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Ocean view dining at Bluewater Grill. - Bluewater Grill - Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA

Bluewater Grill - Santa Barbara

4.2
4.2
114 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
The waterfront locals choice in Santa Barbara for premium quality, sustainably sourced seafood! Located at the gateway to Santa Barbara on the beach at State Street and Cabrillo Boulevard with a stunning patio and beach view. Adjacent to the "Funk Zone", Santa Barbara's premiere wine district, the wine list features an extensive selection of local wines in addition to a "no-corkage" policy on the first two bottles. Winner of numerous awards, including Best Seafood, this owner operated gem features lunch, dinner, Happy Hour, a "Kids Live Well" Kid menu, full bar, heated patio, and is pet friendly. Well known for classics like Clam Chowder and Fish & Chips, Oysters on the half shell and numerous varieties of fresh fish, lobster and crab, Bluewater also operates fishing vessel "Pilikia" which specializes in the freshest caught local fish in town! Come in, Get Hooked!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 67 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Tue 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Wed–Fri 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (805) 845-5121

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Veteran, Women

  • Executive chef

    Alberto Torres

  • Private party facilities

    Bluewater has several options for your private event, including our private bar and patio overlooking Santa Barbara beach and harbor.

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Barbara

  • Cross street

    On the water at State and Cabrillo Boulevard adjacent to Stearns Wharf

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Public transit

    Bus stop at State and Cabrillo

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 114 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Santa Barbara

    Great for Brunch

  • Santa Barbara

    Hot Spot

  • Santa Barbara

    Scenic View

  • Santa Barbara

    Most Booked

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  1. CM

    CrystaM

    San Francisco

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    July 4th! Great Service, Greg was an amazing asset to our evening helping with food and drink choices. All of the people: from the hostess to the water server, were incredibly kind and personable! Food was great. Pretty much what one would expect on a Holiday evening Bar Menu! Experience... wonderful! Great celebratory vibe 💥💥💥
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food4service3ambience2
    Went for an 89th birthdays celebration and got seated outside in the park let. Noise and they could seem to remember there were 5 of us. Maybe because they sat us at a table for 4. Fairly chilly. for our 89 year old guest of honor as well. Very disappointing!!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    First time visiting Santa Barbara and we didn’t know where to eat with a good ocean view. We chose Bluewater Grill due to proximity and seating availability. We were seated on the second floor and in the outdoor patio. Faye was an exceptional waitress! Her fourth day waiting and she was phenomenal! Food and drinks were okay. The views were amazing.
  4. S

    Sandy

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful lunch outside overlooking the beach. The weather was sunny and breezy. We had sand dabs and cioppino with a bottle of Chardonnay. Service was friendly. Perfect.
  5. WP

    WayneP

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Anniversary
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Steak was not good, fish was fantastic
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful restaurant with great service and food and ocean views. Fresh fish is amazing and always well prepared
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience2
    Booked this reservation 3 months in advance and made sure to book the outdoor rooftop. We were celebrating our honeymoon and looking forward to the view while dining. When we arrived we were told the rooftop was booked for a private party and we were escorted to picnic tables to the side of the restaurant with an obstructed view of the beach. Food was cold and generally not good. Waitress was kind, food was not her fault. Would have liked a heads up that the rooftop was unavailable so I could book elsewhere or made a decision whether or not to go ahead of time.
  9. AR

    ArnoldR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and service was good.
  10. B

    Beverley

    Tucson

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    We enjoyed our meal and especially enjoyed scoring an amazing table outside with a great view.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food well prepared.
  12. LE

    LisaE

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We came to celebrate a special occasion. We got prompt friendly service, and beautiful ambience
  13. SF

    SarahF

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was on a business trip and decided to drive in to Santa Barbara for dinner. This place is such a gem! The views and ambience were incredible and the food was excellent. So glad we stumbled upon this beautiful place!
  14. DG

    DanielG

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Everything was great til the food arrived. The cod was rubbery and the French fries were generic
  15. GR

    GaryR

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Our first visit to the Santa Barbara grill was a year ago. Service was abysmally slow. Getting our server's attention was impossible. I finally asked the hostess to send the server over. What I wanted was some sugar for my iced tea. Of course, it should have been provided when the tea was put down in front of me but that didn't happen. We had similar problems with other trivial things like bread. I had to ask for bread twice. It seems that bread is not provided automatically - just the plates to put it on. And getting the check took almost 10 minutes from the time our table was cleared. I paid by credit card which also took 7 minutes to be returned to me for my signature. That was a year ago. This time it was a different server but the scenario was virtually identical. We will be looking for a different restaurant next year.
  16. EP

