So, though this was only their first week officially open, I went down to Carlsbad Village and checked out Bluewater Grill. I was not too worried about them being so new ( I usually give restaurants a few weeks to settle in) due to the fact they have 6 other locations and were running test lunch services all last week.
Bluewater Grill is in its 20th year of business. Having started in Newport Beach, they now have locations from Catalina to Temecula. The Carlsbad location moves into the space previously occupied by the Fish House Vera Cruz.
Dinning room. Psst. those people look a lot like the owners of the Flying Pig:) They loved their lunch as well and were quite surprised at the price for quality. Restaurant and food cost stuff which I love talking about. That is not irony, I’m a nerd.
The renovation changes out the dark motif of the Vera Cruz for an open bright dinning and bar area.
Like their predecessor, they also have a fish market element.
It is nice now we actually have some good fish market options back in North County again with Pelly’s, Top Choice Fish, and now Bluewater.
The menu is straight forward with appetizers, salads, a few specialty dishes and of course fresh fish.
Seared Scallops ~ Jalapeno aioli, chopped bacon and cilantro.
Perfectly seared U-10 diver scallops using a classic flavor combo. These were so delicate and sweet.
Swordfish Espana ~ Fingerling potatoes, pine nuts, and smoked paprika.
Since they own their own Swordfish boats and the season is drawing to a close I had to go with this. Swordfish is one of those fish that can be boring, not in this case. Seared so it had just the thinnest of crusts, light, and flaky. Really nice. If they have Swordfish on the menu I highly recommend ordering it.
If you are looking for great non-sushi, sustainable seafood in downtown Carlsbad, I highly recommend Bluewater Grill.
417 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad
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