Blue Wave Bar and Grill

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$30 and under
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3.9based on recent ratings
3.9
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4.0
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4.0
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3.7
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both of us cleaned our plates! Very good food!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines day

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vipCaroline
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I was looking forward to a better dinner since it had been recommended by @SanDiegoMagazine and my expectations were higher. Food and service was ok but you could see it had been cooked hours ago and put under a heat light giving the sauce and meat a dry appearance. It wasn’t terrible but definitely not memorable

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vipJohnR
San Diego
64 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We’ve been here a few times and I’ve read many of the posted reviews. Most state similar stories, the views are great and the food is an excellent surprise! Great kitchen and staff helpful but at peak times service is slow and another server needed. But a good value if your willing to wait n use patcience.

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DeniseH
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We stayed at the BW Island Palms for 3 nights. We were thankful that there was a restaurant on premise. My husband and I are not huge eaters, and often share meals. The one thing we didn’t like, was that there was a charge to split meals, if the kitchen divided. We said no, and we divided our own plates, N/C. The meal we had was delicious...Pork Shank, that was very tender. We also had drinks in the Bar area...lively upbeat. Overall a satisfying experience.

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grampam916
Sacramento
32 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had two reasons for choosing Blue Wave: location convenience as we were staying in the hotel, and fresh fish choices. Both of us ordered fish entrees (Sea Bass and Swordfish), and we were not disappointed. The fish was cooked just right—not overdone, and the respective sauces were great. The one odd thing for us was the absence of a host..for an upscale restaurant where we had reservations, it was strange to see a sign saying seat yourself and grab your own menu. The adjacent bar was pretty full and somewhat noisy but not overwhelming.

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RobertK
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, Good service, reasonably priced. Open on major holidays with no buffet.

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vipJenniferH
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy eating there when we come down to vacation for a couple days. We get down there about 4 or 5 times a year and always eat breakfast every morning at the Blue Wave. We love the morning servers Jose and Roberto! Sometimes we eat there for dinner and enjoy the soft lights, glow from the pool and the twinkling lights on Point Loma across the water. We’ve come to know the staff at the hotel and restaurant very well. They are apart of the charm that keeps us coming back when we get to escape to Shelter Island.

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vipshainh
San Diego
39 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A nice facility. I had expected something a little fancier, upscale. The entrance and the restaurant were somewhat shabby, but the facility was clean and well maintained. We ate on the patio. The service and food were very good. It seemed to us to be a great place to hang out if you has a boat moored in the area.

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Cher
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed happy hour before dinner . The appetizers, especially wings and chowder fries were delicious. It was very busy but the service was very good.

Dinner was also very good. There was no hostess but you could tell everyone pitched in and there were no complaints about the service or the food. I already look forward to going there again.

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vipvailsuz
Denver
39 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Dinner was delicious.
View great and service outstanding.

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TraceyM
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Dined for our Anniversary. We sat on the patio, which was nice, although lacking in service. The wait staff was friendly, but seemed overall inattentive. The food on the other hand was very good...wedge salad, scallops, Hawaiian fried chicken, with sides of brussel sprouts and fingerling potatoes. The potatoes were a little bit of a downer, cooked well, but the duck fat preparation did not come across. My cocktail was strong, but to the point of being one note. Overall, a nice evening and Would go back.

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DannetteM
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Don’t bother making a reservation. Made one on open table. Walked in no hostess, sign that said seat yourself. Really? After sitting down after about 10 minutes my husband had to get up and go in the bar to get someone to help us. Food was ok but not worth the prices. Another customer in the mean time was complaining to THEIR waitress about there food. I would not recommend.

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dplocal
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Food was excellent. But, service was terrible. Too bad for such an exquisite restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We decided to not keep our reservation. When we arrived there was no one to even check us in and the bar was over crowded and Extremely loud. There was a reunion taking place and the place seemed short handed. We would not recommend this place!

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vipockb
Orange County
39 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Beautiful setting. Servers are great! Wish we lived closer to go more often!

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Grumpyoldman
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We’ve eaten there before, and I wanted to try something new, the pan-fried Sea Bass. It was tasty, but I thought the Forest Medley underneath was not as good as others we have had in the past. My wife had the short ribs, but asked for the garlic mashed potatoes, in lieu of the cauliflower. Much better, but the ribs were kinda fatty. The clam chowder was tasty, as was the carrot cake, we shared for dessert.

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vipNtxhoo
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Food was mediocre at best. Items are either over cooked or under cooked. Service was good.

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sharita
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch to celebrate graduation and new jobs. Great selection on the menu. Something for everyone.

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JennyR
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The BWB AND G has a very comfortable yet classy atmosphere both inside and on their patio. The view of the harbor and city is quite nice. The service was very good, as the was the food and wine. I would definitely eat there again when in San Diego.

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SusanW
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The view from the patio was lovely! The food was ok. The service was ok. The value wasn’t great. Not sure I will return. Plenty of other nice views with great food is available at other restaurants.

