Blue Wave Bar and Grill
Blue Wave Bar and Grill

Blue Wave Bar and Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.islandpalms.com/downtown-san-diego-restaurants/
  • Phone: 6192232572
  • Hours of Operation:


    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 11:00am, Saturday - Sunday: 6:30am - 12:00pm;
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm -5:00pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm;
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Christopher Spayde
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Offering over 6,300 square feet of waterfront event space, The BEST WESTERN PLUS Island Palms Hotel can accommodate up to 200 people and provides the ideal setting for the perfect wedding or for your next group meeting, sports group, tour, conference, banquet or special event. In addition to our indoor facilities, our ample outdoor space encompasses lush courtyards and gardens, two pools and spectacular views of our private yacht marina.
  • Private Party Contact: Chris Bartholomew 6192220561x321
  • Entertainment: Happy Hour is offered daily in the bar and bar patio from 4pm-7pm featuring 1/2 off appetizers and $1 off all drinks!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Scott
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Complimentary parking is available in the lot directly across the street from the Island Palms Hotel.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Blue Wave Bar and Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
28 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.8
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (19)great for outdoor dining (17)romantic (9)kid-friendly (8)fit for foodies (7)special occasion (7)great for lunch (6)neighborhood gem (5)great for brunch (4)good for groups (3)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Disappointing
    Birthday
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The quality of food was disappointing, the waitress would have been better at Denny's , as she stood at the end of the table calling out each plate and passing it down to avoid walking that extra step. The restaurant is located inside a hotel, and there is no valet parking. We will not be visiting this restaurant in the future
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great service
    MelissaVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Tried this only because it was close to Humphrey's but it turned out to be a nice choice. Food was good, not spectacular but good. SService was excellent and the outdoor seating is great
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • View & Service superseded the food
    GMBBRKVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The outdoor patio overlooks the hotel pool and boat slips - great place to be on a beautiful day. Unfortunately the food was just OK. Our server was attentive and friendly. Will probably just go for drinks next time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Scenic View
    PammyLuvs2eatVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Lovely and delicious dinner with a scenic view of Shelter Island. Great place to dine before our concert at Humphreys. Highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bad recommendation
    NotreallyVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    1st time ever that OPEN TABLE was so wrong Will check much harder in the future reading reviews Party of 8 and no on liked their food Not even close
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner before the concert
    MClemente
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    They have a great menu with concert specials. The food and ambiance was incredible. We had a great time. Thanks
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as usual!
    Trillium
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    This has become a regular pre - concert dinner location for us! They have a new prix - fixe menu for concert nights with great selections. I had an excellent crab cake with Cajun remoulade (omg yummy). He had watermelon salad that he thoroughly enjoyed though he was eyeing my crab cake. My husband had the short ribs and I had chicken. The boneless short ribs were amazing with a nice smoked flavor. My roasted chicken was good with mashed cauliflower which I had not had before. Vanilla Panna cotta with fruit completed my meal and was over the top. My husband thoroughly enjoyed his chocolate flourless mousse. We both diverted from our usual choices this time and were still very pleased.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly Staff
    Staff
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    This was my first experience with this restaurant. The staff was very friendly and helpful. A warm, relaxing dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Saturday morning breakfast
    Canadian
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Very good service Good omelette and quiche Nice ambiance and scenery if you like looking at all the docked boats
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Blue Wave Bar and Grill
    Imalive
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Our server, Justine, was outstanding! She was sociable and informative. Chef's menu was impressive. On Justine's recommendation, we chose the fresh caught sea bass. It was amazing! We loved the cheesecake surprise with a "Happy Anniversary" message written in frosting on the plate. It was so special, unexpected and very touching. We chose an outdoor table. The view of the harbor was lovely and the portable heater was much appreciated once the sun went down. This was our first visit to Shelter Island and also to the restaurant. We hope to be back soon.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DoccVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Since we dine here several times a year, what more can we say?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Persistently Good
    Trillium
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We found this place several years ago via Entertainment Book. Often we go when I'm in the mood for seafood and ocean/harbor ambiance. It is also a great place to go before a concert at Humphrey's (walking distance). Although the menu has changed over the years, the food is consistently good - both in presentation and taste. Crab cakes were a great appetizer. I had perfectly cooked scallops with a delicious seafood risotto and hubby had salmon with quinoa and he commented that the sauce was excellent. He had a chocolate mousse for dessert and I had an apple pecan tart. He loved his mousse, I just found the tart was a bit dry, but good flavor. (No Creme Brulee or Key Lime Pie this time). Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great View, Mediocre Food
    SanDiegoManVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Nice outdoor deck on the Marina. View of Point Loma, with the sunset behind. Unfortunately mediocre food. The seafood risotto was watery. The apple tart desert had an odd powdery taste to it. If you're a foodie, pass on this.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 15 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 45 reviews are from the Blue Wave Bar and Grill reviews archive.
