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5180 Northland Drive, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
616.363.5900
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Today
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night
Description: Blue Water Grill is a breath of fresh air with unique Frank Lloyd Wright...
Blue Water Grill is a breath of fresh air with unique Frank Lloyd Wright inspired architecture, a stunningly massive fireplace, and some of the best water views in West Michigan. This is all made possible with large glass walls, inspired design and, quite possibly, the most impressively beautiful deck in the city. And that's just the atmosphere. Blue Water Grill continues The Gilmore Collection tradition of decidedly inspired food with a collection of satisfying influences including Italian, Mediterranean and classic American. All the traditional favorites are accounted for with a wide variety of wood-fired pizzas, seafood, steaks, salads, sandwiches and more. The menu and surroundings are perfect for the most intimate or social of dining experiences.
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  • 41
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good food, great staff, bad corporate decisions

Have been many times and the service is always excellent and the food is good. Went many times and lots of times for wine Wed. Went this past week and they cancelled that for the summer and only left it at there restaurant that caters mostly to locals. There other properties including Blue Water... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
Richard I
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Hobe Sound, Florida
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Hobe Sound, Florida
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Have been many times and the service is always excellent and the food is good. Went many times and lots of times for wine Wed. Went this past week and they cancelled that for the summer and only left it at there restaurant that caters mostly to locals. There other properties including Blue Water have a lot of summer people.... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

The Blue Water Grill is located on a small lake and has an out door terrace and a downstairs bar. There is a bar upstairs as well and a huge stone fireplace that I just love. The food and service is great The Grill looks out over the lake. Very nice setting..........

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Gilmore C, Public Relations Manager at Blue Water Grill, responded to this review

Thanks for reviewing our restaurant. We appreciate your comments and hope to see you soon! Thanks again. More 

Michigan
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 via mobile

Set reservation with no expectations, John was our waiter and could not have given better service. Waters were full, drinks flowed! Food was great, the French dip w/ root chips with goal cheese fondu was amazing... John was great-we received further recommendations of the menu with great candidness, the wood oven turkey on a pretzel bun was fresh and delish... More 

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Gilmore C, Public Relations Manager at Blue Water Grill, responded to this review

Thanks for reviewing your recent visit. We are glad you and your friends had a great time. We hope to see you soon. Thanks again! More 

Milford, Michigan
Top Contributor
130 reviews 130 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Our daughter recently moved to Grand Rapids and we have come in on occasion trying different restaurants. The Blue Grill was a recommendation and we were very pleased. Great view, good service and wonderful food. While there we discovered this was part of the Gilmore group of establishments and we've consistently had great experiences in their properties. They serve warm... More 

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Gilmore C, Public Relations Manager at Blue Water Grill, responded to this review

Thank you for reviewing your dining experience. We are glad you enjoyed your meals and service. We cannot wait to see you again. Be sure to visit in the summer for a most spectacular view. Thanks again! More 

Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 via mobile

i dined with two others and none of us thought our meal was above average. Expensive for what you get. To add a piece of salmon to my salad cost $10. Our service was slow and to get a refill on your coffee you had to wave the waitress down. Very disappointed on this visit.

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Gilmore C, Public Relations Manager at Blue Water Grill, responded to this review

Thanks for reviewing our restaurant. We apologize that we did not exceed your expectations. Please email your mailing address to jkoster@gilmorec.com. We will take your comments and address these issues. Thanks and we hope you try us again. More 

Midland, Michigan
Top Contributor
157 reviews 157 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

This restaurant has the unique menu with lots of wonderful selections to choose from. It can be noisy so if you want a quiet place this isn't. I loved the lobster bisque and also the white chicken chili, which is the finest I ever had. Service is good, and atmosphere is modern. The view of the water is nice and... More 

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Gilmore C, Public Relations Manager at Blue Water Grill, responded to this review

Thank you for reviewing your recent visit. We are glad you enjoyed the food & service. Hope to see you soon! More 

Top Contributor
120 reviews 120 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015 via mobile

We started with the root chips which are a favorite. I had the superfood sauté which was good. I had the white chocolate bread pudding for dessert which was very good. Marne our server was amazing.

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Gilmore C, Public Relations Manager at Blue Water Grill, responded to this review

Thanks for reviewing your recent visit. We are glad you enjoyed the root chips, bread pudding and server. We hope to see you soon! More 

Grand Rapids, Michigan
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

This is always a great go to for yummy food. My daughter and best friend are both gluten free and Blue Water has some great options. The fireplace in the winter is warm and inviting. Always great service and on your birthday, you get a free meal!! The Margarita Pizza is delicious and very filling. There is also plenty of... More 

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Gilmore C, Public Relations Manager at Blue Water Grill, responded to this review

Thanks for reviewing our restaurant. We are glad you enjoy the gluten free options. Hope to see you soon! More 

Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Having just spent a 'couple of checks' at Cannonsburg Ski Shop, my wife and I stopped at the Blue Water Grill for lunch. We were seated quickly and the waitress took our drink orders. Both of us went for the 'Pick Two.' My wife went with the Wood Smoked Turkey and Beet Salad; I went with the Wood Smoked Turkey... More 

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Gilmore C, Public Relations Manager at Blue Water Grill, responded to this review

Thank you for reviewing your recent visit. We are glad you enjoyed your pick two lunches. Once all this snow melts, we hope to see you on the patio. Thanks again! More 

Fort Myers, Florida
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

It had been awhile since I had been to the Blue Water Grill and since I had a Christmas gift card for them, I decided to give them another try. What a surprise, the food I ordered was great. I choose the "Pick 2 Combo for $10", For a soup I picked "Lobster Bisque", one of my Blue Water Grill... More 

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Gilmore C, Public Relations Manager at Blue Water Grill, responded to this review

Thanks for reviewing your recent visit. We are glad you enjoyed the lunch pick 2 combo. We hope to see you soon. Thanks again. More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5180 Northland Drive, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Kent County  >  Grand Rapids
  • Phone Number: 616.363.5900

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 30
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Description

Blue Water Grill is a breath of fresh air with unique Frank Lloyd Wright inspired architecture, a stunningly massive fireplace, and some of the best water views in West Michigan. This is all made possible with large glass walls, inspired design and, quite possibly, the most impressively beautiful deck in the city. And that's just the atmosphere. Blue Water Grill continues The Gilmore Collection tradition of decidedly inspired food with a collection of satisfying influences including Italian, Mediterranean and classic American. All the traditional favorites are accounted for with a wide variety of wood-fired pizzas, seafood, steaks, salads, sandwiches and more. The menu and surroundings are perfect for the most intimate or social of dining experiences.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?