Bluewater Grill South Coast Plaza Village THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Bluewater Grill


South Coast Plaza Village
1621 W. Sunflower Ave., Ste. D-50
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Cuisine: Seafood / Grill
An innovative yet New England-style seafood joint for the Orange County set.
Openings: Lunch & Dinner daily

THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Bluewater Grill Restaurant Review:

From the outside, you might expect Bluewater Grill to be like any other New England-style fish house. But helmed by gregarious owner “Jimmy U.” and imaginative chef Brian Hirsty, the three Bluewater Grill locations in Southern California are all about tradition and innovation. An older crowd typically hangs here, but hip couples or savvy Newport family gatherings add to the mix. The menu offers many New England staples like chowders, bowls of steamed mussels and clams, and fried fish, shrimp and oysters. Perhaps the best thing about Bluewater Grill is its devotion to buying and managing the freshest fish, mostly from North American waters, like wild king salmon from British Columbia; halibut from Sitka, Alaska; or Mississippi catfish. Of course, it's still best to start with the New England white or tomato-based Manhattan chowders. Try the healthy mesquite-grilled fish or East Coast seafood classics like fish ‘n’ chips. Some specialties venture into gourmet territory, like seared scallops in a citrus-tarragon sauce, and salmon in artichoke-saffron broth. Chef Hirsty is rather proud of his sushi and raw bar menu, especially the soy-marinated ahi poke appetizer. Wines are affordably priced and many available by the glass. For dessert, go for the bananas fried in a buttery vanilla cookie crust.

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