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Blu' Island Bistro

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625 Tamiami Trl S, On the Island of Venice, Attached to the Island Sun Inn Hotel, Venice, FL 34285-3237
+1 941-485-8200
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7:30 am - 2:30 pm
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48 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had Blu' Island Bistro cater my special birthday dinner party in the restaurant. They executed an amazing transformation of their eclectic restaurant into an elegant, warm room. It was a Saturday evening, when they are normally closed, and tables had nice tablecloths and napkins, as well as tasteful centerpieces and menus. Through their choices of table decorations, they coordinated... More 

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Thank RetiredInParadise
Alan L, Owner at Blu' Island Bistro, responded to this review

Retired In Paradise, Thank you for choosing us to have your party--I am so pleased you and your guests enjoyed the experience! Chef/Owner Alan More 

W. Newbury, MA
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52 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food is okay, but after my last visit here I will not be back. I ordered the grouper tacos for lunch. The menu noted $7. When I got the bill I was charged $18 for three tacos. The menu does not indicate that you need to add $11 for a base price taco and the grouper is a $7... More 

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Thank cwile
Alan L, General Manager at Blu' Island Bistro, responded to this review

Cwile, I regret that the email conversations were confusing, as was our menu for you. Our most popular menu item, the tacos, come with a choice of free-range organic chicken, white fish or veggies for 11. Wtih this comes your choice of fruit/chips/coleslaw. Grouper is indiciated on the menu as an additional 7 if choosen. You also chose to upgrade... More 

Boston
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113 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have been here many times for breakfast, and the blueberry pancakes are worth the wait. This place gets very busy in season, which is January to March here in Venice. Still, the lines move fairly quickly, and there are seats to wait outside and free coffee.

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Thank FQTVLR
Orlando, Florida
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went there a few times during a recent stay. The food was average at best, but mostly poor. Oatmeal was cold one day. Didn't cook the eggs right another day. I know, how do you screw up eggs!! All the while paying $15-18 for breakfast for myself. Hey, I did get a nice dish and a piece of fruit on... More 

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Thank bond0072017
Alan L, Owner at Blu' Island Bistro, responded to this review

Bond007, I'm not overjoyed that you found Blu "overrated and overpriced" nonetheless, I respect your opinion and thank you for taking the time to write. We're not that far from Orlando and I hope you'll try us again--and find your experience more in tune with the ratings you referred to. Thanks again, Chef/Owner Alan More 

Osprey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Love this place! Fresh homemade donuts, bloody mary's and omelets. Service with a smile!! Very busy on weekends!! Great menu choices!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Kept hearing about Blu' Island Bistro but could never seem to get there until now. I wished we hadn't waited so long. We had Philly cheesesteak with onion rings and chicken tacos with onion rings. Both were fantastic. The onion rings and special house made sauce are really delicious and they gave us a pile of them. The Philly cheesesteak... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

GREAT FOOD GREAT SERVICE doesn't get any better than Blu everything was fresh and hot lots of specials breakfast all day what a great place to be

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Thank Mike B
Alan L, Owner at Blu' Island Bistro, responded to this review

Mike B., Receiving a grade of "A+" is music to our ears--thank you so much for coming, hope to see you again soon! Chef/owner Alan More 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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66 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a good meal last year, so went back again. It was very good, had the special Frittata and the daily special iced tea. It was a late lunch so the crowd was gone and we were able to eat on the Patio on a beautiful day. I enjoyed the egg dish which was full of vegetables and crab. I... More 

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Thank Jane Z
Alan L, Owner at Blu' Island Bistro, responded to this review

Jane, Thanks so much for coming back this year! We hope to continue the tradition of delivering a great experience for you. Thanks again, Chef/owner Alan More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I had the Cuban sandwich and it was Delish! Every time I visit the food is incredible. Try the specials, they never disappoint.

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Cape Cod , Ma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2017

We fell in love with this little cafe. The staff is amazing and so is the food. The Mimosas are made with fresh squeezed orange juice and are priced right.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $33
Cuisine
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
7:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
7:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
7:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
7:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
7:30 am - 2:30 pm
Saturday
7:30 am - 2:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 625 Tamiami Trl S, On the Island of Venice, Attached to the Island Sun Inn Hotel, Venice, FL 34285-3237
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Venice
  • Phone Number: +1 941-485-8200
Description
A local hot spot where everyone knows your name! Chef/Owner Alan Laskowski, Culinary Institute of America Alumunus delivers a gourmet twist on everyday favorites. Chef Alan won the local Iron Chef, Best of Philadelphia, People's Choice Award and many more. From meat lovers to vegetarians, and the gluten free, we have something for everyone. Comfortable and chic, just a few blocks away from the beautiful gulf of mexico. Located conveniently on the Island of Venice, one block south of Venice Hospital, attached to the Island Sun Inn Hotel. Breakfast/Lunch 6 days with breakfast all day that give the word creative all new meaning. Restaurant, Private Parties, Catering, Private Party Room.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?