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Bluewater Grill Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner
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Food and ambience

Special Occasion Dining, View, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings

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Menu

BE SHELLFISH
$15.5
Oysters on the Half Shell*
Ask for today's selection
$14.5
Clams on the Half Shell*
Ask for today's selection
$3.0
With Vodka $5.0
Oyster Shot*
$14.5
Ponzu Sashimi Sea Scallops*
Wasabi aioli, wakame salad and pickled ginger
$13.5
Oysters Rockefeller
Four oysters, baked with creamed spinach, melted romano
$25.0
Chilled Seafood Platter
Four oysters, four ponzu scallops and four shrimp
$13.5
Mussels with Spanish Chorizo
Black mussels or clams with white wine, garlic, baby tomato, onion, Spanish chorizo and toasted bread
$18.5
Steamer Pot of Clams
Steamed in white wine, garlic and butter
$17.5
Combo Pot of Clams & Mussels
Steamed in white wine, garlic and butter
APPETIZERS
All-you-can-eat: sourdough bread - warm & delicious
$6.0
Spicy Charred Edamame
Togarashi and lemon juice
$9.5
Fire Grilled Artichoke
Split, grilled and served with pesto aioli
$12.5
Calamari Fritti
Sweet chili sauce and cajun remoulade
$14.5
Tuna Poke*
Ahi tuna, avocado, tomato, cucumber, cilantro, ginger, soy sauce, sesame and chili oil
$14.5
Maryland Style Crabcakes
Remoulade, chive oil and micro greens
$12.5
Baked Crab & Artichoke Dip
Topped with grated Romano cheese served with corn tortilla chips
$13.5
Seared Ahi Tuna*
Daikon, wasabi, ginger and soy sauce
$13.5
Jumbo Prawn Cocktail
Housemade cocktail sauce
$13.5
Smoked Albacore & Salmon
Housemade tartar, capers and red onions
$15.5
Scallops with Roasted Jalapeño Aioli
Seared and served with tomato oil, chopped cilantro and bacon
GREENS
$18.5
Seafood Louie Salad
Mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumber, egg, avocado, Louie dressing, red rock crab and bay shrimp
$17.5
Mediterranean Ahi Salad*
Seared ahi tuna, romaine, cucumbers, Kalamata olives, marinated onions, tomato, feta and house vinaigrette
$8.5
Add Chermoula Marinated Shrimp or Salmon $17.5
Caesar Salad
Romaine hearts, anchovies, fresh grated parmesan with housemade lemon caesar dressing
With Shrimp $17.5
With Chicken $16.0
Roasted Veggie Chopped Salad
Avocado, roasted asparagus, zucchini, corn, red pepper, tomato, and tarragon pesto dressing
WEE SALADS
$7.5
Garden Salad
Four lettuce mix, grape tomato, herb croutons. Dressing choice
$13.5
Crab & Avocado Salad
Arugula, mixed greens and vinaigrette
$9.5
Wedge Salad with Bacon
Blue cheese dressing, tomato, onion and blue cheese crumbles
$13.5
Heirloom Tomato & Burrata
Pesto, olive oil, red onion and smoked sea salt
SEASONAL SPECIAL: STUFF THE LOBSTER, NOT THE BIRD
$38.5
Baked Stuffed Maine Lobster
Stuffed with buttered panko and bay shrimp with your choice of two side dishes, fresh hot sourdough bread and a bib. Wine Pairing: Hermit Crab Viognier-Marsanne, Australia, '14 - $9 / $34
$36.5
Steamed Maine Lobster
1¼ lb served with drawn butter and lemon with your choice of two sides or make it a Maine classic with fries and slaw! Wine Pairing: Cambria "Benchbreak" Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley, '14 - $11 / $42
FAVORITES
$30.0
Chipotle Blackened Swordfish
Chipotle dirty rice, sweet corn and avocado relish
$27.5
Lemon Pepper Mahi Mahi
Lemon pepper crust atop scalloped potatoes and sautéed spinach with a chili cilantro hollandaise
$28.0
Cedar Plank Salmon
Cedar plank roasted, maple Dijon glazed British Columbia salmon with grilled broccolini and scalloped potatoes
$27.5
San Francisco Cioppino
A zesty marinara sauce, clams, mussels, crabmeat, shrimp, scallops and fish
$21.5
Prawn Linguine
Grape tomatoes, basil, garlic, tomato broth
$22.0
Gemelli Pasta w/ Shrimp & Bay Scallops
Oyster mushrooms, asparagus, pesto cream and parmesan
$20.0
Linguine Vongole
Clams, white wine, garlic, chopped parsley and butter
$29.5
Pan-Seared Sea Scallops*
Goat cheese grits, sweet corn, asparagus and chive oil
$42.0
Rock Lobster Tail
Oven baked and served with drawn butter
$50.0
Alaskan King Crab
1¼ lb split and served with drawn butter
TODAY'S FISH
Our fish is cut on premise daily to meet our quality standards
$16.5
Tilapia, Sautéed, CR
$18.0
Sanddabs, Sautéed, CA
$18.5
Rainbow Trout, Idaho
$24.5
Mahi Mahi, Pacific
$25.5
King Salmon, BC
$19.5
Shrimp Skewer
$27.5
Scallop Skewer
$23.5
Shrimp & Scallop Skewer
$28.0
Barramundi, MY
$28.5
Ahi Tuna, Pacific
TODAY'S FISH - SIGNATURE SAUCE
Choose a signature sauce
Tropical Fruit Salsa
Mediterranean Herb Chermoula
Harissa Vinaigrette
TODAY'S FISH - SIDES
Choose two sides
Heirloom Tomato
Seasonal Vegetables
Sautéed Spinach
Cole Slaw
Green Rice
Scalloped Potatoes
Fries
Housemade Potato Chips
TODAY'S FISH - LOCAL FARM FRESH SIDES
Choose local farm fresh sides {$1 each}
Charred Blue Lake Green Beans / Almonds / Shallot
Yasukochi Family Farms, Oceanside, CA
Oven Roasted Fingerling Potatoes / Applewood Bacon / Italian Parsley
Weiser Family Farms, Tehachapi, CA
Sauteed Brussels Sprouts / Currants / Garlic
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About
Established 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.
PRICE RANGE
US$15 - US$50
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
CUISINES
American, Seafood, Soups
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was drawn to Bluewater because of the video on their website about deep sea buoy fishing. I really care about how my seafood is harvested so this really peaked my interest. Although on the docks, the atmosphere inside is average. I started with Manhattan...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Kevin Z
Bluewater_Management, Manager at Bluewater Grill Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Kevin Z, Thank you for the review and your kinds words of our seafood. We will definitely share your comments with everyone on the staff and thank you once again!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you want an amazing view of Newport Harbor this is the place..we ate in the outdoor area and the view is beautiful...food selection was very good ...primarily seafood...I had the lobster roll, being from New England area, they did it right...slightly inflated prices but...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank pauldF3572PU
Bluewater_Management, Manager at Bluewater Grill Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear pauldF3572PU, Thank you for the excellent review of your dining experience with us- it was such a pleasure to read. We appreciate your speak so highly of our seafood. We will definitely share your comments with everyone on the staff and thank you once...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Bluewater Grill was a favourite of our friends from Huntington Beach. It was going to be a bit of a highlight for us and it was the first fancy place we were going to eat at during our stay. Being fishermen, all the pictures...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Smithysfishing
Bluewater_Management, Manager at Bluewater Grill Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Smithysfishing, Thank you for your great review of your dining experience with us- it was such a pleasure to read. We will definitely share your comments with everyone on the staff and thank you once again!

