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“A Local Treasure” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Blue Dolphin Cafe

Blue Dolphin Cafe
470 John Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34236-1428
941-388-3566
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Ranked #32 of 794 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Diner
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast
Covington, Kentucky
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151 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“A Local Treasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

The Blue Dolphin is a "must do" if you're in Sarasota. It was recommended to us by a local for breakfast. It may be crowded but it is worth the wait. I think everything on their menu should be sampled. Their pancakes are sooo good. There is a small town atmosphere to the place -- not at all what I expected on St. Armand's Circle. You will not make a bad selection from this menu which ranges from traditional to the unexpected. Don't miss it.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Staffordshire Moorlands
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“No need for breakfast anywhere else”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

Since we started visiting Lido Key many many years ago this has been the place for our breakfast most days. Cannot fault it, the food is excellent, great value, keeps you going all day and the service and atmosphere is brilliant. Shame we havn't got something local like this over here in the UK.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Philadelphia
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37 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Great breakfast!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Blue Dolphin never fails to disappoint. Their huevos rancheros are outstanding & their omelets never disappoint. Highly recommend!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Woods Hole, Massachusetts
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great Breakfast Spot”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

Small, casual breakfast and lunch spot right off of St. Armands Circle with homey feeling and good waffles. Best breakfast in this area and so is very popular. You can sit at the counter if you're feeling nostalgic...

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Newtown, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“One of my Favorites”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

I have been traveling to Sarasota for over 10 years now. Every time I visit, I must make time to eat at Blue Dolphin. Only downsides are tight spaces and moderately high prices but well worth it... including the usual 10 minute wait outside. Everything is fresh, large portions and friendly staff. Can't wait to go back next month!

  • Visited May 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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