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Blue Marlin Grill

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65 Eastern Ave, Essex, MA 01929
(978) 768-7400
Today
11:30 am - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Reservations
Good for:
Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 33
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
my favorite restaurant

the blue marlin is my all time favorite restaurant. The service is surperb, friendly wait staff and bartenders and the food is consistant every time I go which is quite often. When you sit at the bar you will see many locals and very easy to strike up a conversation, and have a good drink or a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
suzie d
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Peabody, Massachusetts
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Peabody, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

the blue marlin is my all time favorite restaurant. The service is surperb, friendly wait staff and bartenders and the food is consistant every time I go which is quite often. When you sit at the bar you will see many locals and very easy to strike up a conversation, and have a good drink or a well poured glass... More 

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58 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Not quite up to the raves in my opinion based on only one visit. Service was excellent. Fried food looked great, but your at fried food ground zero in Essex so you expect that. Nice size shrimps by the each, nicely served on ice, but the cocktail sauce was disappointing. The spicy fried calamari were cooked and battered to perfection,... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

We go a few times a month we live in Boston it is worth the 45 min drive I have not been disappointed yet mussel are fantastic . Menu has a lot to choose from. Very friendly we enjoy the bar side just love this cozy spot

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Rowley, Massachusetts
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27 reviews 27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We hadn't been to The Blue Marlin for several years. Last time it was just OK. We had heard good things lately and decided to give it a try. My wife had the steak and said it was the best she's had in a very long time. Better than our favorite steak rest. I tried the giant meatballs. Very good!... More 

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Acton, Massachusetts
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73 reviews 73 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

We were in Gloucester MA looking around for a nice seafood restaurant, when we were told by more than a few locals to go to the Blue Marlin in nearby Essex MA. I am a seafood nut, but a total Clam Chowder geek, who seeks out the best chowder in Nantucket MA, Cape Cod, Cape Ann, PEI, Nova Scotia or... More 

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Beverly, Massachusetts
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16 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

The menu is varied, and the quality of the items is very good. Portions are ample, and the wait staff are very good, and friendly.... Go back atleast 5 or 6 times a year...very pleased.

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Danvers, Massachusetts
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

One of the best seafood restaurants in the Gloucester Essex Ma. area. Always fresh and plentiful. Moves along quickly but worth the wait. Ave been ther for lunch as well as dinner and both are excellent.

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North Reading, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We have always had an excellent sea food dinner when visiting the Blue Marlin. Their clams and scallops are my favorites and they prepare them perfectly when fried.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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126 reviews 126 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We had the fried seafood platter and the bouillabaisse. Both were excellent. The fried seafood platter was too much to finish (see photo) even without an app beforehand. I substituted the calamari for the scallops and requested a side red cocktail sauce in addition to the tarter sauce provided). The bouillabaisse was outstanding! Highly recommend!!! Also, the martinis are the... More 

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Hampton, New Hampshire
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47 reviews 47 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

my mom's Liver and Onions. This place is always mobbed during the season. I attest to it being busy by tourist, only once and never to return. the turnover of customers is a given and I would expect it to get a meal right once in a while. I hope you are the lucky one if you decide to stop... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 65 Eastern Ave, Essex, MA 01929
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: (978) 768-7400
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Monday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Thursday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Friday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 1:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?