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“Very good but not great” 4 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 #46 of 851 Restaurants in Sarasota
Cuisines: Diner
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
northern ireland
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56 reviews 56 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Very good but not great”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

Enjoyed our visit here and the kids loved their Mickey Mouse pancakes. Did feel however it was a bit style over substance - to be honest the pancakes at Millies are much better.

Visited July 2013
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  • English first
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English first
Orlando, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Decent diner food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

My husband and I are breakfast foodies so we are always on the lookout for places to have breakfast. We decided to stop in the Blue Dolphin Cafe per reviews and see for ourselves. I will be posting for a visit back in June 2013 as well as a visit on July 4th weekend. I had pretty much the same items both times we visited except the second time I had a veggie omelet which was a bit wet on the bottom ( I dont like wet eggs but maybe veggies tend to do that) with a blueberry pancake and for an upcharge you can ask for real maple syrup. First visit I had the pancake with scrambled eggs and breakfast potatoes. It was good except pancake batter is a little heavy. On our first visit my husband had the stuffed peach french toast which he said were pretty good. On the second visit he had a breakfast sandwich with egg, ham and cheese. He likes to eat these types of sandwiches with coffee but the coffee here is horrible both times we visited. He said it was watered down with no flavor. Service was good and the place has a worn out look to it. Over all if you are in a mood for diner food this place would fit the bill.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Lakeland, Florida
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59 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Good for a quick bite”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

This is a nice, clean place, but was hoping, based on the name, that they had some good fresh local seafood. Unfortunately, they don't. The service was good and friendly, the food is just average. Again, very nice people, and very clean place, but we wouldn't return as there was nothing extraordinary about it.

Visited July 2013
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
“Great food served here!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

We had the banana granola pancakes seafood omelette which both very good choices.. A great place to get lunch or dinner or breakfast at any time of the day..

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Weston, Florida
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15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“The toast bread had mold”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

The coffee tasted like sented water, the fruits were stale, and the multigrain Toast was moldy. The pancakes were good

  • Visited July 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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