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5180 Northland Drive, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
616.363.5900
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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: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
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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  • 46
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Dependably Good

We have eaten here several times in the past and always enjoyed it. Most recent visit was on Sunday afternoon after a museum visit for a late lunch/early dinner. We were seated promptly and the service was great. I had the Mahi Mahi Tacos, which I love and DH had the Black & Bleu Steak Salad. Both... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 15, 2015
Hope S
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Plymouth, Michigan, United States
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We went out for dinner to celebrate with my adult sons and husband.. While waiting for a table we went to the bar and had appetizers and drinks. The service and the appetizers were great. We should have stopped there. Dinner took quite a while to serve and when my son's salad was omitted, the server gave a deer in... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We have eaten here several times in the past and always enjoyed it. Most recent visit was on Sunday afternoon after a museum visit for a late lunch/early dinner. We were seated promptly and the service was great. I had the Mahi Mahi Tacos, which I love and DH had the Black & Bleu Steak Salad. Both of us enjoyed... 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 meals & service. Hope to see you soon! More 

Champaign, Illinois
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This was our first visit. We asked to sit outside as it sits on a lake and was a beautiful evening. We were seated around the side of the building with a poor view. Now that I know better, I would be more specific about where I want to sit. I'm more than happy to wait for a good table.... 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 meals and the view. We apologize about the service and will address this issue. Please email your mailing address to jkoster@gilmorec.com. Thanks again and hope to see you soon! More 

Grand Rapids, Michigan
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

It's a nice atmosphere but I have found the food to be only mediocre most times. Good place to meet friends for a drink but not for dinner. I have found it overpriced for the quality of food.

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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 beautiful lake view. Thanks again and we hope to see you soon! More 

Brick NJ
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110 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

I am a little surprised that this restaurant is reviewed so well on Trip Advisor. My experience at the restaurant was not aligned with these previous reviews. I was in GR for a few days on a work trip. A colleague of mine and I were directed to the blue water grill by a local. The setting of the restaurant... 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 failed to meet your expectations. We will take action to ensure these issues are addressed. Please email your mailing address to jkoster@gilmorec.com. Thanks again for bringing these matters to our attention. More 

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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015 via mobile

Went for a birthday dinner. Although it's styled after Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, it doesn't stand out at all so we first couldn't find it. Once we did, we were given a pager for a 45 minute wait. She suggested we could wait at either bar, and could order from there too if we chose to. We asked how to... 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 could experience the beautiful outdoor patio and bar. We hope to see you soon! More 

Ormond Beach, Florida
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57 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

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

Thank you for reviewing your recent visit. We love our guests and apologize or wine down Wednesday going on summer vacation. We hope to see you again soon! More 

Grand Rapids, Michigan
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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
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146 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 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 

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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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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?