Seattle >Food & Dining > Bluwater Bistro
102 Lakeside Ave, Seattle, WA | Directions 9812247.601799 -122.285281
Monday-Friday 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m.-2 a.m.
Neighborhoods: Central, Central Seattle, Leschi
Buyer Be Ware – Love the salmon with spinach for Happy Hour. HOWEVER, buyer be ware when you order wine off of the HAPPY HOUR menu and the waitress gives you a choice of white wine - ONE is NOT on the Happy Hour menu and one is!!! If you pick the one that is not on the Happy Hour menu - YOU PAY FULL PRICE! To me it was bate and switch! Service was very slow, didn't bring what was ordered until we ordered it again (1/2 hour later). Didn't give us a "last call" for Happy Hour. Still love the salmon but will probably go next door for Happy Hour in the future.
OK food but needs nicer staff – I have gone to this place a few times. I enjoy their breakfast a lot, when they can remember that you actually ordered breakfast. But the last time I went I had THE WORST experience. Apparently the bar tender thought that since my friend and I were there for happy hour we weren't as important as other customers. We were ignored for about 15 mins, although we were sitting at the bar directly in front of the bartender and it was not busy at all. Then after repeating my drink order twice I watched as the bartender welcomed 3 new people, and make 6 more drinks. After complaining she finally handed me my wine. Long story short the Manager comped our meal but honestly, with how rude the bartender was, it wasn't even worth it. I won't be going back any time soon.
This place gives class to Leshi – This is one bright spot on the western shore of Lake Washington. When out-of-towners come to Seattle this is one of the places we take them. We've never been dissapointed.
Best Place by my house! – This is a fun, casual spot. Bonus points for the fireplace, which is so great to sit by in the winter. Farther back, there are big booths that are pretty romantic with a nice view of the lake.. outdoor deck rocks in the summer, the music is rad (reggae mixes, Dave Matthews, some jazzy stuff etc.) and the servers are very friendly. The cocktails are good. Everything I've ever ordered here has been yummy; and they have a FREE pool table! We love it here :)
Best thing going in Leschi – I've been coming to Bluwater for the past 3 or so years for business and some late-night cocktails. Don't miss the dowtown/lake location either, it is a lot of fun. Leschi has some of the best service I have had. The brunette day bartender is great and late night there is a little guy behind the bar that seems to run the place. He waited on us for our last visit and we had a great time. The food is good and not too much $$. Try happy hour clams! Worth a visit for sure. A Seattle icon.
Avoid Leschi Bluewater for Lunch – We have a bicycling group that varies between 6 and 10 riders. We usually have lunch in the middle of a ride. Most places are very accomodating and thus we frequent them. However, The Bluewater at Leschi is to be avoided. They refuse to divide the checks, mostly in groups of two, will not help us devide the check (like maybe a calculator would help), the food is mediocre and overpriced for that type of lunch. My wife was sick from the food she had before we could finish the ride. On a plus side, the waitress was very nice and tried to do what she could in spite of the manager. Refusing to devide the check only penalizes the waitress and makes her task harder. We have eaten numerous times at the Bluewater on lake Union where their service and food is excellent.
Sunday brunch – We had breakfast at Bluewater Leschi Cafe Sunday. Nice location with a good view. I ordered The Prime Sirloin and Eggs. I confirmed with the server that the menu meant USDA Prime. The steak arrived and I am extremely skeptical of the "Prime" designation as described on the menu. At best the steak was average without the marbling or flavor of USDA Prime. I inquired after the meal and the server said she would check with the Chef. When she returned, I inquired again. I was told the chef relayed that they had an agreement with their meat purveyor and were to get Prime. Was the meat packaging labeled or branded? Guess not. Maybe time for a new meat source or re print the menu. Otherwise, go for the view and average food.
Great Value and Service~~!! – Thank you, Vicky ~~ !!
I rang this afternoon due to concern about recently posted
poor ratings on this Web site,
though in the past have experienced no disappointment at all.
Invited two guests whom I'd never met who were here visiting
from South Africa, via my friend in Wales, GB.
Long story short, wonderful attention and service, from drinks by the
fireplace in deep leather chairs, to dinner by the Lake and lingering
after . . .
Wonderful service by Beth, like visiting a friend's home really.
Don't know what others have been wingeing about (British word for
whining), but our evening was delightful from the drinks to the
dessert, which was an oversized hunk of succulent carrot cake!
Steaks cooked to perfection . .. wine lovely, mellow and proffered
The BluWater indeed pleases the palate, personal needs, and all
sensibilities at fair value for the expenditure.
Don't overlook this value!
Great People and Great conversations with food and booze to boot! – I hate crowded bars. I don't show up until late night and that's why I love Bluwater. It's a nice quite bar with above average food and reasonable prices considering the menu. I don't get off work until midnight and it's nice to be able to go somewhere that serves food until 1am every day of the year. Plus, if I want a night cap they don't call last call at 1:15 like a lot of other bars, I can roll in after a long day and still get a cocktail at 1:50 in the morning, as long as I finish it by 2.
The food is good, the drinks are good and I love the people. The owners are cool. I love these guys. They really take care of their staff unlike so many big corporate places.
It?s a big family to me, with the same drama that any family has and maybe that?s why I enjoy the soap opera that is Bluwater. Enjoy and have fun :)
Great when it rains – I live in the madison park area, and after a thousand meals at the same restaurants we were excited when the Bluwater opened in leschi a few years ago. However, after many trips to this place, my last being just two days ago- i can only come to one conclusion. This place is too much in the summer. It seems as if people come from all over and basically overwhelm what i like to think of as one of my little neighborhood restaurants. The problem i see here is that Bluwater embraces it, and the great place i love in December becomes a slap-dash, in-and-out, mad house. The servers often seem frazzled, the food comes out of the kitchen perfect on one plate, average on another, and poor on the third. They pack their patio so full of tables is impossible to enjoy your meal, unless you like to feel like your at the county fair, and it seems the servers are often just trying to keep up- other than actually give SERVICE.
However, and this is a big however- this place is great in the winter. The massive crowds of young drinkers and boaters go back into hiding. The "college students" one of the previous reveiwers mentions go back to college, and the place goes back to what i think of as normal- and nice. I will happily go back to sit by the fire place and have a nice bottle of wine and my favorite stuffed pork chop. In October.
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