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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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Sarasota, Florida
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31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The service was great and we had a nice table sitting outside on the patio. I ordered biscuits and gravy which wasn't too bad. I end up eating about half of the order. The gravy had so much sage, that I couldn't taste the sausage or the biscuit. Every bite was a mouthful of sage (which is very powerful). I... More 

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

Kris, Thanks for your review and the positive comments about our service. Regarding the not-so-positive comments--we do not use sage in the biscuits & gravy, we inspect the crab meat for shells but missed some in this case, we're sorry. Regarding the hollandaise, "extra" is always available at no additional charge. None of this is offered to counter your disappointment,... More 

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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is our go-to place for a wonderful breakfast or lunch. The wait can be long during the season but the food is amazing and worth the wait.

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Thank Jennifer C
Dalton, Georgia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Having read numerous positive reviews, we were excited to have brunch. The eggs in my Eggs Benedict were overcooked and there was very little hollandaise sauce. My husband's roast beef panini was somewhat tasteless - dry and not flavorful. The service was good but we won't return there.

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

Nancy, Thanks for taking the time to write. I can't reconstruct the event but I accept your criticism at face value. You could help us next time (if there is a next time) if you could tell us at the time what we've done wrong-we could then act to fix it. Thanks again for writing and we will try harder... More 

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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I can preface this by saying I have eaten at this restaurant before, and everything was great. Today, the service was exceptionally SLOW. It took approximately 30 minutes to get 3 orders of pancakes, and closer to 40 minutes to get a breakfast sandwich. Also, each of the pancake orders came out separately by 2-3 minutes, so we were all... More 

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

Dennis, Thanks for your review--it must have been on a Sunday and the waitress was new, all of which led to the perfect storm. To you and others who read these reviews we ask that you point out our shortcomings at the time and on the spot. Then we can try to give you an appropriate response beyond "we're sorry."... More 

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42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This is our favorite place for an adventurous breakfast. The menu is interesting and unique, such as Blu breakfast burrito, surf and turf eggs Benedict,(to die for) Italian eggs and so much more. Come out to Blu Island Bistro and try something new. Accompanied by a loaded Bloody Mary, your day will be off to a extraordinary start! By the... More 

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Clemmons, North Carolina
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77 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Well prepared breakfasts especially signature pancakes and waffles. Fresh juices and friendly service, ate here twice during Venice stay.

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Thank whit1955
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Blu's Chef Alan is great, putting some seriously good food with a friendly staff. We went twice in two days.

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Venice, Florida
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4 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

there are a lot of legitimate "greats" here. start with a decent setting; then, to the great menu, continue to great service and finish with the great taste.

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Thank Michael B
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I go out to breakfast 3-5 days per week. My favorite Breakfast spot by far is Blu Island Bistro! The food never disappoints and the staff is top notch! I love their different selections of Eggs Benedict that they offer daily. Make sure and check them out if you are in the Venice/Nokomis area.

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Thank Dee F
Omaha, Nebraska
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It’s been 4 yrs since our last visit which didn’t go well. Ref: “Wish it were cleaner since we walked out”; Reviewed June 19, 2013. This visit purely outstanding and will be back every time I visit Venice, FL. I kept my word I was coming back and glad we did. All 6 of us were delighted. My Dad said... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 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, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
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?