2018

Delicious! Delicious! Delicious! Nice place for a date night everything is sharable. Must try the bone marrow. Words can't express how much I enjoyed everything. The drinks are great too. A definite must visit. More...

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Renee Clark

29 August 2018

Omg scallops was amazing

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Wally Strine

29 August 2018

Great fun with friends

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Rel3

29 August 2018

Small plates. Great variety. Pricey

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Patrick David

29 August 2018

Excellent food. It's a small plate, Tapas, for sharing but is a lot of fun in a group or duo. The drinks are really tasty and interesting too as the mix drinks are on taps. 100% recommended to try. There's something for everyone. More...

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Virginia Medina

29 August 2018

These restaurant has the best customer service and a very friendly team. The waiters are amazing. They can even interact with their customers.

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Donna Vegter

29 August 2018

Excellent service and unique bites to share!

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Dylan Bates

29 August 2018

I love this place. Awesome food. Everything is good. The owner, Jim, is so friendly. I bring new people there and they become regulars too. Try the red velvet french toast, yum. More...

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Chris Madsen

29 August 2018

EVERYTHING is amazing! This is one of our new favorite spots

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Otto Rascon

29 August 2018

This is a weird favorite! Their salmon tacos and cauliflower tacos are awesome. Everything we've ordered is so good and full of flavor and texture. The staff is always on point and have great energy. More...

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Joan Medina

29 August 2018

Food is ever great here and finding a table is never difficult.

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kathleen Thorndal

29 August 2018

Great gluten free menu and cocktails!!! Definitely recommend.

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mary bullard

29 August 2018

Great food and service! Highly recommend!!

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Michelle Oberholtzer

29 August 2018

Fantastic flavor combinations, delightful wine, good service. What more could you want? Great place to visit, share a great meal, and relax.

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Megan Murray

29 August 2018

Awesome place to eat. I have been here countless times and the food is always delicious. Services are fast and friendly.

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PATS Football

29 August 2018

Great delicious

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Faiz Khaja

29 August 2018

Great atmosphere. Attentive staff good food

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Becky Lane

29 August 2018

Dancing Marlin always has great food and service. One of my favorite restaurants in the area. From fries to fried kale to steak to seared tuna, everything is delicious!

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Debbi Niedzwiecki

29 August 2018

Unbelievable cuisine and drinks! Absolutely the best!

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Suzie Kotian

29 August 2018

I love the atmosphere here, the bartender was very attentive and the drinks were very tasty.

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Dean Hobbs

29 August 2018

Great food. Great service

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Kelly G

29 August 2018

Excellent tapas' although portions are bigger than one might expect! Seafood dishes were cooked to perfection. Wine and cocktails on tap... with tasters!

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stephanie thompson

29 August 2018

My husband and I went for Valentines Day. The customer service was ok, our server was not very warm but she was efficient. The food was really good. We will definitely go back. More...

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Liz Porter

29 August 2018

We had a rehearsal dinner at Dancing Marlin in the downstairs room and we had great food and great service. The coordinator Mary Ann was wonderful to work with and she made sure that every detail was attended to so that my husband and I as the hosts could enjoy the party along with the rest of our guests. I would highly recommend Dancing Marlin for an event or a dinner. More...

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You Suck

29 August 2018

Everything is always excellent here and I've never had a bad item or poor service. One of my favorite spots!!!

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Shunta ANDERSON

29 August 2018

Anything you order, you will love..

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Andy Horn

29 August 2018

Desiree makes the best martinis! Food is incredibly delicious!

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Robert Reed

29 August 2018

Lovely food and excellent staff.The services are quick and they have the best menu section.Lovely place.

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Mark Karrasch

29 August 2018

Awesome food and Rebecca was an absolutely great server. Hope to be back often!

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Joel Margliano

29 August 2018

Great!

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Davis Jaspers

29 August 2018

The salmon is always good there. Service is fast and friendly and i highly recomend trying it!

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Jim Rector

29 August 2018

The best food in the area.

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alisa madden

29 August 2018

Small plates and sharables. Unique dishes.

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Jeremy Bauer

29 August 2018

Great food and beer choice. Plus the staff is always very friendly

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Kathy Schumacher

29 August 2018

Great wine selection

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Paul Wilcock

29 August 2018

We absolutely loved the food. Made from scratch with quality ingredients and the customer service was stellar. We'll surely return the next time we're in the area.

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Thomas Bayer

29 August 2018

We had a surprise 60th birthday party brunch for 55 people for my wife. The event manager, Mary Ann Wall, worked with my daughter and me to make sure everything was perfect, and it was. Great food, great drinks, great service and all of our guests are still talking about it. What a great place for a party. More...

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Sabrina Erskine

29 August 2018

Good food and service.

