This is our first trip to the Bluewater Grill in Phoenix, but we have long enjoyed the one on Catalina Island. We were not disappointed here at all. We made reservations, but it looked like that was probably unnecessary. Saturday night the place was jumping busy, but tables turned over pretty quickly, and there was always a table or two empty in my view.
Servers were moving fast, but probably had too many tables. It was a little slow getting served. We didn't mind at all, and were dining with someone who insists on a leisurely paced service. But our waitress was very responsive, and she quickly learned just how much ice tea I can go through at a meal, keeping me very well supplied.
The bar serves authentic cocktails and not sugary soda pop versions of the classics. I had a wonderfully tart Mai Tai made with three kinds of rum. My husband is a huge Martini snob. If you have to ask if he wants gin or vodka he is not a happy camper. The Bluewater Grill classic Martini (gin and olives, naturally) left him very satisfied.
They will bring you all the hot bread and butter you want, and that bread was hot! We had two loaves and both must have just come out of the oven. It's a very mild sourdough, but has a good crust and was a fun way to start the meal. My husband ordered oysters on the half shell (Moss Point) and he was very pleased. They have different varieties every night, as well as a very lively oyster bar where they served a wide variety of shellfish dishes, like Clams Casino.
Our dinners were perfect. My husband had the clambake special: clams, lobster, potatoes, corn, cole slaw. He ate everything but the cole slaw and he brought that home. Our friend had sand dabs and was very happy. I had the grilled Barramundi with crab and arugala. Oh My Gosh, that was the best thing ever. I am a huge fan of this Australian fish and this was my favorite version of all time. It was grilled perfectly and topped with crab meat and lots of little pieces of arugala on a bed of scalloped potatoes. (I substituted the potatoes for the coconut basmati rice listed on the menu).
We topped off our dinner with a shared piece of key lime pie that was very good.
Prices were very reasonable, the food was absolutely delicious and the wait staff were busy, but attentive and very professional. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. And we will be headed back there!
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