BLUEWATER WATERFRONT GRILL
- 4 Marina Street
- Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
- (910) 256-8500
- Wrightsville Beach
Service and hospitality are king at Bluewater. The amazing view of the Intracoastal Waterway may be what brings people to our restaurant but its our attentive & gracious staff that keeps people coming back. We go above and beyond to make sure guests have the best experience possible.
Our menu features a selection of fresh seafood and American fare. We strive to offer unique chef-driven dishes as well as classic culinary favorites for guests to enjoy in our spacious dining rooms or while relaxing on our large outdoor patio watching the sailboats and yachts glide by.
Our dining patio includes an updated full service bar and a gorgeous view of the Intracoastal Waterway. Large fans & shades make the space comfortable for diners even during the hottest summer months and Bluewaters dock access makes it easy for boaters to tie up and enjoy a convenient meal in their flip flops and shorts. Both indoors and out the casual atmosphere is a relaxing enjoyable outdoor dining experience for everyone.
Bluewater also has a selection of dining rooms that are perfect for events ranging from private parties to business meetings to extravagant wedding receptions.
Bluewater Waterfront Grill is the spot for Carolina Coastal Cuisine! Fresh, local seafood is artfully crafted into a menu that fuses classic and modern techniques. Bluewater has a patio and offers a summer music series showcasing talented musicians.
If you’re stopping by Bluewater Grill for lunch, their Catch of the Day Sandwhich never disappoints. We would also recommend their Jumbo Lump Crab Cake served with rice, beans and veggies.
If you want to grab dinner, their Fried Oyster Salad is a treat! Eight large fried oysters are served on a bed of baby arugula and spinach with blue cheese, candied walnuts and more. We also like their Bluewater Seafood Lasagna with shrimp and fresh fish.
Offering spectacular panoramic Intracoastal Waterway views from inside the Bluewater Waterfront Grill, as well as our comfortable shaded deck. Watch boats cruise past your table and relax to the sound of sail masts lightly tapping, all while enjoying our casual American lunch and dinner menus. Dinner mainstays include baby back ribs, char-grilled steaks and fresh fish. Signature events are the Azalea Festival After Garden Get Down Party, Easter Brunch, Christmas Dinner – please check our website for more details including “Dock and Dine” information. Enjoy seasonal live music on the patio. During busy times, use call ahead seating to put your name on the list.
Enjoy a seafood meal with a prime view of the local marinas that border the Intracoastal Waterway with a visit to Bluewater Grill. Located on the edge of the Wrightsville Beach Causeway, this seafood restaurant is a popular lunch and dinner destination for vacationers who are hungry for a taste of the coast.
Both the lunch and dinner menus are varied, but boast a heavy focus on both classic and more creative seafood dishes. Lunchtime guests can start with a fresh salad, or a cup of New England clam chowder or Manhattan Seafood Chowder, and then move on to one of the handheld selections, like the Asian Tuna Wrap or the French Dip, or the lunch-sized entrees, like a fried Calabash seafood platter. Evening visitors will find a similarly enticing selection, as well as a host of appetizers, “From the Land” entrees like Bistro Steak and baby back ribs, and “From the Sea” dishes, including southern fried flounder, Coconut Shrimp, Seafood Linguini, and Sesame Ginger Shrimp Skewers. Capped off with a glass of wine and a prime on-the-water view, Bluewater Grill presents a perfectly coastal dining experience for Wrightsville Beach vacationers, where the local seafood is the star of the scene.
Bluewater Waterfront Grill is a coastal wedding venue located in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. The venue features breathtaking coastal views of the beach and ocean sunsets, and an in-house catering team that creates delectable local dishes.
Facilities and Capacity
Bluewater Waterfront Grill can host weddings with a maximum of 300 guests. The Main Dining Room can accommodate up to 90 guests and has sprawling views of the waterway. The Sunset Room can accommodate up to 50 guests and offers beautiful sunset views. The Captain’s Lounge is a bar with a private deck that can accommodate up to 60 guests. The South Café and the Florida Room can also be booked for intimate luncheons or rehearsal dinners. The venue has parking.
