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Bluewater Grill Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar
Ranked #7 of 505 Restaurants in Newport Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $50
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Soups
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Newport BeachEstablished in 1996, Bluewater Grill in Newport Beach was the original inspiration for what hasbecome the leading premium seafood restaurant chain in Southern California. Owner-operated since its inception, the waterfront restaurant on the docks in historic Cannery Village specializes in Orange County’s freshest seafood, classically prepared and served at a fair price in a friendly, casual atmosphere. New lunch and dinner menus, printed daily, feature more than 40 varieties of fresh seafood and shellfish annually. Other highlights include a shellfish bar, kid’s menu, patio dining, full bar, weekday happy hours, full wine list and monthly tasting events.
Alexandria, Virginia
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Ahi & Me”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2013

The wife and I were just taking a little side trip off the beaten path on a drive from from LA to San Diego when we chanced upon this wonderful surprise restaurant late one Wednesday afternoon in Newport Beach. Hungry for some local tuna, I ordered the Ahi Sashimi and my sweetheart chose the heirloom tomato salad. Oh...and a couple of nice,ice-cold Pacifico's to accompany.

What a treasure! The fish and salad were top notch (see photos) and delicious. Our server Jon was cordial, quick and had a mischievous smile that was arresting. The tuna was abundant, cold and fresh-cut with a nice dollop of wasabi, and a pink pile of pickled ginger. The salad was nicely dressed in a tasty vinaigrette and full of beautiful green heirlooms and cloud-like puffs of fresh homemade burratta cheese.
Give this place a shot and you won't be disappointed. I can't imagine what a dinner might be like here, because our app's were out of this world.

  • Visited May 2013
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Jim_Ulcickas, Owner at Bluewater Grill Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar, responded to this review, August 6, 2013
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San Francisco, California
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117 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Fresh seafood in a casual environment..”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2013

There are a lot of fresh seafood restaurants in Newport Beach, but having just driven 6 hours we were looking for a casual atmosphere with a great view. Bluewater Grill was the perfect choice - right on the wharf with an extensive menu of fresh seafood prepared every which way: raw, chilled, grilled, sauteed, stuffed, fried, etc. etc. Most clam linguini is made with canned clams so when I saw Linguini Vongole on the menu I had to give it a try. It was terrific. Made with white wine, garlic and butter, the clams sat atop the linguini still tucked into their shells. Now that is fresh and a real treat. Portions were large and service was excellent - our waitperson gave us a whole loaf of bread to take home with our leftovers.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Carolynn S
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Jim_Ulcickas, Owner at Bluewater Grill Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar, responded to this review, August 6, 2013
Carolyn
Thanks so much for your business, the great comments and for taking the time to share on Trip Advisor. We truly appreciate it and will share with our team. Thank so much again.
Very Sincerely,
Jim U
Owner
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Newport Beach, California
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66 reviews
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“Good seafood, fair prices, great location.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2013

I've been here twice and had a great meal each time. Fresh seafood entrees, great appetizers, set right on the dock in Newport Beach. A much better value than the Cannery, just across the canal. GO!!

Visited May 2013
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Jim_Ulcickas, Owner at Bluewater Grill Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar, responded to this review, August 6, 2013
Kirk
Thanks so much for your business, the great comments and for taking the time to share on Trip Advisor. We truly appreciate it and will share with our team. Thank so much again.
Very Sincerely,
Jim U
Owner
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Fantastic!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2013

Our food, service and the atmosphere was more than we could've hoped for. Our waiter (Rodrigo)was extremely friendly and helpful with menu suggestions, and the prices were very reasonable. It was the perfect way to end our vacation, worth every penny! Highly recommend it!

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Ashley32486
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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6 reviews
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“Charming, yet rustic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2013 via mobile

Great local food, knowledgable staff if you have questions about the fish varieties they offer. The view was nice even after dark the bay lights up nicely.
Wine list was weak, but acceptable. Would recommend the crab legs and the artichoke appetizer. This restaurant could be very romantic, however it's laid back charm makes it good for any occasion.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Megan C
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Jim_Ulcickas, Owner at Bluewater Grill Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar, responded to this review, August 6, 2013
Megan
Thanks so much for your business, the great comments and for taking the time to share on Trip Advisor. We truly appreciate it and will share with our team. Thank so much again.
Very Sincerely,
Jim U
Owner
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