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Summer Flights of Fancy

Summer Flights of Fancy

Summer is upon us, and with it comes a craving for the best frosty beers to cool down! Blu' Island Bistro (Venice, FL) is proud to offer a wide selection of local beer and wine selections, as well as our new beer flight. This beer flight is the perfect summer break from the heat! Featuring four unique local ale sensations, it will be hard to pick a favorite! Come on in and refresh yourself with a delectable lunch, and wash it down with a cool Blu' Island beer flight. If you fancy something lighter, try some of our signature sangria or delicious iced latte. Bring your thirst to Blu' Island Bistro. We look forward to serving you!

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Father's Day Favorite

Father's Day Favorite

Father's Day is right around the corner on June 19th! Make this one extra special by treating Dad to a gourmet feast at Blu' Island Bistro! Venice, Florida's own Blu' Island Bistro offers only the freshest, best-tasting dishes whipped up by our very own Chef Alan. We offer unique flavors you won't find anywhere else! Bring Dad in for a special treat this Father's Day at Blu' Island Bistro. We will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come in for a fantastic breakfast or unforgettable lunch. We look forward to seeing you!

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A Grade Above

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Summer is nearly upon us, and you know what that means...graduation season is in full swing! Blu' Island Bistro invites you to bring your graduation celebrations to us for the most memorable celebration yet! Of course we also offer catering offsite from start to finish, and we can bring the party to you! Blu' Island Bistro (Venice, FL) offers only the finest, freshest ingredients, crafted into the most amazing, mouth-watering dishes made by our very own award-winning Chef Alan. Blu' Island catering takes care of all the details and adds special touches to make your celebration a grade above the rest! Whether you know a high school or college grad, grad school or military school grad, nursing school or even grade school grad, Blu' Island catering brings your party to the next level of celebration! Maybe you know a mature student taking some continuing education courses and you want to celebrate! Whatever the occasion, think Blu' Island Bistro. Think a grade above! We look forward to hosting you!

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Toast of the Town!

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Blu' Island Bistro (Venice, FL) is pleased to announce that online ordering and gift cards just got that much easier! Blu' Island Bistro is now partnering with toasttab.com to simplify your ordering:

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Browse our menu, order online, and purchase e-gift cards all with one click from toasttab.com! Now you can carry Blu' Island in your pocket and order on the go anytime, anywhere. Order online and pick up some luscious breakfast on the way to the office, on the way back from the gym, whenever! You know you get a hankering for one of Chef Alan's trademark frittatas sometimes...now with a few clicks you can be driving to pick it up as it's being prepared! Click and order today!

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From the Mouths of Satisfied Guests

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Blu' Island Bistro (Venice, FL) loves when our guests take the time to give us reviews of their experiences. We wouldn't be here if not for you, and we appreciate every single one of our guests! Here are some lovely recent reviews on TripAdvisor:

"One of the finest eatery establishments I have ever been...this cozy place..makes you feel right at home....The best menu....Lovin' what they are doing from the food, friendly, attentive staff and awesome atmosphere."

"I am so very lucky to work right across the street...We have ordered in, taken out, breakfast, brunch, and lunch. Hands down always consistent and the best original menu choices. There are just TOO many to list. Whatever your preferences, DO NOT miss out on Blu Island Bistro...you will NOT be disappointed!"

We couldn't ask for better feedback than that! Many thanks to our reviewers and we look forward to earning more top-notch reviews. Whether you are a first-time guest or one of our many regulars, you are always treated like family at Blu' Island Bistro. Come on in and see what all the fuss is about! Chef Alan and our crew are ready to spoil you and your taste buds at Blu' Island Bistro!

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Effortless Entertaining

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Summer is the time for get-togethers, and Blu' Island Bistro (Venice, FL) is on hand to make yours the talk of the town! Blu' Island offers many levels of catering to make your entertaining effortless. Whether you need some appetizers and finger food or a big elaborate spread, Blu' Island catering has you covered! From 12 guests to 120, you're in the very best culinary hands with our Chef Alan at Blu' Island Bistro! Order online and pick up your order, have us cater your event, or book our place for your special gathering. We are happy to accommodate special requests and add those extra little touches to make your event extra special. Call and book your catering event today. Your guests will thank you and we will too!

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Swag Bag

Swag Bag

Blu' Island Bistro (Venice, FL) knows that often times the best meals are worth commemorating! That's why we have a selection of merchandise to mark the occasion in our Blu' Island store! From Chef Alan's own Hellacious sauce to our super-soft Scrapple or Blu' Island t-shirts, to hats, to your very own Blu' Island swag tote bag, these items also make great gifts! Pair it with one of our Blu' Island gift cards and you've got a perfect year-round gift that keeps on giving! Stop in or order yours online today. Get some Blu' Island Bistro swag today!

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Take Us Over!

Take Us Over!

