Bluewater Grill

15 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara
(805) 845-5121

Recent Reviews

Karen M.

I wasn't that impressed with this place. We took our friend there for lunch. Got a bunch of seafood. We got the sea urchin, calamari, seafood plate (oysters, scallops, shrimp), clam chowder and clams & mussels. We also got a couple drinks. Service was adequate. Sea urchin was just aite, but it was not the sweetest like santa barbara sea urchin usually is... the calamari was ok, it was a little oily and not crispy enough for me. Seafood platter was ok, the scallops were good but the oysters didnt come with anything. Usually when served raw oysters you get lemon, hot sauce, or something to dress the oyster but here you got nothing but the oyster. We couldn't flag someone down fast enough to ask for condiments for oysters so friends just ate it since there were only a few and we were sitting outside so didnt want them sitting out in the sun for long. Friend said clams and chowder were good. Drinks were strong. Overall, i don't think I'd return. Or if i did it would only be for HH.


Not as good as first visit, too hurried and food not as good, filleted fish was not and full of bones. Venue and ambience very good

Ty Donaldson

I told my friends about this restaurant with my highest recommendations. I go their often. I get very good feedback from my friends. The dishes they serve are flavorable and the crew is very friendly and cooperative. always when we visit this place we have a gorgeous time. I recommend this place with pleasure.

Flora Mimikos Justice

the food snd the service ate outstanding. not to mention the views.

Paul O

Food was good. The service was good except the maitre'd let someone take our seat on the patio without a reservation. They just sat down and were served by the waiter and weren't asked to get up and relinquish the table to several parties ahead of them. I would rate them higher if they had handled the problem more professionally.

Heather S

Love it here! Will deffinately come back! Carlos our waiter was great and full of information on the best food and drinks! The calamari, artichoke dip, and scallops were amazing! The old fashioned was one of the better ones I've had around town. The staff were a joy! Great spot for viewing the coming/going of tourists on the pier too!

Christopher Willis

Great place for seafood. The steak was quite gristly though. The scallops with ponzu sauce was great and so was the shrimp and scallops pasta. The key lime pie is quite good and tangy as well.

Amy H.

I came here for dinner with my boyfriend for a day out in Santa Barbara. The food was delicious! We ordered the Gemelli Pasta w/Shrimp & Scallops, the Cioppino Seafood, and Ponzu Sea Scallops. The food was amazing and the food pairs well with Pinot Wine. I couldn't get enough of the pasta because of the pesto sauce. Always dip your bread on the side with the pasta! The service was great, but at one point we didn't know where our server went. I absolutely recommend this place for a date out!

Joy J.

Perfect dinner for our first night in Santa Barbara. Not knowing we walked in with 10 minutes left of Happy Hour. We ordered fish tacos, oysters, chowder, fried calamari and garlic fries. The delivery of the food and quality met our expectations. Our drinks on the HH menu weren't up to par. Between the 4 of us we ordered wine, a mule and whiskey. Customer service was great by our waiter, buzzer and manager!

Tracy Ryan

EVERYTHING about this place is AMAZING! From the sweet hostess to the very patien and friendly waiter. I came with my husband and parents and we spent quite a deal of time talking and catching up versus looking at the menu. Our waiter told us to take our time and was so patient. I ordered a lobster roll which was delicious and PERFECTLY cooked. My husband ordered a burger medium well and there was ACTUALLY a perfect strip of pink down the middle. The house Chardonnay was well priced and didn't taste cheap. I can't stop telling everyone how much I loved this restaurant and can't wait to come back!!

Nicole M.

Had a business lunch with six other people. I had the crab BLT sandwich, and it was yummy. The crab was prepared like a crab salad, but without too much mayo. The homemade potato chips were like crack! Everyone loves everything - the clam chowder, the fish tacos, the Caesar salad with shrimp. We were too full for dessert, so I can't attest to that. Lovely location right across from the beach. Oh I almost forget! They starve fresh, raw Uni (sea urchin) from out of Santa Barbara's beautiful waters, and the bite I had of their lobster roll made me want to return tomorrow.

