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Blue Marlin Grill

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$$ - $$$
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65 Eastern Ave, Essex, MA 01929-1321
+1 978-768-7400
11:30 am - 1:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 1:00 am
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2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2017 via mobile

My family and I have been eating at the Blue Marlin for as long as I can remember. The baked haddock and clam chowder is the best in town! Great atmosphere, only complaint is the service is often very slow. However, it's always worth the wait!

Thank Alura C
Beverly, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017

Always consistent! Great atmosphere, pleasant staff. Food is of the highest quality. Large selection on the menu.

Thank tiegansnana
Beverly, Massachusetts
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62 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016

We have been coming to the Blue Marlin for many years. The food is always excellent. Both seafood and meat dishes are excellent. We had the steamed clam appetizer during the last visit and it was very tasty. The bar is fun to sit at, usually a friendly collection of loyal patrons. The bar and wait staff are very friendly... More 

Thank Cadillacjay
Newburyport, Massachusetts
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30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2016

Always good food, and friendly atmosphere. Seafood is very good! All the seafood plates are huge! Love their scallops. Also their potato skins are some of the best we've ever had!

Thank Kathy D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016 via mobile

Met up with a couple here as a Destination Point. The menu was quite extensive making it a difficult decision on what to order. Our sever, Angela, when asked for her recommendations, stated that the seafood was always fresh - that was the way to go no matter which seafood dish was ordered. Sure enough the Clam Chowder, Lobster Crab... More 

Thank Robert B
Kerrville, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

Wow. My husband loves to eat clams when he comes to New England - in Texas, we can't get them. We met up with friends who recommended this place and what a great choice. At first, it didn't appear we'd get in - it was Sunday and the place seemed busy, but we were seated quickly. The wait staff was... More 

Thank ncftx
Ipswich, Massachusetts
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84 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2016 via mobile

If you aren't looking for it, you could drive by it. The locals don't though! Nice staff and atmosphere. We gals had soup and sandwiches. Chowder excellent, gumbo really good . Large tomato sandwiches and a pastrami were excellent. The pastrami not a New York deli excellent, but for New England not bad! We thought we were getting half a... More 

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Grantham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016 via mobile

My Bostonian friends treated me to a day out on Cape Ann and after visiting various destinations such as Rockport, beautiful Castle Hill and enigmatic Hammond Castle we decided to stop for dinner at the Blue Marlin Grille in Essex. The place has a great atmosphere, lively even on a Monday night, and has a mix of table and booth... More 

Thank Milo118A
Newburyport, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

Went here with friends last weekend and had a good meal. My husband loved his dijon crusted salmon and I had the haddock which I enjoyed. Plenty of choices on the menu. Decent portions, good service-overall a very satisfying experience.

Thank lisac1962
Key West, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

Nice little food spot , The food was presented very well. Service was marginal . The marinated steak tips looked great ,and was a large portion cooked to a perfect medium rare , unfortunatley they wer too tough to eat ,( I think that bull had seen too many rodeos). The blue marlin haddock was a great dish . All... More 

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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, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 am - 1:00 am
11:30 am - 1:00 am
11:30 am - 1:00 am
11:30 am - 1:00 am
11:30 am - 1:00 am
11:30 am - 1:00 am
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 65 Eastern Ave, Essex, MA 01929-1321
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: +1 978-768-7400

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