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Lisa D

29 August 2018

What a quaint place to eat at. A little small and cramped but don't let that deter you. Very good food and desserts. Awesome service too!

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Greg Sage

29 August 2018

We love this place! Phenomenal food, delicious strong drinks, awesome service (Thanks to Dawn, our server.....top notch!) and the bill was way better than I expected considering the quality of service and food! The atmosphere is very comfortable and inviting. My new local favorite place to eat! More...

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JAMES DOCKERY

29 August 2018

THIS IS A MUST VIST. FOOD WAS GREAT. SERVICE WAS EXCELLENT. AND THE ATMOSPHERE WAS COZIE.

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Erik Moeller

29 August 2018

Awesome seafood, great service... Little over priced

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Monique Baker

29 August 2018

Omg. The food was really different but so good. I'm honestly considering having my wedding rehearsal dinner there. Amazing place for get togethers

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Samantha Barileau

29 August 2018

The small dishes is wonderful!

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Michael Hall

29 August 2018

Great food, good service. Only drawback from my perspective was noise in main dining room.

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Diane Nudo

29 August 2018

Sharing everything. The crabmeat spread was fabulous. Service was spot on.

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Chriselle Asuma-Irion

29 August 2018

Awesome food and service! We are definitely coming back.

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Blair Reiter

29 August 2018

Great tapas, vegetarian options, nice patio in the summer

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John Newman

29 August 2018

Great topas restaurant

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Allen Denormandie

29 August 2018

Great neighborhood gem! Great food/presentation, with knowlegible well trained staff! What's not to like!!

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Andy Horn

29 August 2018

Desiree is the best!

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Heidi Kindelspire

27 August 2018

Great selection, full of flavor & helpful energetic staff. Plus, it was a beautiful night so we were able to dine outside..

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Kim Murray Dockery

27 August 2018

Keto friendly! Great service and beautiful out door eating area. Food was wonderful. Try the cauliflower!! Yummy

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Randy Rus

26 August 2018

Everything is worth tasting

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Anthony Leo

26 August 2018

Quality, Quality & Even More Quality

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Colombia Galitzia Solis

20 August 2018

Beautiful and cozy place to go with friends and family .delicious food , and excellent customer service!!

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Debbie Witt

18 August 2018

One of our favorite places. Cauliflower appetizer, ahi tuna and turkey meatballs a fav.

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Jeff McDonald

17 August 2018

Great place where we have celebrated several of our wedding anniversaries over the years. This year, we learned on arrival that our seat was outside in the Tiki Bar. We thought about leaving and I’m glad we didn’t. It was a beautiful night and dinner on the patio was actually very nice. Love the creative cuisine they sell and love that you can try several things each time. Tapas needs to make a resurgence but for now, Dancing Marlin has this market cornered. And their ‘tap’ wines are actually quite good as well. More...

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Colleen Oyler Czerwiec

12 August 2018

A fun place for tapas. Do not go there thinking you'll eat a full meal. Place for sharing different foods, drinks, if you choose. I recommend friends gather here. Service was great. Our waitress was very good, personable, inviting. Dined alfresco. Every item we tasted was delicious. More...

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Diana Jaski

12 August 2018

We went for our wedding anniversary and everyone that either seated us, waited on us, or served us wished us a happy anniversary so I would say that the service was awesome. The food was amazing, we loved everything we tried and even got a wonderful dessert on the house. 5 star rating will be back for sure More...

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Sherry Kelley

12 August 2018

Closest thing you’ll get to great downtown Chicago restaurants. Food is the best, menu selections are really nice, service excellent, pottery barn contemporary ambiance.

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Valarie Granata

6 August 2018

Amazing food!

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Margaret Sterker-Lepay

5 August 2018

We were there for a bridal shower. Delicious brunch menu.

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Nancy Blevins Santry

5 August 2018

Thought the food was good, a little noisy but good service, good food. Will go back again

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Shannon Martin

25 July 2018

Fabulous experience all around! Our server, Lexi, was fantastic! She treated us as if we were her favorite couple! She shared her personal recommendations when we asked, and provided us with tasty alternatives when they were out of a dish we ordered. She treated us like a friend! The food was amazing! I highly recommend the bone marrow- if your stomach can handle rich food! The wine flight was fantastic! We ordered both variety’s of red flights! This is definitely my favorite restaurant in the area! More...

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Frank Mandros

19 July 2018

Loved this place! Food and service were excellent, and the ambiance was something I would expect in San Diego or San Francisco! Lexy was delightful! Will be returning soon. More...

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Joleen Katula

16 July 2018

I love this place. I love it so much, I'm having my wedding reception there! I think the concept is great and we have nothing like it in the suburbs. It's like a restaurant from downtown moved into Frankfort. More...

