BluWater Bistro - Leschi

4.5
714 reviews
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We opened The 3rd BluWater Bistro location in the Leschi neighborhood on March 13, 2004. Mick McHugh handed the reigns over to us after 22 successful years of running the Leschi Lake Café. With a slight remodel we cozy'd up the place, added some fantastic rollback windows, high back booths, some flat screen TV's, and leather furniture by the fireplace. The menu reflects all the goodness that a cozy bistro should offer, including the ever famous & popular "Lake Side Café" Fish and Chips... gotta keep the neighborhood happy. Stop in for some brunch on the weekends or some late night food.
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AB
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Service was poor. Waited a long time for each course. They forgot our drink order. I said to the manager it was very hot and his reply was, "I'm not hot." Won't go there again.

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DG
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great service and the food was very good. Thanks.

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JS
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Outstanding view. Food was quite good. Staff were attentive and helplful. Great dining experience

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k
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food yummy; gracious service, we loved it. Will definitely come more often.....easy parking.

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BP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Arrived early for our reservation so we had time to look around. Awesome views if the water. My food was excellent however my wife's steak was undercooked. Dessert was superb. Our server was excellent. Attentive and great attitude.

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A
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was excellent. The restaurant's ambiance was fantastic. We are definitely going back!

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OT
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, service and a view!

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MT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good neighborhood spot. Food is generally always good and the setting in Leschi is very pleasant. Some potential improvements: Wine list lacks full-bodied reds. Sometimes servers lack precise menu knowledge.

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JA
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Best date night in a long time. We loved the attentive servers and hostess. Hard to find places without that Seattle attitude but this place was perfect. Totally what you would want good drink selection, great food and smiling people

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H
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We go to Blu Water - Leschi because it's close. The food is decent, the service reliable. I keep wanting to be 'wow'ed...but remember that's not why we come here. Perfectly servicable.

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NO
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Would recommend with a caveat. The crab-stuffed Mahi Mahi was delicious as was the salmon entrée. Those were fantastic! Generous Caesar salad and enough to share for the whole table. The rib-eye steak was a big disappointment. We were not sure it was even a rib-eye. The cut was thin, the texture was too chewy and the meat was overcooked. It's a great neighborhood location with good parking and fantastic views of Lake WA.

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JS
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful dinner here with friends and family to celebrate the end of our holiday. The service was fantastic and the food and drinks were great. I would highly recommend this venue.

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D
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Family from out of town were visiting and I wanted to take them to a nice place with a great view. We had a great time and the food was excellent. Highly recommend!

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MB
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I have missed BluWater's fantastic salmon dish since their branch at Greenlake closed. My husband and I had an opportunity for a night out on New Year's Eve and I was happy to see that BluWater Leschi would be open that evening. I imagine it was louder than a usual night, as there was live music and lots of big tables but it was a fun and festive atmosphere. It was dark outside but it looked like the view would be amazing with some daylight. The food was very good. The spinach with the salmon could have been cooked a little more and it was a little short on the lemony sauce but the salmon was cooked perfectly. The highlight of the meal was the blackberry drop drink. I'm a fan of lemon drops but saw the blackberry drop on the menu and decided to give it a try - it was delicious! I had to recommend it to the next table after I heard the woman order a lemon drop. The BluWater is definitely a good option for special dinners out!

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SG
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a cozy good food establishment. For New Years Eve, it was one of the few places that had open tables to reserve the day before. I feel this is a wonderful little known gem on Lake Washington. The service was very good and the food is simple and has always been consistently good. There is also a nice bar and lounge area that is very inviting and a great place to wait for your table.

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RW
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great place for good food. The view is wonderful. Have to get the right waitress like Carmen for an exquisite experience.
Noise level a little too loud for good conversations but better than too quiet.
Will be back!!!!!

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DJ
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nora our server was awesome! She was super accommodating and very friendly! The bartender was great also.l! The food was outstanding as usual! We have come her on our Anniversary for the past 3 years! This will definitely be our Anniversary dinner spot and more!

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LW
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Nice view, good food, great service. We are regular customers even though we live in Kirkland.

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H
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The place was extremely crowded so thank goodness we had a reservation. Although the line was very long, we were seated quickly. Probably because it was just a party of 2.

