Permanently Closed - Blue Water Grill

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5184 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood

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This restaurant is permanently closed. 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.
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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Private party facilities
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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Private party contact
Events Department: (888) 322-6474
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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.
Additional
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
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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Was fine been there many times before

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to Blue Water Grill since they opened.
The food, the staff, the ambiance is excellent.
We always had a wonderful meal whenever we went there.
We are so so sorry it closed and we will really miss it!
It’s a huge loss for the Union Square area.

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SJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I LOVE this place!!! The food was amazing so healthy and well prepared. My friend and I had a great time and I would love to go back. I ordered the Branzino and I think is a MUST.

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m
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Holiday meal

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RA
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

Food, very good. Service, pretty good, although felt more than a little pressure to "eat up and get out". Ambiance was totally ruined by table cleaners/dressers lurking around our table waiting for customers to get up and leave so they could finish work and go home. Given the prices, will not go back.

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RC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I live in the area of the Blue Water Grill so I frequent it on occasion. Each time I have done so, I have to admit to being somewhat disappointed. The ambiance is wonderful and the service is great, but the food is only "ok". We ordered 3 appetizers. One, the spicy tuna role simply was not good. It was warm and did not taste fresh. The beet and the lobster/shrimp spring rolls were delicious as was the heirloom beets. I ordered the sea bass which though quite tasty was the size of a 2" cube. ..ie a larger appetizer. I expected more for $44. My guest ordered the NY Strip steak which he said was only "ok". It also was $49 and only "ok". The cocktail we ordered were "tolerable" at best. I give them 5 stars for ambiance and service and 2-3 stars for food quality/value. I doubt that I will revisit.

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EZ
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good except for the Caesar salad with radicchio. Not a great taste, but the server fixed it. We loved the heirloom beets salad, kale salad, sushi rolls, and dumplings. We will be back!!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed dinner. Great atmosphere and food well prepared. Loved the sushi and brussel sprouts/kale salad

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K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had great appetizers, the golden sunshine rolls. They have a good selection of wine and creative entrees. Enjoyed the fruits de mer pasta dish which had a nice kick to it.
And the roasted scallops crispy pork belly was also delicious.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have not been here in about 10 years but went there for my daughter's birthday. We shared the Kale and grilled brussle sprouts salad as well as the Artic Char Tartare. For Entrees l had the Branzino and she had one of the sushi rolls. We said no dessert but they brought her a scoop of sorbet with a candle anyway which was sweet.
Will definetly go again

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B
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service, drinks and atmosphere were excellent. I would highly recommend this restaurant for all occasions; you will not be disappointed.

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M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas Eve Dinner

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AM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 2ambience 2

We’ve been here a few times and like it. The food is really great. However, this time we were seated under a vent with full AC in winter! It was as cold at our table as it was outside. Despite three requests to address the cold nothing was done. It really ruined the whole dining experience.

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c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Really perfect for our situation
Christmas Eve with a three-year-old
Balcony seating on the end was just great
Noise level low
Food great
Service very friendly and accommodating
Only negative was that it was way too hot so they turned on the air conditioning halfway through the meal
So nice that we will be back
Thank you

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RS
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

As a single person I was treated well. Not rushed, Prefixed dinner reasonable priced.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The sushi was outstanding. The service was excellent as well ! We always love coming here

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AL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiters were very accommodating and service excellent - not to mention the food which wAs delicious as always...

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WN
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful time at Blue Water Grill! We were a big group there for a birthday party and we were put on the upper level where they put larger groups. It was a little dark and noisy, but the food, EXCELLENT service, and beautiful decor made up for that. There's a great range of foods and for those in our crowd who had dietary restrictions the restaurant as so accommodating. Would definitely go back.

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OP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner and terrific server, Dani. She anticipated our every need and made sure we were enjoying our dinner. She was also very pleasant and said she truly enjoyed working for such a great restaurant after we complimented her.

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FH
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consisrently good in every way. Love it for weekend brunch. Anything with seafood is fresh and beautifully prepared

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KL
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was very comfortable and the noise level was perfect for our business meal. The food tasted great as well. The grilled rare tuna was very delicious with the creamy quinoa.