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Melissa Steuber Johnson

16 July 2018

Amazing every time!!!

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Marissa Burke Meyer

14 July 2018

Excellent food and drinks! Excellent service! There’s nowhere else like this place in the southwest suburbs. The outdoor space is very nice too! Will definitively be going back.

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Linda Raynor

9 July 2018

Food was amazing and service was tops! Very pleased with the dinner experience

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Roseanne Muzinic Poplawski

6 July 2018

Everything was amazing! Atmosphere, food, and wine. Perfect date night.

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Emy Castrejon

5 July 2018

Me encantó delicioso

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1 July 2018

What a terrific experience! We we're celebrating a birthday and birthday girl wanted to go somewhere we've never been and she picked this gem! Food is DELICIOUS! And it's different than most other places. Tons of options and great desserts and drinks! The crowd in there was very chill and friendly, making for a nice atmosphere. There's an outdoor area to eat, which is very well done. The staff is amazing, knowledgeable, genuinely interested in you having a great experience, especially Becky, who was outstanding and Haylee who greeted us when we walked in and checked in with us throughout the meal. It was a unique twist on Tapas fare. Portions are decent and it's priced about right, but worth the cost in quality and deliciousness! Will absolutely go back! More...

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Phil Polito

27 June 2018

Great food

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Jenny H

22 June 2018

Went there for Father's Day brunch. We were seated about 20 minutes after our reservation. It was extremely warm by the door. Thankfully, we were seated towards the back where it was cooler. Food was outstanding. It was difficult to get refills on our drinks. Most of us had water. There were 2 bottles of water left on the table but they were room temperature. I had to keep asking for ice. Food was served family style. Some dishes came with serving utensils, others didn't. Courses came out at a good pace. I will definitely go back on a less busy day. More...

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Gail Weiss

20 June 2018

Our waitress was great, she was always there when needed. The food was delicious. I personally love to nibble different foods, this is a tapas restaurant where you order a small dish to be shared. There were 12 in our party 3 people didn't drink we got plates with about 4 pieces on it and we passed food around. Everyone ordered a different dish. The bill was almost 600.00 about 50.00 a person which I felt was a little pricey. The food is fresh and made fresh as you ordered it. I would go back but be more cost conscience. More...

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andrea wentler

15 June 2018

Good food. Nice atmosphere. I don't like that they serve cool water. I prefer my water with ice. Kind of pricey for the amount of food in each plate for me. The Sunday night family meal deal is what I had and it served 2 of us with a little bit left over. It wouldn't have served 3 tho. More...

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Sue Olson

12 June 2018

Great atmosphere and loved the food.i would definitely go back to that restaurant with my friends

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Jenni Borders

10 June 2018

Always an awesome atmosphere with great food and staff. Becky is amazing!

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Mick Espo

4 June 2018

Awesome food, I get a few of my favorites and always get the fresh fish special of the day!

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Alex Carlson

24 May 2018

Fantastic tapas style restaurant, I was totally blown away by this gem in Frankfort. Having grown up in New Lenox, now living in Chicago, and worked in hospitality a long time, I'm happy to see the local area has a spot that can contend with a restaurant you'd expect to see in the city. Seafood is not my first go to cuisine, but was here for a family dinner as well as my fiance's bridal shower... both dining experiences were great. Batch cocktails on tap, crazy selection of seafood, some seasonal, standouts were the tacos, also a seafood guacamole (not sure if this is only on the cater menu but I couldn't stop eating the stuff), also this restaurant earns a medal for largest bone marrow portion ever, seriously blew me away. Up north it's twice the price for 3rd the portion, here it's a dinosaur bone! More...

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Narissa Jones

21 May 2018

The food and service was good. The theme is small plates made for sharing. The serving portions were small. I guess the small plates are to get you to order multiple items, but the prices are not "small". What you pay for most of the small plates here, is what you'll pay for a regular sized entree at another restaurant. More...

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Pat Piech

20 May 2018

It was very crowded & loud & liked the share concept. Server, Rachael, very attentive and patient with us. Good food & flights even better�

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Mark Pell

15 May 2018

Food was great, service was friendly and we always enjoy ourselves there!

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Rich Otterson

10 May 2018

Great tapas style, seafood themed restaurant in Frankfort, IL. Good oysters, reasonably prices wines and much more. Nice outside dining as well. Give it a shot, you'll like it.

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TomnCindy Conto

1 April 2018

Easter brunch here was excellent! We chose the family style all you can eat. Was great! Plenty to eat. Water served in glass bottles! Perfect Waster meal;)

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Robin Moss

31 March 2018

Went,to a special gf dinner -tried new items for the menu.