This place is clearly a favorite for locals and we enjoyed our meal. Service was a bit off, but considering how packed I was, I am not surprised. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was lively and everyone seemed to be having a good time. I would recommend this place to friends for sure. We will also return, hopefully on a quieter night, to enjoy a more pleasant experience.

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g
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

All I can say is what a lovely neighborhood holiday celebration surprise. The sheer vibrancy and energetic feel of the Bluwater Bistro (Leschi-located) establishment was wonderful. However, what truly placed our dining experience in the over-the-top column was your incredible, efficient, ever-smiling wait staff... from your very efficient hostess, to the engaging bartender, onto the very capable meal-table wait staff personnel.

Your establishment truly grasped and celebrated this year's Christmas day patrons' dining experience in a very bold and generous holiday fashion.

We celebrated this wonderful holiday meal experience amongst very engaging kitchen and wait-staff personnel in fine and memorable fashion. Indeed, keep up this terrific dining experience. We'll be back next year.

Thank you.......................

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LM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great Christmas dinner! We enjoyed then “like-home” menu

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SA
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a Great Christmas Day Dinner at BlueWater. We plan to go back again soon.

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

Great Christmas Eve meal, enjoyed by the entire family! Thank you! Very warm and welcoming staff catered to our children's needs. Quick service. Lovely evening with a wonderful moonlight view of the lake.
Highly recommend visiting BluWater.

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DD
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

My friend and I shared a Reuben, which was very disappointing. The corned beef was fatty and gristly. Not what I had expected.

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A
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this spot! It's just the right amount of fancy - not to much, but good food and good atmosphere. There's always something on the menu I will like. The mahi mahi was amazing. Great date spot right on the water.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service for Sunday Brunch! Nice corner table.

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BR
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought an out-of-town cousin here for a special family night. I found the food fabulous: I had Gorgonzola and Pear Ravioli (with prosciutto, figs, cider cream sauce), it was incredible! My cousin's gourmet burger was at least 4" tall with all the fixings. The lighting was very dim (I guess it's meant to be romantic, but we all needed our smart phone lights to read the menu). The bar was a little noisy when we arrived, but the restaurant was acoustically protected from the bar and very quiet. We had a view of the lights on the I-90 bridge to the south, and accross Lake Washington to Bellevue. There was a parking lot just south of the restaurant with plenty of parking. Service was attentive without hurrying us to get us out. I'd like to go back, for sure.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved or server, she was so patient with us.

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j
Seattle
80 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Maui maui with crab cooked excellent
Thai chicken wings. Cooked as described
Special salmon tacos were grrat

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JM
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and views.
Food was excellent and service prompt.

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YZ
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was a little loud bc there was a large birthday crew next to us but the view is great and the food was fast and tasty.

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice, long standing neighborhood institution with good comfort food and nice views over Lake Washington.

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TR
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I've been to BluWater Leschi on several occasions. The ambiance is always nice and the food outstanding. We had 8 in our party including 3 children and service was awesome. Dude was attentive. Checked on the table without being super annoying. There was also another young lady that went out of her way to periodically check on our table. She even helped quiet one of the little ones that was getting a little too pumped for the occasion. Absolutely great place to visit for all occasions.

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M
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

This was my 4th time eating at BluWater.

The table settings where gross, cups silverware and bread plates.

My main dish was cold and they must had just took the plates out of the cleaner their was water drops on the plate. Yikes!!!!!!!

Gross!!!!!!!

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HM
Seattle
43 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We came for dinner on our anniversary and had a great time. The food and ambiance were great. We had a nice both with a great view of the lake.

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R
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Perfect location--great views of Lake Washington. Exceptionally fine service. Splendid selection of beers.
Reasonably priced.

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BP
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a birthday and an anniversary dinner with 6 of us. Service was excellent and food was very good. Great low key ambience and the tip was optional not like next door at Daniels for +20%.

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OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A really good meal with a different but cool outdoor seating option. Seafood was good and the cookie dessert was great

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JV
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Location and service were on the outstanding side. The food was inoffensive, but nothing to write home about. As my mother would say, it was "fine". I loved that indoors and outdoors I could hear the person I was speaking with. I would recommend the place because the ambiance was good, the attitude of the staff was excellent and food was okay.

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SD
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for dinner with a group of six before a concert. Service was great, loved our waitress. She was fun and attentive and very apologetic for any even minor mistakes. Food was all fantastic. Loved the ceviche appetizer, and three of us ordered the street tacos and all loved them. We'll definitely be back!

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