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Love Is In The Air....

Blu' Island Bistro (Venice, FL) knows that love is in the air at this time of year, and we want to share it! If you don't manage to snag one of our coveted spots at our special Valen-dine event, never fear. Sometimes breakfast can be more romantic! Treat your special someone to one of our amazing, mouth-watering breakfasts. Feast your senses on a frittata, feed each other some fresh fruit, order a little bit of everything and sample it together! You bring the romance, we'll supply the award-winning menu. Breakfast is served all day, so feel free to indulge anytime. We'd love to see you at Blu' Island Bistro this Valentine season! Your sweetheart...and your taste buds..will thank you!

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Election Thyme


Okay, okay, you're probably sick of election coverage by now. Blu' Island Bistro (Venice, FL) is here to offer a much more delicious alternative! That's right, Venice Reader's Choice awards are upon us, and we need your support! Make sure you cast your votes for Blu' Island Bistro by November 29th. Voting is online and couldn't be simpler. What's more, no other election offers you such a mouth-watering ballot! Blu' Island Bistro encourages you to update your taste buds with our latest signature selections, so you can make an informed decision on Best Breakfast, Best Lunch, Best Brunch, and Best Caterer! Blu' Island Bistro is always #1 with our customers, now we'd love the first place award to prove it! Vote Blu' Island Bistro to #1 in Venice Reader's Choice Awards today!

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May the 4th Be With You


Thanks to you, our loyal customers, Blu' Island Bistro is very excited to be entering our 4th season of deliciousness! Blu' Island Bistro is proud to bring Chef Alan's delectable dishes to Venice, Florida, and our reputation is growing! In fact, our success story has grown so exponentially that Blu Island is going to be dedicating itself to what we do best from now on: breakfasts, lunches, catering, and private parties and groups. The Blu' Island family can't thank you enough for your continued dedication to our signature specialties, and making us the number one choice for dine-in and catering in Venice, Florida! With that in mind, Blu' Island will no longer be serving regular dinners, but make sure you get on our email list for seasonal dinners Chef Alan is going to host! We anticipate these filling up quickly, so make sure you sign up soon. Blu' Island Bistro became an award-winning hotspot thanks to you and your glowing reviews, and we want to thank you by offering you the very best of what we do best...mouth-watering breakfasts, signature lunches, and incomparable catering! Our customers are the best, and Blu' Island Bistro is here to offer you the best!

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Helping your Event Shine!


Do you have a big event coming up that needs to be catered with delicious food and expert service? Whatever you need for special event catering, Venice, Florida’s favorite restaurant Blu’ Island Bistro is here to add that special touch to your event!

Helping Your Event Shine Blu’ Island Bistro is dedicated to every detail, from the menu to the guests, to ensure that your event is everything you dreamed of. We have proudly catered bridal showers, birthday parties, anniversary parties, corporate events, graduation celebrations, and more. Whatever your event is, Blu’ Island Bistro will make it shine. You can also host your event with us right here at Blu’ Island Bistro but we also offer on site catering. Venice, FL residential properties or rental sites are also great options for hosting your event. Our goal is to help you create the perfect event, whatever or wherever it may be.

Call us today at (941) 485-8400 to discuss the details of your event or to start brainstorming for ideas if you’re not sure where to start. Let Blu’ Island Bistro, the best restaurant in Venice, celebrate this milestone or plan this corporate event with you.

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Host Your Upcoming Group/Club Event at Blu’ Island Bistro


Now that summer is here, Blu’ Island Bistro (Venice, FL) invites your club, group, networking event to a great group dining experience. Groups are welcome at Blu’ Island Bistro! Whether you have 10 people, 12, or 20, we have the space outdoors and love to meet your group and make your dining experience a memorable one.

With our new outdoor lounge space, your group can sit and visit in comfort while the rest of your party arrives. Blu’ Island Bistro wants your group to enjoy their dining experience and have you all leaving full of networking, socializing…and delicious food!

Give Blu’ Island Bistro a call 941-485-8200 and let’s talk about your upcoming lunch/dinner outing. We’d love to be ready to host you and your group.

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Ticket Sarasota Names Their Best Burgers


(Source: What's your favorite burger? Here are some of ours...)  By Brian Ries , Herald-Tribune / Thursday, May 21, 2015

Since May was National Burger Month, Ticket Sarasota went on the hunt for their favorite burger. Take a look at the entire list here - to see which style and region best meets your burger tastes.

Read what Ticket Sarasota had to say about our burgers at Blu’ Island Bistro (Venice, Florida)

"MEATY Blu Island Bistro 625 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice; 485-8200; Blu Island changes its burger almost daily, but at its heart lies a half-pound of Black Angus beef that’s seasoned up to, but not over, the line and grilled exactly to the temperature you order it. The toppings are also exceedingly fresh and the kitchen crew knows its business, so the special of the day is bound to be worth an order."

