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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
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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  • English first
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English first
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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26 reviews 26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
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 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
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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125 reviews 125 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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132 reviews 132 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 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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Additional Information about Blue Marlin Grill

Address: 65 Eastern Ave, Essex, MA 01929
Phone Number: (978) 768-7400
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Essex
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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