Blu' Island Bistro (Venice, FL) patrons know we are the best destination for the finest, freshest, most unique menu for breakfast and lunch in the Venice area. Did you know that you can also make reservations to take us over? Blu' Island Bistro offers private parties for groups of 20 or more! What could be better than having our amazing menu and super-friendly staff all to yourselves, sampling so many of our delectable, signature dishes? Next time you're planning a reunion, shower, family party, or even just a fancy brunch for you and your crew, think Blu' Island Bistro private parties! Our fun touches and unforgettable cuisine are sure to be an event that will be remembered! Call and book your spot today!

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"Pure Heaven!"

Pure Heaven!

Blu' Island Bistro's Chef Alan prides himself on crafting creative, fresh menus every day, made with only the finest ingredients. That's why Blu' Island Bistro (Venice, FL) is so thrilled to read reviews like this one:

"There are not enough adjectives for this location. The breakfast is so far above any other place I have eaten....and believe me I have eaten at many places all over the United States. Chef Alan is so creative and inventive and a master of cooking. The service there is impeccable and the Bistro is also very clean and charming. If you are visiting Venice Florida this is a "MUST" and ask for Katrina (at breakfast) she is a wonderful server. I hate to point out different dishes because everything is so wonderful. Can't wait to be able to go for one of their special dinners sometime. Love Love Love!!!!!"

We know you've had breakfast, but have you ever tasted "Pure Heaven?" If not, you've got to get down to Blu' Island Bistro! If you have, then we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Our New Regulars

Our New Regulars

Blu' Island Bistro (Venice, FL) has loads of regular customers who come in again and again, and we always enjoy spoiling them! We even have some who travel to us from far-flung locations each year to partake of our amazingly unique and fresh dishes. Blu' Island Bistro was also excited to welcome a few new regulars, who wrote up this wonderful review on TripAdvisor about us:

"Was thrilled to find this great little breakfast restaurant right next to our motel (Sun Island Motel) We had breakfast here every morning it was so good. There were a number of specials every day from chipped beef to quiches. Great fresh fruit delicious coffee...I can't say enough about this place. Never had lunch there, but the friendly staff, and great fresh ingredients are any indication it is probably superb!! Try it you must!"

We can't thank you enough for your kind words, and very much look forward to welcoming you again soon to Blu' Island Bistro! If you don't yet know what you're missing, what are you waiting for? You're always family here at Blu' Island Bistro. We look forward to seeing you!

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Chef Talk: Alan Laskowski of Blu Island Bistro

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Chef/owner Alan Laskowski of Blu Island Bistro (625 Tamiami Trail S., Venice. 485-8200; bluislandbistro.com) in Venice has been a culinary pro since high school, gradually working his way up the industry ladder from dishwasher to restaurateur. Today, his eatery is a breakfast-and-lunch mainstay, serving BLTs and banana French toast dishes with fresh, unique flavor twists.

Q: How did your culinary career begin and evolve?

A: I have always been interested in both food preparation and eating food. It started early in high school, when I worked in nearby Philadelphia restaurants as a dishwasher, busboy and at the historic Jersey Shore Chalfonte Hotel. As I got older, my interest in food got stronger. I enrolled at the Culinary Institute of America and graduated, and it was a significant experience in my life. I went on to manage and ultimately own a restaurant in Philadelphia, where I received a number of awards. This all led to me opening Blu Island Bistro.

Q: What was your initial vision for Blu Island Bistro?

A: We opened in 2011. My vision for Blu was that it would be a unique restaurant that would capture the community feeling of Venice yet offer a big city menu with a Philadelphia influence. I wanted to provide excellent cuisine and a joyful dining experience.

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Hoppy Easter!

Hoppy Easter!

Blu' Island Bistro (Venice, FL) hosts an annual Easter feast, and this year is no different! Our very own Chef Alan is busy preparing Easter specials you won't want to miss! Treat yourself to a family banquet you won't soon forget. Join us for breakfast & lunch, and enjoy our regular menu plus some Easter specials. With only the freshest ingredients and so many signature dishes to choose from, our friendly staff will spoil you and make this Easter your best yet! Come hungry and leave the dishes and cleanup to us! The only thing you'll need to decide is whether or not to save enough for leftovers! Hop on over to Blu' Island Bistro for Easter this year! We look forward to seeing you.

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"Perfect Spot For Our Mini Reunion"

Perfect Spot For Our Mini Reunion

Blu' Island Bistro (Venice, FL) loves getting feedback from our guests, and prides itself on offering the best friendly service along with a superior, fresh menu you won't find anywhere else. We love to get rave reviews like this recent one:

"We chose this as a central meeting place for a meeting of four Gulf coast classmates. None of us had been there before. The food was excellent, the service was fantastic, the price was right--what more could we ask for? We were all impressed with the extensive menu, generous portions, the food quality and presentation, and the careful attention to individual needs. They were busy, but we had called an hour ahead of arrival and were seated promptly. We liked the relaxed Gulf vibe, with indoor and outdoor seating. After our leisurely meal and coffee inside, we enjoyed the outdoor seats in front to continue our visit before heading our separate ways for home. We thought our meals were an excellent value for the price."

