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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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Orlando, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We come down to Venice at least twice a year and for the past two years have never missed a breakfast at Blu. Everything is great from the pancakes to the omelets, we have never had a bad breakfast. During our most recent visit we had the opportunity to catch the Saturday dinner service. All four of our meals were... More

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Apopka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

The restaurant is not only pleasant but the staff friendly and welcoming. The food is some of the best I have had. I would like to be able to give it 5+ rating. Richard Yoho

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Zephyrhills, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

My husband and I visited Blu Island Bistro 3 times this past week while staying in Venice. We were excited to go there again after last year's experience and were not disappointed. Between us and our granddaughter we had their Eggs Benedict, Mushroom Medley Omelet, hamburger, Stuffed Trout, Kobe beef sliders, Cajun Shrimp Pasta, Chocolate Mousse Cake and Berry Cobbler... More

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Hamden, Connecticut
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We have been visiting from CT for over two years now, ever since my folks relocated to Venice, and until this afternoon I was convinced that this part of Florida is a culinary wasteland. Visiting Blu' Island Cafe today has given us hope! I have never had a more delicious sandwich than the BLT at Blu. Chef's perfectly rendered pecan-smoked... More

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Venice
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 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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alan l, Owner at Blu' Island Bistro, responded to this review

"Mary Jones" I am so sorry about your poor experience, in order to "solve" or correct your visit for future guests, I would need to know, what day were you here? Who was your server? What did you eat (you did not mention a dish) how did we fail your clenaliness test? I have very high expectations for this establishment... More

Warwick, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

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
9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

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
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

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
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

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

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