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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
(941) 485-8200
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Ranked #4 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
Venice
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

With all the good reviews of this restaurant i thought we hit a gold mine. But it was horrible, our server took 15 min to even acknowledge us, and once she did we waited over 20 min for our food, we couldn't even get refills on our drinks and they were not even busy our server was to busy talking... More

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Warwick, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Recently stopped here for lunch and it didn't disappoint, when we arrived it was very quiet outside but inside it was very busy. Everything was freshly cooked and tasted amazing, lovely friendly atmosphere, filled with local people.

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

CBendelow, Thank you! I am so pleased you enjoyed your visit with us. I will share your comments with my staff...and thanks for taking the time to write us a review! Chef/Owner Alan More

Venice, Florida
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Executive Chef Alan Laskowski serves up 3 meals a day at the Blu. We were there for dinner with a group of 12 so we were able to see and sample just about everything on the dinner menu. Each dish was served with elegant presentation and tasted even better than it looked. The atmosphere is better tuned to couples and... More

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

Hugh, Thanks so much for writing us a review! I am pleased my pork chops come in second to your wife's...thats a huge compliment! Groups are fun, and we do our best to accomodate everyone. We look forward to seeing you for breakfast or lunch, please say hello when you are in next! Thanks again, chef/owner Alan More

Venice, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

We have always enjoyed Blu Bistro, especially breakfast and their variety of choices from eggs benedict to the blu burrito. Always very good, we were just so disappointed the last time we went there was a hair mixed in the egg and when my friend told the waitress, she apologized and said she'd get her another, however my friend was... More

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

asial, Thank you for writing a review. I am very disappointed with your experience and please know that there clearly was a communication breakdown with my staff and I, and an oversight regarding your bill. We want you to continue to enjoy the restaurant, and please know that this was unacceptable to me. I have discussed this review with my... More

Sarasota, Florida, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Tastefully decorated somewhat eclectic little bistro in a motel setting, with Chef Alan's creative exotic American menu. Blu consistently serves up friendly service and top quality scrumptious food! Living locally, it's a nice hidden secret, it's an easy go to for breakfast and lunch. Dinner is served only on Friday & Saturday evening, by reservation (recommended). The quiche of the... More

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

ijules, Thank you so much for writing us a review! I truly appreciate all your compliments and visits to Blu. Thanks again, we hope to see you soon! Chef/Owner Alan More

Highland, New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

The food was really good. I like going here. The chef cares about the food. The only drawback is the view of the pool that belongs to the hotel this Cafe is attached to. But, every time I go, they're is no one in the pool.

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

ushighlanders, thank you so much for writing a review! I truly appreciate your compliments! Funny, the view of the pool changes daily-some days better than others :) thanks again, and hope to see you soon! Chef/owner Alan More

Venice, Italy
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Chef Alan uses his unique cooking skills to give each meal his personal touch.. The menu is a little limited for my taste, but what is there is excellently prepared.. The friendliness of the staff and Hostess makes our dining experience fun.. We love eating there.

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

Mr. A., Thanks so much for taking the time to write us a review! The dinner menu changes weekly, with offerings from chicken (this week) to stuffed shrimp and filet mignon. We try to keep it different and interesting! Please know that we would be happy to make you anything you would like next time you are in! Hope to... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

My husband and I have been successful restaurant owners for 26 years on the Coast of N.C.. We have a house in Venice, but found the Blu Island Bistro on Trip Advisor. It was great. The place is beside a hotel and doesn't look like much from the outside, but is so quaint and cool inside. The menu is "safe... More

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

kenpearl, Thanks so much for writing us a review! We appreciate you dining with us, and we will share your comments with Jordan. We strive to please our guests, and I am very happy you enjoyed your evening. Hope to see you again! Chef/Owner Alan More

SAINT PETERSBURG
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Great menu in a location you wouldn't expect. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a menu prepared by a USA rated chef. Menu adjusted based on availability of ingredients. Not a lot of seating but worth any wait you might have. They have a couple of craft beers on tap. You will find locals here and the restaurant staff is very... More

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

DJB1954, Thanks so much for taking the time to write us a review! Your compliments will be shared with my staff, and greatly appreciated. We look forward to seeing you again, please introduce yourself next time! Chef/Owner Alan More

Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

It is the only place in Venice I'll go for breakfast. Poached eggs are very farm fresh And done perfectly. Other b'fast fare excellent. They had a dinner special a last Saturday, New England lobster & clam dinner. Excellent and reasonably priced. Have not been there for the regular dinner menu but they know how to cook over there. Service... More

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

Richard, Thanks so much for taking the time to write us a review! The night you were in, I am well aware of service not being up to par, and please accept my apolgizes for that. We look forward to seeing you again, and please introduce yourself! Chef/owner Alan More

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