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Picking Favorites

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All right, all right, we know, we know. With so many incredibly mouth-watering dishes to choose from at Venice's award-winning Blu' Island Bistro, it's not fair for us to expect you to pick a favorite. Here's the good news: you don't have to! Chef Alan's signature creations are always new and different, and his delicious spins on classic favorites are meant to be sampled regularly. Try the frittata of the day today, and the freshest fish tacos next time. Opt for a custom 1/2-pound Angus burger this time, and an amazing omelet the next. Blu' Island Bistro prides itself on a diverse menu that caters to every taste and mood. Come hungry and come often! Pick a new favorite every time! We look forward to seeing you. Stop in today and find out what makes Blu Island Bistro second-to-none!

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Your Best Party Favor!

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So you've been put in charge of the holiday party this year? Don't panic! Blu' Island Bistro, Venice, Florida's award-winning restaurant, has a secret weapon guaranteed to make *your* holiday party your best one yet: our very own Chef Alan's catering! Chef Alan prides himself on coming up with new, exciting dishes, as well as putting his own signature spin on classic favorites. What does this all add up to? The very best catering for your holiday party menu that won't break your budget. You'll be the hero of the office, and your holiday bash will be the one everyone is talking about! Blu Island Bistro catering is available for all your office holiday parties, big and small. Call Blu Island Bistro today and make us your best party favor!

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Winefeast * Winefeast * Winefeast!

Why did we say it three times? Because third time's a charm! Blu' Island Bistro's award-winning Chef Alan has won the peoples'-choice award at Winefeast the last 2 years in a row, and we want to make this year the 3rd! This event always sells out immediately, so purchase your ticket at Venice Wine & Coffee and get your token! Come enjoy mouth-watering appetizers paired with the perfect wines, and vote for your "token" favorite, Chef Alan! Winefeast will take place at 6 p.m. on October 16th on Nokomis Avenue (between Venice Ave. and Miami Ave.) Who doesn't love an excuse to enjoy some amazing food and wonderful wine, helping back your favorite local restaurant? Winefeast, winefeast, winefeast! Blu Island Bistro will see you there!
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Worth The Trip to Venice

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Every year, Blu' Island Bistro (Venice, FL) is visited by many guests from all over the globe. Whether you are a local, or came into town just to experience Blu' Island Chef Alan's award-winning cuisine, rest assured that Blu' Island is worth the Trip! But don't just take our word for it: many of our guests also find Blu' Island Bistro worth the TripAdvisor review. Here are just a few of our recent favorites:

"This restaurant has been on our bucket list for a few years..We absolutely loved it! The staff is very friendly and pleasant. The food was excellent and served very quickly. It was really nice to see how all the staff worked together...you could tell they all really enjoyed working together....we would highly recommend this restaurant and we will be back again..many times, we hope!"

"Quick friendly service, clean and welcoming dining space, and a varied menu with gluten free and vegetarian options. Food was well presented and tasty. Will visit again!!"

"I would move to Venice to be near this restaurant. Holy crap, this place is great! The service was fantastic, the house made chips were perfection, then I ordered the grouper fish tacos and almost cried they were so good. You gotta eat here!"

If you've never experienced a meal so good you'd want to shed tears of joy, or move to be closer to it, then you haven't yet been to Blu' Island Bistro. What are you waiting for? Come on in and experience the taste sensation of Chef Alan's magic!

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Catering To Your Every Need

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Blu' Island Bistro, Venice, Florida's award-winning restaurant, is happy to be your choice for your next private catered event! Whether you are planning a wedding and want a menu that will be talked about almost as much as the happy couple, or a bridal shower, baby shower, birthday or anniversary party, you're in the best hands with Blu' Island Bistro catering. Chef Alan will create a mouth-watering menu catering to whatever theme you have in mind (or help you with ideas if you need them!) and our amazing staff will cover all the details from decorations to supplies. Take the worry out of your next graduation party or family celebration. Let Blu' Island Bistro create a unique menu experience that will be talked about for years to come. Call (941)-485-8400 and book your event today!

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Experts in the Venice Food Business

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Blu' Island Bistro (Venice, FL) invite you to let the experts in the food business bring food to your business! Put your next corporate event in the best possible hands with Blu' Island catering. Our menu is fresh, unique, delicious, and bound to be talked about for weeks to come! Chef Alan's award-winning culinary skills have to be tasted to be believed. Be the hero of the office and book Blu' Island Bistro to cater your next corporate event or party! We offer both on-site and off-site catering for your convenience. Call and book your next corporate event today!

