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Blue Dolphin Cafe

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470 John Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34236-1428
+1 941-388-3566
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We've eaten breakfast at the Blue Dolphin each year for about the last 20 years. Service is always good and food interesting They always have a breakfast 'special' which we often enjoy. We usually enjoy their location on the Key since it's a larger restaurant but their place on John Ringling Blvd. is sometimes more convenient. I would recommend the... More 

Thank Dusty3003
Milton, Canada
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Get there early especially on a Saturday morning as there is always a line up. I love watching the staff dance around each other in such a small space: they are all so coordinated.

Thank Heather B
Sarasota, Florida
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

A small restaurant on the circle. Great food and prices. Very small but fast service and prices are reasonable.

Thank Nancjackmuff
Garner, North Carolina
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is very popular and there was a 30 minute wait. But it was definitely worth it. Excellent omelettes, corned beef hash, fresh fruit, etc. Service was good and fast!

Thank Week25
Palm Harbor, Florida
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180 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This small restaurant on St. Armand's Circle always seems to have a line (especially in the high season). You get well cooked meals and large servings. They have the straight forward breakfast items you would expect, pancakes, omlettts, skillets etc. Only open for breakfast and lunch

Thank charliespal2
Denver, Colorado
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33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We go to the Blue Dolphin Cafe every year when we visit Sarasota. It is a great location for breakfast on St Armands. The quality of food is fantastic and the value is great! I highly recommend this spot! Be prepared for a wait on the weekends if you go mid morning, however, it is worth the wait!!

Thank Kara A
Saint Louis
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137 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very small breakfast spot in St. Armand's circle. Usually a small wait as well. All the standard breakfast fair is well prepared. We enjoyed the omelettes and the pancakes

Thank Andrew K
Lincoln City, Oregon
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

felt pretty secure going to a place w/ such a high TA rating... had to say, we were disappointed w/ the food. The place was hopping, no problem waiting the 5-10 minutes for a table. Service and atmosphere were excellent. But then the food arrived. I got the eggs Benedict (which i will order off of any menu it's on),... More 

Thank LizasPatches
Apple Valley, California
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Staff very nice and accommodating. Food had ample portions and was made very fresh and served hot. We will return next time we visit Lido Key.

Thank Theresa S
Meadville, Pennsylvania
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144 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We always enjoy our meal here. The staff is friendly and efficient and the portions are huge. I had sausage and biscuits; loved the sausage gravy, but hated the biscuits, but my husband had a biscuit that was buttered and heated on the grill and it was excellent. I also had the fruit which was very good. I'm usually leery... More 

Thank jaf24

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Kids
Open Hours
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 470 John Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34236-1428
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
  • Phone Number: +1 941-388-3566

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?