Dancing Marlin

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1965 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American
The Dancing Marlin is all about small plates, sharing & great wines and cocktails on tap! There also is a full bar. The menu has something for everyone with fresh seafood being a specialty. The culinary team has created a small plates menu that is both affordable and amazing! We feature a communal dining table for up to 14 guests and the suburbs most creative Sunday Brunch. Our bar features 16 wines on tap and 8 "made from scratch", crafted cocktails. The bar also features 30 craft beers in bottles and cans. The restaurant features (3) private dining rooms that can accommodate up to 120 guests. All of this is packaged up in a modern restaurant design, produced by award winning design team. Knauer Inc!

Complimentary specials

Daily Happy Hour Specials 4:30 - 6

Tuesday - Enjoy 1/2 Priced Bottles of Tap Wine
Wednesday - $5 Martinis - Dirty or Sweet, Shaken or Stirred
Thursday - Try any one of our signature Tap Cocktails for $5
Friday - $1 Fresh Oysters
Saturday - $5 Sangrias

What 1965 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipPJCP
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Server was fantastic. Personable and friendly while maintaining a very professional demeanor

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vipbeerlover
Chicago
162 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We started with the beet salad, huli huli chicken, and gnudi. All were fantastic. Then we had the brisket and meatballs, both excellent. We finished with the shrimp and chorizo tacos and bulgogi sliders. They were both great as well. We didn't have a single clunker.

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LisaP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding and food and drinks were amazing as usually. Have never had a bad experience at Dancing Marlin! Love the changing of the menu, have tried something new each visit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipJackie
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always the Dancing Marlin does not disappoint. Danielle was great helping us decide what cocktail to have with our Fig & the Pig, Ahi Tuna, and calamari. All were delicious! Can't wait to go back.

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JoannG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and ambiance was excellent. The seafood is so fresh and tasty.

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AmandaB
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent! Can’t wait to visit again soon and try more options!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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CathyM
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply delicious.... can’t wait to bring many friends and family so we can keep coming back!

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TomW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Sean was our waiter and he was the best. Very personable, funny and hit it out of the park with all the recommendations. The food is absolutely amazing and we just love the place. Highly recommend Dancing Marlin.

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NANCYH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience2

FOOD IS WAY TO HIGHLY PRICED. WILL NOT BE BACK EVER.

JB
vipJandB
Chicago
279 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The servers here are all really good and can help with selections. The food options vary by season and the latest change favors meat dishes. There are still gluten free options as well as vegetarian. We like this restaurant for being able to get small plates and share when we are not really hungry.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food & beverages as usual!

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BarbM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, as always. Can't go wrong with some General Tsao's cauliflower! Our server Carly was very kind and attentive. Great experience all around.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice! Kids love the all you can eat Brunch!

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vipWillBeBack
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food here is very good. We could see ourselves coming back again & again to dine around the menu! We have made the mistake twice to meet friends early to grab a drink before dinner. The bar area is very small and not very accommodating for that. Overall, though, we had a great experience.

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vipsouslatable
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waitress, Danielle, seated us early and she was fantastic! Very attentive and funny. We loved the oyster happy hour last Friday night. So delicious. Great food and great service.

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DennisW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food excellent ...prices a bit steep for special but still great...

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vipDougandTina
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good experience.

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Magoo
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, love Dancing Marlin

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vipChrisC
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, Great food!!! We’ll be back again soon.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious, drinks and food. Service was great and answered all questions about food items. Amazing dinner overall!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing....

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for brunch and chose the all you can eat option. I enjoyed everything except I didnt care for the sausage. Will be back soon!

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vipRMak
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an outstanding experience at Dancing Marlin! Food was delicious and Becky at the bar was attentive and friendly. Great recommendations. Staff is always kind!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always!

MD
MaryD
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food never disappoints and is always delish! The service was a little slow but they were super busy and our waitress was very accommodating.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and service but gets real loud and is too small of a space for such a great restaurant. Will go back for sure tho!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, oysters were on happy hour special so they were a buck. Server was awesome as well.

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vipGail
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great dinner. Madison best server!! Drinks are awesome!

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vipFoodie
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Our server Carly was very good. We enjoyed interacting with her all night. Unfortunately that was about the only thing we enjoyed. We had been here twice before and enjoyed it, though the cost of your meal can add up quickly with the small plated and their prices. This time we were very disappointed and had a major problem. The food was not up to past standard. The spicy garlic shrimp were just ok. We had them before and they were much better. The sliders were just ok. We had the mahi mahi fish tacos. They had absolutely no taste at all. It needed something to kick it up and give it any flavor. The ahi tuna was the best thing we ordered. Very good but small for the cost ($17). Now the major problem. We ordered the Octopus and when it came out we could not even cut it let alone eat it. It was so hard I have no idea what they did with it. We showed Carly that we could not even cut through the octopus and she couldn't believe it. At least she went back to the manager and got it taken off the bill. The least they could do since we didn't eat any of it anyways. I may try it one more time because we enjoyed it the 1st 2 times but I am wary. I have a lot of other restaurants I like and would probably go to any of them before coming back. We'll see. Hmmmmm.

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vipChrisC
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, Great food!!! Great place for date night or any special occasasion.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu was so interesting and everything tasted amazing! I can’t stop telling people about it! I’m excited to come back and try the rest of the menu.

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vipAmiH
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good with kids

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great late night date with my husband. Our server was excellent and made our experience terrific!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there. Great food, awesome waitress. Definitely returning soon.

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KatlynnG
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great food and a fun new experience! Our server seemed annoyed with us though. Too awhile before anyone even greeted us

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Ashleyk
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Service was nice but slow. Food was overpriced but delicious. Would come back here for probably just cocktails. Food is good but small portion not worth price won my opinion

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Jeff
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The service was fine, but the food was just ok. Food got to the table fairly quickly after ordering.

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MatthewL
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, I am always completely satisfied with my dining experience when I dine at Dancing Marlin.

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Dancing Marlin does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Dancing Marlin also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (815) 464-6646.

Dancing Marlin is rated 4.7 stars by 1965 OpenTable diners.

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