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Blu' Island Treats You Like Family

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Blu' Island Bistro is a Venice, FL restaurant that is well known and loved for its family oriented atmosphere. Your whole family will feel right at home for every meal at Blu' Island Bistro.

We Treat You Like Family Not only do we have some great kid friendly options on our menu but each one of our staff members will treat you as though you are a part of their family. Here at Blu’ Island Bistro, we view all of our guests as our family. You will never lack for a warm welcome and friendly smile. Each dish is made by our chef with love and attention to create the best home cooked flavor.

Stop in at Blu' Island Bistro today with the whole family to experience our homey and relaxed atmosphere and see what makes us the best restaurant in Venice.

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Great Food and Great Service

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Blu' Island Bistro is a Venice, FL restaurant that has mastered the balance between gourmet food and a relaxed island ambiance. Come to the best restaurant in Venice for the best of both worlds.

Great Food and Great Service It's no surprise that Blu’ Island Bistro is all about immersing our guests in an eclectic island atmosphere. You will always be greeted at the door with a smile from one of our servers and our wait staff are always on hand, ready to answer any questions, offer recommendations, or bring any refills you might need. You’ll feel relaxed and cared for when you visit Blu’ Island Bistro. Our chefs are masters in their crafts and have years of experience concocting unusual taste combinations that fuse together perfectly. You might find it difficult to choose just one thing from the menu since all of our food is made to the highest standards of taste and quality.

Visit us today at Blu' Island Bistro and see why our guests can’t get enough of our amazing food, relaxed, friendly atmosphere, and great Venice, FL lunch specials. Everyone is sure to find something they love on our menu.

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Blu' Island Gift Cards - Quick & Easy to Use

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Using gift cards for your favorite Venice, FL restaurant just got easier! Blu’ Island Bistro is happy to now offer online gift cards, or Instagifts.

Quick and Easy to Use Instagifts are Blu’ Island Bistro gift cards that are instantly redeemable. You can email them to a friend, print them out and bring it with you on your next visit, or simply access it right from your mobile phone. Another huge bonus to Instagifts is that they never expire! Our Instagifts can be used for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, hot sauce, special events, cooking classes, and more. We make using online gift cards easy for our customers. This is yet another reason why Blu’ Island Bistro is the best restaurant in Venice.

Many of our guests have been requesting an online gift card feature and Blu’ Island Bistro is proud to introduce Instagifts for our valued customers. Your friends and family will love receiving Instagifts for the best Venice restaurant in town, Blu’ Island Bistro.

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Who Says Beach Glass Has To Be Glass?

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Blu Island Bistro boasts the perfect gift for all the wine lovers in your life: The Blu Island Beach Glass! But here's a secret-- it's not really glass! These durable, colorful blue glasses are made of BPA-free plastic. Here comes the best part: they float! That's right, these portable gems are designed to stay upright in the pool, or even stuck right into the sand. Take them on the boat. Take them to the beach. Use them at your next pool party. Bring them to our next catering event. They're dishwasher safe, easy to carry, and make a great gift!

Visit Venice's best hot spot for eats, sample our extended wine menu, and take home a great souvenir (or six). We look forward to seeing you!

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Get Up In Our Grill!

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Blu Island Bistro (Venice, FL) boasts one of the greatest mainstays of favorite cuisine, the all-American hamburger. But these aren't just regular burgers, they are some of Sarasota's finest! We change our burger specials almost daily, but every burger we make is grilled to perfection, seasoned just right, and topped with the freshest ingredients in the tastiest combinations our award-winning Chef Alan can come up with!

Come experience for yourself Venice, Florida's best burgers. Find out why our Angus half-pound burgers made the list of Ticket Sarasota's Best Burgers. You may just have to try them all!

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New Outdoor Seating Area at Blu’ Island Bistro

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Blu’ Island Bistro (Venice, FL) is excited to announce we have created a relaxing outdoor space for you to enjoy with your friends and family. Enjoy the beautiful Florida weather, order a new summer drink, or wait comfortably for your table inside Blu’ Island Bistro. Sit back, relax, and enjoy all that Venice Florida has to offer this summer in our new outdoor lounge area.

Summer is a great time to visit Blu’ Island Bistro. Now you and your family and friends can enjoy your experience at Blu’ Island Bistro even more! Peruse the menu, catch up on conversation, or just enjoy the atmosphere.

