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Blue Dolphin Cafe

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5370 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Ste 101, Longboat Key, FL 34228-2070
+1 941-383-3787
07:00 - 15:00
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Buffalo, New York
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2016

It's located in a strip mall, with sliding doors, but the service was great. Very friendly waitstaff and counterstaff. My kids and I all ordered breakfast foods for lunch, and we all enjoyed our selections -- apple cinnamon pancakes, Belgian waffle, and the California omelet.

1 Thank RCR94
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

If you want a good American breakfast or brunch on Longboat Key I can thoroughly recommend the Blue Dolphin. My favourites are the corned beef hash and the blueberry pancakes.

1 Thank Grimpil
Small Town ON
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54 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2016 via mobile

I really don't know why this place gets such great reviews. The staff were friendly but it was quiet and there were too many of them looking after the table. We had 4 different staff come to our table and ask the same questions. Food was mediocre at best. We were really looking forward to a good breakfast. Not here.

1 Thank JLWSmallTownON
Collinsville, Illinois
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73 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2016

We enjoyed a breakfast and lunch on two separate occasions. Both meals were excellent, similar to home cooked food. Very casual and a busy place. They serve only until 2:30. Casual atmosphere, good service. You may have to wait for a table if your timing is off. We experienced a short (10 min) wait both visits, but worth the wait.... More 

1 Thank jsrd
Waterford, Michigan
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2016

The Eggs Benedict were wonderful but the potatoes were memorable. Although the restaurant was packed we were soon accommodated at the counter. I'll be returning soon.

1 Thank Brenda Y
Peoria, Illinois
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2016

Blue Dolphin at the Center Shops has a solid menu of breakfast and lunch items. I like other breakfasts in Sarasota better but you cannot beat walking across the street for a good one now and again.

Thank Cjmonroe
Red Lodge, Montana
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78 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2016 via mobile

French toast is the best. Eggs, pancakes, fruit, toast, all very good. The coffee is excellent. One of our frequent stops ... Twice THIS WEEK.

1 Thank billings5
East Molesey, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2016 via mobile

A great little cafe. Sometimes when you walk into a cafe and their is a line of people it's easy to think shall we go elsewhere. I highly recommend you don't. The staff rotate tables at a good pace (without rushing you). After a five minute wait we were seated at the "counter" our breakfast was really good. The staff... More 

2 Thank lagitludders
angouleme, france
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91 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2016

We ate here twice for breakfast during our recent stay & loved it each time. gets busy, but service is excellent, all dishes freshly prepared - loved the omelettes.

1 Thank mitsy58
Longboat Key, Florida
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153 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2016

I have been to the Blue Dolphin multiple times. Have never had a bad meal. Today I tried the BLT and my friend had the club sandwich. Both were excellent. Bacon was nice and crispy, just the way I like it. Service was prompt.

1 Thank Mary P D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5370 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Ste 101, Longboat Key, FL 34228-2070
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Longboat Key
  • Phone Number: +1 941-383-3787

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