James C

The Bluewater Grill has an excellent bar with a view and the drinks are not watered down! Good thing it's within waking distance to lots of fabulous hotels!

P. N.

Wonderful service, delicious food, beautiful space. We were driving up the coast and wanted to stop at the perfect Santa Barbara spot. This fit the bill. Parking was super easy and we had 10 min until our reservation so we enjoyed walking along the water briefly. We sat upstairs and shared the firecracker shrimp, the chowder, the crab cakes and the bouillabaisse. All were exceptional and our server was so warm and welcoming that we felt at home the entire meal. Physical space is also quite neat. Take a look at the windy staircase that goes up to the tower.

leslie t.

What a great find, the location is perfect the staff was amazing and the food was delicious. As a returning S.B. local I always have my favorite hot spots, here is to adding another to the list. Their scallops were cleaned well, which is harder to find then one could imagine, and cooked to perfection. My partner had the Fish platter, the fish was glistening with moistness, scallops and shrimp were delicious. I would have given a 5 star review except the napkins, I know you may think it isn't important however I was out for an early birthday day and was going to meet friends after however the lint from the napkins coated my entire outfit. It was a bit embarrassing, but if that is the only issue then I can chalk it up to 1st world problems. All in all a wonderful place to enjoy good food, great drinks and a fantastic atmosphere with those you love.

Lori Lear Young

Great service and lively vibe on the ocean!

Shahrzad A.

Beautiful 2nd story patio! Everything we had was delicious! The margaritas were strong (in a good way) The crab artichoke dip was warm and delicious. My husband had his first lobster roll here and it didn't disappoint. I opted for a bowl of New England clam chowder and a grilled fish taco and both were excellent!


We popped into the Blue Water Grill for dinner on our 1 night stop over in Santa Barbara. The seafood was fab, and service and and atmosphere were great. I would highly recommend the Scallop Risotto, great value for money! Would recommend .

indigo m.

Absolutely beautiful location and great staff I loved Dani she was helpful, sweet, prompt and her service really pushed our experience over the edge from awesome to absolutely incredible. You def have to try the shrimp tacos and a Bloody Mary !

M M.

Amazing meal :) from the service to the food. We felt very well taken care of and given great recommendations on everything. KitKat was our server. She was so friendly. She checked on us just enough that we didn't have to worry about a thing. We will definitely be back

Martians G.

Can u just serve our order at once. no one passes just to see if we want more water. We were bypassed so many times .. oh but the place was empty not crowded at all..not planning to go back so many other delicious restaurants !! Save your money !

Kadie P.

WOWWW!!! This place never ceases to amaze me. Dallas the manager provides exceptional service and Kat our server was wonderful. Great food, drinks, and welcoming vibe whether you're having dinner with friends or for a date night out. I will most definitely be back. Thank you Dallas and Kat for a great night. Keep up the great work!!


Had a wonderful dinner after a full day walking up & down State Street. Try the swordfish it was excellent

Susan Brown

Beautiful harbor views, unbelievably helpful and wonderful staff and loved the pacific snapper with the buttery lemon sauce

Chelsea K.

Stumbled upon this place and it looked so great that we made a rezzo next day for brunch ! Which did not dissapoint ... From the ocean views to the fresh seafood to the bottomless mimosas to the great service and super cute decor...This place was a total hit on our trip. The scallops are delish !! As is the avocado crab toast ,and yummmm the crab artichoke dip... and their Rosé from local winery Margerum, dry and crisp. Bookmark this !

Juls B.

