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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2019 Winner
The goal of Blue Dog was to open a small, neighborhood restaurant in Matlacha, Florida the town we love. Our focus is on the small things that belong in a neighborhood restaurant. Being genuinely friendly, knowing the names of our guests and serving fresh local food at reasonable prices. Our hope is that the neighborhood grows to trust us and makes us an extension of their homes. The white boots (locally called 'Pine Island Reeboks') that 'Blue' wears on our logo are a nod to the rich past and current fishing history of Pine Island and Matlacha. These boots are worn by commercial fishermen all along the Gulf Coast from Texas to Florida. From our family, we'd like to give our thanks to every
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
American, Gastropub, Seafood
Takeout, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront
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Reviewed March 9, 2020

We ate here during our stay in FL. A real plus is that it is dog/friendly (on the patio). We had great food and we were able to watch the birds splashing in the water. The wait staff is friendly and helpful.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed March 9, 2020

Went to Blue Dog with another couple on Sunday evening. Three of us chose shrimp prepared different ways: scampi, blackened (a little spicy for friend’s preference, but not so much that she didn’t like) & fried. All agreed it was best shrimp in the area!...More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 9, 2020

My family and I were taken to Blue Dog by another relative who lives locally. OMG, some of the best tasing fish I have ever had and I like seafood. 5 of the 6 of ordered the Triple Tail fish sandwich and every one of...More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 8, 2020 via mobile

The place is nice and the staff were friendly. The food was delicious. We had the TNT shrimp and it was AWESOME! I had the market fish which was grilled hogfish with mango salsa and rice. It was delicious! My husband had the blackened mahi...More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 8, 2020

We used to eat at Bert's all the time but have not been impressed lately so decided to try Blue Dog. We are so glad we did! I love that they serve local seafood and have a great assortment of local craft beers on tap....More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed March 5, 2020 via mobile

TNT Shrimp are awesome. Good selection of beers. We also had the Ahi Tuna Nachos which were a special that day. They were really good.

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 3, 2020

My first visit to the Blue Dog was with a group of 14 and nobody "flinched!" We were quickly seated together and Rubie, our delightful and personable waitress, was "Johnny on the spot" taking orders and keeping us all fed and happy. Even though I...More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 2, 2020 via mobile

The Blue Dog never disappoints. The shrimp and grits were the best I’ve ever had!!! So flavorful, cooked perfectly, plump shrimp on top. Husband’s shrimp were perfect, as always. Fresh and prepared perfectly. Great service. Great atmosphere. Busy, busy, busy - you will have to...More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 1, 2020 via mobile

We visited last year and I remembered the crab cakes were wonderful and they were wonderful again. 2 large cakes were served with fresh green beans which was perfect. My husband had the mullet sandwich grilled, he is telling everyone how wonderful it was

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed February 28, 2020 via mobile

I had a nice hogfish, but it came out tepid. The rice was stone cold. My wife's vegetable was also cold. Clearly they have a problem with their sides. Be careful what you order here.

Date of visit: February 2020
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There is an outdoor area on canal side that dogs can go with you!
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Seriously? I'd rather a restaurant keep trying to improve, remedy problems if any, in short take care of business, than obsess over reviews and compose what are bound to be boiler-plate thanks or apologies to reviewers... More
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