BluWater Bistro - Leschi

4.3
684 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am - 4:00pm; Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(206) 328-2233
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Raymond Haynes
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Private party facilities
We offer a semi-private view area that can seat up to 40 people.
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Private party contact
Braydi Mackenzie: (206) 325-5779
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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
What 684 People Are Saying
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4.2
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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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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 23, 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
1 review
Dined on September 8, 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
39 reviews
Dined on August 22, 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 19, 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 16, 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
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 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 12, 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
1 review
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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CU
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was good, it was really nice to sit outside on a warm summer evening. Food was good. The s'mores dessert was the best! I'd go back there just to get that again!

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JH
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was good, the waitress was delightful and we had a very pleasant evening meal.

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SE
Seattle
133 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Limited seating outside, but lovely on a summer evening when it’s not too hot. The shareable ceviche appetizer is a must, loaded with fresh fish and guacamole to go around. Seafood entrees, like the rockfish and halibut, are great options. I have not tried their salads or meat options yet because they do fish nicely.

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

Beautiful outdoor view! Nice late night spot too!

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S
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and cocktails were fantastic! We got the thai wings as a starter, fish tacos, burger, rib eye steak, salad, and various dishes off the kid menu. Everything was fantastic but the desserts were off the chart. S'mores for the kids and the tollhouse cookie in a skillet pan a la mode for the adults. Delicious! Great view as well.

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s
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The setting is lovely, the decor is dated, the food is okay, the service was great. It could be a terrific on-the-water destination with some tweaking.

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m
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Worst waitress I have ever had - saw her twice, when she took our order and then for the bill, slow service (over 45 mins to get our food and she never checked in with us) then when food arrived it was cold - I had to flag another waitress down to return the cold food - she pretty much ignored us
Bus boy was GREAT - Kept our water and coffee filled, brought us our to go box
Management did take off for the cold meal which was very nice
We have dined here before and liked it however not sure if we will go back due to the waitress we had.

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PR
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious, service was awesome, nice opening of the floor to ceiling doors by the bar to let in the summer sun and light breeze. both indoor and outdoor seating. obviously very popular.

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E
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We love this place! Anytime we are in the area we stop in for a meal or happy hour. Excellent quality of food. Great place to hang out

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SR
Seattle
31 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

BluWater Bistro is becoming a regular treat for us when we visit Seattle. It is much easier than downtown and only minutes away on Lake Washington in Leschi. It's on the water, it has both indoor and outdoor dining (in season), the food has always been good. It is a large restaurant and bar and we have generally been able to get in on short notice with little or no wait. Easy spot to go for a date, dinner with friends, business meal, or special occasion. It is good for families too.

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MG
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

It’s one of our neighborhood “go to” options. We will return!

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AG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BluWater is the only place we order Salmon. That's because no other restaurant prepares Salmon perfectly like BluWater. Melt-in-your-mouth perfect every time!

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and unhurried which was perfect for our conversation. Had the Steak and eggs for lunch and friends had the crab special and chicken salad. Topped it off with key lime pie and blackberry cobbler. Service might be too slow for those in a hurry but we loved it.

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j
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate outside and the view was fantastic! The seafood salad was amazing. It was huge and piled with crab, shrimp,salmon and mussels. The rib eye steak was great! It was cooked perfectly and came with mashed potatoes and corn on the cob. Our waitress was fun and very helpful! We had a bit of a wait for service at first but our waitress made it up to us by comping the dessert. I would definitely return for the next special occasion or even to try out the happy hour.

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EM
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Only complaint was noise level. Very hard to talk to dinner companions.

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GS
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location on Lake Washington. Food and service were great. Good variety - with large portions and reasonable prices. A definite keeper. And the brownie desert was amazing!

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j
Seattle
75 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the caesar salad with crab added. Had a good amount of crab on a fresh salad

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CM
Phoenix
64 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lunch was un- rushed and truly relaxing at a table near the water. The food was excellent. My street taco were brimming with treats like salmon, guacamole, sour cream, and other goodies. They were delicious. My friend had salmon which she said was wonderful. Our wait person was helpful and unobtrusive. All-in-all it was a lovely lunch.

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s
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Exceptional service. Food was good; reasonably priced for a water-view restaurant. Restaurant furnishings are dated; and windows should be washed to enhance the beautiful lake view - basic stuff. But food was very good and reasonably priced. Shout-out to our waitress (sorry, name!) - awesome and accommodating. And, onsite, no charge parking. Can walk before/after meal. Will go again.

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D
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Very disappointing. I read the reviews on Open Table and other services and they seemed ok, except for a disastrous Mother's Day, but I figured the crowds are a lot lighter for Father's Day and we went later, after the special ended. It was still bad.
It was a warm day so we looked for restaurants on the water with patio dining. They had it - however the patio is next to the street and the water view is from inside, of an industrial pier.
The windows were also dirty and full of spider webs with some very large well fed spiders (on the outside).
The waitress was friendly and competent but she seemed to be the only one and was stretched to her limit. So we had to flag her down and she did forget a salad.
For the five of us, no one's food was very tasty - whether fish, salad, cauliflower steak, or hamburger. Soggy fries, greasy fish, bland cauliflower (not a surprise there).
I think I'll read the reviews a little closer from now on before booking.

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F
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Father’s Day brunch!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My parents and I grabbed lunch outside here while they were in town. It was great to sit outside with a great view of the cascades and lake Washington. Our food was great and we enjoyed some delicious cocktails on a sunny Seattle summer day.

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SR
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was the perfect setting for out of town guests who had not previously enjoyed dining at a Lake Washington water view. Everyone enjoyed their meal and we especially appreciated the family friendly environment. Our server was especially thoughtful and patient!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Super experience here all staff were friendly and efficient, food was excellent portions large and deserts are amazing loved this restaurant.

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US
Seattle
35 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Campari Spritzer was great and the ceviche was excellent. Good kids menu

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SJ
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It is what it is. It's pub food by the water. Not for foodies. Kinda wish they had more deck seating, since they are right on the lake.

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H
London
17 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

BluWater is our in neighborhood go-to for weekend breakfast/brunch and weeknights when we just don't want to cook.

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K
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tasty mussels, extensive wine list and great view of marina and Lake Washington.

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ED
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The kitchen was overwhelmed and completely fell apart. Dinner with kids took 3 hours and the kids were served last. Got a free round of drinks, but that was it. Bar manager spoke to use, but no other manager was to be seen.

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