Reviewed December 5, 2018 via mobile

We found Bluewater Grill on a business trip and needed to kill sometime before getting on the road again. It’s a good old classy restaurant with killer clam chowder and exceptional fish menu. Ordered Scottish samon and sandbass and both dishes were maticoulasy prepared and...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Accordion4ever
Bluewater_Management, Manager at Bluewater Grill Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded December 12, 2018

Dear Accordion4ever, Thank you for the great five star review of your experience with us. We really appreciate the detail you went into of our food and drinks. We will definitely share your comments with everyone on the staff and thank you once again!

Reviewed November 25, 2018 via mobile

This place by far is the best in Newport. I went for lunch upon arrival and went everyday I was there. From the best service ever (Heather at the bar was fabulous) to the best cooks and food. I can't brag enough about this place....More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Happiness456551
Bluewater_Management, Manager at Bluewater Grill Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded November 28, 2018

Dear Happiness456551, Thank you for the high remarks and strong recommendation of your dining experience with us. We really appreciate all of the kind comments of our food and service. We will definitely share your comments with everyone on the staff and thank you once...More

Reviewed November 24, 2018 via mobile

Having flown in mid afternoon from Colorado we were really hungry for an early dinner. host in Costa Mesa sSuggested this place we had we had oysters and fish tacos wine and margaritas for under $60

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Barb C
Bluewater_Management, Manager at Bluewater Grill Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded November 28, 2018

Dear Barb C, Thank you for dining with us. We appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback as we will relay it back to our staff. We hope to see you again.

Reviewed November 23, 2018

We were excited to try this restaurant and unfortunately our experience was not good. We found the quality of the food to be poor. I ordered the baked lobster tail and my husband ordered the ribs. My lobster was so overcooked that it was very...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank marie b
Bluewater_Management, Manager at Bluewater Grill Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded November 28, 2018

Dear marie b, Thank you for dining with us. We apologize for the poor experience you had and we will definitely consider how we can improve. We appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback.

Reviewed November 7, 2018

went for my anniversary and had great service. had my dog with me. loved the area, easy to park. safe to say I will be back and would recommend to anyone of my friends. thank you for having free dessert as well

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank tiffanyjulien1988
Bluewater_Management, Manager at Bluewater Grill Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded November 14, 2018

Dear tiffanyjulien1988, Thank you for the great five star review and your kind words. We will definitely share your comments with everyone on the staff and thank you once again!

Reviewed November 6, 2018

On the water with great views of ocean and crafts coming and going. The food was good but seemed a little pretentious for a shore eatery. A little pricey also. Tastes vary though. This may be your place, try it!!

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Lloyd L
Bluewater_Management, Manager at Bluewater Grill Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded November 7, 2018

Dear Lloyd L, Thank you for your kind words and recommendation. We will definitely share your comments with everyone on the staff and thank you once again!

Reviewed November 5, 2018 via mobile

The seafood here is not fresh and tastes like something from a college cafeteria! The food is bland, over cooked and stale. The location is great and right on the bay.

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Odyssey733953
Bluewater_Management, Manager at Bluewater Grill Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded November 7, 2018

Dear Odyssey733953, Thank you for dining with us. We apologize for the poor experience you had. We appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback.

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