We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Blue Dolphin Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
American, Diner
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
470 John Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34236-1428
941-388-3566
Website
Improve this listing
Today
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 412 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 226
    Excellent
  • 140
    Very good
  • 36
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
good food

Great for breakfast. Very small narrow seating area but best place to eat in the morning in the area. Clean inside. Fair parking in the morning. NOT after 10am.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
515any
,
Haslett, Michigan
Add Photo Write a Review

412 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Haslett, Michigan
Level Contributor
64 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great for breakfast. Very small narrow seating area but best place to eat in the morning in the area. Clean inside. Fair parking in the morning. NOT after 10am.

Helpful?
Thank 515any
Roswell, Georgia
Level Contributor
61 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A satisfying place for breakfast. The omelettes are huge. Took 1/2 with me for another day. We got there at 8:30 on a Monday Got the last table or had the option of the counter. Come early and enjoy. The wait staff is friendly. The restaurant is clean and neat. A great way to start out our vacation on Lido... More 

Helpful?
Thank ChlOe55_10
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

During a torrential rain storm at St Armand's Circle, we had lunch in this cute diner. It's small with some tables and a large counter seating area. It was packed with happy patrons, always a good sign to me! The California wrap was very good and the menu includes many healthy items. Most diners were having breakfast and everything looked... More 

Helpful?
Thank Rasberry186
Fort Erie, Canada
Level Contributor
26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My sisters and I visited Sarasota for four days and ate at the Blue Dolphin every morning. The food was incredible! We all agreed it was the best breakfast we ever had at a restaurant. I had the build your own omelette each day and I was so impressed. The veggies were so fresh! I will eventually make it back... More 

Helpful?
Thank Jen N
Level Contributor
14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to the Blue Dolphin Cafe for breakfast. Bobbi was a great server. Very knowledgable, great suggestions, nice and fun!! The food was delicious! We tried to go back the next day, but unfortunately we were on a timeline and couldn't wait. If there is a line and you have the time, you should wait!! This is not a... More 

Helpful?
Thank Tracy W
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Level Contributor
19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Depending on your timing there can be a long wait, and you have to wait outside as there isn't queuing room inside. After 10am seemed to thin out a little. Breakfast was great, juice fresh and service was speedy and friendly.

Helpful?
Thank avk7525
Clayton, Georgia
Level Contributor
76 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you dawdle, there will be a wait. Little cafe...comfy and nice , happy staff bustling around. Food was delicious, but chicken tenders served with the waffle were too obviously frozen and heavily battered. Need to cook real Southern fried chicken. Other than that, everything was delicious.

Helpful?
Thank Lady0ftheLakes
Moorestown, New Jersey
Level Contributor
10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really enjoyed this spot. Went twice in less than a week. Healthy portions and good food at reasonable prices.

Helpful?
Thank kimmieb27
Sarasota
Level Contributor
70 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love the Blue Dolphin Cafe. As a Sarasota local who lives on Siesta Key I like to stop in whenever I'm passing and hungry. There was a parking spot right in front and I had about half an hour for an early lunch. They serve breakfast and lunch anytime so your selection matches your schedule. I just felt like... More 

Helpful?
Thank Perry J
Asheville, North Carolina
Level Contributor
8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very nice for a small café. food was great. Inside was just like a small, sweet, luncheonette which reminded me of a little place I used to have lunch many years ago.

Helpful?
Thank jowick1

Travelers who viewed Blue Dolphin Cafe also viewed

Sarasota, Southwest Gulf Coast
Sarasota, Southwest Gulf Coast
 
Sarasota, Southwest Gulf Coast
Sarasota, Southwest Gulf Coast
 

Been to Blue Dolphin Cafe? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 470 John Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34236-1428
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
  • Phone Number: 941-388-3566

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Diner

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Blue Dolphin Cafe staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?