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Blue Marlin Grill

) #6 of 19 Restaurants in Essex $$ - $$$ American, Seafood,
65 Eastern Ave, Essex, MA 01929-1321
+1 978-768-7400
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good32%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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“haddock” (18 reviews)
“seafood” (34 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Bar, Pub
$$ - $$$
65 Eastern Ave, Essex, MA 01929-1321
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I have eaten several meals at the bar. The bartenders are attentive, the food is delicious, and the atmosphere is good. Never had a bad meal. Seafood, steak, and salads all good. Order whatever you like. You won't be disappointed.

Thank Judy S
Reviewed 2 days ago

We returned to visit our friends on the Northshore. The Village was closed as it was Monday so we went to the Blue Marlin. We sat in the back room where a large family was finishing up their meal. To describe the room as loud...More

Thank Beachtraveler29576
Reviewed 6 days ago

it was a couples night with friends ..we had drinks at the bar and then waited to be seated....best haddcock ever

Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the Better local restaurants in Essex Nice bar setup and a good menu option usually fills up before the other restaurants in the area Good to get there early

Thank bubbia1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We wanted to go some place other than our usual fried clam place so we picked Blue Marlin based on online reviews. We were very happy with our decision. My husband went to get us a table while I made a quick shopping stop. He...More

Thank CarolineMR
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our top choice for dining in Essex, MA. Lots of fresh top quality fish and seafood, baked or broiled for those weary of fried food. (Altho you can get fried fare if that's the sort of thing you like...)

Thank BeachLover57201
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have heard for years that this is a must-go restaurant. Sorry we did. The food was horrible. We all ordered burgers medium-rare and they were all well-done. And, btw, that was not boursin cheese on those burgers. Our guess was that it was cream...More

Thank Ellebella_12
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The location is not inviting so we past this place many times. A local recommended it as the go-to place for his family. The parking lot was packed as was the restaurant. Many kids (so if you want a quiet dinner, not for you). But...More

Thank Richard R
Reviewed 13 June 2017

I went with a group of friends on a Monday night. The food was tasty and the servings were huge! Excellent onion rings and Caesar salad! Enormous hamburgers! The service could have been a little more attentive ! We had to wave to get our...More

Thank betsyk757
Reviewed 5 June 2017

For years our family has had dinner at the Marlin often, sometimes weekly. The service is great, the dishes are always good, and the prices are reasonable. This is not fine-dining, but it's very good. The Portuguese Bouillabaisse is sublime as is their swordfish and...More

Thank ChristaT2014
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Seafood, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 65 Eastern Ave, Essex, MA 01929-1321
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: +1 978-768-7400
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