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Susan Skolek-Sivek

10 March 2018

I had my daughters baby shower there today and I couldn’t be happier! The food was outstanding The service was outstanding And Maryann was very helpful professional and friendly! All of my guests raved about the food and service! The cost was very reasonable and would have many more showers and events there. Thank you to all of the staff for making this day so special for all of us! More...

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Sharon Labriola

6 March 2018

We had a wedding shower there food was great and you got a lot. Waitresses were great. Would definitely recommend it to all.

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Amy Dvorak

2 March 2018

Always amazing!! One of the best of the So Subs! We need more dueling piano nights (hint)

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Janet Shredl Dimoff

18 February 2018

This was a treat ! Saw this on check please. The surprise was a great independently owned restaurant in this neck of the woods ! There wasn’t anything we did not like. We sat at the bar. The gals who served us were outstanding !!!! More...

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Carlos Leti Gonzalez

18 February 2018

Going back March 22nd with the same crazy people!!! Food and Drink were perfect and wait staff was on hand for whatever we needed all night.

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Donica Wilson-Simons

11 February 2018

Food was great! We will definitely be back! Thanks jackie!

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Carrie Yi

24 January 2018

Love Dancing Marline. Our favorite place for tapas. Can't get enough the crab stuffed pepper.

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Vincent M Basile

8 January 2018

Food was incredible service was great looking forward to the next time

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Ineke Zilverberg-Basile

7 January 2018

This was our first time here and we loved it. The service was great and the food was fantastic. I can't wait to go back and looking forward to sitting out on the patio this summer.

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John Mullen

1 January 2018

My wife's second visit in past few weeks. While Trying small plates and sharing sounded was fun and interesting, I was skeptical, but not one thing wasn't delish [bad grammar I know]. The crostini was was a Balance of sweet and savory to start our interesting array of plates; carnitas tacos were flavorful; and the sliders were a delicious little burger made of good seasoned beef on a tiny brioche bun. Gnudi was a plate of little clouds with beef brisket...how can THAT be bad? Coffee and donuts doe dessert was warm donuts with a coffee mousse. Absolutely wonderful. Want to go Back and try brunch. More...

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Randy Gonzalez

30 December 2017

What a great experience! The service, food and drinks were amazing!

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Darlene R. McCoy

28 December 2017

I went to the Dancing Marlin to celebrate my birthday on 12/27. This was my first visit and it was absolutely "exceptional" on all levels. We called around 4:00 to see if we needed reservations. Jackie answered the phone and her warm, bubbly voice sold us. We arrived before the restaurant opened, and Jackie told us to come on in. She was gracious and treated us like old friends. Becky was our waitress and she was the absolute best! Very warm, knowledgeable, and exceptional service. Everything from the French Martini to the Spicy Shrimp, to the Crab Stuffed Peppers, to the Salmon Tacos were to die for. Not to mention the homemade Butter Pecan ice cream and brownies. Super yummy! I can't wait to get back and bring my friends. It's well worth the 10+ mile trip. Birthdays are very special to me and Jackie and Becky were the best! Thanks again for your warmth on a very cold day and yummy food. See yah next time! Darlene and the "My Best Girls" crew! More...

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Adam Hunter

28 December 2017

Always a great time. One of the best restaurants on the south side. Crab stuffed peppers are to die for!!!

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Renee Vittori McCubbin

27 December 2017

Great service and the tapas were excellent. Half price wine bottles on Tuesdays made it perfect �

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Stephanie Chase

17 December 2017

Food was really good. Service was ok:) she was busy though

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Michael Angelo

3 December 2017

You will never be disappointed, and if you have any concerns the staff, management, and owners will do whatever it takes to resolve any issues. Managing partner Ed Nemec, world renowned Chef/Restaurateur, is there every night.. More...

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Donald Segal

26 November 2017

great food , out of this world drinks ! staff was overwhelming ,just couldn't order enuff food !

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Gladys Maria Najar

5 November 2017

Food was very good, service was excellent. This place is similar to a Tapas Bar but with American Food. It was a bit pricey, but I like that you can share and try many different plates. Chris got the creme brûlée which he loved. If you are on a specific diet they do have lots of Gluten Free and Low carb options. We will definitely be back� More...

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Chris Madsen

5 November 2017

Everything is amazing. Food, drinks, service. Gonna be making this a regular spot

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Dan Wella

5 November 2017

Best seafood i have had in the area, just avoid Jay.

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Debbie Craig Greene

30 October 2017

Fabulous food! Great atmosphere! I could eat the bone marrow every day! Our server was amazing, fast and efficient!

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Lydia Mather

15 October 2017

Awesome food and very friendly staff.!!! I will def come back, I will try different things, but I will have the seafood guacamole and their fries again. Omg awesome!!! When we left the hostess said “have a good night Lydia” (my name was under the reservation). That was a nice and personal touch. More...

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