Bluewater Waterfront Grill offers its services for weddings as well as business functions, rehearsals, fundraisers, galas, and other special events. They provide in-house catering services offering traditional American cuisine and seafood dishes made from locally sourced fish.
Offering spectacular panoramic Intracoastal Waterway views from inside, as well as their waterfront patio, you can watch boats cruise past your table and relax to the sound of sail masts lightly tapping, all while enjoying their casual American brunch, lunch and dinner menus. Signature favorites are baby back ribs, blackened mahi tacos, fresh fish and their new Sunday Brunch. Signature events are the Azalea Festival After Garden Get Down Party, Easter Brunch, Mother’s Day Brunch and Christmas Dinner. Bluewater has a day dock right in front of the restaurant, offering their guests the ability to dock and dine. Enjoy seasonal live music on the patio every Sunday from 4pm to 8pm during the Spring and Summer. During busy times use call ahead seating to put your name on the list.
Bluewater Waterfront Grill boasts a must-see view if you are looking for a picturesque dining experience. Sunset pastels – pink, orange and lemon chiffon – turn the marina into an amazing watercolor. Situated just over Wrightsville Beach’s Causeway Bridge, which locals call “the first bridge,” as you approach town, the sprawling two-story restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor patio seating. This waterfront Grill – offering seafood, meat, vegetarian, and above all, creative and delicious dishes – feels cozy yet sophisticated. The culinary team brushes brown ale barbecue sauce on dry-rubbed baby back ribs and perfectly seasoned juicy cuts of steak. The Lobster and Shrimp Stuffed Salmon, and creamy Bluewater Shrimp and Grits, are some of the Chef’s latest creations. Panko-crusted Salmon Salad is elegantly plated and boasting with flavor. Bluewater has a variety of appetizers, including Norwegian smoked salmon dip, spicy calamari and their signature crab dip to start off any meal.
At lunch, order the Mojito Coconut Shrimp Tacos served with fries or maybe a local favorite, such as the Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes. Everyone looks forward to the seasonal soft-shell crab sandwich. If you’re really hungry, order the Pork Belly Bacon Burger. We promise you won’t leave hungry. The fried calabash seafood platter is also a favorite and comes with flounder, shrimp and oysters, and there are several salads and vegetarian options available. Daily features are other good bets for lunch and dinner, offering up a choice of local, fresh fish, served blackened, grilled or fried.
If you’re looking for a Sunday brunch spot, Bluewater serves a brunch menu with several flavorful items in addition to their lunch items. Try the Bananas Foster French Toast or Southern Breakfast Burger with pimento cheese and fried egg, and don’t forget to order a bloody mary or one of their champagne cocktails.
With five restaurants in the Wilmington area, Raleigh-based LM Restaurants began preparing for Hurricane Florence long before the storm made landfall.
The restaurant group, which among its holdings owns and operates Bluewater Waterfront Grill, Carolina Ale House, Henry’s, Hop’s Supply Co. and Oceanic, held a hurricane preparedness meeting in advance of the storm to put teams in place to handle the potential impact of Florence.
“We have storm protocols that we update with each pending storm so that everyone is aware of the chain of command, as well as procedures for closing and reopening each of the restaurants,” said Katherine Goldfaden, director of brands. “That way we have clear lines of communication throughout the event.”
All of the Wilmington-area restaurants were closed Sept. 11 to allow staff members to prepare for the storm. Once the storm had passed, Carolina Ale House was able to reopen Sept. 17, with help from team members from each of the Wilmington restaurants.
“We were happy to be able to get up and running so quickly and to provide a safe environment for people to escape the aftermath of the storm,” said LM Restaurants marketing manager Marianne Stokes. “It was a true team effort because all of our Wilmington staff were impacted by the storm and we had to make sure they were taken care of.”
