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Blue Water Grill

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5180 Northland Dr NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525-1052
+1 616-363-5900
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11:30 - 23:00
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Trufant, Michigan, United States
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274 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Met here in the afternoon for business. The atmophere here is great between the fireplace and looking out over the water. We tried 3 different appetizers and all were great. The wait staff was excellent to round out a great visit. I will make it a point to visit again.

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Thank Gregory T
Gilmore C, Manager at Blue Water Grill, responded to this review

Thanks for the review Gregory! We appreciate the feedback! More 

Boise, Idaho
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83 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a couple of the locals recommend this restaurant to us. It's right on the lake and a lovely setting. I have to admit, our expectations were not really met. It's a casual place, but since we did not have reservations, we were seated at a very small table for two (really the size was right for only one)... More 

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Thank David H
Gilmore C, Manager at Blue Water Grill, responded to this review

David, I'm sorry to hear about your recent experience. We appreciate the feedback but would like to talk more with you about it. When you have time please contact Dreena Young at dyoung@gilmorec.com. She wants to make things right for you. Thank you. More 

Grand Rapids
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We love the menu at BWG. Great fish meals and the chef has a wonderful touch with side dishes. The Butternut Squash Bisque is excellent. The interior of the restaurant is homey yet elegant. Nice view of the Versluis Lake out back. Items are a bit overpriced, but worth the extra cost for the experience.

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Thank rmungall
Gilmore C, Manager at Blue Water Grill, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback on your latest experience with Blue Water. So glad to hear you had a great time. Our seafood items might seems higher in price because all our fish and seafood items are fresh and never frozen! I recommend our oysters the next time you stop in! Thanks again. More 

Grand Rapids, Michigan
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358 reviews
252 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

while this place has had problems, they seems to be by them. We have visited about 5 times in the last year, without a problem. Their menu is not real broad, but they execute pretty well. Service is consistent and the ambiance may be the high point. Their root chip appetizer is excellent and some of their salads are very... More 

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Thank Russ H
Gilmore C, Manager at Blue Water Grill, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback on your latest experience with Blue Water. All feedback is very important to us and we are glad to hear you had a good time. Our Root chip appetizer is definitely a house favorite. Next time you stop in I suggest you try the Blu Bar Egg Rolls or the Bruschetta. Thanks for your comment! More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

wife and i had not been to blue water for a while so we gave it a try. we were disappointed in the current menu. lots of pizza and sandwiches; not fitting for such a nice looking place. we ordered calamari, salmon, and a flat iron steak. the calamari was overdone. salmon was ok but crusty on the edges. the... More 

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

Thank you for sharing your experience. We apologize that you were disappointed with meal & table. Please email your mailing address to jkoster@gilmorec.com. We will address these issues. Thanks again. More 

Paw Paw, Michigan
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87 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Bloody Mary bar on Sunday's is well worth the visit! View of the water is excellent as is the service. Food is a bit eclectic but is reasonably priced and very good. There is a real pride in everything they do which is very evident. If you are looking for something out of the ordinary this is the place.

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Thank ARC58
Gilmore C, Public Relations Manager at Blue Water Grill, responded to this review

Thank you for reviewing your recent visit. We are glad you enjoyed the Bloody Mary bar. New items coming out soon on the Brunch menu. We hope to see you soon. Thanks again! More 

Clarkston, Michigan
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Loved the wonderful selection of fresh foods --- your classic favorites with a flavorful twist. I had the lobster bisque soup with a 1/2 sandwich French dip! Great food, great service and wonderful lake views. The day was too cool for sitting outside, but it was enjoyable none the less. Will return when I am visiting the area again.

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

Thanks for reviewing your recent visit. We are glad you enjoyed the view, service and your meals. We hope to see you soon! More 

Grand Rapids, Michigan
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1,115 reviews
538 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 264 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

This is one of the Gibson group places.....a local chain of diverse restaurants. The good can be quite good here and their seafood is dependable. The views are spectacular over the water, inside and out. Their wait staff was very good. A bit expensive but you pretty much get what you pay for.

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

Thank you for reviewing your visit. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you soon! More 

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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

I dined in and they have the most beautiful bi level patio. You have to see it. We have duck confit with root veg risotto and opah fish with 2 apps and soups! It was all amazing. I cannot say enough good things about blue water. The desert was a pumpkin cheesecake and it was like visiting heaven. The cocktails... More 

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

Thanks for reviewing your visit. We are glad you had a wonderful time and enjoyed the pumpkin cheesecake. We cannot wait to see you again! More 

Oakland County, Michigan
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223 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

We stopped in for dinner after an afternoon at Perrin. So glad we did. I had one of the best seafood dishes I've ever ordered... a scallop and calamari dish that was in one word..."amazing". Ended up being a hit among a couple of us at the table, even though he ordered a filet, he enjoyed my meal much more.... More 

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

Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your meal and atmosphere. We hope to see you soon! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$30
Cuisine
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Full Bar, Reservations, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 21:00
Monday
11:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 23:00
Saturday
11:30 - 23:00
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?