  • BlueWave
    Rickster
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    All round excellant restaurant and menu fare. We had the Easter special and was not disappointed at all. The views of the harbor, the choice of eating inside or out, the ambience, all were excellant. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome Time
    MightyMO
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    This was our first night in San Diego ever. I'm so glad I found this place online. We met some really nice folks there and enjoyed the laid-back atmosphere. The view of the marina was incredible and so relaxing. And the beautiful sunset was the best way to end the evening. Thank you so much Teresa, our waitress. She was so welcoming!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delightful surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    We ate here before a concert held down the street. What a delightful surprise. Their "concert night menu" food was Excellent and the service was terrific - quietly attentive. ATmosphere of being right next to the boat docks was lovely. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reservation MIA!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    We don't know if there was a glitch in the system, or if it was the new person working the desk at the restaurant, but she couldn't find our reservation. Luckily, there were enough empty tables that we got one. However, we had a 45 minute wait for our food, which is too long. Our server brought us extra bread to compensate, but REALLY??? The dish I ordered used to be called Hangar Steak and this time was a NY Strip. The quality of the steak was not as good. I don't know why they changed the cut of the meat. My husband's special of the day was salmon stuffed with crab. He liked the taste, but could hardly find any crab.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hiden gem, great food and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Hiden gem, great food and atmosphere. Nice relaxing place, good view, free parking
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were a party of four. We
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    We were a party of four. We all enjoyed our food very much, and the service was great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Place for a romantic evening!
    PennyD
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    We had dinner at the Blue Wave Bar and Grill. Great Ahi Tuna steak! Super Mai Tai's and the view is wonderful of the Marina. There is a very nice patio also, we had breakfast here too! Good food with good prices. Nice Wine list too! We will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid high quality restaurant
    DoccVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2013
    Solid high quality restaurant in a medium price range. We return many times during the year.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We ordered the concert night
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    We ordered the concert night pri fix menu. Service was extremely slow and no one came by to offer drink refils nor bread. We barely finished desert before we had to rush off to our concert. Would not recommend for pre concert dinner. I would only recommend if you have 2 hours for dinner!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dined before a concert
    litta
    Dined on 10/2/2013
    We ate here before a concert at a neighboring hotel. the food was good and service was overall fine. The chicken was tender, important to my husband! Then it was a short walk to the concert venue.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Long Wait
    2diners
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    We waited 35 minutes to be served our order of pepita crusted halibut and portabello- goat cheese ravioili....the waitress seemed to have forgotten about us once we were finally served, as she failed to check with us on how everything was to our liking. The cream sauce on ravioli was bland. The fish was a nice portion and very tasty!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Saturday Breakfast
    friday4
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    I was trying to find a different place for Saturday breakfast besides Humphreys (where we were staying). I found this on the internet and thought the menu looked good. I made reservations for 10:00 a.m., but found out when we arrived that it wasn't necessary. The patio was busy, but the dining room was not. There was an empty table on the patio, so we took that. It overlooks the boats docked at Shelter Island and it was a beautiful sunny morning. Nice view! Service was good. The omlette was good, breakfast potatoes GREAT!, the toast was warm bread, coffee was good, Bloody Gary was not good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meeting place and lunch
    Gary
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    Met friends for lunch. Sat outside. Quiet atmosphere. we were able to visit. The food was very good. Service was prompt and friendly. I will return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, scenic view, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great On-Site Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    This in site restaurant is highly recommended - open for all meals, it serves interesting as well as expected food! This is a nice spot in a beautiful place - onc on shelter island, it is nice to be able to get good food on property. It has a nice bar with good bar food - the tots are great - a large portion which can easily be shared. They have flatbread there with interesting toppings - a very clever chef. The restaurant had great seafood and steaks - the hanger steak and sea bass were both really good. I had the clam linguini and enjoyed it as well!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    Stayed at the hotel and decided to give breakfast a try. It was a late service and we were seated inside next to the window. Nice view of the marina. Most of the patrons were outside since it was a great morning. Ordered quiche of the day with country potatoes and my spouse ordered French toast. It was spinach quiche which was good. The French toast was cooked just right. Not asked for more coffee until we were done with our meal, although the food came out in a timely manner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They have changed the menu
    DoccVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2013
    They have changed the menu and removed my favorite go-for-that-reason dish of bits of various fish in a linguine dish. Do these things happen because they do a study on just which dishes are ordered the most or is it just at the whim of the new chiefs?
