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Blue Water Grill

5180 Northland Drive, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
616.363.5900
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Ranked #104 of 799 Restaurants in Grand Rapids
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $30
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
Cuisines: Seafood
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
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.
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Chelsea, Michigan
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

Fireplace, huge windows facing the water, and easy parking go along with an eclectic menu. Service is attentive and friendly. Unique renditions of traditional plates: my whitefish sandwhich had cole slaw and tarter sauce between a yummy pretzel bun....the fish was lightly breaded and cooked to perfection. They adjusted ingredients on my friend's thin crust pizza without hesitation and it... More 

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 via mobile

I had a late lunch/ early dinner here, with three friends. It was my last night in Grand Rapids and they wanted to take me to a special place. The food was superb, as was the service. The clam chowder was especially delicious. This is definitely on my list of restaurants to visit on my return to Grand Rapids.

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

Thanks for reviewing your experience with us. We are glad you enjoyed your visit to Grand Rapids. Hope to see you soon. More 

Florida
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Have eaten here several times and always enjoy the setting on the lake. This time the food was ok but soup not hot and touted home mad "blue chips" clearly not up to par. Asked the waiter about the chips and he said that they started cutting them thinner and he has heard a number of complaints. So don't order... 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 will address the root chip issue. Please message us your mailing address. We hope to see you soon. More 

Grand Rapids, Michigan
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

I have been to this restaurant a few other times and was impressed with the food. Not this time! I went on my birthday with my husband and son. While I do appreciate the free food on your birthday offered by Gilmore restaurants, two out of three meals were poor. I had seafood linguine. While I appreciated the large amount... 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 apologize that we did not exceed your expectations. We will make every effort to ensure these issues are addressed. Please message us your mailing address. Thank you again and we hope you will give us another try. More 

Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

I tried this place multiple times because other people from GR told me it was such a great restaurant. While the atmosphere is really nice, the food is mediocre at best. I tried the steak, fish and a salad and finally after the third time - decided that the food just wasn't awesome. It seems to be very Foodservice-ish, like... More 

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

Thank you for reviewing our restaurant. We appreciate your comments. We hope you will try us again. More 

Lino Lakes, Minnesota
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Very good food. The waiter was attentive. The prices were a little high for our comfort level. The scenery was beautiful over a lake. The atomsphere was cozy.

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

Thank you for reviewing your visit. We are glad you enjoyed your time. Hope to see you soon! More 

Ionia, Michigan
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

This is one of my favorites in Grand Rapids. Service is very good. Nice ambience with tasty food. I suggest this restaurant to anyone in the area.

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

Thanks for writing a review. We are glad you enjoy our service, setting and food. Hope to see you soon! More 

Grand Rapids, Michigan
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Having been a fan of the Blue Water Grill before, I was very disappointed with not only the service but the food. The waitress while pleasant, had no personality. It was a basic take your order and deliver the food. Those working with her had dirty clothes, no matching company shirts and certainly was not up to par with the... 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 apologize for your disappointment. We will address your concerns and take action to prevent them in the future. Please message us your mailing address. Thanks again. More 

Grand Rapids, Michigan
Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The location and view is amazing! Try to get a seat by the window or if the season is right outside The menu is mostly sandwiches, salads and burgers with a few entrees. The Lobster Bisque is so good, wished I had ordered a bowl over cup. The salmon was very good, my husband was disappointed that the potatoes that... 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 your enjoyed the view and meal. We hope to see you soon. More 

Grand Rapids, Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I believe its a man made lake behind the restaurant, a lovely tranquil view. I had a house salad, and the waitress was very accommodating to add dry fruit at my request, the light Vinaigrette dressing accompany well. My main entree was a Seafood pasta with shrimp, scallop and crab meat in a creamy sauce. Quite delightful and tasty, just... More 

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Thank you for reviewing your recent visit. We are glad you enjoyed your visit. We hope to see you soon! More 

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Additional Information about Blue Water Grill

Address: 5180 Northland Drive, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Phone Number: 616.363.5900
Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Kent County  >  Grand Rapids
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
Average Prices: USD 15 - 30
Cuisine: Seafood

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