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Blue Marlin Grill

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65 Eastern Ave, Essex, MA 01929
(978) 768-7400
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11:30 am - 1:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
I'm addicted.

Good food. Good prices. Large portions. Good service. Love it. The kids loved their food too which was a nice healthy meal.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Ipswich, Massachusetts
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Ipswich, Massachusetts
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good food. Good prices. Large portions. Good service. Love it. The kids loved their food too which was a nice healthy meal.

Thank LynnMass
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I been many times, always great, portions large, expansive menu, great atmosphere. Great value ! Haddock el paso is chefs recommendation, outstanding. Spicy calamari as a appetizer is incredible. Is crowed on Fri-Sat, so call ahead is recommended.

Thank Baseball167
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59 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

I found the menu to be very interesting with lots of choices. Have not been in a few years and am kinda kicking myself as the meal was good and the service quick.

Thank Clamlobsterlover
Gloucester, Massachusetts
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

After my husband and I had the best order of fried clams we've had in ages, we returned with friends and were slightly embarrassed - twice! In both cases the clams were grossly over-cooked and tasteless. Also, go for the seafood, because rare and medium-rare just do not compute in the kitchen. The wait staff is very friendly and the... More 

1 Thank Donna M
Tampa, Florida
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Always had a great meal. Going there when they were in Swampscott and then moved to Essex at a bigger location. The fried seafood plate is so large that you have to split it. The seafood has a lite batter but yet crispy on the outside and delicious on the inside. The seafood trio is broiled with bread crumbs It... More 

Thank srob8670
Northbridge, Massachusetts
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100 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Usually prefer to eat my seafood outdoors or with a view, but the good food made us realize why this place is a favorite with locals. Nice enough inside (really small ladies room!) and the service was good despite them being really busy on a weekday in early September. I don't think I've ever had a better house salad and... More 

1 Thank HappyTraveler01534
Reykjavik, Iceland
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

Great service and the staff is really friendly. The food was delicious and not expensive compared to how much it costs. Great atmosphere :) This is a restaurant you dont want to drive pass !

Thank Guðrún R
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54 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 via mobile

Possibly the best clam chowder we've had! We stopped in for lunch and to escape the heat and humidity. Very comfortable dining room with good service. We both had the chowder along with a salad (I had a garden salad, she had a Caesar salad). They were massive and fresh!! Great lunch - we will definitely return.

Thank Bryan W
Sebastian, Florida
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 via mobile

Restaurant recommended by local family member. Very comfortable atmosphere. A lot of local dinners. Staff friendly. Food delicious. Food priced accordingly. Definitely a stop when in town again.

Thank Julie D
Orange, Massachusetts
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51 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

Really fantastic clam plates with huge portions. The pineapple shrimp wrapped in bacon were for starters and very tasty. Our party of four all ordered clam plates and were pleasantly surprised with the very large portion of clams that were on the plate. Usually there are piles of fries or onion rings to make the plate look bigger, but the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 65 Eastern Ave, Essex, MA 01929
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: (978) 768-7400

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
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

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