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Blue Marlin

101 N Hamilton St, Madison, WI 53703-2115
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Ranked #229 of 821 restaurants in Madison
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: American, Seafood
Good for: Entertaining clients
Dining options: Reservations
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Good for: Entertaining clients
Dining options: Reservations
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64% Recommend
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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

We went there for dinner during restaurant week and had a fabulous 3 course dinner for $30! I had a thai style crab soup as an appetizer which was simply delicious followed by a flawlessly prepared salmon, probably one of the very best I ever had. It was served with a jalapeño risotto which was delicious followed by a desert... More

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Leusden, The Netherlands
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51 reviews 51 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

One of special places in Madison where you can get seafood. Service is nice without overdoing it, but more important is the great quality of the food. I had Iha Tuna, that was very good. Normal portion and a bottle of nice Sancere

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Oregon, wisconsin
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31 reviews 31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

The blue marlin has been around for a long time but it's menu has kept up. They have a large offering of appetizers and sides and although most items are seafood, there are also a few steak items as well. For appetizers my husband had crab cakes and I had mussels. Crab cakes were dense and packed with crab and... More

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186 reviews 186 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

I've been here once for dinner. It's very small and the portions are small especially for the price. If you like sea food and don't mind paying a little extra for it and not eating a whole lot it's the place for you. The quality of the food is good, but just not a place I need to go to... More

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127 reviews 127 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Blue Marlin did not disappoint. Our dinner included pan-seared Whitefish , trout and Ahi Tuna. The Whitefish was fresh tasting and prepared well. It was layered on a bed or arugula with a non-descript salsa. Ahi and trout were also flavorful and cooked well. Our appetizer of fried calamari was the highlight for us. Delicate, tender and flavorful. Overall, our... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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128 reviews 128 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

I was disappointed in the Blue Marlin after dining there for a business lunch meeting. The space is nice and service was up to par, but the food was really lackluster. The Gazpacho was not pureed enough and tasted more like a mild salsa, the Caesar salad was absolutely pathetic, it actually looked like a salad that had been half... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

This has always been one of my favorite restaurants since I moved to Madison for college almost 10 years ago. The food is high quality and done right. My husband proposed to me here, and we always come back on the engagement anniversary (and any other time we can thoughout the year)! I've brought my parents here as well. The... More

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592 reviews 592 reviews
400 restaurant reviews
187 helpful votes 187 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

Blue Marlin is a quaint and nice little restaurant off the corner of the Capital square. Before I had them in Baltimore, I was convinced Blue Marlin's crab cakes were the best. The oysters seemed pretty fresh here as well. The entree menu is a little lacking in variety, but it is compensated for in quality. The monkfish and the... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013 via mobile

Went tonight during restaurant week. It has been a long time since I was last here and honestly it will be a long time till I go back again. The restaurant is still very charming and the menu reads good but the delivery was just ok. I can understand that during restaurant week you have a limited menu, but at... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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72 reviews 72 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

The Blue Marlin has been around Madison for years and for good reason. You can do no better in the seafood department than anything served at this restaurant. Prices are consistent with an upscale restaurant downtown, it is in walking distance of everything the Capitol square has to offer, and the service is consistently excellent. I adore their crab legs,... More

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