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Blue Water

5180 Northland Dr NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525-1052
+1 616-363-5900
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Overview
  • Excellent42%
  • Very good36%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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CUISINES
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
5180 Northland Dr NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525-1052
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Been going to BWG since it opened and always get the French Dip! Been good for years and recommend to everyone we go with, always liked. Great selection and wine and beer. They have had some changes to the type of fries. Latest style my...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Bschamp
Gilmore C, General Manager at Blue Water, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for the review, we appreciate the continued support over the years! We are still experimenting with finding the perfect French fries, and value your feedback on that! See you soon, and thanks again! Michael Gee - General Manager, Blue Water

Reviewed December 6, 2018

Yes, you will be able to find something to eat that will probably prepare well, not exceptionally, but definitely edible. The service is usually pretty good, once they get to the table (sometimes quickly, sometimes not). The ambiance is among the best in the entire...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Russ H
Gilmore C, Public Relations Manager at Blue Water, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Russ, thank you for your review. We appreciate your comments and hope you visit soon. Make it a great day.

Reviewed November 24, 2018 via mobile

This is a wonderful restaurant! “Lake” view and good food. Service was a bit slow for coming in at 3:00 on Saturday, but overall, I highly recommend this restaurant.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank CarolineEileen
Gilmore C, Guest Relations Manager at Blue Water, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2018

Caroline, thanks for your rating & review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit. Make it a great day.

Reviewed November 12, 2018

We came here for a birthday celebration on a Sunday evening. We were tucked back in a far corner which helped keep the noise level down. Ambiance is very nice, a lovely fireplace as you come in and a great view over the lake from...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank kathy v
Gilmore C, Public Relations Manager at Blue Water, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2018

Thank you for reviewing your recent visit. We are glad you celebrated your birthday with us and hope you visit soon. We apologize that we were out of sorbet bites. Next time dessert is on us. Thanks again and enjoy your day.

Reviewed November 11, 2018

Food is great and they do a wonderful job on steaks. Sides are decent as is the salad. This place is not for anyone that has a hearing problem as it is very noisy and difficult to hear a conversation at your table. Desserts are...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank cdrh
Gilmore C, Public Relations Manager at Blue Water, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2018

Thank you for reviewing your recent visit. We appreciate your feedback. We hope to see you soon. Enjoy your day.

Reviewed October 15, 2018

The food was great, but the acoustics are terrible. Very loud for brunch even with very few people there. Not a large menu variety & service wasn't impressive.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Ashley T
Gilmore C, Public Relations Manager at Blue Water, responded to this reviewResponded October 25, 2018

Ashley, thank you for the review & rating. We hope to see you soon. Enjoy your day.

Reviewed October 8, 2018

Stopped in at Blue Water after driving back from the Lions win over Green Bay! We sat at the bar which is nicely appointed and overly crowded. The bartender was appropriately friendly, was able to talk some football and knew her beverages. Highly recommend the...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Ken V
Gilmore C, Public Relations Manager at Blue Water, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2018

Ken, thank you for your rating & review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit. We hope to see you soon. Enjoy your day.

Reviewed October 2, 2018

This was our 3rd and final trip to the Blue Water, Waiter was pleasant and nice to speak with but kept forgetting to bring what we ordered, my wifes food was good (not great) but mine was way overdone and cold. They where just moderately...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank obsmiller
Gilmore C, Public Relations Manager at Blue Water, responded to this reviewResponded October 6, 2018

Thank you for your review and rating. We apologize that we failed to meet your expectations. Please send your mailing address to Michael at mgee@gilmore.com. Have a great day.

Reviewed September 8, 2018 via mobile

I was in town visiting friends and they took me here. We had Brandi as our server and she was so fun! She steered me toward the best drinks, was so fun, and we enjoyed our entire experience. If you find yourself in GR, go...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank afreydberg
Gilmore C, Public Relations Manager at Blue Water, responded to this reviewResponded September 16, 2018

Thank you for your rating & review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit. We hope tp see you again on your next visit to gr. Enjoy your night.

Reviewed September 7, 2018 via mobile

From the Lansing area and stopped in for seafood risotto recommended by our server Izzy. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and loved our server! She was enthusiastic and made us feel so welcome. We will definitely be visiting again and again!

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank wdmarks
Gilmore C, Public Relations Manager at Blue Water, responded to this reviewResponded September 7, 2018

Thank you for reviewing your recent visit. We are glad you enjoyed the seafood risotto. Make it a great day and cannot wait to see you again.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$15 - $30
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Television
Good for
Romantic, Bar scene, Scenic view, Families with children, Kids, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups
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
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5180 Northland Dr NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525-1052
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Kent County  >  Grand Rapids
  • Phone Number: +1 616-363-5900
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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