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vipJoelD
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Drinks in bar were great! Unfortunately we went for happy hour and I did not realize my lemon drop wasn’t included, so had to pay full price. Lady at bar attentive


Waitress on the patio was not

Food was good

Would go back but will definitely ask if my drink is included in happy hour

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GeorgiaR
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing view, amazing food!Will be going back again & recommending to friends and family

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Maria
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Fish was terrible as if old or going bad. chicken came slightly uncooked, fruit bowl had jalapeño in it. We showed it to the waitress and the hostess.

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gustavoc
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Looking for a different restaurant, we found this very nice place with a very nice atmosphere, very quiet even though it was Friday.
Great service, good food , good value!!
We will come back soon!!🙏🏼🙏🏼

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LynneH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Justine our server was very knowledgeable, and helpful with my husband who is blind!

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ChrisS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good service and food. View of harbor was great

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LanaG
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We used to come here a lot and haven't for awhile. We decided it was a nice day to go again. It took several minutes for the waiter to come to us and we had to remind him we had no water. Then I asked him for iced tea and again I had to ask twice. So we ordered and it took no exaggerating half an hour to get fish and chips, which were overcooked and dried out, and the fries were skinny obviously frozen ones. My husband had sea bass and it had a strange too spicy sauce.
The prices are too high for the quality of the food.
I asked for a refill on my iced tea and he brought me something that tasted like it had alcohol in it. He acted totally confused and brought my iced tea.
Took a long time to get our bill and I did not leave any tip...worst service I've had in a long time, and you would think in a high end bistro like this the food, service and experience would be top notch.
We will never go back and will tell others not to waste their time. Hate to see a previously good place go bad.

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bonnieblue
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The outside patio was very nice for our gal pal lunch. The food was okay - weird chicken waldorf salad - thought it would have the chicken in it and a mayo dressing - no!! So a bit disappointing. The beet salad was nice with the shrimp and one of us had tacos - she did not say one way or the other. However, price okay and for the nice ambience with a view of the boats/dock it is worth the visit. No cost for parking either - nice!!

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vipockb
Orange County
39 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a wonderful table at the window overlooking the marina activity. Food was good. Nice selection on menu. Service was good. Very happy with decision to eat there and will return in the future.

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PamelaL
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience3

The restaurant had several special events which left the dining room without enough wait staff. Drinks took 40 minutes, food was cold when it arrived. For a $300 dinner (with tip) I expect more.

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vipATBster
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great, really great service in an out-of-the way location that only locals know about. Situated on the water, without the hype of neighboring options.

Wonderful food options, making it hard to choose once you've been several times. The bar is fantastic To date we've only tried dinner, but I understand that breakfast is good too. Later this week!

Go, and enjoy!!
ATBster

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Sat outside, initially we were by ourselves but it soon filled up. Our server was very pleasant but lacked (only slightly) in attentiveness. Apps were sub par. Crab cake was just a mush of the mix not a cake. Chowder was tasty (what isn’t when it has bacon in it!) but not quite thick enough. Entrées were very good and good respectively. Price point was spot on.

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IllonaC
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Our table was ready on time. We were seated by a window with a lovely view of the harbor. The drinks arrived promptly. Food was good, not exceptional. We would eat there again if we were staying at the hotel.

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CalebG
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Mother’s Day. We sat on the patio which was very pretty on such a nice day. The family at the neighboring table had a few too many drinks and were incredibly loud which was nothing the restaurant could really help but took away from the day. Also the metal tables themselves on the patio are very loud. Any plates or cutlery that are on them are very clangy and loud especially when being bussed.
Food was disappointing. Salad that sounded delicious on the menu came completely drowned in mayonnaise like dressing, not citrus vinaigrette that was listed and overdone rubbery shrimp.
Rolls we had to request 3 separate times finally came and tasted stale and sad.
Ordered the carrot cake and it came with several day old berries on the side and what tasted like a thawed from frozen little square bit of cake.
Just a very disappointing experience. Will not be returning.

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JackH
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the last unknown gems on San Diego Bay. Good food, excellent service, reasonable prices in a quiet atmosphere and marvelous view. Did I miss anything?

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BoredMom
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great view, service and food for a romantic dinner out before a Humphreys concert.

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ShellyT
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Gorgeous setting, outstanding service, fair prices for the location and average food.

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vipFoodie4two
Seattle
32 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience1

This restaurant is inside the Beat Western. That should have been enough said there. The service was awful there was a very loud group, having a good time, so I don’t fault them, but it detracted from the ambiance. The views were gorgeous and the food was outstanding. Outside would have been great if it would have been warm enough. They have big heaters, but the winds were cold. So... bottom line work on the service. Waited 15 minutes for our beverages when we were only people in restaurant, 20 more minutes for appetizer and then a full 40 minutes for food. Never saw server more than twice. Had to actually ask one of the other servers if he could get us more water and check on our food. His answer... “sure, she’s probably Making it now”.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service was outstanding!

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Blue Wave Bar and Grill offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 223-2572.

Blue Wave Bar and Grill is rated 3.9 stars by 209 OpenTable diners.

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