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Dancing Marlin Restaurant

Arbury Hills, Illinois

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4 December 2019

Excellent food.. very unique.

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28 November 2019

Amazing food, wonderful servers.

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26 November 2019

This restaurant provides excellent service and tasty food. One of the best restaurant around here. The food and drinks served quick and the rates were reasonable. I recommend this place.

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24 November 2019

Great and very unique dishes.. and very attentive wait staff!

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20 November 2019

So much fun to try different foods with family and friends.

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13 November 2019

Really good food

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13 November 2019

Very good food and our waitress was amazing!

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10 November 2019

Love Dancing Marlin! Food and service were excellent and loved the all you can eat Sunday Brunch! Oh, we also had the cocktail sampler, outstanding, to try 3 different drinks! The key lime pie one was my favorite! Katie, our waitress was amazing! Thanks, Katie for a job well done! More...

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6 November 2019

Excellent....great wait staff also..

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28 October 2019

First time here. I have been driving past this place for years & never had the time to pop in since I live 30 min away. This place is hands down amazing! !! It's 5 star all the way from the food, service, atmosphere, out door patio, you name it. Our server Becky "Blue" was amazing! She had everything memorized & gave the best suggestions. I didn't get everyone's name but everyone was friendly & so quick to bring out the food, drinks refills & clear the table. This place is honestly 5 start establishment. So what we tried the Bone Marrow, The steak, the calamari, the beef fries (forgot the name), the chicken bites & for desert we had the mocha sponge cake & turtle bites. They also let us try on them the P&J crime brûlée and that's was tasty as well. Let me say & I do not say this often about many places but everything we had was amazing & great. Our whole party agreed everything tasted amazing. The turtle bites let me tell you get 2 because one order we devoured it and wish there was more. We will definitely be back!!! You won’t be disappointed I promise. More...

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27 October 2019

Love all the tapas and sangria

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25 October 2019

Great place and great staff. Love this place!!!

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24 October 2019

Come here with friends and order as many small plates as you can. Everything is good including the drinks.

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21 October 2019

Been wanting to come here for quite some time now and finally did, while on a date with a beautiful woman. Two flights of wine, and a couple of appetizers shared. The Scallops were amazing. The Oysters were delicious. The Tuna was really good. The atmosphere was just right, not too loud or crazy, and a little romantic as well. Our server was perfect, attentive, and knowledgeable about anything we needed. I'll definitely come back again soon! Great place! More...

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21 October 2019

Amazing experience and food every time. Bone marrow, french fries, fried kale, the steak and the drinks on tap are favorites.

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20 October 2019

Food and service were great.

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20 October 2019

Small plates are always fun with a group. Not my husbands favorite, he would rather have his own meal, due to his diabetes. Dancing Marlin was very good, really nice staff too. More...

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18 October 2019

Great space and even better food. The food is exceptional and it should be on Micheline’s list of one stars!

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7 October 2019

Great service, great drinks, great food. I love that it's tapas. Definitely going back.

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7 October 2019

Creme brulee is my absolute goto for desert when eating out. This was a unique take on the classic version... Peanut Butter and Jelly Creme Brulee. Very cool and very tastey. Gave 4 stars because food is good, staff recomendations for food were great, but restaurant is extremely dark for dinnertime. More...

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7 October 2019

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

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26 September 2019

Clean and good food

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21 September 2019

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

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15 September 2019

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

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14 September 2019

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

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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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7 September 2019

Great service and great food

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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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23 August 2019

This place is awesome! Great food and decor.

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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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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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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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22 August 2019

Good food..shared with good friends!

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22 August 2019

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

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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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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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15 August 2019

Fantastico

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11 August 2019

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

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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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29 July 2019

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

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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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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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29 July 2019

excellent seafood options

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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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29 July 2019

Probably the best tapas in the south suburbs of Chicago.

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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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