Dancing Marlin Restaurant in Frankfort

Ten years ago, a new concept for dining in the southwest suburbs of Chicago was born. The Dancing Marlin founders had a vision for creating something as elusive as the Blue Marlin for which the restaurant is named: a culinary destination where shared experiences could deepen relationships between friends, family and new acquaintances. The team worked tirelessly and persevered to craft a dining experience unlike anything the area had known. Dancing Marlin transforms dining into an escape from the monotony of everyday life. Distinguished by innovative shareable plates and creative New American entrées, the menu is constantly evolving, and the food and drink ignite enthusiastic conversation.

Dining at Dancing Marlin is a Journey

Dining at Dancing Marlin is a journey, an interactive experience where diners share ideas together in a lively, yet comfortable setting to decide where the dining adventure will go next. Creative New American menu items can be sampled and shared with fellow diners across multiple courses, enjoyed in both small and entrée sized large plates. The menu is varied and eclectic, filled with familiar favorites from land and sea, alongside dishes that borrow spices and techniques from world cuisine. 

At Dancing Marlin, sharing is equal parts food and drink. We feature a hand-picked bottled wine program and serve wines by the glass from kegs delivered directly from premium wineries. Our 16 on-tap wines ensure perfect air and temperature control for every glass poured. Each glass is like opening a new bottle, encouraging trial and pairing without compromise. We offer creative craft cocktails which change seasonally, using superior spirits and fresh ingredients to assure tasting pleasure.

To Share or Not. That is the Question!

The rules for sharing? There are no rules! Diners are encouraged to create their own dining experience – from noshing and drinking in community spaces, to a multicourse medley of shared food and drink.  We encourage our guests to begin by ordering a few dishes to share. If you are still hungry, go ahead and try a few more!  The variety of tastes we offer are sure to please. If someone at the table is not the sharing type – and there’s nothing wrong with that – enjoy our larger entrées with a classic 2-, 3- or 4-course meal. 

Our knowledgeable staff has a passion for food and drink, and we encourage you to ask for pairing suggestions to enhance your culinary and drinking adventure.

The Kitchen Table Buzzes With Excitement

We recognize dining is as much about the experience as it is the cuisine, and we take pride in creating an atmosphere as rousing as our food. Have a seat at the chef’s communal table – “The Kitchen Table” – and experience an exclusive view of our open kitchen. The Kitchen Table atmosphere buzzes with excitement and creates a sharing environment for up to 18 people. It is a destination table for couples, friends, colleagues, and strangers who want to become friends. Also, book a private event in our exclusive “Under the Sea” dining area. We specialize in private events and will make yours a most memorable one!

We Invite You To Visit Dancin Marlin

Located minutes from I-80, just south of Orland Park, we invite you to visit Dancing Marlin. Our seasonally evolving menu highlights innovative and sustainable fare with a purpose. Here’s to dining experiences that are as unique and beautiful as a “Dancing Marlin” breaking water on the surface of the ocean.