Bluewater Grill Tustin Restaurant Review

Bluewater Grill Tustin Restaurant Review

We ate at Bluewater Grill at the Tustin location at the District.  We were so excited to try this place after reading the reviews on yelp and were excited that they were on the list for OC restaurant week! We started off the Friday night out by enjoying the happy hour specials at the bar.  This place has a great bar, complete with wonderful service, drink and appetizer specials, and tv’s with sports and entertainment.  The happy hour specials are available Monday-Friday from 3:30-6:30, and include $4 draft beers, $6 specialty cocktails and a lot of appetizer specials!  After enjoying some happy hour we were seated at our table in the restaurant.

The decor inside Bluewater Grill is really cool- it is dimly lit, includes sea-inspired photos and artwork, as well as huge fish being hung everywhere.  Not real fish, but the decorative kind. Also, they have an open-kitchen setup, which means if you are seated in certain parts of the restaurant you can view the chefs cooking your meal!  We enjoyed watching this from the bar, but were ultimately right behind that part.

The three course prefix for restaurant week included a choice of  New England Clam Chowder, Manhattan Clam Chowder, Lobster Bisque, Caesar Salad, or Garden Salad.  I enjoyed the New England Clam Chowder, which was perfectly creamy and delicious, and my husband tried the Caesar Salad.  Both were great!

For our entrees there was a choice between Sauteed California Sanddabs, a Filet of Pacific Mahi Mahi, a Filet of Salmon, San Francisco Cioppino, New York Steak, and Jumbo Prawn Linguine.  Hubby ordered the New York Steak, and I ordered the Salmon, which I chose to have roasted on a cedar plank with a maple Dijon glaze.  The Salmon came with a side of Asparagus and wild rice, and the New York Steak was served with a side of  Blue cheese compound butter, scalloped potatoes and broccoli. The only change I would make to the entree would be to change the wild rice side to a side of pasta with some sort of cream sauce, then that would be one of my favorite meal combinations ever!

I really enjoyed the salmon! It was so tender and juicy, and I really loved the flavors of the cedar that permeated it.  I cook salmon at home all the time, and this definitely is something I would like to try doing in the future.  My husband’s steak was perfectly cooked to medium rare, and I enjoyed sampling a few juicy pieces of it as well.

To wrap up our dining experience I ordered the hot fudge sundae, and my husband got the Apple Strudel.  I think his was better than mine- the hot fudge sundae was more suited for a child, and it wasn’t very refined.  I think the restaurant should have chosen something like a cheesecake or a gelato and fruit type of dessert instead of the sundae- it kind of tasted like the sundaes served at McDonalds. It was a little disappointing to end on such an average note on the dessert front.

Overall, the food at Bluewater Grill was your standard American fare, and some may think that the seasoning was a little “uninspired”, or “average”- but when you come to a restaurant which serves the classic dishes, sometimes you go to appreciate just that! The meals were yummy, and the setting was romantic and fun.


Apple Strudel


Ice Cream Sundae

New York Steak

New York Steak


Cedar Roasted Salmon





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