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Blu' Island Bistro

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625 Tamiami Trl S, On the Island of Venice, Attached to the Island Sun Inn Hotel, Venice, FL 34285-3237
+1 941-485-8200
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07:30 - 14:30
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52 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Was visiting for the holiday with a lot of plans and activities. When I saw the post from Blu about take out Thanksgiving dinner I was thrilled. I always have a great meal there and thought it was a great idea. I hope they continue this service. Everything was packed nicely in family style containers. It was an easy heat... More 

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Thank xrayjng
Sarasota, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We eat here several times a year. Took my parents this morning for breakfast. When they asked for my recommendations I said...well everything I've ever had here is great.

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South Venice, Florida
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27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great fresh menu items prepared by an accomplished chef. Good service and a great hot sauce that you can also buy in the lobby.

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Thank resident344
Gorham, New Hampshire
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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food was okay. Do not see how all those great reviews. Food was okay at most. They must have a lot of friends that rate them this high.

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Thank kelsojo
alan l, Owner at Blu' Island Bistro, responded to this review

Dear Kelsojo, Thank you for your review that included recognition of the rave reviews we have received. The staff and I strive for the impossible--to please all of the people all of the time. In all sincerity your review is a reminder that we have to try even harder to reach the impossible dream.. Alan, Chef/Owner More 

Englewood, Florida
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528 reviews
504 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A couple of my friends were going to meet me here, and I had heard that the food was good, that the place was always crowded, so be prepared for a long wait. If there's one thing I hate....it's a long wait. The parking lot was so full I had to park across the street! But once I got inside... More 

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Wayne, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This bistro was the best part of our one night stay in Venice!! We arrived in town without a hotel reservation and somehow landed at the motel right next door. We had breakfast here after checking out and found the food and friendly staff to be fantastic! We chose to eat outside because it was early February 2016 and we... More 

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Myakka City, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My first time there, was lunch time and busy, obviously a local favorite, but they were getting people in and out quickly. The menu is fantastic, good specials. Food was great, Sangria was great! Staff was very nice also. Loved the bacon and breakfast potatoes!

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Thank Mangzz
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Let me start by saying that the service we received was very friendly and conscientious. However, our lunch was not to the level I expected from all the previous reviews and the cost. I ordered the strone crab bisque and a salad. It was average. We enjoyed the atmosphere and will probably return to give their breakfast a try.

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Thank agreenan
Alan L, Owner at Blu' Island Bistro, responded to this review

Dear Agreenan, Thanks for your review and compliments about our service and atmosphere, I will pass them along to staff. I am sorry that we earned just an "average" rating overall. Please do come back as you said, not only for breakfast but try another lunch. Thanks for writing and keeping us on our toes, Chef/Owner Alan More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

"Almost everything can be made gluten free" is the best thing you can hear if you have gluten intolerance or celiac disease. Blu' Island Bistro has gluten free bread, wraps and buns and they are very sensitive to their food handling when preparing a meal for someone with a gluten intolerance. I had a grilled grouper sandwich on this visit... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I love this place!! Never disappoints. NJ pork roll sandwich is awesome. Everything is freshly made and taste great too. From the warm crumb cakes to the omeletes. Staff is really friendly. Call ahead seating works out nicely. A must go to

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$33
Cuisine
American, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
07:30 - 14:30
Tuesday
07:30 - 14:30
Wednesday
07:30 - 14:30
Thursday
07:30 - 14:30
Friday
07:30 - 14:30
Saturday
07:30 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 625 Tamiami Trl S, On the Island of Venice, Attached to the Island Sun Inn Hotel, Venice, FL 34285-3237
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Venice
  • Phone Number: +1 941-485-8200
Description
A local hot spot where everyone knows your name! Chef/Owner Alan Laskowski, Culinary Institute of America Alumunus delivers a gourmet twist on everyday favorites. Chef Alan won the local Iron Chef, Best of Philadelphia, People's Choice Award and many more. From meat lovers to vegetarians, and the gluten free, we have something for everyone. Comfortable and chic, just a few blocks away from the beautiful gulf of mexico. Located conveniently on the Island of Venice, one block south of Venice Hospital, attached to the Island Sun Inn Hotel. Breakfast/Lunch 6 days with breakfast all day that give the word creative all new meaning. Restaurant, Private Parties, Catering, Private Party Room.

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