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Blue Marlin Grill

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65 Eastern Ave, Essex, MA 01929-1321
(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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Raynham, Massachusetts
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Met a lady a Gloucester Festival and she recommended The Blue Marlin. She said better Fried Clams than the famous Woodman's. Boy was she right. Best fried clams ever. Great staff!

Thank barbaratippy
Salem, MA
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Best fried seafood by far with huge portions and fair prices. This place makes me happy and we smile as we drive right by Woodman's (tourist trap) to get the biggest seafood platter you've laid eyes on. Go get yourself some great fried seafood here now!

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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were driving by and decided to stop for late lunch. Service was ok tables needed to be set, the waitress was friendly but forgot to give us bread and forgot my drink. She served 2 of the four meals had to wait a few minutes for the other 2. Food was hot and portions were very good, if service... More 

Thank Hopecopper1
Beverly, Massachusetts
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We often frequent the Blue Marlin. We have never been disappointed! The food is beautifully presented and delicious! The warm and crusty bread is soooo good. We love calamari and it's delish. I love the mustard encrusted salmon- incredible! The swordfish was really good on a recent visit. Our friend ordered the fried seafood platter- big enough for 2 people... More 

Thank angelasn2003
Salem, Massachusetts
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

I've been dining here for years and brought many new people who are now fans. The seafood is incomparable in the area!!

Thank lrainville
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26 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

One of my favorites always great food, service and drinks. A little on the pricey side but well worth it. Try the stuffed shimp, steak tips or if it's on special The KONA steak!

Thank Sharon G
Chelmsford, Massachusetts
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147 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

We were first placed in the back room and I thought I was in a slummy cafeteria. I asked for a booth in the front of the restaurant, and after waiting 20 more minutes we got a booth. The booths were wooden and very dull (grey) When I saw the prices I was very surprised they were so high especially... More 

2 Thank Bryna289
Topsfield, Massachusetts
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57 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

Wife and I went there last night at 5:30 PM. The front dining area and the bar were packed so we were seated in the "west wing" where that tables were more casual than those in the front. Menu has a wide variety but we each chose seafood platters. Both were cooked perfectly, hot and tasty. By the time we... More 

Thank Bill139
Peabody, Massachusetts
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68 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

We come here often with our friends and we always come away saying what an excellent meal. My favorite is the baked haddock. Others have loved their stir fry meal and other fish dishes!! On our last visit we had a server by the name of Gisela, who was so much fun and a great server!!!

Thank meme4934
Beverly, Massachusetts
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29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

This was an unexpected delight! Perfect neighborhood bar. Perfect food and a great wait person. This was really nice. We ordered seafood, it was fresh, fried to perfection and wow like tasty. I will go here over and over again. What a great hideaway.

Thank rebaspal

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Television
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups
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: (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?