Blue Water Grill

4.4
4977 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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Blue Water Grill, a Zagat favorite year over year, is a sustainable seafood dining destination in the heart of Union Square. Loyal guests and visitors alike are drawn to the former Metropolitan Bank space with chandeliers that illuminate the bi-level dining room, and a café perfect for people-watching. The menu highlights the freshest sustainable seafood daily, with innovative craft cocktails. Blue Water Grill is also known for Sunday Brunch overlooking the Union Square Greenmarket.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Sushi
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Hours of operation
Sunday: 10:30am – 10:00pm
Monday - Wednesday: 11:30am – 10:30pm
Thursday - Saturday: 11:30am – 11:30pm

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Phone number
(212) 675-9500
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chris Meenan
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
16th Street
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Parking details
Public garage located on 16th Street between 5th Avenue and Union Square W Hotel. Street parking in area.
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Public transit
L, 4, 5, 6, N, R, Q & W trains to Union Square/14th Street. M14, M1, M2, M3, M6 & M7 buses to Union Square/14th Street.
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Special events & promotions
Blue Water Grill is available for full restaurant buyouts, or partial buyouts in the Upper Mezzanine orthe Bank Vault Room.

For more information about our event spaces, contact Special Events at 212-331-0328 or email events@brguestinc.com.

Or request event information online here: http://www.brguesthospitality.com/event-venues/book-event.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

One of Zagat’s Most Popular Restaurants year after year, Blue Water Grill’s Union Square location, classic elegance and two private dining rooms make it extremely desirable for hosting events. Accommodates 20-300 guests. Join us for your next holiday gathering or birthday party.

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Sun 4:00PM - 6:30PM 9:00PM - 11:00PM
Mon - Thu 3:00PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 6:30PM 9:00PM - 11:00PM

What 4977 People Are Saying
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4.3
food
4.3
service
4.3
ambience
3.8
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Thanks for helping me celebrate my birthday once again.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

That raw bar Union Tower was wonderful. Now if they could just add a bit more for two. Afterall, for $70...

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Lovely overall. The bartender was great and our waitress was nice but we kept needing our bottle of wine and had to wait. Overall a nice time.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Always great. Food was great and so perfectly made and presented.
Never have a complaint here.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Not my first time there. Always an amazing experience. Our server Eric W. was perfect and hilarious.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Blue Water Grill is a beautiful restaurant. We had lunch for 4 which consisted of oysters, golden sunshine rolls, truffle rainbow roll, crisp cauliflower, Seafood Cobb salad, lobster & shrimp roll, and black bass with panzanella salad. Every item was delicious! The service was friendly and upbeat but a little slow as the restaurant filled up. A bit pricey but well worth it!

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

I've been going to Blue Water Grill for over 22 years. It is my go to restaurant for seafood, brunch celebrations, outdoor oysters, and anytime I want a great meal without pomp and circumstance.

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1.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Absolutely one of the worst restaurants I’ve been to. The restaurant is outdated, dirty and is in dire need of a renovation. The food was over priced and gross.-they served us used butter, the glassware was dirty, the carpet on the second floor was dirty and need of a change. We were a party of 8 and everything was gross- bland food, sushi wasn’t fresh. In a nutshell, do not come here!

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Went for Father’s Day brunch with our messy ( but very cute)11 month old.. everything was fantastic and more than accommodating.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Terrific service… Delicious food… Delightful atmosphere – this place is hard to beat.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Loved the presentation and food. Will come back.

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4.0Dined on June 14, 2018

I had sushi rolls and they were poorly made. They did not stick together. Lunch for 4 people came out to $375, it was overpriced.

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4.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Excellent service,very good food

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4.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Service was superb as always. I have been coming here for quite a few years and almost always get the lobster salad (no roll). Its size has shrunk over the years but this time it was minuscule which was pretty disappointing.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Loved the food!

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

It’s a delightful place to eat with great food and great service! And it will not empty ur wallet.

