Bluewater Bistro & Bar

4.5
145 Reviews
$30 and under
Californian
The Bluewater Bistro is where the Wine Country meets the Pacific Coast and the perfect place to have breakfast, lunch or dinner while visiting Sonoma County and Bodega Bay, California. The Bluewater Bistro offers up a perfect combination of seaside and wine country cuisine for both golfers and non-golfers alike; serving only the freshest ingredients possible, from Sonoma County beef, to fresh fish right off the boat. Excite all of your senses with Sonoma County cuisine, and some of the best seaside views of the Northern California Coast at The Bluewater Bistro.
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vipmarciaw
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious specials

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vipmarciaw
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New chef Ken has brought back an excellent dining experience!! The seafood chowder is fantastic!

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vipN2finedining
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent fish entree

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LivingLifeOutLoud
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was very good and the food was above our expectations. Will definitely go again when in Bodega Bay.

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Happy
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I go for the thursday night live music. this week it was the Susan Comstock band which I enjoy.

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Laurie
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I was surprised to find out there was no cocktail sauce for calamari, was served ketchup and tartar.

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Kath32059
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Yes, great place to see the bay in a high end location! It is fun to be there on the monthly Friday when FirstLayne Comedy has a show. Small and cozy setting, great bar and dining room.

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JulieP
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I think the ambiance is the best part. The staff was really nice and attentive. The food was mediocre.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing!

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samW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great family dinner, well worth the drive from Petaluma, we walked past the pool and watched the ocean

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LorraineE
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time and was able to enjoy a beautiful sunset.

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vipmarciaw
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

New chef. Happy to see this

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Jludo
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

But don’t tell too many people! My favorite little hideaway for the past 20 years!
Our waitress was wonderful. She even ordered a clear sky for us, so we got a beautiful sunset😁
Fish tacos were juicy, flavorful and delicious. Thank you!

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vipLuckyprepster
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Small menu - nothing special

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Jlbdiner20
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience2

We were meeting with good friends we had not seen for some time. Unbeknownst to us, it was a comedy night. The comedians were okay, but we were told to not talk during their performances. Ruined the night for us as we felt that we were a captive audience despite paying full price for our meals. 😕

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JohnR
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice evening with music, good food and drink and a sunset for show. Will be going here often.

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MichaelM
Yosemite
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to the Blue Water Bistro for a Friday Comedy and Dinner night. The staff was welcoming and quick. We were seated at a table with a great view. The main comedy act was as good as I have ever experienced which one would not expect at a relatively small venue like this.

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Aggie
Houston
30 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall1food2service4ambience2

Change in chef who hasn't put in changes yet. We had lunch for dinner. Only 2 tables occupied--that included us.

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bobh
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We had an 8:30 AM reservation and the bistro opened at 8:30. My wife, daughter and I were the only ones there. The hostess let us know that all the tables were reserved and our table was the worst. No view, and our backs to the entrance. I pointed out that we were the only ones there and she said okay, " I will make an exception." While we were there the bistro turned away at least two groups without reservations, even though by the time we left at 9:15, there were only two other tables with patrons seated. Thankfully we did have reservations on a beautiful Mother's Day Sunday.

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SharonH
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love going to Bluewater Bistro...partly because it's in our own neighborhood and partly because its such a small, intimate venue.

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vipMartymaz
Hawaii
152 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

After living in the Harbour for eight years and enjoying the Blue Water Bistro we are saddened and disappointed by our experience. The fried chicken appetizer was served black, greasy and was inedible. The focaccia appetizer was served like dry toast and the butter had a refrigerator taste. Also inedible. The lamb shanks and mashed potatoes were edible - the lamb was tender and both were flavorless. I would compare it to good airplane food.

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ElissaP
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun, cozy atmosphere. Great service and great food!

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MarkO
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines dinner at the bistro was great. Nice cocktails and wine. Good service. Food was great. We had the clams, grilled salad, steak and paella. What amazing views of the ocean!

