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Blue Marlin Grill

65 Eastern Ave, Essex, MA 01929
(978) 768-7400
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Ranked #2 of 22 Restaurants in Essex
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Reservations
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  • English first
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English first
North Reading, Massachusetts
1 review
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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71 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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Litchfield, Connecticut
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81 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We were visiting friends in nearby Ipswich and we went to Blue Marlin on out last night there. We had a wait, but it was worth it. I had the excellent baked shrimp, whilst my husband had grouper in a saucy red sauce and our friend had rare tuna that he proclaimed perfect. Service was spot on and cocktails were... More

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Beverly, Massachusetts
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6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

My wife and I went out with my parents for dinner and decided to try a new place for all of us. Although we had many friends tell us we should try the Blue Marlin, for whatever reason, we just never had. For a Monday night and quite stormy too, it was pretty busy. (Always a good sign!) Our waitress... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Our family (me, husband, and 2 teens) stopped here for dinner on a Thursday night and it was great! Great food and good prices. If we are ever on Cape Ann again we will go back here for sure!

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boston, ma
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44 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Had a wonderful lunch there yesterday. The clam chowder is great. We both had haddock, one broiled, one baked. They were both extremely good. Wait staff was very attentive. Will go back again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We stopped into this restaurant on our travels through Mass. What a find!! Excellent in all categories. Best lobster roll I have EVER had. Quality & quantity of food was superb.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

My 13 yr old daughter and I eat at the Blue Marlin Grill frequently for lunch. We have never had a bad meal. We have never had bad service. The restaurant has had a facelift last year and looks great inside with a funky blue ceiling and hand painted art on the walls. Anything fried here is to die for... More

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South Berwick, Maine
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36 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

My boyfriend and I were on a day trip to Ipswich when we both got hungry, so I suggested going to Essex since there's restaurants there. At first I was thinking about bringing him to Woodman's, but since he's not super into seafood and Woodman's is on the touristy side, we stopped at the Blue Marlin Grille instead. What a... More

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