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Blu' Island Bistro

625 Tamiami Trl S, On the Island of Venice, Attached to the Island Sun Inn Hotel, Venice, FL 34285
+1 941-485-8200
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Ranked #1 of 202 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $33
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery
Description: With an Executive Chef/Owner from Philly who is also a Culinary Institute of America graduate, expect the best. A gourmet twist to everyday favorites, with a Philly "infused" menu. Beachy chic, comfortable, a favorite of locals! Located on the Island, across from the Venice Hospital/Venice Car Wash. Open 7 days, breakfast all day, dinners (reservations) Fri/Sat. Nights with a different menu weekly!
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery
Description: With an Executive Chef/Owner from Philly who is also a Culinary Institute of America graduate, expect the best. A gourmet twist to everyday favorites, with a Philly "infused" menu. Beachy chic, comfortable, a favorite of locals! Located on the Island, across from the Venice Hospital/Venice Car Wash. Open 7 days, breakfast all day, dinners (reservations) Fri/Sat. Nights with a different menu weekly!
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English first
Palmyra, Pennsylvania
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

Spent last week in Venice visiting family. Based on reviews on TripAdvisor we decided to try the Blu' Island Bistro. We went for breakfast on Sept. 11th. Everything was delicious. Banana French Toast, Omelet and Breakfast Enchilada. We made reservations for dinner the next evening. Once again, excellent. Loved the decor and our waitress, Sholanda, was great.

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Tampa, Florida
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61 reviews 61 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Excellent food and service! Fresh, fresh grouper! Google maps absolutely got us turned all around in finding the place though!

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alan l, Owner at Blu' Island Bistro, responded to this review

Jalley777, Thanks for your great compliments! I am so glad you finally found us! Grouper is only on the menu when I can get it fresh-when it comes frozen from Mexico you won't see it here! Appreciate you writing us a review! Chef Alan More

Venice, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

My favorite place for a great breakfast and dinner. Today's visit was for breakfast. Walked in greeted, seated and hot coffee served before I ordered. Chef Alan has an eclectic, ever changing menu. I wanted to try scrapple since I watched a travel channel special on regional foods. I had scrapple fried with two over easy eggs cooked perfectly. Great... More

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alan l, Owner at Blu' Island Bistro, responded to this review

Thanks! On behalf of myself and my staff, we truly appreciate you being such a loyal customer! We aim to make everyone feel comfortable here and like family, and sounds like you are! So glad you tried the scrapple-a northeast favorite back where I come from! Hope you enjoyed your dinner too! Thanks again! Chef Alan More

Port Charlotte, Florida, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

As a couple our mission this summer is to try some new restaurants. Blu Island Bistro got some good reviews on Trip Advisor. First it was a little difficult to find, even though it was on a main road. ( I think our GPS was having a problem.) They only serve dinner Friday and Saturday so we made a reservation.... More

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alan l, Owner at Blu' Island Bistro, responded to this review

Joyce, Thank you for your dinner review! I am so pleased you and your husband enjoyed your filet, flounder and our staff! I am sorry you were disappointed with some aspects, I will try to explain reasoning for them. We are very small-myself and my sous chef in the kitchen, secodary to space (most restaurants have a dozen staff in... More

Florida
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68 reviews 68 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I have been here about six times now for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. There is a good variety of dishes at reasonable prices. I have brought guests here several times and no one has been disappointed.

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alan l, Owner at Blu' Island Bistro, responded to this review

Wow-six times! Thanks so much for writing us a review and dining with us! I know there are a lot of choices in Venice, and we appreciate your business! Chef Alan More

Bellingham, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Visited Venice for a summer vacation. Read reviews before trying it. Had difficulty getting a phone reservation so we stopped by on the way to the beach; no problem getting a reservation but slots were filling in fast. Great funky atmosphere as the owners took over the hotel cafe. Clean and comfortable. Staff was very friendly and accommodating; they explained... More

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alan l, Owner at Blu' Island Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for writing a review! We are so pleased you dined with us, and your compliments will be shared with all my staff to read. Please say hello next time you are in, and thanks for all the referrals! Chef Alan More

2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014 via mobile

I am a local, grew up here in Venice drive by here daily. Always see the chef day and night here . the owner and chef diffently puts his heart and soul here !!!!! The service and food shows his commmitnent.. breakfast, lunch.. you can't go wrong, order anything on menu .

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alan l, Owner at Blu' Island Bistro, responded to this review

Aristakat C, Wow-thanks so much! Yes, long days-but rewarding! I truly appreciate your kind words and your business! Please say hello next time youre in! Thanks again! Chef Alan More

Apopka
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I so look forward to coming back again. The meals are a gourmet delight. The staff is terrific. Richard Yoho

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alan l, Owner at Blu' Island Bistro, responded to this review

Richard, Well we look so forward to having you back again! :) Thanks so much for your compliments and kind words-they will be shared with my staff! We truly appreciate you choosing us! Chef/Owner Alan More

1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014 via mobile

Great restaurant and service must eat at restaurant. The food is excellent and the atmosphere is great ! Very friendly people and the price is very reasonable . The chef is awesome !!

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alan l, Owner at Blu' Island Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you so much for writing us a review! We truly appreciate your business and choosing to dine with us! Chef Alan More

Tampa, Florida, United States
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We are in the area for our Anniversary. We saw the great reviews and planned to come here for breakfast on the way down to our destination. I had the banana French Toast, which was so incredibly fantastic, I really didn't need syrup. The texture and taste was amazing! My husband had 2 eggs cooked to perfection and the BEST... More

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alan l, Owner at Blu' Island Bistro, responded to this review

Debra, Thank you for writing us a review! Your kind compliments have been shared with my staff-we truly appreciate your business! Thanks again, Chef Alan More

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