In November 2011, Adam Ellis opened Blue Marlin Seafood in the heart of historic Bridge Street. You’ll know Blue Marlin by the vibrant blue color of this historic 1920s cottage, and once inside you will feel like you’re in a seafood house in coastal Maine.
Ellis and his wife restored the cottage, which has been their family for many years. In keeping with the feel of an intimate, coastal restaurant, they retained the original wainscoting and wood flooring and cleverly built tables and benches from recycled dock wood. The “black and white” room displays black & white photos of locals & their fish catches. Antique ship lanterns, fish mounts & oars scattered throughout lend the cottage a charming, intimate atmosphere.
There is a lovely curved bar that mimics a boat and a great outside deck & courtyard they call “The Trap Yard”. The décor is deliberately understated so as not to take away from the food, which focuses on daily fresh fish brought in directly from the Cortez fishing fleet.
Adam Ellis has worked in the restaurant industry for over 20 years. He also has experience in commercial fishing and understands how the fishing industry and seafood restaurants need to work hand in hand. He buys his fish daily in Cortez, which not only provides his restaurant with the freshest possible fish, but also gives him the ability to offer daily specials with that day’s catch.
Although the focus of the menu at Blue Marlin Seafood is fish, it also offers a variety of dishes including steaks, chicken & other landside features. The fish dishes include grouper, snapper, cobia & hogfish prepared many different ways. Other favorites are their shrimp & grits, garlic shrimp, Stone Crab Mac & Cheese, fresh oysters and, of course, the daily specials. They offer Cortez chowder and tater soup, salads, starters like Cortez smoked fish spread, shrimp egg rolls, pulled pork over scallops and other side dishes. There is something on the menu for everyone at every price point and they offer children’s meals too on the “Mini Marlins” menu. Don’t leave without tasting one of the amazing, house made dessert specials.
Ellis is proud of his wine list, which is always changing and mostly includes wines from smaller vineyards. Beer is on tap, as well as a large variety of bottles and cans.
On Friday and Saturday nights there is live entertainment in the charming courtyard with a different band weekly. So, check out the entertainment schedule on our events page.
Someone once told Adam Ellis “If you’re going to start a restaurant make it a place you’ll like because you’ll always be there”. The casual, coastal feel of Blue Marlin Seafood is a restaurant that you’re guaranteed to enjoy!
***Reservations required Friday & Saturday nights and strongly recommended all other nights.***
Click Here To Make A Reservation or call 941-896-9737