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Blu' Island Bistro

625 S. Tamiami Trail, On the Island of Venice, Attached to the Island Sun Inn Hotel, Venice, FL 34285
+1 941-485-8200
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Ranked #2 of 197 restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $5 - $33
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery
Description: Restaurant and Catering of all sizes. An up-scale take on "beach theme." Great atmosphere, fresh decor with a polynesian-beach feel. Chef Alan Laskowski graduated Culinary Institute of America and was a restauranteur in Philadelphia, with several "best of Philly" dishes. Come to experience great cuisine encompassing favorite house dishes always made to order. While you are visiting our beautiful Venice beaches, stop in for amazing cuisine and enjoy our local fare! Breakfast all day everyday, Lunch, Dinner Fri/Sat., Private Parties, Catering.
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery
Description: Restaurant and Catering of all sizes. An up-scale take on "beach theme." Great atmosphere, fresh decor with a polynesian-beach feel. Chef Alan Laskowski graduated Culinary Institute of America and was a restauranteur in Philadelphia, with several "best of Philly" dishes. Come to experience great cuisine encompassing favorite house dishes always made to order. While you are visiting our beautiful Venice beaches, stop in for amazing cuisine and enjoy our local fare! Breakfast all day everyday, Lunch, Dinner Fri/Sat., Private Parties, Catering.
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Shreveport, Louisiana
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98 reviews 98 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

First off there was a nice large menu selection. To boot my father got an order of onion rings and it was large enough all four of us (me, my father, my wife, and my mother) could have some it came with some sauce that made it magical though they were good enough it did not require it. My dad... More

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Venice, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

We go back here again and again, mostly for breakfast. Good food that is not boring, with exceptional service. We especially like the vegetable omelette.

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Newton, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Stopped by the other night and were very happily surprised by the very interesting entrees. The food was delicious. We will be going back there soon.

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is a great place for brunch, lunch or dinner (weekends). The food is delicious and the staff friendly and efficient.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

Went on Sunday morning with a party of 7 including 3 kids. Got there just before 10 and were seated immediately. Had we arrived 10 minutes later though and I think we would have had a bit of a wait. Food and service we're excellent. In particular, the eggs Benedict and breakfast burrito, were memorable. Kids loved the pancakes although... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

Interesting food, beautifully prepared and served. All staff are very friendly, personable, and professional. Each visit is a treat. We have eaten there for breakfast, lunch, and dinner several times. It is our all round favorite restaurant in Venice! Dinner reservations needed.

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

I brought my boss here and I had a salad that was prepared with mixed greens, topped with chicken, strawberries, almonds, rasberries, and the best strawberry vinagarette dressing that I wish I could purchase by the gallon! Very refreshing!! I try to duplicate this salad at home, but your dressing wins hands down!

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

Hi Bethany, So glad you enjoyed the salad! Next time youre in, ask for some to go-we do sell it and I am in the middle of bottling it :) Thanks so much! Chef/Owner Alan Laskowski More

Venice, Florida
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15 reviews 15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 via mobile

Second dinner with friends at Blu and still don't see what others do at this no frills spot. A filet dinner for $26 with a dap of mashed potatoes and a few asparagus tips with no salad should get you a good piece of meat. The fillet was not thick one like at a steak house but thin with no... More

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

Hi Jack, My apologies for your disappointments with your experience. I remember visiting your table and everyone stated they were very pleased, so I am disappointed to read your review-a bit of a surprise. I understand that some people DO state they are happy when they are truly not, but then I have no way of correcting it. We obviously... More

Goshen, New York
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184 reviews 184 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

We've eaten here for breakfast and lunch and it is good. Breakfast on a Sunday, in season, can be a mob scene. We waited for a table and waited even longer for our food to be served, everything is cooked to order. We were starving, so they brought our some complimentary banana bread to munch on, a nice touch. About... More

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

Ellesor826, Thanks so much for writing a review, and we truly appreciate the compliments. Sundays "in season" are always busy-we do try to offset the wait with coffee and my mom's baked goods! We hope to see you again soon- Thanks so much! Chef/Owner Alan Laskowski More

Osprey, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Wonderful fish tacos and quaint atmosphere! I have not tried dinner, the local word is that it is super!

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

Ricalla, Thank you so much for coming in-we truly appreciate your business! Chef/Owner Alan Laskowski More

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