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JA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

This was not my first time dining at Blue Water Grill, but it was by far the worst experience I have had there. Despite having a reservation, our group of three waited over 30 minutes for our table. We were told to wait at the bar and we were given the impression that our table would be ready shortly. Numerous times I sought out the person handling seating because I saw others being seated ahead of us.

Once seated our server was prompt in bringing menus and the wine list. We ordered appetizers, wine and our entrees. The appetizers were quickly brought by someone from the kitchen staff. While we were still eating our appetizers, a different kitchen staff brought our entrees and asked us to make room for them. All during this, the only time we saw our server was when she brought the bottle of wine. She clearly had not been trained in wine pouring etiquette.

The appetizers and entrees were excellent but when we brought up to our server about the timing of the courses and lack of coordination between servers and kitchen staff, she apologized but did nothing to fix it. At the end of the meal we again expressed our disappointment in the service and asked if there was anything she could do to ameliorate our dissatisfaction. She replied no, at which point we asked to speak to the manager. The manager was attentive, acknowledged our disappointment and apologized for the poor service. She then comped our appetizers.

Needless to say, this experience has shaken my confidence in going to or recommending the Blue Water Grill in the future.

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TF
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. Ordered the Largest seafood tower. Not a value but didn't expect one. Very patient staff. My guest was significantly late but "No rush". Enjoyed an excellentPinot Noir during the wait. Would like to see more Kumamoto Oysters on the menu.

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JF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I have been coming to the BWG probably as long as u are in business. Rarely to never disappointed but unfortunately the cappuccino machine was broken & the coffee was horrendous. Only suggestion the bus boys are too eager to take your plate!

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Z
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Noise level is so astronomical it spoils everything else.

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LS
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food - went for Sunday brunch. Good service. They had a good menu with plenty of choices. I think it doesn't have to be so bright - could tone down the lighting for a better atmosphere.

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SN
New England
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Ok food. Poor service. Beautiful space

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Amazing food! Amazing service! Amazing ambience! The place was beautfully decorated for the holidays and the desserts were themed to the holidays as well. Our waitress was very attentive and even brought us champagne at the end of our meal to toast our anniversary! All and all a great time! Cant wait to go back!

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AC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was top notch. Great quality and flavor. The staff knew the menu very well and gave great recommendations. I took my fiance for dinner for his birthday and we had a hard time choosing only a few things from the menu because everything caught our eye!
On Saturday nights Metropolis opens downstairs for a Jazz night so after dinner, we went down to the bar/lounge for some drinks. We look forward to coming back for Brunch next time!

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LW
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extremely outstanding, planned a dinner after a proposal and they made all the accommodations I asked for, couldn’t of been a better night!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Love their lobster bisque

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MD
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Blue Water Grill is one of my favorite restaurants in the USA as well as Canada.
The menu for lunch and dinner is superb. The seafood tower is awesome. We had Salmon as the entree. I look forward to my next trip

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CN
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I wish they improve on the quality of their service.
The food was good. Just good. Not out of this world.

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m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding food and service,with no attitudes,and very quiet specially if you book an early time(eg noon for lunch).One of the few restaurants I know where one can converse.Always a great experience.

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E
Pittsburgh
22 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was super adequate. If you’re going to have scallops on the menu as a special, then they should be, well, special. Hostess and waitress were very helpful and decor is pretty. But I won’t go back.

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B
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent wine selection and service ! Elegant ambiance !
Tasteful meals ! Wonderful experience in total !

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C
New York Area
97 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration! Great food, ambience & waitstaff

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HB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Although we had a great server,the kitchen staff left something to be desired. The food came out raw or cold. I certainly didn't want to eat cold eggs benedict. One member of our party returned their meal and had to wait more than 20 minutes for another,
I have been coming to th BWG mfor many years,I will have to think about if I would ever return.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding

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ST
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

They weren't able to seat us within 30min of our reservation. This didn't seem to be a concern to them while they gave us vague / condescending updates. "If you don't hear from us in ten minutes, wait another ten." It wasn't till we started making a reservation at another restaurant that they found a table for us, which was too small to fit our five-person party.

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