Goldfaden said, “People were grateful that the restaurant was open, glad to have air conditioning, WiFi and a place to get a meal. And in return, they really took care of our staff, tipping above and beyond.”
Henry’s opened Sept. 18, followed by Hop’s on Sept. 20. Each served a limited menu for two days before being able to return to the full menus.
Because of their locations on Wrightsville Beach, LM team members were forced to wait until they were allowed onto the island Sept. 19 to assess the damages to Bluewater and Oceanic.
According to Stokes and Goldfaden, the damage to Bluewater affected several areas of the restaurant, particularly the rooms and patios facing the Intracoastal Waterway. Bluewater is set to reopen Saturday, serving in the main dining room and on the patio while the second floor and side rooms continue to be repaired.
Goldfaden expects the remaining repairs to be finished by the end of October, and the repaired space to be available for parties and events throughout the holiday season.
As for Oceanic, the damage was more extensive. While the building did not sustain structural damage, it did experience significant water damage, and does not yet have a reopening date. On the positive side, the Crystal Pier, which extends 475 feet from the Oceanic’s deck, did not suffer any significant damage in the storm, according to Wrightsville Beach Town Manager Tim Owens.
“We’re definitely taking the opportunity to make some changes to the layout of the restaurant while taking care of the damage,” Goldfaden said. “All of this will make the Oceanic an even better experience.”
My recent visit to Wilmington, NC brought me back to my childhood memories of weekends at the beach. Living in Fayetteville, NC during my elementary school years, my parents would take my brother and I over to the coast for little mini-vacations and we loved the white sand and family atmosphere of the Wilmington area.
My lifelong friend Miriam relocated to the area and is an amazing interior designer there and we set out to explore the local food and fashion scene.
Our first stop was at the lovely Bluewater Waterfront Grill in Wrightsville Beach, situated right on the Intracoastal Waterway, amongst yachts and little boats lining the piers.
Bluewater had an upscale relaxed atmosphere, without being too casual. Service was efficient and friendly and they offered fresh seafood options. The decor was modern and fresh but the best part was the view of the water. They offered outdoor dining but it was still too chilly for us to be out there, but I really wish we could have!
I ordered the scallops with orzo pasta and snow peas, it was delicious! Seasoned well and presented very pretty. Seafood is something I really strive to only eat locally and sustainably so I like hearing about fresh catches and a server who’s knowledgable about the source. The owner came by a few times and checked on us to make sure we were having a great experience.
Thank you Bluewater for hosting us!
-Christy Hunter, Authentic Photos and Designs
Staff and patrons of Wrightsville Beach’s Bluewater restaurant are saddened over the recent death of the red housecat “Molly” that had become the unofficial mascot of the waterfront grill.
“Molly,” a male cat that was born and lived on the grounds of Bluewater for 17 years, was found dead this week after not being seen for a few days. The cat had been less visible and responsive to restaurant staff during the past few days, general manager Larry Morgan said, adding that respiratory issues are believed to be the cause.
“Molly was iconic. He was a part of the personality of the restaurant,” Morgan said. “There are a lot of sad staff members, there was quite a history surrounding Molly being here.”
Morgan said that for the first few years of Molly being around the restaurant, he was thought to be a female, which is how he got his name. When it was later learned it was a male cat, the name had already stuck.
Molly would regularly rub at the restaurant’s door in the morning, seeking breakfast before later begging for leftovers from patrons who delighted in interacting with the cat, Morgan said.
“He was one of our mascots. He was always there to greet people at the foot of the stairs,” he said.
Patrons would help care for the cat by regularly taking him to the veterinarian or bringing food. And the restaurant helped build a habitat for Molly, who had always lived underneath the building.
“The only thing missing was a TV dish,” Morgan said. “At one time, we had more cat food in the attic for Molly than there was at Harris Teeter. He was well taken care of.”