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5180 Northland Drive, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
616.363.5900
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11:30 am - 11:00 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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, 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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  • 48
    Excellent
  • 43
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 5
    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
Spectacular View

The atmosphere here is great. It sits next to a very pretty lake. Anywhere you sit you'll have a nice view. The inside is slightly upscale. There was 3 of us for this trip. I had the BWG Burger with sweet potato fries and a pop. Diner #2 had a flat iron steak and a cup of Lobster Bisque... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 4, 2015
Chris H
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

I had the Wild Caught Sockeye Salmon with lemon-miso glaze, wild rice blend, grilled asparagus. The Salmon was overcook, very dry, the lemon-miso glaze was supposed to be on the fish when they grill it, so as to caramelize, instead it was on the wild rice, which smell burnt. The fish was not season at all, not much taste. My... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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85 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

The Gilmore Company have a lot of great restaurants. This is not one of them. We asked to sit outside where the lake view is lovely. Well, we ended up by some kind of station where dirty dishes, garbage and whatnot are kept. We asked to move, please. Though annoyed and apparently puzzled by the request, the hostess stated that... 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 your experience was not up to The Gilmore standard of service and food quality. We strive to meet our guests needs and give them the best experience possible. We will look into the issues raised in your review and take immediate action to prevent them in the future. Please email... More 

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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Had a wonderful birthday dinner here with wife and daughter. I had a pizza, my wife had the sockeye salmon, and my daughter had a burger. Food and drinks we great, and our server, Audra, was fantastic. One of may favorite places!

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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 celebrated your special day with us. Thanks again for your review and hope to see you soon! More 

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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015 via mobile

Fussy pub food at an inflated price. Nice atmosphere with friendly and efficient staff, but the menu's a head scratcher full of curious combinations. I'm sure this place has a dedicated and local following, but just passing through it didn't impress and struck me as a bit over-priced.

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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 and hope you will try us again. More 

Caledonia, Michigan
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118 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

My wife and I had dinner here for her birthday. They comp one meal for birthdays, so it is a good deal. I had the flat iron steak. The small cut was rather small, appeared to be less than 6 ounces. My wife had their restaurant week special with scallops, pork tenderloin and choice of desert. Both meals were very... 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 to know you had a nice meal and shared your birthday with us. Thanks again and we hope to see you soon! More 

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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

My husband and I sat outside, close to the bar and overlooking the water. Great atmosphere. However, the food was about as bad as it could get. I ordered the soup of the day which turned out to be a lumpy mix of cheese and raw cauliflower - so thick that the spoon stood up by itself. This was followed... 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 you did not enjoy your food. We will take your concerns and make necessary changes. Thanks again for your review. Please email your mailing address to mgee@gilmorec.com. We hope you will try us again. More 

Grand Rapids, Michigan
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60 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

The atmosphere here is great. It sits next to a very pretty lake. Anywhere you sit you'll have a nice view. The inside is slightly upscale. There was 3 of us for this trip. I had the BWG Burger with sweet potato fries and a pop. Diner #2 had a flat iron steak and a cup of Lobster Bisque. Diner... More 

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

Thanks for sharing your dining experience. We appreciate your comments and hope to see you soon. Thanks again! More 

Plymouth, Michigan, United States
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

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

Thank you for reviewing your recent visit. We apologize that your experience was not what you expected. We will address these issues and take action to correct them. Please email mgee@gilmorec.com your mailing address. Thank You! More 

Grand Rapids, Michigan
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 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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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 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 

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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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