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vipBarbi
San Francisco
141 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

My husband and I went to the Bluewater Bistro for a Valentine's Day dinner. There was a special and very limited menu that evening and almost all of the dishes contained chorizo, pork sausage. After feeling upset and left out, I spoke to our waiter and was able to order Gnocchi as my main dish. The Gnocchi were a side dish for an expensive beef main dish...and I was charged the full-price of the beef dish! We shared the Lettuce Salad with the grapefruit and orange sections and only the top layer of lettuce leaves had a small amount of dressing and the bottom layer of lettuce had NO dressing! We had to ask for bread 3 times and then after we got the bread, we had to ask for butter. There were no salt or pepper shakers on our table. The restaurant was very noisy.

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bryanb
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

based on the v day menu i would not recommend trying this place out. we will give the regular menu a shot in the future. they also advertise views, there is no view.

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SherryR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Beautiful views. Food nice and tasty but very expensive 14$ for a salad. Music was awesome

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CandyB
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was good. New management has raised prices and changed staff. The prices are higher than other restaurants.

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HogueM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Service was good. Drinks were good. Food was mediocre. Next time I will dine upstairs at the bar.

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LesterT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It was okay. The hors d'oeuvre, at the bar were sub par. The restaurant was a bit pricy for a causal outing. Loved the seafood past and the chowder was great. Service was excellent. Nice views.

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CharlesS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Surprisingly good for a golf club-related venue. Food was good but not particularly flavorful or creative. Service very good, decor was nice and the live music (three musicians singing mostly folk-related tunes) for dinner was a real bonus - not so loud as to drown out conversation, and they pretty darn good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sacramento
13 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Seems to have changed ownership to the association. Food and service was better prior. Still had nice building; they made some cosmetic changes but about as nice as before. Had tri tip that was hard/stringy. Menu needs more seafood.

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MichaelM
Yosemite
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Came here for our anniversary (56). Great food with outstanding location and ambiance. Will be back soon.

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JohnS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasant meal here and how can you beat the views of the ocean!

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TracyR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Service was outstanding! Food was average. The atmoshere was nice, comfortable, relaxing.

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vipBirdcalls
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall1food4service1ambience2

We have eaten here many times before. We are locals in Bodega Bay and have often joined friends here who actually live in Bodega Harbour. This time we were joined by friends who used to live in Bodega Bay and wanted to have dinner in your restaurant. The food was very good, but over priced. The service was atrocious. None of us received our meals at the same time and the fourth only received her's after we asked where her meal was. The first two served had to start eating ahead because it was getting cold. After dinner and dessert, we ordered one coffee. It was placed on the table and the waitress left. A few minutes later we had to ask for sugar. None had been offerred.

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vipChrisF
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I usually like to have my salad delivered prior to my main course.

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suzieb
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We have gone there for our anniversary for 11 years. The first few years, they had a chef, and the food was great. We went there on the 21st. I had written about it being our 11th anniversary, aND requested a specific table. Not only did this throw them off, and we were seated overlooking the pool, THERE WAS NO dinner menu!!! Mac and cheese? Really??? They used to have the most wonderful bread, but we were told they no longer have a bread warmer. I hope they are going out of business. I recommend going to the wharf and having the dinosaur nuggets, it would have been a much better experience.

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vipMartymaz
Hawaii
152 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall3food4service4ambience2

We love the new decor. We do not love changing the dining room into a bar. The Thursday night music is amplified as if it were a room 4X as large. People were having to literally scream to have a conversation. The music was actually really nice. If it were acoustic it would have been wonderful.
We ended up taking our food to go because we could not handle the volume of sound in the room. We both ordered the Asian salads with meat. The salads were very tasty, and the four ounces of meat was probably two ounces.

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vipChipR
Sacramento
81 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. Food and service were great

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vipKristen
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the new decor. We had the Lobster Ravioli- delicious & the Tomba. Great service, good dinner !

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Bluewater Bistro & Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 145 OpenTable diners.

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