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Father’s Day Freebie at Blu’ Island Bistro


We love dads at Blu’ Island Bistro! If you are looking for somewhere to take your dad this Father’s Day, Blu’ Island Bistro is sure to have something he’ll love!

This Father’s Day bring your dad to Blu’ Island Bistro (Venice, FL) and he can choose between a side of our pecan smoked bacon, or a beer! You’ll look like the best kid ever, and he will enjoy his Father’s Day meal.

Blu’ Island Bistro offers local, unique dining on the Island of Venice. Open Father’s Day from 7:30am - 3:00pm, plan to take your dad out for a meal and make some memories you’ll both remember for years to come!

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Warm Up to a Specialty Blu’ Drink!


Next time you stop in Blu’ Island Bistro (Venice, FL) consider warming up to a delicious specialty drink! If you like a warm drink like we do, consider a tasty cappucino with salted caramel, an espresso (or a double!), an iced coffee, a latte or even a hot cocoa (with whipped cream of course!).

We know it’s Venice, Florida…but even the locals get cold sometimes! Since it’s winter - and the temperature can dip below our desired comfort level - now is the perfect time for a warm specialty drink at Blu’ Island Bistro (Venice, FL).

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Blu’ Luvs Our Customers!


The staff at Blu’ Island Bistro (Venice, FL) would like to let you know just how much we truly appreciate each of you. Every time we see your smiling faces at Blu’ Island Bistro we are overcome with gratitude. You truly make Blu’ what it is - and we thank you for that.

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we want to share our appreciation to you our loyal and loving guests. Visit us during the month of February and get one house glass of wine OR a Valentine’s themed dessert. Bring in this coupon (above) and show it to your server to redeem.

Small print: Offer expires Saturday, February 28th. One coupon per check, per table. Not valid with any other offer, discount or coupon. Coupon is not valid after valid date. No cash value.

And if you don’t already have plans for Valentine’s Day, we'd love to see you! We have a few reservations left, so give us a call and we’ll make sure we get you taken care of. Chef Alan is busy creating a fabulous Valentine’s Day menu for you and your loved one. Happy Valentine’s Day from the staff at Blu’ Island Bistro (Venice, FL) - we hope your day is romantic!

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Valentine’s Day at Blu’ Island Bistro!


What would be more romantic than a fabulous dinner custom created by our very own Chef Alan? Nothing! Call today to make your reservations - we only have a few spots left for dinner on Saturday, February 14th.

Not only will you enjoy a custom Valentine’s Day entrees, but the Valentine’s Day inspired desserts will tantalize your palette.

If you are looking for the perfect local dining in Venice, FL for Valentine’s Day - Blu’ Island Bistro is your answer to local, unique dining on the Island of Venice.

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Blu’ Island Bistro Runs the NYC half Marthon for the ASPCA


Maybe they get a certain dollar amt. of a gift card with a certain dollar amt. of a donation? Ex)donate $50 and get blah, donate $100 and get blah, donate $25 and get blah blah.??

Blu’ Island Bistro supports not only the local community, but we have a big heart for animals. If you’ve ever visited Blu’ Island with your pet, we hope this is evident. You can read what one of our guests experienced Holbrook S, Swansea (

Maybe it's because we have three rescue dogs of our own - we've adopted. The last one had a broken back and couldn't walk - he now walks and is part of our family (wheelchair and all).

Our hearts are very PRO animals, rescue and adoption - not shopping for animals. We support the local animal rescue "STAN" Save the Animals Now, but this time we're on the road to NYC!

Kim and Alan are going to NYC to run for the dogs! We are running to support The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). 100% of funds raised go to ASPCA.

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Valentine’s Day Dinner - Venice FL


Valentine’s Day is right around the corner - do you have plans? Spend this special night and enjoy a stellar dinner with Blu’ Island Bistro (Venice, FL). With Valentine’s Day on Saturday, February 14th this year, you’ll want reservations to make sure you and your loved one get to wine and dine at Blu’ Island Bistro.

Chef Alan is getting romantic and planning a Valentine’s Day dinner weekend menu for your dining pleasure. Stay tuned and watch Facebook and our Latest News for more information.

Reservations are strongly recommended, as we usually book out.

We look forward to seeing you and your loved one for a romantic dinner with delicious market fresh ingredients you won’t forget!

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Gift Cards - The Gift We All Want


It’s true…we all want gift cards to our favorite restaurants and stores. Sometimes it seems like it’s just too…easy. Blu’ Island Bistro (Venice, FL) makes getting and sending your gift cards very easy.

Blu’ Island Bistro Gift Cards are instantly available gift cards redeemable at Blu' Island Bistro (Venice, FL). You can print them, email them as gifts, or redeem them from your mobile phone. They look great, make great gifts, and never expire!

It is the “thought that counts” though…so if you know someone who would love (or does love) local, unique dining on the Island of Venice - you are doing the right thing. Maybe that special someone enjoys dining where ingredients are fresh and the menu is always changing. Whatever their liking - whether it be octopus, wild mushroom ravioli, elk sirloin, grouper, sea scallops or anything in between - you can rest assured they will enjoy your gift card at Blu’ Island Bistro.

