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Blue Water Grill

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5180 Northland Drive, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
16163635900
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
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153 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I have had a couple of take out experiencs here of late and I find the woman who has handled that both times is exceptional. She is very invested in her job and makes sure it's all correct and her demeanor is terrific. But then there is the food! I've had the flat iron steak and also a vegetarian dish... More 

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

Thank you for reviewing your recent visits. We are glad your service, view and food was everything you wanted and more! We hope to see you soon! More 

East Lansing, Michigan
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90 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Blue Water Grill has everything going for it. The location on the shore of the lake is idyllic, the outdoor dining faces and sheltered from the evening sun, and the food is creative and delicious. It's slightly pricey, but worth it.

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Thank Kippy_37
Gilmore C, Public Relations Manager at Blue Water Grill, responded to this review

Thanks for reviewing our restaurant. We are glad you enjoyed the amazing view and good eats. We can't wait to see you again! More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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666 reviews
385 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 266 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wanted to try a "new to us"restaurant tonight so we made the haul up the belt line to Bluewater. As others have said the view is great if they don't seat you all the way in the back. Service was spot on and our server was very good. The ahi and calamari apps were spot on. The French dip was... More 

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

Thank you for reviewing your recent visit. We apologize that everything was not to your liking. Please email your mailing address to mgee@gilmorec.com. Thanks again and we hope to see you on the patio soon! More 

Holland, Michigan
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57 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have driven by this place several times and always thought it worth a stop. The architecture and lakeside siting is pretty attractive. Unfortunately it was all downhill from there. My weasel whistle started going off (vibe was poor) but my kids kept saying "Dad...give it a chance". Heres what happened on this picture perfect evening. We asked to sit... More 

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

Thank you for reviewing your recent experience. We apologize that we failed to meet your expectations and hope you will give us another try. Please send your mailing address to mgee@gilmorec.com. Thanks again. More 

Columbia, South Carolina
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39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We visited twice. Large creative menu. Nice presentation. Nice view and good looking place. Loved the ahi salad ad others loved the reuben. A bit expensive but worth it

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Thank 280barbw
Gilmore C, Public Relations Manager at Blue Water Grill, responded to this review

Thanks for sharing your experience. We are glad you had a wonderful time and enjoyed your meals. We hope you visit soon! More 

Comstock Park, Michigan
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91 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

We went here at 5:30 on a Monday night. Restaurant was not too busy and we were seating immediately. Our server was very attentive without interrupting our conversation. Menu was a little difficult to follow, sorted by type of food (i.e. Surf, turf, etc) rather than by course. I prefer to look at all the appetizers together so I can... More 

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

Thank you for reviewing your recent visit. We appreciate your comments. We hope to see you soon. Thanks again! More 

washington, michigan
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95 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016 via mobile

Are there with friends, sit outside if you can. Great atmosphere. Food is decent, but does not meet the hype I had mushroom risotto, husband had ribeye. Ribeye very fatty. Mushroom risotto needed more flavor. So close, just needs a little bit something more

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Thank sportz2
Gilmore C, Public Relations Manager at Blue Water Grill, responded to this review

Thank you for reviewing your recent visit. We apologize that we did not meet your expectations. Please email your mailing address to mgee@gilmorec.com. Thanks again and we hope to see you again. More 

Grand Rapids, MI
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429 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 283 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016

Blue Water has a great location on the water. They have multiple levels of decks and patios of seasonal outdoor seating. Get there early because there is always a wait. Good drinks and good food. It's a great place for dinner with the family or date night. Order the root chips. Always the root chips!

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Thank Beentheredonethat777
Gilmore C, Public Relations Manager at Blue Water Grill, responded to this review

Thanks for reviewing our restaurant. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and can't wait to see you soon. We are glad you enjoy the root chips! Thanks again!! More 

Allendale, Michigan
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

Just an amazing restaurant. great staff, excellent food and terrific views. The seasonal menu options are always the best!

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

Thanks fore reviewing your recent visit. We are glad you enjoyed the service, food and atmosphere. We hope to see you soon! More 

Belmont, North Carolina
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

04/17 was my B-Day and we found out Blue Water Grill gives you up to $20 off your meal & gives u a BOGO to use for one of their other restaurants & u have 30 days to use it. The great thing about The Gilmore Restaurants all have Happy Hours 7 days a week 2 to 6 P.M at... More 

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

Thank you for celebrating your birthday with us! We are glad you enjoyed the food, service and atmosphere. Be sure to stop back when our patio is open for another great experience. Thanks again and we can't wait to see you!! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $30
Cuisine
American, Soups, Seafood
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Full Bar, Reservations, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Scenic view, Bar scene
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 Drive, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Kent County  >  Grand Rapids
  • Phone Number: 16163635900
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?