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Dancing Marlin

20590 S La Grange Rd, Frankfort, IL 60423-1302
+1 815-464-6646
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good26%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (14 reviews)
“tapas” (28 reviews)
“sliders” (20 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Wine Bar, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
20590 S La Grange Rd, Frankfort, IL 60423-1302
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Reviewed today

When Dancing Marlin first opened we had visited and were not impressed. At that time the food seemed so-so and overpriced. Last year, we tried it again and have had a 180 change in opinion. We have visited a couple of times in the last...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank MamaGal
Reviewed 3 days ago

Dancing Marlin is a local favorite, though the portions are small the food is outstanding. The staff just adds to the great experience. Even though I like many of the dishes, my favorite day is Friday when Oysters on the half shell are very reasonably...More

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank illiniarchitect63
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was very impressed with the food. Oysters good. Server did not really know much about the oysters but quickly sent out the chef to ID and explain to us. Chef was happy to chat. The whitefish salad, seared tuna were excellent. Beer salad was...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank octoberitaly2
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was our first visit here and had never eaten tapa style before. We made reservations prior to coming. It was extremely loud in the restaurant. The server explained the process of ordering and sharing, so we ordered our first round of items — Mac...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Viajera172705
Reviewed December 11, 2018 via mobile

We came here last month, having a gift card. We had some money left and decided to return. Service was excellent. Food was delicious! My only complaint/suggestion would to bring out the dessert menu sooner or include on regular menu. We were stuffed by the...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank frag81
Reviewed December 9, 2018

Excellent food and service! Our server, Rebecca, was knowledgeable about gluten free needs and made me feel comfortable. The menu had an incredible number of gluten free options, and I was happy to know that their fryer was entirely gluten free. We've been to the...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank julebean67
Reviewed November 26, 2018

Date night special for us. Menu has been updated, wines by the glass are always good. The strip steak is always a hit!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank bkp21
Reviewed November 3, 2018 via mobile

Tried this place for this first time, since we received a gift card. Not sure why we never went before...it was excellent. So many options to choose from. Got a few small plates to share. The general tso cauliflower was excellent!! I love that the...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank frag81
Reviewed September 24, 2018

This was a little bit of an excursion for us, since we live 40 minutes away. But it was worth every mile and traffic jam. We decided to go for oyster happy hour and we loved it. Excellent BC oysters, followed by small plates of...More

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank David W
Reviewed September 22, 2018 via mobile

Excellent food, great service. We have eaten here several times now and it’s consistently very good.

Date of visit: April 2018
1  Thank afigus14
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Questions & Answers
Linda W
August 12, 2017|
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Response from MarlinTeam | Property representative |
Hello Linda, Dancing Marlin does feature an "All-You-Can-Eat" option called our "Breakfast & Brunch to Share" which includes unlimited breakfast sausage & bacon, scrambled eggs, buttermilk pancakes , biscuits & gravy, pork... More
August 20, 2015|
Response from Maitaiguy101 | Property representative |
Yes! Brand new for this year!!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$15 - $30
Dinner, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Wine and Beer, Outdoor Seating, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
4:30 PM - 11:00 PM
3:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 20590 S La Grange Rd, Frankfort, IL 60423-1302
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Frankfort
  • Phone Number: +1 815-464-6646
  • E-mail
The Dancing Marlin is an American small plates restaurant, featuring fresh seafood, inventive & creative dishes, all meant to be shared. We feature 18 wines on tap, 8 hand crafted cocktails on tap & a full bar. Enjoy the area's best Sunday Brunch!
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