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Bluewater Grill Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar

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630 Lido Park Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 675-3474
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10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Newport BeachEstablished in 1996, Bluewater Grill in Newport Beach was the...
Newport BeachEstablished in 1996, Bluewater Grill in Newport Beach was the original inspiration for what hasbecome the leading premium seafood restaurant chain in Southern California. Owner-operated since its inception, the waterfront restaurant on the docks in historic Cannery Village specializes in Orange County’s freshest seafood, classically prepared and served at a fair price in a friendly, casual atmosphere. New lunch and dinner menus, printed daily, feature more than 40 varieties of fresh seafood and shellfish annually. Other highlights include a shellfish bar, kid’s menu, patio dining, full bar, weekday happy hours, full wine list and monthly tasting events.
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Good for:
Bar scene
Doing business
Local cuisine
Entertaining clients

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  • 127
    Excellent
  • 100
    Very good
  • 37
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Seaside Dinner

What a great location! Their 1/2 & 1/2 clam chowder soup is fantastic! Prices are very reasonable, great drinks, good food, casual setting. Although you do have to wait a bit for a table, that should tell you it's worth while!

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2015
shirley91011
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La Canada Flintridge, California
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
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Los Angeles, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

I really wanted to like this place. The scenery and atmosphere were great. We sat outside right over the water. Service was very slow. My fish tacos were were very bland. Shrimp cocktail was average, not great. Overall, it's not worth coming back as there are plenty of excellent restaurants within a 30 mile radius.

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Chicago, Illinois
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50 reviews 50 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

I took my family in hopes of finding a great place, I was wrong. I am not sure why this place gets high ratings. My shrimp and scallops were over cooked. They were out of all burgers on a Monday. Service was not bad but that could not make up for the food. As I was on vacation with my... More 

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Tyrone, Georgia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Wonderful food and a great water front view from the outdoor patio. If the Halibut is on the menu, try it.

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La Canada Flintridge, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

What a great location! Their 1/2 & 1/2 clam chowder soup is fantastic! Prices are very reasonable, great drinks, good food, casual setting. Although you do have to wait a bit for a table, that should tell you it's worth while!

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Pompton Lakes, New Jersey
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98 reviews 98 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Great for families and couples. Good menu, which includes a raw bar and many options like Paella and ceviche. Mahi Mahi was excellent. Healthy options for children. Deserts were also good. Try the key lime pie. Enjoy!

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Chincoteague Island, Virginia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Wonderful staff, barely a wait even though the place was a mad house. The food was wonderful, different, and definitely worth it. The only complaint I have is that it was so loud! I felt like I couldn't hear myself think! I suppose that's what you get when you go out though. :)

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Newport Beach, California
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153 reviews 153 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This is a good place for seafood, if you don't like the paper plates at other seafood places. Make a reservation, because the wait times are long, and they cater to the locals. So expect to see a local seated before you, even though you were there 30 minutes before they arrived.

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State College
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

My wife and I ate at the Bluewater and were more than pleased with the atmosphere, service, and the food. We both had excellently prepared fish dishes. Which is no small compliment for us to say. But the chefs are clearly experts with seafood. I would strongly recommend for couples who enjoy seafood. Most plates were in the ~25$ range.... More 

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Albuquerque
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Other than our waitress, who was very nice, there wasn't much else to like about this restaurant. The interior ambiance is ho-hum....you might as well hit up Red Lobster. Maybe the outdoor patio is better? I ordered the "simply grilled" Mahi-Mahi and asked for a side salad instead of the two "sides" that came with the dish. When my plate... More 

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Port Townsend, Washington
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

The was a very nice restaurant - not a Michelin candidate, but certainly a cut above most waterfront seafood restaurants (like the nearby, overpriced Cannery). Recommended for lunch with a good selection of the usual choices, nothing in the foodie category, but a good tho limited wine list. Excellent service, and a nice interior waterfront décor.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 630 Lido Park Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92663
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Newport Beach
  • Phone Number: (949) 675-3474

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 50
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Sushi

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients

Description

Newport BeachEstablished in 1996, Bluewater Grill in Newport Beach was the original inspiration for what hasbecome the leading premium seafood restaurant chain in Southern California. Owner-operated since its inception, the waterfront restaurant on the docks in historic Cannery Village specializes in Orange County’s freshest seafood, classically prepared and served at a fair price in a friendly, casual atmosphere. New lunch and dinner menus, printed daily, feature more than 40 varieties of fresh seafood and shellfish annually. Other highlights include a shellfish bar, kid’s menu, patio dining, full bar, weekday happy hours, full wine list and monthly tasting events.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?