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Something for the Hottest Person on Your Christmas List


If you have someone spicy on your Christmas list and want the perfect gift - Chef Alan is here for you at Blu’ Island Bistro (Venice, FL). He’s done it again - and has made his own personal pepper sauce which he calls HELLACIOUS SAUCE. How hot is THAT?!

The spicy recipient of this gift will not be disappointed! Chef Alan's Hellacious Sauce goes great with soups, fish, meat dishes, and poultry - or anything that fits on a plate.

Order Chef Alan's Hellacious Sauce for that special spicy someone this holiday season here.

If you are in the Venice, Florida area and would like to test it out, Blu’ Island Bistro has Chef Alan's Hellacious Sauce on the table for you to enjoy with our variety of unique menu options.

Have a very spicy holiday season from your friends at Blu’ Island Bistro!

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Scrapple T-Shirts - Now at Blu’ Island Bistro!


Do you love scrapple? Blu’ Island Bistro (Venice, FL) does! Scrapple is usually defined as “the other gray meat”. We’ve had so many requests for these t-shirts, we decided to share them with you.

According to Wikipedia (Source:, "Scrapple, is traditionally a mush of pork scraps and trimmings combined with cornmeal and wheat flour, often buckwheat flour, and spices. The mush is formed into a semi-solid congealed loaf, and slices of the scrapple are then pan-fried before serving.” Delicious, right?

If you are a scrapple lover like we all are here at Blu’ Island Bistro (Venice, FL), make sure to get your t-shirt and wear it proud! These shirts are going fast - so get yours today.

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Top 3 Gifts In Santa’s Bag


You know Santa hangs out in Venice Florida! Where else would he spend his time?! So, when it’s time for gift giving this holiday season, Santa likes to shop local - at Blu’ Island Bistro (Venice, FL). If he’s traveling around the country, he knows he can get Blu’ Island Gift Cards and Chef Alan’s Hellacious Sauce on the Blu’ Island Bistro website with just a few clicks!

For those special someone’s you are buying for - Santa agrees that the Scrapple T-Shirt is the way to go. People all over the country love scrapple and are proud to sport the Blu’ Island Bistro Scrapple T-Shirt!

If you are looking for gifts that will show up Santa this year, or gifts for people who love or visit Venice, FL Blu’ Island Bistro has perfect gifts.

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays and hope you enjoy time with friends, family, hot sauce…and maybe even a little scrapple!

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Visit Blu’ Island Bistro at the Venice Blues Festival!


Save the Date - Saturday November 15th for the Venice Blues Festival. Blu’ Island Bistro (Venice, FL) will represent down at Maxine Barritt Park - bringing crawfish, corn on the cob, and seafood gumbo!

We know you are hungry for the BLUES, but we also want you to be hungry at the Venice Blues Festival. Make sure you swing by our booth and say hello. Chef Alan’s hot sauce WILL be available at the event for purchase! Chef Alan’s Hellacious Sauce is a spicy pepper sauce for soups, fish, meat dishes, & poultry and everything in between!

We hope to see you at the Venice Blues Festival on Saturday November 15th. Be ready for great music, great times, and great food!

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Blu’ Island Bistro Gift Cards - The Perfect Gift!


Just in time for the holiday season, Blu’ Island Bistro (Venice, FL) is excited to offer gift cards for the special someone(s) on your list! As you know, Blu’ Island Bistro gift cards make the PERFECT GIFT - great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Blu’ Island Bistro (Venice, FL) now offers gift cards at the restaurant. Gift cards in Blu’ Island Bistro restaurant can be charged up with any value.

If you are ordering a gift card for a friend or family member in the area, you are going to be the favorite this holiday season! You can conveniently order the gift cards online - which saves you from the horrible lines in the stores! You can print them, email them as gifts, or redeem them from your mobile phone. They look great, make great gifts, and never expire! (

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Chef Alan Wins the 2014 Iron Chef Competition in Venice!


Blu’ Island Bistro (Venice, FL) is so honored and excited to have been a part of the 2014 Venice MainStreet Iron Chef Competition. The 6th Annual Venice MainStreet Iron Chef Competition was such a great event.

Chef Alan won the competition! The event was such a fun competition and we would like to thank all of our fans - you are the best!

If you are in the area, make sure to stop by Blu’ Island Bistro (Venice, FL) and meet Chef Alan - 2014 Venice MainStreet Iron Chef! What a huge honor and we are excited for Chef Alan!

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Blu’ Island will be at the Venice Wine Feast!

Thursday, October 16th from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Blu’ Island Bistro (Venice, FL) will be a part of the Venice Wine Feast. Join us for amazing food complimented by wine selections. This event always sells out. Click Here for more information. Last year Blu’ Island Bistro won Peoples’ Choice at this event! Visit historic downtown Venice - Nokomis & Venice Avenues to support the Sertoma Club of Venice - a great event for an even greater cause.
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