    ElizabethP

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a very nice dinner on a Saturday night. I was early for my reservation and they seated me right away. My order was taken right away. My food arrived after an acceptable waiting time. It was good. Several of the wait staff checked in with me to make sure I didn’t need anything. It was a very nice meal and I would recommend this place.
  17. MS

    MichaelS

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food. Really nice place. We would definitely recommend this restaurant to friends
  18. OM

    OhanaMama

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite restaurants. This visit proved to be even better than the last! The ambience is fantastic and the view of the ocean and harbor is fantastic, the food was so fresh and melt in your mouth goodness! The most outstanding thing about our visit this time was the service. Cassidy really did shine, she is very sweet, personable, knowledgeable and truly was a wonderful soul. It was a pleasure visiting with her and having her as our waitress for the evening.
  19. LK

    LynneK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fresh and delicious! We absolutely recommend it!
  20. M

    Mickey

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We arrived at our reservation time and was seated. A young man brought us two waters and then no one came to serve us. Waited for 15-20 minutes and got up and left. Had a nice dinner on the pier near by.
  21. o

    onwi94

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Great food but very loud
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Food was meh and overpriced. Lobster mac and cheese had little flavor as did the food in the seafood sampler plate. If you’re looking for good seafood in Santa Barbara, look elsewhere.
  23. T

    Toons

    Denver

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location. Food was fabulous as was servIce.
  24. AJ

    AndreaJ

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience2
    The food was really disappointing overall. My seared scallops were over cooked and the asparagus bits were the harder, more “fibrous” bitter parts that are basically inedible. My friend was equally disappointed in her striped sea bass. It’s too bad because this restaurant has a phenomenal location and vistas but the mediocre food and sizzler steakhouse feel of the decor was a letdown.
  25. JH

    JeffH

    Los Angeles

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Bluewater Grill is an excellent place for dinner located near the Stearns Wharf . There were five of us including a child and each one of us was beyond pleased with our meal choices. Our server was on top of things and answered our questions and made some great suggestions as to what to try.
  26. E

    Eddie

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful dining experience with friendly service by wait staff - Ashley and Harrison. Also special event DJ played some great old school R&B, Motown, etc.!!! 5/25/22.
  27. V

    Viking51

    Portland

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    I could not believe they plopped a big dollop of tartar sauce onto the bowl of bouillabaisse. It ruined the broth.
  28. BB

    BizzyB

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, very high quality food, very well prepared
  29. BM

    BuzzM

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, good view, excellent service
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Service wasn’t
  31. OR

    OsbaldoR

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved the place great location Great service great food
  32. 1

    1fooddude

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall2food3service5ambience2
    Booked outdoor/patio seating and got the beer garden picnic tables on the alley. Halibut was under cooked- we asked for medium. Swordfish was good, as were the crab cakes and shrimp cocktail apps. Our server was amazing! She saved our dinner experiences with her positive attitude.
  33. M

    Masona

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The upstairs patio had a terrific view of the ocean. Tables were very close together.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great view, service and food! We sat on the upstairs patio and had an amazing time. Definitely recommend going!
  35. C

    Ctk25

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great friendly attentive service. food tasting food.
  36. BF

    2BFrank15

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We enjoyed the food and the service. It was an enjoyable time.
  37. LB

    LarryB

    Tahoe

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    I made reservations a week ahead of time for our 51st anniversary dinner. We were seated at a table on the 2nd floor landing where people going and coming from the bar were constantly walking by. The bar tender did his best to wait on us but he was kept busy with bar customers and had to leave the bar to come to our table. Sitting in a stairwell was very disappointing, people without reservations were given better tables in the dining room or bar. It will be a long time before we return!
  38. L

    Laura

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful drinks and dinner
  39. TD

    TangieD

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Service and food was good but husband had a visitor crawling on the table praying it didn’t come from the food 🤣
  40. R

    Resv

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    Hostesses was very disorganized. We had reservations and they prioritized walk-ins first even when they were waiting behind us. Our waitress was good and pleasant. Food was bland, needs more flavor...3 out of four entrees needed some salt. We ordered Surf & Turf which was fine.. but had to add A1 sauce, also ordered mussels which was bland, cajan fries = extreme salty, branzino whole fish = bland, scallops with risotto had no flavor, & chicken had no flavor.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Bluewater Grill - Santa Barbara using the Order Online button. Bluewater Grill - Santa Barbara also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 845-5121.

Bluewater Grill - Santa Barbara is rated 4.2 stars by 114 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 67 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Bluewater Grill - Santa Barbara

15 E Cabrillo Blvd Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2310

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    On the water at State and Cabrillo Boulevard adjacent to Stearns Wharf

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Barbara

  • Hours of operation

    Tue 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Wed–Fri 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Public transit

    Bus stop at State and Cabrillo

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Veteran, Women

  • Executive chef

    Alberto Torres

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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