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“Fresh quality ingredients, and very good service” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Blue Water Seafood - CLOSED

Blue Water Seafood
9 Broad St, Red Bank, NJ 07701-1901
732-530-1906
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Price range: $20 - $50
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Freehold, New Jersey
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33 restaurant reviews
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“Fresh quality ingredients, and very good service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013 via mobile


This was my first visit to Blue Water. We had a 7:30 Saturday night reservation. I was warned by friends that the reservation meant little and I would have to wait at a nearby bar as there was no waiting area but surprising we were seated promptly.
The restaurant was crowded and we scored the last open table. We were seated on the second floor level.
This is a BYOB. Our wine was opened promptly and placed on ice.
Our server, Jackie, an Ashley Tisdale lookalike answered questions on the specials and menu items.
Our party of four ordered several appetizers, we requested the steamed clams be served raw and they obliged.
The standout was the sushi grade "Tuna Duo".
The "Mediterranean plate" special had excellent roasted eggplant, a nice hummus and a mountain of olives, this was okay but unless you really love olives you should pass on this one.

(Sorry I do not recall the what other appetizers were ordered.)

A Greek salad was ordinary.


The "New England Broil" brought a generous amount of scallops, shrimp, a single clam and crabmeat stuffed flounder. It was very good overall, but the flounder stuffing was disappointing as it was bland and very dry.

The broiled lamb chops were recommended to a non fish eater in the group. These were cooked perfectly and very well enjoyed.

The grilled "Large Shrimp and sea scallops" were similar to the N.E. Broil only with larger shrimp.

A Pad Thai special was good but it did not come have the flavor meld of an authentic Thai Restaurant.

A side order of garlic sautéed spinach was excellent.

I should note the different vegetable side dishes that accompanied each dish were NOT just an afterthought they were very well prepared, actually they were EXCELLENT ...... Kudos to the kitchen staff for raising what is sometimes a bland plate filler to a delicious accompaniment.

Desserts of tira misu and cheeses cake were very good.

Overall we all liked the experience. The server was excellent. The room was nice and the food was most very good. We would definitely go back again.

All entrees brought generous portions.

Dinner for four with tax and tip was around $285.

Warning:
Blue water is kind of small and pretty loud. You sit very close to the next table and your outdoor voice is required to speak with your table mates.

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English first
Marina del Rey, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Yummy Seafood!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

This restaurant has great fresh seafood! It is also BYOB. The portions are very large! I would get the mussels to start (they give great bread to dip with)

Visited June 2012
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Middletown, New Jersey
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Nice digs and location can't disguise mediocre food and atmosphere”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

We tried Blue Water as our first night out after having our first child. We won't be returning. Here's our assessment:

Pros:
- Our server was very pleasant, and worked hard to get what we need

Cons:
- Very average seafood for very upscale prices
- Cold, rock-hard bread
- Extremely noisy and cramped upstairs dining area
- Lights constantly going out because the dining room light switch was next to the bathroom

In this economy, you cannot afford to serve such bland food at those prices. We certainly can't afford to spend our money on it.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Great seafood but”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

Just ate at Blue Water Seafood. We have been there twice before and had great meals.
Tonight we took our daughters and a boyfriend for dinner. 3 out of five dinners were very good.
The other two, the Chilean Sea Bass dinners were not up to your standards. The fish was cold!
Pointing this out to the waitress she asked the chef and he said the fish cools quickly because there is cold salad around the fish? If that's the reason don't put the cold salad on the fish, who wants cold fish?
"If" we go back there for dinner in the future there won't be any Chilean sea bass ordered.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Morristown
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“Best Seafood!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

Can't beat the food here and in top if that its byob. Get the Trio or the crab cakes they're all fresh and it's the best in Jersey so far that I've tried. The waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and was happy with his suggestion. Atmosphere is also really nice, come here in the summer with friends, family ect after walking around town.

Visited February 2013
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