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“Meh, could be better”

Blue Water Bar & Grill
Ranked #22 of 67 Restaurants in Friday Harbor
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast
Reviewed August 31, 2014

We decided on Blue Water for our family to eat dinner on a relatively quiet Sunday evening. The views awe indeed nice, provided you are sat in a position to see it. We had a decent table outside with a view of the harbor until people came and sat at the railing bar and blocked it.
We stood out front for a bit waiting, never quite being acknowledged by someone despite it being pretty slow. When they did engage, the staff was friendly. However overall there's a big opportunity for the servers to be a little more attentive.
Fish and chips was pretty good with light crispy battered filets with a very sweet tarter sauce. The slaw was really good but the fries seemed over-battered. The ketchup dispenser was full of more water than ketchup and upon closer inspection the condiments in General looked like they hadn't been wiped or refreshed in a long time.
The captains platter has the same good fish and slaw but also come with coconut shrimp and calamari. The shrimp are small and look exactly like the SeaPak brand of frozen ones sold at the likes of Costco. No traditional sauce was offered. The calamari was in the form of three large rectangles that were well over cooked and just overall unappealing.
The vodka tea specialty drink was not enjoyed.
By the time we left the restaurant was nearly empty but we still had to walk ourselves to the front to pay as we couldn't keep waiting and hoping a server would come by as the kids are melting down.
I'd grab a drink here on a nice afternoon but I think there's better food to be found.

Thank Brian J
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Reviewed August 30, 2014

Food and service were excellent and you can't beat the view or the people-watching. Best fried oysters on the planet (and I've eaten MANY elsewhere).

Thank JudyN333
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Reviewed August 28, 2014

Blue Water is in a great location with a perfect view of the harbor and ferry. However, the food is just average. We had eaten seafood the day before so we both ordered one of the pasta bowl dishes. It was a large bowl of food and the pasta was good. There was nothing wrong with anything we ordered, it just wasn't anything out of the ordinary. For two pasta dinners and two non-alcoholic drinks our bill was over $50, which seems a little high. The staff was friendly.

Thank jesmorgan
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Reviewed August 27, 2014

Convenient location near the harbor for grabbing lunch while my wife and I were exploring Friday Harbor, WA on the San Juan Islands. Burger and Fries were good.

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Thank Gary F
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Reviewed August 25, 2014

Blue water sits right across the street from the harbor with big windows and an outside deck to take in the view. This a burger, casual dining type as opposed the fine dining as are many places on the island. After a long day of traveling it was exactly what we wanted. They do have homemade pasta special every night, and my smoked salmon ravioli was tasty.

Thank Kellpen
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