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1.0Dined on June 10, 2018

I have never written a review before but feel compelled to warn people about my awful experience at this restaurant. I took my niece there for an early brunch last week: it was not busy; only a few tables were occupied.. The coffee we immediately ordered was room temperature coffee flavored water. When I finally succeeded in getting the waiters attention he said he would replace it with good coffee which didn't arrive for at least twenty minutes at which time he admitted the previous cups had been very weak. We were never offered refills. The brunch menu itself was uninspired, the food (including a dry omelet) was mediocre at best and the service was terrible. Our waiter was nowhere to be seen even when it came time to get the bill. Another server finally got our waiter's attention and the bill he brought was incorrect. Not only was the food and service terrible, but this was an embarrassing and very disappointing experience for me as the host of a young woman who has been living abroad in Asia and who I rarely get to see. I had eaten various meals at the Blue Water Grill over the years and had enjoyed it, but it has taken a serious turn for the worse. I will never return.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

The restaurant was recommended by a friend who lives in the city. It was an excellent dining experience. The food was delicious and our server was wonderful! Plus it is a beautiful atmosphere. I will go back. And I've already told several friends about it that will be visiting NYC soon.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

The food was delicious and the service was excellent. The menu was creative with so many healthy options. I will be back for more!

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Excellent experience

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3.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Our Rachel was highly professional, informative, and attentive without being intrusive

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

excellent service - very accommodating and helpful waiter(Ivan). My friend and ordered different dishes and both were absolutely delicious. Great place to dine if you are seeing something at The Vineyard Theatre!

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Drinks were great and the food well prepared and presented. As usual service really good.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

One of the most consistently reliable dining experiences that there is. I’ve been many times, and will certainly be back.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Special getaway in the Big Apple! Business and pleasure. We always try to visit BWG whenever in town!

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Wonderful food and ambiance - highly recommend! Came for a special occasion, totally worth it.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

I've always loved Blue Water Grill. The food is excellent, service superb, and the setting exceptional.

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3.0Dined on May 29, 2018

The food was very good but the entree portions were very small

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Quality, consistency, service, ambiance... everything you want in a dining experience. Great for a long lunch, romantic dinner or group celebration. Depending on my mood I’ll sit outside, at the bar or upstairs - all fabulous. I’ve never been disappointed at BWG and I’ve been going here for 20 years.

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2.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Returned for the first time after several years and was very disappointed. The food was ok at best. Ordered the mini lobster rolls, the tuna, halibut and scallops. Probably will not go back:(

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Blue Water Grill is my favorite brunch spot when I’m in NYC! The food and service is always top notch!!

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3.0Dined on May 22, 2018

‘‘Twas a nice evening with great food. I wish the wine was chilled.

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1.0Dined on May 21, 2018

My third time here. Other two experiences were solid. Seating very tight with party next to my table less than a foot away from me (given restaurant not at capacity this was unnecessary). Had to ask other party to stand up and move chairs to escape to restroom. Service fair, server tried with nice demeanor, but very inconsistent in checking on table and clearly new to role without proper training. Main course came out while still had three starters about 3/4 of the way done. Main course not cleared for at least 15 minutes after finished. Overall food was good but for $350+ and so many other great restaurants in NYC I’ll never return here.

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

We had a great pre graduation celebration dinner. We were not rushed at all and made to feel very comfortable throughout our 4 courses. The drinks were perfect as well!

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3.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Good restaurant for seafood. Limited other options so if not everyone in group likes seafood, I would not recommend restaurant. One thing that detracted from our experience was our waiter who “had an attitude”.

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

We went there for the seafood and were no disappointed. Very nice.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Best waitress ever - Alessandra!!!

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1.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Beware. We’ve dined here over 20 years. Had a 6 pm reservation. Entered nearly empty restaurant as a party of 3. Were led to 3 different undesirable tables and were repeatedly told that more desirable empty ones were not available. Food was average. Decor tired. Service disorganized and disinterested. Sadly, this place is now on our no go list.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

75th Birthday dinner
Fabulous food great service
Thanks for the comped Cheese cake

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4.0Dined on May 16, 2018

I ordered the seafood Cobb salad and was pleasantly surprised by the abundance and variety included in the offering. It was delicious. I would recommend it

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