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Blue Dolphin Cafe

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$$ - $$$
American, Cafe, Diner
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470 John Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34236-1428
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This place is on StArmand's Circle and is one of the few that specialises in breakfast.It is really busy but they have lots of staff and get through the queue very quickly.The menu is pancakes,eggs,french toast etc and you won't need any lunch.Great for setting you up before the beach

Thank David S
San Francisco, California
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The breakfasts and lunches here are delicious. Everything is fresh, hot, and tastes homemade. Servings are large. Service is courteous and fast. The restaurant is pretty small and might seem congested to some. If you want to feel less cramped, try to get the window seat. Blue Dolphin is a little oasis in the commercialized zone of St. Armand's key.... More 

Thank sf56lovetotravel
Vero Beach, Florida
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We came here for breakfast on our last day in Sarasota. Food was amazing- best Belgium waffles and they never let your coffee cup go empty. My husband tried the cheese blitzes and loved it. Wait was only 5-10 minutes even though the place was packed. Get there early, it's small and very popular.

2 Thank LeKooc
Brewerton, New York
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324 reviews
234 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Have repeatedly been here for breakfast, but first time for early lunch. Great coffee! We both had create your own omelette-very large and fluffy (must be three eggs). Bob our server was excellent along with his help who remembered us from the week before (it must have been the cup of vegetable chili to go). Never disappointed here, highly recommend.

Thank Willisdds
Lakeland, Florida
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15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We've been to the other location on Longboat Key a number of times so we figured we'd try this place for breakfast. Good vintage diner atmosphere. Food is not out of this world but is good solid tasting diner food. The omelet I ordered was filled with tomatoes, sausage, cheese and onions and topped with sour cream. The home fries... More 

1 Thank RSPRB
Tampa, Florida
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64 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Came in here for a late breakfast on a Sunday Morning. The line was long, but seemed to move pretty well, as our party of 2 was only a 20 minute wait. Not bad for a popular restaurant on a Sunday morning. We opted for first-available seating- which was either table/booth/counter. We got the counter, and although a touch crowded... More 

1 Thank jvntpa
Boca Raton, Florida
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Delicious fresh eggs, sausage, toast served with hot coffee by a genuinely friendly and welcoming staff. Small, clean, old fashioned style cafe restaurant a true jewel for travels and locals.

1 Thank Roberta P
Key West, Florida
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40 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

Went there based on ratings. Tried the "homemade hash". Not good, dry and lacking flavor. Also thought the eggs with it were medium size. Staff very attentive and great.

Thank easyed7889
Laurel, Maryland
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457 reviews
256 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016 via mobile

Got a seat at the counter after waiting for about five mins. It's a small place. Service was quick, friendly and attentive. Several people checked up on me to make sure I had what I needed throughout my meal. Food was pretty awesome. Being a vegetarian I got the veggie breakfast wrap. They offered me hot sauce which I was... More 

Thank RandomTraveler76
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016 via mobile

We travel to St Armands 1 or 2 times a year and always make the Blue Dolphin Cafe one of our breakfast stops. Highly recommend the pancakes especially the apple cinnamon.

1 Thank Brian T

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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
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine
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: 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?