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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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A Taste for Every Taste

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Blu Island Bistro (Venice, FL) promises a dining experience as unique as you are. Whether you are joining our friendly staff at Venice, Florida's premium Blu Island Bistro itself, or letting us cater your upcoming event, we are proud to offer an exciting new menu! Breakfast is served all day, starting at 7:30 a.m., and includes delectable egg dishes, fluffy omelettes, frittatas and amazing pancakes with a variety of the freshest toppings. Lunch includes everything from delicious, fresh salads and fish for lighter fare, to our mouth-watering burgers, paninis, and not-to-be-missed fried green tomatoes on the side. Top it off with a fabulous limoncello for dessert, or indulge in our chocolate mousse cake. Whatever your craving may be, Blu Island Bistro's award-winning Chef Alan will satisfy it with a meal you won't soon forget! Find out why we've won Trip Advisor's Award for Excellence the last two years running, and why our guests soon become regulars. We look forward to serving you soon!

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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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Give Yourself a Fresh Start

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Blu Island Bistro knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. That's why Venice, Florida's hottest restaurant and caterer offers the most mouth-watering menu to give yourself a fresh start. From our award-winning banana French toast to our fluffy omelettes made with only the finest ingredients, add some of our delectable pecan-smoked bacon and start your day off right.

Dine-in for breakfast and lunch, or be the hero of the office and bring the best flavors of Venice to you! Turn the conference room into an oasis with a catered lunch from Blu Island Bistro. From delicious salads and sandwiches with only the freshest produce, to our delicious fish tacos, crab cakes, and burgers..turn your regular day into an event to remember with Blu Island Bistro!

Breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m. and is served all day; lunch begins at 11 a.m. every day, except Sunday at 12 p.m. We look forward to seeing you Tuesday - Sunday 7:30am - 2:30pm!

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Catering to Your Every Need

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Summer is the time for parties. Whether you are a local in Venice, FL or planning a vacation or private party in the Venice area this summer, Blu Island Bistro has got you covered! We cater it all, from graduation parties to weddings. Having an outdoor party? Corporate event? Family reunion? You bring the crowd, our off-site catering will take care of the food!

Our mouth-watering menu has something for everyone-- from lighter fare with our delectable salads and ahi tuna, to hearty paninis, burgers, and reuben sandwiches. Whatever your party craves, Blu Island Bistro's culinary expert, Chef Alan, will cater to your every need. We will create a custom menu you and your guests will be raving about!

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

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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

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

http://www.ticketsarasota.com/2015/05/21/whats-your-favorite-burger-here-are-some-of-ours/#)

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; bluislandbistro.com 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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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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Venice Island Catering - We’ve Got You Covered

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Outdoor entertaining has never tasted so good. Blu’ Island Bistro caters graduation parties, summer parties, outdoor events, corporate employee events/picnics, anniversaries, weddings, and so much more. Each menu is custom created to perfectly meet the needs of the guests and allows the host to enjoy the event while serving unique, local food that tastes fantastic.

On or off site - Blu’ Island Bistro is sure to exceed your expectations with unique catering options that are just as delicious as they are beautiful. Give us a call (941-485-8400) at Blu’ Island Bistro and tell us a little about your event. Chef Alan creates custom menus/dishes that will leave your guests raving about the food! We looking forward to catering your next event!

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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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Father’s Day Freebie at Blu’ Island Bistro

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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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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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Bring Your Mom to the Best Breakfast Place in Town

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner and you need to step up your game this year when it comes to taking mom out for breakfast. Blu’ Island Bistro (Venice, FL) has been known to be a local favorite among moms. This Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10th treat your mom to a Free Mimosa and a fantastic breakfast with the freshest local ingredients.

Blu’ Island Bistro (Venice, FL) is mom’s favorite for local, unique dining on the Island of Venice.

"Top Notch Gourmet Breakfast" "This place is serious about food AND service, and it shows! My husband had the breakfast with the fantastic scrapple. I had the BLT with fried egg, which I loved. Every component of the sandwich was made with care and went so well together. Best breakfast sandwich ever! We also had the hash browns and shared a couple of blueberry pancakes with real maple syrup. Yes, we ate too much, but it's not everywhere you can get food like this. Unfortunately.

The hostess and our waitress were very friendly and efficient. We'll be back for sure!” ljk73, Annapolis, Maryland, TripAdvisor Review, April 26, 2015. (Source: http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g34705-d2460312-r268198283-Blu_Island_Bistro-Venice_Florida.html#CHECK_RATES_CONT)

Blu' Island Bistro is attached to the Island Sun Inn Hotel and just South of Venice Hospital. A few blocks away from the beautiful Gulf of Mexico.

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Unique Catering Options Make Your Event Great


Your next event can be better with the help of Blu’ Island Bistro Venice FL. What does everyone look for in a great event? What does everyone leave talking about? The amazing food of course!

Blu’ Island Bistro provides unique catering options for corporate events, office lunches, private parties, weddings, community events, special events and so much more!

If you have an event on the horizon, give us a call (941-485-8400) and let’s talk! We support you in any and every way we can - even beyond the menu/food!

Blu’ Island Bistro (Venice, FL) offers catering for any and every event. On or off site - we are here to support you and make you look fabulous! We look forward to working with you to make your event spectacular! http://bluislandbistro.com/index.php/catering

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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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“Great breakfast spot in Venice!”


If you are looking for local, unique dining for breakfast on the island of Venice, FL give Blu’ Island Bistro a try! Blu’ Island Bistro (Venice, FL) is open Tuesday - Sunday for breakfast and lunch 7:30am - 3:00pm. Yes, you can get breakfast the entire day - and our customers love that!

Read what a recent TripAdvisor reviewer had to say about their experience at Blu’: "On a recent visit to Manasota Key, we made a short trek over to Venice to check out the Blu' Island Bistro and we are glad that we did! We were there for breakfast and it was a great experience. My wife has ordered Eggs Benedict in restaurants all over the U.S. and beyond and she swears that Blu' Island has the best Eggs Benedict that she has ever had. I opted for an omelet and it was also perfectly done - not too watery, not too thick...just right. The pecan-smoked bacon was really good, as well. The atmosphere is comfortable and a bit funky and the staff is genuinely happy and helpful. We are so glad that we stopped by and we highly recommend Blu' Island Bistro!"

boodle, Boston, Massachusetts (Visited March 2015) TripAdvisor Reviewhttp://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g34705-d2460312-r261319398-Blu_Island_Bistro-Venice_Florida.html#CHECK_RATES_CONT
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