Katherine and the entire staff are completely outstanding!! Service, is so friendly (that includes everyone!!) and exceptional! Sooo happy we chose this place!! Food: most of us got the Fish and Chips and they were by far some of the best I've had anywhere! Generous portion of fat white fish in a crispy flavorful batter. The Cole slaw is fresh with a slight sweet tang. So simple yet satisfying!! Sorry, I didn't get a pic of that. Oysters on the half shell - two kinds to sample that night and both were very good. Clam chowder - Creamy and perfect in every way. We will be back to try other things on the menu. Lots to choose from. Great place, lovely ambiance, great staff, must have an amazing manager to run such a well oiled operation!!

Lee Ann Coady

After reading reviews and scrutinizing star ratings for an hour, I decided this was the place. The apple burrata salad got my attention and the photos looked light and airy. My sister and I were seated and very immediately offered water and bread by a handsome young server.

Michelle V.

The BEST happy hour in Santa Barbara. EVER. I'm not kidding. I'm pretty sure I'm Bluewater's biggest fan. How do I know? (this review is based on happy hour) When I turned 21, I had an obsession with Happy Hours (still do). I even made a chart of all the Happy Hours in Santa Barbara that I could hit throughout my last year in the area. I've been here three times, with three different friends. You best believe I'll bring my family here after graduation too. Why? The service: Excellent! I never caught their names but the hostess always greets us with a smile. I've always sat upstairs and like to make conversation with the bartenders. There's another middle-aged server who really helped us out during our first time here and gave us drink recommendations. It's never hard to get their attention to order and your items are promptly cleaned up. The ambiance: This spot looks like it was pulled out of Home Living Magazine, like a display from Southern Comfort or something. It is so cute and cosy, almost like a nautical American IKEA room! There's plenty of space upstairs and downstairs. The location is right by the beach so when the weather's nice, the view from the balcony is amaaazing. The food and drinks: The BEST bang for your buck in terms of food, portions-wise too. DRINKS: Tequila sunrise - I loved the fruit juice that didn't have the grainyness that I've experienced at other places. It tastes very sweet and light but hit me in the end. SB Gin and Tonic - Their signature and it was recommended by the water. It tastes refreshing and crisp! One of my favorite cocktails of all time, no joke. It goes so well with the food. Cucumber mojito - A simple drink that feels like summer. The drinks here never feel like they need to be washed down by food (as in, the ratios are just right). Mai Tai - This is the strongest drink but you can still enjoy its flavor! I love the dark cherry that it comes with. FOOD: Garlic parmesan fries - GET THEM!!! Portion is decent and the garlic ratio here is wonderful. It's fresh garlic and the spice of the garlic makes the fries smell soooo good. They are generous with the cheese. Crab and artichoke dip - We were convinced to get this by our waiter. It's real crab, not imitation, so the seafood taste and creamy artichoke dip came better to be delicious and savory. Chicken wings - I was skeptical because it sounds so basic and I thought it was going to be small, but these wings were big! Not like regular buffalo wings; they have the entire wing. You can get full from this. Fish tacos - One of the only items that are small, but you can dress these up with nice bottled salsas. Try every one! Calamari - It tastes great but this is probably the only subpar thing I've had at Bluewater BECAUSE they gave us four pieces of calamari and 2 20 pieces of bell pepper. This happy hour will leave you full and happy. I think the HH prices are great for what they give, and beyond the food, I'm a big fan of the experience overall.

Sylvia K.

Setting and service excellent. Linguini and clams wayyyyy too salty. Clam chowder delicious. Oysters generous size and delicious

Chanel Davis

Brunch was great. Fish was a little too greasy for the dollar but I loved the food despite. Will visit again.

Stephanie J.