Call Blu’ Island Bistro 941-485-8200 for dinner reservations every Friday and Saturday night! Experience the new summer menu - lighter fare, local flavor - some new favorites with our frequent visitors! Come try something new at Blu’!

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Summer Drinks…Quenching Your Thirst at Blu’ Island Bistro!

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As the weather heats up here in sunny Venice Florida, we here at Blu’ Island Bistro are rolling out some refreshing summer drinks! New iced lattes are now available at Blu’ Island Bistro - even more delicious than before. Whether you are looking for a great decaf cappichino with real milk froth, or a vanilla iced latte, or a tasty chocolate hazelnut iced latte are ready to quench your thirst.

Looking for something…with a little more kick? Our Blu’ Island Bistro sangria might be just what you are looking for. Grab a glass, sit out on our new outdoor lounge area and enjoy some great company and the beautiful Venice Florida weather.

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Blu’ Island Bistro Receives the 2015 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence

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Travelers have spoken, and Blu’ Island Bistro (Venice, FL) has been awarded the 2015 Certificate of Excellence!

"About the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Travelers come to TripAdvisor to plan and book the perfect trip. Certificate of Excellence celebrates the accommodations, attractions and eateries that make these perfect trips possible. […] The prestigious Certificate of Excellence award recognizes establishments that consistently earn great TripAdvisor reviews from travelers. - See more at: http://www.tripadvisor.com/TripAdvisorInsights/n2628/travelers-have-spoken-2015-certificate-excellence#sthash.ISYXyhzY.dpuf"

Thank you to all of our guests who take the time to review their experience after dining with us at Blu’ Island Bistro. We sincerely appreciate your support, your comments and your suggestions. We want your experience to be the best at Blu’ Island Bistro - and we take all of your feedback to heart.

If you’ve never been to Blu’ Island Bistro (Venice, FL) we encourage you to read some of the most recent reviews on TripAdvisor: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g34705-d2460312-Reviews-Blu_Island_Bistro-Venice_Florida.html

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Unbelievable Wine List - Now at Blu’

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You’ve asked…we delivered! We have expanded the Blu’ Island Bistro wine list to offer exceptional wines that pair with the unique dining you’ll experience with us. Now, you’ll recognize some of your favorite wines listed along side some new and upcoming wine selections we think you’ll love.

Looking for a reserve list? Blu’ Island Bistro (Venice, FL) now offers a reserve wine list for your dining pleasure. Ask your server for suggestions on expert pairings with Chef Alan’s unique dishes prepared with local ingredients.

Your local Venice dining experience has been taken to a new level - with a newly expanded wine list at Blu’! Stop in and be sure to let us know what you think - we’d love to hear what wines you would want added to the list or what wines you enjoy with your favorite Blu’ Island dish.

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New! Summer Menus at Blu’ Island

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Lighter fare…summer flavor...coming to Blu’ Island Bistro! Do you love everything to summer brings and love spending time in and around Venice, Florida? So do we!

Blu’ Island Bistro (Venice, FL) offers local, unique dining on the Island of Venice. With the warmer temps comes some lighter fare at Blu’ Island Bistro. We love summer salads, pastas, burgers, and more!

Summer has never tasted so good at Blu’ Island Bistro! Stop in every Friday and Saturday night for some delicious summer fare you are sure to enjoy. Friday and Saturday night dinner reservations are recommended.

"Another Terrific visit, Dinner This time" 5 of 5 starsBlueMaxx14, Rochester, NY, TripAdvisor, Reviewed April 16, 2015

"We had originally found and visited when they first opened about 2 yrs ago. We went with local friends for a terrific breakfast. This time, we were encouraged to return, as it remains one of their favorites. We booked reservations ( a must do, small place, very popular!), and that was a friendly welcoming conversation, and they followed up with a text message reminder and confirmation. We were warmly greeted upon arriving (7:05 for a 7:15 reservation) and seated promptly. Beer list is small but well thought, wine list also seemed well curated. We were given some suggestions and specials info, and had a terrific dinner. Long Island Duck, and Scallops were entrees, Caprese salad, and sausage stuffed shrimp appetizer. All were terrific. All were right sized portions. Service was warm, friendly, and attentive. The chef and his staff did excellent job, and we left very very happy.” (Source: http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g34705-d2460312-r266087931-Blu_Island_Bistro-Venice_Florida.html#CHECK_RATES_CONT)

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Chef Judy was Back at Blu’ for Brunch!

