A few years back, Bluewater Grill used to be my family’s go-to seafood restaurant. The fish was always fresh, the service on point and the warm crusty bread was enough to keep me coming back.
Then we had a few less than stellar experiences there and found ourselves discovering other seafood restaurants such as King’s Fish House and House of Big Fish. We decided recently it was time to give Bluewater Grill another try, so agreed to have dinner at the Bluewater Grill at the District in Tustin.
I had never been to this location before, and I have to admit I was quite impressed by the restaurant when I walked in. The interior was quite big, with a nice bar at the front and separate dining rooms for larger parties. We were seated in a comfy booth in the back and were immediately served bread the minute we sat down. I was pleased to discover that the bread was just as warm and delicious as I had remembered.
After ordering our drinks (beer for the Englishman, wine for the parents, and of course a martini for me), we began perusing the menu. The Englishman is a big Clam Chowder fan, so he ordered a small cup of it to start.
Clam Chowder can be a tricky soup to get right, and Bluewater Grill nailed it. It had the perfect balance of clams and potatoes and the texture of the soup was very nice.
For entrees, I decided to go with a grilled shrimp and scallop skewer with a side of vegetables and fries (yes, I got veggies AND fries).
The scallops were cooked perfectly and were loaded with flavor. The shrimp was slightly overcooked, but still tasted quite nice. The vegetables were prepared nicely without too much oil or butter, and the fries were piping hot. It was a delicious meal.
My mom got the grilled salmon with rice pilaf and vegetables.
I am NOT a salmon fan at all, but I did enjoy the flavor of this dish which is saying a lot. I wouldn’t go so far to say that I would order my own order of salmon, but I found the flavor nice and the fish was light and flaky.
My dad ordered the sandabs with vegetables and roasted tomatoes. He loved his dish and enjoyed every last bite.
The Englishman ordered fish ‘n chips and thought they were quite good but could’ve used a little more salt. I tasted the fish ‘n chips and thought they were good as well, but I’m not a fish ‘n chips expert like he is.
I’ll have to admit I was pleasantly surprised by Bluewater Grill. The service was great, the food was prepared well and served in a timely fashion and the District location has a good vibe to it.
Bluewater Grill, you are officially back in my seafood restaurant rotation.