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“Something Different in Avondale. Worth a try.”
Review of The Blue Fish

The Blue Fish
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Ranked #32 of 2,013 Restaurants in Jacksonville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Talbot
Jacksonville, FL
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52 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Something Different in Avondale. Worth a try.”
Reviewed February 13, 2011

The Blue Fish has a good menu with varying preparations of the fishes on offer. On two visits, the waiters have offered complete flexibility with preparation of menu items, to wit, if you want the snapper prepared like the sea bass, they'll do it without any problem. The menu has included chicken and beef offerings on my visits there. A full bar is available. Atmosphere is complimentary of the dining experience. Food and service are good. Two visits ago, I had sea bass with an Asian/Thai type preparation, and I'm still enjoying the memory.

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Jacksonville, FL
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Good food and atmosphere”
Reviewed September 14, 2010

Had the eggplant w/ lump crab - delicious, perfectly cooked. The crab bisque was flavorful, but the flour base too thick and flour-y. The only complaint was that the oysters on the half shell were so tiny I would not have even sold them for $1.25, let alone $1.25 EACH!!! Good news is the fresh horseradish, cocktail sauce, and garlic oil that accompanies them for dipping - nice touch. Folks w/ me enjoyed their food - goat cheese salad and Ev's pear salad. Fish tacos were "the best" my table-mate had ever had. Service was pleasant and timely. Nice of the owner/chef to show enough interest to talk with us in depth about the meal. Will definitely go back.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Declining quality”
Reviewed July 26, 2010

Have eaten 3 times. Service is good as well as decor. But the quality of the food has fallen off drastically and I won't try a 4th time. Much like the reviews of the Thai restaurant around the bend. Same thing. People are pleasant but food is now bad. But for bad food the price isn't too bad.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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“Delicious!”
Reviewed April 27, 2010

Great addition to the dining scene in the Avondale area of Jacksonville. Bright cheery decor along with inside and outside dining make it a perfect spring time choice. We recently went for lunch to celebrate a birthday. Wonderful seafood items(try the fried Gulf oyster caesar salad and to die for crab bisque) along with plenty of non seafood choices (the chicken Diane was a favorite of two of our group). The waitstaff is friendly and very accomadating. We can't wait to go back for dinner.

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Jacksonville, FLorida USA
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“Does not meet up to Avondale Standards--obnoxious table made us leave”
Reviewed April 24, 2010

Had a terrible visit to the Blue Fish. This was our second time dining here. Lunch the time before was far superior.
Sat outside next to a VERY obnoxious table who seemed more fit to be at a Nascar event than an upscale restaurant. Appetizers were mediocre. "Sock it to Me" shrimp were bland and tasted nothing like the first time we tried them...more like "Sock it to my wallet--half the portion of lunch and twice the price."
Asked management to quiet table down, were told "They are paying customers". As if all other 30 diners outside were not? All other tables were visibly angered as you could not hear yourself think much speak above the obnoxious clamor and tacky laughter. Will not go again.
Crossed the street to Biscotti's, where food is the way it should be. The Blue Fish may be busy now ,but if they do not make major changes they will not survive. Management did not even seem to care that we left before fully dining.
Also, on 3 separate occasions we have called the restaurant during open hours and they didn't even answer the phone. If only I could give it negative stars, I would.

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