This place was so good and the staff so friendly that we came back the next night just to have aa drink in the upstairs bar. My first trip here we split the Ponzu die for! If u love sushi and you love scallops, you will not be disappointed. The scallops were fresh, the ponzu sauce and ginger were perfect with them. We sat on the upstairs balcony looking out at the beautiful Pacific Ocean on a sunny Friday afternoon and enjoyed fantastic service. The manager, Collin, checked on us to make sure we were happy with everything and we absolutely were, no complaints whatsoever. They make a very refreshing cocktail called Tequila Time or something like that which actually has absinthe in which sounds gross but trust me, these go down way too easy! I had a glass of Prosecco to start but my companion had that drink and I was completely wowed by it. They serve fresh hot sourdough bread with your food, water on request per Santa Barbara regulations. This is great seafood restaurant so if you love seafood and you're in Santa Barbara, you must check this place out! Oh and btw, when you check in on Yelp here, they give you 50% off one of your cocktails! Talk about fantastic!

Candis Church

Our drinks came at the same time as the food. Need I say more? That sums up our entire evening there. My family enjoys the food so they decided to give it one more chance, but they admitted they had yet to receive service that wasn't disappointing. Seafood in Santa Barbara should be an experience, just not of this kind.

Isabel M.

A long OVERDUE review. One of my absolute favorite places in Santa Barbara. Amazing management and staff here!!! Amazing food needless to say. Back in October they helped me out when I wanted to plan a laSt minute birthday dinner and was absolutely amazing. Love coming here and just relaxing, whether it's on the patio or inside the dining area.


We came for happy hour and it was great. Good selection of drink, food and fresh fish. They have great happy hour prices and the view is just gorgeous. Will be back the next time we are in town!

regis kwong

Great ambient restaurant with excellent location. This restaurant is a former light house turned into a restaurant. Amazing vibes inside the restaurant. Although the service is slow, they do have some good foods. I recommend their risotto scallops and crab and avocados salads. Amazing taste and flavor. Staff are friendly and the parking is plenty across the street and next to the restaurant. Best stop on the way back to LA from San Francisco.


We enjoyed Happy Hour in the bar at the Blue Water Grill. Sunset view was wonderful. Enjoyed the fish bites, calamari and wings. The Serrano Margarita was delicious, and handmade with fresh ingredients. Staff were attentive and personable. Definitely plan to return.


The seafood here is excellent!! I had a bouillabaisse with lots of different seafood and fish in it. The menu has lots of choices (mostly seafood) and the prices weren't too bad. It's a great location by the water. I'll be back!!

Regis K.

Great ambient restaurant with excellent location. This restaurant is a former light house turned into a restaurant. Amazing vibes inside the restaurant. Buzz with people. Although the service is slow, they do have some good foods. I recommend their risotto scallops and crab and avocados salads. Amazing taste and flavor. Staff are friendly and the parking is plenty across the street and next to the restaurant. Best stop on the way back to LA from San Francisco. But you have to make reservation ahead of time.


Good size lounge for dining . Crab dip excellent, bar service excellent sea scallops with risotto (4) really good

Karen C.

My mom and I had dinner here recently while visiting Santa Barbara. Overall the service and food were great. We did have an issue with the cold. We were sat upstairs inside near the outdoor patio. The door to the patio was kept open so we had quite a cold breeze all through dinner. It finally warmed up when they closed the doors to the patio. I started with the Garden Salad Four lettuce mix with grape tomatoes, herb crostini, radish and choice of dressing. Overall a decent salad. Loved that they included radish. For my entree, I had the Shrimp & Scallop Skewer. I was one of each. Loved these. Seafood was cooked well over a grill. For my sides I had the Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Pistachio and Coleslaw. Both of these were good. Loved the squash. Great flavor. The coleslaw was a bit dry but tasty. Mom started with the New England Chowder. She really enjoyed this. It was really thick with lots of clams and potatoes. For entree, she had the Panko Fried Shrimp with fries. These seemed like fresh shrimp that they breaded in house. No frozen shrimp out of box. Good flavor. Crisp fries. Overall a good meal. Good food, good service. Just need to watch the doors on the outdoor patio.

uzma khan

Great food with the beachside views. Plan to come a little early to beat the traffic and get a spot for outdoor sitting upstairs. Happy hour menu is equally good. We ordered bunch of items - everything was great; my fav was crispy shrimp sliders.