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Chef Judy stopped in to Blu’ Island Bistro (Venice, FL) for her top 5 picks for Mother’s Day Brunch!

Make sure you tune in to ABC7 Sarasota Wednesday, May 6th at 4:00pm. Chef Judy and Chef Alan put their cooking utensils together and share their top 5 Mother’s Day brunch choices with you!

What would you recommend - Eggs Benedict? Spinach & Goat Cheese Omelet? Blu’ Burrito? Make sure you let your mom know how much you care - plan on visiting Blu’ Island Bistro (Venice, FL) with your mom and let her know how much she really means to you with a free mimosa. ;)

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“Great food, Great Service!!” (even for the dogs!)

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There are some great local and unique options for dining on the Island of Venice…including Blu’ Island Bistro! We love what we do - creating unique menu options with fresh ingredients. Open Tuesday - Sunday for Breakfast and Lunch, and Friday and Saturday nights for dinner. We love seeing new customers experience Blu’ for the first time.

Read a recent TripAdvisor review about what’s important - food AND service:

"Based on the reviews here took my family for lunch (dogs included) and, wow, could not have been nicer. I had the seasonal salad with blackened grouper and everything was terrific. My son got pancakes and oatmeal, he's 9 and said "they're good." But wanted to go there for breakfast the next morning (we did). Really friendly to our two small (well behaved) dogs. For breakfast I had the seasonal veggie omlet and thought it was terrific. We will go back every time we are in town. Can't say enough good things about the food or the very quick and attentive service...both times."

R B, Jacksonville, Florida - Visited March 2015 (TripAdvisor Review)http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g34705-d2460312-r260771461-Blu_Island_Bistro-Venice_Florida.html#REVIEWS

The Blu’ Island Bistro team loves pets - we have a soft spot in our hearts for our furry customers. ;) If you are in the Venice Island area and are looking for unique, local dining - give us a try and let us know what you think! Blu' Island Bistro is attached to the Island Sun Inn Hotel and just South of Venice Hospital - only a few blocks away from the beautiful Gulf of Mexico.

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Order Blu’ Island Bistro Online for Pick-Up!

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Did you know you can order Blu’ Island Bistro online? Online to-go ordering is available - it’s easy, it’s fast, and it’s of course delicious! :)

Not sure how it works? It’s easy!

Visit: http://www.leapset.com/order/restaurant/bluisland34285/session/7e6b223d-59dc-4ac5-9254-44d22add861dSelect the menu you want: Breakfast, Lunch, DinnerAdd the items you are hungry forSelect the time you want to pick-up your orderHit the Green Checkout button and finish checkout process

It’s that easy! Try it! Take $5 OFF your first order with code “5OFF”. Blu’ Island Bistro online ordering is perfect for people on the go that don’t want to compromise quality when it comes to their meal.

Take Blu’ Island to the beach!Over to the Venice Hospital to share with a loved one.Back to office (but remember to pick some up for your co-workers!).Back home for a great meal with your family.

Blu’ Island Bistro (Venice, FL) tastes great everywhere! Online order is quick, easy, and convenient. Plan your next meal to be a Blu’ Island Bistro experience - no matter where you plan on being. Give online ordering a try and let us know what you think! We love to hear your feedback.

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Blu’ Island is Upping Our Wine ‘Game'…in an Unbelievable Way

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We truly take all of your comments to heart. Blu’ Island Bistro (Venice, FL) loves each and every guest - and we want to know how to make your experience dining with us the best.

We are excited to let all of our customers know we are growing our stable of wines and will be offering an expansive and unbelievable array of wines you’ll love. Now, in addition to a new expanded wine list with some incredible wines, a reserve list will also be available for all of you wine lovers.

Blu’ Island Bistro prides ourselves in unbelievable custom cuisine by the one and only Chef Alan. Now, you will be able to pair your deliciously unique meal with the perfect choice in wine. Whether it’s "From The Beautiful Sea" or "From The Land", Blu’ Island Bistro now offers amazing wines that pair perfectly with your choice. Unique dishes such as Australian Kangaroo, New Zeland Cervena El,k or North American Buffalo, can be enhanced with the perfect glass of wine.

Blu' Island Bistro is attached to the Island Sun Inn Hotel and just South of Venice Hospital - just a few short blocks away from the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. We look forward to serving you at Blu’ Island Bistro!

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