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great restaurant
    Disappointed
    Dined on 5/17/2013
    Wonderful food, menu options, and service. All of it was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • No way
    luv2dine
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    Service is slow. Menu is overpriced to a comedic level. No on-site parking. Entrees are lacking in every category. We cannot think of any reason to go back and we don't understand how this place ended up on Open Table to begin with. We were definitely suckered in.
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  • Would not overlap lunch and
    GreatVIP
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    Would not overlap lunch and breakfast service at all.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The chef was willing to prepare
    DoccVIP
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    The chef was willing to prepare a linguine dish with salmon and shrimp for me, which is not on the menu. It was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I was dining with someone
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/1/2013
    I was dining with someone that can be difficult and demanding. The wait staff handled her with ease. Very professional.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New Year's Eve last minute
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    This was a last minute dinner reservation before a New Year's Eve party in Point Loma. The food was decent with reasonable prices however portions are fairly small compared to other similar restaurants and drinks are on the high side. We had the filet mignon and sea bass which were seasoned well however I wished the potatoes and asparagus were more than just boiled/steamed. The seating weren't too tight and sound level was moderate. The only real gripe I had was how long it took to get our drinks, bread, and dinner with the restaurant only half full and not busy. Overall, it was a decent experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden But Worth the Effort
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    The Blue Wave Bar and Grill has a very nice location with views that look out over the Shelter Island marinas. The restaurant has a mellow, warm feeling and a menu that should satisfy most diners. Service was relaxed and friendly, prices are reasonable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Blue Wave is a hidden gem!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/25/2012
    The Blue Wave is on Shelter Island boasting of a nice marina view...so we decided to try it. I was given a window table by the attentive staff, and we started out with the Poke’s Taco appetizers. The ahi was fresh, they were served with seaweed garnish, ponzu sauce, wasabi and ginger—a very flavorful combination. I ordered a palate-pleasing holiday meal with clam chowder, a nicely cooked rib eye steak, garlic potatoes, and steamed vegetables. My date ordered a moist and flavorful Chilean Sea Bass dinner with steamed vegetables and new potatoes. We finished with a tasty crème brulee large enough to share--although she only wanted ‘one bite’, she quickly changed her mind. Great food, prices and ambience--I will come back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was just the right spot
    BOS2SANVIP
    Dined on 12/25/2012
    It was just the right spot for breakfast overlooking a marina. The service and server Robin, was excellent. While I had the eggs benedict (which had overcooked eggs) my husband had the regular 2 eggs, etc. The overcooked eggs were taken care of by our server. Excellent customer service in doing the right thing. We both enjoyed our meals and will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Find in San Diego, CA
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/27/2012
    We made a reservation here from past reviews And convenience as we just came back from a 3 Hour Sail on the Ocean. This Wonderful New Found Favorite Of ours wil now be on our " Must Visits" when back to San Diego Ambiance at night in the Fall on deck was romantic With Heaters at your back for warmth ...Service was Impecable from greeting to Seating ordering and proffesional kindness from Wait Staff. The Food .... Wow!! We started with Crab Cakes .. while waiting we were served our Drinks and a bowl of Fresh Warm bread and Flavored Whipped Butter. We commented "we could just have warm Bread" YUM.;) Crab Cakes were served with Some salad Garnishes. very well made! Main Courses were the Seared Scallops and Chicken dish . Delici
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/19/2012
    Very average. Slow service and ok food. Steak was pretty poor but the desert was delicious.
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    • Noise LevelModerate