If you haven't yet experienced the magic of a meal at Blu' Island Bistro, what are you waiting for? Come on in and join the Blu' Island family. Your taste buds will be so very glad you did!

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The Reviews Are In!

The Reviews Are In!

Blu' Island Bistro has an ever-growing crowd of loyal visitors who come in regularly, whether they are locals who stop in frequently, or our far-flung guests who make annual treks to Venice, Florida's favorite eatery. Part of what draws our newcomers are your wonderful reviews on TripAdvisor, and Blu' Island Bistro is proud to read all the wonderful things you say about us! Making the effort to write about your experience at Blu' Island Bistro is a few minutes of your time that we truly appreciate, and can make a big difference! Here are a few of our recent compliments:

"Blu island bistro does not disappoint"

"Lives up to the top reviews"

"Run, don't walk to this fantastic food!!!"

"You should try Blu Island when in Venice"

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Blu' Island BESTro

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We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Blu' Island Bistro (Venice, FL) specializes in delectable breakfast dishes that are as fresh as they are unique. Don't just take our word for it, Blu' Island's fantastic feasts are award-winning customer favorites time and time again. In fact, Blu' Island's Fried Green Tomato BLT was recently named a favorite great breakfast dish in Venice Magazine online! Blu' Island's signature dishes and trademark "flavorites" have to be experienced to be believed. At Blu' Island Bistro, you're always one of the family. Treat yourself to the Blu' Island BESTro today!

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Good Morning or GREAT Morning?

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Blu' Island Bistro (Venice, FL) knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We also know that not everyone has enough time to come enjoy a sit-down breakfast. No problem! Blu' Island has a fast, convenient, online-ordering system available for you. Just put in your order online and drop in and pick it up on the way to the office, the beach, wherever you are heading! Turn your good morning into a GREAT morning with a delicious, freshly-made breakfast from Blu' Island Bistro. Give your breakfast the ultimate upgrade with Blu' Island Bistro online ordering!

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Venice Reader's Choice - Blu' Island Bistro

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Customer Flavorites! The votes are in! Blu' Island Bistro, Venice, Florida's "flavorite" hotspot, is proud to announce our latest awards! Blu' Island Bistro's loyal customers voted, and we are very pleased with the results of this year's Venice Readers Choice awards! Blu' Island Bistro is thrilled to have been voted Best Breakfast, as well as finalist in Best Brunch, Best Catering, and Best Lunch! Chef Alan and our entire staff thank you for your continued patronage, and taking the time to cast your votes! We couldn't have gotten here without you! We look forward to seeing you again, and have you sample some new flavorites. Hearty gratitude all around from Blu' Island Bistro!

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Treat Yourself

Treat Yourself

With winter season upon us, there's no better time to treat yourself to a real feast for the senses at Blu' Island Bistro! Blu' Island Bistro, (Venice, FL) knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. That's why we serve our mouth-watering breakfast menu all day! All year round, Blu' Island Bistro is a popular destination for both locals and our far-flung guests...some lucky folks make annual trips to visit us from all over the land! Whether you've received one of our coveted Blu' Island gift cards and are joining us for your very first experience, or one of our regulars who keeps coming back to sample Chef Alan's amazing latest taste sensations, you're part of the family here at Blu' Island Bistro. Treat yourself. Treat your loved ones. Come on in and join us for a singular culinary experience. We look forward to seeing you!

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Blu' Island Bistro Instagift

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With the holiday season upon us, Blu' Island Bistro (Venice, FL) wants to remind you that our Blu' Island Bistro gift cards make the perfect instagift! Blu' Island egift cards are simple to purchase online, and can be redeemed instantly at Blu' Island Bistro! You can print them out, email them as gifts, or even redeem them from your mobile phone. Blu' Island Bistro gift cards look great, make awesome gifts, and never expire! Of course, gift cards can also be purchased at Blu' Island Bistro when you come in for your next delicious breakfast or lunch, and can be charged up with any amount. You can even get them for yourself and give yourself the gift of a once-a-week treat! Or even once a day. We're always happy to see you! Give yourself and others the ultimate treat..Blu' Island Bistro gift cards!
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Office Hero

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It's that time of year again, and holiday office parties are upon us. Don't panic! No matter what your budget or theme, Blu' Island Bistro (Venice, FL) is the catering expert guaranteed to make you the hero of the office! Whether planning a formal party, an informal gathering, or anywhere in between, Blu' Island Bistro has a unique, fresh, mouth-watering menu that will be talked about for weeks to yum! Pickup is available or have us bring the party to you. Blu' Island Bistro can take care of everything from idea planning, to decorating, to serving, to cleanup. Take the worry out of your holiday party planning and make the heroic choice....Blu' Island Bistro catering! Call 941-485-8400 or fill out our online form and tell us more about your upcoming event. Chef Alan loves nothing more than coming up with new and unique dishes to cater to your particular wishes. Let Blu' Island Bistro cater to your every need!

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