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Blue Marlin Grill

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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65 Eastern Ave, Essex, MA 01929-1321
(978) 768-7400
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 1:00 am
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Kerrville, Texas
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174 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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81 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 

Thank Marty C
Grantham, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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114 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
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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21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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 

Thank William B
Wakefield, Massachusetts
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

Had dinner at one of our favorite (not anymore) restaurants last night. Standing at the bar waiting for someone to get up. It was our turn for seats. Two nice people were getting up and said to us "we warmed the seats up for you". Before we knew what was happening, someone that came in after us, went through the... More 

Thank nmapitts
Oakland, ME
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58 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016

One of the best restaurants I've eaten at in years! Our waitress was excellent. We were told this is the place locals come for quality food. Always a good sign.

Thank DCNewsMan
Raynham, Massachusetts
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 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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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016 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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18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016 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 

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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
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Families with children, Kids, 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?