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Blu' Island Bistro

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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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7:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery
Description: A local hot spot where everyone knows your name! Gourmet twist on...
A local hot spot where everyone knows your name! Gourmet twist on everyday favorites, from meat lovers to vegetarians, and the gluten free. Comfortable and chic, just a few blocks away from the beautiful gulf of mexico. Located conveniently on the Island of Venice, one block south of Venice Hospital, attached to the Island Sun Inn Hotel. Chef/Owner Alan Laskowski, Culinary Institute of America (CIA) alumnus, along with his Sous Chef Jordan Moore, also a CIA alumnus, deliver exquisite cuisine. Breakfast/Lunch 6 days with breakfast all day, Dinners Fri/Sat nights that give the word creative all new meaning. Restaurant, Private Parties, Catering.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
A nice local Venice find!

Have eaten here several times and have never had a bad meal. Great flavors in all the food we have had. My favorite are the fish tacos for lunch. My girlfriends have had the salads. Very fresh lettuce and fruit! Ate breakfast there this AM after a visit to the Venice beach dog park. Our... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
sadieh923
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Venice, Florida
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
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English first
Venice, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

Have eaten here several times and have never had a bad meal. Great flavors in all the food we have had. My favorite are the fish tacos for lunch. My girlfriends have had the salads. Very fresh lettuce and fruit! Ate breakfast there this AM after a visit to the Venice beach dog park. Our server, Lara, brought a cute... More 

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North Port, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

I visited Blu Island Bistro because a lot of our friends go there quite often and highly recommended us to visit. This place was very hyped up to say the least and boy, did it live up to the hype. We were greeted by all of the staff as soon as we walked into the door. We were there on... More 

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BLAINE
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Quaint place. Unique menu. Generous portions. Very personable server who knows the menu very well. We had Eggs bene with crab and aspargus which was very tasty but now wish I would have tried the grouper. (need to return soon) Also shared a heaping onion ring appetizer which was like thin 'strings'-extra crispy & yummy. Also had Blu salad with... More 

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Georgia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

We visited Siesta Key during Christmas and decided to find a "local" breakfast/lunch place. Saw all of the great reviews and decided to give this place a try. We ate outside on the front patio. It was great. We love to find places like this. I had pancakes and bacon and my Fiance ate the fish tacos. The food was... More 

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Northville, Michigan
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

This is the best kept secret in Venice! The food is unusual and remarkable. I had breakfast there everyday and found it delicious and affordable. I read the dinner menu and talked with the chef and wish I could have had dinner there but my other plans precluded doing so. The staff is very pleasant and informative. You MUST visit... More 

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Stony Lake
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

I had the shrimp omelette special and my wife had banana French toast this morning. Our waitress was attentive and accommodating and kept my cup filled with perfectly brewed coffee We're looking forward to returning tomorrow morning to try other treats on the menu. Try the chef's personal brand of hot sauce on your eggs. So much more flavor than... More 

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Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Always a favorite for us. We are sun-birds from PA. & we love that Chef Alan has a connection to Philadelphia. I love their Eggs Benedict w/Canadian Bacon & the Hollaindaise sauce is always generous & dreamy-creamy. I do wish however that they could try Thomas' English Muffins vs their current in-house choice. The Thomas' nooks & crannies are not... More 

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Alan L, Owner at Blu' Island Bistro, responded to this review

Jennie, Love when customers come in excited to tell me they are from Philadelphia, I'm a proud Philly boy! Thank you for the suggestion on the english muffins-this is our second round trying a new brand, first was too flat, these are a bit fluffy...you're so right-hollandaise must hug the crannies just right. Every now and then I make cheesesteaks...would... More 

FL
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Stayed at the attached inn specifically because we love the bistro - specifically for breakfast. Got right in, the coffee was good and the OJ even better. I ordered the spinach benedict - the eggs were perfectly poached and the hollandaise was wonderful. My father ordered one of the daily specials - biscuits and gravy. What a disappointment. I'm not... More 

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Alan L, Owner at Blu' Island Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind compliments! We use a higher level columbian coffee and local Florida, fresher squeezed OJ. Pleased you enjoyed your spinach benedict! As per your description, it is clear the biscuits & gravy separated, (butter fats separate from cream) and result in an unsatisfactory product. We do everything we can to prevent this, but this was clearly... More 

Ottawa, Canada
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I went to the Blu' Island Bistro on a Saturday evening, one of only two nights a week that it is open for dinner. The menu was impressive, with main courses ranging from kangaroo to local grouper and the service was exemplary. I was undecided as to whether to order the soup of the day and Tara,... More 

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Alan L, Owner at Blu' Island Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for coming to dinner and writing us a GREAT review! Pleased you enjoyed the cuisine and service. We are constantly trying to keep the menu varied, interesting and creative. Truly appreciate your words and sharing with the TripAdvisor readers! Chef Alan More 

Venice, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Had an excellent dinner last night. The blu salad is fantastic. Many unusual entries to choose from. We are anxious to go back.

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Alan L, General Manager at Blu' Island Bistro, responded to this review

Michael, Well we are anxious for you to come back! Thanks so much for writing us a review, so pleased you enjoyed your dinner with us. Hope to see you for breakfast or lunch! Kim More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 625 Tamiami Trl S, On the Island of Venice, Attached to the Island Sun Inn Hotel, Venice, FL 34285
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Venice
  • Phone Number: +1 941-485-8200

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 33
  • Cuisine: American

Description

A local hot spot where everyone knows your name! Gourmet twist on everyday favorites, from meat lovers to vegetarians, and the gluten free. Comfortable and chic, just a few blocks away from the beautiful gulf of mexico. Located conveniently on the Island of Venice, one block south of Venice Hospital, attached to the Island Sun Inn Hotel. Chef/Owner Alan Laskowski, Culinary Institute of America (CIA) alumnus, along with his Sous Chef Jordan Moore, also a CIA alumnus, deliver exquisite cuisine. Breakfast/Lunch 6 days with breakfast all day, Dinners Fri/Sat nights that give the word creative all new meaning. Restaurant, Private Parties, Catering.
Open Hours
Sunday
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Saturday
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?